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  1. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make Music
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make Music Forget buildings that look like musical instruments - how about buildings that make their own music?  I came across the  Dresden's "Court of Water" House in Dresden's Kunshof Passage Collective  in my previous Bizarre Buildings post on buildings...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/11/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    An excellent choice to present the theme, Claire. I like David Byrne's installation. It's unusual and even quirky, but nothing less expected of him. :)
    I especially appreciate that you include the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia (my homeland), on the list. It's a mesmerizing experience to hear the organ sound while sitting on the stone steps and looking at the sunset.
    Ken Boddie
    27/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    “Raindrops keep falling on my head”? Perhaps the Dresden guy has been out in the sun too long? Since the sound of running water is a well known stimulant for ..... well let's just say, Claire, I trust there’s an abundance of toilets in this building. 🤣 But, hey, I’m willing to go with the flow.
    Jerry Fletcher
    26/11/2017 #1 Jerry Fletcher
    Claire, Thank you for an ear opener!
  2. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    22/11/2017
    The Emperor May Be a Bot ... But He Still Has No Clothes
    The Emperor May Be a Bot ... But He Still Has No ClothesSAY IT LOUDLY AND OFTEN ENOUGH AND PEOPLE MAY BELIEVE YOU...Autodesk, a long-standing developer of 2D and 3D drafting and design software, recently announced it plans to release a new version of its Autodesk Virtual Agent (AVA) avatar.The company...
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    Phil Friedman
    23/11/2017 #22 Phil Friedman
    All - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence View more
    All - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence

    were stimulated in part by an article by Geoff Hudson Searle:

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@geoff-hudson-searle/can-you-really-fall-in-love-with-a-robot

    Geoff responded in a very interesting way to a comment I made on his piece: "All respect @Phil Friedman and great to hear from you. My interaction with my client's robot is that their robot has developed feelings as a result of time spent with children, teenagers, adults and old age pensioners, behaviors, attitudes, and humor. The AI feeds of the interactions which make the robot hospitable, understanding and compassionate. I believe we live in interesting times and life will become even more interesting in the very near future! Cheers, Phil!"

    To which my reply was, "Geoff, I have no doubt that humans can develop feelings and attachments to machines. What I take issue with is the idea that the reverse is true, notwithstanding some machines may be programmed to produce contextually correct responses that simulate "understanding and compassion". However, I am open to having the interactions you cite being demonstrated by way of videos. What I am not open is accepting, without direct demonstration, the claims of the Prophets (Profits?) of AI as to what their bots can do. To paraphrase a well-known movie title, "Show me the goods!" Cheers."

    Feel free to continue the conversation. Cheers! Close
    Phil Friedman
    23/11/2017 #21 Phil Friedman
    #20 Thank you, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, for reading and the kind words. I share your concern for our society if we continue to buy the BS being fomented by the Prophets and Profits of Artificial Intelligence. What we are seeing is a blatant propaganda campaign to convince us that not only can machine intelligence outperform human intelligence, but that machine intelligence will be "objective" and unaffected by the biases built into it, both intentionally and inadvertently, by programmers and engineers.

    The situation is a mirror of what has happened with the explosion of "apps" to choose what we read, what music we listen to, what schools and cars and clothes and foods are best for us. As though these "smart" apps are neutral and without flaws or built-in biases. It's all a pile of crap. Which becomes evident if you have had any experience with a Customer Service Bot -- which takes at least five times as long to resolve your problem if indeed it ever resolves the problem at all. An intelligent human works are five times the speed of such Bots because the human exercises judgment and understands the objective.

    The same is true of the programs that are supposed to allow a single customer service representative to talk to multiple customers at the same time. When you look closely you see the purported improvement in efficiency is a complete hoax. All these programs or bots do is slow down the rep-to-customer interaction by delaying the serial interchange. With the result that a five-minute conversation with a customer service representative (or bot) takes 20 to 30 minutes. But in the meantime, the profits for the software firms selling this bill of goods to other companies continue to pile up.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    23/11/2017 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #1 When my daughter was attending a local, well respected university, I was struck by something; They are focusing on technology that does the thinking for you and not actually teaching the fundamentals. It's terrifying to think what Engineering and Architectural students won't learn in the future as bots do the thinking for them and their only job will be to drive the software and enter basic specifications.
    Anyone else was to drive across a bridge that was designed and built by AI? They will never recreate the human mind. .

    Loving this new series @Phil Friedman, very interesting stuff!
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #19 Phil Friedman
    #18 @Lada 🏡 Prkic --

    A bot can be clever,
    But an android is better.
    As a bot is almost never
    A real go-getter.

    Cheers!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #18 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #14 It's all clear to me now. You're a Cleverbot. That's why I like interacting with you. :)
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #17 Phil Friedman
    #11 I agree, @Jerry Fletcher, Here are some questions I ask immediately upon being connected a customer "service" center or call desk. 1) Where are you? If the answer is in a country that is culturally widely divergent from min (the U.S.), I politely say goodbye and try another means, since my experience is that, in some cultures, the propagated "customer service" ethic is to protect the company and keep it from spending any money, all in preference to actually satisfying the customer. 2) Are you a real person or a computer? If a computer, again I hang up. Because the vast majority of my experience is that I am about to enter upon a 20 or 30-minute conversation that will end in my being told to call another number and speak to a representative. The pipe dream of Bots to solve customer problems remains just that, a pipe dream. And if you want to achieve peace in your life, that is one pipe you will not smoke. Cheers and thanks for joining the conversation.
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #16 Phil Friedman
    #6 @Wayne Yoshida, the link you supplied is a great read. I recommend it to all who are interested in this topic.Thanks.

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    #5 Very good questions, @Robert Cormack. As I said below I much prefer the MS Paperclip. No complaints there concerning harassment -- unless being used occasionally to pick my teeth counts. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Okay, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, here is where the rubber meets the road (to use an engineering-related metaphor). What would you say if I disclosed that I am a Social Media Bot that's been in a beta testing and self-learning phase for ten years? :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #12 Phil, I just like the idea of experiencing the interaction with an automaton. AutoCAD becomes more and more complicated, and its user-help database is not better or worse compared to other complex software. We can always have YouTube for additional instructions. :)
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #6 I prefer the MS Paper Clip, @Wayne Yoshida. Oh, and by the way, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, Autodesk can put as much as it wants into the development of AVA, but that won't help a whit if they do not improve the quality of their user-help database and the explanations and instructions contained therein. Not to mention, if the user-help were more complete and useful, I wouldn't need AVA or anyone else. I can read pretty well. Don't you think? If so, AVA is a lot of investment for a parlor trick.
    Jerry Fletcher
    22/11/2017 #11 Jerry Fletcher
    Phil, I, too, am one of those humans that likes fast response speeds because I'm on my server rather than a cloud trying to reign over me. If you do video editing, ( as I do regularly) you could go crazy waiting for action over a DSL line! As to the visual aspect of a Chat bot...ARgggh! Chat alone is a pain where a pill will not reach. Granted one customer service rep can handle up to 3 enquiries at a time using chat which saves labor costs but the level of service is off by anywhere from 50 to 90% in my estimation. Customer service with real humans will, I believe, become the mark of better products and services with pricing that supports them. ( A couple of my clients have already proved this forecast!)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #10 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    AutoCAD is my main drawing "tool", but I very rarely ask explanations from the Autodesk's help service. I read the article about AVA and like the idea. I even think to give it a try and see how it would be to meet face-to-face with an automaton. As its designer said, AVA is not pretending to be anything other than a robot.
    Phil, thanks for another stimulating post.
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #8 Phil Friedman
    #4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly run most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.

    Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor networks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an unhelpful but infinitely polite and patient Bots. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    #4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly rin most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.

    Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor netseorks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an iunhelpgul but infinitely polite and patient Bot. Cheers!
    Wayne Yoshida
    22/11/2017 #6 Wayne Yoshida
    Arg! A trip into the Uncanny Valley*. But this has gone way beyond the irritating MicroSoft Paper Clip, eh?

