Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2020/03 Moments March 2020

Toronto, Ontario (with the latter part in COVID-19 social isolation)

Canadian Tire (Lakeshore / Leslie)
Canadian Tire (Lakeshore / Leslie): Encouraged that institution of @CanadianTire remains open when non-essential retailers are closed. Province of Ontario sign reminding “Practice social distancing. Do your best to keep at least two metres away from others.” Store personnel are wearing gloves, shoppers in dances to give others space. (Canadian Tire, Lakeshore Boulevard at Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20200318
Loblaws 60 Carlton
Loblaws 60 Carlton: Appreciating orderly social distancing by Torontonians @LoblawsCarlton lined up around the block, on a clear Saturday late afternoon with temperature hovering around freezing. No shopping for me, just bicycling for fresh air and exercise along relatively quiet city streets. Our citizens aren’t totally locked down, we trust each other to maturely use our own judgement. (Loblaws, 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20200321

Lower Don River Trail
Lower Don River Trail: Biking westbound just over Don River, Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation towards Cherry Street has reconfigured lands and erected temporary structures. Preconstruction should speed up rebuilding of the elevated roadway, where the Don Valley Parkway bends from southbound to westbound. The existing bike paths are unchanged for now, with more signs warning to not stray from from. (Lower Don River Trail, Lakeshore Drive, Toronto, Ontario) 20190327

2020/02 Moments February 2020

Mississauga, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario

Heartland neighbourhood
Heartland neighbourhood: Annual Superbowl ritual featuring hamburgers grilled outside, cold but not blizzard conditions this year. Broke vegan regime as indulgence with family. Larger attendance of millennials this year, some boomer regulars cancelled last minute due to colds. (Heartland neighbourhood, Mississauaga, Ontario) 20200202
Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life: Leaving long message at memorial for a friend who passed away in October. DY was a few years ahead of Mary at the same primary and high schools in Vancouver, and only got to know her through PY in Toronto. Honoured by her relatives flying into for the occasion, and coworkers relating stories of adventurous career in documentaries and journalism. (90 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20200208
Riverside neighbourhood
Riverside neighbourhood: Sparkler means no candles to blow out. Departing from usual cake to accommodate preferences, donuts are less sweet, and the banana bread is even less. Packaging says plant-based, gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and sesame-free, leaving us wondering what ingredients could potentially still be on the list. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20200211
Factory Theatre
Factory Theatre: Coming down from tiered set for bows, #ftLadySunrise @FactoryToronto update by @magicalmudge to 2005 Vancouver sees societal similarities to #CaoYu original 1936 Chinese-language play set in Shanghai. Shallow, dislikeable female characters made even less sympathetic as competitive amongst themselves, with no men cast in the production. Quite a contrast to the conventional portrayal of Asian women as passive and graceful. (Factory Theatre, Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20200218
Riverside neighbourhood
Riverside neighbourhood: Professional delivery of a new refrigerator, and old one hauled away, at home. Deliveryman had tape measure to check entry, asked for a hammer, and then removed door to accommodate width. We had cleared hallway, EKI and I took a few extra moments to finishing emptying contents, mostly onto our back deck in a Canadian winter day before freezing. Evokes memories of myself doing refrigerator deliveries for Kent Tv in Gravenhurst, in the 1970s. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20200219
Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach: Art installation of recycled sailcloth stuffed with straw #NoodleFeed @iheartblob attracts children @winterstations on a clear, bright day above the freezing point. Some took off their boots, others jumped with them on. First bicycling day in a while, wind felt heavy travelling east and then back west. (Woodbine Beach, Toronto, Ontario) 20200223
SystemsThinkingTO
SystemsThinkingTO: Relaunch of #SystemsThinking TO @acojoaca @CatarinavM_TO meetup, guiding conversation through #GarethMorgan #ImagesOfOrganization handout http://coevolving.com/commons/20200225-stto-imagesoforganization towards reframing metaphors. Fishbowl for 15-minutes, then breakout into small groups, ending with debriefings. Participant reported enjoying opportunity for dialogue, collectively making sense of ideas. Closed out session with plans for next monthly meeting, format will evolve with experience. (SystemsThinkingTO, Loyalty One, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20200225 photo by CatvM

