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The "New" Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker Pens - A Review — The Clicky Post The Shaker comes with the Easy Flow 9000, one of my favorite Parker refills, but can now also accept the popular P8126 rollerball (which I swapped into mine) which is a major plus. The Mover comes fitted with the 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill, a great refill for small letter writers, but a wide variety of refills can be swapped in like the Pilot Juice, or the Pilot Precise V7 which I loaded into mine. While writing, not sure why but the Mover tends to have a little more tip movement (although minimal...) than the Shaker. Perhaps this is due to the spring being used. I am fairly sensitive to this and can say that even though there is some movement, it isn't on the offensive end of the spectrum. With some pens it is like you're broadcasting morse code with the amount of "clicking" the tip does...

Beached Houses — Michael Sorkin Studio The beached houses – slug, carp, and ray – were designed for a site near the sea in Jamaica and are another exercise in biomorphic bilateralism. Although they are inspired by marine creatures rather than mammalians, they beg the same questions of symmetry and, in the case of the carp, of elevation. They differ from the Animal Houses in having much lighter frames and were intended to be built from small members with a light – and lightly stressed – metal skin. The houses engage the idea of representational motility via a somewhat more fluid – if mild – asymmetry and via the idea of the wiggle, an integral distortion of symmetry produced via respiration, motion, or some other life process. Thus, the tail of the ray is caught as it swings to swim, the carp begins to turn, the slug creeps along. The project called for three houses of each type and the site plan catches them in a net of palm trees.

Illuminating Engineering Society The Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a sensible approach to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis. The four-color guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. The energy savings target of 30% is the first step in the process toward achieving a net-zero energy building, which is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws from outside resources equal or less energy than it provides using on-site renewable energy sources. These guides have been developed through the collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S.

Touchscreen Landscapes [Image: Screen grab via]. This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data—in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites—and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms. Port-a-Bach: A Container Getaway Port-a-Bach is a holiday home made from a shipping container. It’s portable, secure, stylish, and can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children. How wonderful it is to just lay there, on the top bunk bed, read a book and enjoy the perfect indoor/outdoor flow.

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