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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2017/08 Moments August 2017

Toronto, Ontario; Hämeenlinna, Finland; Helsinki, Finland

Booth Avenue
Booth Avenue: Lightning struck tree, three fire trucks for house south of us. Hose filled briefly to extinguish for in tall tree. Electrical power to the block is off, wondering if transformer is impacted. Heavy rain is subsiding. (Booth Avenue, Riverside district, Toronto, Ontario) 20170804
Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport: Enjoying the wood floors at the Copenhagen Airport, en route to Helsinki. I prefer the Danish style on the short connections, I should come for a real visit sometime. (Copenhagen Airport, Denmark) 20170809
Tikkurila
Tikkurila:. Suburban hub where airport rail ring connects to main northbound intercity line towards Tampere. Large station connects with buses, many shops inside. Half hour wait was made longer by train 30 minutes behind schedule. Might have hopped on commuter train instead, but tickets are specific to times. .(Tikkurila, Finland) 20170809
Visamaki
Visamaki: First workshop for Open Häme project since its official funding, discussing plans for open data activities in the region. Meeting conducted mostly in Finnish, my presentation a theoretical break in English. (HAMK UAS Visamäki C-Building, Hämeenlinna, Finland) 20170810
Verkatehdas
Verkatehdas: Elomessut weekend fair for Kanta-Häme region, at the civic centre. Live performances, and kiosk tents from local associations and businesses. Wide cross section of local residents in a small town by the river. (Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland) 20170812
Kotkankatu
Kotkankatu: Fusion cooking with Finnish homemade vintage apple cider added to Korean sweet potato noodles in vegan japchae. Bean curd sticks with shitake mushrooms and oyster sauce are classic Chinese monk food. Last time I made mapo tofu for MT and PT, it included the ground pork that they now prefer to avoid. Cooking in this household is always a team sport. (Kotkankatu, Hameenlinna, Finland) 20170812
Verkkokauppa
Verkkokauppa: Sunday shopping in busy store, slow moves from waiting for salesperson, to roaming store with pager until merchandise brought upstairs, to long check out line. Friend amused as I squeezed in some extra questions of clerk out of order, as a rudeness excusable to foreigners but not locals. Computer parts to prepare laptop for another year behind the Chinese firewall. (Verkkokauppa, Tyynenmerenkatu, Helsinki, Finland) 20170813
Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Harald Herlin Learning Centre: University library was been remodelled as more of a central gathering place for students. Coffee stand at entry level overlooks two-story atrium into work spaces below, with cloud-like light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. The streets outside are still under construction, with a new building at the hub. (Harald Harlin Learning Centre, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland) 20170814
Metropolia Arabianranta
Metropolia Arabianranta: Building ties across institutions, regions, nations. Localized funding can still support global projects. Meeting in previous Media Factory, temporary space for one year as the university reconfigures prior spaces. (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Arabianranta, Helsinki, Finland) 20170816
Vantaa Gate 22
Vantaa Gate 22: Mobile installation of white sheets above an airport gate moves slowly with the air flows higher in the terminal. Walked from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 in hopes of viewing the advertised art installations at Gate 31, but aborted that plan when the long linear nature of the terminal emperiled catching my departure from Gate 15. There used to be an art installation in Terminal 1, now since replaced by a boring row of carrals for working. (Helsinki Airport, Vantaa, Finland) 20170817
3600 Steeles Ave. E.
3600 Steeles Ave. E.: IBM Master Clock built circa 1945 in Endicott, NY, on display in the corridor outside IBM Canada HQ module A2. Noticed artifact on a “take your father to work day” informally with my son, as I had a lunch meeting with a friend. (IBM Canada Ltd., 3600 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, Ontario) 20170823
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: Renewal of vows for the 32nd time. Fountain was drained of water. Temperature was coolest that we remember. Park was full with concert listeners for jazz group. (Edward Gardens, Don Mills, Ontario) 20170824
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: Ducks flocking to creek bank for snacks. Most paths from gardens at higher level closed, blocked for maintenance. Some bridges closed due to recovery from high waters. (Edward Gardens, Don Mills, Ontario) 20170824
Yorkville Park
Yorkville Park: Strolling south on Bellair Avenue, the urban park is lit up by green mist-emitting light columns between rows of trees. We usually don’t frequent this high-end neighbourhood. Unusually, we went for a movie on a Saturday night, with a one-week promotion of Tuesday night pricing. (Yorkville Park, Bellair Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20170826

Carroll Street
Carroll Street: Public art launch with hoop dancer Nimkii Osawamick, celebrating Tkaranto Past / Tkaranto Future mural. West and south walls of The Edwin building had painting concept led by artist Odinamaad, in partnership with Chief Lady Bird and Dave Monday Oguorie, collaborating with Traditional Wisdom Keeper Philip Cote and youth participants from Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Support by Riverside BIA with City of Toronto StreetARToronto program. (Carroll Street, Riverside District, Toronto, Ontario) 20170827
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