Don’t Swim Off Your Balcony

Amazing new dual 37 story residential towers in Mumbai, India called the Aquaria Grande.

And it features…glass balcony pools!

I doubt you can do laps in these things, but maybe nice just to cool off and enjoy your luxury living arrangements.

Wonder if this up to building code?

Also, if you don’t swim, can you use it as an aquarium or perhaps for catching the fish of the day? πŸ˜‰

(Thanks to Dave Zeppieri, Sr. for the post on Facebook)

What YOU Need To Land That Next Job

What YOU Need To Land That Job

Mashable (17 August 2013) has some good advice for job seekers–show you mean business and here’s how to do it:

1) Integrity–This is the #1 fundamental. If you are not trustworthy, reliable, honest…you are more trouble than you’re worth. Integrity underscores your character as a person and professional. If you cheat, lie, steal, and are self-serving, why would anyone want to associate with you, let alone have you work for them?

2) Adaptability–Change is constant and happening faster and faster. If you are status quo, “old school”, and can’t innovate your way off a typewriter, how in G-d’s name are you going to help a business grow and adapt to changing market conditions? Go-getters, trend-setters, and change-agents, desired and welcome.

3) Problem-solvers-Anyone can complain and see problems, but it takes special folks to solve those large and complex ones. You need to be able to come up with a strategy, articulate it, and execute on it. If you see the bad in everything, but can’t solve anything–you are part of the problem and not part of the solution. If you have technical skills and can apply them, you are valuable to the organization.

4) Self-Starters–No time to babysit snoozers, slackers, or the constantly tardy–organizations are looking for professionals. You need to hit the ground running. If you don’t know what to do, how to do it, or can’t pick up on it pretty quickly, this is going to be a painful experience. Those with initiative, enthusiasm, team players, and hard workers make it relatively easy,

5) Loyalty–Backstabbers, users, and serial job-hoppers, you’re wasting precious time. If you’re loyal to the organization and leadership, you deserve the same in return. Your value increases as you learn the organization, mission, and people and can apply your unique training and experiences over time. The organization wants you to grow with them.

You’re a fork, a spoon, and a knife and you are just what the organization is looking for. πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

World’s Most Beautiful Elevator

World's Most Beautiful Elevator

The world’s most beautiful elevator has got to be the AquaDom in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin.

It contains a cylindrical elevator inside a 1 million liter fish tank filled with 1,500 fish of 50 species.

If you can’t get to the ocean, then bring the ocean to you–spectacular! πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Eric Pancer via Wikipedia)

The Great Big Apple Donut

The Great Big Apple Donut

Some people think the new Apple HQs (or Apple Campus 2) looks like a flying saucer or spaceship–to me, it looks like a great big donut. πŸ™‚

In all seriousness though, the planned Apple HQs is so cool–I love it!

Bloomberg BusinessWeek (4 April 2013) has a terrific article about this awesome design project.

Some of the facts about this planned facility:

– Houses 12,000 employees
– Has 4 concentric rings.
– 2.8 million square feet (2/3 the size of the Pentagon)
– 176 acres of trees, including the vast courtyard in the center which will have apricot, olive, and apple orchards.
– 40-foot high walls of concave glass
– 700,000 square feet of solar panels (enough to power 4,000 homes)
– Climate-responsive technology such as window treatments that automatically open and close
– Costs about $5 billion (1.1 billion more than the new World Trade Center)
– Move in expected 2016
– Just 2 entry roads
– 4-story underground garage
– 2 R&D labs
– Fitness center

While some think that this building is vanity, I think it is a work of art, and perfectly suits the innovativeness nature of the company.

Apple’s HQS is a reflection of itself, not just another building. The beautiful, sleek, and high-tech building melds with the company’s design philosophy and vision for great consumer products.

Just like Apple’s unique positioning in being able to integrate hardware and software solutions for their customers, their new HQS is a unification of their physical work environment with their internal vision for themselves as a company and the amazing products they put out.

Unlike some organizations which are foolishly tearing down all their walls and working as if they in sitting in Starbucks, Apple understands how to marry the need for a social and collaborative work environment with a proper and respectful functional space.

Apple’s building will be beautiful and functional just like their computing devices…and they remain true to themselves and us. πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Cupertino Government)

GW Valentines Day

GW Valentine's Day

So this is how they celebrate Valentines Day at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

These posters of George Washington were plastered everywhere and each one had the big kiss lips on it as well as some provocative saying penned on its forehead.

This one in particular sort of got right to the intimate point saying “My place or yours?”

I believe this was the student’s attempt at humor and hopefully meant no disrespect to good old GW.

Anyway, kids will be kids–they celebrate in all sorts of interesting and innovative ways.

Happy

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How’s This For A Two-In-One?

How's This For A Two-In-One?

CTA makes this pedestal iPad and toilet paper holder–to help you when you really need it.

Get your information and also your personal cleaning products at the tip of your fingers.

Many people like to browse, read, or otherwise entertain themselves with the iPad, now you can do it and take care of your other business too.

The CTA holder has a gooseneck so you can adjust and view at any angle, and it has a heavyweight base to keep it stable and upright.

Imagine you can even get it at Sears for just $44.32 (or the SupplyStore.com)–affordable, entertaining, and convenient.

You may also want to consider a Philips iPad Splashguard, they come in a three pack. πŸ˜‰

Brilliant Knife Set Design

Deglon Meeting Knife SetI came across this brilliant knife set by French company,Β Deglon, called Meeting–I would assume it’s called that because of how the knives meet up and fit together into a single stainless steel block.


I love the the simplicity and eloquence, and these wonΒ the European Cutlery Design Award.


There are four knives in this set for paring, utility, chef, and fillet.Β 

Deglon also has a steak knife set–similar concept in that the knives fit together, but they stack rather than fit inside each other, so it is cute, but has less of a wow-factor.Β 


My other concern with these knifes is their handle which doesn’t have a cushioned or rubberized grib–so for lots of cooking and cutting, I am not sure how comfortable or slip-resistant these are to use.


Similarly, some of the knives may not be so quick and easy to pull them out and use, especially the ones that are tucked inside the others.Β 


Perhaps, these are an example of form versus function–where this contemporary knife set look very beautiful, but how practical are they for everyday use?


At $750, I am pretty sure these are better than anything I use regularly, but I am definitely no chef! πŸ˜‰


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal screenshot at Deglon.com)

Don’t Eat Me, I’m Driving

Panda_seat_covers

The Guardian reported today the finding of a scientist in China that prehistoric people used to slash, kill, and eat pandas.

It is hard to believe that anybody would eat anything as cute as a panda bear, but when your prehistoric and starving–perhaps that’s a different story.

According to ABC News, when two giant pandas arrived in Washington D.C. in December 2000, people waited in line for 4 hours to see them.

There are only about 130-140 pandas in captivity and U.S. Zoos are paying China as much as $1 to $2 million a year to rent these huggable, teddy bear like creatures.

Personally, beautiful creatures like pandas, penguins, seals, turtles, lions, tigers and more are for marveling at and enjoying–not for calorie intake.

One creative individual found a noteworthy way to tell everyone just how adorable s/he felt the pandas are–by getting car seat covers that look just like they are driving around town. πŸ˜‰

(Source Photos: Minna Blumenthal)