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Jake Sharman has been at 3 events

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Isabelle Fortin27,178Hello again !! Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can *post our pictures with fake ones*  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  !  thank you so much for all your photos and messages. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00259  
ARTISTS IN THE PLUS1,973,465+Artists In The Plus is proud to bring you a very special "Concerts In The Plus!' with Guitar Legend +Preston Reed. (Banner Photo By +Ralf Hebauf ) +Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist. First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. Reed attacks the entire instrument in a never-ending search for the orchestra he knows is lurking inside. At full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands at once suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work. The most impressive thing about Reed's technique, though, is that it doesn't draw attention to itself. His compositions are far from abstract virtuosic displays; even without lyrics he creates vivid, engrossing scenes. Sometimes the effect is almost onomatopoetic. Reed generates visual stimuli with every tweak of his instrument, thus augmenting his wordless compositions with an aura of the poetic. Each tune is a story in itself with a potent, cinematic atmosphere and an almost tangible thread of communication between Preston Reed and the listener. Reed's entry into this guitar odyssey was inauspicious enough, his path thereafter largely self-discovered. A few chords learned from his guitar playing father, a brief, very brief, flirtation with the ukulele, clandestine practice sessions of his favourite Beatles and Stones songs on dad's guitar .... and then a too-strict classical guitar teacher led to premature retirement. At 16, however, Reed heard Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna. His interest was rekindled big time. Acoustic guitar heroes John Fahey and Leo Kottke were studied, their styles absorbed but not imitated, and at this point things really begin to get interesting because, at 17, Reed, by now precociously proficient, played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute. Just getting on a train from his native Armonk in New York State to Washington was a cool adventure. And it was just the first of many, not least of which was the one which resulted from his signing his first deal with a major record company, MCA, through the auspices of his friend, country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett. Determined to make the most of this opportunity, Reed pushed himself to go beyond the standard fingerpicking styles he'd perfected. The result was the beginnings of Reeds startlingly innovative style, with its percussive, two-handed fretboard attack, that you hear today and which has caused guitar luminaries such "Concerts In The Plus!" Preston Reed2013-05-26 21:00:0071  
Trever McGhee95,859Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system! This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know. Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know. I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way, The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it. My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you. I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true. Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later. Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish. They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event. It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters. Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true. Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart. Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life... *****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOU In my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with. So today I Celebrate being 44 and 1 day old.Update to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00202  

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2015-06-26 11:49:20 (72 comments, 36 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

2,200 bottlecaps in a box
2,200 bottlecaps

Take them all and post them to Bethesda
 and voilà! a copy of Fallout 4!

Okay, it doesn't really work well as a song, but Oh Em Gee, what a very cool and awesome thing to have happen.

(I wonder if they take Russian Standard caps...)

#Fallout4   #gaming   #Bethesda   #seriouslycool  

Most reshares: 36

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2015-06-26 11:49:20 (72 comments, 36 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

2,200 bottlecaps in a box
2,200 bottlecaps

Take them all and post them to Bethesda
 and voilà! a copy of Fallout 4!

Okay, it doesn't really work well as a song, but Oh Em Gee, what a very cool and awesome thing to have happen.

(I wonder if they take Russian Standard caps...)

#Fallout4   #gaming   #Bethesda   #seriouslycool  

Most plusones: 258

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2015-06-26 11:49:20 (72 comments, 36 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

2,200 bottlecaps in a box
2,200 bottlecaps

Take them all and post them to Bethesda
 and voilà! a copy of Fallout 4!

Okay, it doesn't really work well as a song, but Oh Em Gee, what a very cool and awesome thing to have happen.

(I wonder if they take Russian Standard caps...)

#Fallout4   #gaming   #Bethesda   #seriouslycool  

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2015-07-31 15:33:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

World's longest and tallest tunnel slide
to become a part of Britain's tallest sculpture

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an observation deck designed and built for the 2012 Olympic Games. The idea behind the slide is to encourage more people to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, whose visitation numbers are currently falling well short of prediction.The slide will cost just shy of £1 million and will have "minimal impact" on the Orbit.

The slide itself will be comprised of 80 meters of stainless steel tubing that will see the brave soul slider circle the Orbit five times and then enjoy a hair-raising 50 metre plunge to the bottom. The diameter will be approximately 800 milimetres, widening to 2.2 metres at the bottom for easy exit.

The cost to slide is predicted to be £5.

I don't know... It could be fun. Anyone up for a trip toL... more »

World's longest and tallest tunnel slide
to become a part of Britain's tallest sculpture

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an observation deck designed and built for the 2012 Olympic Games. The idea behind the slide is to encourage more people to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, whose visitation numbers are currently falling well short of prediction.The slide will cost just shy of £1 million and will have "minimal impact" on the Orbit.

The slide itself will be comprised of 80 meters of stainless steel tubing that will see the brave soul slider circle the Orbit five times and then enjoy a hair-raising 50 metre plunge to the bottom. The diameter will be approximately 800 milimetres, widening to 2.2 metres at the bottom for easy exit.

The cost to slide is predicted to be £5.

I don't know... It could be fun. Anyone up for a trip to London once this is done? We'll grab something to eat after.___

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2015-07-31 15:03:30 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Mog the Tyne
Newcastle's new cat cafe

I've not been yet, but I will be booking in an hour sometime soon. As a lover of animals (and coffee) and the owner of cats, I could possibly see this becoming a favourite afternoon unwind place. Maybe I could even convince my manager to hold my next review here (hint, hint, hint).

#moggies   #catcafe   #Newcastle  

Mog the Tyne
Newcastle's new cat cafe

I've not been yet, but I will be booking in an hour sometime soon. As a lover of animals (and coffee) and the owner of cats, I could possibly see this becoming a favourite afternoon unwind place. Maybe I could even convince my manager to hold my next review here (hint, hint, hint).

#moggies   #catcafe   #Newcastle  ___

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2015-07-29 09:26:49 (15 comments, 8 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

... and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
but we'll just shake it off

It's funny how we often perceive the world to be vastly different from what it was when we were children or when our parents or grandparents were young. Yet, in many of the ways that count, nothing much has changed.

This truth is illustrated in Danish writer and thinker Søren Kierkegaard's personal diary, where he talks of the psychology that drives phenomena that we typically associate with the now, contemporary world: bullying and trolling. The thing is, he wrote about it in 1847. 

An excerpt:

There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying [...] essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: but if he can’t be admitted as apart... more »

... and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
but we'll just shake it off

It's funny how we often perceive the world to be vastly different from what it was when we were children or when our parents or grandparents were young. Yet, in many of the ways that count, nothing much has changed.

