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Isabelle Fortin27,223Hello 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 05:00:00263  
beatstone2,053,129+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 McGhee98,051Please 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 12:00:00203  

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2015-10-14 15:02:07 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

2015 Short Film Awards
nominees

I've been meaning to share this for awhile now. Jump to about 8:00, and you might just hear a name that sounds familiar.

The short film being referred to can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rymRPzb6s

Most reshares: 5

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2015-11-20 16:27:39 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Engineering Happiness

ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) and Bechtel presented this video in 2014, but I've only seen it just now. It features the civil engineers behind some of London’s iconic infrastructure projects dancing at the locations that they helped create.

The idea behind the video is to promote the engineering as a career choice, and I think that it is quite clever. The end bit is especially nice, as it gives a bit of information about all of the different locations.

Found via +Pauley Creative's blog, 5 critical ways to deliver added value in construction marketing:  http://www.pauleycreative.co.uk/2015/11/5-critical-ways-to-deliver-added-value-in-construction-marketing/

#engineering   #construction   #UK   #marketing   #fun  

Most plusones: 48

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2015-12-24 12:06:52 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

See you in the new year
best wishes to everyone

As some of you know, for me 2015 has been a year of personal hardships and loss. While the storm hasn't passed, I have decided to use my holiday time off to forget about tomorrow's worries for awhile and focus on today and the things that I am grateful for. In that spirit, I want to wish each of you happiness and health for the coming new year.

For those celebrating this holiday season, I hope for you a time filled with great experiences and wonderful memories. For those not celebrating, may the crowds be bearable and the traffic be light... and may celebrating neighbours and friends be generous with delicious food. ;)

Y'all take care of yourselves and each other. I'll see you in 2016.

Bright blessings,

Jake


Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse,... more »

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2016-02-05 11:15:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

A year-long festival celebrating Scottish architecture

Discover hidden treasures, old classics and new favourites within our packed programme of events and activities that will bring Scottish architecture to a whole new audience. All events are FREE unless otherwise stated.

So very cool. You can sign up for alerts, they have a Facebook page and Twitter account, and they're launching a website this month.

#architecture #Scotland #festival 

A year-long festival celebrating Scottish architecture

Discover hidden treasures, old classics and new favourites within our packed programme of events and activities that will bring Scottish architecture to a whole new audience. All events are FREE unless otherwise stated.

So very cool. You can sign up for alerts, they have a Facebook page and Twitter account, and they're launching a website this month.

#architecture #Scotland #festival ___

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2016-01-27 11:58:42 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Digital preservation of cultural monuments

For years, international heritage organisations have been fighting to preserve cultural heritage sites that fell under threat from urbanisation, coastal erosion, and other human-expansion and/or natural events. Now, with culturally-affiliated monuments being more frequently targeted for destruction via military campaigns by groups like the Taliban and ISIS, the need to record and preserve is even more pressing. 

To that end, preservationists are using drones, advances in 3D scanning technology, and even tourist photography posted online to create detailed digital records, which can be made available to the whole of the global community.

Interestingly, the efforts to obliterate the memory of certain cultures by destroying these heritage sites has had quite the opposite effect: archaeology, palaeontology, architecture and... more »

Digital preservation of cultural monuments

For years, international heritage organisations have been fighting to preserve cultural heritage sites that fell under threat from urbanisation, coastal erosion, and other human-expansion and/or natural events. Now, with culturally-affiliated monuments being more frequently targeted for destruction via military campaigns by groups like the Taliban and ISIS, the need to record and preserve is even more pressing. 

To that end, preservationists are using drones, advances in 3D scanning technology, and even tourist photography posted online to create detailed digital records, which can be made available to the whole of the global community.

Interestingly, the efforts to obliterate the memory of certain cultures by destroying these heritage sites has had quite the opposite effect: archaeology, palaeontology, architecture and other disciplines, museum studies, etc. are all working in concert to ensure that history will not only not be lost but, through its digitalisation, will become more readily available to the world's population than ever before.

#3Dtechnology   #heritage   #culture   #history   #digitalpreservation   #preservation  ___

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2016-01-18 13:56:28 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Fishing for Litter

This is an wonderful programme that began in the Netherlands and has now been adopted by over 150 communities in Europe, with the latest being Ireland.

Basically the programme offers incentives to encourage fishermen to bring home the litter that they catch, helping not only preserve and protect our marine environment but educate fishing fleets on the importance of a good waste management programme.

In the words of my peoples: This is awesomesauce.

#environment #wastemanagement #sustainability #oneplanetliving

Fishing for Litter

This is an wonderful programme that began in the Netherlands and has now been adopted by over 150 communities in Europe, with the latest being Ireland.

Basically the programme offers incentives to encourage fishermen to bring home the litter that they catch, helping not only preserve and protect our marine environment but educate fishing fleets on the importance of a good waste management programme.

In the words of my peoples: This is awesomesauce.

#environment #wastemanagement #sustainability #oneplanetliving___

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2016-01-15 21:55:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Carpool Karaoke with Adele.

This is SO incredibly cool.

___Carpool Karaoke with Adele.

This is SO incredibly cool.

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2016-01-12 11:14:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Where do I start with BIM?

Fred and the guys at the +The B1M offer beginner's advice across a wealth of roles. 

#constructionindustry   #BIM  

Where do I start with BIM?

Fred and the guys at the +The B1M offer beginner's advice across a wealth of roles. 

#constructionindustry   #BIM  ___

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2016-01-11 14:59:23 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Not so stupid: BIM for Dummies reviewed

+Robert Klaschka has written a review of BIM for Dummies , (co-authored by Stefan Mordue, Paul Swaddle, and David Philp) for the CIOB's BIM+ website. While he covers the good and the no-so-good of the book, the conclusion is clear:

... for someone considering implementing BIM in their company, especially if their head is spinning from the claims and counterclaims that are flying around the hotly-contested software vendor and reseller market, the book gives a grounded overview.

BIM for Dummies is available via RIBA Bookshops: http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/building-information-modeling-for-dummies/85686/

Alternatively, you can get it from Amazon UK or don't you dare borrow it from my desk...

#BIM


Not so stupid: BIM for Dummies reviewed

+Robert Klaschka has written a review of BIM for Dummies , (co-authored by Stefan Mordue, Paul Swaddle, and David Philp) for the CIOB's BIM+ website. While he covers the good and the no-so-good of the book, the conclusion is clear:

... for someone considering implementing BIM in their company, especially if their head is spinning from the claims and counterclaims that are flying around the hotly-contested software vendor and reseller market, the book gives a grounded overview.

