Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Helsinki, Finland; Frankfurt Airport, Germany; Toronto, Ontario; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Whitby, Ontario

Hakaniemi Market

Hakaniemi Market: Fishmonger filets pike-perch (kasvatettu siika), as I requested a whitefish for soup tomorrow. She and a passing customer recommended against the hauki (pike) which has many small bones. The advice of a professional is preferred since I’m less proficient varieties of fish, particularly when they’re named in Finnish. (Ekströms Fiskebod, Hakaniemi Market, Helsinki, Finland) 20160201

Post-lecture dinner

Post-lecture dinner: Warm hospitality following pattern of preparing dinner in AS’s kitchen, coming up to Chinese New Year. Old friends and new acquaintances numbered 13 around the table this time. Menu favourites included vegetarian ma po tofu and stick dried bean curd (foo jook) and reconstituted dried shitake mushrooms brought in suitcase from Toronto. Switched seats before dessert to talk to more people at the long table. (Töölö, Helsinki, Finland) 20160202

Cafe Tin Tin Tango

Cafe Tin Tin Tango: Meeting venue popular with coffee up front, laundromat in the back. Fortunately, no clothes were being cleaned while we had our research discussion, so we could sit near a power outlet. Had kaneli pulla (cinnamon buns) with herbal teas. Wifi is available for free 30 minutes at a time, so camping out for the day is monitored by servers. Lavatory was practically Japanese in the economy of space. (Cafe Tin Tin Tango, Toolo, Helsinki, Finland) 20160203

Local tax office

Local tax office: Arrived just before 4:15pm when doors are closed, while government employees continue serving visitors inside. Alternative to 35% withholding for non-residents to Finland is to get a tax card and be calculated on the progressive rate. When income is low, having a tax card could pre-empt having to file a tax return available only in the Finnish or Swedish language in the next year. (Vero Skatt, Fennia-kortteli, Helsinki, Finland) 20160203

Museokatu laneway

Museokatu laneway: Apartment windows look out over open parking behind five storey buildings with commercial businesses that face the street on the other side. View west doesn’t provide much sunlight, and dusk is relatively early at this northern latitude. Having a three-metre day, grading student work for tomorrow’s lecture. (Hellsten Parliament Apartments, Museokatu, Helsinki, Finland) 20160204

Kiasma

Kiasma: Art is free on first Friday night of the month at the Kiasma. The exhibition of “Demonstrating Minds: Disagreements in Contemporary Art” may reflect the prevailing pessimistic mood in the country. The long slow ramp up to the second floor is a famous feature designed by architect Stephen Holl. (Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland) 20160205

February 29th, 2016

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Coventry, UK; Stratford upon Avon, UK; Toronto, Ontario; Las Vegas, NV.

Lady Godiva statue at Broadgate Coventry

Lady Godiva statue at Broadgate Coventry . 1949 work by Sir William Reid Dick at central Coventry in early evening. Few pedestrians, nice weather, but few attractions other than bars with karaoke (Coventry) 20140601

Fountains at U. Warwick

Fountains at U. Warwick. Visiting @ireneclng at Intl Institute for Product and Service Innovation, students on bus unlikely to know building, so asked for math department next door. 30 minutes from Coventry (U Warwick) 20140602

Stratford upon Avon canal basin

Stratford upon Avon canal basin on Flickr. Tour boats moored on a late Monday afternoon, as Stratford upon Avon visitors reorient towards the RSC theatre just beyond. Scenic route towards Heathrow for flight home tomorrow. (Stratford upon Avon) 20140602

Stone Distillery equipment from 1863

Stone Distillery equipment from 1863. Historic alcohol production facility, Badger Distillation Control Panel beside a Distilling Column now with stairs wrapped around it. Factory converted to offices. (Distillery District, Toronto) 20140606

Cardboard Beach, David Pecault Square

Cardboard Beach, David Pecault Square. nstallation by Los Carpinteros for Luminato Festival has visitors reclining on the shade. Corrugated cardboard is a good material for an event that runs one week. (Toronto) 20140609

June 30th, 2014

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Las Vegas, NV; San Jose, CA; Alameda, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Vancouver, BC; Toronto, Ontario.