This truth is illustrated in Danish writer and thinker Søren Kierkegaard's personal diary, where he talks of the psychology that drives phenomena that we typically associate with the now, contemporary world: bullying and trolling. The thing is, he wrote about it in 1847. 

An excerpt:

There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying [...] essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: but if he can’t be admitted as a participant in my greatness, at least he will laugh at me. (to read the full passage, please see the article)

There is a worthy lesson to be taken away from Kierkegaard's words, and remember, next time you're confronted with an online bully or troll:

Showing that they don’t care about me, or caring that I should know they don’t care about me, still denotes dependence… They show me respect precisely by showing me that they don’t respect me.

#bullying   #trolling   #psychology   #humancondition  ___

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2015-07-28 16:01:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Movie poster, real people mash-ups

This is an older piece on Sortra (from 2014), but it's still very way cool. In this series of photographs, graphics artist Jaemy Choong combines movie posters and real people for interesting effect. 

If you like these, he's got loads more on his Instagram page: https://instagram.com/jaemyc/

#movies   #mashups   #art  

Movie poster, real people mash-ups

This is an older piece on Sortra (from 2014), but it's still very way cool. In this series of photographs, graphics artist Jaemy Choong combines movie posters and real people for interesting effect. 

If you like these, he's got loads more on his Instagram page: https://instagram.com/jaemyc/

#movies   #mashups   #art  ___

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2015-07-28 10:07:58 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It's not climate change, it's everything change
the importance of cli-fi

Margaret Atwood puts her thoughts forward in this interesting piece on Matter. (medium.com) In it, she also suggests that we create a new genre of fiction, called cli-fi, in which we tell the stories that need to be told to catch the world's attention regarding our climate future.

“Can we change our energy system? Can we change it fast enough to avoid being destroyed by it? Are we capable of thinking about longer-term issues, or, like the lobster in a pot full of water that’s being brought slowly to the boil, will we fail to realize the danger we’re in until it’s too late? We’re supposed to be smarter than lobsters. We've committed some very stupid acts over the course of our history, but our stupidity isn't inevitable.”

#Atwood   #climatechange   #clifi ... more »

It's not climate change, it's everything change
the importance of cli-fi

Margaret Atwood puts her thoughts forward in this interesting piece on Matter. (medium.com) In it, she also suggests that we create a new genre of fiction, called cli-fi, in which we tell the stories that need to be told to catch the world's attention regarding our climate future.

“Can we change our energy system? Can we change it fast enough to avoid being destroyed by it? Are we capable of thinking about longer-term issues, or, like the lobster in a pot full of water that’s being brought slowly to the boil, will we fail to realize the danger we’re in until it’s too late? We’re supposed to be smarter than lobsters. We've committed some very stupid acts over the course of our history, but our stupidity isn't inevitable.”

#Atwood   #climatechange   #clifi  ___

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2015-07-27 12:49:26 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Take away the fish course, and I've set a table like this a few times, starting at age six when I was helping Mother. I've also eaten more than a few meals with this setting in front of me.

It was a lifetime ago, of course. I haven't owned a dining room table or nice dishes/cutlery in over 10 years... Actually, I haven't even entertained in over 10 years. But it's kind of like riding a bike; once you've gotten the hang of it, it's hard to forget.

#southernbelle   #onceuponatimeinmylife  

via +Keith Wilson 

___Take away the fish course, and I've set a table like this a few times, starting at age six when I was helping Mother. I've also eaten more than a few meals with this setting in front of me.

It was a lifetime ago, of course. I haven't owned a dining room table or nice dishes/cutlery in over 10 years... Actually, I haven't even entertained in over 10 years. But it's kind of like riding a bike; once you've gotten the hang of it, it's hard to forget.

#southernbelle   #onceuponatimeinmylife  

via +Keith Wilson 

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2015-07-27 11:15:52 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Rolling shelters for the homeless

As an alternative to popular solutions like laws that declare, "don't feed the homeless", having authority figures take homeless people's possessions from them, and the placement of "anti-homeless spikes" in sheltered areas, Eduardo Lacroze has created what he calls a "rolling shelter".

Illustrations within the article show how the structure works—showing it fully closed and not much bigger than the trolley that carries it and fully extended, with someone nestled inside and the structure closed for protection against the elements. 

Critics claim that providing this kind of temporary shelter will only encourage people to remain homeless longer (based in the assumption that the homeless remain that way by choice). Lacroze's response to those critics is kinder than mine: 

“Werecog... more »

Rolling shelters for the homeless

As an alternative to popular solutions like laws that declare, "don't feed the homeless", having authority figures take homeless people's possessions from them, and the placement of "anti-homeless spikes" in sheltered areas, Eduardo Lacroze has created what he calls a "rolling shelter".

Illustrations within the article show how the structure works—showing it fully closed and not much bigger than the trolley that carries it and fully extended, with someone nestled inside and the structure closed for protection against the elements. 

Critics claim that providing this kind of temporary shelter will only encourage people to remain homeless longer (based in the assumption that the homeless remain that way by choice). Lacroze's response to those critics is kinder than mine: 

“We recognize that the project doesn't fix the structural economic issues that cause homelessness... But by offering this option, we’re providing an effective short-term solution that helps improve the quality of life for the homeless and gives them access to new opportunities to improve their situation.”

What do you think?

#homelessness   #rollingshelter  ___

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2015-07-24 18:35:45 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vokda

I love this stuff...

and I seriously love Friday nights when I have some on hand.

You've guessed it.

Tonight is a night of serious vodka love.... 

#vodka   #grownupstuff   #itstheweekend  

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vokda

I love this stuff...

and I seriously love Friday nights when I have some on hand.

You've guessed it.

Tonight is a night of serious vodka love.... 

#vodka   #grownupstuff   #itstheweekend  ___

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2015-07-24 13:57:24 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

William Shatner interviews STNG cast
an hour long documentary on the programme reveals... something interesting

Mostly, I'm just collecting this to watch later. But feel free to enjoy and comment! I will too, once I watch it!

#startrek   #behindthescenes  

h/t +Joyce Donahue 

The hour-long documentary focuses on interviews between Shatner and members of the Next Generation cast and staff.___William Shatner interviews STNG cast
an hour long documentary on the programme reveals... something interesting

Mostly, I'm just collecting this to watch later. But feel free to enjoy and comment! I will too, once I watch it!

