- Producer21/02/2017Bali. In The Midst of The Social Fray....Is She Coming Away At The Seams?In 1994 at the end of my final term at Uni, a hippie friend (a joint hanging precariously from the corner of his mouth ) sold me a bag of gemstones, that he pulled out of his rotted leather Gladstone bag and shoved in my face. 'They're...
Comments23/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMe thinks this sounds like a conspiracy, Paul Walters is from Bali, you are from Bali - Paul Walters is brilliant, this buzz is brilliant. Why would brilliant people like you paint a picture in my head that actually makes me glad I am one who didn't emigrate to Bali. There is something that does not add up here.
But seriously, you have captured a lifetime and weaved words that put me in your shoes - and I could feel the time and the changes - and that is the skills of a great writer, to put another in shoes they may never wear, and yet absorb a history they will probably never face - and in the end this is story of love and affinity for Bali - because you can only notice the fine details of place if you are interested in that place.
I look at my neighbours and they just revolve day after day without any sense of community, or even who we are - just a place they come back to on a day that isn't a work day. Now if one trades a brain-dead day-to-day life experience for one where the senses are living both the ongoing good and bad, then you definitely chose life. I am not going to complain, that as distant as the spaces are around my home, it is paradise for now within.
For sure economic times and psychological changes in societal values may well transpire (after all we can put it down to Trump), but where home is that is the place to be - and despite all the downturns of near-gentrification experiences, this buzz tells me that Bali is very much home to you, as it is to Paul Walters. The last thing this could be is a conspiracy to keep people like me out :-)
- 18/02/2017Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture, Sarasota Bay, Florida, USA. To read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/casey-key-guest-house-by-totems-architecture/
- Producer04/02/2017The Trolley ManI am going to bed with my teddy I think I am 9-year-old but maybe I am 6 only.We moved around here in early June, a tired rented house in the country side. The barn next door is pretty cool and I was told that for four weeks there was no point in...
Comments06/02/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#14 I was able to pick up on your sentiments @Pascal Derrien, I wasn't sure what to say. I can share this- my mother's dad was a mean alcoholic. He worked hard as a plasterer but never gave back to anyone, including his one and only daughter. Thanks to him, we were blessed with a mother who decided to become what she had dreamed of her father being, a loving and compassionate soul. I'm sorry for your experience but it appears you also took the high road and became what you didn't like in 'someone.'06/02/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis makes me so glad I always appreciated my mom. She was a school bus driver for 30 years. When I was younger, I felt embarrassed but when I hit my 20's I was so proud of her. She saved every penny and would have helped anyone that asked, well... she basically did. :)) The video was so touching!!05/02/2017 #7 debasish majumderexcellent way of telling a story, making it a unique nuances of literary skill, equally rudimentary to be a successful story teller to make an indelible mark to readers mind. Great share @Pascal Derrien View moreexcellent way of telling a story, making it a unique nuances of literary skill, equally rudimentary to be a successful story teller to make an indelible mark to readers mind. Great share @Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read. thank you for the share. Close
- Producer05/02/2017Through the Forest, I see the Trees: Grateful!It's 4 am and I'm still not sleeping, are you? My mind is racing so I thought I would jot down what's going through my mind. I hope there is a bit of semblance as I type those thoughts out. I'd like to write what I am thankful for and share it. I...
Comments07/02/2017 #49 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#48 I would die................. ha! I need at least 6 hours so you can imagine my sleeping pattern right now. I'm actually working on it. OMG, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I have read so many funny posts and blogs tonight, the laughter is good. I would be happy if my hubbie was up and making breakie as you put it. I'm always telling him if there was food waiting for me, I'd get up a bit earlier!
There are people who can survive on as little as four hours sleep, you and Dean prove that to be true!! "Sex or seven" Still laughing!!!!07/02/2017 #48 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#44 Me too, Dean. Anywhere from 4 to 5 hours a night. I occasionally "sleep-in" a full six or seven. (LOL... autocorrect put that at "sex or seven". . . I considered keeping it as is)
It's enough for me, but drives my wife nuts I usually get up do stuff, and go back to bed just before the alarm rings.
