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Wish I Was Here - Varsity Cinema 4:25PM Saturday July 19.

A quick report on the above showing of this new film.  I went to theatre for it, which is a big break of routine for me but I wanted to support Mr. Braff and all my fellow kick-starters who helped make the movie happen.  I was surprised by the # of seniors in attendance, felt like more than half the audience was in their twilight years.  Somehow the marketing of films death theme must have reached them, I decided afterwards.  Before trailers, there were 30 or so people in the theatre.  Another 20 or so arrived in the next few minutes.  Not packed, but not empty either.

The film itself was not what I expected.  This turned out to be a  good thing.  It was an awkward start, but the foundation that was laid seemed to resonate with me because at one point the tears just started streaming down my face, and my cheeks didn’t really dry the rest of the film.  Thank you Zach for touching some part of my heart, that I haven’t really been able to put a finger on yet.  

The film deals with faith and grace, expectations and disappointments, love and acceptance, life and death.  Wonderful.

I had expected to really dig the soundtrack with all the emphasis given during the behind the scenes stuff on it.  But, as a sign of a great film soundtrack, I didn’t notice it while it was playing. It fit so well, it didn’t distract from the storytelling, it just amplified it.

For those expecting great homeschooling stuff — don’t.  It is much more about deschooling.  The cosplay/comic-con stuff kinda was sour for me as well — I think a lot of it ended up getting cut?  A couple of points were a tad contrived, but what can you do.

So if you’re unsure as to whether you should see this film, I saw watch it. Just bring a fresh handkerchief.

Here are two views of my ‘hood that one doesn’t normally seen. 

"Rooftopper" Steven Lou appears to have scaled the new Gibson Square development and photographed southbound showing “Mel’s Bells”, Mel Lastman Square, the Arts Centre, the Falcon’s perch, and all the condos and construction down Yonge st.  Also, he turned his attention slightly to the east and shows Empress Walk, with Earl Haig SS in behind it and off into the distance at Bayview and Sheppard.

Risk Obtuse and Danger Perception

If you’re reading this, you’re in danger.

Look out!  Caution!  Beware!  DANGER! OMG YOU’RE GOING TO DIE!

Overwhelming, isn’t it.   Our minds and our bodies are great at filtering risk and processing danger — if we let it.  Most people raised in a modern urban environment have very little experience  with actual, immediate, personal danger.  They just don’t grok it.

David Ropeik in his HOW RISKY IS IT REALLY? book talks about a ‘Perception Gap’ to try to balance actual risk with what people are afraid of and tries to get to the underlying causes of those fears.  Maybe what is dangerous for you, isn’t dangerous for me and vice versa?

Jeffrey Rosenthal in STRUCK BY LIGHTENING: The Curious World of Probabilities tries to help people get a better grasp on statistics and appeals to the math behind actual risk to see if that will make sense to people.  If you run the numbers, how bad is it really?  Do you know you’re most likely putting yourself in danger daily which far far exceeds any perceived threat you’re worried about?

Richard Louv in LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder devotes Part III of the book to “The Best of Intentions: Why Kids don’t play outside anymore” and gives many examples and descriptions of how parents have meant well, and inadvertently have done much more harm to their children.

Don’t be risk obtuse.  My advice?   Do something you feel is dangerous.  I didn’t say life-threatening, I don’t mean be careless, I want you to think about something you feel is dangerous, think about how you can mitigate the risk, and try it.  ‘Baby steps’ at first, but do some research and try to wrap re-define your baseline for danger.

There is a scene in the 2009 Australian film The Boys are Back that I often use as an example for people.  The movie stars Clive Owen as a widowed father trying to find his way raising his kids.  The scene in particular is when he hosts a kid’s birthday party and installs a high zipline for the kids to swing on and the mothers attending the party are agog.  “But what if he let go?!” one mum exclaims.  “That is why he is holding on so tight” replies Owen’s character.

“Better a broken bone, than a broken spirit” I’ve been fond of saying of late.

Please share any resources you have used to learn more about risk & danger and the challenges of living in a modern world.

Kwan’s TIME.

If you were to stand in one spot in downtown Toronto for the past one hundred years, what would you experience? Journey through the architectural history of Toronto. See familiar landmarks from the first days of photography transform to full-colour modern day. Some things change, some things stay the same.

A simulated time-lapse created with elements from thousands of pictures, each scene starts with a historical photograph from the Toronto Archives.

