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Jake Sharman

Jake Sharman 

Gzalzi vaberzarita maaszi ~ Absurdity has become necessity

Occupation: Writer, Editor, Wordsmith (The NBS, RIBA Enterprises)

Location: Sunderland, England

Followers: 17,663

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Cream of the Crop: 03/15/2012

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Isabelle Fortin27,293Hello 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 05:00:00264  
beatstone2,118,438+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 McGhee96,612Please 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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Most comments: 37

2016-03-03 20:44:41 (37 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Three things
for 3 March 2016

So, my #dailygratitude  for today (because I am determined to do this thing)...

Today has been rough; I will not lie. I'm extremely glad that tomorrow is Friday because I need a couple of days to recover from this day alone. Still, there are bright moments... Yeah, you have to look, but they are there.

1) I have an amazing friend who, no matter what, suits up and shows up for me every single day. Our relationship may be relegated to a PC, we don't live anywhere near each other, but it is no less precious for that fact.

2) My two moggies. Bless them. They leave a third cat's worth of hair on the landing after a tussle, can't resist a clean litter box (which means it stays clean for like. 2.5 seconds max), and seem to think that their need to eat takes precedence over a) my need to pee first thing of a... more »

Most reshares: 6

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2016-05-23 10:12:53 (19 comments; 6 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Tiny house made of cardboard can last 100 years
the future of housing?

Downsizing seems to be a big trend, and this tiny house comes in segments that you can customize to suit your purpose. It's inexpensive and more eco-friendly than traditional housing.

I've been thinking about downsizing a lot lately. I'm single again, and I've made the decision to walk away from most of the familial possessions we've accumulated in the past 11 years of our marriage. I think about starting over, and I think about living smaller. It seems to me that there is a freedom that comes with not owning so much... Of course, I'd still need a segment for my shoes.

#sustainability   #tinyhouse   #ecofriendly   #construction   #housing  

Most plusones: 74

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2016-03-22 18:06:07 (36 comments; 0 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

So, this happened last weekend.

Graduated cut (longer in the front than it is in the back). Still a fade but darker, less blonde.

Surprisingly, I haven't missed the long hair. It'll be waist length again some day, but for now, we're rocking the mid-length look.


#haircut   #stillahippychick  

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2016-07-21 10:01:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

+Preston Reed's latest.

Enjoy :)

+Preston Reed's latest.

Enjoy :)___

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2016-07-08 10:55:53 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

#BIM  

ThinkBIM - Summer Conference 2016
Yesterday I chaired the ThinkBIM Summer Conference - Soft data, hard landings and asset management . The theme was looking at stages 7, 0 and 1 of a project. How the needs of the 'in use' stage of a project could be considered at the 'strategy' and 'briefin...___ #BIM  

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2016-07-03 10:42:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

This is so very way cool. Thanks, +Dave Bartlett for sharing your finds!!

Background:

A Moth for Amy
Amy Johnson Festival

A Moth for Amy is a mass engagement public art project that celebrates Amy Johnson's efforts in flying several De Havilland moths, including a Gypsy to Australia._

The master sculpture was created by East Riding Sculptor Saffron Waghorn, and 59 out of almost 200 submissions have made it to display.

Again, this is so very way cool. I am truly jealous, Dave... almost makes me wish I lived in Hull! Almost. ;)

The link to the gallery is below, but I have to say that Dave's photos (you can find all of them in his feed) give you a much better feel for how awesome they look out in the real world.

http://amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/moth-gallery/

I worked out that trying to bag each of these moths over the past five days has led to me walking about 54 miles. These 10 will make it a total of 38 so far, and I'm going to take a few days break.

As far as Hull is concerned, I have only a couple of outlying ones to the west of Hull and a few located in the East of the city, which I intend to tackle next weekend. I'm hoping to get the one at Humberside Airport next Saturday, when my son flies off for his new life in Jersey, and sooner or later I'm sure I'll get to Beverley to bag the four there. That will just leave the five or six distributed elsewhere around the country, and I'm hoping that some of you kind souls out there might be able to help me with those.

I've now updated the album with the names and details of each of the moths I've found so far.

Full album (so far) at: https://plus.google.com/photos/+DaveBartlett/albums/6301289424634018673

#AMothForAmy #Hull  ___This is so very way cool. Thanks, +Dave Bartlett for sharing your finds!!

Background:

A Moth for Amy
Amy Johnson Festival

A Moth for Amy is a mass engagement public art project that celebrates Amy Johnson's efforts in flying several De Havilland moths, including a Gypsy to Australia._

The master sculpture was created by East Riding Sculptor Saffron Waghorn, and 59 out of almost 200 submissions have made it to display.

Again, this is so very way cool. I am truly jealous, Dave... almost makes me wish I lived in Hull! Almost. ;)

The link to the gallery is below, but I have to say that Dave's photos (you can find all of them in his feed) give you a much better feel for how awesome they look out in the real world.

http://amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/moth-gallery/

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2016-06-28 08:19:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Construction Information Service team at NBS has just discovered that penguins do in fact fly.

#laughter   #humour   #teambuilding   #fun  

The Construction Information Service team at NBS has just discovered that penguins do in fact fly.

#laughter   #humour   #teambuilding   #fun  ___

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2016-06-27 17:46:09 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Photos from my volunteer dog walking on Saturday. The river reminded me of home and lazy days of inner tubing.

There is some gorgeous scenery hidden around this scruffy city.

Photos from my volunteer dog walking on Saturday. The river reminded me of home and lazy days of inner tubing.

There is some gorgeous scenery hidden around this scruffy city.___

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2016-06-26 12:21:09 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Sunderland woman terrorises locals

bares her legs in public for the first time in... 8 – 10 (?) years

Sunderland woman terrorises locals

bares her legs in public for the first time in... 8 – 10 (?) years___

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2016-06-26 09:23:50 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

This reminds me of me and one of my best mates.

