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18 Sep 01:52

Galician Waterfall

by webmaster@interfacelift.com (lifestream)
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This is a little waterfall hidden amongst the windy roads of Galicia, North Spain, named Mazo De Meredo. Despite visiting in July, there was not one other person here so it was perfect for getting some long exposure shots. The sounds of running water and nature in the surrounding woods was amazing.

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10 Sep 11:41

Sandboxing Cycle

All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask?
10 Sep 11:41

I’m Happy

by Doug
07 Sep 10:39

Should

by Doug
06 Sep 00:22

Beware of Dog

by Doug

Beware of Dog

And other dogs.

06 Sep 00:22

Weird

by Reza

06 Sep 00:20

Get a Tan

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Well-Designed

01 Sep 06:13

Hazard Symbol

The warning diamond on the Materials Safety Data Sheet for this stuff just has the "😰" emoji in all four fields.
01 Sep 06:12

Focus

by Reza

01 Sep 06:11

Bonus Meeting

by Doug
01 Sep 06:06

Space Snake

by Reza

01 Sep 06:06

#1791 – Doctor

by Chris
01 Sep 06:06

Rainbow Road

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28 Aug 22:35

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26 Aug 06:29

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Disc World

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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After the flood, the dish soap will form a rainbow.


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25 Aug 01:47

#1788 – Creak

by Chris
24 Aug 01:51

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23 Aug 06:14

A Japanese Architecture Firm Designed the Coolest Kindergarten Ever

by twistedsifter
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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

At the award-winning Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, children run endless laps around a ringed roof that doubles as a playground. Completed in 2007 by Tezuka Architects, the Montessori can accommodate up to 600 children aged 2-6.

The continuous space allows children to freely explore, discover and interact with their environment. There is no play equipment installed and the roof is only 2.1 metres tall (6’8″), allowing a close connection between levels. Children can scramble up a bank and climb a set of stairs to reach a slide from the deck back to the ground.

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“Just as a fish cannot live in purified water, children cannot live in a clean, quiet and controlled environment,” says Takaharu Tezuka. And when the children first started interacting the building it was an emotional moment, Tezuka tells Dezeen: “It was simple, they just started running, said Tezuka. “It was beyond our expectations. I was sitting with the principal and everyone had tears. It was amazing, an instant reaction.”

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“We had to build around the trees already there on the land. It wasn’t easy — we couldn’t cut the roots, which spread as wide as the tree crowns. We added these safety nets so the students wouldn’t fall through the holes around the trees. But I know kids, and they love to play with nets. Whenever they see a hammock, they want to jump into it, to shake it. These were really just an excuse for me to give the kids another way to play.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

At ground level, sliding doors allow the classrooms to be open to the elements during good weather. Instead of dividing walls, the architects created child-sized boxes made from light wood with rounded edges that can be stacked to create shelves and display areas.

Tezuka believes standard classroom design is unnatural and counter productive to a positive learning environment. The free plan design encourages independence and collaboration, without forcing children to sit still and silent for long periods of time.

By leaving the classrooms open, the sound of 600 children creates the level of white noise found in natural environments. Tezuka got the idea when he met the composer and molecular biologist Tsutomu Ohashi while on holiday in Bali.

Listening back to a recording of an Indonesian music performance Ohashi invited him to, he realised the sound was obscured by the noise of the jungle he had been able to unconsciously filter whilst watching the show. [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“Japanese building code says you have to have a vertical handrail with bars 100 millimeters apart so the kids can’t put their heads through. But: They can put their legs in, and kids love to swing their legs. Chimpanzees do the exact same thing — it’s a kind of instinct. And the way they do that is so cute.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“The kids love to look through the skylights from the roof. ‘Where’s my friend?’ ‘What’s going on underneath in class?’ And when you look down, you always see kids looking up from below. Here, distraction is supposed to happen. There are no walls between classrooms, so noise floats freely from one class to the other, and from outside to inside. We consider noise very important. When you put children in a quiet box, some of them get really nervous.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“We put in a small mound of dirt at the bottom of the stairs leading from the roof — this was a trick to make the stairs shorter. But then the children started taking away the dirt to make mud bowls — 600 kids take mud away, and the mound started to disappear! The school had to keep asking the construction company to put mud back. (As the soil got harder, the kids stopped taking it home.) See the slide? I knew kids love to slide, but I actually wasn’t very keen on putting it in, because it tells children what they should and shouldn’t do. Without tools, the kids have to think for themselves and create games. But in the end we kept it: We needed a fire escape.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“These days Japanese kids only talk to computers. I hate it. I thought, if we put a well in each classroom, they’ll be forced to talk to each other. There’s a phrase in Japanese, ido bata kaigi, which means, ‘conference around the well.’ Women used to meet and exchange information when they went to get water. I wanted the children to do the same.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“Every month at Fuji the teachers and kids rearrange the classroom furniture. This little boy and girl were supposed to help make a new configuration, but they’re playing train instead. We filled the school with about 600 of these boxes, which are made from this very light wood known as kiri wood. It won’t hurt the kids if they hit their heads on the corner.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