We hit the snooze once, then I'm off to make breakie.06/02/2017 #42 Sushmita Thakare Jain#31 Thank you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher right now working on my First Business related E-Book. It will launch on 15th this Month I'm nervous as well as excited I had shared here the link for the subscription but didn't receive much response. Hopefully, after the end product comes out I will get better response :)06/02/2017 #35 Aleta Curry#34 How cosmic is this: I'm getting ready to post about a toxic lunch where women were subjected to a series of successive digs; a continuation of my 'Summer' post. Stay tuned. (I've promised myself that I have to do the day's business work first before any creative writing.)06/02/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#28 @Aleta Curry your comment just made me smile because you get it! I used to work part time in a large Family Practice for 6 Doctors. One of the nurses I worked with was always mean to me no matter how nice I tried to be. She would demand my help, never asked kindly. I would help without one complaint. One day I needed her help and she refused. Later that day she asked, "So when do you work again?" I replied, I have the next 2 days off... again I heard, "wow, sure must be nice to be YOU!" I finally was a bit more stern and said, "No one is making you work full time, if you to stay home just remember you will take a major cut in your income. We all have choices to make and I made the choice to be home more with my kids, you chose to work full time." Maybe that wasn't nice, but geez, I got so tired of hearing that. I even had a friend who always made sure to get digs in and it ruined our friendship for years. What was ironic about the friend who made digs was this- she had a trust fund she inherited when she turned 25 and she paid off her home, car and did an entire home renovation. Her parents always watched her kids while she worked so she never had to bring them to daycare or an outside sitter. She also forgot she told me that she was able to pay off her home after she received the money from her trust, she'd say, "Yea well someone has to go to work to pay for this house." OMG, people just kill me sometimes. On a bright note: She changed for the better after her dad died (that was sad). She's not the bitter person she used to be and we are friends again.06/02/2017 #32 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#26 @Dean Owen, do you have insomnia too? I have a secret to share... shhh don't tell anyone but you inspired me a while back when you wrote your letter to Ashley and there are others who inspire me as well. I am thankful for the positive people I've met on here. I'm thankful to so many who accept me, faults and all and haven't judged me. So many of you I only know virtually but I consider you real friends. I hope to see a buzz soon, I'm sure yours will be very interesting Dean. Tag me when you write it, I do tend to miss buzzes!
- Producer02/02/2017Remodeling Tips for Home Sale Value IncreaseThere is nothing better than living in a home that feels complete. There’s no more remodeling projects you feel like you need to do, and you are happy with the way it all looks. Unfortunately, that’s not how most people feel about their houses....
- Producer31/01/2017Building Green? Here's some tips.In South Africa we have had 2 years of unusually warm weather and a drought. The coal reserves are set to run out by 2020. It is now vitally important to be environmentally aware and active. According to the Zero Energy Project, the construction...
Comments01/02/2017 #15 Claire 🐝 Cardwell@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - I've just spotted this link :- The end of air conditioning? Asia architects use green solutions to cool buildings
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/31/architecture/t3-architecture-asia-bioclimatic-architecture/01/02/2017 #13 Claire 🐝 CardwellHi @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - these aren't my photos - I will post some soon, they are taken with a small digital camera - I was using film up until I couldn't get it anymore.... I am saving up for a 'back' that will fit on my long lens. I get most of my images that I use in my posts from Free Images.com. As far as A/C is concerned I used to live in Singapore with my parents when I was a teenager. We lived in an old colonial house with deep eaves, very high ceilings and a really v. good cross flow of air. The Lounge was open on three sides. The living rooms were also quite large. However it was a different story at night - the bedrooms were small and only had one window, so we couldn't just rely on a ceiling fan. The trouble is that most houses today are not designed that way and get uncomfortably hot in the summer months. All I can suggest is that you get good insulation in your roof....01/02/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat info @Claire 🐝 Cardwell! I am addicted to my A/C during the hot/humid months. What do people do in order to keep their homes cool and free from a lot of humidity, there must be solutions for that too. Using Central Air really costs a lot of money when the electric bill arrives. The photos I see you post, are some of them yours? I love photography, would love to see more of yours!01/02/2017 #6 Devesh Bhatt#5 it does, it is essential for the Developed countries and critical for developing countries.
I had submitted a paper here, lobbying didn't get it started. Idea was simple
Public toilets which produce power and compost ...But the special part was cashless incentives for waste collectors and green tops for air pollution, plus they could sell it to the grid or electric vehicles.
Functional, possible, sustainable with low maintenance on far off areas in tourist places, villages, highways etc.
Does it appeal to you. If yes we can discuss.01/02/2017 #5 Claire 🐝 CardwellThanks @Devesh Bhatt - v. pleased you enjoyed my article. It makes commercial sense to build green and in many cases now it costs the same (or can be even cheaper) to construct an environmentally friendly building. There are many health benefits for the people living & working in green buildings - check out http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #2 Claire 🐝 CardwellThanks @David B. Grinberg! Glad you enjoyed the article. There have been studies recently that demonstrate that there are many benefits to a green building, apart from the energy saving aspect,
"Studies into 69,000 buildings − homes, offices and factories − in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive. Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences, while recruitment is easier because new employees are attracted to environmentally-friendly buildings."
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergThanks for this excellent advice, Claire. I've noticed here in the USA that many building are "going green" by having grass and plants covering the roof. I think that's catching on. Hopefully, mega corporations will think long and hard about the important issues you identified. We all need to remember that you can't fool Mother Nature!
- 30/01/2017House Mosi by Nico van der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa - to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/house-mosi-by-nico-van-der-meulen-architects/
- Producer30/01/2017Some of the houses I have worked on.I thought it was time to show you all some of the work I do. By day I work with straight lines and words and by night I paint curvy lines.....I have had the privilege of working with some truly amazing clients assisting them to realise their...