BIM for Dummies is available via RIBA Bookshops: http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/building-information-modeling-for-dummies/85686/

Alternatively, you can get it from Amazon UK or don't you dare borrow it from my desk...

#BIM
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2016-01-11 12:11:40 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

EU decision clarifies the issue of hyperlinking and copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a clarifying decision regarding hyperlinking protected or other work that resides on a freely-accessible website. Basically, doing so does not constitute a breach of copyright. So, yay!

The thought process behind the decision is one of common sense: If the work resides on a site that is freely accessible to all internet users, then hyperlinking it is acceptable. So that, as they say, takes care of that.

However, while the above provides much-welcome clarity, there is still a fuzzy area that needs to be addressed by the CJEU. This has to deal with using a hyperlink to create a "new public" for otherwise restricted information. For instance, linking to content that exists behind a pay wall in such a way as non-subscribers and/or those who... more »

EU decision clarifies the issue of hyperlinking and copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a clarifying decision regarding hyperlinking protected or other work that resides on a freely-accessible website. Basically, doing so does not constitute a breach of copyright. So, yay!

The thought process behind the decision is one of common sense: If the work resides on a site that is freely accessible to all internet users, then hyperlinking it is acceptable. So that, as they say, takes care of that.

However, while the above provides much-welcome clarity, there is still a fuzzy area that needs to be addressed by the CJEU. This has to deal with using a hyperlink to create a "new public" for otherwise restricted information. For instance, linking to content that exists behind a pay wall in such a way as non-subscribers and/or those who would not otherwise be allowed access can then view that content.

The cases currently in question: In the C More Entertainment case, a hyperlink was used to allow unrestricted access to sports matches that were being streamed on a restricted access website. In the BestWater International case, a film created and paid for by BestWater has been made available by its competitors via YouTube.

While decisions haven't been made in these cases, the common sense rule of thumb is if it's restricted content, just don't risk it.

#internet #copyright #hyperlinking #EU #UK

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2016-01-09 17:53:09 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

I am turning down pizza and Star Wars for wine and telly (or Netflix). It's not the fact that I'm recovering from a tummy bug (imported from Thailand, no less) that has prompted this decision, but the idea of having the house to myself during non-working, adult beverage hours.

Party on, Wayne. I might even take my bra off.

I am turning down pizza and Star Wars for wine and telly (or Netflix). It's not the fact that I'm recovering from a tummy bug (imported from Thailand, no less) that has prompted this decision, but the idea of having the house to myself during non-working, adult beverage hours.

Party on, Wayne. I might even take my bra off.___

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2016-01-04 11:14:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

With the government taking a hard line on illegal labour via #OperationMagnify, the #CIOB is now offering continuing professional development (CPD) training on construction industry labour practices.

#construction #UK #employment #labour #CPD

With the government taking a hard line on illegal labour via #OperationMagnify, the #CIOB is now offering continuing professional development (CPD) training on construction industry labour practices.

#construction #UK #employment #labour #CPD___

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2015-12-24 12:06:52 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

See you in the new year
best wishes to everyone

As some of you know, for me 2015 has been a year of personal hardships and loss. While the storm hasn't passed, I have decided to use my holiday time off to forget about tomorrow's worries for awhile and focus on today and the things that I am grateful for. In that spirit, I want to wish each of you happiness and health for the coming new year.

For those celebrating this holiday season, I hope for you a time filled with great experiences and wonderful memories. For those not celebrating, may the crowds be bearable and the traffic be light... and may celebrating neighbours and friends be generous with delicious food. ;)

Y'all take care of yourselves and each other. I'll see you in 2016.

Bright blessings,

Jake


Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse,... more »

See you in the new year
best wishes to everyone

As some of you know, for me 2015 has been a year of personal hardships and loss. While the storm hasn't passed, I have decided to use my holiday time off to forget about tomorrow's worries for awhile and focus on today and the things that I am grateful for. In that spirit, I want to wish each of you happiness and health for the coming new year.

For those celebrating this holiday season, I hope for you a time filled with great experiences and wonderful memories. For those not celebrating, may the crowds be bearable and the traffic be light... and may celebrating neighbours and friends be generous with delicious food. ;)

Y'all take care of yourselves and each other. I'll see you in 2016.

Bright blessings,

Jake


Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

Storm's getting worse.

We'll pass through it soon enough.

#happyholidays #Serenity ___

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2015-12-23 15:57:18 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Happy Holidays from all of us at CIS and the NBS.



Happy Holidays from all of us at CIS and the NBS.

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2015-12-23 11:11:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

... The car has been there so long, the residents of Penzance are petitioning to have it granted World Heritage status.



... The car has been there so long, the residents of Penzance are petitioning to have it granted World Heritage status.

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2015-12-08 14:59:18 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Overheating in UK homes
don't assume that it's the insulation

While the media has implied in their reports that the cause for unreasonable temperatures in new passive houses and eco homes is the fact that they're designed to high energy efficiency standards, reports from various organisations (Zero Carbon Hub, NHBC Foundation, BRE) shows that there is more to it than that.

I'll leave you to read the article for yourself, but one of the things that jumped out at me was how, with so many of these homes, there is little to no provision made for green landscaping. To my mind, this is yet more evidence that it is important to incorporate green spaces in urban design.

#urbanheateffect   #overheating   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #construction   #architecture  

Overheating in UK homes
don't assume that it's the insulation

While the media has implied in their reports that the cause for unreasonable temperatures in new passive houses and eco homes is the fact that they're designed to high energy efficiency standards, reports from various organisations (Zero Carbon Hub, NHBC Foundation, BRE) shows that there is more to it than that.

I'll leave you to read the article for yourself, but one of the things that jumped out at me was how, with so many of these homes, there is little to no provision made for green landscaping. To my mind, this is yet more evidence that it is important to incorporate green spaces in urban design.

#urbanheateffect   #overheating   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #construction   #architecture  ___

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2015-12-02 11:03:43 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

My little book of BIG freedoms
a book about the Human Rights Act for children

As a protest against the British government's plan to replace the current Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, children's laureate Chris Riddell has joined with Amnesty International to produce a children's book that includes 16 illustrations with accompanying text explaining the articles contained within the Act.

The book will launch at the British Library on Wednesday, with a suggested retail price of £3.99.

1) Would you buy a book on human rights for a child in your life?

2) What do you think about the government's plans to replace the Act with a British Bill of Rights?