This reminds me of me and one of my best mates.___

2016-06-23 11:23:24 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

English language teacher needed to live/work in China:

#teaching   #jobsearch  

English language teacher needed to live/work in China:

#teaching   #jobsearch  ___

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2016-06-10 09:00:53 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Sustainable earth, sustainable us

My latest article for theNBS.com

#sustainability   #oneplanetlife   #oneplanetliving  

Sustainable earth, sustainable us

My latest article for theNBS.com

#sustainability   #oneplanetlife   #oneplanetliving  ___

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2016-06-08 15:31:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Saving the great crested newt
sniffer dog brought in to help protect a roadside population

In return for a play with a tennis ball, two year old Rocky is putting his nose to work sniffing out newts in order to find and relocate them along a proposed new road site.

The goal is to relocate protected species and other wildlife to safe areas before road works can begin. So far, bucket traps have been used, but Rocky has been brought in for a week to make sure all have been found.

#wildlife   #conservation   #dogs  

Saving the great crested newt
sniffer dog brought in to help protect a roadside population

In return for a play with a tennis ball, two year old Rocky is putting his nose to work sniffing out newts in order to find and relocate them along a proposed new road site.

The goal is to relocate protected species and other wildlife to safe areas before road works can begin. So far, bucket traps have been used, but Rocky has been brought in for a week to make sure all have been found.

#wildlife   #conservation   #dogs  ___

2016-05-29 16:37:19 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Statements of known mentally ill people rendered invalid

This happened a few days ago, but I've been having a difficult time processing it.

Seems that, because I am bipolar, the local police department considers my statement(s) invalid and are not able to present them to the Crown Court Prosecution for consideration.

So, if I see someone slug someone else, my eyewitness statement is invalid.

If I see a traffic accident, my account of who hit who is invalid.

If I am raped, my statement is invalid.

Because I am mentally ill.

#sunderland   #southwickpolice   #mentalillness  

Statements of known mentally ill people rendered invalid

This happened a few days ago, but I've been having a difficult time processing it.

Seems that, because I am bipolar, the local police department considers my statement(s) invalid and are not able to present them to the Crown Court Prosecution for consideration.

So, if I see someone slug someone else, my eyewitness statement is invalid.

If I see a traffic accident, my account of who hit who is invalid.

If I am raped, my statement is invalid.

Because I am mentally ill.

#sunderland   #southwickpolice   #mentalillness  ___

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2016-05-27 20:52:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

For Christian
because some people you never forget and you never stop loving

For Christian
because some people you never forget and you never stop loving___

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2016-05-27 19:33:32 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Perfect.

Having just got back from the grocery store for some comfort food and drink before embarking upon the nine day holiday in which I might not see another soul IRL

I am determined to not be depressed or lethargic. I am determined to eat, drink and be merry... and run. I will run. And read. And you know, do hangouts.

#bankholidayweekend   #learningtobesingle  

There's always bacon ... :D___Perfect.

Having just got back from the grocery store for some comfort food and drink before embarking upon the nine day holiday in which I might not see another soul IRL

I am determined to not be depressed or lethargic. I am determined to eat, drink and be merry... and run. I will run. And read. And you know, do hangouts.

#bankholidayweekend   #learningtobesingle  

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2016-05-23 10:12:53 (19 comments; 6 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Tiny house made of cardboard can last 100 years
the future of housing?

Downsizing seems to be a big trend, and this tiny house comes in segments that you can customize to suit your purpose. It's inexpensive and more eco-friendly than traditional housing.

I've been thinking about downsizing a lot lately. I'm single again, and I've made the decision to walk away from most of the familial possessions we've accumulated in the past 11 years of our marriage. I think about starting over, and I think about living smaller. It seems to me that there is a freedom that comes with not owning so much... Of course, I'd still need a segment for my shoes.

#sustainability   #tinyhouse   #ecofriendly   #construction   #housing  

Tiny house made of cardboard can last 100 years
the future of housing?

Downsizing seems to be a big trend, and this tiny house comes in segments that you can customize to suit your purpose. It's inexpensive and more eco-friendly than traditional housing.

I've been thinking about downsizing a lot lately. I'm single again, and I've made the decision to walk away from most of the familial possessions we've accumulated in the past 11 years of our marriage. I think about starting over, and I think about living smaller. It seems to me that there is a freedom that comes with not owning so much... Of course, I'd still need a segment for my shoes.

#sustainability   #tinyhouse   #ecofriendly   #construction   #housing  ___

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2016-05-23 07:40:09 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

RIP Axel

You will be missed

#axolotl   #pet   #family  

RIP Axel

You will be missed

#axolotl   #pet   #family  ___

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2016-05-14 17:28:55 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

A date with myself
long overdue

What a fantastic day. Today, I took myself on a date for the first time... ever.

It wasn't a "because I prefer doing this alone" thing. It wasn't a "everyone is busy" thing. It wasn't even a "I'll do this because I will be with people later and I need a little me time" thing. It was a bonafide me taking myself out and treating myself to a day the way I would someone I love and care about. And, I didn't really do anything super special; I just treated myself to a day that I knew I'd like to be treated to.

Now, I'm home feeling completely satisfied with my day and ready to scruffy up, watch Grace and Frankie, and maybe join a hangout later.

Yeah, I could get used to this.

#itsindependenceday   #learningtobesingle   #lifeover50   #newbeginnings  ... more »

A date with myself
long overdue

What a fantastic day. Today, I took myself on a date for the first time... ever.

It wasn't a "because I prefer doing this alone" thing. It wasn't a "everyone is busy" thing. It wasn't even a "I'll do this because I will be with people later and I need a little me time" thing. It was a bonafide me taking myself out and treating myself to a day the way I would someone I love and care about. And, I didn't really do anything super special; I just treated myself to a day that I knew I'd like to be treated to.

Now, I'm home feeling completely satisfied with my day and ready to scruffy up, watch Grace and Frankie, and maybe join a hangout later.

Yeah, I could get used to this.

#itsindependenceday   #learningtobesingle   #lifeover50   #newbeginnings  ___

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2016-05-09 10:47:44 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Women's Voluntary Service, Diary Entries
tales of every day heroism, and raising money to digitise these insights into life during WWII


There are some wonderful diary entries and photos from WWII featured in this article about the WVS, (now known as the Royal Voluntary Service). One talks about learning to knit with dog hair at Harrods while another one talks of teaching service men how to mend their own clothes.

