I’m not sure what I expected to see in a ferry building. With people passing through on the way to catch a ferry to the other side of the bay, I guess it’s more than a bus terminal, but less than an airport. Coming through the front door, the hall extended both left and right. I turned right.
A ferry rider arriving a few minutes early could stop by the artisan bakery for a selection of specialty breads.
Meat has become fashionable again. A salumeria — cured meat delicatessen — is in keeping with the times.
The refrigerator cases with complete pieces of meat remind us about animal origins. Continue reading “2008/12/12 San Francisco Ferry Building, market and ships“
We had saved our lunch hunger for the Pier Market, ordering the local specialty: seafood. In addition to a view of the open kitchen serving meals, the hostess had given us choice seats overlooking the bay.
After lunch, we walked out onto the pier for sightseeing, as do thousands of tourists every day.
The sea lions entertained us. Most just lie on the docks and sleep. When one wakes up and honks, a few others join in. With a slight shift in position, one sea lion falls into the water, and then swims around to squeeze into another spot.
There’s plenty of other tourists around with cameras, so we just asked one to snap this group photo with Geovanni, Kia, Nancy, Stephen and myself. Continue reading “2008/12/07 Pier 39, Fishermans’ Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Japan Center“
Overflow room @AmericasForum #tgf @HeatherReisman hosting @geoffreyhinton @YoshuaBengio on questions of #ArtificialIntelligence. Dual podiums and video cameras in the Canadian room. International attendees, security and metal detector checks on the conference level of building. (Royal York Hotel, Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20190905
Friendly security guard escorted us to view decorative barrels now empty, historical architecture formerly housing CIGI 2003-2014. Door with Seagram crest says established 1857, predating this distillery building from 1878. The Centre for International Governance Innovation has moved to a modernist campus next door, and Shopify Plus moved in. I had been in some academic events in the great hall, it's now rows of desks with computers. (Former Seagram Museum, Erb Street, Waterloo, Ontario) 20180522
Enjoyed bonus of live musicians at food hall first opened in 2014. Variety of food sampled included ceviche, beef with nopale, vegan tacos, paella and churros. Dining quality is considerably higher than street food we've had over the past 36 hours. Venue seems popular with tourists and local residents alike. (Mercado Roma, Calle Querétaro, Roma Norte, Mexico City) 20191219
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
Design Session for Social Innovation in Canada @SICanadaTeam @csiTO, attendees introducing selves and sharing breakout conversations. Outline of progress since preliminary consultation late last year, seeking input into beta-beta thinking on pan-Canadian programs under development. Given timeboxed scope for questions, meeting innovators with mutual interests, we barely had time to get past introductions. (Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20190718