    *https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley
    Robert Cormack
    22/11/2017 #5 Robert Cormack
    It's interesting, @Phil Friedman, that when we create an avatar (or Siri, for that matter), of course they have to be beautiful and sultry and even a bit distant. Sounds like these are the same traits our latest batch of gropers were looking for when they took advantage of innocent women only interested improving their careers. How long before robots of similar gorgeous appearance rise up, accusing wealthy men of grabbing an inner thigh or pinching a butt cheek? So far, I haven't seen any truly ugly avatars (although blue isn't my colour). Why can't we have ugly bots who won't drive us crazy with their sultry looks and husky voices?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/11/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Beasts like AutoCad are best used locally. I don't care how fast an internet connection is, it pales compared to local hard drive access.

    I have no idea what AutoDesk is thinking. AutoCad has a tight, finely focused market of design professionals. They need AVA like they need a third (or first) testicle growing out of their foreheads. I would guess that you, @Phil Friedman, or you, @Claire L Cardwell, probably use keyboard short cuts more often than menu selections. What exactly do they think AVA will bring to the table?

    Until AI reaches the "Blade Runner" degree of usefulness, I'll simply consider it marketing and be done.

    Wep/Cloud applications are great. Don't blame the delivery truck for bad product packaging. 99% of mobile apps should be web-apps. 100% of major business software packages should be local.
    Brian McKenzie
    22/11/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    A face only the creators could love......take a look at the Hysteria Make-App is creating by stripping off the cosmetics of the ordinary and celebs.
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    #1 Claire, you are correct. The general shift from the supply of discrete software that resides locally in your computer to the "supply of service" via a real-time internet connection is put sh$t. I loved Adobe Acrobat 9 which resided on my computer for a decade. Adobe Acrobat DC is anti-intuitive, confusing, cumbersome, and craps out every time you lose the WiFi or internet connection. I use AutoCAD 7 happily for years. I hate AutoCAD Mobile. And Word 365 is not anywhere as quick as Word use to be when it resided entirely on my machine. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/not-all-clouds-have-a-silver-lining
  3. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Architects I admire - Part 4 - John Lautner
    Architects I admire - Part 4 - John LautnerI wrote a rather tongue in cheek piece recently called Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age Fantasy where I picked out some of my favourite futuristic buildings from around the world.  Four Architects I came across made a point of specialising in...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #10 I do agree with your statement about designers keep rolling out variations of the same building. Even the most famous architects do that often.
    Thanks for the link. Interesting article indeed. Round building doesn't mean to have round rooms. Rooms layout can be identical to a conventional house, but rooms can have a beautiful panoramic view, something I especially appreciate.
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/11/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    @Jerry Fletcher - I would love to live or at least hang out in one of John Lautner's houses! Two of my favourites are the Segal House and the Stevens House - both are in Malibu, but at prices of $15M and $11M each they are definitely beyond my budget! Good luck with the downsizing - it's a chore moving, but downsizing is a whole different matter!

    Here's a video of the Steven's House which was recently bought by Edward Norton :-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doDDJnus8Es
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic for the kind words! I do love John Lautner's futuristic style - I will do a follow up piece sometime soon on the 'googie' style he pretty much started. It did lead to him having a temporary loss in popularity, but fortunately he bounced back! I also really admire him for the fact that every house he designed was completely different from the previous one. Far too many architects/designers these days have a cookie cutter approach to design and keep rolling out variations of the same building.

    I also love round buildings and have read that they are superior to conventional square/oblong shapes in terms of wind resistance - I am working on an idea in my head for wind resistant housing and of course a circular shape is superior.

    There's an interesting article I've just come across :- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-attia/squaring-the-circle_b_504592.html

    "The earliest structures built by all civilizations were round. And for good reason: Round structures require the least amount of material, and provide the greatest structural strength of any other form.

    Over time, as settlements’ densities increased, the circular geometry gave way to the rectangular (orthogonal) geometry, forgoing the circular floor plan’s advantages for the more compact arrangements (close packing) and easier manageability."
    Jerry Fletcher
    22/11/2017 #10 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Claire. If only I could afford to live in one of these marvelous places. Not to be. Going crazy with all the bureaucratic bullshit of downsizing from a 300 square foot home to an 800 sq ft condo is enough to warn me off moving into a masterpiece.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #2 A beautifully crafted article, Claire. You put a lot of time and effort into it. I like your series about great architects you admire. Every one of them has his own, signature style. The Elrod Residence is a real gem. Round buildings are unique in many aspects and so close to Mother Nature. Look forward to the next instalment.
    Claire L Cardwell
    21/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #7 @Ken Boddie - drones with water blasters sounds more like it! In fact I really think you are onto a money spinner there Ken! All those city centres with skyscrapers covered in acres of glass... We could also look at job creation with the pixies and imps - some of them no doubt could fly the drones for us!
    Ken Boddie
    21/11/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    #6 I sometimes worry about the future demise of the newspaper, Claire. I just can't see how we are going to use our scrunched up smart phones to clean glass. If your pixies and imps fail on the job then perhaps drones with water blasters might come in a poor third?
    Claire L Cardwell
    21/11/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 @Ken Boddie - ever the practical engineer! I did hear recently about 'self cleaning glass' - I don't know whether it's an urban myth or whether pixies and imps are seeking gainful employment...
    Ken Boddie
    21/11/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    #2 A magnificent feast for the eyes, Claire, but there go those "how the hell am I going to clean those" windows again! 😟
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    21/11/2017 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    SUPER BUZZ !!!
    Claire L Cardwell
    21/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    @Ken Boddie & @Lada 🏡 Prkic - some iconic engineering and architectural feats for you!
    Claire L Cardwell
    21/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    @Jerry Fletcher - here it is an article about John Lautner I thought you would like!
  4. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    21/11/2017
    Q&A@beBee with Lada Prkic
    Q&A@beBee with Lada PrkicImage credit: steveoatesblog - WordPress.comWith Q@beBee, I ask some of the most interesting people on this network 7 questions. The result, unedited, is the most fascinating answers. Q@beBee is an ongoing series that gives us the opportunity to...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    23/11/2017 #21 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #20 Dear Paul, the woman with a giant intellect thanks you and reciprocates the same to you. 😊
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2017 #20 Paul Walters
    @Sara Jacobovici . Thanks for an insightful insight into one of my favourites here on beBEE . The woman has a giant intellect!!!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #19 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #17 Yes, it's interesting how Sara's questions elicit so many different responses showing how each and every one of us is unique.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/11/2017 #18 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #16 Franci, although is hard to know who someone really is on social media, we can find out a great deal about someone through their activities, such as commenting or ... answering Sara's questions. :-)
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #17 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks, Sara, for another excellent addition of this buzzing series. It's always great to learn more about our fellow bees and I feel as if I know @Lada 🏡 Prkic even better already. Moreover, your questions always elicit such interesting responses. I'm looking forward to the next installment!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Love the interview, ladies. It's nice to know more about you @Lada 🏡 Prkic.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    21/11/2017 #15 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #14 Dear Tausif, what an eloquent comment. Thank you. I'm little tired of reading, as you say, sugar-coated statements. We can show gratitude or appreciation without exaggeration.
    Sara's questions helped me to get to know myself even better. :-)
    Tausif Mundrawala
    21/11/2017 #14 Tausif Mundrawala
    Since the day I have befriended you I have seen authenticity in your approach towards life rather than sugar-coating each and every statement. I agree with you that being a voracious reader I can't spell out the favourite book or an author because with every new discovery our benchmark of the best intrude us to read vast amounts of literary cornucopia available.

