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2014/10 Moments, October 2014

Moments, October 2014
Toronto, Ontario; London, UK; Keimolanportti, Finland; Espoo, Finland; Helsinki, Finland; Oslo, Norway; Nottingham, UK; Coventry, UK; Hull, UK.

Jazz Bistro
Jazz Bistro. Classy family night, jazz piano with @wmatsushita. Rare to have all four sons at home at the same time. (Toronto) 20141001
AC856 new 787-8
AC856 new 787-8 . New config, see USB, still looking for AC power outlet. Sad goodbye to DY, she had traveled with me since July. Will wake up in London early. (Toronto Pearson Airport) 20141005
LHR T2 early
LHR T2 early. Tuesday morning Heathrow check-in opens at 5 a.m., but passengers not yet going to gates. Automobile sculpture would be interesting, but T2 too mammoth, and B gates 15 minute walk away. (London, UK) 20141007
Bus transfer at Keimolanportti
Bus transfer at Keimolanportti. Second time taking bus from Helsinki Vantaa airport to Hämeenlinna. After 15 minutes west then north on highway, first bus parks at truck stop, and waits for second bus to arrive and face other direction. Luggage is moved, then passengers board. No platform or signs. Pragmatic, but strange in total darkness when it’s cold outside. Major route towards Tampere. (Keimolanportti) 20141007
Used books for free
Used books for free. At Häme University of Applied Science, bookshelf had old technical manuals, a few research reports published by Finnish institutes. Nothing inspiring, a few familiar titles obsolete for the immersed. (Hameenlinna) 20141008
Plush blue catfish
Plush blue catfish. Life sized mascot of lake fish now extinct in Häme region. Hidden in second floor corridor. (Hameenlinna) 20141009
Kitchen at Aalto Design Factory
Kitchen at Aalto Design Factory. Drawers with “free to use food” and fridge where “unlabelled food can be used freely” illustrate Finnish cooperative design culture, simple and clear. Real time video feed of Tongji Design Factory in Shanghai shows how small the world has become. (Espoo) 20141010
White suits on parliament steps
White suits on parliament steps. Saturday night in Helsinki, this group isn’t the only one dressed up for night out. Black is more popular for women with long eyelashes. (Helsinki) 20141011
Art Week Helsinki at the Cable Factory
Art Week Helsinki at the Cable Factory on Flickr. Slow Sunday on west side of a Helsinki. Free art exhibition less interesting than cavernous building, finished roughly. Grey day outside, but mild the enough for walking and talking. (Helsinki) 20141012
Trash art, Jari Miranda
Trash art, Jari Miranda. Exhibition at Aalto Arts: The Flying Car, The Bubble, Desk, El Cello, all 2014 works. Creativity on display in industrial setting. (Helsinki) 20141013
Oslo Lufthavn platform 4
Oslo Lufthavn platform 4. Can see breath on cold Oslo mid-October morning, cooler than Helsinki earlier in the dark. Waiting for local train to Sentrum, sign says Delay. Reality is train only a few minutes wait, so, Norwegian precision? (Oslo) 20141014
Myra Lokka Park by Vøyenbrua
Myra Lokka Park by Vøyenbrua. Dusk walk from U. Oslo to Grunerlokka includes scenic path south on east bank of Akerselva River. Instead of 40 minute commute in and put off city centre, 70 minute downhill stroll was relaxing. (Oslo) 20141015
Akerselva River at Vulkan
Akerselva River at Vulkan. Rainy morning 10 minute walk north to AHO includes crossing scenic Akerselva River at Vulkan complex. Calming start to the day. (Oslo) 20141016
Peter Jones presenting at #RSD3
Peter Jones presenting at #RSD3. @redesign on Flourishing Business in Oslo, while @aupward in Cleveland. Living up to Relating Systems Thinking and Design title for symposium. (Oslo) 20141017
To French and English Gardens
To French and English Gardens. Henrik Wergelands Garden Pavilion at the Norwegian Folk Museum. Drizzly day will get worse, go outdoors first. (Oslo) 20141018
Astrup Fearnley permanent collection
Astrup Fearnley permanent collection on Flickr. Disappointing Europe Europe show in Oslo immediately lightened by seeing Damien Hurst 1993 Mother and Child Divided, walking into front door. The curator makes the difference. (Oslo) 20141018
Passport check, OSL
Passport check, OSL. Ways to create stress in air travel. Gate from Oslo, Norway to Manchester, UK is beyond unexpected passport control. A case for not waiting for the very last moment to board. (Oslo) 20141019
Well stocked Chinese mart
Well stocked Chinese mart on Flickr. Over lunch in Nottingham, Martin asked what fermented black beans look like. Around the corner, the store has them both in small plastic bags, and cylindrical paper cartons. No need for the jars with pre-made sauce. A signal of cultural diversity in a university town. (Nottingham) 20141020
Fountains at U. Warwick
Fountains at U. Warwick on Flickr. Cool fall day in Warwickshire, wind blowing the fountains. Visiting IIPSI, at WMG, enjoying stroll from conference centre through campus. (University of Warwick) 20141021
Two heads, tourists
Two heads, tourists. After lecture, waiting for taxi, asked to pose with Chinese tourists by statues outside Hull Business School. The man seemed to like my winter hat. How many cameras, smartphones and tablets used for one good digital photo? (Hull) 20141022
Art installation in progress
Art installation in progress. Large assembly at the Tate Britain requires construction crew to make an artist’s work presentable to the public. in the atrium of 500 Years of British Art, between the 1540 and present day periods. New display by Philip King opens Dec. 8, still 6 weeks away. (London) 20141023
Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now
Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now. Anna Sorokovaya 2013 “Illusory Body” illuminated hanging clothes is lit blue by the neon installation on the other side of the room. Some Saatchi galleries reserved for the Wine Experience London, so visitors are directed to upper floor exhibitions. (London) 20141024
Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal
Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal. Check in concourse to Heathrow Terminal 2 spacious, which means super-human scale from Piccadilly Underground through security. Gate in T3 (London) 20141025
LHR T2 play area
LHR T2 play area. Crawling space for baby area on the ground, climbing space for juniors above. (London) 20141025
Used book sale
Used book sale on Flickr. Last day at annual Trinity College book sale. Shelves less dense, but still found treasure: Boulding’s Ecodynamics, a systems theory work that I’ve never found before. (Toronto) 20141027

