Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto, Ontario

Perfect Chinese Restaurant

Perfect Chinese Restaurant: Double set dinner of lobster, peking duck, chicken, steamed fish plus extra hotpots was too much food again. Occasion started as birthday celebration, but then moved date to include family visiting from Bay Area. Large family means that there’s always an excuse to get together. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario) 20170902

Consensas

Consensas: Systems journals for @consensas @ftjco. @ryantaylor prefers hardcopy for handwritten annotations, I’ve moved to softcopy for font sizing on tablets. Five cartons of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Systemic Action and Practice Research some ISSS conference books and General Systems Yearbooks from 1998; plus Organization Science since 1994. Metaphorically old wine for new bottles, inside packaging courtesy of the LCBO. (Consensas, Parliament Street, Cabbagetown, Toronto, Ontario) 20170903

Second City

Second City: Intermission in Sunday sketch comedy early show, free improv would be really late after second show. Family is seated house right. Second City Toronto has upstairs balcony, larger venue than Second City Chicago. (Second City Comedy Club, Mercer Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20170903

Ashbridges Bay Park

Ashbridges Bay Park: Southwest view from peninsula sees moorings of yacht club, smokestack from Hearn Generating Station, and CN Tower in the distance. Portlands are landfill into the original Ashbridges Marsh, now deep enough for sailboats. (Ashbridges Bay Park, Toronto, Ontario) 20170905

DCSIL UToronto

DCSIL UToronto: Academic workshop @CoopsCanada #platformcoop, learning together with panel on current research (DCSIL Dept. of Computer Science Innovation Lab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto) 20170908

Appel Salon

Appel Salon: Main day of @CoopsCanada #platformcoop conference, with presentations from both emerging and established organizations. Knowledge base is nascent on digital platforms, multi-stakeholder coops seem complicated. Typing during day and posting blogs online at night is tiring. (Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Public Library) 20170909

Beeton Hall

Beeton Hall: Intensive workshop @CoopsCanada #platformcoop, with practicalities of legal, governance and financing. Questions on “if you had to do it again, what would you do differently” from firms both Canadian and international insightful. (Beeton Hall, Toronto Public Library) 20170910

Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud: Family celebration in French restaurant, an extravagance with servers mindful of food sensitivities to butter and gluten. Pulled braised rabbit petit plats, Canadian oysters and Parisian steak tartare all a departure from our normal cuisines. (Cafe Boulud, Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario) 20170910

Princess of Wales Theatre

Princess of Wales Theatre: Fan zone with security guards keeping order, yet no movie stars in sight near the main screening room of the Toronto International Film Festival. Nearby financial institutions and Metro Hall running business as usual, relatively unimpacted by the inconvenience. (Princess of Wales Theatre, King Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20170911

Ikea

Ikea: Vackis alarm clock at $1.99 was cheaper than the package of Knackebrod Rag rye crispbread made in Finland. DY really misses her old Braun with the luminous hands, quality analog products are now hard to find. (Ikea, Provost Drive, North York, Ontario) 20170914

HoSu

HoSu: From UK to Toronto @hubofallthings community with @jonathanholtby briefing @cognetfx . Update since meeting in London last December, there’s been a lot of progress. Poke and sushi! (HoSu Bistro, Yonge Street, midtown Toronto, Ontario) 20170915

Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery: Make your own @ONSITEatOCADU Raise The Flag street party, material, stencils, paint, brushes provided. Outside public grand opening of new cultural space for art, design and new media. New show with works from the Indigenous Art Collection, 2000-2015. (Onsite Gallery, OCADU, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20170916

Lambert Lounge

Lambert Lounge: Systems Thinking Ontario recap discussion from ISSS and ASC meetings over the summer. Selected content as a starting point, conversation wandering according to the ideas of the attendees. (Lambert Lounge, OCADU, McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20170920

Victoria College Chapel

Victoria College Chapel: Used book sale fills the pews, pipe organ not in use late on Saturday afternoon. Inventory seems depleted halfway through the event days, volunteers said the first day was jammed with people. Minor purchase of two paperbacks, we have cartons of our own castoffs ready for donation. (Victoria College Chapel, Charles Street West, University of Toronto, Ontario) 20170923

Riverside

Riverside: Rare occasion with entire family in town, so Chinese beef stew plus last minute duck and BBQ pork. Unusual congregation in front of television to watch Star Trek Discovery premiere. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20170924

Gould Street

Gould Street: Unexpected installations for @timberfever @RyersonDAS design-build competition in middle of pedestrian mall. Shells of reading room with books scattered, in case passersby pause for some literary edification. (Gould Street, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario) 20170926

EdiDX

EdiDX: Wrong theory @sdadich @EditDX is not ignoring the rules, or failing fast. It’s making all of the right choices, building consensus to find common values, and then breaking one thing. Otherwise, everything converges to look the same and is boring. www.wired.com/2014/09/wrong-theory/ (EditDX, 21 East Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20170929

EditDX

EditDX: Prosthetic @unyq Lisa Ludwig @eythorbender @EditDX personalized style, 3D printing economics brings cost within government copayment ranges. Success on legs, now focus on orthodics for scoliosis, starting from medically approved designs, iterating with aim to reduce design time from 1 hour to 5 minutes. (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20170927

EditDX

EditDX: Innovation @ActuaCEO @EditDX with youth, build confidence with doing science; show role models in middle years; and then build skills. Need to invest in the innovation capacity of youth. Using technology is a small part of being digitally literate. (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20170929

EditDX

EditDX: Panel @jamescowan @rsomerson @codezebra Luigi Ferrera @EditDX on The Future of Design Thinking. Designers accustomed to messy, iterative process, as opposed to business people who want to systematize to be comfortable. Artists may be even more comfortable with radical disruptive change than designers. Digest at https://ingbrief.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/20170929-1635-future-of-design-thinking-editdx/ (EditDX, 21 Don Roadway, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20170929

EditDX

EditDX: Waterlicht @SRoosegaarde @EditDX says design should create experiences that you can’t download. Virtual flood shows how high water could reach without human intervention. Also Van Gogh path as demo of smart highways that charge in daylight and glow in nighttime. Smog Free project starts with tower that cleans air, next will attempt smog free bicycle with Ofo bike sharing in China. (EditDX, 21 Donway Road, East Harbour, Toronto, Ontario) 20170930

Sky Dragon

Sky Dragon: Mid-autumn festival dinner on a busy a Toronto weekend. Streets blocked for Nuit Blanche and Invictus Games, delaying arrivals. (Sky Dragon, Spadina Chinatown, Toronto, Ontario) 20170930

September 30th, 2017

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