    A special thanks to @Sara Jacobovici who allows us to know our friends in a more better way which we otherwise wouldn't have known. I wish you luck for your future endeavours, my friend @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    21/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 Gert, you described me in a few words. :-) I always ask questions and try to live in the present (it doesn't work always).
    Debasish Majumder
    21/11/2017 #12 Debasish Majumder
    lovely buzz @Sara Jacobovici! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz madam.
    Heleci Ramirez
    21/11/2017 #11 Heleci Ramirez
    What a nice interview. I Will read the other ones. This is a nice way to know other bees.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/11/2017 #8 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #7 I experienced the same questions and I know what you are talking about Lada.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    21/11/2017 #7 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #2 Thank you, Ali. I have to thank Sara for giving me an opportunity to be interviewed for the first time. Although the questions seem simple, it's never easy to honestly introduce yourself.
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    21/11/2017 #6 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Dear @Sara Jacobovici.
    There is a hive called Q&A @ beBee with ...?
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    21/11/2017 #5 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    These interviews I share in

    https://www.bebee.com/group/bebee-entrevistas-y-bienvenidas

    It's great to know more about some bees, that I comment on sometimes, thank you for your work @Sara Jacobovici Close
    Gert Scholtz
    21/11/2017 #4 Gert Scholtz
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic Have a Turkish coffee, ask questions and "carpe diem"! Good to read your interview Lada, and thank you @Sara Jacobovici.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    21/11/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 Thank you, Pascal. I agree with you on non-thrill answers. :-)
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/11/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Enjoy the day both admirable ladies @Sara Jacobovici and @Lada 🏡 Prkic.
    I tend to agree with you Lada and it is not odd for me to read your quote "It may sound odd, but I'm still in the process of discovering my passions". Passions are dynamic and they evolve. Not all passions are of equal intensity and if they are living they grow and evolve.
    Great questions and answers
    Pascal Derrien
    21/11/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    oh I like those pragmatic and like minded no thrills answers well done you both :-)
  5. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    06/11/2017
    Taking the EziBuoy Challenge At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017
    Taking the EziBuoy Challenge At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017CHALLENGING MARINE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS TO DEFEAT THE EziBuoy MAGNETIC MOORING BUOY PICK-UP SYSTEM...November 5, 2017, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ― EziBouy Pty. Ltd of Perth, Australia introduced its innovative magnetic mooring buoy...
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    Phil Friedman
    09/11/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Thanks, @Randall Burns, for the kind words. Interesting that most people with some exposure to yachting have expressed a positive reaction. Cheers!
    Randall Burns
    09/11/2017 #13 Randall Burns
    Congrats! @Phil Friedman Great product and I'm sure that it will do well
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 Thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, for the good wishes. Yes, the "Challenge" was a really fun way to prove the point -- especially as I then got to buy everyone who participated a beer for being such a good sport. The campaign to introduce the EziBuoy system to the North American market has thus far been pretty successful.

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/content-copywriting-and-seo-a-quick-case-study
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2017 #11 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Phil, I like how you challenged participants by attempting to cause the magnetic couple to miss connecting. :-) I wish it was invented ten years ago when my husband had a boat. Good luck with the sale!
    Phil Friedman
    06/11/2017 #9 Phil Friedman
    #8 Thanks, @Charlene Norman, will private message you. Best.
    Charlene Norman
    06/11/2017 #8 Charlene Norman
    Go Phil Go! Let us know what we can do to help you up here in beautiful Canada! Seriously.
    Phil Friedman
    06/11/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, Susan, for the kind words and the share. I bet up where you live you can see some yachts laying to swing moorings. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    06/11/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    #5 Thank you, @Gert Scholtz, for the kind words and gesture. But the EziBuoy is the invention of Phil Golding of Perth, Australia and is manufactured by EziBuoy Pty Ltd, headed up by Phil and his wife Amanda Golding. I am sure, however, that there are some SA yachtsmen who keep their boats on a swinging mooring and who would find great benefit from the product. So if you run into any, please be sure to put them onto it. Cheers and thanks!
    Gert Scholtz
    06/11/2017 #5 Gert Scholtz
    @Phil Friedman Phil, this is so compelling I am buying myself an Ezibuoy - even thought I don't own a boat and live 500 miles from the sea! Great article - all the best with your invention and marketing.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    06/11/2017 #3 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    For those boaters in the Fort Lauderdale area -- go see!
    Phil Friedman
    06/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Thanks, @Jerry Fletcher, for the kind words. Cheers!
    Jerry Fletcher
    06/11/2017 #1 Jerry Fletcher
    Takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Nothing like a challenge and a demo to generate interest. Nice Work Phil!
  6. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Building Green?  How about a Rammed Earth Home?
    Building Green? How about a Rammed Earth Home? Building with Rammed earth (pise de terre) is an ancient method of building that has been dated back to around 7000 BC in Pakistan.  In Egypt the grain stores of Ramasseum built in 1300 BC still exist and parts of the Great Wall of China have...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    @Aleta Curry - I certainly did not know that parts of the Great Wall of China were built with rammed earth!
    Most people I work for are still stuck on the brick and mortar or concrete and it's a bit of a battle to get them to even think about using alternative building techniques. Council is also an issue, the best way is to put the plans through twice, once with conventional brick or concrete and then again with the alternative as you are actually building...
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #15 Aleta Curry
    Interesting! I had no idea so many famous places were made of rammed earth.
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #14 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee - this was supposed to be last saturday's post, but I got bogged down with it. I loved the concept of a rammed earth wall when I first heard about it, now I've seen them - I would love to design with one or even better own a rammed earth house!
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/11/2017 #13 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    great article - I love the colours and textures as well. I was in Tasmania a few years back and went into a rammed earth house it was amazing. It sounds great to do AND a bit complicated.
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins
    #11 Yes...The Mother of us all certainly has a way of getting the attention of her misbehaving children doesn't she?!?! It's been a very active storm season here in the US as well with two category 5 hurricanes hitting back to back on the Southern coast of Florida and the Islands...Hurricane Harvey flooding much of Texas and a massive earthquake in Mexico to boot finally shook us out our complacency...and then there's poor Puerto Rico decimated in the aftermath left to essentially fend for themselves for a long while before any kind of help arrived...This Country for sure has been on the radar for a HUGE wake up call for a long time...Let us hope we don't pull the covers back over our heads and fall asleep at the wheel again...
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    That's for sure @Cyndi wilkins! We've been having scares here in Joburg for the last few years now, earthquakes (partly caused by allowing the mines to flood), no frosts in our highveld winters for the last 4 or 5 years now, decreased rainfall, hotter (much hotter) summers and people STILL deny that climate change is not a fairy story - it's happening, right here, right now!

    About 3 weeks ago we had a major cloud burst, flash floods, hail and a tornado here in Joburg... I was driving home at the time praying that my little car would not stall - the water was over my wheel arches and that the hail would not break the windscreen. We are definitely not geared up for unusual weather up here!

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-10-10-storm-pummels-joburg/
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #10 Cyndi wilkins
    #8 Agreed...That is exactly what I meant by having a 'community mindset' and doing what we can in our own spheres of influence to help right the ship here and make a significant enough impact to correct some the damage already done by changing our ways and paying more attention to the natural order of things...We have tried to control the environment to the point of depletion...and perhaps our own extinction if we don't smarten up. Now Mother Nature is taking her life back...and it doesn't matter how much money you have if you are in the direct path of her 'cleaning house.' ...You know what they say...Hell hath no fury;-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Don Philpott☘️, have an awesome weekend!
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #6 Absolutely @Cyndi wilkins - and most of us aren't even slightly organised or forward thinking when it comes to climate change.

    How many times are we told to switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, not leave electrical equipment on standby? How many governments are making it easy to invest in alternative energy or even let's face it to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Do we really need to run that A/C 24/7?

    Why do people who live in areas that consistently flood not build houses on stilts? Why aren't round houses being considered an option in areas prone to high winds?

    Even though the powers that be - in what seems to be most countries in the world - are like Nero fiddling whilst Rome burnt ; we all have to take responsibility for our future and do our bit. The optimist in me used to say 'it's not too late' but we will all start really feeling the consequences of global warming soon - that is if we haven't noticed already. I am hoping that if we all take more responsibility we could at least slow climate change down or at least halt its progress.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Yedu, have an awesome weekend!
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #6 Cyndi wilkins
    That Grand Mosque of Djenne is the coolest sand castle I've ever seen! Thank you for this fascinating post @Claire L Cardwell...It would seem to me, at the rate we are exhausting our natural resources and destroying vital forests crucial to our own survival, (not to mention killing ourselves with chemicals) this would be a fabulous 'alternative therapy' with respect for Mother Nature and all she has provided...Imagine how cool the world would be if we were all living modestly and cultivating our own little corner of the world living a simple yet prosperous life with the community mindset of these ancient civilizations...