Very Fine Seafood Cuisine
Very Fine Seafood Cuisine: Sister coming to town reserved time for family dinner. Ten courses with Peking duck, multiple fish dishes, and vegan selections. Joking about fusion tendencies, cranberries with duck, roasted potatoes with beef, lobster deep fried. Other local family out of town, otherwise we would have needed two banquet tables. (Very Fine Seafood Cuisine, Milliken Boulevard, Scarborough, Ontario) 20200229

2020/01 Moments January 2020

Toronto, Ontario

Scrap Metal Gallery
Scrap Metal Gallery: Installation @ernatmack (2019) Wither, billow, waist? hanging at #ScrapMetalGallery has a feeling of lightness, with translucent fabrics. Some other pieces in the show are made of heavy moving blankets. Dark, rainy day outside, art lovers come as individuals or duos for a destination visit. (Scrap Metal Gallery, Dublin Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20190111
OCADU Graduate Programs
OCADU Graduate Programs: Overview of #SystemicDesign toolkit by @redesign @OCADU_SFI class. Second lecture of term started with current thinking from the #SystemsChanges Learning Circle http://coevolving.com/commons/20200115-ocadu-systems-changes-different-from . Immersive approach to recasting language and reifying #SystemsThinking leads students to get more comfortable with ambiguity. Group had collectively decided to reschedule evening class to afternoon, so weeks following shouldn’t be dark outside. (OCADU Graduate Programs, 205 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20200115
OCADU Graduate Programs
OCADU Graduate Programs: Friday morning class on #SystemsThinking @OCADU_SFI runs in parallel with late Wednesday session. Presented same slides http://coevolving.com/commons/20200115-ocadu-systems-changes-different-from , pacing content in synch. Larger group, larger room, interactions with part-time graduate students is a little different from full-time colleagues. These students have a long day, likely before homework over the weekend. (OCADU Graduate Programs, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20200117
Systems Thinking Ontario
Systems Thinking Ontario: Topic of “Inferring Systems Thinking” at the 75th monthly meeting of #SystemsThinking Ontario, reviewing and reflecting on the titles, readings and discussions beginning in 2013. https://wiki.st-on.org/2020-01-20 If we’ve met that many times, what could we surmise that we’ve discussed, and what might be missing? Not everyone attended every session, but we shared collective wisdom. Some input gathered for future sessions. (Systems Thinking Ontario, Strategic Innovation Lab, OCADU, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20200120
Climate Ventures
Climate Ventures: Tight queuing for podium for 16 Earth Tech companies @ClimateCSI inauguration social. Accelerator https://climateventures.org/earthtech/ have an intensive 6 months. #BarnabeGeis posed if the darkness currently perceived is a womb, where there’s light in the birth ahead. Not-yet-elevator stories about each startup, introducing to partners, advisors and allies. (Climate Ventures, Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20190121
Koffler Centre of the Arts
Koffler Centre of the Arts: Exhibiting “the chrysanthemum has opened twelve times”, @artkarentam, conversing with #ShellieZhang @KofflerArts. Talk began with inspiration of formal photograph of grandfather, leading to exploration of history of staged images sent back to families in Toisan. In addition to photos, installation of portrait studio settings and backgrounds.constructed in collaboration with father and mother. (Koffler Centre of the Arts, Shaw Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20190126

PyData PyLadies Toronto
PyData PyLadies Toronto: Joint @PyDataTO @PyLadiesToronto meeting including @sereprz on Improving Law Interpretability with NLP. Unsupervised Machine Learning, using spaCy on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act data. Extract burdens (obligations), identify subjects, cluster subject (looking for homogenous groups in vector space. Used GLoVe (global vectors for word representation), with dimensionality reduction for sparse data. K-means clustering and evaluation through TD-IDF. Understood presentation, as a result of taking Big Data classes at Ryerson Chang School. (PyData Toronto, PyLadies Toronto, Intelliware, Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20200129

