- Richard Branson is great - do you know that I borrowed five pounds from him in 02/03..... I think the interest will be interesting. Basically in order to pay back the debt I need to become - a regular traveller on the Joburg to Baton Rouge flight....
- In my opinion - the best album out there out the momentCOLDPLAY - A Head Full of Dreams Tour (Great Audio Dolby Digital) COLDPLAY - AHFOD Tour Full Concert (2016, Sep USA, 720 HD) SETLIST: 1. A Head Full of Dreams 2. 04:20 Yellow 3. 09:10 Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall 4. 13:25...
- Producer19/06/2017Redheads and their MothersRedheads have seriously scarey (sp - it's my version of the word). I mean really really frightening mothers.....The fathers are all outrageously good looking dark haired men. Very very very good looking. It is rumoured that these men spend a lot...
Comments20/06/2017 #46 Claire L CardwellLouise - I will temporarly change my profile pic to the one where I was sitting with 7-9 month Lioness Cubs. The cub lying in front of me climbed a tree in a major thunderstorm - fell out and broke 3 legs. She is fine, but I made sure that it would never ever happen again.20/06/2017 #44 Louise Smith#39 Sounds like it works out ok and you feel like you have professional support !
"As a therapist - I am a reiki master that only practices on animals" that's great what are some of your best successes?
" I design spaces so that people are more comfortable/happy at home." I looked at your FB page - you are an architect?
I'd like to build a green totally off the grid sustainable house one day !20/06/2017 #42 ☘️Don Philpott#41 Subtle, avoid insulting the small, thin skinned, pasty faced ones, by throwing the larger group of handsome, tall Aryans under the bus...you know that old psychology question about being in a truck with no brakes and having to decide on the lesser of two weevils;) - stole that joke from Russel Crowe20/06/2017 #39 Claire L Cardwell#37 Louise - I just go and get my script so he can see I am still alive. I do sometimes check in for a few days to chat to him and my psychologist every day for 3-5 days. So from my side - it's chat to professional people who really do care about you. As a therapist - I am a reiki master that only practices on animals and I design spaces so that people are more comfortable/happy at home.20/06/2017 #38 Claire L Cardwell#36 No Louise - I will make it much much worse. I will tell him that I've started reading brain physiology stuff and that there is nothing wrong with me.... And that your idea was in fact mine. Yup - someone with no medical training whatsoever feels that she knows more than you (sans google).20/06/2017 #35 Claire L Cardwell#34 Hi Louise - this is great - I am going to print this out and hand it in to my shrink - I have been in therapy since 2005 this time. I was wondering why I hadn't 'got better'. Inkblots. The one set of cards that I am not allowed to play with. I always take a few souvenirs and add my 'tag' to them and stick them up on the fridge.,20/06/2017 #34 Louise SmithHi @Claire L Cardwell
Please don't go into Psychoanalysis....... You will never get out !
(Sigmund Freud often compared psychoanalysis to an archeological dig. In his day psychoanalysts saw their patients 6 times a week!)
Oliver Saks went for more than 46 years
If you are an artist you prob do well with the Inkblots.
Free Association is well demonstrated in your buzz above.
I can definitely see that resistance, transference and defence mechanisms are well developed.
Dreams are not a challenge to you either.
So maybe you don't need it !20/06/2017 #29 Gerald Hecht#24 @Claire L Cardwell That's so weird...I can't imagine anyone with the hubris (is that spelled right? It might be chutzpah...something like that) thinking they could get away alive after phoning into your phone thingie...wow; well I'm sure you explained the nature of their transgression with tact, swiftness, and umm --you know those things that people in decent societies are expected to be well versed in...like batmitten, croquet and cool junk like that...polo...19/06/2017 #28 Claire L Cardwell#17 I love 1940s European dual function chandeliers - electric and fire that lower down so you can clean them, had an argument with a builder who couldn't conceptialise this proposal. He simply didn't understand why I would rather lower the chandelier and not take the equally fun option of scaffolding. SA Scaffolding is not as fun as the old UK one.
- 18/06/2017Fernando Alonso with his incredibly beautiful wife. His son Sebastian. The bun in the oven was a little girl. Seriously beautiful baby. The last time I saw them as a family. I told them - sorry the baby has to stay with me for a few days.... Well that didn't work, I actually was not allowed to kidnap Fernando's children. Sebastian is uber cool. He is a football nut.
- Producer23/05/2017Work and Leisure - "Why would I pay you to be on Facebook all day?"A few years ago I started working in the digital marketing field. I explained to my wife at the time (she is still my wife, only the time has moved on) that this form of business advertising would replace brick and mortar advertising quite...