“In 2011, we built an annex to the school with two more classrooms and some playing areas. We called it ‘Ring around the Tree,’ because when the architect Peter Cook visited he said it reminded him of the song ‘Ring Around the Rosie.’ I thought the tree should be more important than the building, so I made the building as light as possible. In this school, children are encouraged to climb trees. If a kid is strong enough, they can reach the upper level without using the stairs. Other schools might not allow this, but the principal here believes children know their own limits. They stop when they have to stop.” [source]

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

In 2017, the kindergarten was awarded the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, which recognises a work of architecture considered “transformative within its societal context”.

 

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Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida

 

Sources

Tezuka Architects official site
TED: Inside the world’s best kindergarten
Dezeen: Tokyo kindergarten by Tezuka Architects lets children run free on the roof
Arch Daily: Tezuka Architects’ Fuji Kindergarten Wins 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize

 

 

 

19 Aug 09:52

Happy #NationalColoringBookDay! Print these out and color them...











Happy #NationalColoringBookDay! Print these out and color them in, why don’t ya! (Click the image for a higher resolution!) 

19 Aug 09:50

Not all level 2 driver assists are equal, IIHS finds after testing

by Jonathan M. Gitlin

Enlarge (credit: Tesla)

Not all adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems are created equal. That should be obvious, but in case it isn't, recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will serve as proof. On Tuesday, IIHS published the results of some road and track testing with several different makes of vehicle, measuring how well each was able to stay within its lane around corners and up hills.

"We zeroed in on situations our staff have identified as areas of concern during test drives with Level 2 systems, then used that feedback to develop road and track scenarios to compare vehicles," said IIHS Senior Research Engineer Jessica Jermakian. By "level 2," Jermakian means vehicles that are capable of steering, braking, and accelerating for themselves but only with an engaged human driver behind the wheel who is responsible for providing situational awareness.

The vehicles (and advanced driver assistance systems) that IIHS tested were a 2017 BMW 5 Series (Driving Assistant Plus), 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Drive Pilot), 2018 Tesla Model 3 (Autopilot 8.1), 2016 Tesla Model S (Autopilot 7.1), and 2018 Volvo S90 (Pilot Assist). IIHS notes that each had previously been scored highly for their automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. A series of track tests was used to establish how each system coped with avoiding collisions with a stationary vehicle, then repeated road testing was conducted to get a sense of real-world behavior in traffic and how well each car maintained position within its lane.

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19 Aug 09:45

Could iPhone-style contract manufacturing come to the car industry?

by Ars Staff

Enlarge / Building cars—as seen here at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemet, Hungary—is harder than designing them. (credit: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Foxconn Technology Group doesn't design, market, or sell a single product. Yet, ironically, it is one of the largest consumer electronics manufacturers on the planet. Chances are you have at least one of the products it builds within reach right now. Could the same type of arrangement work in the auto industry?

It would make sense if traditional carmakers like FCA, Ford, and General Motors could be hired to build or assemble cars conceived by vendors like Apple, Uber, and Waymo/Google, says Bryan Reimer, a research scientist in MIT's AgeLab and associate director of The New England University Transportation Center at MIT, vehemently. In fact, he insists it's already happening.

You design it, we build it

Foxconn is the king of contract manufacturers. It assembles a multitude of items: everything from flat-screen televisions to smartphones for cash-rich tech giants like Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and others. A client hands Foxconn a set of schematics. The Taiwan-based manufacturer then manages the supply chain and quickly builds the product so that the client can market and sell it to the masses.

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16 Aug 22:36

#1782 – Lovely

by Chris
13 Aug 23:04

How Are You

by Reza

13 Aug 23:04

Lame Train

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13 Aug 05:55

Heart Lake

by webmaster@interfacelift.com (TheWanderingSoul)
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09 Aug 22:47

#1777 – Amazing

by Chris
09 Aug 22:44

Midlife Crisis

by John martinez

09 Aug 02:33

City Tree

by Reza

09 Aug 02:23

Become a developer in just 100 days!

by CommitStrip

09 Aug 02:22

Voting Software

There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.