"It's often the quiet voices of history which are the most revealing," says historian Ruth Goodman.

The RVS hopes to digitise the archive of "tens of thousands" of delicate bits of paper written by ordinary women doing simple, but extraordinary things in voluntary service to their country. To that end, they they have started a crowd funding effort called Hidden histories of a million wartime women on Kickstarter:... more »

Women's Voluntary Service, Diary Entries
tales of every day heroism, and raising money to digitise these insights into life during WWII


There are some wonderful diary entries and photos from WWII featured in this article about the WVS, (now known as the Royal Voluntary Service). One talks about learning to knit with dog hair at Harrods while another one talks of teaching service men how to mend their own clothes.

"It's often the quiet voices of history which are the most revealing," says historian Ruth Goodman.

The RVS hopes to digitise the archive of "tens of thousands" of delicate bits of paper written by ordinary women doing simple, but extraordinary things in voluntary service to their country. To that end, they they have started a crowd funding effort called Hidden histories of a million wartime women on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1419318354/hidden-histories-of-a-million-wartime-women


#history   #knitting   #Britain   #fundraiser  ___

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2016-05-06 10:38:03 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Boaty McBoatface
the name lives on

You've gotta love the British sense of humour. When a naming contest went out for a new £200 million Polar research vessel, the suggestion that reached number one in the public vote was Boaty McBoatface, with over 100,000 votes. While it was deemed inappropriate for the ship itself, which ended up appropriately named the RSS Sir David Attenborough, one of the ship's remote vessels (a yellow submarine) has been christened with the popular moniker.

Boaty McBoatface
the name lives on

You've gotta love the British sense of humour. When a naming contest went out for a new £200 million Polar research vessel, the suggestion that reached number one in the public vote was Boaty McBoatface, with over 100,000 votes. While it was deemed inappropriate for the ship itself, which ended up appropriately named the RSS Sir David Attenborough, one of the ship's remote vessels (a yellow submarine) has been christened with the popular moniker.___

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2016-05-04 11:05:02 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

United Kingdom wins satellite contract to weigh Earth's forests

This is fascinating.

The Biomass mission's novel space radar will make 3D maps of forests, improving our understanding of how carbon is cycled through the Earth system.

Its data will be important for climate research, and will create a baseline for treaties that seek to monitor the status of global forest resources.

In my industry (construction), we are looking at trees as a sustainable resource for use in the built environment, including a new way of making windows (transparent wood: https://www.thenbs.com/knowledge/the-clear-benefits-of-wooden-windows ). Knowing exactly what we have and what we've lost will help us act responsibly and create a viable, sustainable solution for ensuring that we maintain the level of trees that we need for life and future.

The satellite... more »

United Kingdom wins satellite contract to weigh Earth's forests

This is fascinating.

The Biomass mission's novel space radar will make 3D maps of forests, improving our understanding of how carbon is cycled through the Earth system.

Its data will be important for climate research, and will create a baseline for treaties that seek to monitor the status of global forest resources.

In my industry (construction), we are looking at trees as a sustainable resource for use in the built environment, including a new way of making windows (transparent wood: https://www.thenbs.com/knowledge/the-clear-benefits-of-wooden-windows ). Knowing exactly what we have and what we've lost will help us act responsibly and create a viable, sustainable solution for ensuring that we maintain the level of trees that we need for life and future.

The satellite will measure the amount of carbon locked in the world's forests

Its P-band radar looks through the canopy to see the large trunks and branches

Repeat observations allow the satellite to gradually assemble a 3D view

Maps at a resolution of 200m will be made available every six months or so

The five-year mission will see at least eight growth cycles in the world's forests

#deforestation   #climatechange   #climateaction   #sustainability   #oneplanetlife   #oneplanetliving  ___

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2016-05-04 10:52:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

... and with you

#starwarsday  

h/t +Robert Partridge 

#geek #starwarsday

May the Fourth be with you.___... and with you

#starwarsday  

h/t +Robert Partridge 

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2016-05-02 13:06:33 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Little bit (who is #notmycat ) is enjoying the scratching post that my two never ever use. Well done, little girl. Well done.

I swear she's at mine more than she's at her own home...

Little bit (who is #notmycat ) is enjoying the scratching post that my two never ever use. Well done, little girl. Well done.

I swear she's at mine more than she's at her own home...___

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2016-04-28 17:44:39 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

How sexy is your name?

... no complaints here.

+Bliss Morgan 

http://en.nametests.com/test/result/jake-sharman-how-sexy-is-your-name-the-name/12545177581/

How sexy is your name?

... no complaints here.

+Bliss Morgan 

http://en.nametests.com/test/result/jake-sharman-how-sexy-is-your-name-the-name/12545177581/___

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2016-04-07 09:26:34 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Human trafficking, Operation Magnify, and the skills shortage
by Jake Sharman

For those interested, this is my latest article for theNBS.com. In it, I talk about the skills shortage and how that can lead to illegal hiring practices and less-than-diligent monitoring of work practices across the supply chain, which could result in the supporting of slave labour in other countries.

#employment   #humantrafficking   #construction   #UK  

Human trafficking, Operation Magnify, and the skills shortage
by Jake Sharman

For those interested, this is my latest article for theNBS.com. In it, I talk about the skills shortage and how that can lead to illegal hiring practices and less-than-diligent monitoring of work practices across the supply chain, which could result in the supporting of slave labour in other countries.

#employment   #humantrafficking   #construction   #UK  ___

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2016-04-01 16:58:30 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Friday night date

This is Klaus. He's my date for the night. Seeing as he is under the legal drinking age, the wine is mine – all mine.

Happy weekend, folks. Cheers!

#weekendfun  

Friday night date

This is Klaus. He's my date for the night. Seeing as he is under the legal drinking age, the wine is mine – all mine.

Happy weekend, folks. Cheers!

#weekendfun  ___

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2016-04-01 11:16:14 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

DM Level Awesome

We have a Dungeons & Dragons group at work. I've never joined in, but I love hearing about their adventures. I bet they would love this.

#dnd   #gaming  

h/t +Paul Baldowski 

I used different backdrops in our #dnd game tonight to represent the party travelling from farmland up into the foothills.___DM Level Awesome

We have a Dungeons & Dragons group at work. I've never joined in, but I love hearing about their adventures. I bet they would love this.