2019/12 Moments December 2019

Toronto, Ontario; Mexico City, Mexico

Delicious Paradise Kitchen
Delicious Paradise Kitchen: Schedule for family lunch at congee-noodle restaurant diverted, as grandfather decides his driving on the day of the first major snowfall is imprudent. Alternative plan to pick up takeout food from the local stall, and bring it to his apartment. Six dishes made-to-order with rice, complemented by barbeque duck and rice noodles ordered at the adjacent shops. (Delicious Paradise Kitchen, Silver Star Boulevard, Scarborough, Ontario) 20191201
Lambert Lounge:
Lambert Lounge: Book launch #SystemsThinking Ontario @allennaleonard coauthor #VanillaBeer on #StaffordBeer: The Father of Management #Cybernetics. Illustrated life history by artist daughter, glossary by his life partner. Causal question-and-answer session on research contemporaries, development of ideas and world travels. (Systems Thinking Ontario, Lambert Lounge, OCADU, McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191209
Design with Dialogue + Systems Thinking Ontario retreat:
Design with Dialogue + Systems Thinking Ontario retreat: End of year annual reflection and planning host by @redesign for #DwDTO Design with Dialogue and #st-on #SystemsThinking Ontario. Surfaced some interests and opportunities across overlapping social communities in the city. DwD is the grandfather with spin-offs, now in at least its turn as members learn together. (Design with Dialogue and Systems Thinking Ontario, Playter Estates, Toronto, Ontario) 20191215
Microsoft Reactor Toronto:
Microsoft Reactor Toronto: Following notesbooks at Python for Data Science course @MSFTReactor @MaRSDD led by #DavidJeppesen @ProwessConsult. Python indexes strings starting from 0, but then the last character is indexed as -1. Full room said to be larger than last session. Many university students attending, learners don’t rest during school term breaks. (Microsoft Reactor Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario) 20191216
Maple Leaf Lounge, Pearson T1:
Maple Leaf Lounge, Pearson T1: Still enjoying benefits as a Million Mile @aircanada flyer. Family beginning first true non-conference vacation since our sons were children. Escaping winter by flying south for 11 days. (Maple Leaf Lounge, Pearson Airport, Toronto, Ontario) 20191217
Calle Rio Lerma:
Calle Rio Lerma: Apprehension of accessing keysafe at the AirBnB at 1 a.m., having been dropped off by an Uber from Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez. Wide door is beside two interior parking spaces, security key allows access to 5th floor apartment and 6th floor bedrooms. First time in Mexico City, neighbourhood appears to have life, even after dark. (Calle Rio Lerma, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City) 20191218
Zocalo:
Zocalo: Higher vantage point of skating rink on Plaza de la Constitucion, from @Turibuscdmx upper deck. Federal District building decked out for Christmas one week away. We started Circuito Centro Historico from Reforma 222 to Auditorio, and then changed to the Circuito Chapultepec Polanco. Sitting upstairs with temperature dropped after sunset, city traffic at a crawl, we abandoned the loop at the Museo Del Nino, and hoped an Uber ride would be more direct. (Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion, Mexico City) 20191218
Cochina Licha:
Cochina Licha: Noticed Mercado Medillin lit up en route to vegan tacos, so we circled back for additional courses as samples. Selected a busy curbside kitchen, friendly waiter pulled two tables in the back together, and gave us menu. Enjoyed tacos carnitas, tamale mole, tostada bacalao. Followed by dessert at Neveria Paleteria with mango and coconut popsicles. Some stomaches with regrets a little later, could be altitude, jet lag, or too much variety in foods. (Cochia Licha, Mercado Medillin, Roma Sur, Mexico City) 20191218
Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc:
Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc: Masa dough feeding into a press at small stall of #TortilleriaCuauhtemoc in back of our local #MercadoCuauhtemoc for fresh flatbread packaged to go, with salsas and guacamole on the side. From our apartment, we walk a few blocks for fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as sampling the centre aisle of open kitchens. The neighbourhood otherwise has convenience stores, but we haven’t encountered any major chains, since we arrived. (Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc, Mercado Cuauhtemoc, Calle Rio Lerma, Mexico City) 20191219
Museo Nacional de Antropología:
Museo Nacional de Antropología: Stone of the Sun (Piedra del Sol) from Aztec early 1500s, buried mid-1500s under the direction of the Archbishop of Mexico to forget ancient sacrifices. Uncovered in 1790, transferred to the Metropolitan Cathedral, then in 1851 to the Archeological Museum. Monolith has face emerging from earth hole, surrounded by four sons, with serpent on the outside edge. (Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City) 20191219
Mercado Roma:
Mercado Roma: 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
Museo Soumaya:
Museo Soumaya: Rodin bronze (1886) The Three Shades (Les Trois Ombres) centered under skylight on the 6th level, is unusual because such (i) heavy castings are usually on a lower floor, and (ii) The Gates of Hell (La Porte de l’Enfer) (1885) is at the ground level. Our family recognized the pieces, as they’re on the campus of Stanford University (placed in much closer proximity). This privately-owned museum has a strong European permanent collection, we saw them in between temporary exhibits at the Museo Jumex next door. (Museo Soumaya, Polanco, Mexico City) 20191220
Arena Mexico:
Arena Mexico: Lucha libre tag team wrestling with aerial acrobatic moves thrilling the audience. We arrived after the show had started, and were pursued by scalpers up to the ticket window. Not the usual style of family excursion for us, we noticed other parents with young children donning the máscaras (masks) of their heroes. (Arena Mexico, Colonia Doctores, Mexico City) 20191220
Callejon de Mesones:
Callejon de Mesones: Mural by #SebastianBastardo @540c487671dd40c in Centro Historico rejuvenated in recent years. Five-hour walking guided walking tour starting from Templo Mayor, to National Palace, San Juan Market and Pulquería Las Duelistas. Did our best to avoid big Saturday crowds, but wall-to-wall shoppers coming up to Christmas. (Callejon de Mesones, CentroHistorico, Mexico City) 20191221
Pulqueria Las Dualista:
Pulqueria Las Dualista: Saw agave succulents earlier in National Palace, so finished the guided tour with a taste of the beverage. Venue was packed, we eventually got a ledge with pulque in natural flavour, then with passionfruit and with guava. Sons declared it as Mexican kombucha, but not worth finishing. We were advised that natural tastes best within a day of harvesting from the source, thereafter the low-alcohol drink is better with a sweetener. (Pulquería Las Duelistas, Colonia Centro, Mexico City) 20191221
Foro Del Tejedor:
Foro Del Tejedor: Our plans were not for a concert bellydancing with @sonorabalkanera, we had right venue but tickets for the wrong night. Usher was gracious to seat us in the balcony for this show. Voiceover that Bridging Mexico to Yugoslavia is Difficult reflected some of genre with modern instruments. Small theatre was intimate, couple on the ground floor energetically dancing. (Foro Del Tejedor, Roma Norte, Mexico City) 20191221
Palace of the Jaguars, Teotihuacan:
Palace of the Jaguars, Teotihuacan: Family tour with a native Teotihuacan guide, starting with the living areas for the priests. Learned that the Teotihuacan constructed the site 200-900AD, at which point the city collapse due to bad harvest and disease, survivors moving on to more fertile lands such as Yucatan. The Aztecs arrived after 1300AD, and didn’t add much to the pre-existing structures. Impressed by the engineering on square columns, stucco painted with natural pigments, and aqueducts for fresh water and sewage. (Palace of the Jaguars, Teotihuacan, Mexico) 20191223