    The lost city of Atlantis was said to be an extremely advanced civilization that as it grew in power, began to lose sight of it's ethics...Sound familiar??? As Mother Natures punishment...the earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions ensued and the island disappeared into the sea...What goes around comes around...right?!?!
    Robert Cormack
    03/11/2017 #5 Robert Cormack
    Amazing stuff, @Claire L Cardwell. Thanks for educating me on rammed earth.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 I just love the colours and textures of rammed earth walls. I know if I lived in one I would be constantly stroking the walls!
    Gert Scholtz
    03/11/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Claire L Cardwell Very interesting Claire - thanks for posting. Amazing how old some of these ramned earth structure are - and how aesthetically pleasing the modern building look.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    @Ken Boddie @Lada 🏡 Prkic - rammed earth walls are nothing new, but wouldn't be great if we got to see more of these buildings?
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    I know I stated the other day that I was going to do a blog post every day no matter what... Well unfortunately life (and work with site visits all week) sometimes intervene. So it will be 2 x architecture blogs from me a day until I've caught up!
  7. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part One - The Dynamic Tower
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part One - The Dynamic TowerImagine watching the sunrise and then the sunset from the comfort of your hotel room....  Architect David Fisher has designed a 420 metre (1,378ft), 80 floor revolving skyscraper due to be built in Dubai - which will be known as the Dynamic Tower or...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #24 Claire L Cardwell
    #23 @Lada 🏡 Prkic - I saw that, it's not just planning regulations that have held up the project, it's structural issues, particularly the plumbing... It's an incredible concept and I would love to see it become a reality.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    28/10/2017 #23 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #22 The construction should have been started in 2008, but it didn't start yet. It says that even in Dubai such structure isn't easy to build. :-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #22 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    27/10/2017 #21 Lisa Vanderburg
    #20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
    You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA View more
    #20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
    You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA!! Close
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #20 Claire L Cardwell
    #15 @Lisa Vanderburg - I am not sure what a magnetised outer wall would do... I don't think magnets are very good for cellphones or complicated electronics... I must admit to being a bit of a 'clutter bug' and despite having yearly clean ups it doesn't take long for the mess (and missing keys etc.) to start creeping back....
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    27/10/2017 #19 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #18 Fit young man..triathlete and all! He's aiming for under 8 min next year. Senior record is 6.20! Many people walk it for fun...@Claire L Cardwell
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #18 Claire L Cardwell
    #17 Wow @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I think the staircase run is definitely beyond me... I can't believe how fast your son did it - that's truly amazing! Did he borrow Mercury's winged sandals by any chance?
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    27/10/2017 #17 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #13 Glad you liked these @Claire L Cardwell. The Torch is the hotel within Aspire Tower....we stay 5 min away from it.There is an annual staircase run up Aspire Tower..all 51 floors and 1100 steps.My son won the u18 section last year in 8 min 30 secs!
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I've also been in a rooftop restaurant that revolved (this was in Singapore - my folks lived there for a few years in the 80's). Like your Pier 66 Hotel the views were amazing and as a child I really enjoyed the novelty. I would love to see the Dynamic Tower in action and to find out how they managed to solve the structural issues that have dogged this project before it began.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    26/10/2017 #15 Lisa Vanderburg
    This is magnificence! I love engineering and architecture @Claire L Cardwell - I am smitten! The details you have offered us are just a tease...I want more!
    If it weren't for my husband who has metal in his brain and chest, I want one with magnets on the outer wall...can't lose stuff then :) What would a magnetized outer wall DO to such a building, just for curiosities sake?
    BTW, thanks for the share, I return because I adore this!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/10/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Truly fascinating, @Claire L Cardwell. I'm not too sure I would like some of the movement, even though I have been in a building where the top floor revolved but it wasn't nearly as tall as these buildings. No doubt, the views are breathtaking. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/tourism/fl-hyatt-pier-66-hotel-for-sale-20160203-story.html.
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #13 Claire L Cardwell
    #11 Wow @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I have just checked out these buildings and they are amazing - Tornado Tower definitely is a top contender for my Weird and Wonderful Buildings series. I love the exo-skeleton effect on the outside and the Navigation Tower reminds me of a very elongated ships prow.. The Aspire Tower (or The Torch) is also an incredible building!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #12 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Aspire Tower too - has a revolving restuarant at the top @Claire L Cardwell
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #11 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    I get dizzy just thinking about it @Claire L Cardwell! On a side note we have some architectually interesting buildings here in Doha too..not sure if you are aware of some of them. Zig Zag apartments; Tornado Tower, Navigation Tower (my office) etc.
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 Thanks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I don't think the building is moving fast enough to make the average human feel dizzy, but if you are incapacitated in some way then no doubt it could! As I said earlier to Susan Rooks, the main issue I have is getting off a lift (which obviously has a stationary floor) onto the moving floor - especially with luggage / furniture... would you have to step onto some sort of ramp/walkway that would 'catch up' with the rest of the building?
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #9 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Amazing @Claire L Cardwell.Would the rotation not lead to some dizziness for the occupants?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    26/10/2017 #8 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 Yup, @Claire L Cardwell, those were some of my thoughts! Gorgeous building, but ...
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 Thanks @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee ! It is a bit scary I have to admit.... currently the cost of construction is estimated at $350 million dollars, however I think the usual thumb suck add 15% onto the building costs and hope for the best is not going to apply with a building like this! So we shall see if it ever gets built....
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/10/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 Thanks @Paul Walters! Yes the promo video is very cheesy... couldn't resist posting it!
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/10/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell
    #2 Thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess - apparently one of the main problems is with the plumbing! I think the stairwells and elevator shafts would be in the central core, but my mind has started boggling with the idea of getting off a stationary lift / stairwell floor onto a moving floor... I know it's not going to be moving that fast, but even so....
  8. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    18/10/2017
    Looking Back at Previous Work - I
    Looking Back at Previous Work - IDESIGNED AND BUILT BACK IN THE 1980s, THIS STOUT 41-FOOT STEEL-BUILT SAILING YACHT WAS PART OF MY KODIAK CRUISER SERIES...Each year, as the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) approaches, I find myself scanning back...
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #21 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #20 Yes, I agree and there's a reason for classic designs continuing popularity, and that is good quality.
    Phil Friedman
    21/10/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #19 Yes, I think that too. For me, it's also true of automobiles, architecture, and clothes, as well as yachts and boats. Thank you for the kind words. Cheers!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #19 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    You should be proud, Phil. Classic designs are truly timeless. Cheers!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    20/10/2017 #18 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #14 Exactly! Hope this will change. I see beBee as a living organism that evolves and adapts to users needs. :-)
    Phil Friedman
    19/10/2017 #17 Phil Friedman
    #13 Thank you, @Jerry Fletcher, for saying so. I have to wonder, however, if it's us over-30s who can appreciate classic styling. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    19/10/2017 #16 Phil Friedman
    #15 Thank you, @Randall Burns, for saying so. Cheers!
    Randall Burns
    19/10/2017 #15 Randall Burns
    Beautiful boat @Phil Friedman, (Just love sailing)
    Phil Friedman
    19/10/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #12 Thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, for the share and the kind words. I too am concerned about the effect of the new restriction on sharing to hives. I don't understand why notifications cannot be restricted to Producer posts, while the hives remain open to short buzzes of the kind you prefer to do. That way, interesting and timely information could be flowed to beBee users via their membership in their hives of choice, while the direct connection between Producer authors and their followers could be sustained. Cheers!
    Jerry Fletcher
    19/10/2017 #13 Jerry Fletcher
    Phil, Great design is truly timeless.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    19/10/2017 #12 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Congrats, Phil. It looks like it was built recently and not 30-ish years ago.
    I shared this post in the Interesting Engineering ... hive.
    It's the first one I found suitable for the mentioned hive after recently introduced changes regarding quick buzzes. In all the industry-oriented hives of which I am a member, there are no new contents related to the intended hive topics.
    Phil Friedman
    19/10/2017 #11 Phil Friedman
    #10 Thank you, @Milos Djukic, for the good wishes and kind words. No, I am not surprised either. For fractal friends are self-similar.
    Milos Djukic
    19/10/2017 #10 Anonymous
    Fractals and Phil's yachts forever. Surprised? I am not. Cheers Mr No-Muzak, my friend.

    Best,
    Milos
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2017 #9 Phil Friedman
    #8 That works for me. Will look forward to it. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    18/10/2017 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 LOL, no danger of that. My wife has vetoed the last two items, building a boat from a bare hull and building a kit car. Both require an extended appropriation of the garage or the rental of a workspace.

    The Bucket List is as complete as it's gonna get.