Comments28/05/2017 #12 Sarah ElkinsOur education system seems - finally - to be recognizing the value of playtime for children, though it stops at middle school. When will our corporate and public sector puppet masters recognize the importance of leisure time in our global communities? Good article, Don.28/05/2017 #11 Sarah ElkinsGreat rant, Don, and totally relatable. Thanks to @Alan Culler for tagging me in his comment. I had a similar conversation with my current boss when I started 4+ years ago. "Why would I pay someone to play on FB all day?" As the first-ever public affairs person for this small city in Montana, USA, I explained that I needed access to FB, at a minimum to monitor what was being said about our local government, and eventually to create our own page in order to better engage our community. It took me 4 months. We're getting there, slowly, but the understanding of the value of engaging online is limited.
I'm ready to get into this discussion of leisure time and it's important role in our community, economic, social and personal health. What's next?27/05/2017 #9 Alan Culler@Don Philpott
Lots of great ideas
Leisure vs. work -my late nephew a brewer used to say " Uncle Alan, I can't believe they pay me to do this." - on good days I feel that way.
On the need for leisure: recreation is re-creation.
On the blood-sucking, soul-sucking, capitalist economy and the education system, military, and job-hiring, training, that keeps good people poor and slime buckets rich- ultimately we all work for ourselves- once I realized that I could feel oppressed by my boss (me) only on alternate days😎
On social media's place in the world of business- connections have always been a part of business- but it's more than clicks- see @Sarah Elkins No Longer Virtual.
Thanks for the inspiration, Don.24/05/2017 #8 ☘️Don Philpott#6 Hi Gert, Social/Media/Leisure - tough to define. Maybe that is the thrill. Its still evolving, shaping, growing and taking on form. The second question is key too. I got fired one time on the basis of a penguin on my LinkedIn headline (and blocking the guy who fired me:)...so there is a definite reality/virtuality crossover. Networking is a key part of the social experience - that is a given. A topical point is that here on Bebee people are "more real" in the comments than in YouTube, for example, so as usual the medium is (at least partly), the message. Its a huge topic, and getting bigger. Lets enjoy the ride!24/05/2017 #7 ☘️Don Philpott#5 Hi Harvey, I saw your post, then my internet skipped a beat:) Fair points all - I am counting on Murphys Law, youth being feckless and carefree + all the people who for many reasons build the network as openly and fairly as possible. As a sage American once said - "can't fool all the people, all the time."24/05/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz#4 @☘️Don Philpott My pleasure Don. I find your post very thought provoking. When is social media leisure and to what extent is it part of work? What is leisure and how has it changed over the last decades? Does enhancing social connectivity count as pure leisure, or is it part of expanding work interests? None of these questions I have a good answer to, as I think these are evolving concepts. But interesting to think about it. Thanks for a good post.24/05/2017 #5 Harvey LloydWow great piece of writing and concepts. I enjoyed your foray to the edge of corporate and personal existence. My thought has always been that groupthink always looks for ways to shorten the distance between A-B. In a vacuum the ideas may sound plausible. Unfortunately in the real world things rarely track in a straight line. Murphy's law, humanity and the law of unintended consequences exist at all times.
The group think has a huge investment in what they create, they are "bought in". When the reality laws come into play then they must find some reason for its diminished returns. This usually is found in productivity issues. I do agree with the thought but in the reality, the group thinkers, set a schedule that didn't allow folks to live through the bell curve of success.
Interestingly the fulfillment of the group thinkers and implementers is the demise of leisure for others. Clearly a disconnect has formed between the creators and executors.
- Producer16/06/2017Radio SilenceI guess to those that don't really know me, it's difficult to understand why at times when I am building a following I go offline for a few months. Anyway this is why. And to those I have dropped the ball with, both professionally and personally -...
