I should probably explain my absence from the blog. (Even though the lack of personally intriguing architecture may have something to do with this as well)
Well, it’s the Blackberry Z10.
And since it is not the thing I should be blog regularly (pure gadgetry/electronics) I have been silent on the matter. Since we’re (inevitably) here now, I think I should state some of my opinion on the lukewarm reviews that were posted during the same day as the Z10’s launch. (the more prominent ones were linked from Crackberry’s Z10 tech community review page.)
The reviewers were given a full week in advance of the device launch, this presents a good and bad sides:
The good side would be the instant media coverage the Z10. Yes, people want information as soon as possible, but that kind of mentality also have a down side. I’ll explain more of that later.
The bad side would be the incomplete ecosystem of the device and software should some more of the void be filled during the launch day. Sure, We still want surprise by launch day, given the eventual leaks during the year leading up to the device/OS launch (And I am willing to think that a good number of people did not foresee the renaming of the company – from Research in Motion to Blackberry) . But the fact is, all that impatience of ours is continuing to hurt large companies that have to manage international trade in order to manufacture physical products; and yes, that includes Apple, Samsung, Nokia, and all of the other large companies around the world. In the end, all this high expectations from the consumers would end up hurting ourselves.
So can we try and not peek at everything that’s behind the proverbial locked doors? It might just help us. (And patience is a virtue, is it not?)
This was probably one of my faster deckbox to make. It might have something to do with the materials being used in this box being faster to cut, in addition to its flimsiness…
the final product
Gallery link on the image
(if you didn’t realize it, the box is holding up with paper and packaging tape…)
Can the iconic F-105 Avro Arrow, started in 1953 and infamously shut down in 1959, even come back to life?
The retired Canadian major-general Lewis MacKenzie thinks so (after he had think about it for a bit, for he was a former skeptic as well), as he had proposed to the Harper government several times during the period of 2010 and early 2012, when the proposal to revive the Arrow (complete with new innovations and electronics developed during the recent years) was sent in twice by Bourdeau Industries, a UK/Canadian company. In late June, the retired major-general received a reply from the then associate defence minister Julian Fantino, stating that the Arrow revival was not a “viable option for Canada’s next generation fighter.”
Personally, I think that the politicians could not take in the cost of doing most of their own development, as the cost for the F-35 Lightning 2 had gone over budget during the course of its development in a similar trend for most projects of the past 50 years. Adding the fuel to the fire, internal politics at the Canadian capital Ottawa continues to fracture as “the auditor general tore a strip off the government, accusing the Department of National Defence of hiding $10 billion in continuing costs for the fighter and the Public Works department of not doing enough homework to justify the purchase.”(quote), along with various other It’s little wonder that the government can get anything done in a timely matter and at budget without any stoppage. The fact that there are people with big enough voice saying that actually think that Canada could and should restart the Arrow for the current era should be enough to warrant a second (and third) look.
In another tangent, can’t we have a stealthy Avro Arrow? It’s not as if integrating stealth into the Delta-wing design is impossible. The fact that the bomber variant of the F- 22 Raptor was actually designed and proposed makes this particular train of thought a very possible, if improbable, scenario.
Source: CBC 1 & 2, started from Gizmodo comment
After seeing buildings after buildings made from containers that are only used by a few people, we may have something that can be used by everyone (that needs to go somewhere near this structure)
The ECOntainer bridge uses containers as the main structural members, with additional steel trusses for support. It allows individual containers to be constructed before being put into place, as well as individual replacements of each segments. It also contains a observation deck, a set of cantilevering observation areas that extends out of the opposing sides, and its own source of power via solar panels on the tops of the containers (for advertisements and other important information). Amusingly, this bridge, designed by Israeli practice yoav messer architects for ariel sharon park (in Israel of course), also allows small amounts of vehicle traffic through as well.
The only thing I have second thoughts on would be the replacement process of the bridge, which looks to be a lot complicated than just using a crane to lift the single offending container off the bridge…
Source: yoav messer architects (original image credit) via designboom (image source)
Have you ever once regret the time where you could have said something to someone that you cared about a lot, but you ended up not saying it because of some mundane reason. I know I have, and for the most part, I wish I could redo a lot more than that.
Even today, I wish I had the chance to comfort a friend that I knew. As she have some medical problems that forced her to take a indefinite leave off her job. Now, I knew that in itself is rather late already (as it was revealed to myself and a few others about more than 3 weeks ago. Still, I wish I had the chance (and the guts) to do it.
On the other hand, if I had the guts to stand up for myself, I think my primary educational past may have gone a bit better. Still, I think that should be for the others to think about, since I was not the one in the wrong. Yet I’m the one who could not move on. There were a few incidents that I have sincerely apologized afterwards, yet I could not move on from that either.
Now, I feel like my past is threatening to pull my mind back to the past to relive the things that I have not done and the things that I have not said.
I’m questioning some of the life decisions that I have made.
I’m questioning if I should comfort the friends that are in need.
I’m questioning my decision to confess to the girl I like, multiple times.
I’m questioning my decision to stay on course in my career path, almost every day.
In a sense, I wish I can move on past my previous “life”. I wish I can look back and say that the incidents defined who I am, and not think about what it could have been.
Having seen what many people have called “futuristic architecture” for several years as well as seeing the related designs in the past, I seriously doubt that we would see that widespread in the near future.
Simple, it is still prohibitively expensive for many middle class (and lower) families to utilize that style completely like in many of those illustrated homes (google “futuristic interior”, for example). As the cost for the entire setup is expensive enough that the style would only be found in the minority of houses or apartments. with the addition of the massive amounts of design to choose from without the massive demand for futuristic homes (people kept stuck to the “modern”, “classical”, or “practical” styles).
On another (ie.more convincing) tangent – if you actually went and google image search the phrase, you would most likely be noticing the massive amounts of separate examples that all want to say “we are from the future!” Yet everyone has a different take on the term altogether. There’s some with a single color theme, another with soft color lights in the background, solid 2 color contrast, dark and edgy,
all glass, sharp edges, round and soft edges, etc. I don’t think the designers would finish expressing themselves anytime soon, and having the general public being convinced to go retro every half a century or so does not help either.
All of which leads to the elephant in the room: people don’t want to change, they want to be comfortable to live in, not trying to show off to however-many-friends they have at every chance they get. Can you get comfortable in a completely white room with white furniture? Some might, I would most definitely be feeling uncomfortable. Unless people want to physically blank their minds to try and think of ideas, most would find themselves longing for a softer sofa that they can relax in.
ps. I did not intend that to be a short essay, but it just happened.
Almost a year ago, I posted something to do with my Blackberry Playbook, a lack of a stable stand to plug in the micro-USB cable:
But soon after I gave up making some sort of blueprint on it. Why? Because:
A Peanuts based stand!
I’ll get back to the original later…maybe.