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Weekly Vision: August 20, 2017

The Weekly Vision is a collection of stories that are worth consuming as whole, or just not worth the time editing. You’ll find out either way.

1) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

2) Playboy: Why young men aren’t as much into breasts. (No, I have not run out of material.)

3) Exploring the universe with photos, ink and water. Short film from National Geographic.

4) Beautiful Bonsai trees from the 8th World Bonsai Convention. It’s news to me that some of them flower; and do they look gorgeous.

5) A visual explanation of quantum physics. (Video; or maybe I have)

Rope artworks that simulate tree roots and the nervous system

Christopher Jobson, writing for Collosal:

Artist Janaina Mello Landini (previously) continues to produce dizzyingly complex installations and canvas-based sculptural works comprised of unbraided ropes that branch out like tree roots. The fractal-like artworks have developed over a period of six years as part of her “Ciclotrama” series, a word she coined that combines the root word “cycle” and the Latin word “trama” meaning warp, weaving, or cobweb.

Sir Nicholas Winton

Let’s take a break from the politically charged news of late in favour of something genuinely heart-warming.

(Via Jack Mull)

Mundane exercises: Are Double Stuff Oreos really double stuffed?

Dan just wasted 5 minutes of my life.

Maybe that’s not fair on him. I might care about Oreos. All varieties. Even though most of them aren’t available where I live. But at least now I know whether the Oreo makers are men of their word. And like most of the things I read and watch on social media, I’m now armed with knowledge that I might be able to spit out intelligently, perhaps — hopefully — once in my lifetime.

Wait, who wants extra stuff on their Oreos anyway?

Saudi Arabian Airlines refuses to fly passengers who ‘expose’ arms or legs

Soo Kim, writing for The Telegraph:

Saudi Arabian Airlines (also known as Saudia), the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has warned passengers about the way they dress, stating that those who are “clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers” could be denied boarding.

The restrictions apply to “women exposing legs or arms, or wearing too thin or too tight clothes and men wearing shorts exposing legs” as well as passengers who are barefoot, the airline’s website states.

The dress code, which has provoked outrage on social media, is refered to within a list of rules about passengers’ code of conduct on the website.

Well, Saudia is taking all these pains to maximise your comfort:

Saudia states that it “takes all the measures it possibly can to maximise passengers’ comfort and convenience” and its website advises passengers to “wear comfortable clothes when you travel. Tight-fitting clothes may naturally cause some discomfort and it is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes instead.”

Ironically (though comparative terms are always misleading):

Saudi Arabian Airlines, which launched more than 70 years ago, operates flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah, Riyadh and Yanbu. Earlier this year, it was named the ‘World’s Most Improved Airline’ at Skytrax’s annual World Airline Awards, ranked 51st (up from 82nd last year) among the world’s best airlines. 

Concrete ribs and brickwork walls

Eleanor Gibson, writing for Dezeen:

Concrete ribs extend across the brick walls of this house on the outskirts of Brasília, Brazil, which Bloco Arquitetos has designed as two pavilion-like structures linked by an outdoor path.

Solid brick walls are slotted between the concrete structure, echoing the material palette the architects used for a house extension for a family in Brasília.

The architects left the materials exposed to reflect the building techniques of the local area, and to save time on extra finishes.

“We have decided to use the expression of the materials in its raw state, accepting the imperfections of the local manual labour and its limitations,” the architects explained.

“The idea was to minimise the extensive labour that is normally used for the finishings such as plaster or paint and to have materials that would age well without the need for constant maintenance.”

Thought 1: Building looks great.

Thought 2: “Accepting imperfections of local manual labour and limitations”? It’s very hard to judge the threshold of quality of workmanship in Brazil, but you’d pay double the cost (and time) of a regular painted finish to get that quality of bricks in India, let alone the workmanship. And it would compromise — not embrace — the look they’re going for.

This may have been the initial intention, just as I’ve seen the desire in countless projects here in India, but I’m not convinced the end result maintains those ideals.

Weekly Vision: August 13, 2017

The Weekly Vision is a collection of stories that are worth consuming as whole, or just not worth the time editing. You’ll find out either way.

1) Narrower, deeper, older: The nature of engagement with social activities has changed over the last 50 years

2) Mastering sushi with Masa Takayama; if you like this, follow it up with the excellent documentary ‘Jiro dreams of sushi

3) Jerry Saltz: My life as a failed artist

4) The tragedy of Google Books

5) The case against eating fish, as told by a biologist who has seen, read, and heard about what happens to fish before it ends up on our plates

There are now 12 editions of Windows 10

Emil Protalinski, writing for Venture Beat:

Back in May 2015, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would have seven editions. That number has now ballooned to 12:

1. Windows 10 Home

2. Windows 10 Pro

3. Windows 10 Enterprise

4. Windows 10 Education

5. Windows 10 Pro Education

6. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB

7. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

8. Windows 10 Mobile

9. Windows 10 IoT

10. Windows 10 S

11. Windows 10 Team

12. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

For the sake of comparison, Windows 7 had six editions and Windows 8 had four. Both also had special regional editions.

If it ain’t broke, why bother?

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