    On another note, I plan to be in your neck of the woods in May. If your schedule allows for it, I'd love to buy you a coffee. What do you say, me, you, @Candice 🐝 Galek and whoever will be in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area?
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    #5 Me too, Harvey. But although I've built boats with my own hands "Alchemy" was not one of them. You can see the Kodiak Cruiser I built by and for myself at:

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/life-aboard-the-noka-part-i

    Thanks for reading and commenting... and for the kind words. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    #4 I'd be careful, Paul, to refill that bucket list with about a dozen additional items. I've been told that once the bucket list has been fully checked off, you likely check out. Don't know if that's true, but I am personally not taking any chances. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2017 #5 Harvey Lloyd
    I have always loved building stuff. This is a little or maybe in reality way out of my league. You must be proud of this design and accomplishment. I am amazed at your work and focus.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    18/10/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Nice! A well-built, well-maintained boat will outlive its owner.

    I often envy you, @Phil Friedman. Yacht design was my first choice of career. If I had zigged instead of zagged 42 years ago, who knows, we may have worked together.

    Building a yacht is one of the two things left on my Bucket List
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    Thanks, @Pascal Derrien, for the kind words.
    Pascal Derrien
    18/10/2017 #2 Pascal Derrien
    Nice to see this one has tested time with success who knows I may have seen it in Canada without knowing the great architect behind it :-)
  9. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    08/10/2017
    Quick Buzz Becoming the Producer Post  ► Concrete from Wood!
    Quick Buzz Becoming the Producer Post ► Concrete from Wood!According to the new changes on the beBee platform, a short buzz or a Quick Buzz, as named, will be distributed only to followers and won’t be shared in any hive. If you want to share a link or a picture into a specific hive, you need to write...
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    Phil Friedman
    10/10/2017 #45 Phil Friedman
    #42 Ah, Lada, now I understand even better. The WCC is not a significant structural contributor, but essential a surfacing layer and fire-spread resistant barrier. The high admisture of wood sawdust not only lightens the material but probably helps to minimize differential in coefficients of thermal expansion re the GLULAM and surfacing later.

    BTW, my share of your buzz on LinkedIn has already racked up nearly 1,400 views and significant engagement. Not bad at all in comparison to the reaction here -- especially when you factor in, what I call, the Reality Conversion Coefficient. Cheers!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    10/10/2017 #43 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #28 Sorry for the late response. I'm in the process of relocation. My office is moving to a different location in the city, and there is a lot of work to do.
    Phil, all such research activities are focused on the ecological aspects and finding alternatives to concrete. This method significantly reduces the quantity of concrete.
    The image in the post shows the testing process of the specimen consisting of glulam beams on the bottom and the WCC layer over.
    Also, very interesting is how two different materials are connected together to ensure distribution of loads but also a solid connection between WCC and timber.
    Placing WCC as the secondary (non-structural) layer met all requirements for fire resistance, acoustic and thermal insulation.
    As for the lack of the interest, I have nothing more to say. If I had a time, I'd share this myself with my community on LI. Thanks for doing so.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/10/2017 #41 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #39 @Kevin Baker well said! Hives are for producing honey!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/10/2017 #40 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #18 @Lada 🏡 Prkicpr this will last because it is indexed by Google :)
    Kevin Baker
    09/10/2017 #39 Kevin Baker
    Add more content about your subject not just fluff fill it
    Nick Mlatchkov
    09/10/2017 #38 Anonymous
    #14 And dead silence on my points from the Admins of beBee ...
    Tausif Mundrawala
    09/10/2017 #37 Tausif Mundrawala
    This technique should be transported to all the city dwellers in the world. It pains me to read and encounter incidents where a rear part or the entire building collapses due to the dilapidated condition of the structure. It would be of great use here in our city as well as maximum number of people gets killed by huge beams and concrete. Looking at this technology it would be of great help to be placed in dwellings which only uses mortar, concrete and iron beams. Even during any untoward incident people would be safe enough to escape with their lives intact.

    Thanks for this quick buzz of yours, my friend @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Joanne Gardocki
    09/10/2017 #36 Joanne Gardocki
    #33 #35 @Lada 🏡 Prkic and @Phil Friedman thank you both for answering questions and adding to my understanding. Much appreciated.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    09/10/2017 #35 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #33 Although a timber floor slab is claimed to provide a better feel underfoot than concrete floor slab, I never felt the difference on my joints. I've been living whole my life in houses with reinforced concrete slabs and wood floors over. For six years now, I've been working in a 100-years old building with timber floor slabs and what I sometimes feel are vibrations.
    To prevent stress on joints, perhaps you can install sleepers subfloor over a concrete slab.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    09/10/2017 #34 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic - 👍👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Phil Friedman
    09/10/2017 #33 Phil Friedman
    #32 Joanne, to answer your questions -- 1) epoxy polymers generally do better than polyesters re flammability, smoke generation, and toxic gasses. You are correct, however, that reaction to fire is of concern where polymers (plastics) are involved. Significant improvements can be made by adding inorganic materials to the resins, and in this regard, epoxies are much more tolerant of such additions as to potential modifications of their mechanical properties, which are in general much higher (by 10x on average) than those of polyesters. 2) If a slab floor is to be a "work floor" with people walking constantly upon it, the best way to deal with that is, in my experience, to add a resilient "top floor" over the slab. That can be as simple as rubber or vinyl matting or as sophisticated as a floating "gymnasium" style over-floor. Eh, @Lada 🏡 Prkic?
    Joanne Gardocki
    09/10/2017 #32 Joanne Gardocki
    #27 #28 #30 @Phil Friedman thank you for expanding on the engineering perspective. "Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?" Wouldn't the epoxy polimer make toxic fumes burning in a building fire? I would also think the profile under heat stress would be unstable and unpredictable in a fire situation, too. Finding your ideas very interesting.

    @Gerald Hecht shared a buzz back in July about a prototype for floating islands made of triangular web. I wonder if the floating wood cement mix blocks would make a good material for building on top? The article talks about the webs being able to withstand 50-foot waves. At the time, I couldn't imagine anything on top of the web being able to withstand those same 50-foot waves.

    Another question Phil, would you say the wood composit structual floor slabs would have more "give" and be easier on joints for people living and working on the floors? Just one day of standing on concrete floors has me stiff and sore. I can't imagine living in a home that put that kind of stress on my joints yet many housing units are made with concrete floors.

    Please tag me in the LinkedIn conversations when you share, Phil. I would love to listen while the topic is kicked around. Again, thank you for enriching the conversation.
    David B. Grinberg
    09/10/2017 #31 David B. Grinberg
    Lada, you provide an excellent example of leveraging the improvements to this platform to share buzz in hives via Producer. Kudos on your efforts and buzz on!
    Phil Friedman
    08/10/2017 #30 Phil Friedman
    PS- @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I do believe that the described WCC would be a great material for casting the blocks for the ubiquitous (to NorthAmerica) concrete block building construction. If lightweight blocks could be cast in WCC with self-aligning and self-locking tabs (like giant Legos), the reduced weight might make shipping from centralized manufacturing plants cost-feasible. Resulting in faster, higher-quality assembly on-site by lower-cost, lesser skilled labor. I like that idea a lot, especially in the area of affordable housing. Cheers!
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    08/10/2017 #29 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    Great!! ✌️
    Phil Friedman
    08/10/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    #23 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I've now looked at the additional articles listed at the end of the news piece and one of the things I see is that WCC is being used in composite members with engineered wood (GLULAM) in slab applications, for example as the structural floor slabs in a multi-storied warehouse.

    In such a case the GLULAM component is used on the bottom where flexure loading (beam bending) puts the GLULAM in tension, while the upper WCC component is placed in compression. This makes sense to me, as it takes the best advantage of the mechanical properties of the materials involved, including the better abrasion and fire resistance of the WCC vs wood.

    However, I still wonder why WCC instead of traditional reinforced concrete? Does the reduced structural weight allow a higher live-load bearing for the slab? Even though the upper WCC component will have a lower compressive strength vs reinforced concrete? Or could it be that the WCC component is a better match with the GLULAM component in terms of coefficient of thermal expansion?

    Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?

