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Jake Sharman has been at 3 events

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Isabelle Fortin27,196Hello 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  
ARTISTS IN THE PLUS1,990,664+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 McGhee96,995Please 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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2015-08-19 15:39:46 (75 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Floating bus stops
New segregated cycle lanes endanger blind and partially sighted pedestrians

This first paragraph speaks volumes:

This week one of the 3,500 blind and partially sighted people who live around Whitechapel High Street in London will step outside and attempt to reach their bus stop. To get there, they’ll find that they have to cross a lane of fast moving cyclists, over whom they have no formal priority and whose silent approach they are unable to detect. According to Transport for London’s (TfL) own research, only 15 per cent of cyclists will stop for them.

Apparently, no one thought to take into account or actively engage all of the diverse types of street users before coming up with this ridiculousness. 

The floating bus stop is a natural consequence of an approach that seeks to optimise a street for one kind of vehicular user atthe ... more »

Most reshares: 9

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2015-07-29 09:26:49 (15 comments, 9 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 »

Most plusones: 78

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2015-07-11 12:27:37 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

My Firefly shelf
shiny

#Firefly   #Serenity   #browncoats  

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2015-08-30 19:07:54 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

My newest discovery.

I've been going walkabout on weekends, and today I found this. I also found a fairy forest, complete with trolls living under a stone bridge... but, of course, I can't share photos of that because it's my new bestest secret place.

My newest discovery.

I've been going walkabout on weekends, and today I found this. I also found a fairy forest, complete with trolls living under a stone bridge... but, of course, I can't share photos of that because it's my new bestest secret place.___

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2015-08-29 18:05:28 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

A walk along the seaside on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

The lighthouse restoration is coming along...

#Sunderland   #England   #UK  

A walk along the seaside on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

The lighthouse restoration is coming along...

#Sunderland   #England   #UK  ___

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2015-08-24 08:33:05 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

A photo from my walk at Barnes Park in Sunderland yesterday. That odd-looking tree in the middle is called a Monkey Puzzle tree.

Happy Monday, Googleverse. How was everyone's weekend? Any exciting plans for the week?

I'll be finishing up an article and news bytes for submission on Thursday. I'm also going to try and get in a few core workout sessions in. Of course, there will be lots of walking, and maybe a new pair of shoes to replace the ones that Clarks and My Hermes never managed to get to me.

#Sunderland   #England   #UK   #walking   #pretty  

A photo from my walk at Barnes Park in Sunderland yesterday. That odd-looking tree in the middle is called a Monkey Puzzle tree.

Happy Monday, Googleverse. How was everyone's weekend? Any exciting plans for the week?

I'll be finishing up an article and news bytes for submission on Thursday. I'm also going to try and get in a few core workout sessions in. Of course, there will be lots of walking, and maybe a new pair of shoes to replace the ones that Clarks and My Hermes never managed to get to me.

#Sunderland   #England   #UK   #walking   #pretty  ___

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2015-08-22 10:36:24 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Yet another +myHermes UK fail.

If you recall, last time there were three blank cards put through the door, with no information provided as to who the package was for or how to arrange for collection or redelivery. (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JakeSharman/posts/CP1mugjXrgG)

This time, I got two blank cards put through yesterday, and when I checked the tracking information, I saw that delivery attempt had been made on Thursday and Friday, and that a third and final attempt would be made on Saturday.

This morning, I specifically delay my walk in order to be here when that third attempt is made. At 11 am, I decide to check the tracking information. This is what it shows: A final delivery attempt was made at 8:22 am this morning. I was home at 8:22 am. No one knocked on my door. There is no card indicating that a courier had been by, blank or otherwise.more »

Yet another +myHermes UK fail.

If you recall, last time there were three blank cards put through the door, with no information provided as to who the package was for or how to arrange for collection or redelivery. (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JakeSharman/posts/CP1mugjXrgG)

This time, I got two blank cards put through yesterday, and when I checked the tracking information, I saw that delivery attempt had been made on Thursday and Friday, and that a third and final attempt would be made on Saturday.

This morning, I specifically delay my walk in order to be here when that third attempt is made. At 11 am, I decide to check the tracking information. This is what it shows: A final delivery attempt was made at 8:22 am this morning. I was home at 8:22 am. No one knocked on my door. There is no card indicating that a courier had been by, blank or otherwise.

Now, the shoes that I wanted for next week are headed back to +Clarks, without my ever having been provided one single way to get them.