#dnd   #gaming  

h/t +Paul Baldowski 

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2016-04-01 09:02:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Cop this, kids
an article by RIBA President Jane Duncan

A really good article by Jane on sustainable development in the UK. Some of the things that really stood out for me:

It’s absurd that it takes roughly three times the energy to keep a house in the UK warm and dry as it does for an equivalent property in Sweden.

Recently launched data from the government’s Building Performance Evaluation projects found strong evidence that carbon emissions from new homes are two or three times higher than design estimates; on non-domestic buildings they are on average 3.8 times higher.

To achieve sustainable development, it is crucial to harmonise three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These are interconnected and all are vital for the well-being of individuals and societies.

We must drive these mattersup ... more »

Cop this, kids
an article by RIBA President Jane Duncan

A really good article by Jane on sustainable development in the UK. Some of the things that really stood out for me:

It’s absurd that it takes roughly three times the energy to keep a house in the UK warm and dry as it does for an equivalent property in Sweden.

Recently launched data from the government’s Building Performance Evaluation projects found strong evidence that carbon emissions from new homes are two or three times higher than design estimates; on non-domestic buildings they are on average 3.8 times higher.

To achieve sustainable development, it is crucial to harmonise three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These are interconnected and all are vital for the well-being of individuals and societies.

We must drive these matters up the government’s agenda, take leadership and push from a truly collaborative industry ­approach. If not now, then when? 

#sustainability   #climatechange   #UK   #architecture   #RIBA  ___

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2016-03-31 15:20:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died today at the age of 65

According to the news, she was in the hospital being treated for bronchitis and died of a heart attack whilst there. 

Dame Hadid has served as an inspiration and roll model to women architects and construction professionals worldwide.

She will be missed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35936768

#architecture   #womeninconstruction   #womeninarchitecture    #RIBA  

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  ___Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died today at the age of 65

According to the news, she was in the hospital being treated for bronchitis and died of a heart attack whilst there. 

Dame Hadid has served as an inspiration and roll model to women architects and construction professionals worldwide.

She will be missed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35936768

#architecture   #womeninconstruction   #womeninarchitecture    #RIBA  

2016-03-31 11:42:58 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Social media and work
we're doing it right

In a very forward-thinking move by the company, the work's social media ban has been lifted, and we are now allowed to incorporate work and play. It's a huge sign of trust and respect, and something that I believe will prove positive for the business. 

This change of policy goes hand in hand with our office refurbishment, which will introduce a new way of working that includes a healthy social element – with things like break-out spaces and the ability for more of us to work from places other than our desks.

Studies show that people who are allowed more freedom in how they do their work are happier, healthier and more productive. Our company has heard and they have listened.

If you want to stay connected on Twitter as well as here, follow me as @jessharcat. We can tweet about all teh things.:)<... more »

Social media and work
we're doing it right

In a very forward-thinking move by the company, the work's social media ban has been lifted, and we are now allowed to incorporate work and play. It's a huge sign of trust and respect, and something that I believe will prove positive for the business. 

This change of policy goes hand in hand with our office refurbishment, which will introduce a new way of working that includes a healthy social element – with things like break-out spaces and the ability for more of us to work from places other than our desks.

Studies show that people who are allowed more freedom in how they do their work are happier, healthier and more productive. Our company has heard and they have listened.

If you want to stay connected on Twitter as well as here, follow me as @jessharcat. We can tweet about all teh things. :)

And, of course, you can find me on LinkedIn as well....

#social   #socialmediastrategy   #youredoingitright  ___

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2016-03-24 08:55:59 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Fat Hippo Underground
Newcastle

I'm off for a few days, so I stuck around Newcastle after work for dinner and drinks with a colleague. We ended up at the Fat Hippo Underground where I discovered a totally new to me taste sensation: the PB&J burger

Double 4 oz paddy with chunky peanut butter, cheese and home made bacon jam

It was delish, as were the onion rings. In fact, I deem them the best onion rings I've had since moving to the UK.

I shall be going back.

#food   #Newcastle

Fat Hippo Underground
Newcastle

I'm off for a few days, so I stuck around Newcastle after work for dinner and drinks with a colleague. We ended up at the Fat Hippo Underground where I discovered a totally new to me taste sensation: the PB&J burger

Double 4 oz paddy with chunky peanut butter, cheese and home made bacon jam

It was delish, as were the onion rings. In fact, I deem them the best onion rings I've had since moving to the UK.

I shall be going back.

#food   #Newcastle___

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2016-03-22 18:06:07 (36 comments; 0 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

So, this happened last weekend.

Graduated cut (longer in the front than it is in the back). Still a fade but darker, less blonde.

Surprisingly, I haven't missed the long hair. It'll be waist length again some day, but for now, we're rocking the mid-length look.


#haircut   #stillahippychick  

So, this happened last weekend.

Graduated cut (longer in the front than it is in the back). Still a fade but darker, less blonde.

Surprisingly, I haven't missed the long hair. It'll be waist length again some day, but for now, we're rocking the mid-length look.


#haircut   #stillahippychick  ___

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2016-03-14 10:26:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Newcastle's Old Post Office
iconic on the outside, forward-thinking on the inside

This is where I work: Newcastle's old post office (the "OPO"), which is located near city centre, across the street from the beautiful and iconic St Nicholas Cathedral. Currently, we are dealing with dust and noise and contractors taking over parts of the building, but when it's finished, this office is going to be amazing.

One of the things that I really like about the new design is the use of break-out spaces. The company recognises that people don't need to be tied to a desk to be productive, and that the ability to get up, walk around, and chat with others is conducive to knowledge exchange – not to mention healthier humans – and, therefore, conducive to increased productivity.

For me personally, the new design will allow me to more readily embracemy ... more »

Newcastle's Old Post Office
iconic on the outside, forward-thinking on the inside

This is where I work: Newcastle's old post office (the "OPO"), which is located near city centre, across the street from the beautiful and iconic St Nicholas Cathedral. Currently, we are dealing with dust and noise and contractors taking over parts of the building, but when it's finished, this office is going to be amazing.