Descending Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Moon: Pyramid dating back to 200AD, the older of the two at the Teotihuacan heritage site.  All of us were able to climb this shorter structure despite narrower stair steps walking sideways.  On the subsequent ascent up the Pyramid of the Sun, DY got more than halfway up, before dizziness and nausea set in.  (Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Moon, Mexico) 20191223

La Gruta:
La Gruta: Family lunch in a cavern formed by volcanic activity, near the pyramids at Teotihuacan. Sampled pre-Hispanic cuisine, including caterpillars from agave plants, turkey and rabbit. Popular venue with many families on Sunday afternoon, shade welcomed after a sunny day up and down the nearby climbs. (La Gruta, Teotihuacan, Mexico) 20191223
Jing Teng:
Jing Teng: Village-style Chinese cuisine in the Viaducto district, far south and east of the typical tourist venues in Mexico City. Waitress spoke Toisan dialect of my family, sons did the order in Mandarin. Third world service, with teacups coming to table in a bowl of boiling water. First cooked green vegetables after a week south of the border, comfort food settles the stomach. Walked around a few blocks, but find didn’t strong evidence of Chinatown vitality. (Jing Teng, Viaducto Piedad, Mexico City) 20191224
Parque Mexico:
Parque Mexico: Slow stroll on Christmas Day at 21°C through Roma Norte, unseasonably cold streak over past week broken. Park established in 1920s in a modern style, with organically winding paths. Teatro al Aire Libre Lindbergh in disrepair was budgeted for repair in 2013, now seems popular with the roller skaters. (Parque Mexico, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City) 20191225
Museo Dolores Olmedo:
Museo Dolores Olmedo: Peacocks spreading their plumage, turning front and back, in the orange garden of the 16th century hacienda. Came to see the largest collection of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo paintings in Mexico, recognized many shown in the 2002 biopic. Dolores Olmedo, a businesswoman patron to Rivera and Kahlo, donated her home and funds for continuing upkeep of a museum featuring the works of her friends. (Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico City) 20191226