#startrek   #behindthescenes  

h/t +Joyce Donahue 

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2015-07-24 13:31:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Google Digital Garages meets Library of Birmingham

We talked about this awhile back, and now doors are set to open on Monday.

Personally, I find the potential encouraging. As the article states, less than 30% of the UK's SME (small to medium enterprises) have an effective online presence. With Google's offer of help, we can up those numbers, which will then feed into further growth and adoption of digital technologies on a wider scale. I can definitely see advantages in that for the construction industry, and I'm sure others in other industries will as well.

h/t private share

#digitalgarage   #google   #libraryofbirmingham   #sme  

Google Digital Garages meets Library of Birmingham

We talked about this awhile back, and now doors are set to open on Monday.

Personally, I find the potential encouraging. As the article states, less than 30% of the UK's SME (small to medium enterprises) have an effective online presence. With Google's offer of help, we can up those numbers, which will then feed into further growth and adoption of digital technologies on a wider scale. I can definitely see advantages in that for the construction industry, and I'm sure others in other industries will as well.

h/t private share

#digitalgarage   #google   #libraryofbirmingham   #sme  ___

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2015-07-24 08:32:31 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

From 6 April 2016, most non-EEA Tier 2 visa immigrants must earn £35,000 or more per year to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain

Does anyone else think that this is a frighteningly terrible idea?

I agree that we need a bit of an overhaul on the immigration system, but to use salary as a determination factor as to who is and who is not eligible for permanent residency is dangerous. Especially at a time when salaries for most are lower than ever.

It isn't your salary that determines need; it's what you do and how prevalent or not that skill set is in the available candidate pool.

Further, while £35,000 may seem a reasonable figure for some areas of the country, there are plenty of places—like here in northeast England—where that's a hell of a lot of money, and there are loads of highly-skilled people making far less thanthat.... more »

From 6 April 2016, most non-EEA Tier 2 visa immigrants must earn £35,000 or more per year to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain

Does anyone else think that this is a frighteningly terrible idea?

I agree that we need a bit of an overhaul on the immigration system, but to use salary as a determination factor as to who is and who is not eligible for permanent residency is dangerous. Especially at a time when salaries for most are lower than ever.

It isn't your salary that determines need; it's what you do and how prevalent or not that skill set is in the available candidate pool.

Further, while £35,000 may seem a reasonable figure for some areas of the country, there are plenty of places—like here in northeast England—where that's a hell of a lot of money, and there are loads of highly-skilled people making far less than that.

I will never understand the "target the money" thinking that is so prevalent in this country. You can't tax someone out of drink if they want to drink, and you can't determine someone's uniqueness or "worth"as a contributor to British society based upon how much money they make.

#UK   #immigration   #tier2visa   ___

2015-07-22 10:15:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

New potential drug for Alzheimers and dementia
that could possibly delay or slow down mental deterioration

If you've never experienced dementia or Alzheimers in a loved one, the numbers they're suggesting might not seem like much. However, if you have, you know that every moment of clarity is precious. I know that I'd have given a lot to share just a few more minutes of coherence with my mother. We were robbed of years of our relationship because of this nefarious disease. Like so many who have lost loved ones to Alzheimer's or dementia, I lost her twice.

Someday, we will find a cure. Until then, any thing that can delay and/or slow down the loss of self is a welcome thing.

#Alzheimers   #dementia  

Great to hear about potential drug to slow down #Alzheimers #dementia @alzheimerssoc http://socsi.in/cirUp___New potential drug for Alzheimers and dementia
that could possibly delay or slow down mental deterioration

If you've never experienced dementia or Alzheimers in a loved one, the numbers they're suggesting might not seem like much. However, if you have, you know that every moment of clarity is precious. I know that I'd have given a lot to share just a few more minutes of coherence with my mother. We were robbed of years of our relationship because of this nefarious disease. Like so many who have lost loved ones to Alzheimer's or dementia, I lost her twice.

Someday, we will find a cure. Until then, any thing that can delay and/or slow down the loss of self is a welcome thing.

#Alzheimers   #dementia  

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2015-07-20 09:14:03 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Momma, I hit a man...
put a truncheon to his head, swung my hand, and now he's dead

Okay, okay. The song may not work, but that doesn't make what Dmitry Morozov has designed any less... fascinating.

Basically, when the baton strikes something (or someone) hard enough, it releases a signal which then messages a fixed telephone number. In this instance, it sends the message "Mom, I hit a man" to the wielding officer's mother. The number that the text is sent to cannot be changed.

Morozov's design was inspired by international headlines, and it is rooted in the idea that we all care about what our mothers think.

As the standard methods of control are ineffective, this project suggests maternity as the last stronghold of human kindness and responsibility, says the artist...I am not an activist, but  I do think art could help stop... more »

Momma, I hit a man...
put a truncheon to his head, swung my hand, and now he's dead

Okay, okay. The song may not work, but that doesn't make what Dmitry Morozov has designed any less... fascinating.

Basically, when the baton strikes something (or someone) hard enough, it releases a signal which then messages a fixed telephone number. In this instance, it sends the message "Mom, I hit a man" to the wielding officer's mother. The number that the text is sent to cannot be changed.

Morozov's design was inspired by international headlines, and it is rooted in the idea that we all care about what our mothers think.

As the standard methods of control are ineffective, this project suggests maternity as the last stronghold of human kindness and responsibility, says the artist...I am not an activist, but  I do think art could help stop it, or even just raise awareness through irony.

So, what do you think?

#policebrutality   #art   #awareness  ___

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2015-07-18 11:32:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Fallout 4 gameplay exploration

This is the game play example shown at the Xbox E3 Briefing. I'm really impressed. All of the familiar elements that we love, only made better. I can't wait to get into the story and see how this instalment plays out.

#Fallout4   #pcgaming   #gamingnews   #Bethesda  

h/t +Luis Carvalho via FB

Fallout 4 gameplay exploration

This is the game play example shown at the Xbox E3 Briefing. I'm really impressed. All of the familiar elements that we love, only made better. I can't wait to get into the story and see how this instalment plays out.

#Fallout4   #pcgaming   #gamingnews   #Bethesda  

h/t +Luis Carvalho via FB___

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2015-07-16 11:36:05 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Social media is causing publishers to lose control of their content.

This is an interesting article on the effect that social media and mobile content consumption is having on publishers. While many of the biggest publishing companies have created mobile apps in an effort to stay relevant, according to this (and it makes sense), there is a significant portion of the population that gets their news and information from wider social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter rather than dedicated news apps. The result is that it isn't necessarily the most journalistically sound story that gets its due "press", but the one with the widest sensationalistic crowd appeal.