Comments18/06/2017 #10 Ken BoddieThanks for sharing your pain, Claire, and for letting us, your social media friends, catch a glimpse of your individual challenges. I hope that SM can perhaps help you with a distraction from your challenges and that you may become a more complete writer as a consequence of life's good, as well as bad, experiences.18/06/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#7 Wow @Gerald Hecht - I do love the charm of Southern Gentlemen. Somehow you always know the exactly right thing to say. You say it in 4 words or 50000s and you say it with care. You mean everything you say, no matter how crazy or loopy. You also are not too bothered about GRAMMER - yes that is the correct way to spell it people! GRAMMER - always in capitals. I haven't met you yet @Gerald Hecht - but I did actually work at Kings College London. Institute of Psychiatry. Top floor. Fucktards department. I was on the top floor. We did stuff on Benzodiazepines. Halycon (sp) days etc. etc. I did two drug trials. Then I was informed that I would never ever be allowed to do one again anywhere in the world!! Not even for aspirin. I had a very long lecture. On how my friend ships with certain people on the 6th floor of the main building were observed. My study was on Caffeine. I am the Caffeine Queen. That was my nickname.17/06/2017 #7 Gerald HechtHi @Claire L Cardwell, FWIW, 1) you never would have to think twice about "silent running" for whatever reason (if I actually gave some of the reasons for my AWOLs...well --that would be the more cruel choice); and 2) the fact that you did take such time and care to pay tribute to these precious people...so very much inseparable parts of your own life --speaks for itself. I feel as if I know them a little bit; and I feel like I miss them --ten minutes ago I was unaware of their existence. You did an incredible thing here; I don't mean to embarrass you --it might be more "socially appropriate" as a private message...but, ultimately, I hope that I can remember how to be as precious of a person...of a friend as you. I often feel like we are living in times where such expressions of humanity are becoming increasingly rare; thank you so much for sharing this Claire.16/06/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell#1 Thanks @Pascal Derrien - I've had quite a bullshit time - but part of me does not really care anymore about the legal crap I went through. I took my eye off that ball - so I am still paying school fees! It takes the loss of someone dear to you to create the perspective you need. However I don't think I will ever get over the loss of Fernando. If I had taken him on full time and cut my ex 'business partner' out a year earlier then maybe he would be still alive. I know that hindsight is an exact science - but I have to make sure that these distractions don't stop me from taking action sooner and having my priorities straight.16/06/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMake the space, take the time, these are a very sensible thing to do because there are moments in life when we need greater clarity and free ourselves up to focus on things fully. Loss is also a tough thing if we don't give the time loss needs and the greater the grief, the more we must do what it is we need to do.
I took a whole year off social media and I would do so again if time and situation demanded it - but only we know what it is we are going through - we should not be mind-readers, nor our life become an online reality TV show. If you need space, it is the space you need that I most respect - for life or social media should not become a set of social obligations but a constant movement towards freedom. That we live in an image centered world does make that more difficult, but we live among dinosaurs who have created this falsehood, what the heart feels within is often where truth is actually found.
Radio silence is one means of invoking that freedom. Sorry to hear about the losses of your dear friends. My condolences to you and respect for being able to face the challenges that life sometimes and even harshly throws out at people. It seems in the last year you have had to face more rather than less the amount most people usually bear. In doing what is right for you, you are doing the right things.16/06/2017 #1 Pascal DerrienThanks for this post, there is more to life than social media and I am glad you took the time you needed to get your head around stuff we all do at some or another now it is also nice to read you and I would add no one ever needs to justify his/her presence on social media.. or not :-)
- 24/04/2017EarthWall II / Ward + Blake Architects, Squirrel, Idaho, USA. To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/earthwall-ii-ward-blake-architects/
- 24/04/2017Tel Aviv’s Gran Mediterraneo Tower blooms with with a lush vertical garden.
This curvy new skyscraper envisioned for Tel Aviv is a lush oasis that combines modern, sustainable living with plenty of nature. The skyscraper is filled with Mediterranean and Dead Sea flora and features an automated car park, farms, electric charging stations and public gardens. The mixed-use Gran Mediterraneo tower, designed by French architect David Tajchman, is wrapped in mirrored glass and white concrete conceived using the latest construction and digital technologies.
- 20/04/2017A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days.
Can you imagine living in a 400-square-foot tiny home that is eco-friendly and energy-efficient, yet boasts all the amenities of a conventional house? Magic Green Homes fabricates such structures using prefabricated vaulted panels and covers them with soil, creating flexible green-roofed living spaces with a Tolkienesque charm. And the kicker? They're so easy to construct, just about anyone can build one.
The Green Magic Homes are composed of prefabricated vaulted panels manufactured with composite laminate materials, confined by walls in reinforced soil. The designs can be adapted to any type of topography and customized to fit individual needs. The good thing is customers can start small and purchase panels which would be sufficient to build a few modules and then expand as they go. It takes only three people to assemble the structure in three days, with no special skills or heavy equipment.
- 20/04/2017True North by TANDEM Design Studio, Melbourne, Australia
To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/true-north-tandem-design-studio/
- 19/04/2017Comelite Architecture & Structurecomelite-arch.com We are Comelite Architecture & Structure. Our story starts with our clients. They are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. We grow our business by helping our clients grow theirs. By putting their needs...