People work. Things happen. A parcel delivery service must take this into account and be willing to provide alternatives means, be it a telephone number or website to arrange for redelivery or a location from which to collect the parcel in person. 

This is unacceptable. Had I known that My Hermes was the courier being used, I'd have ordered my shoes elsewhere.

#parceldelivery   #fail   #myhermes   #uk  

+Clarks USA ___

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2015-08-21 15:21:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

15 reasons why frequent travellers are more likely to be successful

I don't travel (beside the commute) much now, but I used to travel a lot. In fact, I started travelling at the age of five, and I pretty much went from there. I've been to a lot of interesting places, and I've met a lot of interesting people. I am comfortable around strangers, and being around/amid different cultures has never intimidated me.

This list, if I may be so bold, feels like it rings true for me... well except maybe that last one. "Save and spend wisely" has never been my forte. Oh, and that term "successful". I don't really consider myself successful. (Of course, I don't consider myself unsuccessful either. I guess I don't really think about it, to be honest.) But all the rest, yes I can see how my experiences travelling have served me in these ways.... more »

15 reasons why frequent travellers are more likely to be successful

I don't travel (beside the commute) much now, but I used to travel a lot. In fact, I started travelling at the age of five, and I pretty much went from there. I've been to a lot of interesting places, and I've met a lot of interesting people. I am comfortable around strangers, and being around/amid different cultures has never intimidated me.

This list, if I may be so bold, feels like it rings true for me... well except maybe that last one. "Save and spend wisely" has never been my forte. Oh, and that term "successful". I don't really consider myself successful. (Of course, I don't consider myself unsuccessful either. I guess I don't really think about it, to be honest.) But all the rest, yes I can see how my experiences travelling have served me in these ways.

#travelling   #traveler   #successful   #exploration   #life  ___

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2015-08-21 10:51:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Fusing Omani architecture with European modernism - Berlin's Oman Embassy is made up of overlapping cubic forms and pointed arches in red toned brick. http://bit.ly/1SYt88V

Fusing Omani architecture with European modernism - Berlin's Oman Embassy is made up of overlapping cubic forms and pointed arches in red toned brick. http://bit.ly/1SYt88V___

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2015-08-21 10:04:36 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

British finger spelling alphabet
and the American alphabet song

I'm very very slowly learning BSL, and the finger spelling is entirely different than what I learnt way-back-when with ASL. So, much like with British v American English, I'm learning a kind of second language with sign.

To facilitate learning my new alphabet, I sing the Alphabet Song... which works wonderfully, until I have to substitute a zed for the zee... and then it just makes me giggle.

What can I say? I'm easily amused. :)

#BSL   #ASL   #sign   #learningtosign  

British finger spelling alphabet
and the American alphabet song

I'm very very slowly learning BSL, and the finger spelling is entirely different than what I learnt way-back-when with ASL. So, much like with British v American English, I'm learning a kind of second language with sign.

To facilitate learning my new alphabet, I sing the Alphabet Song... which works wonderfully, until I have to substitute a zed for the zee... and then it just makes me giggle.

What can I say? I'm easily amused. :)

#BSL   #ASL   #sign   #learningtosign  ___

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2015-08-20 15:26:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

ha ha!

She's right though. We don't.

#BIM   #SocialBIM   #Socialmedia   #UKBIMCrew  

“Collaborative working, BIM and social media all have one thing in common… we don’t do them!” +Su Butcher presents Episode 5 of #SocialBIM ! http://www.theb1m.com/video/collaborative-working-for-bim-socialbim-episode-5  #UKBIMCrew  ___ha ha!

She's right though. We don't.

#BIM   #SocialBIM   #Socialmedia   #UKBIMCrew  

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2015-08-20 15:13:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In Limbo Embassy

Manon van Hoeckel, a design academy graduate, had created a mobile "embassy of the undocumented" that she hopes can be used to foster discussion about immigration in the Netherlands.

"Too often direct contact between refugees and society is lacking," said the designer, who conceived the project during her studies. "For this, the mobile embassy offers a neutral meeting space."

The embassy's ambassadors will come from migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees around the country, who will share their experiences with locals, passersby and government officials.

The project is being crowdfunded on Dutch site Voordekunst, and Alexander Popelier, a Belgium-based photographer is creating official portraits of the ambassadors, which will be sold to provide additional financial support.

#immigration   ... more »

In Limbo Embassy

Manon van Hoeckel, a design academy graduate, had created a mobile "embassy of the undocumented" that she hopes can be used to foster discussion about immigration in the Netherlands.