One of the things that I really like about the new design is the use of break-out spaces. The company recognises that people don't need to be tied to a desk to be productive, and that the ability to get up, walk around, and chat with others is conducive to knowledge exchange – not to mention healthier humans – and, therefore, conducive to increased productivity.

For me personally, the new design will allow me to more readily embrace my preferred way of working, which is to move about and work from different locations. I find that a change of scenery/location/atmosphere can help spark useful thoughts and ideas, thereby nurturing creativity. It's nice to be working for a company that recognises that different people work differently and is trying to support those different ways of working.

It's an exciting time for the RIBA, RIBA Enterprises, NBS, and all of the products and services that we provide. I am very proud to be a part of it.

#nbscis   #construction   #architecture   #Newcastle   #OPO   #writing  ___

2016-03-08 18:36:31 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

#dailygratitude   #threethings  

It's a Tuesday, and I've felt mostly upbeat today. I'm not sure why, but every once in awhile, there is a level of acceptance that allows me to eagerly anticipate the possibilities of the future... and I've learnt not to look a gift horse in the mouth. :)

My three things:

1) Red, red wine. I unwind with a glass of red wine every evening. It's a habit born from working from home. I'd leave my home office, pour a glass of wine, and that would signal the end of the working day. I then focused my attentions not on clients and projects but family and my (now long time ex) husband. It was a good life, and I've brought the glass of wine at the end of the work day" tradition back into my life since... well, since separating actually. In fact, the how's of it is an interesting story for another time. (Someoner... more »

#dailygratitude   #threethings  

It's a Tuesday, and I've felt mostly upbeat today. I'm not sure why, but every once in awhile, there is a level of acceptance that allows me to eagerly anticipate the possibilities of the future... and I've learnt not to look a gift horse in the mouth. :)

My three things:

1) Red, red wine. I unwind with a glass of red wine every evening. It's a habit born from working from home. I'd leave my home office, pour a glass of wine, and that would signal the end of the working day. I then focused my attentions not on clients and projects but family and my (now long time ex) husband. It was a good life, and I've brought the glass of wine at the end of the work day" tradition back into my life since... well, since separating actually. In fact, the how's of it is an interesting story for another time. (Someone remind me.)

2) Lunch time walks with work friends. Now that the weather is getting a bit brighter (and so am I), I have started walking at lunch again. On Tuesdays, I walk with a group of work friends. This was my first day back (missed last week because of a meeting), and I was pleasantly reminded how much I really do love and appreciate those walks... and the ladies that I walk with.

3) +Lerato Majikfaerie. She is the inspiration behind my starting to post regularly again, and the #threethings  is something I borrowed from her. I have to tell you that Ms. Majikfaerie and I have shared a lot across an ocean. She doesn't judge. She's always there. She never changes. She never betrays. She's a good friend and one of my internet daughters that I hope to meet in real life some day.

... and speaking of internet daughters... Let's make this a #fourthings  tonight

4) +Tiffany Henry and +Amber Peall. Amazing young women that I not only appreciate but admire. I didn't get to dance at Amber's wedding, but some day I will play drunken Risk with her. As for Tif, we shall meet some day. We shall.

Okay, blame the sappiness on the wine. 

Bright blessings x___

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2016-03-08 16:36:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

NBS BIM Workflow

I think this new video illustrating the BIM workflow is great, but what really jazzed me was the fact that they used our own office refit in their illustration.

Visualising the end product is so much better this way... and, I'm fairly sure that I just saw my new desk!! 

#BIM   #NBS   #nbscis  

NBS BIM Workflow

I think this new video illustrating the BIM workflow is great, but what really jazzed me was the fact that they used our own office refit in their illustration.

Visualising the end product is so much better this way... and, I'm fairly sure that I just saw my new desk!! 

#BIM   #NBS   #nbscis  ___

2016-03-07 18:32:42 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

#dailygratitude  
07 March 2016

I keep thinking about my #threethings , and I realise that they are often the same thing every day. But that's not a bad thing; there are certain givens in my life that keep me going: my cats, my job and work mates, and friends who just refuse to let me give up.

Today's list:

1) My landlords for waiving their no pet policy to let the boys live here with me. They're really settling in, and I've never seen them as playful and happy as they are now. Newt has taken to sitting in the bedroom window waiting for me to come home. He watches out for me, and when he sees me, his body perks up and I can see his mouth moving as he talks to me through the closed first floor window. Before I can get the door open, he's at the bottom of the stairs, greeting me. Ripley is always at the top, waiting to greet me there.
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#dailygratitude  
07 March 2016

I keep thinking about my #threethings , and I realise that they are often the same thing every day. But that's not a bad thing; there are certain givens in my life that keep me going: my cats, my job and work mates, and friends who just refuse to let me give up.

Today's list:

1) My landlords for waiving their no pet policy to let the boys live here with me. They're really settling in, and I've never seen them as playful and happy as they are now. Newt has taken to sitting in the bedroom window waiting for me to come home. He watches out for me, and when he sees me, his body perks up and I can see his mouth moving as he talks to me through the closed first floor window. Before I can get the door open, he's at the bottom of the stairs, greeting me. Ripley is always at the top, waiting to greet me there.

Interestingly, on Friday when there were people here, instead of hiding like usual, Newt sat on the sofa arm, despite two strangers sitting on it, and Ripley waltzed in, jumped on my lap (I was in the chair across from the sofa), kissed away some tears, and then jumped to the floor and rolled around... It was amazing to watch; it's just another sign that they are happy and feel safe with me here. In a world where everything hurts all of the time, that is a healing balm.

2) My Texas nature. This morning on the bus, I overheard a woman talking to her boyfriend(?) who was obviously new to the area. She was instructing him on how to get to the metro from the bus station. I take the metro every day, and there is a much better way to get the metro from that bus than going to town. So, I piped up, and volunteered to help. She brightened up, and the stress left his face. 

It wasn't much, but so many people I know here wouldn't have "butted in". But, I did. It was a nice good Samaritan moment for me, and it brightened my day for awhile.

3) The Phillips speaker thingy my ex pointed me towards on a day when he was kind enough to take me to get some shopping in. It was on massive sale, and it pairs with my phone so that I can listen to Spotify or my own downloaded music whilst I am doing things like... writing this post. I use it all of the time now.