    The issues and questions are quite fascinating and I don't understand why so little interest is shown on beBee by the engineering community which appears to be large. I am going to share this to LinkedIn where I know from experience there are engineers who would love to kick around these questions and the research you point to. Cheers!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/10/2017 #27 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #25 I forgot to thank you for commenting both the Quick Buzz information and the main subject of the buzz, new wood concrete material. :-) Some other research on concrete wood are conducted in Canada.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/10/2017 #26 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Thanks for commenting, Joanne. I'm curious to see its large-scale application.
    Joanne Gardocki
    08/10/2017 #25 Joanne Gardocki
    Wow, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, thank you for sharing both the Quick Buzz information and the new wood concrete material. Should be interesting following durability and application testing. I wonder how long it will take to show up in the US.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/10/2017 #24 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #12 Thanks, Chas. I don't post often, but with the new rule, I think I'll post less because it takes time to write even such small post. But when you are in Rome...... :-)
    By the way, why the new profile photo? Is this some form of protest? :-)
  10. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    30/09/2017
    Engineering Talks No. 1
    Engineering Talks No. 1The purpose of this new series of posts is to bring attention to posts about Engineering with emphasis on Civil Engineering which is my field of interest. My profession is exciting because you can see how the result of your work grows daily, whether...
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    Ignacio Orna
    08/10/2017 #4 Ignacio Orna
    Incredible. The building on the sticks.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    01/10/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #2 Thank you, Debasish for reading (and sharing, too). I also found the post about ethics in construction very relevant. It's a timely topic applicable not only to civil engineering.
    Debasish Majumder
    01/10/2017 #2 Debasish Majumder
    nice buzz about civil engineering which focused on ethical issue @Lada 🏡 Prkic. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    30/09/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Cc: @Sahba Naderi, @Phil Stephenson, @Paul Netscher, you are mentioned in this post.
  11. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    27/09/2017
    When it comes to status updates on LinkedIn, my experience is that there are no rules for boosting visibility. It's all about content. Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    30/09/2017 #20 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    #19 thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic for sharing the link. I had no idea that a house can removed at the foundation. This is pretty interesting!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    30/09/2017 #19 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #18 Thanks, Proma. There is a slight difference between relocating a house and tree. :-) A house detaches from the foundation before moving to a new location, and a tree is relocating with the roots.
    Here is the link to a video where you can see the process of relocating a historic house, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmVIKKjj0HE
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    28/09/2017 #18 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Wow, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, this is impressive. Both, the number of views and the building on wheels. I was wondering how do they manage to uproot an entire building given the foundation of buildings are pretty strong and deep-rooted. Won't it be like uprooting an entire tree, or rather 15-20 trees?!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    28/09/2017 #17 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #16 Yes! Also, amazes the number of structural relocations in the US. According to some data 40,000 houses were moved in 2014.
    Harvey Lloyd
    28/09/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd
    The most amazing thing for me in the photo is mans ability overcome obstacles. Only a short time ago this was considered impossible. Go Humans:)
    Kevin Baker
    28/09/2017 #15 Kevin Baker
    #13 Singular focus brings loyal fans. , I want to drive the truck that moves it.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    28/09/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #10 Thank you for twitting and for liking on both platforms, Franci. :-) As I said, there are no rules. On some of my other LI posts, the number of views is even higher than on this update.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    28/09/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #11 I do not post such content often. It passes for several weeks between two status updates. I only post when I found something interesting related to my field (civil engineering).
    Kevin Baker
    28/09/2017 #11 Kevin Baker
    If you post a lot of new content, this makes any platform popular in the search engines. All management pays little to elsewhere
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/09/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Amazing, both the photo and the number of your views. I added my "like"!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/09/2017 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #8 Glad to know that, Bill. Positive feedback is what makes the whole process worth the effort. Thank you!
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    27/09/2017 #8 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    WOW, that a huge building Lada! You do wonderful posts that I enjoy to ready very much!!!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/09/2017 #7 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #6 Phil, I feel so honoured by your comment. The same goes for you. You're right, it's also about the person who posts the update. 😊
    Phil Friedman
    27/09/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic, all other factors held equal, it's always about content. But if you hold the quality and appeal of the content constant, then it becomes about other factors. In your case, seeing your name and face are enough for me because I know the piece will be interesting and worth reading. And that if I'm moved to comment, the response will be open, intelligent, and interesting as well. So, I guess it's fair to say it's also always about the person posting the update. Cheers! :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/09/2017 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 Thanks, Javier. :-)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    27/09/2017 #4 Javier 🐝 beBee
    you got another LIKE ;-)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    27/09/2017 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic that is amazing !
  12. ProducerLinda Adams

    Linda Adams

    21/09/2017
    What is digital signage?
    What is digital signage?There are hundreds of notice boards in offices, community centres, cinemas, doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, and other places, on a whole host of topics, covering Health & Safety, menus, opening times and other information.What is digital...
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    Linda Adams
    22/09/2017 #2 Linda Adams
    #1 You are very welcome Jerry. I try to add a variety of topical articles. More here if you're interested (read on line) http://www.teachingtechnology.co.uk/corporate/teaching-technology-corporate.html
    Jerry Fletcher
    22/09/2017 #1 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Linda, Nice to know about a new way to handle signage.
  13. Linda Adams

    Linda Adams

    21/09/2017
    Having attended a short course at a local university, meeting other businesses, I was amazed that only 1 participant knew what digital signage was. Yet there are display screens advertising, informing and entertaining in public areas, from schools, libraries, shopping malls, high street stores, airports, outdoor theme parks etc. This course promoted me to write a feature titled, What is digital signage?
    Linda Adams
    What is digital signage?
    www.bebee.com There are hundreds of notice boards in offices, community centres, cinemas, doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, and other places, on a whole...
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  14. Alejandro Muñoz Fonttz
    What is an ATC?

    #airports #infrastructure #iata #faa #icao
    Alejandro Muñoz Fonttz
    Air traffic control - Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org
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  15. Alejandro Muñoz Fonttz
    What is a SAG Mill?
    https://lnkd.in/ezXevXE?lipi=urn:li:page:d_flagship3_profile_view_base_recent_activity_details_shares;ArxhOPrBSHuNwZgq5VvEZg==
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  16. ProducerFran 🐝 Brizzolis
    Omega Speedmaster Professional: The Moon Watch
    Omega Speedmaster Professional: The Moon Watch1957 – 2017                                     The story behind the legend The origins The Speedmaster was born in 1957 as an evolution of the Seamaster cronos. As a novelty, it is...
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    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    19/09/2017 #29 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #26 #27 Thank you so much @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc..... You are incredible... Thanks a lot
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    19/09/2017 #28 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👥ed🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    19/09/2017 #26 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this should become a book, love it @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis. This reads wonderful: "What made it possible to transform the watch from a simple superlative chronograph to the ultimate astronauts' clock was the web of a scriptwriter's dreams - a mixture of conventional procedures of technical acquisition, happy chance and luck."
    Claire L Cardwell
    17/09/2017 #25 Claire L Cardwell
    Very interesting post @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis!
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    16/09/2017 #24 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    Yes Bengt... I think so... It is masterpiece
    Bengt Hahlin
    16/09/2017 #23 Bengt Hahlin
    Hi Fran,
    That is beautiful engineering and craftsmanship at work
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    16/09/2017 #22 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #21 You're welvome @Gert Scholtz... Thank you so much...
    Gert Scholtz
    16/09/2017 #21 Gert Scholtz
    @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis A "timeless" piece which is well researched and set out. The rich history, artistry, and engineering behind the Omega Speedmaster -I enjoyed reading this classic post - thank you Fran.
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    16/09/2017 #19 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #18 Thank you so much @Francisco Lopez.
    Francisco Lopez
    16/09/2017 #18 Francisco Lopez
    Interesting, well researched.
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    16/09/2017 #16 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #13 Thank you very much @Lada 🏡 Prkic You are right, the writing of an article of these characteristics requires a great effort, both to be objective and rigorous with the data, and to express them in a way that the public can easily understand. It is a pride for me that you are welcoming my article and my work, and this encourages me to continue looking for interesting topics to write about... I think you could even make a film about this watch and its history...
    In any case, it has been a pleasure to be able to write it, and I sincerely believe that beBee and its bees deserve no less.... I only hope and desire, that you have liked it very much, and I hope that it has also taught you something.
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    16/09/2017 #15 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #14 Como ya he dicho en alguna ocasión... Esa era la idea, hablar un poco de toda la historia de este reloj, que es justamente lo que lo hace grande y lo diferencia del resto... Pero desde luego, la creación de un reloj mecánico, con este nivel de precisión y excelencia, es hoy en día, en estos tiempos de tecnología, robótica, e inteligencia artificial, sin duda uno de los trabajos más difíciles que podamos imaginar... Y los astronautas de la NASA siguen utilizando este reloj, como uno de sus equipamientos vitales e imprescindibles... El control y la medición del tiempo es vital en el espacio... Y los aparatos electrónicos, son mucho más vulnerables, de lo que podamos pensar, a la exposicion a eventos inesperados que pudieran ocurrir en elespacio exterior.