"Too often direct contact between refugees and society is lacking," said the designer, who conceived the project during her studies. "For this, the mobile embassy offers a neutral meeting space."

The embassy's ambassadors will come from migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees around the country, who will share their experiences with locals, passersby and government officials.

The project is being crowdfunded on Dutch site Voordekunst, and Alexander Popelier, a Belgium-based photographer is creating official portraits of the ambassadors, which will be sold to provide additional financial support.

#immigration   #crowdfunding   #Netherlands   #design  

article via +Dezeen___

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2015-08-19 15:39:46 (75 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Floating bus stops
New segregated cycle lanes endanger blind and partially sighted pedestrians

This first paragraph speaks volumes:

This week one of the 3,500 blind and partially sighted people who live around Whitechapel High Street in London will step outside and attempt to reach their bus stop. To get there, they’ll find that they have to cross a lane of fast moving cyclists, over whom they have no formal priority and whose silent approach they are unable to detect. According to Transport for London’s (TfL) own research, only 15 per cent of cyclists will stop for them.

Apparently, no one thought to take into account or actively engage all of the diverse types of street users before coming up with this ridiculousness. 

The floating bus stop is a natural consequence of an approach that seeks to optimise a street for one kind of vehicular user atthe ... more »

Floating bus stops
New segregated cycle lanes endanger blind and partially sighted pedestrians

This first paragraph speaks volumes:

This week one of the 3,500 blind and partially sighted people who live around Whitechapel High Street in London will step outside and attempt to reach their bus stop. To get there, they’ll find that they have to cross a lane of fast moving cyclists, over whom they have no formal priority and whose silent approach they are unable to detect. According to Transport for London’s (TfL) own research, only 15 per cent of cyclists will stop for them.

Apparently, no one thought to take into account or actively engage all of the diverse types of street users before coming up with this ridiculousness. 

The floating bus stop is a natural consequence of an approach that seeks to optimise a street for one kind of vehicular user at the expense of others.


#designfail   #London   #cyclists   #blind  ___

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2015-08-19 09:12:56 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Owt ta sell? Giz a bell.

Here's a bit of Northeast England culture for you. This is a shop down the street from where I live. Note the words above and below the Hack Shack on the sign. "Owt ta sell" means if you've got something to sell, then they're probably interested. ("Owt" means anything; whereas, "nowt" means nothing.) "Giz a bell", of course, means give them a call.

(Edited, thanks to the the lovely +Arthur Biscuit's correction.)

#Mackem   #Sunderland   #England  

Owt ta sell? Giz a bell.

Here's a bit of Northeast England culture for you. This is a shop down the street from where I live. Note the words above and below the Hack Shack on the sign. "Owt ta sell" means if you've got something to sell, then they're probably interested. ("Owt" means anything; whereas, "nowt" means nothing.) "Giz a bell", of course, means give them a call.

(Edited, thanks to the the lovely +Arthur Biscuit's correction.)

#Mackem   #Sunderland   #England  ___

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2015-08-16 08:06:31 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

River Wear, England

I took this on my walk yesterday. There isn't a lot of ... pretty where I live, but this stretch along the river I find not only beautiful but peaceful and serene. You'd laugh (in a sad, sarcastic way) if you could see what was behind me or even what's ahead a short distance. But right here, it's like a little slice of peaceful.

#riverwear   #quayside   #England   #Sunderland   #tyneandwear   #walking  

River Wear, England

I took this on my walk yesterday. There isn't a lot of ... pretty where I live, but this stretch along the river I find not only beautiful but peaceful and serene. You'd laugh (in a sad, sarcastic way) if you could see what was behind me or even what's ahead a short distance. But right here, it's like a little slice of peaceful.

#riverwear   #quayside   #England   #Sunderland   #tyneandwear   #walking  ___

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2015-08-15 11:35:57 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I've always known who I was dancing with; after all, the most wonderfully fascinating people in life usually come with the most fatal of flaws.

The problem is not that they are the devil but that I am too... only most don't seem to find the same beauty in that as I do.

#dancewiththedevil   #whyimalone  

I've always known who I was dancing with; after all, the most wonderfully fascinating people in life usually come with the most fatal of flaws.

The problem is not that they are the devil but that I am too... only most don't seem to find the same beauty in that as I do.

#dancewiththedevil   #whyimalone  ___

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2015-08-15 10:19:08 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

It's been a while since I shared a gratuitous photo of self.

Me, on my walk today. It's been a glorious morning for one.