That's my list for today, my lovelies. Bright blessings. ___

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2016-03-07 16:39:19 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Take that, local council!
When refused planning permission for a garage, this Belgian man came up with ingenious plan to store his car

Basically, when grocery shop owner Eric Vekeman retired, he asked the local council for planning permission to convert his shop into a garage. They said no because they felt it would be an "unsightly addition" to the area (and rightly so, I think). Not to be deterred, Mr Vekeman came up with an alternative that works for both him and the council; his car is stored safely, and there is none of the 'unsightliness' associated with a traditional garage door.

What he's done is very clever, even if getting his car out takes a bit more time than it would have otherwise.

#planningpermission   #cleverboy   #construction   #Belgium   #ingenuity  

Take that, local council!
When refused planning permission for a garage, this Belgian man came up with ingenious plan to store his car

Basically, when grocery shop owner Eric Vekeman retired, he asked the local council for planning permission to convert his shop into a garage. They said no because they felt it would be an "unsightly addition" to the area (and rightly so, I think). Not to be deterred, Mr Vekeman came up with an alternative that works for both him and the council; his car is stored safely, and there is none of the 'unsightliness' associated with a traditional garage door.

What he's done is very clever, even if getting his car out takes a bit more time than it would have otherwise.

#planningpermission   #cleverboy   #construction   #Belgium   #ingenuity  ___

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2016-03-07 10:55:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Periodic Table of BIM
by NBS

CIS hopes to use this as a jump-off point for adding some more exiting BIM-related content to the service. Meanwhile, here is the table and, if you're a subscriber, we've provided some BIM  #editorspicks  for your reading pleasure. To explore them, look under Interests and BIM in the left-hand column of the service Home page.

Direct link to the table on theNBS.com: http://bit.ly/1RwfymA

#nbscis   #BIM  

The Periodic Table of BIM
by NBS

CIS hopes to use this as a jump-off point for adding some more exiting BIM-related content to the service. Meanwhile, here is the table and, if you're a subscriber, we've provided some BIM  #editorspicks  for your reading pleasure. To explore them, look under Interests and BIM in the left-hand column of the service Home page.

Direct link to the table on theNBS.com: http://bit.ly/1RwfymA

#nbscis   #BIM  ___

2016-03-06 15:35:48 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

#dailygratitude  

My #threethings  for today:

1) The ability to run. I started running when I was at university, and it's always been one of my favourite things to do. I stopped running for years after I moved here, but I picked it back up again mid to late last year. There was another break during the time that I was sofa surfing, but I've started again as of last week. I'm only running one day a week (walking several), but it's a start. As the evenings get lighter, I'm sure I'll be adding to that. Today's run was 4.5 miles... 

2) How easy the UK makes it to file my self-employment taxes. Granted, I've never earned all that much since I've lived here, but compared to the US system, reporting what I have earned is a doddle.

3) Longer days and more sunshine. For the most part, life hurts too damned much to notice much ofwh... more »

#dailygratitude  

My #threethings  for today:

1) The ability to run. I started running when I was at university, and it's always been one of my favourite things to do. I stopped running for years after I moved here, but I picked it back up again mid to late last year. There was another break during the time that I was sofa surfing, but I've started again as of last week. I'm only running one day a week (walking several), but it's a start. As the evenings get lighter, I'm sure I'll be adding to that. Today's run was 4.5 miles... 

2) How easy the UK makes it to file my self-employment taxes. Granted, I've never earned all that much since I've lived here, but compared to the US system, reporting what I have earned is a doddle.

3) Longer days and more sunshine. For the most part, life hurts too damned much to notice much of what goes on around me, and I only ever leave this flat to go to work or (now) go for a run, but I do appreciate that there is less physical darkness in my day. I am also grateful that my flat is oriented to make the most of the light; I can watch the sun come up and the sun set... all from the flat's sofa.

That's me on this early March Sunday. Bright blessings to all of you.

Jake xx___

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2016-03-04 16:20:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Happy 200th birthday Charlotte Brontë
illustrating Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is my favourite book of all time. I connect with the character of Jane, and I have long used the distinct personalities of the trio of Jane, Helen, and Bertha to describe the varying states of bipolar disorder.

Here, the Guardian shares some of the illustrations created by Santiago Caruso for the Folio Society edition of the book. Mr Caruso also provides some commentary for each one presented, describing his thought process and what each illustration is supposed to represent.

I have to say that I laughed when I read that he'd read the book twice before beginning... Really, only twice?!! I must have read Jane Eyre 50 times, at least. And, I was just telling my ex last week that I wanted to get my copy from the house so that I could read it again. After this, I may have to make a special... more »

Happy 200th birthday Charlotte Brontë
illustrating Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is my favourite book of all time. I connect with the character of Jane, and I have long used the distinct personalities of the trio of Jane, Helen, and Bertha to describe the varying states of bipolar disorder.

Here, the Guardian shares some of the illustrations created by Santiago Caruso for the Folio Society edition of the book. Mr Caruso also provides some commentary for each one presented, describing his thought process and what each illustration is supposed to represent.

I have to say that I laughed when I read that he'd read the book twice before beginning... Really, only twice?!! I must have read Jane Eyre 50 times, at least. And, I was just telling my ex last week that I wanted to get my copy from the house so that I could read it again. After this, I may have to make a special trip to that side of town just for that purpose!

#illustrations   #reading   #CharlotteBronte   #tribute  ___

2016-03-03 20:44:41 (37 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Three things
for 3 March 2016

So, my #dailygratitude  for today (because I am determined to do this thing)...

Today has been rough; I will not lie. I'm extremely glad that tomorrow is Friday because I need a couple of days to recover from this day alone. Still, there are bright moments... Yeah, you have to look, but they are there.

1) I have an amazing friend who, no matter what, suits up and shows up for me every single day. Our relationship may be relegated to a PC, we don't live anywhere near each other, but it is no less precious for that fact.

2) My two moggies. Bless them. They leave a third cat's worth of hair on the landing after a tussle, can't resist a clean litter box (which means it stays clean for like. 2.5 seconds max), and seem to think that their need to eat takes precedence over a) my need to pee first thing of a... more »

Three things
for 3 March 2016

So, my #dailygratitude  for today (because I am determined to do this thing)...