    #14 As I have already said on occasion... That was the idea, to talk a little bit about the whole history of this watch, which is precisely what makes it great and differentiates it from the rest.... But of course, the creation of a mechanical watch, with this level of precision and excellence, is nowadays, in these times of technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, undoubtedly one of the most difficult works we can imagine... And NASA astronauts continue to use this watch, as one of their vital and essential equipment.... The control and measurement of time is vital in space... And electronic devices are much more vulnerable than we might think, to exposure to unexpected events that may occur in outer space.
    Francisco Jose  🐝 Paredes Pérez Global Brand Ambassador
    16/09/2017 #14 Francisco Jose 🐝 Paredes Pérez Global Brand Ambassador
    @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis de nuevo impresionante trabajo. Gracias por enseñarme esto, que no tenía ni idea. Enhorabuena
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    16/09/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Fran, I have to commend the enormous effort you put into making this serious and beautifully crafted article. It required a lot of time and research to bring all the data together. I'm familiar with writing such articles.
    The topic itself is more than interesting. The article is worth time for reading and rereading.
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    15/09/2017 #12 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #9 Me a Citizen jajaja
    Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    15/09/2017 #11 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis
    #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Forgive me all for English, it's been a long time since I've practiced it, and I have something rusty.... The translation of the "special vocabulary used in watchmaking" is probably not correct.

    My apologies for the "responsive" that has moved part of the text and photos on smarphones or tablets...

    beBee is already correcting it for the new version, I ask for a little patience.

    Thank you very much for the welcome you are giving to this article, I think it is undoubtedly an important part of space history, and the history of Omega.

    I hope you like it very much, and you can enjoy reading it.
  17. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    14/09/2017
    Geometry Meets Music: The Philips Pavilion
    Geometry Meets Music: The Philips PavilionGeometry is not cold and dry. It is fascinating and inspiring.  The famous Philips Pavilion was a temporary structure designed for Expo '58 in Brussels. The design was done by Le Corbusier in collaboration with Iannis Xenakis, an architect,...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #17 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #16 Thanks, Yoogesh. Math is behind everything. BTW I like your ode to math. :-)
    Yogesh Sukal
    11/11/2017 #16 Yogesh Sukal
    wow , brilliant piece of engineering. Enjoyed the story and technical details behind it. Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic

    or I say
    Geometry Meets Music through the math:)
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@yogesh-sukal/oh-dear-math

    Hope you like it.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    17/09/2017 #15 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #10 Always glad to hear from you, Dilma, here and on LI.
    Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    16/09/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #9 Jerry, I thank both of you for taking the time to read the post. This structure fascinates me in many ways. The butterfly form of a hyperbolic paraboloid had been used with such ingenuity. And the construction process is amazing.
    Using sand hills as moulds for precast concrete slabs is another ingenious Xenakis's solution.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    15/09/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #8 Good comment, Ken. I read that the reactions of the visitors to what they experienced inside the pavilion ranged from fear to awe. In 1958 no one had ever seen anything like this. The whole concept could also be seen through the post-war era pink lenses.
    I also wonder would people queuing for hours today to experience the Poème Électroniqe.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    15/09/2017 #12 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #6 #7 Thank you, both Kevin and Gert. Writing about interesting construction projects is my way of relaxing on social media. I'm glad I found an audience. :-)
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    15/09/2017 #10 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    wow! astonishing, my friend!thanks for sharing
    Jerry Fletcher
    15/09/2017 #9 Jerry Fletcher
    Thank you for this Lada. I'm passing it along to my daughter who is an engineer who studied concrete with an expert at Washington University in St. Louis. The beauty of the forms possible through pushing the limits of geometry appeal to me every time I see them.
    Ken Boddie
    15/09/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    As a child of the 1950s I can only imagine how visitors must have reacted to this Poème Électroniqe, with its walk through time, it's stark reality of potential destruction and its occasional glimpses of hope, in a post war world where minds were still numbed by man's inhumanity to man. I can't help but wonder how this would be portrayed today and how visitors would react.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/09/2017 #7 Gert Scholtz
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic Amazing architectural history of sixty years ago. A great pity that it was taken down. Thanks for posting Lada - a fascinating piece.
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/09/2017 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    Fascinating and beautiful Lada. Thanks for posting this!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    14/09/2017 #4 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #3 Thank you @Ana-Maria. I'm glad you discovered my post on Producer and even more that you found it worth sharing. Thanks again.
    Ana-María Llácer Sánchez
    14/09/2017 #3 Anonymous
    Thanks for the post, I was delighted to discover Geometry Meets Music: The Philips Pavilion.
    Shared.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    14/09/2017 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 Indeed! Perhaps I am boring for my fascination with geometry. :-) This structure is more than just compound of geometric forms.
    Pascal Derrien
    14/09/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Fascinating work 😀
  18. ProducerJim Cross

    Jim Cross

    12/09/2017
    Unusual Cleaning Projects From Around The World
    Unusual Cleaning Projects From Around The WorldWashing dishes, washing clothes, cleaning windows - we are often overwhelmed by our own household cleaning regimes. However, imagine being responsible for the cleanliness of tourist sights and public places - unimaginable! I am, frankly, amazed by...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    13/09/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I'm glad to see an article on the industry that is often in the background. Cleaning windows on high-rises require as you said a big bucket of courage and I always admire those people who perform such dangerous job on windy heights.
  19. Claire L Cardwell
    Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen
    Industrial agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions – but what if there was a way to sustainably produce food while solving some of the world’s toughest environmental problems? That’s what the folks at SPACE10, a Copenhagen-based future-living lab, tackled with the futuristic Algae Dome, a four-meter-tall food-producing building that pumps out oxygen in a closed-loop system. Powered by solar energy, the Algae Dome is a sustainable and hyper-local food system that can pop up almost anywhere with minimal impact on the environment.
    http://inhabitat.com/incredible-algae-dome-absorbs-sunshine-and-co2-to-produce-superfood-and-oxygen/
    Claire L Cardwell
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    Claire L Cardwell
    11/09/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Simone Luise Hardt!
    Claire L Cardwell
    11/09/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 Hi @Lada 🏡 Prkic - let's hope that these technologies become accepted and are the norm rather than the exception. Have an awesome week!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/09/2017 #4 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 Great share as always, Claire. It will be interesting to see how many technologies like this one will come to life in near future.
    Don Philpott☘️
    10/09/2017 #3 Don Philpott☘️
    #2 It's cool stuff - thanking You!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Don Philpott☘️!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic - thought you would like this one!
  20. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    World's Tallest Sandcastles
    World's Tallest SandcastlesThe Guinness World Record for the World's Tallest Sandcastle record has just been beaten.  The Sandcastle is in Duisburg, Germany and was commissioned by Schaunisland-Reisen a German Tour Company.  It is 16.58m (54.72ft) beating the previous record...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    10/09/2017 #21 Claire L Cardwell
    #20 Thanks @🐝 Fatima G. Williams - I also loved playing in the sand and the dirt and would love to see one of these 'Sandscrapers' being built.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    09/09/2017 #20 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #19 I forgot to tell you I loved the compilation you put up. Child hood memories. ☺
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #19 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the shares @🐝 Fatima G. Williams & Yedo - much appreciated.
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #18 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lance 🐝 Scoular!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #17 Claire L Cardwell
    #12 Thanks @Lance 🐝 Scoular! Enjoy your weekend!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    #13 Thank you @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. - glad you enjoyed it! A bit of Friday fun!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell
    #11 I was also thinking of the buddhist mandalas that are made out of butter @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris! That's why you got such a philosophical answer! Enjoy your weekend!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    09/09/2017 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    beating records = continuous improvement
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    09/09/2017 #13 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    it is stunning what people can create, beautiful post!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    09/09/2017 #12 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    🥚cellent Article @Claire L Cardwellcla