Trajineras Xochimilco Mágico: Arrived at boat docks around 5pm, asking if an English-speaking pilot was available. Jonathan was just about to go off-shift, and agreed to take us out for an hour tour. We climbed over a series of docked watercraft to arrive at one of the two named Linda. Jonathan barge-polled the flat-bottom boat out of the parking area, and then turned to port. He said he is a 16-year old, on vacation from school in San Diego, and his parents have a house nearby on the canal. He recommended a specific mariachi band, that came on board for one song. (Trajineras Xochimilco Mágico, Mexico City) 20191226

Museo del Chocolate:
Museo del Chocolate: Raking patterns in the cocoa garden box, frequently levelled by a watchful staff. Museum tracing indigenous use of chocolate both as food and in ceremonials, through the popularization in Europe by the Industrial Revolution and into the 20th century. Guided tours in Spanish only, we were satisfied reading signs in English. Street outside filled with squatters, mansions were damaged in the 1985 earthquake and abandoned. (Museo del Chocolate, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City) 20191227
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo:
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo: The Labyrinth for Birds @muac_unam, @edgar_calel (1986) El laberinto de pajaros, an installation of 18 painted cardboard boxes. As a fan of contemporary art, enjoyed the multiple exhibitions and galleries of this museum more than historic art collections in the city. University campus was closed for holidays, our taxi driver circled around to 3 gates, and then found the destination of the Outdoor Sculpture Space with a lock on the gate. (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, UNAM, Coyoacán, Mexico City) 20191227
Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México:
Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México: Variation on Home Alone 2, Lost in Mexico City, as RDI extends his stay for three days, while the family boards a plane to Toronto. A Nexus card isn’t enough to board an international flight, and his passport was misplaced on a Saturday. Presuming a consultate visit on Monday, rebooked flight home for Tuesday, and reserved an AirBnB. It turns out that the passport was in the bag of AHI, who was on a flight to San Francisco 7 hours earlier. Documents on the way via courier. (Terminal 1, Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México) 20191228

Riverside neighbourhood:
Riverside neighbourhood: Back home in Toronto, DY down with delayed Montezuma’s revenge. Three of four sons also had symptoms around days 9 and 10 of our 11-day vacation. Pity for RDI recovering in Mexico City, flying back overnight. Minor jet lag for me, biked to Chinatown to stock up on groceries, temperature drop tomorrow with possible snow. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20191230