Comments30/01/2017 #33 Claire 🐝 CardwellHi @Todd Jones - the problem is that with brick for example you can not have a span greater than 6m without a structural support column if there are no cross walls. In addition you also should not have an expanse of wall with more than 25-30% glazing/openings. Far too often people do not consider this when designing homes and this leads to budget over-runs and building fails. In addition other common mistakes I see are roof spans greater than 8-8.5m. People don't realise that not only do you need beefier trusses at spans greater than 8-5m, you also need thicker walls, support columns and bigger & stronger foundations - this type of design mistake leads to budget over-runs and wasted time re-designing the house......30/01/2017 #32 Todd Jones#14 Claire, I often wonder whether open floor plans affect the long term structural integrity of a home. I just bought a 15 year old home that has an open floor plan with the kitchen, dining room, and living room lumped together in one big, open two story space. The gable end of the house is almost entirely comprised of windows and doors. It makes for a beautiful view of the water, but I have noticed small cracks and popped drywall screws in a few places. It seems that this style home is ill equipped to withstand the wind loads that are common in our area.30/01/2017 #26 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#21 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic! More pics of the Cape Dutch Guest House can be found here :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/cape-dutch-guest-house.php If you go to the previous projects page you will find some of the other work I have done :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/previous-projects.php Have an awesome day!30/01/2017 #17 Claire 🐝 CardwellI don't think there is anyone I know here in SA that hasn't been touched by the violent crime that is so prevalent here. My friend (who owns the property where I stay) suffered a v. scary attack in 2007 - hence the security upgrades.... You also have to be exceedingly careful in your car as well. I drive a 1998 Toyota Conquest RSi with Blue Designs branding all over it. Despite it looking a bit ropey on the outside (it still runs like a dream) my insurance contributions are still quite high as my car is on the top ten list for most hijacked cars in SA.....30/01/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#12 Yes I had direct experience with that. We had visited a house of an associate called Lisa. The area she lived in looked fine. The next day we found out that an intruder had got into her house . When we visited to her, she calmly said "Manjit, it's fine, thankfully he did not check the bedroom where I was sleeping" she then proceeded to tell me that had he known she was home alone, that rape accompanies robberies. Once Lisa had explained how things happen where she lives, she spoke in a very matter of fact way, while we the visitors were listening to her with our jaws dropped. So I am well acquainted now why security is key.
- 09/06/2016This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?momondo – The DNA Journey It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If...
Comments29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI was already a global citizen so the findings here come as no surprise, but the important thing about this video is that before test views are what politicians depend on votes and the after test view is the potential for renaissance, once we see through the absurdity of nationality. That is why I love the mind of Jiddu Krishnamurti for such a long time http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/520382-when-you-call-yourself-an-indian-or-a-muslim-or
- 26/01/2017Promenade Residence by BGD Architects, Isle of Capri, Queensland, Australia - http://www.caandesign.com/promenade-residence-by-bgd-architects/
- 26/01/2017Los primates están en grave peligro de extinción y según este estudio podrán desaparecer en 50 años.
Comments26/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitSometimes Spanish words speak louder than English one's like the word "cataclismo" I did not know of this threat until I saw this buzz. In following up I read a Scientific America story :
Climate vs. Primate: Dawn of Extinction?
- 24/01/2017Will these houses make you dizzy? Architects build rotating homes. Imagine living in a house that follows the direction of the sun when it's hot. Or one that offers a different view out of your bedroom window every day of the week. For some bold homeowners this is becoming a reality, thanks to an innovative wave of architects who are re-imagining the concept of the house. Once something firmly routed to the ground, homes are now becoming moving entities that can rotate, change shape, and even adapt to the seasons. - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/22/architecture/rotating-homes/
Comments25/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The way I think about it Claire, either we live in architecture or we live in a hovel. There is a bit of my DNA that gravitates to the top of the world and see's the majesty in a revolving restaurant - just as I see the grounding that the words "Livable City" provides as in the words of Jan Gehl.
- Producer11/01/2017Interview with Ian WeinbergI had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Ian Weinberg this week. Ian writes excellent articles and readily provides friendly informative comments on beBee. Above he is standing proudly with his daughter on her wedding day. Gert: Ian, thank...
Comments14/01/2017 #48 debasish majumdervery fascinating interview @Gert Scholtz! instead of professional life are perhaps the key essence of affinity and this interview perfectly reflect the very essence of beBee, resonating and aligning with myriad bees to make a healthy networking and true social site. enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing such wonderful post.13/01/2017 #45 🐝 Fatima WilliamsSuch a great interview @Gert Scholtz Thank you for introducing @Ian Weinberg . It's interesting to read what's on the mind of a Surgeon. And anything that allows me to explore my mind makes me curious to want to know more. This field you are in highly fascinating ! Your daughter looks so beautiful and the family pics too. Thank you for sharing this with us.12/01/2017 #41 Gerald Hecht#40 @Ian Weinberg I think so too --once was enough with that one, lol. Also the critical part was (not being able to make It across) that I landed it on the main runway at Philadelphia International Airport!
