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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2018/08 Moments August 2018

Toronto, Ontario; Indianapolis, Indiana; Peoria, Illinois; Salina, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; Lake Forest, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois

AGO
AGO: Resting spot @agotoronto Pablo Picasso (1928) “Seated Woman” in permanent collection since 1964. Free admission on Wednesday nights means larger crowds, and summer tourists fill the whole facility. (Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20170801
Robarts Library
Robarts Library: South-facing view of city, as I’m reading history of science during a slow holiday weekend. “In 1982, [Eric Trist] wanted to create at York University a Centre for Action Learning but faced resistance from the University Senate”. Richard Trahair, (2017) “Behavior, Technology, and Organizational Development: Eric Trist and the Tavistock Institute” p. 289. (Robarts Library, 11th floor, University of Toronto). 20180805
Congee Queen
Congee Queen: Family from Vancouver visiting in town, so got generations together for lunch to catch up on news. Restaurant name underscopes the extent of the menu, as the table filled up with food. Hungry sons, no leftovers. (Congee Queen, Agincourt Mall, Scarborough, Ontario) 20180806
Yen Ching
Yen Ching: Mixed research agenda with social, at intercept dinner after driving 11 protracted hours from Toronto. Discussed release of paper on “Calvin Pava’s Legacy: Sociotechnical Systems Design for the ‘Digital Coal Mines’”, and histories leading up to its writing. Spouses had parallel conversation on less academic pursuits. (Yen Ching Restaurant, E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN) 20180808
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Peoria Riverfront Museum: Seward Johnson (2014) “Return Visit” 31-foot painted bronze dwarfs spouse referring to her own book. A contemporary common man receives the 1854 Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln in Peoria in 1854, relevant still today. We only had a short visit around the grounds, and the Caterpillar Visitor Center next door, en route from Indianapolis IN to Fairfield IA, not enough time to see the exhibits inside. (Peoria Riverfront Museum, Washington Street, Peoria, Illinois) 20180809
Salina
Salina: Twilight dinner around the fire, visiting with extended family representing three generations of farmers. The meal featured home grown beef, tomatoes, cantaloupe, plus dessert of marshmallows heated over open flames to make smores. Stories of the house where today’s elders grew up, and the multiple barns nearby eventually knocked down by storms. (Salina, Iowa) 20180810