#selfie   #walking   #England   #summer  

It's been a while since I shared a gratuitous photo of self.

Me, on my walk today. It's been a glorious morning for one.

#selfie   #walking   #England   #summer  ___

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2015-08-14 21:31:27 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Cap'n Tight Pants

When @NathanFillion butt is in your umm way
#theMuppets  ___Cap'n Tight Pants

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2015-08-13 08:36:56 (54 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

A nice surprise this morning... 

and they're purple. That's my favourite colour. :)

A nice surprise this morning... 

and they're purple. That's my favourite colour. :)___

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2015-08-11 10:57:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Augmentation v Automation
moving beyond...

This article is #BIM  related, and addresses varying paths to unlocking BIM's potential for both individuals and organizations. However, while that is an important message (and why it's in this collection), what really struck me was the important difference between being replaced by  #automation  and being enhanced by #augmentation .

For years, there has been a lot of discussion about how technology is/can/will replace human beings and, for some, the move to embrace technologies like building information modelling is another step in that direction. However, as this article so nicely explains, there is a big difference between using technology to automate (eliminating the human factor) and using it to augment (enhance human ability).

“Automation starts with a baseline of what people do in a given joband ... more »

Augmentation v Automation
moving beyond...

This article is #BIM  related, and addresses varying paths to unlocking BIM's potential for both individuals and organizations. However, while that is an important message (and why it's in this collection), what really struck me was the important difference between being replaced by  #automation  and being enhanced by #augmentation .

For years, there has been a lot of discussion about how technology is/can/will replace human beings and, for some, the move to embrace technologies like building information modelling is another step in that direction. However, as this article so nicely explains, there is a big difference between using technology to automate (eliminating the human factor) and using it to augment (enhance human ability).

“Automation starts with a baseline of what people do in a given job and subtracts from that. It deploys computers to chip away at the tasks humans perform as soon as those tasks can be codified … Augmentation, in contrast, means starting with what humans do today and figuring out how that work could be deepened rather than diminished by a greater use of machines.” ~ Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby, Harvard Business Review

It's an interesting topic, whether you're in a BIM-applicable field or not. Of course, if you are in an applicable field, then this article may just be what you need to start thinking differently.

As always, feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.

#BIM   #constructionindustry   #augmentedreality  ___

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2015-08-06 15:40:30 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Job opportunities at BSRIA

Just an FYI to anyone who might be looking for a job and/or career change.

#BSRIA   #careeropportunities   #lookingforwork  

BSRIA has a number of job opportunities available including Creative Designer http://ow.ly/QpuU7___Job opportunities at BSRIA

Just an FYI to anyone who might be looking for a job and/or career change.

#BSRIA   #careeropportunities   #lookingforwork  

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2015-08-06 10:20:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Portia Winery in Spain
smart, sustainable, environmentally-aware design

And, wine.

The design takes advantage of the natural slope of the land. Grapes are off-loaded on the upper deck, and the grapes are moved into the building by gravity, which not only reduces energy needs but is gentler on the grapes. 

The building uses thermal inertia to control interior temperatures, and the wings that house barrels and wine racks are embedded into the earth, creating the perfect wine storage environment.

The low profile of the building isn't intrusive and doesn't block views.

... and other cool features (see article).

Oh, and wine.

via +Arup on LinkedIn



#sustainability   #architecture   #design   #environmentalawareness   #wine   #Spain   #Arup  

Portia Winery in Spain
smart, sustainable, environmentally-aware design

And, wine.

The design takes advantage of the natural slope of the land. Grapes are off-loaded on the upper deck, and the grapes are moved into the building by gravity, which not only reduces energy needs but is gentler on the grapes. 

The building uses thermal inertia to control interior temperatures, and the wings that house barrels and wine racks are embedded into the earth, creating the perfect wine storage environment.

The low profile of the building isn't intrusive and doesn't block views.

... and other cool features (see article).

Oh, and wine.

via +Arup on LinkedIn



#sustainability   #architecture   #design   #environmentalawareness   #wine   #Spain   #Arup  ___

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2015-08-04 08:34:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

NBS has published their BIM report for manufacturers

Included are a selection of case studies and comments from Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse and Director of the National BIM Library, Ian Chapman. Our head of research, Adrian Malleson also takes a look at the 2015 BIM survey from a manufacturing perspective.