Source: +CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals via Twitter

#humanrightsact #UK #BritishBillofRights #Children #literature... more »

My little book of BIG freedoms
a book about the Human Rights Act for children

As a protest against the British government's plan to replace the current Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, children's laureate Chris Riddell has joined with Amnesty International to produce a children's book that includes 16 illustrations with accompanying text explaining the articles contained within the Act.

The book will launch at the British Library on Wednesday, with a suggested retail price of £3.99.

1) Would you buy a book on human rights for a child in your life?

2) What do you think about the government's plans to replace the Act with a British Bill of Rights?

Source: +CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals via Twitter

#humanrightsact #UK #BritishBillofRights #Children #literature #library ___

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2015-11-26 10:24:23 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Should we be making a Brexit?
yes or no?

According to figures released by Smith & Williamson, the UK's construction industry* is very much not in favour of a British exit ("Brexit") from the EU. In fact, only 15% of those surveyed* said that a Brexit would be a good thing. The rest felt that key components within the industry were cornerstoned in the EU. This includes access to foreign workers during a time when the industry is suffering a severe skill shortage.

In other news, the survey also discovered that the industry is against Right to Buy being extended to housing association tenants, as they feel that it would have a negative impact on the already-problematic social housing issue.

So how do you feel about these issues? Should we leave the EU? What about social housing and Right to Buy? Share your thoughts in the comments.

*The... more »

Should we be making a Brexit?
yes or no?

According to figures released by Smith & Williamson, the UK's construction industry* is very much not in favour of a British exit ("Brexit") from the EU. In fact, only 15% of those surveyed* said that a Brexit would be a good thing. The rest felt that key components within the industry were cornerstoned in the EU. This includes access to foreign workers during a time when the industry is suffering a severe skill shortage.

In other news, the survey also discovered that the industry is against Right to Buy being extended to housing association tenants, as they feel that it would have a negative impact on the already-problematic social housing issue.

So how do you feel about these issues? Should we leave the EU? What about social housing and Right to Buy? Share your thoughts in the comments.

*The survey included responses from 200 property and construction senior executives.

#Brexit   #EU   #constructionindustry   #righttobuy   #UK  

courtesy of +City A.M. via Google alert___

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2015-11-25 13:17:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

How small businesses can benefit from BIM
a case study

RICS has published a case study on small firm Baxall Construction's adoption of BIM. Baxall is a 54-person strong firm that works in both the private and public sectors, and they are the winner of this year’s BIM4SME Award for best newcomer.

To read about the organisation and download a copy of the case study, please visit the RICS.org website linked below.

#SME   #BIM   #UKBIMCrew   #construction   #UK  

How small businesses can benefit from BIM
a case study

RICS has published a case study on small firm Baxall Construction's adoption of BIM. Baxall is a 54-person strong firm that works in both the private and public sectors, and they are the winner of this year’s BIM4SME Award for best newcomer.

To read about the organisation and download a copy of the case study, please visit the RICS.org website linked below.

#SME   #BIM   #UKBIMCrew   #construction   #UK  ___

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2015-11-24 10:43:43 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Should we be giving money to the beggars on our streets?

I work in Newcastle, and every single day I pass by at least one beggar... and I always feel a twinge of guilt as I pass by. However, this article explains why passing by is exactly what I should be doing.

96% of the beggars on our streets aren't actually homeless

People come from as far as Scotland to beg on our streets – pulled by the naturally generous nature of native Geordies

Some of the people begging on our streets are members of organised criminal begging gangs, out there to raise cash

Newcastle has 100s of vacant beds available for those in need

Read more statistics here: http://goo.gl/CL3LFL

I've always been drawn to hard luck stories, but my eyes were opened by two experiences that I had whilst living in Houston, Texas: 1) A beggar approached meas... more »

Here is what you should really know about begging on Newcastle’s streets.
#NorthEast #Newcastle #Begging #Homeless___Should we be giving money to the beggars on our streets?

I work in Newcastle, and every single day I pass by at least one beggar... and I always feel a twinge of guilt as I pass by. However, this article explains why passing by is exactly what I should be doing.

96% of the beggars on our streets aren't actually homeless

People come from as far as Scotland to beg on our streets – pulled by the naturally generous nature of native Geordies

Some of the people begging on our streets are members of organised criminal begging gangs, out there to raise cash

Newcastle has 100s of vacant beds available for those in need

Read more statistics here: http://goo.gl/CL3LFL

I've always been drawn to hard luck stories, but my eyes were opened by two experiences that I had whilst living in Houston, Texas: 1) A beggar approached me asking for money for food, but when I offered to buy him a hot meal instead, he turned me down. 2) A beggar approached me asking for money for food, and when I offered to buy him a hot meal, his eyes filled with tears of gratitude, and I watched as he prayed over and treated his Burger King meal as if it were steak from the best restaurant in town.

After that, I never offered money again, but I did continue to offer food, and I donated time and clothing to various charities that served the poor and homeless in our city.

If you want to help those in need, there are better ways than just offering change. The article below gives some ideas for those of us who live and/or work in Newcastle, but every city has its resources. All you need to do is learn what they are and use them.

#homeless   #charity   #UK   #Newcastle   #givingfeelsgood  

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2015-11-24 09:41:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Align your product information to Level 2 BIM in five easy (and free) steps

An easy-to-follow short guide from +RIBA Insight showing how using NBS Toolkit and product data templates (PDTs) can make adopting BIM Level 2 easier.

via Twitter

#BIM   #BIMToolkit   #NBS   #construction

Align your product information to Level 2 BIM in five easy (and free) steps

An easy-to-follow short guide from +RIBA Insight showing how using NBS Toolkit and product data templates (PDTs) can make adopting BIM Level 2 easier.

via Twitter

#BIM   #BIMToolkit   #NBS   #construction___

2015-11-23 14:02:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

BRE has acquired CEEQUAL

The goal is to bring CEEQUAL and BREEAM together to create one, science-based sustainability standard and certification scheme for infrastructure and other civil engineering projects. The move is being supported by ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers).

CEEQUAL will continue to operate as normal whilst the transition takes places. You can read about the merger and how it might affect you by following the link below.

#sustainability   #standard   #certification   #UK   #BRE  

BRE has acquired CEEQUAL

The goal is to bring CEEQUAL and BREEAM together to create one, science-based sustainability standard and certification scheme for infrastructure and other civil engineering projects. The move is being supported by ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers).

CEEQUAL will continue to operate as normal whilst the transition takes places. You can read about the merger and how it might affect you by following the link below.