While this development has clear implications re: publisher revenue, it also poses a danger quality journalism and free press.

#digitalmedia #freepress   #news   #mobile   #socialmedia ... more »

Social media is causing publishers to lose control of their content.

This is an interesting article on the effect that social media and mobile content consumption is having on publishers. While many of the biggest publishing companies have created mobile apps in an effort to stay relevant, according to this (and it makes sense), there is a significant portion of the population that gets their news and information from wider social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter rather than dedicated news apps. The result is that it isn't necessarily the most journalistically sound story that gets its due "press", but the one with the widest sensationalistic crowd appeal.

While this development has clear implications re: publisher revenue, it also poses a danger quality journalism and free press.

#digitalmedia #freepress   #news   #mobile   #socialmedia  ___

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2015-07-16 09:20:29 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

No animals were harmed in the naming of this vase...

#rickygervais   #humour   #punday  

We use this jar as a vase.

I've named it Ricky.

Yes, friends, meet Ricky Jar Vase. ___No animals were harmed in the naming of this vase...

#rickygervais   #humour   #punday  

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2015-07-14 16:10:33 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Ethel Charles, the first female member of the RIBA
candidate for the £20 note?

The next £20 note will honour our achievements in the visual arts. To this end, the Bank of England has opened nominations to the public who they would like to feature on the back. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) suggests Ethel Charles, and I completely concur.

A little about Ethel Charles's struggle for recognition:

Despite there not being anything that prohibited female architects from becoming RIBA members, she had to fight for recognition and her finally being accepted as a member resulted in a campaign against allowing women members. And, because she was a woman, the large public and commercial commissions that interested her remained out of reach.

Nominations can be made here:ht... more »

Ethel Charles, the first female member of the RIBA
candidate for the £20 note?

The next £20 note will honour our achievements in the visual arts. To this end, the Bank of England has opened nominations to the public who they would like to feature on the back. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) suggests Ethel Charles, and I completely concur.

A little about Ethel Charles's struggle for recognition:

Despite there not being anything that prohibited female architects from becoming RIBA members, she had to fight for recognition and her finally being accepted as a member resulted in a campaign against allowing women members. And, because she was a woman, the large public and commercial commissions that interested her remained out of reach.

Nominations can be made here: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/characters/nominationform.aspx

You can put forward the name of anyone no longer living (no fictional characters) from the following visual arts fields: architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.
 
#RIBA   #BankofEngland   #architects   #visualarts   #celebratingwomen  ___

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2015-07-11 20:21:42 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Sometimes you just have to let go and embrace what you've become

Deux Ex: Mankind Divided

Gameplay Demo

Sometimes you just have to let go and embrace what you've become

Deux Ex: Mankind Divided

Gameplay Demo___

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2015-07-11 12:27:37 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

My Firefly shelf
shiny

#Firefly   #Serenity   #browncoats  

My Firefly shelf
shiny

#Firefly   #Serenity   #browncoats  ___

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2015-07-11 11:16:19 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, I wonder if I actually deserve my geek-slash-nerd cred. After all, I've never been to a convention, and the only cos-playing that I've done has been by myself, in the privacy of my own home.

and, then I see something like this

and I recognise all the peoples, and I squee because there's Fred!!, and and and....

my faith in my own geeky nerdiness is restored.

h/t +Terry McNeil 

Sometimes, I wonder if I actually deserve my geek-slash-nerd cred. After all, I've never been to a convention, and the only cos-playing that I've done has been by myself, in the privacy of my own home.

and, then I see something like this

and I recognise all the peoples, and I squee because there's Fred!!, and and and....

my faith in my own geeky nerdiness is restored.

h/t +Terry McNeil ___

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2015-07-08 15:15:54 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

How are the top UK contractors using social media marketing in 2015?

This is a very interesting piece by +Pauley Creative. Of course, I immediately honed in on the bit about Google Plus. And, I totally agree with what +Nick Pauley says about it:

At Pauley Creative, we see engagement as a two-way conversation, and so we have marked engagement based on general conversations around shared blog posts. In this case, not one construction company has conquered the platform as an engagement tool just yet.

Nick pretty much nailed it for me with that.

Since joining the NBS, I've taken to following some of the industry accounts here on G+. Unfortunately, mostly what I'm seeing are businesses treating this platform as if it was Twitter; throwing information—usually related to how shiny they are—into the stream and hoping it takes seed. Of course itdoes... more »

How are the top UK contractors using social media marketing in 2015?

This is a very interesting piece by +Pauley Creative. Of course, I immediately honed in on the bit about Google Plus. And, I totally agree with what +Nick Pauley says about it:

At Pauley Creative, we see engagement as a two-way conversation, and so we have marked engagement based on general conversations around shared blog posts. In this case, not one construction company has conquered the platform as an engagement tool just yet.

Nick pretty much nailed it for me with that.

Since joining the NBS, I've taken to following some of the industry accounts here on G+. Unfortunately, mostly what I'm seeing are businesses treating this platform as if it was Twitter; throwing information—usually related to how shiny they are—into the stream and hoping it takes seed. Of course it doesn't. Why? Because while Twitter fully embraces the "announcement" style of sharing information, G+ doesn't. Here, we are about the conversation, and announcements are rarely conversation making.

To be successful here, you must engage. That means:

* Circling real people—not just other businesses, organisations, and power names—and then paying attention to what those people are saying.

*Responding when someone comments on your posts, and (gods forbid) engaging with others on their posts from time to time.

*Posting about things other than "all about us" headlines and Twitter bytes. Not every post has to spark conversation, but the majority of them should. Think open-ended statements and questions. Broaden your idea of what constitutes marketing. When done properly, even a conversation about the weather can be a great marketing tool.

I would love to see this place become a social conversational hub for more businesses, and especially my own industry. It certainly has that potential; we just need to show them how it's done.

As always, this is my opinion, and my views are my own.

#socialmediamarketing   #constructionindustry   #talktome  ___

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2015-07-08 13:38:53 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Level 2 #BIM  ...

Where the plan comes together.

NBS #BIMToolkit

How can the NBS #BIMToolkit benefit your organisation and project teams? Give us 4 minutes and we'll tell you... #UKBIMCrew   #GlobalBIMCrew http://www.theb1m.com/video/nbs-bim-toolkit-the-benefits___Level 2 #BIM  ...