The thing is, at the time I thought I was doing the "sane thing" because of the weather and not being instrument rated...my instructor's "voice in my head" was telling me that the riskier thing would be to fly blind into those "billowing into the stratosphere" cumulonimbus --JFK Jr. substantiated that --12years later.
My great uncle ran a dairy...he flew B-25's in WWII...after the war he used the Cub to land on cowpastures around the Northeast to get milk samples from different farmers...and to drink heavily and not maintain the aircraft . I couldn't afford to "pay for hours" so he let me use that "death trap" for free!
Until that fateful day in Philly... I never got instrument rated; because later that summer I was old enough to get my driver's license!12/01/2017 #40 Ian Weinberg#38 I'm impressed @Gerald Hecht There's something about experiencing the 'edge' that puts a different spin on things. I think that as one gets older we lose a bit of that boldness. I'm glad I exercised my madness in the earlier years (we were invincible weren't we?) because I've lost the nerve for much of it now.12/01/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht@Ian Weinberg At some point I wanna PM you about a little incident that occurred when I was using my great uncle's Piper Cub(which was always littered with cigarette butts and empty Jack Daniels bottles) to gain hours after my first solo.
The short version is that the radio (which he never maintained...like everything else) died...T-storms, not instrument rated, couldn't make across the Delaware River back to New Jersey visually ...put myself in the traffic pattern between a 707 and a 727 (it was 1977) and just followed the 707 in radio silence...The FAA was waiting in the unmarked black car...long interrogation; good thing it wasn't after 9/11!12/01/2017 #36 Dean Owen#30 #33 You guys were so lucky to have witnessed that pivotal moment in history. I remember dearly spending the whole world cup at my local Irish pub in Tokyo. Needless to say the whole of Japan was transfixed by Jonah Lomu after being defeated by the All Blacks by 138 points! but what a glorious moment that was when Mandela presented the Webb Ellis trophy to FP.12/01/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Gert Scholtz I really enjoyed your interview with @Ian Weinberg! Very interesting life you lead Ian. I'm so glad you survived the plane that almost crashed. I met a man years ago who bought my daughter's horse. He told us that his son told him to get back into horseback riding because he did crash his plane with 6 others aboard during takeoff. Luckily all 6 of them survived. The plane was totaled and his son said, "Dad, it's time for a new hobby that isn't so dangerous." So Rolf went back to what he used to enjoy, riding. One of the nicest men (and his wife Gisella) who I've met. We kept in touch for years. It appears that you cycle with your son during events too? I find the field you are in highly interesting. The photos are very nice, thanks for sharing a bit about yourself, your life, with us!12/01/2017 #33 Ian Weinberg#28 @Dean Owen Thanks for that. That World Cup period experience was a rare national euphoria, but sadly, short-lived. We were all fired up and optimistic, but then prevailing realities surfaced again, which we continue to wrestle with. In any event, it was a rare and special moment - glad I experienced it.
- Producer04/01/2017The Double Standard on Having Kids Later in LifeToday, I read that Janet Jackson gave birth to a bouncing baby boy at age 50 and I was excited to hear that she was so happy and grateful for a healthy baby. I wished her congratulations. I then I read the corresponding comments below the story and...
Comments07/01/2017 #7 Donna-Luisa EversleyI'm in agreement with you @Jennifer 🐝 Schultz. I can also say it's the same when you have kids at a very young age. I was 18 when I had my first child and was told I'm messing up my life, and I will lose my youth. Most had nothing good to say. Whatever happens there are double standards for women and child bearing.
I have a friend who finally had her 2nd child at 45, unfortunately she had a few miscarriages before. Be strong. Thank you for sharing this personal story. Very happy for Janet Jackson😊04/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The hypocrisies and double standards are damning but there is a truth about society that I understand, that sometimes change happens when the old generation pass on, and so change then is noticing whether we are any less savage than we were the prior generation. It is a different way of looking at things, because trying to change an opinion only goes so far - living one's life and exploring the progress, that produces a different way of seeing and consequently a different way of life.04/01/2017 #3 Jennifer 🐝 Schultz@CityVP 🐝 Manjit Just using these celebrities' private life examples to shine the light on the double standard of what society sees as an acceptable age for a woman to have a child. I myself, as I noted, have experienced the same double standard when I found out I was pregnant at 43. Women over the age of 40 who get pregnant face ridicule every day from others, while men are congratulated well into their 70's. In fact, the same double standard exists when a man marries a younger woman, but take an older woman marrying a younger man - and you'll see the same outcome. People judge men and women differently in both instances. What also is apparent with the rise of social media, are people whose comments and thoughts are no longer hidden, as snide comments and judge and jury are everywhere. #204/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitOn the one side I think we use celebrities far too much as proxies for our own lives, but on the other side, it does reveal deep seated ignorance that do not match a 21st Century mind. In this century we are exploring life extension technologies and lifespan is increasing. I accept that ignorant views of value judgements will be a feature of societies but within those societies are everyday people who are great examples of people adapting to the 21st Century both its promise and perils.