#sustainability   #standard   #certification   #UK   #BRE  ___

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2015-11-23 12:24:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Occupational health risk management in construction
a new guide

Every week, 100 people die in the UK from construction-related health issues. Less than half of those employed within the industry, remain so until they're 60.

To address health concerns, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health have put together new guidance giving practical advice on 1) what constitutes a health risk and 2) how to control and/or prevent those risks.

The link below will take you to the HSE press release, which includes a link to a PDF of the document.

#construction   #healthandsafety   #HSE   #occupationalhealth   #UK  

Occupational health risk management in construction
a new guide

Every week, 100 people die in the UK from construction-related health issues. Less than half of those employed within the industry, remain so until they're 60.

To address health concerns, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health have put together new guidance giving practical advice on 1) what constitutes a health risk and 2) how to control and/or prevent those risks.

The link below will take you to the HSE press release, which includes a link to a PDF of the document.

#construction   #healthandsafety   #HSE   #occupationalhealth   #UK  ___

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2015-11-23 09:58:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

New law on liquidated damages

Fenwick Elliott Solicitors have contributed an article to Lexology that discusses a recent Supreme Court decision that reconsiders the law surrounding penalty clauses as they relate to both commercial contracts between sophisticated parties and at consumer level. It's one of the most important decisions made regarding construction law to be handed down in a century.

The cases discussed are:

The appeal in Cavendish Square Holdings v Makdessi
The appeal in ParkingEye Limited v Beavis

The conclusion the Supreme Court has reached results in (the following quoted from article):

...a modern test that reflects the fact that in some circumstances, parties have a legitimate commercial interest in enforcing the performance of contractual obligations which go above and beyond compensation for any identifiable... more »

New law on liquidated damages

Fenwick Elliott Solicitors have contributed an article to Lexology that discusses a recent Supreme Court decision that reconsiders the law surrounding penalty clauses as they relate to both commercial contracts between sophisticated parties and at consumer level. It's one of the most important decisions made regarding construction law to be handed down in a century.

The cases discussed are:

The appeal in Cavendish Square Holdings v Makdessi
The appeal in ParkingEye Limited v Beavis

The conclusion the Supreme Court has reached results in (the following quoted from article):

...a modern test that reflects the fact that in some circumstances, parties have a legitimate commercial interest in enforcing the performance of contractual obligations which go above and beyond compensation for any identifiable commercial losses they may suffer as a result of the breach, or the deterrence of a breach of contract. In the construction context, this new test requires a consideration of the commercial justification for the liquidated damages clause at the time the contract was entered into, and whether it is out of all proportion to the employer’s legitimate commercial interest in the works completing on time.

The article provides more, detailed information.

#construction   #constructionlaw   #UK  ___

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2015-11-20 16:27:39 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Engineering Happiness

ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) and Bechtel presented this video in 2014, but I've only seen it just now. It features the civil engineers behind some of London’s iconic infrastructure projects dancing at the locations that they helped create.

The idea behind the video is to promote the engineering as a career choice, and I think that it is quite clever. The end bit is especially nice, as it gives a bit of information about all of the different locations.

Found via +Pauley Creative's blog, 5 critical ways to deliver added value in construction marketing:  http://www.pauleycreative.co.uk/2015/11/5-critical-ways-to-deliver-added-value-in-construction-marketing/

#engineering   #construction   #UK   #marketing   #fun  

Engineering Happiness

ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) and Bechtel presented this video in 2014, but I've only seen it just now. It features the civil engineers behind some of London’s iconic infrastructure projects dancing at the locations that they helped create.

The idea behind the video is to promote the engineering as a career choice, and I think that it is quite clever. The end bit is especially nice, as it gives a bit of information about all of the different locations.

Found via +Pauley Creative's blog, 5 critical ways to deliver added value in construction marketing:  http://www.pauleycreative.co.uk/2015/11/5-critical-ways-to-deliver-added-value-in-construction-marketing/

#engineering   #construction   #UK   #marketing   #fun  ___

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2015-11-18 16:23:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Informative video by +The B1M explaining some of the terms used in BIM.

If you're trying to get a handle on Building Information Modelling, videos like this can really help to get a grasp on the jargon.

#GlobalBIMCrew   #UKBIMCrew   #B1M   #BIM  

What do all those big BIM words actually mean? http://www.theb1m.com/video/what-do-those-big-bim-words-mean  #GlobalBIMCrew   #UKBIMCrew   #BIMANZ  ___Informative video by +The B1M explaining some of the terms used in BIM.

If you're trying to get a handle on Building Information Modelling, videos like this can really help to get a grasp on the jargon.

#GlobalBIMCrew   #UKBIMCrew   #B1M   #BIM  

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2015-11-18 11:24:35 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

As a devoted Alien fan, this made my morning!

#Alien   #Ripley   #Xenomorph  

Devil's Finger Fungus "hatching". Doesn't that just call for Ripley and a flame thrower...?

http://nerdist.com/watch-the-devils-finger-fungus-hatch-like-a-xenomorph-egg/___As a devoted Alien fan, this made my morning!

#Alien   #Ripley   #Xenomorph  

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2015-11-17 09:50:18 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Creativity is, in many ways, a response.
Please, no more brainstorm sessions. This is how innovation really works.

In this article by Matthew Syed, he explores what creativity/innovation really is; rather than a mythical process or the result of a brainstorming session, in most instances, creativity is a response to a problem or need.

The article goes on to talk about the problems with brainstorming. It's not the free thinking or on-the-spot associations, but the lack of negative feedback and criticism:

Imagination is not fragile. It feeds off flaws, difficulties, and problems. Insulating ourselves from failures is to rob one of our most valuable mental faculties of fuel.

While I read this article with a mind to how to apply it to the way I do my job, during the read, I got to thinking about the way society tends to frown upon failure, to the... more »

Creativity is, in many ways, a response.
Please, no more brainstorm sessions. This is how innovation really works.

In this article by Matthew Syed, he explores what creativity/innovation really is; rather than a mythical process or the result of a brainstorming session, in most instances, creativity is a response to a problem or need.

The article goes on to talk about the problems with brainstorming. It's not the free thinking or on-the-spot associations, but the lack of negative feedback and criticism:

Imagination is not fragile. It feeds off flaws, difficulties, and problems. Insulating ourselves from failures is to rob one of our most valuable mental faculties of fuel.

While I read this article with a mind to how to apply it to the way I do my job, during the read, I got to thinking about the way society tends to frown upon failure, to the point that we try to shelter our children from it – which I believe is to their detriment.