Where the plan comes together.

NBS #BIMToolkit

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2015-07-08 08:32:36 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Multitasking could be costing you IQ points

There have been numerous studies that show that multitasking isn't an efficient way of working, because you have to spend time regaining focus and momentum every time you switch tasks. Here, a University of London experiment adds weight to that by suggesting that multitasking just might be costing you IQ points.

I suppose I'm lucky in that the very nature of my job prohibits multitasking. In fact, once I get into the writing or researching zone, interrupt my thought process at your own risk. 

The article talks about ways to avoid the pitfalls of multitasking, and my personal approach is to chunk my time. I start my day with administrative and prep tasks. I then write or research uninterrupted until I reach what feels like a natural breaking place. Then, I stop, stretch, walk around, get a cup of tea, and then spend... more »

Multitasking could be costing you IQ points

There have been numerous studies that show that multitasking isn't an efficient way of working, because you have to spend time regaining focus and momentum every time you switch tasks. Here, a University of London experiment adds weight to that by suggesting that multitasking just might be costing you IQ points.

I suppose I'm lucky in that the very nature of my job prohibits multitasking. In fact, once I get into the writing or researching zone, interrupt my thought process at your own risk. 

The article talks about ways to avoid the pitfalls of multitasking, and my personal approach is to chunk my time. I start my day with administrative and prep tasks. I then write or research uninterrupted until I reach what feels like a natural breaking place. Then, I stop, stretch, walk around, get a cup of tea, and then spend some time checking emails, having conversations, and/or doing administrative tasks. I rinse and repeat this process, winding my working day up by performing any final non-writing tasks and preparing for the next day. This is the way I have worked for years, whether I was in an office or working from home.

How do you handle the daily distractions? Do you try to multitask, or do you have a method to avoid pesky distractions?___

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2015-07-04 19:44:10 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

What +Keith Wilson said.

Pretty fascinating.

I suck at the ethnicity thing to be honest. The minute I try to box or stereotype, I meet someone who totally breaks the parameters and skews my box fitting attempts. So mostly, I just take people at face value; the impression of the one outweighs the impression of the media/film/heresay/stereotype many.

So, while I might snag the food stuff, just like these guys did, I wouldn't have a clue as to their ethnicity. I'd probably just class them all as American. 

Of course, I have that accent, and I'll soon be British, too.

Labels, eh? Best stuck on food.

Pretty fascinating.

h/t +P. C. ___What +Keith Wilson said.

Pretty fascinating.

I suck at the ethnicity thing to be honest. The minute I try to box or stereotype, I meet someone who totally breaks the parameters and skews my box fitting attempts. So mostly, I just take people at face value; the impression of the one outweighs the impression of the media/film/heresay/stereotype many.

So, while I might snag the food stuff, just like these guys did, I wouldn't have a clue as to their ethnicity. I'd probably just class them all as American. 

Of course, I have that accent, and I'll soon be British, too.

Labels, eh? Best stuck on food.

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2015-07-04 08:57:37 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

myHermes
for seriously bad (or no) parcel delivery

On Thursday, we came home to a blank myHermes missed parcel delivery notification. No telephone number to contact. No instructions on how to arrange for redelivery or collection. Just a useless, blank card. On Friday, the same thing: another blank card with zero information on it. 

Friday after work, M takes to Twitter to try and discuss it with them there. (We've discovered that companies with bad customer service [like BT] try a little bit harder if you address them on a public forum where others can pick it up.) The respondent immediately asked him to take it to DM, which he did. There, he was told:

* myHermes only delivers during standard working hours on Mon – Fri. They don't do weekends or evenings. So working people like us are too bad, so sad.

*There is no depot to collect from.Th... more »

myHermes
for seriously bad (or no) parcel delivery

On Thursday, we came home to a blank myHermes missed parcel delivery notification. No telephone number to contact. No instructions on how to arrange for redelivery or collection. Just a useless, blank card. On Friday, the same thing: another blank card with zero information on it. 

Friday after work, M takes to Twitter to try and discuss it with them there. (We've discovered that companies with bad customer service [like BT] try a little bit harder if you address them on a public forum where others can pick it up.) The respondent immediately asked him to take it to DM, which he did. There, he was told:

* myHermes only delivers during standard working hours on Mon – Fri. They don't do weekends or evenings. So working people like us are too bad, so sad.

*There is no depot to collect from. Their couriers are self-employed and keep the parcels until they either deliver them or return them.

*They don't do arranged delivery time slots. If you want your package, you should take a day off from work and wait in for it.

He, of course is fuming at this point, but it's late, and we let it go for the evening.

This morning (Saturday), I am up early for a doctor's appointment. I leave at 8:20am and return at 9:00am. M is still in bed when I leave, but he gets up a few minutes later and goes to the kitchen. When he returns to the front of the house, there it is: another blank myHermes ticket. Well, I say blank... a box was ticked: This is my last delivery attempt. Which, you'll note in the image, is followed by the phrase, After final attempt goods will be returned to sender if no contact is made.

Except, there is zero information provided as to who to contact!!!!

So, we have two parcels (the all-but-useless tracking information indicates a consignment of two parcels) out there with some inept self-employed individual who has zero pride in their work with no way to get them. Further, while we are certain what one of the items is, we aren't even sure which other company we purchased from decided to use this worthless crap of a company to send their parcel by.

I've contacted customer service, and I've twittered them myself, but I don't expect much to be honest. Any parcel delivery company that doesn't have the foresight to have a system in place for people who work, are on holiday, have an emergency, or experience some other event that prevents them haunting the front door isn't a company that I can respect. It certainly isn't a company that I want to do business with ever again.

#myhermes   #badcustomerservice   #avoidliketheplague  ___

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2015-07-03 15:48:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Excellent, +The B1M.

We have a colleague who is deaf, so our office loves accurate subtitles!

If you're stuck in an open plan office or on a busy train without your headphones, fear not! We've added accurate English sub-titles to the videos on this playlist. Spanish sub-titles are coming soon! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZN0WydybQI&list=PLEmWzqc0D6MiiS6ZPn882ukMB3ZdjXhK6___Excellent, +The B1M.

We have a colleague who is deaf, so our office loves accurate subtitles!

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2015-07-03 14:16:33 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It's pretty basic stuff, but it might prove useful/informative to some, especially those who are working towards getting their content printed or published online.

Copyright: A guide to the essentials

#copyright   #writing   #usingimages  

It's pretty basic stuff, but it might prove useful/informative to some, especially those who are working towards getting their content printed or published online.