Meet Dan Riskin, Author of Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT171997&R=EVT171997

3:51PM 4:53PM 5:34PM

It was a stormy day on Lake Huron, at The Pinery Provincial Park on July 8 2014.

The first panorama was taken at 3:51pm, the next an hour later at 4:53pm, and then again 40minutes later at 5:34.  

Excuse the weird jittering in the right side of the images — something was causing issue with the auto-stitching in that area over multiple days.

dempseypark:

dempseypark:

Light bulb burned out in this fixture, second one along the path, heading north from the Entry Corner Stone.  Reported to 311.

A PFR, Property Management & Maintenance Services Work Order has been created in SAP PM based on your request.
Work Order Details:
Order #: 70084925 Description: REPAIR LIGHT IN 2ND FIXTURE NORTH Opened on: April 22 2014, 14:57:45 Location: DEMPSEY PARK 113 ELLERSLIE AVE  M2N 6W3 Equipment Details:  (if applicable) N/A

On July 1 it was observed after the fireworks that this light still hadn’t been repaired.  On July 2 a maintenance truck was observed in the area, but suspected of working on the irrigation system.  On July 3 this photo was taken showing some yellow tape around the pole, and the top of the lamp has been removed.  So much for changing the light bulb.
  • Camera: SONY DSC-TX30
  • Apeture: f/4.5
  • Exposure: 1/400th
  • Focal: 4mm

dempseypark:

dempseypark:

Light bulb burned out in this fixture, second one along the path, heading north from the Entry Corner Stone.  Reported to 311.

A PFR, Property Management & Maintenance Services Work Order has been created in SAP PM based on your request.

Work Order Details:

Order #: 70084925 Description: REPAIR LIGHT IN 2ND FIXTURE NORTH Opened on: April 22 2014, 14:57:45

Location: DEMPSEY PARK
113 ELLERSLIE AVE  M2N 6W3

Equipment Details:  
(if applicable) N/A

On July 1 it was observed after the fireworks that this light still hadn’t been repaired.  On July 2 a maintenance truck was observed in the area, but suspected of working on the irrigation system.  On July 3 this photo was taken showing some yellow tape around the pole, and the top of the lamp has been removed.  So much for changing the light bulb.

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Exactly. 

Imagine a wall full of circular holes, that circles can keep walking in and out of with no difficulty.

Now imagine that the triangles manage to get the resources together, after years of not being able to fit through the circle’s holes, to drill a single triangle space into the wall.

Now imagine that the circle — who previously supported the triangle’s efforts because they are well-rounded (har) and value equality —  comes along and sees the construction project. But instead of being happy, they get angry.

“Well, I won’t be able to fit through your hole!!!!” the circle cries.

“I helped you get the drill!!!!” the circle shrieks.

“Make it fit me too!!!!” the circle demands.

The triangles, barely holding it together enough to get a triangle hole together, stare at the circle in confusion. 

“You have all the holes you need,” the triangles explain. “This is for us. You don’t need to fit through our hole, too.”

“YOU’RE BEING UNEQUAL AND HURTING MY FEELINGS!” the circle wails. “I DON’T SUPPORT YOUR HOLE IF IT DOESN’T FIT ME TOO. GIVE ME MY DRILL BACK.” 

“It’s not your drill, it’s our drill. You helped us get it, because you said you cared.”

“I ONLY CARED WHEN I THOUGHT YOU’D MAKE A HOLE EVERYONE COULD FIT THROUGH. YOU’RE PERPETUATING INEQUALITY!!!”

“Why is it up to us, the small group that has never been able to fit through the wall at all, to make a hole everyone can use? Why isn’t it up to you, the people who have been able to cross back and forth at will for years? We just want to see the other side; why are you yelling at us?”

“I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN A CIRCLE, OMG. I’VE HAD TO WORK HARD ALL MY LIFE TOO. YOU’RE JUST BEING BIGOTED AGAINST ME BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I CAN’T CONTROL, JUST LIKE EVERYONE IS AGAINST YOU.”

“You are interfering with our project and asking us to comfort you while we’re trying to make progress. Please leave.”

“I’m going to tell everyone about this,” the circle warns. “Nobody will support you now.”

“Apparently nobody ever did,” the triangles sigh, getting back to work.

It’s kind of sad

That we have to draw comics using colorful shapes

To explain systematic inequality to people

Reblogging again because yes good

Just tear the wall down…

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