Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2019/08 Moments August 2018

Toronto, Ontario; Gravenhurst, Ontario

Japanese Paper Place
Japanese Paper Place: Show and tell @thejpp #GoSomewhere Japanese Art Tour. #AkikoTakeuchi described her approach to painting, as well as creating books with patterns that were used in designing the dress she was wearing. Each panelist spoke about her inspirations and methods, particularly in the choices amongst varieties of washi paper. One stop on a journey through cities Quebec and Ontario, coinciding with celebration of Canada-Japan 90 years of diplomatic relations. (The Japanese Paper Place, The East Mall, Etobicoke, Ontario) 20190801
West Island
West Island: Couple spent 10 minutes canoodling inside the #JapaneseBell, situated on an @OntarioPlace islet just west of #Cinesphere. Solid bronze cast in 1977 was a gift from #JapanExternalTradeOrganization and Japanese Ontarians to the Province. Simcoe Day quiet in the downtown core, many pedestrians near the waterfront. (West Island, Ontario Place, Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario) 20190805
Corktown Commons
Corktown Commons: Discovered bubble soccer game with players on the grass, on an open athletic field that I’ve never seen in use. Running while carrying a zorb ball must be tiring, as some runners chose to relax on the ground rather than chasing and dribbling. Noticed minivan parked just off the street with deflated balls inside, and small motors ready to pump them up. (Corktown Commons Park, Mill Street at Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20190808
Power Plant Gallery
Power Plant Gallery: Takes some reading to appreciate @abboutjoana and #KhalilJoreige (2014) #TheGeometryOfSpace @ThePowerPlantTO as part of #OnScams exhibition. Circulation of e-mail messages printed in #TheScamAtlases book, drawn on walls in pencil, and represented in 3D with curved oxidized steel rods. Faced surface for traffic in 2008, attendant warned to not lean on the opposite wall, in case the graphite might get rubbed away. (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario) 20190808
Systems Thinking Ontario
Systems Thinking Ontario: Relaxed first-person reports on summer systems conferences from the west coast @ocadslab . Multiple attendees @asc_cybernetics Vancouver and @isssmeeting Corvallis, so coverage over parallel streams more complete. Many of us have longer history with these systems organizations, providing colour commentary on history and anticipated futures. (Systems Thinking Ontario, Strategic Innovation Lab, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20190812
Riverside neighbourhood
Riverside neighbourhood: Home cooked meal for family travelling from the UK, on summer vacation back in the land where they started. Before they had kids, they used to look after our kids. After dinner, paper crafting session, as our family doesn’t normally include girls. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20190813
Gravenhurst Opera House
Gravenhurst Opera House: Drove up to my hometown with my father, for a stay of one or two days, to check out the building across the street from the local landmark. Discovering how many loose ends for the family might need wrapping up. Could be the first overnight in the apartment since before DY and I married. (Opera House, Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20190820
Lions Pavilion
Lions Pavilion: On a bright, warm afternoon walking Muskoka Wharf, noticed a Public Outdoor Room (as A Pattern Language #69 describes) that provides shade and a social place to rest. My father said that he was out of town on the two days of construction May 1-2, 1993, by 60 tradespeople and volunteers, but was part of the Lions Club crew who later painted the ceiling white. The colour has changed, and the site is well maintained. Chatted with a woman looking after her grandniece, who remembered saying that such a project would never come to be. Father said he was on town council public works, and approved a suggestion to invite clean fill from excavated sites, filling in the marsh. (Lions Pavilion, Muskoka Wharf, Bay Street, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20190821
Google Developer Group Cloud Toronto
Google Developer Group Cloud Toronto: Pacman game controlled by #RamkumarArunamoorthy turning head on camera #GDGCloudToronto demonstrating #TensorFlow. Self-paced Intro to ML (Image Processing) @quiklabs course, with leader on big screen helping people getting stuck. Completing the first lab with 60 minute timer countdown isn’t an issue those who came for the GDG Cloud Essentials a few months ago, but puts stress on those unaccustomed to a Linux terminal. (Google Developer Group Cloud Toronto, George Brown College Waterfront Campus, Dockside Drive, Toronto, Ontario) 20190824
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: Renewal of vows for 34th year, original venue fountain is still the same, a few more flowers in the background. Noticed more improvements and construction around the grounds. Family dinner of Hakka cuisine a change. (Edward Gardens, Lawrence Avenue East, Don Mills, Ontario) 20190824
Mums the Word
Mums the Word: Social meetup @OpenIDEO_TO local chapter, describing design challenges towards building solutions to tough challenges. Small discussion groups, met some attendees new to city. Exercise on idea generation using How Might We starter, then group refinement to ensure not too broad or narrow. Session sets expectation for upcoming design challenge next month. (Mums the Word, College Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20190827
Systems Thinking TO
Systems Thinking TO: Summer retrospective and thinking forward for #SystemsThinking Ontario, relaxed discussion on plans for rest of year amongst small group. Session was organized on short notice, as last month was prorogued in vacation season. Will bring back swashbooking, and try some case studies as coming events. (System Thinking TO, Loyalty One, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20190828
Muskoka Road South
Muskoka Road South: After-dinner couples stroll on main street, Friday of Labour Day long weekend. Dad says that the summer vacationers have already left, preparing children to start school on Tuesday. Brewpub a few blocks north busy serving flights, live music attracting hipsters. (Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20190830

Rickshaw Restaurant
Rickshaw Restaurant: Revisited the place I knew as a child 60 years ago as Queen’s Cafe, where our family had a start in this small town. The basic layout is the same, with a section raised a small step to the east, and the kitchen beyond. The counter facing the south wall with pies in refrigerator cases and milkshake makers is gone, with small tables now in front of a mirror. The room looks smaller, of course, beyond the perspective of a 4-year old. (Rickshaw Restaurant, Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20190831
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