Copyright: A guide to the essentials

#copyright   #writing   #usingimages  ___

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2015-07-02 11:28:21 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

How to build a city from scratch
a real one!

I ran across this as part of my job stuff research, but having read it, I now have a strong urge to play Cities: Skylines!

It's a very interesting piece, but the part that cracked me up as a strategy, city building gamer was this: Step 12: Start again, clown, you’ve forgotten parks. Ha! Whose been snooping around my game saves?!!

#citybuilding   #construction   #strategygames   #citiesskylines  

How to build a city from scratch
a real one!

I ran across this as part of my job stuff research, but having read it, I now have a strong urge to play Cities: Skylines!

It's a very interesting piece, but the part that cracked me up as a strategy, city building gamer was this: Step 12: Start again, clown, you’ve forgotten parks. Ha! Whose been snooping around my game saves?!!

#citybuilding   #construction   #strategygames   #citiesskylines  ___

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2015-07-01 13:38:05 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Paris' triangle tower approved

The controversial Tour Triangle finally received planning permission yesterday.

Once built, it will be the city's first skyscraper in over 40 years. When completed, it will be 180 metres high, making it the city's third tallest building. (The Eiffel Tower stands 324 metres, and the Montparnasse Tower is 209 metres.)

The structure will serve as home to combined office and cultural facilities and a 120-room hotel, and will be located in the Porte de Versailles area.

#architecture   #construction   #Paris   #skyscraper  

Paris' triangle tower approved

The controversial Tour Triangle finally received planning permission yesterday.

Once built, it will be the city's first skyscraper in over 40 years. When completed, it will be 180 metres high, making it the city's third tallest building. (The Eiffel Tower stands 324 metres, and the Montparnasse Tower is 209 metres.)

The structure will serve as home to combined office and cultural facilities and a 120-room hotel, and will be located in the Porte de Versailles area.

#architecture   #construction   #Paris   #skyscraper  ___

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2015-07-01 12:05:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

28 major construction firms sign up to Build UK

Set to launch on 1st September 2015, the newly formed Build UK has been created to encourage more “joined up thinking” in the construction industry, in a bid to improve productivity and fairness in the sector.

As we move the industry forward further into the digital age, collaboration is key to our success. Working together from conception through build and design and into facilities management with a focus on #sustainability , the adoption of  #BIM  will play a huge part in achieving our vision... as [hopefully] will the creation of #BuildUK .

#constructionindustry   #news    

28 major construction firms sign up to Build UK

Set to launch on 1st September 2015, the newly formed Build UK has been created to encourage more “joined up thinking” in the construction industry, in a bid to improve productivity and fairness in the sector.

As we move the industry forward further into the digital age, collaboration is key to our success. Working together from conception through build and design and into facilities management with a focus on #sustainability , the adoption of  #BIM  will play a huge part in achieving our vision... as [hopefully] will the creation of #BuildUK .

#constructionindustry   #news    ___

2015-07-01 09:03:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Airport Commission recommends third Heathrow runway

A new runway at Heathrow, with a ban on night flights, is the best way to boost Britain’s economy and secure the UK’s future as a global aviation player, according to the independent Airports Commission.

The panel has recommended that the plan include a ban on flights between 11:30pm and 6am as a legally-binding cap on noise levels and a pledge to not build a fourth runway.

What do you think? Is this the right decision, or should they have gone with Gatwick?

#UKnews   #infrastructure   #construction   #Heathrow  

Airport Commission recommends third Heathrow runway

A new runway at Heathrow, with a ban on night flights, is the best way to boost Britain’s economy and secure the UK’s future as a global aviation player, according to the independent Airports Commission.

The panel has recommended that the plan include a ban on flights between 11:30pm and 6am as a legally-binding cap on noise levels and a pledge to not build a fourth runway.

What do you think? Is this the right decision, or should they have gone with Gatwick?

#UKnews   #infrastructure   #construction   #Heathrow  ___

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2015-06-30 10:44:22 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

LEGO says no
to plastic

The company is funding a US$150 million programme to develop sustainable materials for their bricks. They are also investing in more environmentally-friendly packaging.

My environmentally-aware inner nerd just went squeee...

#sustainability #environment   #LEGO  

LEGO says no
to plastic

The company is funding a US$150 million programme to develop sustainable materials for their bricks. They are also investing in more environmentally-friendly packaging.

My environmentally-aware inner nerd just went squeee...

#sustainability #environment   #LEGO  ___

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2015-06-29 12:13:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Barnumising the profession
What PT Barnum can teach us about the facilities management circus

Barnum Statement, aka the Forer Effect

A generalised statement that feels individualistic. A statement that most people falsely believe to be true of them but not true of everyone else.

Forer Effect, in demonstration

Thirteen statements that feel very personally, individually accurate, but are, in fact, vague and general enough to apply to most people:

1. You have a great need for other people to like and admire you.
2. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
3. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
4. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally 5. able to compensate for them.
5. Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you.
6.D... more »

Barnumising the profession
What PT Barnum can teach us about the facilities management circus

Barnum Statement, aka the Forer Effect

A generalised statement that feels individualistic. A statement that most people falsely believe to be true of them but not true of everyone else.

Forer Effect, in demonstration

Thirteen statements that feel very personally, individually accurate, but are, in fact, vague and general enough to apply to most people:

1. You have a great need for other people to like and admire you.
2. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
3. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
4. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally 5. able to compensate for them.
5. Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you.
6. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside.
7. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.
8. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.
9. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof.
10. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.
11. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved.
12. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic.
13. Security is one of your major goals in life.

As it pertains to business relationships (in this particular article, building design v facilities management):

So [the] point is this. The ideas and feelings that unite us both as individuals and as professionals are far greater than the things that divide us. We may think we’re all one-offs, but any uniqueness we may possess is apparent mostly in our relationships with others.

Article by +Mark Eltringham___

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2015-06-29 09:33:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Breathing in new life

CapitaGreen is set to be Singapore's greenest building, with environmentally-friendly features and 'living' facade

A wind scoop works similar to a plant's air circulatory system, drawing cool air from the rooftop tropically-planted "sky forest" and delivering it to each floor through an empty central core. The result is significantly lowered energy consumption.