We should not hate hate because then it is still hate but we can value difference. We can also focus on those who are adapting. In terms of Janet Jackson being a mother, like all mothers, becoming a mother is a part of her private life and like all mothers it is great news. There is no need for role models from the rich and famous when we live in a world which is no longer a broadcast medium, but that should be a place where access to technology liberates us as learners - we are the change we want to see in this world and can become people who no longer need a Gandhi or a celeb to speak on our behalf, as a quote that we are that change.
- Producer20/12/2016Mellow MilestonesDear Jenny, Nathalie and Little Ashley, One day I hoped you would stumble across this, whether by chance or out of curiosity. For me, I left it too late - too late to ask the questions I so desperately wanted to ask. Kids often don’t...
Comments23/01/2017 #45 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Dean Owen , think now my weepies are on overdrive. The guys on beBee like yourself are deep, open and real. Wish my dad had written me a letter like yours. I've been doing similar with my words only I've asked my kids to pass it on to my grandkids if I ever get any - hahaha. Thank you @Dean Owen, with appreciation and gratitude for sharing this.
Seriously though, beBee is the kind of community where there is a meeting of folks from very different cultures and backgrounds, languages and careers, but we have something in common I've been thinking recently... depth of family spirit and friendship. Some things cannot be forged without the setting and place to develop. @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz thanks for beBee - this is why and how relationships can flourish and grow in this place!02/01/2017 #39 Dean Owen#33 I second you on the stings Ken-san. I do hope that if and when they discover the writings here, they will check to your blog too (are you listening J, N, & A?) as for one, I would surely encourage them to possibly make a move to Australia to experience living in a country that I may not get a chance to live, but a country that should be tops on anyones list. Do you think the kids do stalk our blogs?29/12/2016 #33 Ken BoddieAnother informative buzz from the beBee Master of Tales, and to think that I again almost missed a buzz from one of my favourite bees (FBee). I am getting impatient to have the 'Sting' up and running from beBee IT Developments, since we appear to have been promised, for some time now, the reported capability for us to be informed when our FBees publish.
I love this moving epistle to your family, Dean-san, and must admit to having done something similar by way of a parallel exercise. I have been documenting all my buzzes (only 54 in my case this year) in both hard and electronic version (outside my beBee Producer Profile) so that my kids may have a better understanding of the wheels that drive this chameleon to write, after I'm kicking up the daisies, or sooner, should they choose to do so. My family is much older than yours, Dean, so I have chosen to copy an occasional more pertinent buzz to them, on the hoof.
I have, however, also been documenting many of the comments and interactions I have had with other bees and suggest that you may consider doing likewise. As I am sure you agree, sometimes the comments and on-line discussion we have with other bees following their buzzes, are also indicators of character, both ours and theirs.
May your words continue to flow for as long as you wish to entertain and inspire others ..... and ..... May the quill be with you!29/12/2016 #32 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBig congrats on your 100th buzz @Dean Owen. Ok, I'm going to admit, this really had me tear jerked! What a beautiful legacy to leave for your daughters. Those of us that have read your words (buzzes) can attest just how proud Daddy is of all three daughters. This is beautiful Dean and a testament to the wonderful man you are. I look forward to reading many more buzzes and reading about many more journeys too!22/12/2016 #30 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#27 Someday soon surely! Hyderabad is right now the best place in the country to live in. And it boasts the bestest Biryani too Dean A close second is Pune. The dark grey pall of smoke and smog that I saw cloaking Delhi during a touchdown on Nov 24 took the wind outta them sails...just to mix up the expression ;) Warm wishes and good cheer..for the best time of the year coming up!
- Architects and TechniciansArchitects and Technicians Official Architecture hive on beBee. Connect with people in your field and exchange information, knowledge and professional
- Design & Sustainability NetworkDesign & Sustainability Network This hive is where professionals in the design and construction industry & the public get together to come up with sustainable design initiatives to solve housing and environmental issues. All over the world people are coming up with ideas to
- Producer02/12/2016Making Your Apartment Unique and StylishNot everyone has a flair for decorating. In fact, many of us are a little clueless when it comes to making our apartments look stylish. That is why you walk into so many apartments that look the same. If you are having trouble getting your apartment...
Comments02/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIf only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives
https://www.bebee.com/group/environment-health-and-safety View moreIf only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives
They are great examples of or top class hives - but then again, it is being created by people who intuitively are in sync with style. The closest I have ever got to quality style is listening to Style Council songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMAVU1k7kg Close
- Producer14/11/2016Is Your House in Order?Last week I awoke from a strange dream. In it, I was barefoot and walking on rich, coffee-colored soil. I entered the home of my "neighbor," a well-known and respected writer whom I admire a great deal. The house was clean and tidy but in...