We need failure to grow. We need constructive criticism to learn. As a writer, I need to appreciate the red pen to become better at my craft. We need to remain open to listening to ideas that conflict with our own and learn from them. We need to look into the world and see where the needs are, where the holes are, where the problems and the gaps are – and then we need to explore ways to respond. This is how we become creative.

Creativity is a response.

#creativity   #innovation   #lifelessons  ___

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2015-11-12 15:21:34 (21 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Scary stuff

Apparently, the hole has revealed an old mine underneath.

I know several people who work near Gosforth...

Scary stuff

Apparently, the hole has revealed an old mine underneath.

I know several people who work near Gosforth...___

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2015-11-12 10:55:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Modelling a Nation
Singapore aspires to become the world's first smart nation

We've all heard the term "smart city", but in Singapore they are endeavouring to create a smart nation – by creating and maintaining a 3D model of their entire island country.

They began the project in 2014 and hope to finish it in 2017. The most difficult aspect, of course, is managing and updating the 50 terabytes and counting of data created.

Why are they doing it? Well, for one, it provides support for operation, planning and risk management efforts. It also opens the doors to future projects, potentially increases the opportunity for bringing in new industry, and could help to boost tourism.

More information can be found via the Singapore Land Authority website:  http://www.sla.gov.sg/

#3d   #modeling   #modelling   #BIM  

Modelling a Nation
Singapore aspires to become the world's first smart nation

We've all heard the term "smart city", but in Singapore they are endeavouring to create a smart nation – by creating and maintaining a 3D model of their entire island country.

They began the project in 2014 and hope to finish it in 2017. The most difficult aspect, of course, is managing and updating the 50 terabytes and counting of data created.

Why are they doing it? Well, for one, it provides support for operation, planning and risk management efforts. It also opens the doors to future projects, potentially increases the opportunity for bringing in new industry, and could help to boost tourism.

More information can be found via the Singapore Land Authority website:  http://www.sla.gov.sg/

#3d   #modeling   #modelling   #BIM  ___

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2015-11-11 11:28:17 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

The beginning of the timber age?
Is wood is taking over?

Coincidentally, as part of an exploration of the housing shortage and possible solutions in last month's CIS Briefing, I wrote about the benefits of using timber framing (versus traditional UK builds) in homes. Then yesterday, I came across this article discussing the wider implications of timber build.

New types of engineered timber that are considerably stronger and more stable than regular wood are allowing architects to build bigger and higher, with timber skyscrapers now a real prospect.

For me, this is just more confirmation that we are headed in a fascinatingly wonderful direction with construction. Green roofs, living walls, the incorporation of parks and nature in our city centres, the use of bamboo and rammed earth to create sustainable and ecologically friendly structures, and even the... more »

The beginning of the timber age?
Is wood is taking over?

Coincidentally, as part of an exploration of the housing shortage and possible solutions in last month's CIS Briefing, I wrote about the benefits of using timber framing (versus traditional UK builds) in homes. Then yesterday, I came across this article discussing the wider implications of timber build.

New types of engineered timber that are considerably stronger and more stable than regular wood are allowing architects to build bigger and higher, with timber skyscrapers now a real prospect.

For me, this is just more confirmation that we are headed in a fascinatingly wonderful direction with construction. Green roofs, living walls, the incorporation of parks and nature in our city centres, the use of bamboo and rammed earth to create sustainable and ecologically friendly structures, and even the innovative recycling of things like large shipping crates and wooden pallets to make homes and guest rooms. Tomorrow's world isn't going to be all stark streets and steel and glass towers, but something that marries technology with nature in a way that sustains us all.

Change is in the air, and it's an exciting time to be a part of the construction industry.

#architecture   #sustainability   #timber   #constructionindustry

The Construction Information Service: https://www.ihs.com/products/uk-construction-information-service.html

#CIS   #NBS   #IHS  

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2015-11-10 16:11:05 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Fancy a lecture, anyone?
social interaction and design

This unusual-looking object is a stage. Created by French artist Didier Faustino, the structure has been placed in front of the Architectural Association in London in the hopes of encouraging passer's by to burst into spontaneous performance and/or public speaking.

"This installation presents a certain approach to performative practice in the closely-linked fields of contemporary art and architecture, representative of Didier Faustino's obsession with the location of the body in private and public space," said a project text released by the artist.

#design   #socialinteraction   #publicspeaking   #performance   #impromtu   #London  

Fancy a lecture, anyone?
social interaction and design

This unusual-looking object is a stage. Created by French artist Didier Faustino, the structure has been placed in front of the Architectural Association in London in the hopes of encouraging passer's by to burst into spontaneous performance and/or public speaking.

"This installation presents a certain approach to performative practice in the closely-linked fields of contemporary art and architecture, representative of Didier Faustino's obsession with the location of the body in private and public space," said a project text released by the artist.

#design   #socialinteraction   #publicspeaking   #performance   #impromtu   #London  ___

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2015-11-09 11:09:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Why Strong Writing Is a Skill to Prioritize in 2016 (And How to Hire Great Writers)

I love this article. There is great advice for both writers and those who hire writers.


... and, it mentions Hemingway. :) 

#writer   #writing   #writingadvice   #contentwriting   #technicalwriting   #b2b  

Why Strong Writing Is a Skill to Prioritize in 2016 (And How to Hire Great Writers)

I love this article. There is great advice for both writers and those who hire writers.


... and, it mentions Hemingway. :) 

#writer   #writing   #writingadvice   #contentwriting   #technicalwriting   #b2b  ___

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2015-11-06 09:57:16 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The original model of the Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, better known as The Gherkin, has become one of London's most iconic buildings.

A model of a Gherkin
Currently in the entrance to the RIBA is the original physical design model of 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin). If you are in London and are around and about 66 Portland Place , it's well worth a quick visit... Sitting in front of the names of the past pre...___The original model of the Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, better known as The Gherkin, has become one of London's most iconic buildings.

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2015-11-04 11:57:39 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Through the eyes of a... dragonfly, a frog, an owl
soaring over trees, wandering forest floors

Designed for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Grizedale Forest, the "In the Eyes of the Animal" exhibit allowed visitors to don interesting-looking virtual reality headsets and see the forest through the eyes of three different animals. A harness fitted around the upper body enhanced the immersive experience via vibration. 

I would love to do something like this.

