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Everybody got excited by the idea of the ‘container house’. If we couldn’t have real industrial housing, how about re-purposed shipping containers? Cheap and kinda adaptable. 

Actually toxic and hard to insulate and way overbuilt for housing. Nice idea but difficult to turn metal boxes into actual homes.

Now builders in China are creating homes that can be shipped like containers but can also be much more suitable to live in! Of course, they’re more expensive than containers. But still much cheaper than houses made the old-fashioned way. The house in the photo will cost about $70,000, which includes all installation, site prep, local approvals and appliances.

http://www.treehugger.com/modular-design/not-shipping-container-house-it-something-far-more-significant.html

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Apple Watch. Boring…so far.

Apple Watch. Boring…so far.

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The Melbourne Squash Club wanted a new logo. Neil Hedger from Distil Studio in London takes us through the process from the original sketch to the final brilliant and brave design. 

http://www.logodesignlove.com/melbourn-squash-club

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The Neanderthal man pictured above (in a wonderful model by John Gurche) had a lot to worry about: there was never enough food to fuel his big brain and all he had to protect himself from predators were rough spears made with sharpened stones. However, he and his kind lasted a long time! There’s evidence from 200,000 years ago of Neanderthals and the traces of their lives continue for 170,000 years until about 30,000 years ago. Then, extinction. 
Why did the Neanderthals disappear? Probably us: Homo Sapiens. We didn’t just kill them; we also mated with them. Some Europeans today have 4% of their genetic code inherited from Neaderthals! So we co-existed for awhile with Neanderthals but, as you know, we are not a very tolerant species. Archaeologists believe that, one way or another, we eliminated our human competitors, the Neanderthals. 
Either way - us or them, Sapiens or Neanderthals - we were, at the time, “an animal of no significance”. The phrase comes from Yuval Noah Harari's account of humankind's remarkable history from insignificant apes to rulers of the world, which is currently being read on BBC Radio4. The writing is clever and the reading by Adrian Scarborough is delightful. The BBC at its best: intelligent entertainment!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g7lhj
A longer intro by author Harari:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026333y
And a review of the book:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/11/sapiens-brief-history-humankind-yuval-noah-harari-review

The Neanderthal man pictured above (in a wonderful model by John Gurche) had a lot to worry about: there was never enough food to fuel his big brain and all he had to protect himself from predators were rough spears made with sharpened stones. However, he and his kind lasted a long time! There’s evidence from 200,000 years ago of Neanderthals and the traces of their lives continue for 170,000 years until about 30,000 years ago. Then, extinction.

Why did the Neanderthals disappear? Probably us: Homo Sapiens. We didn’t just kill them; we also mated with them. Some Europeans today have 4% of their genetic code inherited from Neaderthals! So we co-existed for awhile with Neanderthals but, as you know, we are not a very tolerant species. Archaeologists believe that, one way or another, we eliminated our human competitors, the Neanderthals. 

Either way - us or them, Sapiens or Neanderthals - we were, at the time, “an animal of no significance”. The phrase comes from Yuval Noah Harari's account of humankind's remarkable history from insignificant apes to rulers of the world, which is currently being read on BBC Radio4. The writing is clever and the reading by Adrian Scarborough is delightful. The BBC at its best: intelligent entertainment!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g7lhj

A longer intro by author Harari:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026333y

And a review of the book:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/11/sapiens-brief-history-humankind-yuval-noah-harari-review

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mythologyofblue:

It had occurred to me that all human beings are divided
into those who wish to move forward
and those who wish to go back.

-Louise Glück

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missfolly:

Marlene Dietrich Milton Greene (1952)

missfolly:

Marlene Dietrich
Milton Greene (1952)

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Charts from OKCupid, showing how straight women and men rate each other based on ages.

For women, the men they find most attractive are roughly their own age.

For men, the women they find most attractive are roughly the same age - 20 to 23 - regardless of the age of the man. 

How can men be so stupid? It would be funny…if it wasn’t so sad.