Comments15/11/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Only one major proviso Amy, "made our life truly ours" - the home is a rather special thing, far more than the statement "no place like home". I am no longer an answer to the question "what do you do?" my home is the answer to "what do you love?". Work took meaning away from home, now in the 21st Century, home must take meaning away from work - if this does not happen, then the technological advancements we make in this century is simply an exponential extension of the industrial age.14/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitLoved the post! One thing I have done well over the last two decades is to focus on foundation first and while that focus means I give up some "greater glories" - much of that thing we like to call "success" simply takes us to other places, working on other plans. I have not tried to "simplify" my life, but ensure home is the place I return to often, if not a lot. I also ensure I appreciate that which is utterly priceless in my home, which is my family.
What I have given up is living out of a suitcase, moving from airport and hotel, to airport and hotel - for sure I am not directly involved with meeting high-flyers and people at the top of their professional game - but even after the lovely hugs and welcomes, everyone departs back to their respective homes. Half my kids have graduated, the other half are still working their way through university and all of them will have graduated by 2019 - so this time I have with them is ever so important and ever so precious.
One day all of them will be moving along their respective careers, some will marry and move to new homes, some will still be around, but ALL are committed to remain connected no matter where they are, and with modern technologies, everyone is just one Face-time away. It is a good age to live in - and then there is the arrival of the next generation - another one this year in the form of a second grandson, and that part of the family tree will over time spread its branches also.
That is why I love this post - I am reading the writings of a true kindred spirit and I dig that - nup scratch that, I love that !
- Producer01/11/2016Daylight Saving Time: Early Birds vs. Night OwlsWe've all heard the famous 17th century English phrase, "The early bird catches the worm." But this is not necessarily true for everyone, especially in today's high-tech modern world. Therefore, I pose these questions:Are you an early...
Comments07/11/2016 #48 Maria Teresa Redondo InfantesHi Mr David B,
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Thanks and blessings07/11/2016 #47 Maria Teresa Redondo InfantesHello Mr David B,
I'm like now to much this hour a clock, and talk again to you ja ja ja ja ja, with humor Bing.
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Mariat07/11/2016 #43 David B. Grinberg@Elizabeth Bailey, brilliant thinking about the "little message" - cheers! @Karin Sebelin @Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes always great to hear from you. @Flávio Rodrigues Vieira what an amazing idea of "building a small power generator by means of magnetism." That would be great. @Ali Anani, hope you're feeling better. I love your buzz, "Is Time Fractal?" @CityVP 🐝 Manjit: yes, more light has positive health benefits. May the sun shine brightly on all bees!07/11/2016 #42 David B. GrinbergMany thanks for all of the awesome feedback, which is very much appreciated! @Alexa Steele: that video is hilarious. I love John Oliver's show. @Pamela 🐝 Williams, I like your idea to "customize the sun to each person's wishes." I'm on it...@David Navarro López, this post was inspired by what @Javier 🐝 beBee wrote about Spain. @Sushmita Thakare Jain, glad to know I'm in good company.06/11/2016 #41 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI asked myself this question this week. Since my latest contract started I have been driving to work in the dark, with few on the road. Since I use mainly back roads to get there it can be pretty dark. But now the alternative; I'm will be driving home in the dark with a lot of other cars on the road. I'm a morning person, love the light in the morning, but considering some of the crazy drivers I encounter, I'm thinking; maybe this year I would rather not drive home in the dark. :-) Too bad we can't customize the sun to each person's wishes :-)05/11/2016 #39 AnonymousI was a night owl some years ago, but I feel much better since 4 years or so when I realized that I was much more productive in the early morning hours when I am fresh than at the end of the day when I am quite tired. I really enjoy getting up really early, sometimes earlier in my free days than in working days. It works for me, and it does not mean it is this way in all cases.
