November 30, 2012 by
Helsinki, Finland; Kingston upon Hull, UK.
Helsinki Airport Design Camp. Forest-themed chairs, tables and benches, in the “Design Camp” of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. A showcase of Finnish design, where passengers can “camp out” to relax and spend time before the flight. An example of typical tongue-in-cheek humour in Finland. (Helsinki Vantaa Terminal 1) 20121117 1130
Jasmine Osmanthus Blooming Tea. Luxury tea break in the office at the business school. Since I haven’t had an assigned office in about 20 years, I had forgotten that people can personalize their spaces for creature comforts. Jasmine-Osmanthus blooming tea picked up by Jennifer on her last visit to China. For this grade of tea, she says it’s not really cheaper there, than imported here. Similar images in video at youtu.be/nAUz-lSuZL8 (U. Hull, UK) 20121119 1148
Robert Koenig, “Odyssey”. Forty male and female characters carved out of lime trees from the Carpinthian Mountains on southeast Poland. Part of the Polish Season organized by the University of Hull Faculty of Arts and Social Science, placed on a plaza in the central campus. Unfortunate barricade around the installation, presumably to deter damaged, but the fences are distracting. (U. Hull, UK) 20121119 140459
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April 30, 2012 by
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Read more... (684 words, 16 images, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
August 22, 2011 by
There can be a difference between vacation photos and travel photos. Seven days in the UK in five cities wasn’t a leisurely plan, and business called for a few more train rides than originally planned. For a coordinated series of research meetings, I arrived at Heathrow from Finland, and Gary arrived almost the same time from the U.S. We took the tube to Waterloo station, and dragged our luggage to our hotel along the scenic South Bank of the Thames, seeing Westminister Abbey across the river.
Having already been away from home for week, I craved Chinese cuisine. We rode the tube to Piccadilly Circus, and wandered to find Chinatown on Gerrard Street — an easy street to remember, since the Chinatown at home bears the same name.
With the history of the Tavistock Institute at top of mind, we rode the tube up to Swiss Cottage to look at the Tavistock Clinic. The Institute and Clinic used to be colocated, but are now independent entities. On a late Sunday evening, the facilities were closed.
As a change from riding the London underground, we decided to return to the hotel on a double decker bus to see more of the city. We rode from Swiss Cottage on a path including Wellington Road, to Victoria Station.
The next day, I acted as scribe while Gary conducted an interview with Sir Richard Bowlby, on the ties between the research between by John Bowlby and cybernetics. Upon learning that the Bowlby archives are at the Wellcome Library, Gary and I decided to change our travel plans to reroute back through London for one day.
Accommodating a tight schedule, Dav and LJ met us at Paddington Station a few hours before we caught the train to Oxford. LJ found a pub and then a restaurant nearby, after consulting Internet reviews on her mobile phone. Read more... (974 words, 16 images, estimated 3:54 mins reading time)
July 31, 2011 by
Toronto, Ontario; Hull, UK.
Overlook from the O’connor Drive bridge. Greenery in the city, bike path through Taylor Creek Park, view southwest fron the O’Connor Drive Bridge. (Toronto) 20110709 1800
French cannon aimed at Ontario Parliament. One of two cannons aimed westward at the Ontario Legislature Buildings from 23 Queen’s Park Crescent. Presumably not loaded. Plaque says “part of the armament of the French warship Le Prudent captured and burnt by the British under Admiral Boscawen on July 26th 1756 at Louisbourg” (Toronto) 20110711 1900
Fountains at Sherbourne Park, Water feature on plaza at Sherbourne Patk, with Toronto Harbour just behind. Hot summer day, but no children playing, neighbourhood still developing (Toronto) 20110712 1830
Front year garden in Hull England. Flowers stretch westward, hoping for the sun on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Hull, England. A typical residential street, with two-storey houses in rows. (Hull, UK) 20110716 1700
Systems Science welcome reception at ISSS Hull 2011 on Flickr. Via Flickr: At #isss2011 , great minds put to work during the welcome reception, synthesizing knowledge and experiences on synthesizing better futures. This was preceded by drinks and appetizers to lubricate an early integration. We’ll be at the Hull University Business School for the week (Hull, UK) 2011071
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May 13, 2007 by
I stayed with Jennifer at her house in Pocklington last May (before I started photoblogging!) Thus, the precedent of my cooking dinner has become part of the routine. On my first day in, though, Jennifer suggested that we might try the local “Garden Chinese Restaurant“. Fiona was at home, too, so she came along.
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