#virtualreality   #nature   #illusion  

Through the eyes of a... dragonfly, a frog, an owl
soaring over trees, wandering forest floors

Designed for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Grizedale Forest, the "In the Eyes of the Animal" exhibit allowed visitors to don interesting-looking virtual reality headsets and see the forest through the eyes of three different animals. A harness fitted around the upper body enhanced the immersive experience via vibration. 

I would love to do something like this.

#virtualreality   #nature   #illusion  ___

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2015-10-30 11:41:01 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

A bit of fun with architecture

In this series of photographs, well-known landmarks are re-imaged using paper cut outs. 

They are all very cool, but I think my favourites are The Eye, in London and Montmartre, in Paris.

#architecture   #architecturephotography   #funwithpaper   #artistic  

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A bit of fun with architecture

In this series of photographs, well-known landmarks are re-imaged using paper cut outs. 

They are all very cool, but I think my favourites are The Eye, in London and Montmartre, in Paris.

#architecture   #architecturephotography   #funwithpaper   #artistic  

via a private community share___

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2015-10-20 12:30:16 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

3D printed shoes
more comfortable than your regular shoe

These shoes were commissioned by the Dutch minister of education, innovation and science Jet Bussemaker as part of an outfit for her to wear on Budget Day. That meant that they had to be comfortable enough to wear all day whilst being fashion forward by demonstrating the future of fashionable footwear.

The shoes were modelled on the minister's feet and tailored to her walking, standing, moving, behaviours. 

The material used is called Filaflex, which was created by Recreus, a Spanish 3D printing firm. The design also incorporates curvy lines to further increase flexibility. The shoes took 100 hours to print.

Lead designer Troy Nachtigall worked with fashion designer Pauline van Dongen and industrial designer Leonie Tenthorf van Noorden to create the shoes.

#3dprinting   #... more »

3D printed shoes
more comfortable than your regular shoe

These shoes were commissioned by the Dutch minister of education, innovation and science Jet Bussemaker as part of an outfit for her to wear on Budget Day. That meant that they had to be comfortable enough to wear all day whilst being fashion forward by demonstrating the future of fashionable footwear.

The shoes were modelled on the minister's feet and tailored to her walking, standing, moving, behaviours. 

The material used is called Filaflex, which was created by Recreus, a Spanish 3D printing firm. The design also incorporates curvy lines to further increase flexibility. The shoes took 100 hours to print.

Lead designer Troy Nachtigall worked with fashion designer Pauline van Dongen and industrial designer Leonie Tenthorf van Noorden to create the shoes.

#3dprinting   #fashion   #shoes  ___

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2015-10-20 10:55:54 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Bricks and mortar building set
a real game from the 1950s

I found this fascinating. The boxed set is called Contemporary Brickplayer Kit A (picture of box in article), and it allows children to build architect-designed models using mortar, real miniature bricks, and a small trowel. According to retired construction professional Doug Allen, it was this game that inspired him to go into construction.

One thing he said disturbed me though. It was this:

“It was time-consuming and laborious and I doubt if the children of today – oriented towards the instant gratification of computer games – would have the patience to complete a project.”

I refuse to believe that. In fact, I would counter that there are loads of children out there that would delight in a set like this. Perhaps it isn't the children that are the problem, but us and ourunderes... more »

Bricks and mortar building set
a real game from the 1950s

I found this fascinating. The boxed set is called Contemporary Brickplayer Kit A (picture of box in article), and it allows children to build architect-designed models using mortar, real miniature bricks, and a small trowel. According to retired construction professional Doug Allen, it was this game that inspired him to go into construction.

One thing he said disturbed me though. It was this:

“It was time-consuming and laborious and I doubt if the children of today – oriented towards the instant gratification of computer games – would have the patience to complete a project.”

I refuse to believe that. In fact, I would counter that there are loads of children out there that would delight in a set like this. Perhaps it isn't the children that are the problem, but us and our underestimation of what captures their attention. Besides, LEGO and Meccano have both seen a surge in popularity in recent years, a sign that building things with your hands is still something we like to do. 

According to the article, the miniature homes built from this kit were so realistic that estate agents used to place them in their windows to help promote house sales.

I want one.

#construction   #bricksandmortar   #games   #learning   #UKskillshortage  ___

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2015-10-20 10:07:18 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

My collection is growing. I'm feeling quite special today...

#itsmybirthday  

My collection is growing. I'm feeling quite special today...

#itsmybirthday  ___

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2015-10-20 08:37:01 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Nice surprises this morning...

#itsmybirthday  

Nice surprises this morning...

#itsmybirthday  ___

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2015-10-19 11:25:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Love the B1M videos. Here's the latest one on 6D BIM.

#UKBIMCREW  

What is 6D BIM? We explain in our latest video: http://www.theb1m.com/video/what-is-6d-bim  #GlobalBIMCrew   #BIMANZ   #UKBIMCrew  ___Love the B1M videos. Here's the latest one on 6D BIM.

#UKBIMCREW  

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2015-10-15 08:07:17 (28 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Abuse is killing the social web, and hence it isn’t peripheral to internet business models — it’s central.

When a technology is used to shrink people’s possibilities, more than to expand them, it cannot create value for them. 

While this article is aimed at Twitter, the message is one that is applicable of all social media, and it is seeping more and more into the greater world. 

From the article:

We have created an abusive society. We have normalized, regularized, and routinized abuse. We are abused at work, by the very rules, norms, and expectations of our jobs, at which we are merely “human resources”, to be utilized, allocated, depleted. We are abused at play, by industries that seek to prey on our innocence and literally “target” our human weaknessses. And now we are abused at arm’s length, through the lightwaves, by people wewill never meet, for th... more »

Abuse is killing the social web, and hence it isn’t peripheral to internet business models — it’s central.

When a technology is used to shrink people’s possibilities, more than to expand them, it cannot create value for them. 

While this article is aimed at Twitter, the message is one that is applicable of all social media, and it is seeping more and more into the greater world. 

From the article:

We have created an abusive society. We have normalized, regularized, and routinized abuse. We are abused at work, by the very rules, norms, and expectations of our jobs, at which we are merely “human resources”, to be utilized, allocated, depleted. We are abused at play, by industries that seek to prey on our innocence and literally “target” our human weaknessses. And now we are abused at arm’s length, through the lightwaves, by people we will never meet, for things we have barely even said. We live in a society where school shootings are the rule, not the exception, where more people will have taken antidepressants than not…and now one where nearly everyone will have been abused on the web…for a random, off-hand, throwaway comment, an idle thought, something trivial, unremarkable, meaningless.

