Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mega Buildings in Future

Mega Buildings in Future
1. Aqua,USA (website)
From a distance this skyscraper, to be completed in 2009 in Chicago,
will seem quite traditional. it’ll only be when you get close and look up
that you can appreciate the ripple/jelly effect created by variously
sized balconies from top to bottom.
2. Chicago spire, USA (website)
The phenomenal Chicago spire, when completed in 2010, will be
the world’s tallest residential building and the tallest building of
any kind in the western world. seemingly modelled on the image
of a giant drill poking through the ground, the 609m structure will
dominate the chicago skyline.

3. CCTV headquarters, China (website)
At a modest 234m the cctv building isn’t going to stand out
from a distance. however the design and shape is a crowdstopper to say
the least and will be another incredible addition to beijing’s skyline in time
for the 2008 olympics. the shape, described as a ‘z criss-cross’ results in a
very high, seemingly unsupported corner at the front. let’s hope there’s a
glass floor up there.

4. Regatta hotel, Jakarta (website)
Taking on a nautical theme, the developers say the 10 smaller
towers represent sailing boats whilst the larger building is ‘the lighthouse’.
It’s the lighthouse that steals the show for me, possibly the most incredible
looking structure i’ve seen for a long time.

5. Residence antilia, India (website)

construction has begun on residence antilia despite opposition
from those who see it as an ‘excessive’ design in a city where more than 65%
of the population live in slums. politics aside and after you recover from the
initial shock of seeing a skyscraper that resembles an ikea cd rack, the building
actually looks like it may succeed as a stunning, unique, green
piece of architecture.
6. Russia tower, Russia (website)
Topped with an observation deck over the city of Moscow,
Russia tower will become the tallest building in europe when completed
in 2012 and twice the height of the eiffel tower. Construction has already
started on this angular beast which was designed by foster & partners,
also responsible for the gherkin and spaceport america, currently in development.
7. Penang global city centre, Malaysia (website)
Following months of speculation and sturdy opposition,
This humungous project is in the final stages of approval and
apparently construction will start very soon. even so, due
to the size of the plan it will take at least 15 years to complete.
Resembling a sci-fi city, the area will be crowned by 2 x 200m
towers and completely transform the small island of penang.

8. Gazprom headquarters, Russia (website)
This gigantic, 300m tall glass flame of a building will house the
Gazprom headquarters in st. petersburg, dwarfing all structures
in its vicinity. it will apparently change colour up to 10 times
per day depending on the position of the sun. The building has
already been nicknamed ‘corn on the cob’ by unhappy locals.

9. Burj Dubai, Dubai (website)
This is the big one. when completed next year it will be the tallest man-made
structure in the world and the tallest building by a long shot with a
predicted height of 818m. note: currently the tallest building on earth, excluding
an antenna, is taipei 101 in taiwan which stands at 509m.
The photo below is the building’s current state: the skyscrapers
below the Burj Dubai used to look tall.

The swiss air has associations with london hotels as well as miami condos and a few austin motels.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Best Optical Illusions 2011

Best Optical Illusions 2010 - 2011
I guess the title says it all, take a look at these optical illusions, they’re awesome! There are two different images in each image, i know that sounds confusing but just take a look and let me know what you think. Cheers.
Stare at the middle of the point and move your head forward and backward.

How many black dotes in the circle shown below. Can you count them please!
Looks like moving dumbbells.

Stare at the middle of the point and move your head forward and backward.
Move your eyes on the image.
Stare at the middle point and slightly move your eyes.
To start the machine stare at the middle of the point and move your head forward and backward.


When observers approach the image keeping their eyes on the center of the image, circles of blue light appear to escape. Then, some or all of them appear to extinguish.

Do these circles appear to intertwine? Believe it or not, they are actually individual circles!

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Discovery Channel’s Awesome Shark Building

Discovery Channel’s Awesome Shark Building
In celebration of Shark Week 2010, Discovery Channel’s office building in Silver Spring, Maryland was transformed into a giant shark. Five inflatable pieces (head, two side fins, dorsal fin and tail) were hoisted into place by a crane and securely tied down with cables and ropes.

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18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation 

By Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Some things should never be said―like these phrases. Here, what to say instead.

What Not to Say About Someone’s Appearance

Don’t say: “You look tired.”
Why: It implies she doesn’t look good.
Instead say: “Is everything OK?” We often blurt the “tired” comment when we get the sense that the other person feels out of sorts. So just ask.
Don’t say: “Wow, you’ve lost a ton of weight!”
Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
Instead say: “You look fantastic.” And leave it at that. If you’re curious about how she got so svelte, add, “What’s your secret?”
Don’t say: “You look good for your age.”
Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It’s saying, “You look great―compared with other old people. It’s amazing you have all your own teeth.”
Instead say: “You look great.”
Don’t say: “I could never wear that.”
Why: It can be misunderstood as a criticism. (“I could never wear that because it’s so ugly.”)
Instead say: “You look so good in skinny jeans.” If you slip, say something like “I could never wear that…because I wasn’t blessed with your long legs.”