Generous ceiling heights provide gorgeous views while a double-glazed façade reduces solar heat gain. A green façade located directly behind the double glazed layer lowers temperatures further and diffuses the sunlight to provide softened natural lighting. The end result is a comfortably cool and well lit interior environment.

via +Arup 

#sustainability   #environment   #greenbuilding   #architecture   #construction  

Breathing in new life

CapitaGreen is set to be Singapore's greenest building, with environmentally-friendly features and 'living' facade

A wind scoop works similar to a plant's air circulatory system, drawing cool air from the rooftop tropically-planted "sky forest" and delivering it to each floor through an empty central core. The result is significantly lowered energy consumption.

Generous ceiling heights provide gorgeous views while a double-glazed façade reduces solar heat gain. A green façade located directly behind the double glazed layer lowers temperatures further and diffuses the sunlight to provide softened natural lighting. The end result is a comfortably cool and well lit interior environment.

via +Arup 

#sustainability   #environment   #greenbuilding   #architecture   #construction  ___

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2015-06-29 09:13:25 (11 comments, 27 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

How do you feel?

Like the jouska has to stop. Between this constantly feeling altschmertz and the persistent sense of nodus tollens, I have increasingly embraced exulansis. I am also overly-aware of my occhiolism. I long for liberosis.

via +Simone Oech 

#words   #language  

___How do you feel?

Like the jouska has to stop. Between this constantly feeling altschmertz and the persistent sense of nodus tollens, I have increasingly embraced exulansis. I am also overly-aware of my occhiolism. I long for liberosis.

via +Simone Oech 

#words   #language  

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2015-06-27 07:50:52 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

My favourite:

exulansis: n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

and, +Amber Petchey added these, which are all wonderful:

It is a shame he hasn't included non-invented words. He's missing out on some beauties: weltschmerz, the world sadness - the helplessness at realising there's so much needs doing, so many charities, that you can't possibly help them all.

Or mono no aware - the delicate, quiet sadness in understanding everything is temporary and imperfect. Like a gorgeous blownglas... more »

From: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

lachesism: the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

Thanks to +sreejith s

http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/___The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

My favourite:

exulansis: n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

and, +Amber Petchey added these, which are all wonderful:

It is a shame he hasn't included non-invented words. He's missing out on some beauties: weltschmerz, the world sadness - the helplessness at realising there's so much needs doing, so many charities, that you can't possibly help them all.

Or mono no aware - the delicate, quiet sadness in understanding everything is temporary and imperfect. Like a gorgeous blown glass bauble at Christmas - it's beauty is all the more precious for being fragile.

Ooh, or anomie: personal alienation - when you look round and feel that peculiar horror that you are human, like all these people that appal you - that flash of understanding when you find the actions of your crowd do not match your standards.

#words   #language  

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2015-06-26 21:40:48 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Fifteen phrases you'll only hear in Newcastle
except when you hear them in Sunderland

The language of my adopted peoples.

Fifteen phrases you'll only hear in Newcastle
except when you hear them in Sunderland

The language of my adopted peoples.___

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2015-06-26 19:37:51 (4 comments, 19 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

I love this!

As a huge Agnes fan and a lover of GotG, this just totally rocked my strange little world when I saw it. 

Borrowed from the Book of Face. Found via +Paul Hennem 

#Agnes   #DespicableMe   #RocketRacoon   #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  

I love this!

As a huge Agnes fan and a lover of GotG, this just totally rocked my strange little world when I saw it. 

Borrowed from the Book of Face. Found via +Paul Hennem 

#Agnes   #DespicableMe   #RocketRacoon   #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  ___

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2015-06-26 12:00:21 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The house, which is demountable, was originally designed in 1944 to provide shelter for war victims. Components were shipped directly to villages that had been ravaged by bombs, and each house could be put together by two people in a day's time. Furniture was given similar treatment, and both buildings and furnishing could be easily dismantled, moved, and/or modified.

Personal note: My grandmother ordered a kit home similar to this for herself and her four daughters in the late 1940s. She was recently divorced, and this was all that she could afford. Her other option was to live with her parents, but this gave her much-needed privacy and independence. It was quite an ingenious idea, really.

Adaptation of Jean Prouvé’s 6m x 6m demountable house by RSHP to be showcased at Art Basel.___The house, which is demountable, was originally designed in 1944 to provide shelter for war victims. Components were shipped directly to villages that had been ravaged by bombs, and each house could be put together by two people in a day's time. Furniture was given similar treatment, and both buildings and furnishing could be easily dismantled, moved, and/or modified.

Personal note: My grandmother ordered a kit home similar to this for herself and her four daughters in the late 1940s. She was recently divorced, and this was all that she could afford. Her other option was to live with her parents, but this gave her much-needed privacy and independence. It was quite an ingenious idea, really.

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2015-06-26 11:49:20 (72 comments, 36 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

2,200 bottlecaps in a box
2,200 bottlecaps

Take them all and post them to Bethesda
 and voilà! a copy of Fallout 4!

Okay, it doesn't really work well as a song, but Oh Em Gee, what a very cool and awesome thing to have happen.

(I wonder if they take Russian Standard caps...)

#Fallout4   #gaming   #Bethesda   #seriouslycool  

2,200 bottlecaps in a box
2,200 bottlecaps

Take them all and post them to Bethesda
 and voilà! a copy of Fallout 4!

Okay, it doesn't really work well as a song, but Oh Em Gee, what a very cool and awesome thing to have happen.

(I wonder if they take Russian Standard caps...)

#Fallout4   #gaming   #Bethesda   #seriouslycool  ___

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2015-06-26 08:26:44 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Ain't it just...

That moment when bookstore employees just get fed up with customers

via +Steph Longmuir 

Ain't it just...

That moment when bookstore employees just get fed up with customers

via +Steph Longmuir ___

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2015-06-25 11:58:39 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
a Kickstarter project

This already-seriously cool deal has been made even more seriously cool by the new found knowledge that Margaret Atwood can draw!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the brainchild of Hope Nicholson, a Canadian comic-book publisher and editor, who called it “a celebration of the stories we tell each other but never make public – until now”. Atwood is the most high-profile of a host of women, both creators and fans, contributing a mix of prose stories and comics to the anthology.

Link to Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hopelnicholson/the-secret-loves-of-geek-girls/description

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
a Kickstarter project

This already-seriously cool deal has been made even more seriously cool by the new found knowledge that Margaret Atwood can draw!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the brainchild of Hope Nicholson, a Canadian comic-book publisher and editor, who called it “a celebration of the stories we tell each other but never make public – until now”. Atwood is the most high-profile of a host of women, both creators and fans, contributing a mix of prose stories and comics to the anthology.