This is an age of stagnation. Of broken dreams and thwarted expectations. What is stagnating is not just “the economy” — but us. Our possibilities and potential, the lives that we should be living. That is what is creating a great cycle of violence. Stagnation is abuse. And we are its victims. We have been cheated not just of our savings, retirements, jobs, social contracts — but of what all those free us to be: ourselves. But we are also, in our anger and despair, its enforcers. Endlessly, at least on the social web, picking on, bullying, squabbling with, decrying, outraged at, one another…for nothing that means anything at all. The abused become the abusers.

While Umair addresses the topic from the business model angle, as a social media user, the way that I can help not be a part of the problem is simple: refuse to participate in the abuse. Don't get sucked in. If I do get sucked in, apologise and get out. Smile, be courteous, be generous, be forgiving. Don't gossip, don't judge, don't become a part of the mob mentality. When something is said or done that rubs me the wrong way, look for a better way to take it; assume that it wasn't meant to offend, and respond (rather than react) accordingly. In simple terms: Play nice.

Living in a world where people assume the worst of each other and are quick to judge and find lacking is exhausting. Sure, we can remove ourselves from social media, but then we are also depriving ourselves of amazing contacts and wider experiences. So, stay. Just remember to play nice.

Article by +Umair Haque for +Medium 

#Twitter   #socialmedia   #life   #humannature   #playnice  ___

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2015-10-14 15:02:07 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

2015 Short Film Awards
nominees

I've been meaning to share this for awhile now. Jump to about 8:00, and you might just hear a name that sounds familiar.

The short film being referred to can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rymRPzb6s

2015 Short Film Awards
nominees

I've been meaning to share this for awhile now. Jump to about 8:00, and you might just hear a name that sounds familiar.

The short film being referred to can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rymRPzb6s___

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2015-10-14 13:42:53 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

... now that she's a killer woman, we ought to be bringing her tea and dumplings.

#Firefly   #Serenity    #JayneCobb   #Newcastle   #GrangerMarket  

... now that she's a killer woman, we ought to be bringing her tea and dumplings.

#Firefly   #Serenity    #JayneCobb   #Newcastle   #GrangerMarket  ___

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2015-10-12 14:30:03 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Map of Literature
exploring the history of writing through illustration

Seventeen-year-old Martin Vargic has created this beautiful illustration of worlds born from our own ideas. The Map of Literature features writers from varied genres, and it is one of 64 infographics featured in his book, Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World 

The illustrations are best enjoyed via the hardback; digital format just doesn't do them justice.

For those in the USA, you can find it on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Vargics-Miscellany-Curious-Maps-Mapping/dp/006238922X

In the UK, you can buy it via Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vargics-Miscellany-Curious-Maps-Mapping/dp/071818114X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442575239&sr=1-1&keywords=vargic

#literature   #writing   #maps   #illustrations  #infogra... more »

Map of Literature
exploring the history of writing through illustration

Seventeen-year-old Martin Vargic has created this beautiful illustration of worlds born from our own ideas. The Map of Literature features writers from varied genres, and it is one of 64 infographics featured in his book, Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World 

The illustrations are best enjoyed via the hardback; digital format just doesn't do them justice.

For those in the USA, you can find it on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Vargics-Miscellany-Curious-Maps-Mapping/dp/006238922X

In the UK, you can buy it via Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vargics-Miscellany-Curious-Maps-Mapping/dp/071818114X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442575239&sr=1-1&keywords=vargic

#literature   #writing   #maps   #illustrations   #infographics  ___

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2015-10-11 09:09:16 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Penshaw Tea Room, Nursery, and Farm Butchers
Sunderland, UK

I "discovered" this place earlier in the week. I'd been driven by it loads of times, and I always wanted to try the tea room, but I was only given opportunity a few days ago.

The tea room was lovely. The first visit, we sat outside soaking in some gorgeous early autumn sunshine, and then we climbed up to Penshaw and then ran back down like kids. After that, we stopped at Farm Butchers and I bought some of the locally-famous sausages they have there. They were absolutely gorgeous, and when you grilled them, nothing dripped out. The meat here comes from local animals humanely treated. In fact, I met some of the cows grazing peacefully on the way up to Penshaw.

The second visit was more subdued; it was later in the day and the weather was darker and more wintery. Still, the experience was... more »

Penshaw Tea Room, Nursery, and Farm Butchers
Sunderland, UK

I "discovered" this place earlier in the week. I'd been driven by it loads of times, and I always wanted to try the tea room, but I was only given opportunity a few days ago.

The tea room was lovely. The first visit, we sat outside soaking in some gorgeous early autumn sunshine, and then we climbed up to Penshaw and then ran back down like kids. After that, we stopped at Farm Butchers and I bought some of the locally-famous sausages they have there. They were absolutely gorgeous, and when you grilled them, nothing dripped out. The meat here comes from local animals humanely treated. In fact, I met some of the cows grazing peacefully on the way up to Penshaw.

The second visit was more subdued; it was later in the day and the weather was darker and more wintery. Still, the experience was another good one. The ladies who work the tea room were friendly and funny; one in particular was a real delight to be around. That day, I bought more sausages and a steak, which I had split in two. I cooked it last night, and it has to be one of the best steaks that I've ever had. It's certainly the best steak that I've ever cooked myself. I served it with mushrooms, onions, and red bell pepper, which I sautéed in the meat juices and wine, reducing the liquid to form a nice, subtle gravy.

My experience with Sunderland has, thus far, not been very shiny, but this place is a real gem. It's the kind of place that I'd take visiting friends... should I ever have friends visiting. :)___

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2015-10-10 17:39:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Love me some blues

Tuesday night at Dandy Longlegs in Sunderland. The artist's name is Michael Littlefield, and he was absolutely awesome.

Good times....

Love me some blues

Tuesday night at Dandy Longlegs in Sunderland. The artist's name is Michael Littlefield, and he was absolutely awesome.

Good times....___

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2015-10-09 09:32:32 (23 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The Peace of Wild Things and lessons learnt

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

"The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry, from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, © 1998

I've been pretty quiet in these past few weeks/months. While I am not ready to share the reason — and may never be, at least not on a wider scale – I did want to share a lessonlearnt... more »

The Peace of Wild Things and lessons learnt

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

"The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry, from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, © 1998

I've been pretty quiet in these past few weeks/months. While I am not ready to share the reason — and may never be, at least not on a wider scale – I did want to share a lesson learnt.

