The Roads of London ON: Tunnel Vs An Open Road

Today I went to Google to find out more about the Rapid Transit goals of London Ontario and came across www.shiftlondon.ca. I felt like a needed a visual aid to help me understand the larger context of the RT goals and I found it on http://www.shiftlondon.ca/timeline. This timeline is very helpful. My only problem with what I saw was that I wished the transitions were happening more quickly.

In the link http://www.shiftlondon.ca/whats_rt the website gives some of the benefits to the RT and I really like the second bullet point: “Reduce congestion on streets- By 2030, 25% more cars will be on London roadways. Rapid Transit can move people more efficiently, comfortably and reliably.”

When I first got back into the City at the beginning of April 2017 I could not believe the volume of traffic. It really is remarkable. RT will change that. It may not be dramatic but if something isn’t done I’m confident our city will evolve into a City with a major problem with vehicle pollution.

Everyone seems to be squeezing through a tunnel and driving at a rapid rate to where they want to go. Let’s replace this tunnel with a more open road.

Written by Ian Peers

April 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Thank You Mayor of London!

I recently read in the April 2017 edition of the london.snapd.com magazine that London is considering Rapid Transit. The Mayor of London, Matt Brown wrote his entire article on page 6 about the issue.

I come from the Waterloo Region and recently moved back to London. I was born and raised here. When I heard that London is considering Rapid Transit I was very happy.

The ION in KW will transform that city for the better despite the groans that they have experienced and will experience until the project is done. No city changes without groans.

If London is at all serious about this pursuit it will bring us out from the old and into the new in a way that will bring money, resources and people into our city.

It was unclear to me as to what Rapid Transit method is being pursued and what the timeline is but I’m going to Google it and/or call the City to find out. I think it is fantastic.

Written by Ian Peers

April 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Macbeth HD in Cineplex

I was working out at a local YMCA when I found out through some news outlet or talk show that Macbeth was being put on the big screen at Cineplex on Saturday March 18th. As soon as I heard that I knew that I had to go and see it.

I’m glad I did. Macbeth is by far my favourite play. This may change over time but it stands true at this point in my life.

The “movie” was actually live theater that was filmed at the famous Stafford Ontario. It was an amazing experience to see a live production on the big screen like that.

A link to the trailer and some of the details can be found here:

http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/StratfordHD/Production/Macbeth

What didn’t work so well was the Cineplex theater itself. The doors were left open and noise from the crowd lining up for Beauty & The Beast filtered in but someone in the audience caught it and closed the doors. I would say that if you’re going to have a traditional theater production on the big screen it might be a good idea to have ushers nearby to make sure the doors stay closed. Silence has a tendency to be used in these productions with good effect.

Nevertheless I was deeply moved by this production. Ian Lakes plays Macbeth and Krystin Pellerin plays Lady Macbeth. Their acting was astounding. I commend all the actors. I got goose bumps and tears and laughter out of the experience.

Every time I engage the story of Macbeth I learn something new about him and about myself. This time I saw an emphasis on his being a man. What is it to be a man? How does a boy become a man? These are questions that challenge Macbeth and do so today in my own heart.

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Written by Ian Peers

March 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

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Eliminating Dependencies

The article that captured my interest the most in Inc’s November 2017 magazine was Every Company Has a Secret Product by Jason Fried on page 90. Here is the quote that stuck out:

“One particular goal we’ve been focused on lately is removing dependencies. Whenever you need something from someone else before you can move forward, it’s a dependency. We believe dependencies slow people down. We want people to be more independent, because that will keep them moving forward.”

I don’t think you can reasonably remove all dependencies but the more dependencies you have the more people’s creativity goes down. I believe the goal is to have a reliance on each other that doesn’t cause a jam up in the pipeline of production and service.

I’ve made choices that caused dependencies and I would wonder why I was so frazzled with to many things to do. In some cases those choices was out of fear that the job would not get done properly. But we have to let people falter and fail. Without this they will never learn.

There was a lot that I liked in November’s magazine.