2019/11 Moments November 2019

Toronto, Ontario; Markham, Ontario; Gravenhurst, Ontario; North York, Ontario

Harbourfront Centre:
Harbourfront Centre: Cycle of heating glass in furnace, shaping with pliers and then applying torch @HarbourfrontTO Craft and Design studios. Curves might have been for the neck of a bird in glass, I didn’t observe any blowing. Watching artists at work always a warm venue, particularly on the first day clocks return to standard time, and darkness comes earlier. (Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario) 20191103
CASCONxEvoke 2019:
CASCONxEvoke 2019: Workshop #CASCONxEvoke led by @RohanAlexander @prof_lyons on Barriers to Data Science Adoption: What Existing Frameworks Aren’t Working, with industry panelists providing perspectives. Definitions for #ArtificialIntelligence , #MachineLearning, #DataScience blurred under misconceptions and unfounded expectations. Session served as kickoff towards a research proposal that might be executed over the next 5 years. (CASCONxEvoke conference, Hilton Conference Centre, Markham, Ontario) 20191105
Riverside neighbourhood:
Riverside neighbourhood: Removing gazebo cover in the backyard, as chances of warm weather diminish. The sprinkle of snow didn’t stay last week, but frost in the evenings is coming. We might have chosen a warmer day, but the fall has been unusually busy. (Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20191110
Systems Thinking Ontario:
Systems Thinking Ontario: Update at #SystemsThinking Ontario https://wiki.st-on.org/2019-11-11 on http://systemschanges.com research progress, making distinctions between ecological and behavioral perspectives, on #GeoffreyVickers #AppreciativeSystems reality judgment, value judgment and instrumental judgment. Introduced basics on #ObjectProcessMethodology used to improve the rigour in our modelling. Agenda change announced just 3 hours before scheduled start, topic changed with our original speaker unexpected still in Europe. (Lambert Lounge, OCADU, McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191111
Sharpe Street West:
Sharpe Street West: Last visit to the family buildings, picking up photographic slide carousels that wouldn’t fit on our prior (presumed last) visit. Came and left in less than an hour, routing around the snowbank to load into the car. We already had a meeting in Orillia, so the extended drive north for personal effects was based on expecting that future generations might appreciate these artifacts when elders can’t explain them. (Sharpe Street West, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20191114
Pycon 2019:
Pycon 2019: What @CBCNews knows about Canadians @robroc #PyData @pyconca, analyzing text with #word2vec on corpus of 6 years of news stories. Looking for similarities, didn’t find biases reported in American research. Using gensim and spacy, cosine similarity training took hours, but then model allowed audience to interactively ask questions. Montreal is to poutine, as Vancouver is to sushi. (Python Canada 2019, The Carlu, College Park, Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191116
Pycon 2019:
Pycon 2019: Data Insights from Linked Data #JordanPedersen @UofTLibraries @pyconca @rwangca @swcarpentry in #PyData track http://shorturl.at/rtJOV . Described RDF, into notebook with RDFLib and SPARQL, now exploring graph databases. Alternative ways of cataloguing records in library. (Python Canada 2019, The Carlu, College Park, Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191117
St. Michael’s Hospital:
St. Michael’s Hospital: Looking over shoulder of lab technician for carotid ultrasound, unofficially read as normal. Precautionary diagnostic in assessing risk associated with high blood pressure, since my family practice doctor wants to prescribe medication, and my Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor assesses me as normal. Ultrasound is non-invasive, seemly more common in Asia, as the technician says that those patients arrive with previous histories in hand. (St. Michael’s Hospital, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20191118
Toronto Biennial of Art:
Toronto Biennial of Art: At @TorontoBiennial, approaching the neon sign #LaurentGrasso 2012/2019 Visibility Is a Trap refers to #MichelFoucault #panopticon, as the viewer becomes illuminated by the installation. The exhibition question of what does it mean to be in relation, so viewers become part of the show. Venue is large, a former automobile dealership with repair bays, this temporary space will likely be replaced as with the tower next door. (Toronto Biennial of Art, 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, Ontario) 20191123

Forest Lawn Crematorium:
Forest Lawn Crematorium: Japanese handbell on path to becoming a family heirloom, handed down from grandfather, now through father to daughters. Celebration of life for an artist who led a quiet life, remembered by spouse as a square who became a hippie. Our children played together in the parenting centre, when we first moved downtown. (Forest Lawn Crematorium, Yonge Street, North York, Ontario) 20191129