Salina
Salina: Finishing up construction of the ramp to the deck that wraps around the house. Slope of the terrain means platform on pillars driven into the ground. Potential for parties to watch the sunset, with western exposure. DLH says physical activity helps the thinking for writing. (Salina, Iowa) 20180811
James Madison Park
James Madison Park: Sunset on Lake Mendota, just north of state capital building. Further along the shore, U. Wisconsin Madison campus, where i attended in an ISSS meeting in 2008. Only a short visit on this routing, to deepen some intuitions on systems knowledge with a retired professor. (James Madison Park, E. Gorham Street, Madison, WI) 20180814
Lake Forest
Lake Forest: Shown the 9-foot Bosendorfer grand piano in the home of my master’s degree advisor. One of the last instruments built by the Austrian instrument-maker, before the company was acquired by the Japanese. The couple downscaled to an empty-nester home, I had forgotten that DY had seen the big house for 4 kids in 1984, on our original migration driving from Vancouver to Toronto. (Lake Forest, Illinois) 20180815
Cybernetics in Chicago
Cybernetics in Chicago: The Role of Multiple Levels by Timothy F.H. Allen @ASC_Cybernetics keynote speaker. Described systems sciences colleagues often as naive realists. Complexity is the way you look at a system. Funtowicz & Ravetz (1992) see quality in postmodern production as internal, within the process of doing science or creating art. Modern science is hostile to postmodernism. (American Society for Cybernetics, University Center, Chicago, Illinois) 20180816.
Pritzker Pavilion
Pritzker Pavilion: Free @TheSeaAndCake show, walking with @redesign around @Millennium_Park after dinner. Families relaxing on blankets on the lawn in back, serious listeners up at the front. A flashback to graduate school days, when I was living carefree in the Chicago area. Natives are friendly. (Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois) 20180816
Cybernetics in Chicago
Cybernetics in Chicago: Systems research and backstories with Timothy FH Allen + @snousala sharing contexts. Discussion in quiet room beside the main conference meeting. Often the best conversations aren’t scheduled formally on the program. (ASC Cybernetics, University Center, State Street, Chicago, Illinois) 20180817
Cybernetics in Chicago
Cybernetics in Chicago: Systems sciences discussion @redesign @snousala, with Timothy FH Allen extending the previous day’s keynote presentation at greater depth. All of us are ISSS members who coincided at this venue, oriented more towards open systems theory based in biology, and less in cybernetics. Catching everyone while we can. (ASC Cybernetics, University Center, State Street, Chicago, Illinois) 20180818
Cybernetics in Chicago
Cybernetics in Chicago: Temporal Variety of Horizon Bias @redesign at ASC Cybernetics annual meeting. When we think about requisite variety, we don’t always think about time. (American Society of Cybernetics, University Center, Chicago, Illinois) 20180818
Alice and Friends
Alice and Friends: Saved room for vegan chocolate mousse pie, raw key lime cheesecake, mint chocolate soy ice cream. Splurged on satay skewers and dumplings, before main dishes pan-Asian. Catching up on news since last year’s visit, Northwestern U. put us together as family in 1980. (Alice and Friends Vegan Kitchen, N. Broadway Street, Chicago, Illinois) 20180819
Maple Leaf Square
Maple Leaf Square: Bass booms from Drake concert shook the 24th floor apartment in building next door to the Scotiabank Arena. Our host hasn’t heard a concert that loud, before. Brief torrential downpours earlier in the evening subsided, I wished I had biked over instead of taking the streetcar and subway. (Maple Leaf Square, Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20180821
Costco Thorncliffe
Costco Thorncliffe: Bicycle racks outside big box store suggests buying as much as a person can carry, rather than loading up a truck. Formerly the Coca-Cola headquarters built in 1964, the architecturally historic building was transformed and renovated for 2018. The neighbourhood included other modernist industrial buildings in the garden suburb. In 1966, the Don Valley Parkway ended at Lawrence Avenue, and wasn’t yet connected to Highway 401. (Costco Wholesale, Overlea Boulevard, Thorncliffe Park, East York, Ontario) 20180822
SystemsThinkingTO
SystemsThinkingTO: August session as games night, based on success of June episode that scored highly. Learned that participants enjoy participating, rather than just watching slide presentations and talking heads. Getting up from rows-and-columns tables a good move. (SystemsThinkingTO, LoyaltyOne, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20180823
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: The 33rd time we’ve reconvened at the fountain to renew our marital commitment. CL was thoughtful in giving us flowers to celebrate the occasion. This year, the weather was cool and the fountain was drained. (Edward Gardens, Lawrence Avenue East, Don Mills, Ontario) 20180824
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: Willet Creek flows south into the Don River West, after the bridges over the lower walks of the park. Absences of one son in California and another on an airplane is okay, they know the course well. (Edward Gardens, Lawrence Avenue East, Don Mills, Ontario) 20180824
475 Unwin Ave.
475 Unwin Ave.: Circular turnout is Outer Harbour Recreational Node, surmised from sign outlining waterfront fish from Lake Ontario safe to eat. Officially opened in 2015, I hadn’t noticed it before. Also discovered pave bicycle path through the bushes eastbound to Tommy Thompson Park. (Outer Harbour Recreational Node, Unwin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20180827
Dead End Studio
Dead End Studio: Opening night paintings @playthink installations @PTSDalchemy “It’s All in Your Head” show in artists’ space in one of the city’s last original industrial warehouses. Sun setting outside south-facing windows, view of billboards seen from the Gardiner Expressway. (Dead End Studio, 7 Fraser Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20180830

Dead End Studio
Dead End Studio: Opening reception installation @PTSDalchemy paintings @playthink “It’s All in Your Head”. Crystals shaped naturally, responding to emotional impressions focused on raw shapes. Cubism on canvases, exploring brain-body connections. (Dead End Studio, 7 Fraser Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20180830

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