What Not to Say in the Workplace

Don’t say: “That’s not my job.”
Why: If your superior asks you to do something, it is your job.
Instead say: “I’m not sure that should be my priority right now.” Then have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities.
Don’t say: “This might sound stupid, but…”
Why: Never undermine your ideas by prefacing your remarks with wishy-washy language.
Instead say: What’s on your mind. It reinforces your credibility to present your ideas with confidence.
Don’t say: “I don’t have time to talk to you.”
Why: It’s plain rude, in person or on the phone.
Instead say: “I’m just finishing something up right now. Can I come by when I’m done?” Graciously explain why you can’t talk now, and suggest catching up at an appointed time later. Let phone calls go to voice mail until you can give callers your undivided attention.

What Not to Say During a Job Interview

Don’t say: “My current boss is horrendous.”
Why: It’s unprofessional. Your interviewer might wonder when you’d start bad-mouthing her. For all you know, she and your current boss are old pals.
Instead say: “I’m ready for a new challenge” or a similarly positive remark.
Don’t say: “Do you think I’d fit in here?”
Why: You’re the interviewee, not the interviewer.
Instead say: “What do you enjoy about working here?” By all means ask questions, but prepare ones that demonstrate your genuine interest in the company.
Don’t say: “What are the hours like?” or “What’s the vacation policy?”
Why: You want to be seen as someone who focuses on getting the job done.
Instead say: “What’s the day-to-day like here?” Then, if you’ve really jumped through every hoop and time off still hasn’t been mentioned, say, “Can you tell me about the compensation and benefits package?”

What Not to Say About Pregnancy and Babies

Don’t say: “Are you pregnant?”
Why: You ask, she’s not, and you feel totally embarrassed for essentially pointing out that she’s overweight.
Instead say: “Hello” or “Great to see you” or “You look great.” Anything besides “Are you pregnant?” or “What’s the due date?” will do. Save yourself the humiliation and never ask.
Don’t say: “Do you plan on breast-feeding?”
Why: The issue can be controversial, and she may not want to discuss her decision publicly.
Instead say: Nothing. Unless you’re very close, don’t ask. If you slip, make up for the blunder by adding, “And do you feel comfortable telling me?”
Don’t say: “Were your twins natural?” or “It must have been hard for your child’s birth parent to give him up.”
Why: You’re suggesting that natural conception is better than in vitro fertilization (IVF) or adoption.
Instead say: To a parent of multiples, try a light “Wow, you have your hands full!” To an adoptive parent, say the same stuff you would to any other parent: “She’s adorable!” or “How old is he?”

What Not to Say to a Single (or Newly Single) Person

Don’t say: “You were too good for him.”
Why: You are basically saying she has bad taste. And you’ll be embarrassed if they ever patch it up.
Instead say: “His loss!” It gets the same point across without disparaging her judgment.
Don’t say: “I’m glad you got rid of him. I never liked him anyway.”
Why: She’ll wonder about your fake adoration for him while they were together.
Instead say: “I’m confident you’ll find someone who will give you exactly what you want.” It focuses on what’s to come, not on the dud you’re glad she’s done with.
Don’t say: “How could someone as perfect as you still be single?”
Why: A statement like this comes off as a backhanded compliment. What she hears is “What’s wrong with you?”
Instead say: “Seeing anyone?” If she’s tight-lipped about her love life, move on to other topics.

What Not to Say During a Fight with Your Beloved

Don’t say: “You always” or “You never” or “You’re a [slob, jerk]” or “You’re wrong.”
Why: Speaking in absolutes like “you always” and “you’re wrong” is playing the blame game, and resorting to name calling makes your partner feel helpless, which puts him on the defensive and makes a bad fight worse.
Instead say: “I’m upset that you left the dishes in the sink again. What can we do so that this stops happening?” Starting with the pronoun I puts the focus on how you feel, not why he’s in the doghouse, and it will make him more receptive to fixing the problem.
Don’t say: “If you really loved me, you would…”
Why: The more you treat your partner as if he’ll never satisfy you, the less satisfied you’ll be. Controlling your partner by imploring him to do something isn’t a good way to build intimacy.
Instead say: “I feel taken for granted when you don’t help around the house. I would feel better if we could…” The best way to keep a productive fight from becoming a dirty one is to be clear about why you’re upset and then offer a solution.
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