Today has been rough; I will not lie. I'm extremely glad that tomorrow is Friday because I need a couple of days to recover from this day alone. Still, there are bright moments... Yeah, you have to look, but they are there.

1) I have an amazing friend who, no matter what, suits up and shows up for me every single day. Our relationship may be relegated to a PC, we don't live anywhere near each other, but it is no less precious for that fact.

2) My two moggies. Bless them. They leave a third cat's worth of hair on the landing after a tussle, can't resist a clean litter box (which means it stays clean for like. 2.5 seconds max), and seem to think that their need to eat takes precedence over a) my need to pee first thing of a morning and b) my need to walk up the stairs without being tripped and breaking my neck when I come home at night. They are my delight... even at 3 am when they think Mummy could be doing better things with her time than sleeping... 

3) My ability to make a meal out of... well, pretty much anything. Tonight's fare: black beans mixed with refried beans and jalapeños served in a bowl with a small sprinkling of cheese and a few Doritos on the side because, well because I had them. Hey, it's hot, which is more than most of my meals... if I can be bothered to eat at all. If it weren't for alcohol, I'd be a (UK) size 6 (US 2) by now. Adulting is not my strong suit.

So, life is far from perfect, and I'm not doing much of anything very well these days, but still... if you look, there are always things to be grateful for.

Do you think if I finish my beans with crisps, I can have ice cream?

#threethings   #Jakeslife     #stuffandsuch   #lifeaintsobad   #bless  ___

2016-03-02 19:01:31 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Ouch eyeballs
Oh, and gratitude

So, after several months of owning them, I'm finally trying to wear my gas permeable contacts to work.

Ouch.

Yes, I can see much better. Yes, I know that they are better for me.

But, ouch.

Still, I will do this. I only gave up gas perms when I scratched my eye and got a bad infection. I was forced into daily disposables, which are nice, but... I want to be back into gas perms for the perks and the better sight.

Other than that, 1) my cats are fighting in the landing, which is the place that I JUST hoovered up, and 2) I am quite glad to be home.

Oh, and 3) I work with an amazing group of women. I am aware of this every day, but some days (or several days, in this case), it gets reinforced in many, unexpected ways.

I should start doing a #threethings  gratitude post. Would... more »

Ouch eyeballs
Oh, and gratitude

So, after several months of owning them, I'm finally trying to wear my gas permeable contacts to work.

Ouch.

Yes, I can see much better. Yes, I know that they are better for me.

But, ouch.

Still, I will do this. I only gave up gas perms when I scratched my eye and got a bad infection. I was forced into daily disposables, which are nice, but... I want to be back into gas perms for the perks and the better sight.

Other than that, 1) my cats are fighting in the landing, which is the place that I JUST hoovered up, and 2) I am quite glad to be home.

Oh, and 3) I work with an amazing group of women. I am aware of this every day, but some days (or several days, in this case), it gets reinforced in many, unexpected ways.

I should start doing a #threethings  gratitude post. Would you guys like that?

1) The joyous pleasure of quasi-blindness but totally breathable eyes within your own, private space. 

2) Spotify. Yeah, yeah... late adopter, but adopter none the less. It's all country. COUNTRY. My accent may come back as a result... 

3) My boys and my team. They are my family, and they are what keeps me going...

#stuffandsuch   #lifeaintsobad   #bless   #Jakeslife  ___

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2016-02-29 22:31:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Lake Street Dive.

This is awesome. Three songs.

#mustlisten  

It's far too dark, but not too late (in the UK) to run down the street knocking every door i can find a yelling, Have you heard the Lake Street Dive sound!! .. Seriously people, these three tracks feel like I've jumped in an ice cold pool - so refreshing and you have a new fan ..___Lake Street Dive.

This is awesome. Three songs.

#mustlisten  

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2016-02-29 19:49:34 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

If it hadn't been so funny, I'd be seriously ticked off that my yarn ball is now at the bottom of the stairs.

#livingwithcats   #amknitting  well #wasknitting  

If it hadn't been so funny, I'd be seriously ticked off that my yarn ball is now at the bottom of the stairs.

#livingwithcats   #amknitting  well #wasknitting  ___

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2016-02-29 12:51:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Giving free professional services to friends
a cautionary tale

Asking for free professional advice/services happens in a variety of professions, including construction, legal and even professional writing: Friends, neighbours, or family ask for you to apply your expertise without contract or fee. The question is, if something goes wrong, are you still liable?

Why yes, you very well could be.

In this case, the professional is an architect (Ms Lejonvam) and the professional favour was extended to long-standing friends in the form of project management services for extensive landscaping work. Despite there being no form of contract or pay, when the project went awry, the [now former] friends successfully brought a £265,000 claim against Ms Lejonvam, with the architect being found to have been negligent in her professional duty of care.

The moral of the... more »

Giving free professional services to friends
a cautionary tale

Asking for free professional advice/services happens in a variety of professions, including construction, legal and even professional writing: Friends, neighbours, or family ask for you to apply your expertise without contract or fee. The question is, if something goes wrong, are you still liable?

Why yes, you very well could be.

In this case, the professional is an architect (Ms Lejonvam) and the professional favour was extended to long-standing friends in the form of project management services for extensive landscaping work. Despite there being no form of contract or pay, when the project went awry, the [now former] friends successfully brought a £265,000 claim against Ms Lejonvam, with the architect being found to have been negligent in her professional duty of care.

The moral of the story: No matter what size or nature of the project, if the professional service goes beyond a wee bit of friendly advice, then a well-drafted contract is an imperative.

#contracts #professionalservices ___

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2016-02-25 08:48:07 (34 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Good morning

I'm into work early, so I thought that I would touch base with everyone on a bit more personal level.

This past week, I've been appreciating some of the 'little things' about my life; particularly, my walk from the train station to work.

Now, I admit that I don't have the best commute: 20 minutes on a bus, 40 minutes on the Metro, standing at various outdoor locations in the cold and (often) dark waiting for said bus or Metro to arrive. But, while I tolerate with a smile (most days) that bit to live where I live, the one bit that I really do enjoy is the walk from the train station to work.