Yesterday, I finally was able to pause amidst the chaos that my personal life has been for these past weeks/months long enough to look for some kind of positive lesson in it all... And, I found one. For the first time in my life, I have opportunity to experience what it is like to be on the other side of a mental health crisis.

In the past, it's always been me battling the greater and lesser extremes that come with bipolar disorder. If there was to be a mental health crisis disrupting our world, it was me having it. Until recently, I never knew what it took to be the rational one, standing that near the chaos and feeling helpless  to do anything.

Now though, I understand. I understand why so many people in my life "let me down", walked away, threw up their hands and said, "I can't do this. I can't be there for you. I don't want you in my life any more."

It's hard stuff, being on this side of things. I understand the urge to flee; to save yourself.

So, here we have it, a lesson learnt born from the opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes. With this new found (and somewhat hard earned) understanding comes healing and forgiveness on a deeper level. I am letting go of hurts that I didn't realise that I still carried, and that means that I am growing.

Life is a journey, and the people who walk with you may or may not be there for the next leg. The trick, I think, is understanding  – and reminding yourself to understand when you forget – that losing someone or letting someone go doesn't make any part of that journey, or the people who shared it with you, any less precious.

Thanks for reading. Bright blessings to you all. 

#lifelessons   #mentalillness___

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2015-09-25 09:00:33 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Tree lined roads make for happier, healthier people

Carrying on from previous discussions, here is yet more research showing that people need nature around them to be at their healthiest and best both physically and emotionally.

This particular research was led by a group from the University of Chicago. It finds that people who live in neighbourhoods with more trees enjoy better overall health and well-being. (And yes, the report does take into account the fact that wealthier people tend to live in greener areas.)

From the article:

Specifically, they found that having 10 more trees in a city block improves health perception in ways that are comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000, or being seven years younger.

They also found that having 11 more trees in a block correlates with improvements in cardio-metabolic health that... more »

Tree lined roads make for happier, healthier people

Carrying on from previous discussions, here is yet more research showing that people need nature around them to be at their healthiest and best both physically and emotionally.

This particular research was led by a group from the University of Chicago. It finds that people who live in neighbourhoods with more trees enjoy better overall health and well-being. (And yes, the report does take into account the fact that wealthier people tend to live in greener areas.)

From the article:

Specifically, they found that having 10 more trees in a city block improves health perception in ways that are comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000, or being seven years younger.

They also found that having 11 more trees in a block correlates with improvements in cardio-metabolic health that are comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000.

On a personal note, I have recently moved from treeless city streets to an area filled with trees, and surrounded by fields, small forest areas, and two nearby parks. The mental effect that has had is notable. After a short two and a half-weeks, I am less stressed, have a better sense of well-being, and suffer less with depressed feelings.

We need trees, folks; not just for the air that we breath, but for our very sense of well being.

#trees   #health   #construction   #infrastructure   #wellbeing  ___

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2015-09-24 10:42:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Architect Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to receive the Royal Gold Medal (2016) in her own right.

She adds this to a lot of awards and a lot of firsts:

In 2004, Zaha became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and she has won the RIBA Stirling Prize twice.

In 2010, she won for the Maxxi Museum in Rome, and in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton. 

In 2014, when the the Heydar Aliyev Centre won the Design Museum Design of the Year award, Zaha became the first woman to win top prize in that competition.

The Royal Gold Metal is awarded for lifetime achievement by the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is personally approved by the Queen.

Her designs include the 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre in London,  the Riverside Museum, which is part of the Museum of Transport in Glasgow, and theC... more »

Architect Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to receive the Royal Gold Medal (2016) in her own right.

She adds this to a lot of awards and a lot of firsts:

In 2004, Zaha became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and she has won the RIBA Stirling Prize twice.

In 2010, she won for the Maxxi Museum in Rome, and in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton. 

In 2014, when the the Heydar Aliyev Centre won the Design Museum Design of the Year award, Zaha became the first woman to win top prize in that competition.

The Royal Gold Metal is awarded for lifetime achievement by the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is personally approved by the Queen.

Her designs include the 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre in London,  the Riverside Museum, which is part of the Museum of Transport in Glasgow, and the Cardiff Bay Opera House. Other notable works include The Peak in Hong Kong, Kurfurstendamm in Berlin, the Bridge in Zaragoza, Spain, and the Guangzhou Opera House.

#architecture   #womeninarchitecture   #RIBA  ___

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2015-09-23 08:54:54 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Psychology and the built environment

With over 50% of the world's population living in cities, and that number is steadily rising, it is imperative that we look to psychology to advise us how to best meet the needs of the people living there. Of course, the best place to start is with the homes that these people live in. Cramming people into tower flats, much like those we see in science fiction films, are proven to have a negative effect on people's behaviour. So, why are we building them?

And it's not just high rises: _Any housing project that mucks up the design elements will create an unpleasant and possibly dangerous environment._

All people need green space, and therefore, accessible, large communal green spaces are an imperative part of any group housing design. So, once again, the future is not tall, lifeless glass and metal tower blocks but... more »

Psychology and the built environment

With over 50% of the world's population living in cities, and that number is steadily rising, it is imperative that we look to psychology to advise us how to best meet the needs of the people living there. Of course, the best place to start is with the homes that these people live in. Cramming people into tower flats, much like those we see in science fiction films, are proven to have a negative effect on people's behaviour. So, why are we building them?

And it's not just high rises: _Any housing project that mucks up the design elements will create an unpleasant and possibly dangerous environment._

All people need green space, and therefore, accessible, large communal green spaces are an imperative part of any group housing design. So, once again, the future is not tall, lifeless glass and metal tower blocks but spaces where nature is interwoven into everything.

#construction   #architecture   #builtenvironment   #psychology   #wellbeing  

via +Sourceable.net ___

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2015-09-16 14:15:24 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Critics note that feasibility may be an issue, citing the architect’s record with a London skyscraper known for blowing over pedestrians and lighting cars on fire.

Barring the sceptical amusement that comes with that sentence, I do love the idea. I can't wait to see if it comes to fruition.

As I've said so many times, this to my mind, is the vision of the future. A place where nature, mankind and technology co-exist beautifully.

World's Largest Green Roof to Span City Blocks |

The first good use of the Vallco site in some time.___Critics note that feasibility may be an issue, citing the architect’s record with a London skyscraper known for blowing over pedestrians and lighting cars on fire.

Barring the sceptical amusement that comes with that sentence, I do love the idea. I can't wait to see if it comes to fruition.

As I've said so many times, this to my mind, is the vision of the future. A place where nature, mankind and technology co-exist beautifully.

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