    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    09/09/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    #9 True. Much like the mandalas that monks make in the Budhist temples. My original comment was meant as a joke (it's Friday, after all!) ☺
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    #6 Zacharias - you have a point there, I think the whole idea was to create something ephemeral and to have some fun. When it comes down to it nothing is permanent; in my opinion the Sandcastles are an embodiment of this.
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #5 Thanks @Moi Kliniger! You have an awesome weekend too!
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/09/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 I also like Ted Siebert's one the best @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    08/09/2017 #6 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Beautiful as these sculptures are, I think their creators didn't exactly grasp the meaning of the expression "build castles in the sand" which I think is referring to doing something futile.
    Moi Kliniger
    08/09/2017 #5 Anonymous
    This is fantastic Claire :) Happy weekend!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/09/2017 #4 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Amazing artworks! The Ted Siebert's Sandcastle is my favourite. Sadly, they are only temporary.
    Gert Scholtz
    08/09/2017 #2 Gert Scholtz
    @Claire L Cardwell Interesting and entertaining post Claire - thanks.
  21. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    08/09/2017
    ROTUNDA IN SHANGAI
    This circular intersection has a pedestrian bridge in the form of another, raised rotunda (roundabout). It's a smart engineering solution. The bridge is 5.5 meter high and can fit 15 people walking side by side.
    Where else than in China. :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    09/09/2017 #7 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #6 Unfortunately, almost everything looks better from the air. Some places we visited and didn't impress us, look stunning in the aerial shots.
    Ken, I wish I could travel more and see in live all these structures I read about.
    Ken Boddie
    09/09/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    It's a small world, Lada. My wife and I stayed only a short distance from this elevated pedestrian people-way, when we kicked off our tour of China a couple of years back in Shanghai. I must admit that it looks even more impressive in this aerial shot, after you remove the traffic fumes and general noise at ground level.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/09/2017 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 Good analogy. :-)
    Kevin Baker
    08/09/2017 #4 Kevin Baker
    #2 don't let the minnows swim with the sharks
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/09/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 I enjoy looking at the pictures of this great structure constructed in 2011. Thanks for sharing, Claire.
    It is one of the great ideas turned into reality.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    08/09/2017 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Thank you for sharing @Kevin Baker. I'm in awe with such smart engineering solution that combines attractive design with environmental requirements.
    Claire L Cardwell
    08/09/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    What a great idea! Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
  22. Claire L Cardwell
    Smart Surface Technologies Could Save DC $5 Billion.
    A recent study says that smart surface technologies could save Washington, D.C. $5 billion over 40 years. The report, Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that smart surface technologies could provide.

    “How cities manage the sunlight and rain that falls on them has a huge impact on inhabitants’ health and quality of life,” the report begins. “But city leaders and planners generally do not manage or even think about their city’s rain and sun in a systematic way and, as a result, mismanage or undermanage these two great natural gifts. This mismanagement costs cities billions of dollars in unnecessary health, energy-, and stormwater-related costs, degrades city comfort, livability and resilience, and contributes to climate change.”

    Smart surface technologies include the use of green roofs, cool roofs, photovoltaics, and porous pavements.
    https://greenbuildingelements.com/2017/01/04/smart-surface-technologies-could-save-billion/
    Claire L Cardwell
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    02/09/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Claire, besides the green roof technology that is my favourite, I see permeable concrete or pervious concrete used for pavements as an important application for groundwater recharging.
    As for green roofs and rooftops solar panels that are environmentally friendly and offer so many benefits, they also can create the potential fire risks.
  23. ProducerDebesh Choudhury
    Artificial Sun Light
    Artificial Sun LightCan we have an artificial source of light like the Sun? Most probably not. It may not be possible. But we can think of an artificial light source with Sun light like colors. It is very much possible that the spectral emission of a light source may...
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    Netta Virtanen
    12/10/2017 #12 Netta Virtanen
    Interesting @Debesh Choudhury. Light is so important in our life, and those annoyingly bright lights we often find would be much better replaced with these advanced XED lights.
    Debesh Choudhury
    01/09/2017 #11 Debesh Choudhury
    #8 Thanks @Lada 🏡 Prkic for your valuable time to write a comment
    Debesh Choudhury
    01/09/2017 #10 Debesh Choudhury
    #7 Thanks @Martin Wright for your valuable time to write a comment
    Debesh Choudhury
    01/09/2017 #9 Debesh Choudhury
    #6 Thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for your valuable time to write a comment
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    27/08/2017 #8 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Debesh, thank you for this informative article with many links to explore. I also read about the hazards of blue emissions in LEDs. XED technology could be the right alternative.
    Martin Wright
    26/08/2017 #7 Martin Wright
    Thank you for illuminating us about this lighting development. It is difficult to replicate sunlight due to its unique light signature. If we were orbiting a different star our colour palette would be different.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/08/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    This is a fascinating topic, @Debesh Choudhury, and thank you for the education on XED. I had no knowledge about this until I read your post, and it seems XED can be most beneficial for the future.
    Debesh Choudhury
    26/08/2017 #5 Debesh Choudhury
    #1 @David B. Grinberg Thanks a lot for joining and suggesting many interesting things .. I agree with you "LinkedIn + beBee" is the right choice. We have some plan about Ulfuencing recently
    Debesh Choudhury
    26/08/2017 #3 Debesh Choudhury
    #2 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, thank you for giving a new direction .. I have yet to see about "Seasonal affective disorde"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/08/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Nice to see a buzz on here from you @Debesh Choudhury! Is XED lighting the same lighting they use for Seasonal affective disorder?
    David B. Grinberg
    26/08/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Nice reading your writing here, Debesh. Thanks for a buzzing blog post filled with interesting information. And remember: LinkedIn vs. beBee is NOT an either/or proposition. Rather, it just makes good sense to leverage both platforms for social marketing to expand your audience and amplify your message. I think you would agree that blogging on LinkedIn is not what it used to BEE. However, engagement and user satisfaction, especially for blogging, are higher here. That's something to shine a light on!
    Have you experimented with creating a hive here? Why not have "The Unfluencers" buzzing at beBee too? Thanks for considering this, kind sir, and please keep buzzing on beBee!
    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @John White, MBA @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
  24. ProducerJim Cross

    Jim Cross

    24/08/2017
    The City of Tomorrow: Technology and Digital Services For The Climate
    The City of Tomorrow: Technology and Digital Services For The ClimateWith 75% of the world's population estimated to be living in cities in 2050, our metropolis environments are more than ever at the heart of the evolution of society ... The sophistication of technologies, the growing control of digital data...
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    Lyon Brave
    25/08/2017 #2 Lyon Brave
    The SMART NATION. This is exciting and stuff.
    Ken Boddie
    25/08/2017 #1 Ken Boddie
    Interesting and informative post, Jim. The efficient management of traffic and innovative solutions to our energy crisis are certainly high on the agenda of our survival and the planet's survival. Now we just need to curb our reproduction or .....
  25. Claire L Cardwell
    First designed for Burning Man, foldable Shiftpods now shelter refugees around the world.
    The 70,000 people that venture each year to Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada need shelters that will protect them from the elements – and refugees worldwide need them even more. Christian Weber, who has been going to the desert festival for over 20 years, decided there had to be a better way than the fragile old hexayurts that were hard to assemble. So he designed foldable Shiftpods that provide warmth and safety for displaced people all over the world.
    Weber designed a shelter that can fold up into one piece. Shiftpods are insulated and tall enough for most people to stand up inside. It also stands up to wind – in a recent test at John Brown University the shelter didn’t blow away until winds from a giant fan placed by the Shiftpod reached 109 miles per hour. ASSI recently started offering their Shiftpod 2.0, which weighs 64 pounds. When it’s popped open, it offers 12.5 feet by 12.5 feet by six feet and ten inches of space. Folded up, it’s 76 by 13 by 13 inches. It costs $1,499.99.
    http://inhabitat.com/first-designed-for-burning-man-foldable-shiftpods-now-shelter-refugees-around-the-world/
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