#BIM   #NBS   #Manufacturing   #Construction  

BIM Report for Manufacturers
 A week or two ago we published our NBS National BIM Report for Manufacturers 2015 . It has contributions from our Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse and Director of National BIM Library Ian Chapman . In addition, Head of Research Adrian Malleson looks at t...___NBS has published their BIM report for manufacturers

Included are a selection of case studies and comments from Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse and Director of the National BIM Library, Ian Chapman. Our head of research, Adrian Malleson also takes a look at the 2015 BIM survey from a manufacturing perspective.


#BIM   #NBS   #Manufacturing   #Construction  

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2015-08-03 15:46:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Medal design competition

Calling all of my artsy design creative types!

RIBA [Royal Institute of British Architects] Research is holding a design competition! They're looking for a new medal design that is, bold and thoughtful, reflecting the importance of research to innovation and practice in architecture. The prize is £2000.

From the announcement: 

The medal will be 56mm in diameter and silver plated or cast in silver/silver enamel with an accompanying blue ribbon. There’s no preference for style – traditional is as welcome as contemporary – but proposals should be bold and thoughtful, communicating something about the nature, value and impact of research on architecture and the built environment. We're not looking for drawings or sketches at this stage, just know-how and a sense of what you would do. You'll need to give asense o... more »

Medal design competition

Calling all of my artsy design creative types!

RIBA [Royal Institute of British Architects] Research is holding a design competition! They're looking for a new medal design that is, bold and thoughtful, reflecting the importance of research to innovation and practice in architecture. The prize is £2000.

From the announcement: 

The medal will be 56mm in diameter and silver plated or cast in silver/silver enamel with an accompanying blue ribbon. There’s no preference for style – traditional is as welcome as contemporary – but proposals should be bold and thoughtful, communicating something about the nature, value and impact of research on architecture and the built environment. We're not looking for drawings or sketches at this stage, just know-how and a sense of what you would do. You'll need to give a sense of how you will approach the design for the medal's obverse and reverse (front and back). It shouldn't look out of place next to the Gold, Silver, Bronze or Donaldson Medals, the existing sweep of President's Medals.

The link provides links to more information, including competition guidelines and an image pack showing previous designs.

#competition   #design   #RIBA  

If you know someone who might be interested, please tag them in. My thoughts immediately went to +Arthur Biscuit. ___

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2015-08-03 12:13:41 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Right to Buy
the government's promise of one-to-one affordable housing replacement and other fairy? stories

This is an interview with housing minister Brandon Lewis. In it, he talks about the current goal re: the right to buy scheme and why the government has scrapped the zero carbon home policy just months before it was to go into effect. Personally, after reading this, I'm still highly sceptical... but then, I didn't expect to come away with my fears alleviated anyway.

One of the solutions he mentions is offsite house building, which I happen to know was the focus of a government-funded research project a couple of years ago. While I do think that offsite construction is a potentially viable solution, for it to work, you'd have to get volume housebuilders fully on board, and the research shows that they aren't. In order to get them to change their... more »

Right to Buy
the government's promise of one-to-one affordable housing replacement and other fairy? stories

This is an interview with housing minister Brandon Lewis. In it, he talks about the current goal re: the right to buy scheme and why the government has scrapped the zero carbon home policy just months before it was to go into effect. Personally, after reading this, I'm still highly sceptical... but then, I didn't expect to come away with my fears alleviated anyway.

One of the solutions he mentions is offsite house building, which I happen to know was the focus of a government-funded research project a couple of years ago. While I do think that offsite construction is a potentially viable solution, for it to work, you'd have to get volume housebuilders fully on board, and the research shows that they aren't. In order to get them to change their minds (and business model), you'd need a seriously compelling commercial argument, and I've yet to see one being presented.

He also talks about the reasons for scrapping the zero carbon homes policy. While I see why they made that decision, I still believe that it was a very bad move. It's a step backwards, not forwards, and it goes against everything the government has been striving for re: a cleaner, more sustainable, world-leading (via BIM) construction industry.

Finally, he says that the government has pledged three million apprentices to address the serious skills shortfall we are seeing in the industry. Great. Where do they plan to get them from? To see an uptake in young people joining our industry there needs to be a culture change and, with it, a valid message change. That sort of thing doesn't happen overnight.

The state of housing in the UK is a political issue as well as a personal concern for a lot of people in this country. In my posts and tweets, I tend to approach it from a construction industry viewpoint, but as a UK-dwelling adult human being, I am as affected by it as anyone else. And right now, for all of this government's promises, I am not convinced it's going to get better any time soon.

Thoughts?

#UK   #housingmarket   #righttobuy   #affordablehousing___

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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, 9 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 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +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 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +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, 78 +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

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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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