There is something about getting off the Metro, walking up to the train station, chatting to my barista as he makes my grande skinny cappuccino with extra shot and two sweeteners (no chocolate, please), walking out of the train station... more »

Good morning

I'm into work early, so I thought that I would touch base with everyone on a bit more personal level.

This past week, I've been appreciating some of the 'little things' about my life; particularly, my walk from the train station to work.

Now, I admit that I don't have the best commute: 20 minutes on a bus, 40 minutes on the Metro, standing at various outdoor locations in the cold and (often) dark waiting for said bus or Metro to arrive. But, while I tolerate with a smile (most days) that bit to live where I live, the one bit that I really do enjoy is the walk from the train station to work.

There is something about getting off the Metro, walking up to the train station, chatting to my barista as he makes my grande skinny cappuccino with extra shot and two sweeteners (no chocolate, please), walking out of the train station and joining the throngs of people making their way to their respective work locations.

I feel as if I should be in a film...

It's been especially nice these past few days, with the sun shining on me as I walk to work. It also doesn't hurt that I work in a beautiful building (an old post office) across from another beautiful building (St Nicholas Cathedral)...

Anyway, this is one of the little things of my life that I appreciate. Now, it's your turn. What little thing do you appreciate in your life?
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2016-02-24 15:39:39 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

So, would you appreciate and use a bike-friendly picnic table?

I'm not sure about this one to be honest...

#design #innovation #bicyclefriendly

So, would you appreciate and use a bike-friendly picnic table?

I'm not sure about this one to be honest...

#design #innovation #bicyclefriendly___

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2016-02-24 13:41:00 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Climate change takes from the poor and gives to the rich
the impact of climate change on human behaviour and community economy

This article presents an overview of the findings in a new paper (Nature Climate Change) published by university scientists from Arizona State, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale. In it, the authors look at the impact of climate change from a different angle: the effect that resulting human behaviour has on natural resources.

An excerpt from the article: 

Pinsky his co-authors report that "inclusive wealth" – not just fish, but plants and trees and other species important to human beings – is shifting out of the temperate zones and toward the poles as global temperatures rise. Inclusive wealth is the sum of a community's capital assets, including natural assets like fish or trees, but also human health and education, as wellas b... more »

Climate change takes from the poor and gives to the rich
the impact of climate change on human behaviour and community economy

This article presents an overview of the findings in a new paper (Nature Climate Change) published by university scientists from Arizona State, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale. In it, the authors look at the impact of climate change from a different angle: the effect that resulting human behaviour has on natural resources.

An excerpt from the article: 

Pinsky his co-authors report that "inclusive wealth" – not just fish, but plants and trees and other species important to human beings – is shifting out of the temperate zones and toward the poles as global temperatures rise. Inclusive wealth is the sum of a community's capital assets, including natural assets like fish or trees, but also human health and education, as well as built assets like roads, buildings and factories. Because climate changes unevenly from place to place, natural assets migrate – or reproduce – unevenly.

The paper is the first of a series to be published by this scientific team.

#climatechange   #oneplanetlife   #oneplanetliving   #humanbehaviour  ___

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2016-02-22 15:10:00 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Can you read my lips?
The very phrase "reading lips" makes it sound like it is much easier than it is.

A few months ago, I participated in a deaf awareness class, which really opened my eyes to the difficulty of reading lips – that is, relying on visual cues in an auditory world. Since then, while my efforts to learn BSL have been neglected as a result of a series of stressful life changes (shame upon me for that), I have become more aware of how fast I am speaking, whether my hands are obscuring my face, and how directly I am facing the person that I am speaking to. I also talk using more (hopefully useful) hand gestures; not necessarily sign but 'indicators' to help clarify what it is that I'm saying.

This video gives some good insight into how difficult lip reading is. So, take a look and become more aware.

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On a siden... more »

___Can you read my lips?
The very phrase "reading lips" makes it sound like it is much easier than it is.

A few months ago, I participated in a deaf awareness class, which really opened my eyes to the difficulty of reading lips – that is, relying on visual cues in an auditory world. Since then, while my efforts to learn BSL have been neglected as a result of a series of stressful life changes (shame upon me for that), I have become more aware of how fast I am speaking, whether my hands are obscuring my face, and how directly I am facing the person that I am speaking to. I also talk using more (hopefully useful) hand gestures; not necessarily sign but 'indicators' to help clarify what it is that I'm saying.

This video gives some good insight into how difficult lip reading is. So, take a look and become more aware.

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On a side note, the other thing that I've become very aware of is how many people produce video and don't bother with the subtitles. It's become a pet peeve, in fact.

#learntosign #deafawareness #BSL #ASL #communication

h/t +Luis Carvalho

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2016-02-22 13:33:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The Dancing House
One of the world's unusual structures

A collaborative effort by architect Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry, Prague's Nationale-Nederlanden building is a hat tip to the famous dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire stands tall whilst Rogers curves gracefully away from him.

The structure was commissioned by President Vaclav Havel to celebrate Czechoslovakia liberation. It was completed in 1996.

#unusualdesign #architecture

The Dancing House
One of the world's unusual structures

A collaborative effort by architect Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry, Prague's Nationale-Nederlanden building is a hat tip to the famous dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire stands tall whilst Rogers curves gracefully away from him.

The structure was commissioned by President Vaclav Havel to celebrate Czechoslovakia liberation. It was completed in 1996.

#unusualdesign #architecture___

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2016-02-22 12:04:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

+The B1M's Fred Mills was recently at Google London explaining the part that video plays/can play in the construction industry.


A part of #ConstructContent, the focus is on learning how video can be used to engage, inspire and promote change within the industry.

The video is at the top of the page with a write-up below. It's definitely worth the watch.

#BIM #UK #construction #YouTube #video 

+The B1M's Fred Mills was recently at Google London explaining the part that video plays/can play in the construction industry.


A part of #ConstructContent, the focus is on learning how video can be used to engage, inspire and promote change within the industry.

The video is at the top of the page with a write-up below. It's definitely worth the watch.

#BIM #UK #construction #YouTube #video ___

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