Concerning to the DST thing, I am sure that if experts can come with numbers to demonstrate the energy savings, better productivity, and health, it is very likely going to be like they say. In the case of Spain, some time ago @Javier 🐝 beBee wrote a buzz about what we do in Spain with it, which is completely wrong since the times of Franco and his German mate, because we should be in time with greenwich and not one hour later like Germany or Italy. So we miss the benefits of the DST thing, but oh, we are european (or they say so)04/11/2016 #37 Elizabeth BaileyThought provoking article and very topical. Here in North Wales, UK by the time the clocks "fall back" it's dark when I get up at 6am regardless of the change and it's really only those few weeks each side of the summer solstice that it's still light when I go to bed. Whilst I do miss the daylight generally during the winter months, the clock changes seem to make little difference to me, I just run round the house changing the ones that don't do it themselves and try to carry on like nothing's happened wondering why I'm hungry earlier than usual for a day or 2. The one thing I would change is having a little message on my phone that says "Yes, your clock has been adjusted to BST (or GMT) " to save that split second panic when I wonder "has it? hasn't it?" and rush downstairs to turn on the TV just to check.03/11/2016 #34 Mohammed SultanO Summer Sun ,what an hour shall fate? only human noise and busy glittering street or what delights ever to equal these ;only to taste the warmth ,the light and moving trees.With an hour more or an hour less ,only to be a live and feel that life is sweet.You shouldn't run counter your creator's own will because HE has given us the choice to live well.Nature is the real master of time management,dear @ David B.Grinberg.You either be an early bee or a late owl.whatever the joys of long hours sleep ,they vanish with the day light.03/11/2016 #33 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira@David B. Grinberg liked your article in a general scope, but do not agree with the summer time, it's only to save energy, but do not believe anything anyone talk about energy, after what happened to Tesla, in my country, power wires are placed in towers, my brother is an electrical engineer, working on a major international power company, the only reason not to put the wires on the floor out, what would generate major savings for the company and for the people, the answer? many earn tuition fee with the purchase of material, as soon as a system that generates maintenance is not feasible, I am building a small power generator by means of magnetism, if you can, never pay for energy in my life!03/11/2016 #31 David B. Grinberg#8 @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Thanks for your valuable comments. I agree with your astute observation that, "Our measurement of time is abstract and illusional..." -- that's a great point to explore further. This is particularly relevant when considering "time" from the vantage point of cosmic time and Einstein's space-time continuum, in which both space and time are one unit forming the fabric of the universe. But perhaps that's for another blog post. I recall reading about a primitive culture somewhere that doesn't even believe in time, much less act upon it. I think the bottom line is that time is relative depending on the person making the observation and considering the larger context. cc: @Ali Anani @Milos Djukic @Aurorasa Sima @Irene Hackett @Flávio Rodrigues Vieira03/11/2016 #29 David B. Grinberg#9 I agree with you about a shorter work day and work week @Phil Friedman, like many countries across Europe have adopted. But that's an issue for another blog post. I wrote something previously here about work-life balance (maybe you read it). I wish you calm seas, captain!
- 11/10/2016A building in Germany gets its energy from what’s growing inside it.grendz.com Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. Residents living inside say they are happy....
- 14/09/2016Imagine a future when one in 8 trees along your street was a Wind Tree. Would you mind? I certainly wouldn't....'Wind Tree' uses blades to generate electricity from light breezeswww.dailymail.co.uk French company 'New Wind' is installing the first at Place de la Concorde in Paris and is hoping to expand throughout the country and abroad. The trees currently retail at £23,500...
Comments14/09/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 I favour the kind of cradle to cradle design advocated by William McDonough, https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design?language=en View more#4 I favour the kind of cradle to cradle design advocated by William McDonough, https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design?language=en that is why I like the quote from Michaud-Larivière - if the French initiative has systemic viability then that has value, what I fear are expedient answers that simply shift one set of problem makers, to create a different set of problem makers for constituencies we in the end turn a blind eye to such as e.g. the Lake Ontario communities http://lakeontarioturbines.com/studies-resources.html These are not objections to wind-power, these are challenges to solve in cradle to cradle design. We are going to reach new ways of thinking, but first we must rethink how politics polarizes us. We need whole systems thinking to be the way forward - and McDonough does a good job of showing some of the possibilities in moving in that direction. Close14/09/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe main objections seem to be payback on the $23,500 investment and whether it endangers wildlife see comments here http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-paris/ View moreThe main objections seem to be payback on the $23,500 investment and whether it endangers wildlife see comments here http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-paris/ What I like about the MailOnline article is the suggestion at the end QUOTE: ["In the future Mr Michaud-Larivière hopes to develop a 'perfect tree that has leaves with natural fibres, roots that could generate geothermal energy and 'bark' covered with photosensitive cells"] END QUOTE. Close
- Producer04/07/2016Dream Weddings and SideshowsAs a wedding this weekend my daughters wedding was spectacular and highly enjoyable and it had everything one could put together that classifies the meaning of "dream wedding". The only small thing I now know in hindsight was to let my daughter...