New streetcar tracks
New streetcar tracks. Leslie Street south of Queen Street still under construction, but east-west blockage is now clear. In a few months, will have screeching turns on rails, as streetcars come and go to new barns. (Toronto) 20141030

2013/06/15-18 Hameenlinna, Haltia, Espoo (Finland)

The Co-Create 2013 conference was the motive for travelling to Finland in the summer. I spent more time in Hameenlinna than Espoo.
In contrast to my winter visits to Finland, the timing of Co-Create 2013 conference meant an opportunity to visit in the summer.  Minna and Petri now live in Hameenlinna, which is cottage country 100 km north of Helsinki.  As a way of beating jet lag, Minna suggested that we bicycle along the paths north by the lake (Vanajavesi).

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In town, the Finnish sense of humour shows up at the HAMK University of Applied Sciences with a milk pier, for which the design is patented.  It’s outside the dairy.  Students produce products which the local neighbours enjoy.

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Petri and Minna have a big back yard.  The weekend was warm enough for brunch under the gazebo, but not warm enough for shorts.

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One tourist attraction open on Sundays is the glass outlet in the town of Iitala.

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At the Naïvist Art Gallery at Iittala, was a showing of Tinga Tinga paintings — some on bike parts — from Tanzania. Continue reading2013/06/15-18 Hameenlinna, Haltia, Espoo (Finland)

2012/04 Moments, April 2012

Moments, April 2014
Frankfurt, Germany; Hameenlinna, Finland; Takajarvi, Finland; Espoo, Finland; Vantaa, Finland; Vienna, Austria; Linz, Austria; Hull, UK; Chicago, IL; Evanston, IL; Las Vegas, NV.

Air Canada FRA
Air Canada FRA. Boeing 777 arrived at Terminal B at Frankfurt, on a cloudy day. Flight delay at outset meant 3 hour connection became a 1 hour connection. Changing to Terminal A and then Gate 36 at the far end was a really long walk to Helsinki leg (20120407 0840) Frankfurt, Germany
Ice and drainspouts, Hameenlinna
Ice and drainspouts, Hameenlinna. Field work more as art than science, as @minlii emerges a theme in thawing temperatures. Curated as a collage on Facebook photos (Hameenlinna, Finland) 20120408 1340
Takajarvi docks well
Takajarvi docks well. Unexpected Easter snow after thaw. Docks still stacked up for the winter. Too early to prime the well head in the forest. Cottage will be more welcoming when the temperature rises. (Takajarvi, Finland) 20100409

 

