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Weekly Vision: December 10, 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) Foster + Partners’ Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public (seems like this railing design has become the de-facto standard in Apple stores / buildings)

2) The Elements of Eloquence: The old grammar rule we all obey without realising

3) Le Corbusier’s marvellous cinema in Chandigarh

4) Alvaro Siza’s exquisite Leca Swimming Pool

5) A clerestory-inspired renovation opens up this Texas bungalow

H.B. – A one minute short film

The one minute tale of a survivalist.

When the siren rings in the distance, a family has to get inside the shelter… Nothing will ever be the same again.

The skill of a one minute short is after having watched it, it doesn’t seem to warrant even a second more.

A retro boutique hotel that looks straight out of a Wes Anderson film

Dan Howarth, writing for Dezeen:

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa was rejuvenated by US design firm AvroKO, which has worked on hospitality projects including a “micro hotel” in New York City. Located in the town of Calistoga, in California’s Napa Valley, the building was constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

Calistoga Motor Lodge’s new interiors have a retro feel, with colours, patterns, furniture and lighting pieces all taken from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

“The interiors, as well as the brand identity, gleaned inspiration from graphic moments one might encounter during mobile adventuring, such as gas stations and truck stops, faux wood panelled vehicles, sports uniforms, etc,” said a statement from the hotel, “while much of the guest experience and styling moments feature ‘analog’ leisure of decades past, such as hula hooping and jump rope.”

Unlike homes, hospitality and retail space really offer the scope to mix a number of palettes since the stay is short and memorable. Despite this (plus the graphics), AvroKO has managed to produce a warm and fairly minimal aesthetic with crisp details.

Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

NASA, reporting:

If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use. [..]

Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called “attitude control thrusters,” have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. At 13 billion miles from Earth, there’s no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up.

The Voyager team assembled a group of propulsion experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to study the problem. Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey and Todd Barber analyzed options and predicted how the spacecraft would respond in different scenarios. They agreed on an unusual solution: Try giving the job of orientation to a set of thrusters that had been asleep for 37 years.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.

Lo and behold, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, they learned the TCM thrusters worked perfectly — and just as well as the attitude control thrusters.

NASA is one place where good design is non-negotiable.

Weekly Vision: December 3, 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) Rajputs redux – Padmini’s long afterlife

2) Vitsoe: Condemning Black Friday sales and discounts

3) The Nationalist’s Delusion: Trump’s supporters backed a time-honoured American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination

4) The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements

5) Talking Nomos (watches) with Merlin Schwertner (podcast)

Weekly Vision: November 19, 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) How Facebook figures out everyone you’ve ever met

2) Hardik Patel ‘sex CD’ row shows the double standards to which male and female celebrities are held

3) Physics lessons using simple homemade marble tracks (video)

4) Unearthed: A short film that aims to reconnect the complex relationships humans have evolved to have with their surrounding landscape and natural resources (video)

5) A mesmerising animation of the repeating elements of a medieval cathedral (video)

Movie elevator scenes, debunked

CineFix ropes in an expert to evaluate exactly how legitimate some of the famous elevator scenes in movies are:

Elevator Technician John Holzer (@JohnHolzer) joins us to crack open some elevator doors and reveal the truth about some of the movie myths inside.

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