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film documents the weaving of thousands of flowers into an ephemeral carpet in brussels

 

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in a video titled ‘flower power’, filmmaker, director and producer joerg daiber documents the weaving of more than 500.000 flowers into an ephemeral, 1.800-square-meter carpet at brussels’ grand place. since 1971, ‘flower carpet’ (see previous coverage here) takes place every two years in the historic center of the city, where a hundred volunteer gardeners put together this monumental piece of public art in less than eight hours. though the 2020 edition has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, daiber’s recently-uploaded film of the 2018 ‘flower carpet’ offers an alternative viewers can enjoy until the next edition takes place. 

 

I would like to see this one year for real. 😎

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It's Hard to Poop on the Moon. NASA Wants You to Make It Easier.

It is a bit late to enter the competition but they will be pushing the results out at the end of the month.

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In the next few years, NASA plans to return to the moon. We know which rocket the astronauts will launch atop, what capsule they'll be cramped in, and how they might land on the lunar surface.

But there's one critical mystery NASA still has yet to solve: How will they poop?

Enter the Lunar Loo Challenge. NASA's Tournament Labs and Human Landing System Program has partnered with a Kickstarter-like platform called HeroX to sponsor a competition to design a space toilet that will be used on the moon.

 

 

 

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In Europe, mobile tracing apps never got off the ground Technical problems, privacy fears have hampered their rollout

 

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Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe's plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public

 

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But a few countries have scrapped their tracing apps and others that have rolled them out have found so few users that the technology is not very effective. The adoption rate goes from about a third of the population in Finland and Ireland, to 22 percent in Germany and a meager 4 percent in France

 

It is hardly surprising that the different apps have had a small take up as most were badly designed. Why did the governments not put their heads together and make a universal app ?

If the powers that be had collaborated together then a tracing app might have been very very useful.Only thing missing was common sense by leaders, sadly that is lacking world wide.

 

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Jet suit trial for Great North Air Ambulance paramedics

 

 

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A jet suit for paramedics has been tested by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in the Lake District.

It comes after a year of talks between GNAAS and Gravity Industries.

Andy Mawson, GNAAS director of operations, said users do not need to be travelling that fast to cover large areas of terrain, compared with someone on foot.


 

 

I want one of them there suits. 😛

 

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15 of the Most Extreme Motorcycles on the Planet Each of these two-wheel missiles is a radical outlier in engineering and design.

 

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What qualifies as “extreme” when we talk motorcycle design? Is it the use of exotic materials? The fitment of the latest gadgets to turn it from one motorcycle into something entirely different? Or is it just a design so perfectly executed that it makes the other models pale in comparison?

Admittedly, the term is indeed subjective, yet it doesn’t make it any less valuable. Radical design and performance have long gone hand-in-hand with motorcycle building, be it from Honda’s special HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) wing to a builder working in subzero temperatures in Russia.


 

These three caught my fancy. Naturally there is a Royal Enfield powered bike in the line up. 🤣

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Not keen on this design but electric is the way to go for the future.

 

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A fly landed on Mike Pence's head during the debate and rested there for nearly two minutes

This cracked me up. Choosing a new leader anywhere in the world should be a serious affair. An here we have the media concentrating on the actions a fly. 😂

 

Our news reported it was the most interesting thing about the debate.

But lets stop here with the posts that have anything to do with politics. The forums are a politics-free zone.

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We can still talk about flies, though. You know, it's interesting... there are two things that flies truly enjoy... sugar and feces. The consume both, but feces is also where they lay their eggs. The cycles of life... amazing stuff.

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3 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

We can still talk about flies, though.

 

Fly joke ( helps if you are up on 60's uk tv )

 

Two flys lands on a bald mans head.  What game were they playing ?

 

Answer , No Hiding Place.

 

Lol.

 

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https://youtu.be/q_rXXSp5N-c

 

No Hiding Place was a gritty real life tv program. I was born in 1953 and the backgrounds you can see in the video realistically represent the world I grew up in. Probably explains why I turned out like I did. 😎

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Interesting, yes but it just shows how flat Australia is with a few pointy bits near the edge. The lines are just distracting and don't correlate to any data whatsoever.

There are some really interesting things on that reddit. I didn't know over half a million people still fly between US and Europe every day, no way to conquer covid-19. Australia is basically closed and we're down to about 10 new cases per day, compared to many tens of thousands new cases in both Europe and USA.

Music consumption stats are interesting, 77.8% streaming! What a waste of bandwidth when it can be stored on disk.

 

But this one is shocking, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted per kg of beef production. No wonder climate change is killing the planet. Beef should be banned immediately!

kg GHG-emissions per kg of product with similar protein content

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'This is the Everest of zero carbon' – inside York's green home revolution

 

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The city plans to build Britain’s biggest zero-carbon housing project, boasting 600 homes in car-free cycling paradises full of fruit trees and allotments. When will the rest of the UK catch up?

 

Joseph Rowntree, Yorkshire’s chocolatier-philanthropist, had a dream. He wanted to build “improved houses” for working people and, in 1902, revealed his plans for the experimental village of New Earswick, on the edge of York. The village would make the most of the existing natural landscape, setting little terraces of arts and crafts houses along streets edged with grass verges. Not only would their interiors be flooded with fresh air, natural light and “a cheerful outlook”, they would also have the modern luxury of indoor loos. Designed by garden city doyens Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, the development went on to inspire the national Homes Fit for Heroes programme after the first world war, paving the way for the birth of council housing.

 

 

I grew up in York and it is one of the nicest cities if not the best in the whole of the uk. Rowntree's were the biggest employer in the city and were a fine employer and always had the wellfare of the workers in mind.

The New Earswick village mentioned in the article is a very very nice place to live though modern folk may not appreciate not having a pub in the village, the Rowntree family were quakers you see. They had a village hall though and held weekly dances fo young folk. It were those dances that helped develop my understanding of the fairer sex.

 

https://www.jrht.org.uk/about-us/housing

New Earswick, York

 

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It is a shame that the article writer did not do the smallest amount of research as Rowntree's have already built a modern eco housing development on the outskirts of York. Work started on this , Derwenthorpe, in 2010 and people were living in the new homes as early as 2012.

 

https://www.jrht.org.uk/community/derwenthorpe-york

 

https://www.barrattdevelopments.co.uk/showcase/derwenthorpe-york

 

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York the true capital of England. Support independence for Yorkshire. 😎

 

 

 

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America's longest mountain coaster opens in Lake Placid


 

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Once a person reaches the top, they can control how slow or fast their car goes down the mountain. A single driver must be over age 9 and a ticket is $65. A driver and passenger is $75, with the driver having to be over 18; the passenger must be ages 3 to 12.

The coaster will be open to the public on weekends only and includes commentary for riders as they ride down the mountain through twists and turns that replicate the historic track.

“The coaster follows the alignment of the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Bobsled track as it descends the mountain. The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding," ORDA President & CEO Mike Pratt said in a press release. 

 

 

Book a ride asap. Would so so love to take a ride on that. 😛

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The news announcer was correct that it's usually squirrels that gnaw on the pumpkins. It's why I can't have any--the squirrels make a bee-line for the porch when they see one.

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The UK’s rumoured subterranean network

 

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In 2017, newly published Land Registry data revealed 4 million km of networks and telecommunications lines underneath London, many of which were secretly constructed by the Post Office, British Telecom and the Ministry of Defence.

 

4 million kilometres of tunnels !!! I find that a bit hard to believe. 😎

 

 

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