Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).
As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)
Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.
To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year.
Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices that you make.
Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: Get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.
Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.
While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.
Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area that they like the features this house has. I advise you to run up and look at my neighbor's house that he constructed last year. We like it a great deal. It has many features that we would also like in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the final cost.
Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.
You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often.
Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.
PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.
PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.
Office Team Lead: Guys, we need something really exciting to make people excited about Office 2010.
Some Office Programmer Guy: Can we call Google to hint at ChromeOS to take the heat off of us when we launch on Monday?
OTL: Already done. We need a video.
SOPG: What should it include? A little run-through of the program? Sort of a screencast that folks can watch and understand and then maybe get excited about Office 2010? Maybe we can put some Feist in there? Make it really minimalistic?
OTL: No. We need an action movie.
OTL: We have a huge marketing budget and nothing to spend it on. Let’s hire some dude to make a movie.
SOPG: But that won’t tell anyone anything about the product?
OTL: Who cares. We don’t need to sell Office anymore. People will just buy it without thinking. People are dumb.
SOPG: But what about Google Apps?
OTL: A red herring. They’re unusable. This is much better.
SOPG: Can I move onto the XBox team?
OTL: Soon. Soon.
The villagers of Nanchuan, China put on an hour-long performance each year called Da shu hua (beating the tree to produce flowers). The iron throwers are protected from all that molten metal by nothing more than a hat and a sheepskin coat. Is it dangerous? The throwers joked that it's not, as long as you're not afraid to die.
Of course, these are certainly not "real world" tests for most of the world. When shopping for mixers, I'm not necessarily planning for driving over the mixer with a big truck. I'm planning for clean inputs and outputs (which Mackie also has, as do its competitors) straitforward operation (ditto) and actual product availability (whoops!).
On the other hand, it's really fun to watch pro audio gear getting beaten up!!
You may already know that in Japan the mobile phone is so incredibly important it sometimes seems like nothing else matters to a population obsessed with staring into their handsets for hours on end. That somewhat overstated perception just got a boost with the discovery of what appears to be a giant cell phone shrine, ready to accept eager supplicants.
In reality this is just one of the stores for Japanese electronics dealer Bic Camera. What takes the building design from mere gimmick to clever tech totem is the fact that each button on the cell phone correctly identifies what you can find on the corresponding floor. Like many things in Japan, this building is at once incredibly cool, and just a little scary.
Microsoft's five minute video on what the year 2019 will look like is pretty amazing. I want to live in this world. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. The clip was shown at Wharton Business Technology Conference and it's called 2019. My own enthusiasm aside, it looks like Microsoft's interpolating various research technologies like Surface and who-the-hell-knows-what else into showing surfaces that can be manipulated, electronic paper, crazy video cellphones, touchscreen/remote-control walls and amazing handheld wands. As Arthur C. Clarke says, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," and this shit is magic.
The producer says, "I bought a copy of the sheet music for this piece then input the notes into Sibelius. A MIDI file was then exported from Sibelius and imported into Reason. From there I added a couple of effects and tweaked the MIDI data a little bit. The pics are scanned copies of the sheet music set to a transparent Mozart background."
Length: 12 ft to 13.5 ft w/stretch kits (3.88 m to 4.11 m)
Wingspan: 14 ft to 21 ft 6 in (4.26 m to 6.55 m)
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Empty weight: 358 lb and up (178 kg)
Loaded weight: 700 lb to 1100 lb (340 kg to 530 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1100 lb (530 kg)
Maximum speed: 300+ mph (500 km/h)
jet Range: 300+ miles (500 km)
jet Service ceiling: 23,000 ft (7,010 m)
Rate of climb: 4,000 ft/min (1,219 m/min)
On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburghs Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more...
Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform. This first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View made its debut on the web in November of 2008.
An incredible cast of real-life characters contributed their time, energy and talents to creating pseudo-street life on Sampsonia Way. Please check out the scene breakdown and the participant page to learn more about the artists, groups and participants that made Street with a View possible.
I’m sure most of you know at least something about the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism that was found at the bottom of the sea in 1901 near the island of Antikythera (from where the device took its name) and is estimated to have been built between 150-100 BC by an unknown builder. Famed for its mysterious and significantly advanced gear mechanism and complex build the Antikythera Mechanism was eventually found to be a computing calender and clock of sorts for the planets. Which may have been useful to sailors as would be evidenced by why the device was found among the carcass of a sunken ship.
Fast forward to the modern age and we find curator Michael Wright with the first fully functional working model of the Antikythera Mechanism in the World. To imagine that such advanced and complex machines were being built so long ago has fascinated and helped reshape ancient history and knowledge. The mystery concerning this device has increased as archaeologists and scientists wonder why they have only found this sole machine in the past century and why there is no recorded information regarding its creator.
Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won't go by in your life you won't regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I'm not going home. We've come too far! And I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails... but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I'm not saying it's going to be easy. You're going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that's fine, we'll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That's how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you've got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You're like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death... that's the Chicago Way! Who's with me? Clap! Clap! Don't let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let's fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our Independence Day!
(It wasn't even fully paid for!)
Here's Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium
Market Square Arena in Indianapolis
Veteran's Field in Philadelphia
Cincinatti's Riverfront Stadium
Three Rivers in Pittsburg
(I didn't realize that we'd blown up so many gazillion dollar stadiums!)
His mother was killed when she was hit by a car and he was cared for by licensed wildlife rehabilitator Gail Buhl. He was orphaned and imprinted on humans and is now living at a nature center in northern Minnesota.
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- Completely Outrageous
- The Evils of Turkey Bowling!
- The Year 2019 is Magic
- Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee?
- Museum Dinosaur
- Stairway to Heaven
- 6 years old when he hurt his leg
- Mozart without a Musician
- Tiniest Jet
- Personal Amphibious Airplane
- Video Mapping
- Ottowa, We Have A Problem, Eh?
- How Many Things Can Go Wrong?
- The Motorized Bathtub
- The Impossible Piggyback Flip
- A Bomb in the Lake
- Save the Antelope
- Invisible in the Mirror
- The Cat Solves The Printer Problems
- Mr Monkey doesn't like Mr Owl
- Bicyclist reaches 107 MPH
- Music with Water Glasses
- R2-D2 Line Dancing
- 12 Year Old Perspective
- Fireball Tennis
- Robot Solves Rubik's Cube
- A Quick Change
- Making HotDogs.
- My Personal Hovercraft
- This lady's not so bright...
- Who Needs A Treadmill?
- How Observant Are You?
- Do you like to laugh?
- Combine Sumo and Soccer
- Do YOU like Spam?
- The Job Market is Getting Tough
- Something Fishy!
- The Most Dedicated Radio Announcer In the World
- The Eating Machine
- Wet Bloopers
- The End of a Boeing
- John Deere Walking Tractor
- 3D Video Projector
- Aquarium Toilet
- Shotgun Machine Gun (with Mini Grenades!)
- Bowling on the Wii
- The Three Redneck Tenors
- Set Up For Google Street View
- Lecture Hall Song and Dance
- Beethoven's Syncronized Bickering
- 2000 Year Old Clock & Calendar
- 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes
- R C Helicopter with .45 Caliber Handgun
- Brilliant Defense
- Arenas blowing up.
- Get a Grip on Yourself
- German 3-wheeler
- Unlikely Buddies
- The All New MacBook Wheel!
- Petawatt Laser
- How Shaolin Monks Get Their Tattoos
- Musical Vegetables
- How NOT to pass your driving test
- A Very Strange Cellist
- Airplanes Flying Sideways!
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