Opera Las Vegas Venetian

Opera Las Vegas Venetian. Encountered opera in St. Mark’s Square of the Venetian Hotel, Carnevale di Venezia. Arrived in time to hear the singing of Arrivederci. Since I’m not a fan of opera, the last few minutes was enough. (Las Vegas, NV) 20120503 1421

Almaden chair sculptures

Almaden chair sculptures. On walk outside IBM Almaden building with @jimspohrer, art installation of chairs with high backs and singing wires. Better to walk and talk on a warm spring day, than spend the hour in the office (San Jose, CA) 20120504 0957

Oakland runway end

Oakland runway end. Marshes of Alameda at the northwest end of Oakland Airport, with Bay Bridge in the distance. Hotel room has view of jets way taking off, amidst waterfowl nesting below. Was impressed at nearby Victorian homes in Alameda, crossed a lot of bridges to reach hotel. (Alameda, CA) 20120505 0825

SJSU fountain

SJSU fountain. Walked SJSU campus in anticipation of ISSS 2012 in July. Being there surfaces insights that viewing maps online doesn’t. Fountain at the intersection of Paseo de San Carlos and S. 7th St. is a landmark in the middle of campus (San Jose, California) 20120505 1543

May 31st, 2012

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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

April 30th, 2012

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Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, BC; Las Vegas, Nevada.

Atrium of the North York Central Library, from the fourth floor (Monday) 20110404 1515

Atrium of the North York Central Library, from the fourth floor (North York, Monday) 20110404 1515

Aircraft labelled as TCA Trans-Canada Airlines, hopefully for nostalgia and not a recommissioning of 1960s-era equipment (YVR Vancouver) 20110409 1445

Aircraft labelled as TCA Trans-Canada Airlines, hopefully for nostalgia and not a recommissioning of 1960s-era equipment (YVR Vancouver) 20110409 1445

Opening #ibmimpact playing Classical Gas, first guitar with string trio, then guitar rock band, then deejay scratching, finally with band playing on tablets. Venetian Resort, Las Vegas 20110411 0815

Opening #ibmimpact playing Classical Gas, first guitar with string trio, then guitar rock band, then deejay scratching, finally with band playing on tablets. Venetian Resort, Las Vegas 20110411 0815

Live demo on #ibmcloud responding to Twitter at #ibmimpact, so I got my tweet on the big screen. Las Vegas Venetian Resort 20110412 1200

Live demo on #ibmcloud responding to Twitter at #ibmimpact, so I got my tweet on the big screen. (Las Vegas Venetian Resort) 20110412 1200

Trio playing at St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal at the Palazzo Resort. Lighting is all artificial, probably darker than outside right now (Las Vegas) 20110412 1845

Trio playing at St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal at the Palazzo Resort. Lighting is all artificial, probably darker than outside right now (Las Vegas) 20110412 1845

Last chance for gambling before leaving Nevada by air: slot machines at airport international terminal 2, attended by a cashier offering change. Presumably few people leave with bags of coins. (Las Vegas McCarran Airport) 20110416 1015

Last chance for gambling before leaving Nevada by air: slot machines at airport international terminal 2, attended by a cashier offering change. Presumably few people leave with bags of coins. (Las Vegas McCarran Airport) 20110416 1015

Heavy Weather, a group of heavyweight Toronto musicians coming together for fun to play Weather Report jazz (The Rex, Toronto) 20110421 2200

Heavy Weather, a group of heavyweight Toronto musicians coming together for fun to play Weather Report jazz (The Rex, Toronto) 20110421 2200

April 30th, 2011

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