(Source: abbyjean, via ilovecharts)

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I didn’t like reading when I was a kid. I saw my parents reading and I had some of my own books but, mostly, I avoided reading. The TV was fast and watching TV was so easy to do! TV was ‘no effort’.
But the TV was almost always the same. The shows were sugary and empty and they soon became boring. Books were…much more difficult but, if you were lucky, a book really delivered! TV numbed your imagination but books seemed to stimulate the power to dream and imagine.
I always thought British kids read more. A recent study tells us that’s only true for British kids from upper-income families. Britain has one of the greatest gaps between the kids who read a lot and the majority of kids who don’t read much at all. 
These facts help to explain Britain’s shockingly low scores on the PISA international reading tests. Britain was 23rd out of 36 nations! (The USA was close behind: 24th. I’m happy to say Canada was 9th, which is just barely acceptable. Korea was 5th and Singapore 1st.)
So…there’s a campaign to get British kids reading. That’s good, of course because reading is the basic life skill and a very cheap and enjoyable thing to do. That’s not enough motivation for the government, of course. Some nut has figured out the ‘cost’ of poor reading. As the headline in the Guardian puts it:

Poor reading ‘could cost UK £32bn in growth by 2025’

What nonsense! Does anybody actually believe this foolish number? Anyway, the good thing is that smart people like J.K.Rowling are involved with the campaign and she actually knows how to get massive numbers of kids reading!
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/08/reading-literacy-uk-cbi-schools-read-on-get-on-campaign
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/leaguetables/10488555/OECD-education-report-subject-results-in-full.html

I didn’t like reading when I was a kid. I saw my parents reading and I had some of my own books but, mostly, I avoided reading. The TV was fast and watching TV was so easy to do! TV was ‘no effort’.

But the TV was almost always the same. The shows were sugary and empty and they soon became boring. Books were…much more difficult but, if you were lucky, a book really delivered! TV numbed your imagination but books seemed to stimulate the power to dream and imagine.

I always thought British kids read more. A recent study tells us that’s only true for British kids from upper-income families. Britain has one of the greatest gaps between the kids who read a lot and the majority of kids who don’t read much at all. 

These facts help to explain Britain’s shockingly low scores on the PISA international reading tests. Britain was 23rd out of 36 nations! (The USA was close behind: 24th. I’m happy to say Canada was 9th, which is just barely acceptable. Korea was 5th and Singapore 1st.)

So…there’s a campaign to get British kids reading. That’s good, of course because reading is the basic life skill and a very cheap and enjoyable thing to do. That’s not enough motivation for the government, of course. Some nut has figured out the ‘cost’ of poor reading. As the headline in the Guardian puts it:

Poor reading ‘could cost UK £32bn in growth by 2025’

What nonsense! Does anybody actually believe this foolish number? Anyway, the good thing is that smart people like J.K.Rowling are involved with the campaign and she actually knows how to get massive numbers of kids reading!

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/08/reading-literacy-uk-cbi-schools-read-on-get-on-campaign

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/leaguetables/10488555/OECD-education-report-subject-results-in-full.html

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scritchetscroutch:

Esprit, es-tu là?Spirit, are you there?

by Clotilde Perrin

scritchetscroutch:

Esprit, es-tu là?
Spirit, are you there?

by Clotilde Perrin

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My belief is that only men who are assholes of the very worst kind would ever rape someone. It’s unthinkable, isn’t it? Like murder. Almost inhuman.
But…the chilling and terrible facts prove that my belief is false. The truth is:

Many ordinary men rape women. 

Those words and that terrible reality should stop every man cold in his tracks. 
Almost 20% of women have been raped and the majority of those women know their rapist! 
What is wrong with men?
http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/09/what-the-cdcs-sexual-viiolence-report-tells-us-about-women-and-assault/379727/

My belief is that only men who are assholes of the very worst kind would ever rape someone. It’s unthinkable, isn’t it? Like murder. Almost inhuman.

But…the chilling and terrible facts prove that my belief is false. The truth is:

Many ordinary men rape women.

Those words and that terrible reality should stop every man cold in his tracks. 

Almost 20% of women have been raped and the majority of those women know their rapist! 

What is wrong with men?

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/09/what-the-cdcs-sexual-viiolence-report-tells-us-about-women-and-assault/379727/