2019/10 Moments October 2019

Toronto, Ontario; Bala, Ontario; Gravenhurst, Ontario

Stewart Building
Stewart Building: Learning text processing @RLadiesGlobal @ellamkaye visiting Toronto. #Rstats extended with RVerbalExpressions, TidyText and Wordcloud packages, as alternative approach to tools taught in the Digital Humanities course at EdX Harvard. Post-presentation dialogue expansion to the Tidyverse style, taken offline in deeper exploration of features from other programming languages. (R-Ladies Toronto, Stewart Building, College Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191005
Corkin Gallery:
Corkin Gallery: Guided tour for Kirkwood Society @Trinity_College Art Crawl @corkingallery. @milesgertler (2017) Signal Structure 01 steel barricades as in Europe, painted black with white rectangular patches in a camouflage-like pattern. On second floor of show with collection celebrating 40 years, When The Sun Departs For A New Horizon. (Corking Gallery, Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario) 20191005
Sears Atrium
Sears Atrium: Mine the Data @ChangSchool company showcase and networking event starting with @WalterFlaat @dentsuaegis blinded by sunlight, leading to second presenter wearing sunglasses. Officially not #DataScience or #BigData hiring event, attendees learned about what’s happening in the market, with intelligence about candidate selection. Event full to capacity with eager students, young and old. (Sears Atrium, George Vari Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario) 20191010
Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre
Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre: Beautiful fall day for federal @ElectionsCan_E #elxn43 advance poll, #ItsOurVote in our neighbourhood #tordan. Quick in-and-out, with poll clerks at door checking card, directing to small gym, waiting for just a few people in line, giving card and ID, getting ballot and marking off. I prefer the big picture, and am unlikely to change my opinion before election day with crowds. (Toronto-Danforth riding, Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20191011
Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery
Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery: Harvest line at work @CranberryDotCA. Spoke with @CranberryFarmer, we went to @GravenhurstHS together a generation ago, his four sons are younger than our four sons. Berries in hopper fed into air cleaner, operator removing clinging vines. This building was constructed in 1986, DY and I last visited Johnstons Cranberry Marsh in 1984. (Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery; Cranberry Road, Bala, Ontario) 20191012
Gravenhurst childhood
Gravenhurst childhood: Eyeglass frames, late 1960s or early 1970s, broken but not discarded in the accumulated family legacy. These may have been my brother’s or mine, there was no optician in our home town, so orders had to come by mail. Artifacts of a life so long ago, and trash in today’s context. (Muskoka Road S., Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20191013
Victoria Building
Victoria Building: Arrived for morning class @RyersonU @ChangSchool to find students exiting building. Entrance delayed 15 minutes, was told that alarm was pulled. Extra time for fresh air, crisp weather with frost warning last night. (Victoria Building, Ryerson University, Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20191015
GTA R Users Group
GTA R Users Group: Association Rules in #RStats #MichaelEnquist @gta_r_users. Major grocery chain dataset with 50,000 customers, 37,000 merchandise items leading to sparse matrix. Apriori algorithm with support at 0.00001 results in 167000 rules. Unlike to run the complete dataset in a reasonable amount of time, more intelligence makes it a popular approach. (GTA R Users Group, Insight Data Science, Adelaide Street E., Toronto, Ontario) 20191016
GTA R Users Group
GTA R Users Group: Graduate students @mbonsma @JS_Santangelo @ahmedrhasan lead #RStats livecoding course @eebtoronto , @gta_r_users briefed. Experiences published @JOSS_TheOJ http://dx.doi.org/10.21105/jose.00049 . Started as 4th year course, evolved to EEB313 Quantitative Methods in R for Biology https://uoftcoders.github.io/rcourse/ . Data science is in the future for researchers, but few are up to date on tools. (GTA R Users Group, Insight Data Science, Adelaide Street E., Toronto, Ontario) 20191016
Queens Cafe (1950s) Gravenhurst
Queens Cafe (1950s) Gravenhurst: Discovered stack of order blanks for our family’s restaurant in the 1950s (or 1960s). Header reads:
* We Serve Dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* All meals include Soup, Bread, Butter, Potatoes and Dessert.
* Tea, Coffee or Milk with Meal 10c Extra.
Footer reads:
* Kindly tell waiter if you desire Meals Well Done, Medium or Rare.
* Not Responsible for Lost or Mislaid Articles.
Was this from the early 1950s, before Chinese food was served in town? Clearing out historical artifacts. (Queen’s Cafe, Muskoka Road S. Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20191019
  • My father, Kent Ing, filled in the story. Although steak was available, the most popular dish at the Queen’s Cafe was fish and chips, at 30 cents. When the price was raised to 35 cents, the customers really complained. The popular breakfast order was pancakes, drawn from 3 pails of batter each morning. Chinese food was on the menu, with the popular choice chop suey — lots of beansprouts! — and chow main (chop suey with dried noodles on top).

    My father Kent came to Canada in 1949. My grandfather Henry (See Chong) Ing had been in Toronto for some years. In 1951, my grandmother (Toy Ping) and uncle (Harry) came to Canada. My grandfather wasn’t making enough in the Toronto to support the whole family.

    My father Kent spent a summer working in the Chinese restaurant in Orillia. My grandfather and father decided to try their own business. They first talked to a restaurant owner in Brampton. Asking how many were working in that restaurant, the response was 1-1/2 — the owner, and half-time by the old man upstairs. That wasn’t enough business to sustain the family.