TUAS party
TUAS party. Spring break for Aalto U. engineering students, jousting at party in Tuas house parking lot. Hot tub in background, naked engineers but no females participating. Sunny day, temperature above freezing isn’t like Daytona Beach. (Espoo, Finland) 20120410 1635
Vantaa Design Gallery
Vantaa Design Gallery. An invitation to enjoy Finnish design at Helsinki Vantaa Airport leads to an installation of chairs designed by Finns, with biographies on display. Directions to “wear hearing protectors” a typically playful Finnish style, enabling greater enjoyment of design in “seizing the moment” (Vantaa) 20120411 1309
Mariahilfer Vienna
Mariahilfer Vienna. Airline waylaid luggage, got suggestion to shop along Mariahilfer, outside the ring road. Found C&A. Browsing underwear led mindset shift, as American white briefs nowhere to be seen, nearest alternative in color with no fly. Luggage fortunately delivered later in the evening. so prior conception of foundation clothes can remain undisturbed (Vienna, Austria) 20120412 1901
ArsElectronica BitFlow
ArsElectronica BitFlow. Installation by Julius Popp, associated with myth of Ariadne’s thread in which chaos is vanquished by order. First exhibited in 2008, now at @ArsElectronica. (Linz, Austria) 20120418 1448
ArsElectronica FabLab
ArsElectronica FabLab. 3D stylus, screen and visors still requires talent, to design to make in Fab Lab at Ars Electronica. Polygons have to be closed so that 3D printers will work. (Linz, Austria) 20120417 1604
Mountains behind Salzburg
Mountains behind Salzburg. Approaching Salzburg from the east on the train, the mountains are impressive. Brief stop on the Railjet from Linz to Munich (Austria) 20120419 1058
Blossoms UHull
Blossoms UHull. Pink blossoms having a tough time flourishing in early British springtime, by the U. of Hull. More warmth and sunshine might help. (Hull, UK) 20120420 1251
Ferens Gallery Upstairs
Ferens Gallery Upstairs. Second floor of the Ferens Art Gallery recently renovated, opens up with beautiful skylight. With @jmwilby, enjoyed the Precious Cargo exhibition of contemporary works by local artists more than the pre-21st century works in most of the galleries. (Hull, UK) 20120421 1307
UIC view east
UIC view east. John Hancock tower in background behind Lecture Centre, on plaza outside Richard J. Daley Library. Beautiful spring day could make one forget that winters on the west coast of Lake Michigan can be bitter. Visited Annalenna for lunch (Chicago) 20120427 1241
Kellogg Reunion 2012
Kellogg Reunion 2012. Under tent on Deering Meadow, Kellogg School Class of 1982 convening as 30th year alumni. Noisy, with deejay calling people to make more noise encouraged us to decamp to private party earlier (Evanston, IL) 20120427 1722
McCarran Airport gates
McCarran Airport gates, Immediately on arrival as Las Vegas Airport, there are slot machines nearby. Casinos don’t like cameras on their floors, but the attendants at the airport don’t seem to care (Las Vegas, NV) 20120429 1136
SandsExpo breakfast
SandsExpo breakfast. Feeding 8500 #ibmimpact attendees for breakfast in Las Vegas presents an industrial scale challenge. There’s disglamour in the Sands Expo self-service buffet and tables on the concrete floor. The style follows fast food protocols, unlike lunches served in ballrooms with carpets, and dinners hosted in onsite hotel restaurants. Maybe late Vegas evenings encourage rudimentary service early in the day. (Las Vegas, NV) 20120430 0759

Treasure Island Sirens
Treasure Island Sirens. Almost trampled by Asian women tourists recoiling from the heat in performance of Sirens of Treasure Island on humid Las Vegas evening. Performers might have been more emotive if they weren’t lipsynching, and actually sang, instead. (Las Vegas, NV) 20120430 2032

2010/09 Moments, September 2010

Moments, September 2010
Toronto, Ontario; Helsinki, Finland; Espoo, Finland.

Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830
Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830
Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330
Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330
Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930
Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930
Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830
Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830
Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845
Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845
Quiet afternoon at Kamppi, where I am used to seeing festivals. Weather cooler than in Toronto.  Number of people wearing hats outnumber the one person I saw in shorts. (Helsinki, Sunday) 20100926 1600
Quiet afternoon at Kamppi, where I am used to seeing festivals. Weather cooler than in Toronto. Number of people wearing hats outnumber the one person I saw in shorts. (Helsinki, Sunday) 20100926 1600

Iconic view of the main building of the former Helsinki University of Technology, which was stylized as their logo.  In the consolidation into Aalto University, the logo is an alphabetic A.  I like the old logo better!  (Espoo, Finland) 20100927 1815
Iconic view of the main building of the former Helsinki University of Technology, which was stylized as their logo. In the consolidation into Aalto University, the logo is an alphabetic A. I like the old logo better! (Espoo, Finland) 20100927 1815

2007/03/11 Thin ice by the Espoo shore

On a bright Sunday afternoon, Pekka and Taina collected some rushes while on a walk on the ice over the sea, before the temperatures warmed up.
Finns enjoy walking on the open ice covering the sea in the winter, but the temperatures this winter have been warm. A short cold spell froze the ice, but the sunny day threatened to make this Sunday afternoon the last possible day to safely go. Pekka and Taina suggested that we try a little walk. They collected some rushes to put in a vase at their living room.

Collecting rushes at the Espoo shore

Close to the shore, the ice was solid, except near rocks where it would crumble under our boots. A pool of water had accumulated near the shore, but beyond that was more ice. Continue reading2007/03/11 Thin ice by the Espoo shore

2006/10/24 Rainy overlooks of Helsinki and Espoo

Some snapshots from the Kone tower in Espoo, on a rainy visit to Finland.
As part of the study tour for NJIT executive MBA students visiting Finland and Helsinki Polytechic Stadia, the group visited Kone Corporation — that’s the elevator company!

One perk of visiting an elevator company is the ride up to the top to check out the view. Here’s the view eastward, over a small marina where a few people commute from their islands into work, with Helsinki on the horizon.
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