Link to Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hopelnicholson/the-secret-loves-of-geek-girls/description___

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2015-06-25 11:15:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Not just creative, the designs are also practical: from gathering sunshine for energy to creating solar shading and enhancing natural light.

#architecture  

14 Creatively Concave & Sliced-Out Structures |

Very creative …___Not just creative, the designs are also practical: from gathering sunshine for energy to creating solar shading and enhancing natural light.

#architecture  

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2015-06-25 10:51:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A project website can compete with Google [search]

A project website could be the best way to engage with hard-to-reach residents, says Penny Norton of CommunitiesOnline.

This is an interesting article about the benefits of creating an interactive online community for local projects.

Currently, projects mostly rely on traditional means to communicate information: newsletters, site visits, exhibitions, etc. These traditional means often leave people guessing about what's going on, and any information they do get is usually dated by the time it's received.

By moving to an online venue, projects not only save money, they are able to provide more information in a more-timely manner, as well as answer questions and interact with the community, which can work wonders for creating and maintaining positive relations.

When the diggers arrive on... more »

A project website can compete with Google [search]

A project website could be the best way to engage with hard-to-reach residents, says Penny Norton of CommunitiesOnline.

This is an interesting article about the benefits of creating an interactive online community for local projects.

Currently, projects mostly rely on traditional means to communicate information: newsletters, site visits, exhibitions, etc. These traditional means often leave people guessing about what's going on, and any information they do get is usually dated by the time it's received.

By moving to an online venue, projects not only save money, they are able to provide more information in a more-timely manner, as well as answer questions and interact with the community, which can work wonders for creating and maintaining positive relations.

When the diggers arrive on site, most people will head straight to Google to get the information that they feel entitled to know.  Rather than allow residents to become frustrated at that crucial first point of contact and resort to social media and chat rooms to speculate about the changes to their neighbourhood, the savvy developer or construction team will use this opportunity to provide a first – and long-term – impression that is welcoming, informative and constructive and establishes the new development in the very heart of the community.

It's really an excellent idea, and it falls directly in line with the construction industry's focus on establishing better lines of communication via digital platforms and venues.

#constructionindustry   #socialmedia   #projectmanagement  ___

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2015-06-25 09:24:44 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I miss the city but not the commute
Houston, Texas and the shifting attitudes towards mass transit

There is a perception in the city of my birth that public transport is transportation welfare. I know that is the way that I always viewed it too—until I got the chance to travel and make use of a few really good public transportation systems. Now, I know better, and for the past 11 years, I've made good use of the public transport available to me here in the UK. 

I am not anti-car by any means, but I do believe that the way to the future is paved with solid investment in mass transit, and it is well past time for Houston and other cities like her to get on board.

#infrastructure   #masstransit   #publictransport   #cityplanning  

I miss the city but not the commute
Houston, Texas and the shifting attitudes towards mass transit

There is a perception in the city of my birth that public transport is transportation welfare. I know that is the way that I always viewed it too—until I got the chance to travel and make use of a few really good public transportation systems. Now, I know better, and for the past 11 years, I've made good use of the public transport available to me here in the UK. 

I am not anti-car by any means, but I do believe that the way to the future is paved with solid investment in mass transit, and it is well past time for Houston and other cities like her to get on board.

#infrastructure   #masstransit   #publictransport   #cityplanning  ___

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2015-06-24 10:23:54 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

We're most content with who we are, and the bravest at embracing new challenges, when we hit age 55

This is according to a study of 2,000 people by Volvic.
 
At this age, 65 per cent of people say they “no longer care what people think” of them, while 45 per cent say they would “throw themselves into new and exciting challenges”

At 52, I can attest that there is definitely a mentally freeing element to being over 50. I can actively see how I am caring less and less about what people think, to the point that I'm constantly surprising myself with my nonchalance towards things that would have eaten me alive when I was younger. So, while middle age isn't the greatest thing to experience in a lot of physical ways, there are certainly perks... and a more relaxed approach to things we can't control is one of them.

#ageing   #study  

We're most content with who we are, and the bravest at embracing new challenges, when we hit age 55

This is according to a study of 2,000 people by Volvic.
 
At this age, 65 per cent of people say they “no longer care what people think” of them, while 45 per cent say they would “throw themselves into new and exciting challenges”

At 52, I can attest that there is definitely a mentally freeing element to being over 50. I can actively see how I am caring less and less about what people think, to the point that I'm constantly surprising myself with my nonchalance towards things that would have eaten me alive when I was younger. So, while middle age isn't the greatest thing to experience in a lot of physical ways, there are certainly perks... and a more relaxed approach to things we can't control is one of them.

#ageing   #study  ___

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2015-06-23 10:21:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Glass made from carbon dioxide?
Self-healing concrete?
Roads that charge your car wirelessly as you drive?

The future of construction? 

Glass made from carbon dioxide?
Self-healing concrete?
Roads that charge your car wirelessly as you drive?

The future of construction? ___

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2015-06-23 09:29:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

National Women in Engineering Day

This article by CIBSE's WIBSE vice chair Susie Diamond on women in engineering highlights a few important facts:

— The UK is suffering from a skill shortage in construction and engineering.  By next year, we'll need to train 96,300 new engineers and scientists—and that's not to grow the industry but replace those who are retiring. Attracting more women to the field is an imperative.

— While we tend to "recruit in our own image", studies show that diverse groups make better decisions—financially, creatively, and in terms of mitigating risk. We not only need more women in the field, we need more of them in leadership roles. 

— The future of building is digital, collaborative, and flexible. The idea that a woman must choose between "work and family" is not only outdated butimpractical... more »

National Women in Engineering Day

This article by CIBSE's WIBSE vice chair Susie Diamond on women in engineering highlights a few important facts:

— The UK is suffering from a skill shortage in construction and engineering.  By next year, we'll need to train 96,300 new engineers and scientists—and that's not to grow the industry but replace those who are retiring. Attracting more women to the field is an imperative.

— While we tend to "recruit in our own image", studies show that diverse groups make better decisions—financially, creatively, and in terms of mitigating risk. We not only need more women in the field, we need more of them in leadership roles. 

— The future of building is digital, collaborative, and flexible. The idea that a woman must choose between "work and family" is not only outdated but impractical and disadvantageous. As Susie notes in her article: In some countries parenthood is assumed to bring new skills in negotiation and management and a return from parental leave is frequently greeted with promotion. 

Makes sense to me.

#nwed  

CIBSE: Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
WIBSE: Women in Building Services Engineering

#constructionindustry   #buildingservices   ___

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