    There wasn’t a Chinese restaurant in Gravenhurst in 1951. The store at 350 Muskoka Road South had been a radio store, but was vacant. My grandfather and father bought the store. They got a loan from family (an Ing in Toronto, on Dundas Street West) for the full amount. A Toronto fixtures company offered to design and construct the whole restaurant, no money down, with payment due in three years. There were also plumbers and electricians to pay. Banks wouldn’t loan money.

    There were 7 Chinese who came to Gravenhurst, including Henry, Kent, Sen, Jack and his nephew. They were so poor that lunch was a slice of bread with a little bit of jam.
    When Queen’s Cafe opened, it was the most modern restaurant between Toronto and Parry Sound. It was so nice that customers were initially intimidated to come in. The reputation grew as a place that served good food, both Western and Chinese.

    My father recalls a boom year, between 1957 and 1958. The construction on Highway 11 near Wasago restricted traffic to a one-way bridge at Washago. This meant that traffic was backed up from Huntsville down Muskoka Road in Gravenhurst. The volume was so high that there was a lineup at the door, and as soon as a customer finished eating, the next would hop into the chair. The profits from that year were enough to fund a house in Toronto on Beverley Street, where my grandfather would eventually retire, and Uncle Harry would go to University of Toronto.

Gravenhurst, Ontario
325 Muskoka Road South: Were there any other Chinese babies born in Muskoka that year? The card reads:
* Room: 14
* Name: Ing, Baby Boy.
* Date: April 10 – 61. Time: 4:10 a.m.
* Weight: 8 Lbs. 1 Ozs.
* Doctor: Chittick
* Wt: 7-13 1/2 on discharge April 18/61
The invoice reads:
* Bracebridge, Ont. April 18, 1961
* Violet Ing and Baby 428-61
* Gravenhurst
* In Account with Bracebridge Memorial Hospital
* April 14 to 18
* 4 days @ 19.75 = 79.00
* 3 days @ 6.00 = 18.00, Balance 97.00
* O.H.S.C Pays: 84.00
* Pt. Owes: 13.00
Document was discovered in bottom drawer of a desk, clearing out family artifacts. (Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20191019
Think Summit 2019
Think Summit 2019: Scaling trusted AI across the enterprise @pavelrahman #RichardHines @samiahmed #StephenKerrigan , #ThinkCanada @IBMCanada experiences at @AirCanada @BMO @kinrossgold. Two emphases for the day are the deluge of data created every day, and the skills gap in labour projected to 2030. Met some former colleagues, talked about the new generation in the company. (Beanfield Centre, Princes Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20191024
Systems Thinking TO
Systems Thinking TO: Planning meeting for #SystemsThinking TO relaunch, as baton is being passed to new leadership. Saturday afternoon worked this time, there will be another planning meeting maybe on weeknight. Looks like regular sessions will restart in January-February timeframe, after holidays. Temporary online venue at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12303749/ until more details are worked out. (First Canadian Place, King Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20191026
Sharpe Street West
Sharpe Street West: Swinging 1970s bar that was in our family apartment of my childhood over the store, moved downstairs and loaded into truck. Free Stuff Leaving Gravenhurst event advertised on Facebook and Kijiji drew neighbours from Muskoka to take remnants of the former retail store and residence, first established in 1961. Three-hour window welcoming visitors, and we returned to Toronto. (Sharpe Street West, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 29101027
315 Muskoka Road South
315 Muskoka Road South: Reminiscing amongst Karen, Kent and Allan, working together from the 1960s through the 1990s, from the days of Queens Cafe, then at Kent Tv. Those were days when electronics could be repaired by field service technicians, rather than throwing things away. Caught up on kids, grandkids, great-grandkids. (315 Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst, Ontario) 20191027
  • My father Kent said that George White used to come into Queen’s Cafe at night for a coffee, and to talk. He was complaining that his television wasn’t working, and the serviceman had come over more than few times, and it still wasn’t working properly. He asked if my father would take a look at it.

    Kent went over. He said that it was one of the old televisions where the magnet is in a yoke that goes around the neck of the picture tube. He just adjusted it a bit, and the television worked fine within minutes.

    George went back to work at Rubberset, and said that Kent was a miracle worker. This led to other people in town asking for Kent to fix their televisions.

    So, George White is a key figure in the transition from Queens Cafe to Kent Tv. My father’s business started from the referrals that George started.

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