  • I was appalled at the low amount of Venture Capital women get access to. It’s only 2.7% for female CEO’s in the US. But I love the innovative idea of Vicki Saunders ti address the problem. See sheeo.world/our-journey/ (p. 76 “The New Face of Funding by Kimberly Weisul))
  •  I had no idea that the bra has 30 components to think about. As a typical guy I don’t know much about bras. But I have a wife and I’m thankful for the innovative use of app technology that ThirdLove (thirdlove.com) is using to scan and provide women with bras that really work. (p. 84 “Busting Out” by Liz Welch)
  • Article:I’ve always have heard about how big the China economy is and how enclosed it is terms of the Internet. This article elaborated on this subject in an interesting way. Dots has tried to break into the gaming market in China and it has been brutal, expensive and thrilling. I will definitely play Dots soon! (dots.co). (p. 64 “Cracking China” by Maria Aspan)

 

Written by Ian Peers

December 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

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“If he can quit, can you?” Seth Godin

Sometimes you have to quit something even though the outward signs may say that doing so is counter-intuitive. Let me illustrate:

Best-selling author Michael Crichton quit as he was on his way to a career at the top of his profession. When he gave up medicine, Crichton had already graduated from Harvard Medical School and done a postdoctorate fellowship study at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, guaranteeing him a lucrative career as a doctor or as a researcher. He traded it for the unpredictable life of an author.

Crichton had no stomach for cutting people open, and he decided he didn’t relish the future a medical career would bring him, regardless of how successful he might become at it. So he quit. Crichton saw that just because he had already gotten into Harvard, already earned a fellowship – already made it through the Dip – he didn’t have to spend the rest of his life doing something he didn’t enjoy in order to preserve his pride.

He stopped cold turkey and started over. If he can quit, can you?

  • The Dip: A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick) by Seth Godin [p. 65-66]

I find this story inspiring. This is Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park fame. The juxtaposition of a medical career over against a writing career is striking. What I love about Crichton’s story is that it goes against the grain of conventional criticism.

Seth Godin’s question, “If he can quit, can you?” is a good one. It challenges me to look inwardly and make sure that what I’m doing is really what I want to be doing and should be doing. I know that I don’t have the intelligence or nearly the options of a Michael Crichton but like him I can chose differently. I can make choices that are fitting to who I am and my character.

I’ve done this a hand full of times over the years and each time I made the big decision to quit and do something different my life has always improved.

One of the healthiest things we can do in life is find things we can quit. It cleanses the soul.

Written by Ian Peers

November 28, 2016 at 7:18 pm

TMA is a lot like TMI

Have you ever said something and realized it was an overshare and it was TMI (i.e. Too Much Information) for the other person?

I have. I definitely have.

How does TMI relate to TMA? TMA stands for Too Much Advise.

I recently heard someone say that emotional abuse can happen when someone gives over-advice. Their advice is way to much and given way to strong and with to much regularity. A lot of times it comes unsolicited but not necessarily all the time. Sometimes you can ask a person for advice but they don’t seem to understand that you aren’t relinquishing your brain to their ways.

I have personally been the recipient of this type of advice as well as giving advice this way. I regret every time that I have given someone advice and pushed to hard for them to take my advice without giving them the space for them to process or make decisions on their own. How arrogant is that?

It rarely is about the content of the advice. It is more the way and manner in which it is given. Am I right?

TMI can be a lot like TMA in the sense that it is just too much.

 

Written by Ian Peers

November 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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Heath Ledger’s Inspiration for Joker

I recently watched an episode of Too Young To Die on Heath Ledger. This documentary series touches on several actors and I dropped everything to watch the one about Ledger.

What fascinated me the most was when the father was going through a diary of Heath Ledger’s that were in storage. This journal was what Heath Ledger used to prepare for and process the character of The Joker in the movie The Dark Night (2008)

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I was thankful to hear that some of the items that Heath Ledger kept from his own personal art work and what he did for movies will be placed in a museum to see. I think he was an exceptional artist.

When the father opened up the pages of the diary I was surprised to see the following image:

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When I first saw the image at the top right hand corner I immediately recognized it from the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). When I saw this picture it was like an important puzzle piece got put into place. I thought in my mind “Yea, Ledger’s portrait of the Joker does remind me of that character from A Clockwork Orange!”

A Clockwork Orange movie is a gritty film that is futuristic and post-apocalyptic. The depiction of sex and violence and at times those infusion of those two things in the movie are not for the faint of heart. I believe that the film was made from the perspective of a philosophy and to make a point rather than to merely entertain. The main character is Alex played by Malcolm McDowell. The movie is largely about the question of nature verses nurture or DNA verses environment.

In a lot of ways the movie A Clockwork Orange is a bit like asking “What would happen if we tried to put The Joker through rehabilitation?” 

I think it was a sign of imagination and genius for Heath Ledger to draw inspiration from this character. It comes out in the Batman movie for sure.

I was sad when Heath Ledger died. He was an incredible actor who had an amazing way to process and portray a character. His portrait of The Joker is no exception.

 

 

 

Written by Ian Peers

November 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm

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