Comments04/07/2016 #9 Savvy Raj#8 #4@ . Indian weddings are known to be elaborate affairs . Infact the celebrations continue to stretch for days and seem to grow with each passing year a blessing indeed in itself.. Being the father of the bride and gauging how busy things can be around a wedding , to actually find time amidst it all to leave a good word for another being is truly honourable deed.Thank you for the kind mention and shares. @CityVP Manjit04/07/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#6 Hi Sara, I am glad you are noticing Savvy Raj, her LinkedIn page is really worth visiting https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/savvyraj?trk=prof-sm The wedding prevented me from exploring but once the post-wedding rituals are finished, which last another week, I look forward to engaging with her beautiful mind.04/07/2016 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 Thank You Sara, yes indeed the event coordinators like the official photographer created some breathtaking effects and pictures. For me the breathmaking is even a greater celebration this weekend - and those breathmakers are my family, who all contributed to the making of absolutely wonderful kids in our home.04/07/2016 #5 Savvy Raj#3 So beautiful to know about your lovely family @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the the thoughtful linkshare as well. Must add that I connected with it instantly and what came to mind was that I had written a few verses with the similar title as a dedication to the Mother spirit earlier and I look forward now to sharing it on Bebee.04/07/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Thank you for your wishes Savvy. Our three girls are blessed to have married three great hubbies and the three great hubbies are blessed to have three truly great women in their lives. I address here the idea of a divine blessing but there is also the blessings of fellow human beings and an interesting footnote is a piece called "The Bliss of Blessings" by Charu Bahri. http://completewellbeing.com/article/the-bliss-of-blessing/ Bahri is a cost accountant and computer programmer from Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India - and this is where gratitude and grace meet.
- Producer19/06/2016The Fourth GenerationWhat makes me happy in this moment in time is in the knowledge that there are four generations working in unison which is the chief life blessing I focus on. I am not one for getting googly-eyed in sharing of baby pictures. For me the arrival of...
Comments26/06/2016 #10 Savvy RajCongratulations on the arrival of your second grandson . ..And I read this line with deep resonance ...'To view this child as a human being in their own right, rather than see it as a possession or a share item - equanimity is one of the smart things I learned as a part of my development as a parent, and as a grandparent it is the knowledge that I have not only been blessed to have great kids, but these great kids are themselves are becoming great parents.' Blessings to the beautiful baby . Thank you for bringing me here .26/06/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 Dear Mamen, If blessings don't make us cry they are not blessings and when water flows from eyes, this acknowledgement of blessing is what I consider to be Living Water and not just tears. Yes life will give us tears that tear us, but in the moment of blessings, it is a wisdom to know the blessing.19/06/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#5 Dean, we think a lot sometimes about the relationships we do not have but not anywhere as much as we should, the relationships we do have. The losses in my family are additions, so when my mom's brother passed away this year, there is so much of my uncle within us all that all of us still have access to that relationship. Those forces that view separation as the norm do act upon our family, because this is an economic driven norm. Adam Smith knew well the "invisible hand" of economics but we as a family understand the psychological, economic, social, technical, environmental and political value of being together, and our kids when given the choice between who we are and what society is - are not fully captivated by the pull of society. The value of a strong matriarch is that they know it is better not to let society crash through the home - and at the same time ensure there is the nurturing of health within - for there is no point in creating a prison called home, for then society does equate with freedom. Yet if freedom is the very bricks of our home then Dean Owen may well be the first generation of that greater home - because this involves living in the fullness of time and not the passing of time. I had no contact with my grand-parents so lived a 2-gen family for a long time. Now it is 4-gen family and that is a new blessing.19/06/2016 #5 Dean Owen#3 Too true @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, and since you brought Sinatra into my post, I am bringing "Everybody Loves Raymond" as your comment reminded of the passing of the matriarch Doris Roberts in April. We never had that kind of relationship in our family, each generation living separately. That is kind of why the show meant a lot to me.19/06/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Dear @Ali Anani, I cannot wish this into being but only bless this being every hour of every day, for this new born is darn lucky to enter into a world into a generational family, a family which I am also darn lucky to be born into. They say the lucky transform even unluck into luck., this may be true and it may not be - in the end my blessing is not in my wishes but my washes - and I have always let life wash over me and to awaken each new day like that new born - and for this I come home to a party everyday, a home where everyday is a mothers day and a fathers day and a home which is blessed with eight children who have added significant value to the third living generation, and to our three year old grandson who even at his small age already knows this blessing - the most incredible thing yesterday was the first meeting between him and his new brother and he took the air out of the room when he said "hello, I am your brother and I will look after you" - meaning the fourth generation has started well and the appreciation of blessings reaches out to brand new dimensions. If the many are trying to have this, we can only be this. Wishing makes this illusion, being present with it into a reality of blessing.19/06/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Dear Dean, I have twice met families that have five living generations, in both cases the two women were the matriarchs of the family, carrying great presence and in both cases it was jaw dropping that these women had reached past their 100th birthday, until that is you saw them for who they are and not what their age represents. The blessing is when all five generations serve as one, for five generations divided is like living with only one generation. I find we have a very manic-depressive view of life, we exalt the arrival of a new born and deeply grieve over a subject we refuse to acknowledge and only when life's contract smacks us straight in the face. To enjoy the full journey of life that is a different journey. Whether it is the 100 year old or the 1 day old, there is beauty in it all, and most of all in the integration. Today some write in terms of the "The Lost Generation" http://theatln.tc/1rrl2Dh - but if something got lost, it is not the generation but how that generation integrates as harmony and oneness. This is where leadership starts and I bless here the matriarchal.