- 18/04/2017Latest completed artwork - 3rd Eye Chakra Painting - not a fantastic pic - it's at night! Will post more tomorrow.
- Casa Cristal by Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero, Playa Señoritas, Perú. To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/casa-cristal-playa-senoritas-peru/
- kupla, Korkeasaari Zoo lookout tower, Helsinki, Finland.
Korkeasaari Zoo (Helsinki) and Wood Focus Finland organised an architectural competition for the students of architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, with the assignment of designing a ten-metre-high view tower out of timber for the Zoo. HUT Wood Studio/ Ville Hara, architect SAFA. http://architecturelab.net/kupla-korkeasaari-zoo-lookout-tower-helsinki-finland/
- FRAME / APOLLO Architects & Associates, Nakano ward Tokyo, Japan. http://architecturelab.net/frame-apollo-architects-associates/
- The Jubilee Church, Rome by Richard Meier.
This Jubilee Church, an imposing white concrete structure dominated by three soaring "sails", was opened in 2003. For this building, the architect used a special concrete, containing titanium dioxide, a compound used as a white pigment which has the property of being able to absorb the surrounding smog. With this realization Italy was not simply modernizing its national identity through architecture, it was also going green.
- Blast from the past - 2012/13 - Major renovations to a house in Eagle Canyon Golf Estate. To read more go to :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/eagle-canyon-house.php
- This garden house grows enough food for three generations of one family. Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nhia Architects are no strangers to bringing green space indoors, but their new Binh House can actually grow enough food for three generations of one large family. The architects were charged with creating a comfortable home with greenery on every level, and they responded with a lush design that balances communal family areas with individual spaces, all right in the middle of a busy neighborhood.
- 9 treehouses you can actually rent for an off-the-ground getaway
Treehouse envy is a common ailment, especially for those of us who can no longer fit into the beloved hideouts of our childhood. The cure: an adult-sized vacation stay in a treehouse. On sites like VRBO and Glamping Hub, you can choose locations around the world, from a tropical, open-air treehouse paradise in Brazil to a South Carolina treehouse boasting southern comfort and interesting antiques. There’s no better way to integrate with your vacation surroundings than by living in the trees (with amazing views). Your childhood treehouse goals just grew up.
- St Loup Chapel in Pompaples VD, Switzerland, by LOCALARCHITECTURE – Danilo Mondada Architects
to read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/st-loup-chapel-localarchitecture/
- The Grange / Vibe Design Group, Melbourne,, Australia - to read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/grange-vibe-design-group/
- Futuristic floating skyscraper ‘heals’ the effects of climate change.
Climate change is rapidly affecting every corner of the earth – but could an innovative new skyscraper help turn the tide? Heal-Berg is a proposal for a gigantic iceberg-shaped skyscraper designed to stop, heal and reverse the effects of climate change using some of the world’s most innovative green technology.
The Heal-Berg proposal, which was recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2017 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, envisions a futuristic floating skyscraper that actively heals the state of its surroundings. According to the creators, the design would use four criteria to help improve the environment. The first mission of the design would be to cleanse and purify the immediate air using lasers (invented by the University of California, Davis) to zap carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen.
The building would also operate on green energy by using osmotic power as well as wind power generated by the aerodynamic design of the building, which would channel wind through turbines. As far as green building materials, the design calls for 3D printed technology using a form of graphene, one of the strongest lightweight materials in existence, invented by MIT researchers.
Within the building and surrounding area, a hyperloop would provide fast access and connectivity for residents and drones would enable the mobility of entire residential units between the different complexes. According to the designers, the healing skyscraper utilizes “some of the most recent innovative technology breakthroughs from all around the world, and combine[s] them as elements of a greater embodiment operating as a whole to achieve a goal, survival.”
- J-4 House / Vertice Architects, Lomas del Mar, Lima, Perú. To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/j-4-house-vertice-architects/
- Pop-Up House / Multipod.
Four days and a wireless screwdriver are all you need to build the structure of your very own Pop-Up House
Compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, it delivers affordable thermal insulation. Heating represents close to 28% of global energy consumption and is also one of the main household costs. Determined to develop solutions, Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outstanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost.
No special tools required, the house is assembled using lightweight and recyclable materials for quick installation.
The first prototype of this new type of passive house has bloomed in the pine valleys of the South of France.
The Pop-Up house is an innovative concept that aims to challenge passive house construction. Low cost, recyclable and passive, the Pop-Up House has all of the qualities of tomorrow’s homes.