Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Strange Buildings::Great Architecture!!



Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)




Device to Root Out Evil (Vancouver, Canada)


Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)


Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)


La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)


 Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)


Ripley’s Building (Ontario, Canada)

Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)


Wonderworks (Orlando, Florida, United States)


The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)


Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace (France)



Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)


The Torre Galatea Figueres (Spain)



 The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

INTERESTING DESIGNS

Eight of the world's strangest houses


Bubble Dream Castle

The space-age Bubble Dream Castle in southern France, near Cannes, was begun in 1975 by Antti Lovag. Inside, the livable sculpture resembles a set from vintage Star Trek, but with more light, since the windows are designed to take advantage of Mediterranean sun.

One of the goals of the visionary designer was to unify the home with its natural surrounding, by bringing outdoor elements inside. Today, the complex boasts 10 suites decorated by different artists, a reception hall seating 350, an outdoor auditorium, and a massive garden.



Amory Lovins' House

Leading green thinker Amory Lovins of the venerable Rocky Mountain Institute lives in a gorgeous home in Old Snowmass, Colorado, that costs a miserly $5 per month to power, thanks to passive solar design, 16-inch-thick walls, xenon-filled windows, and a pair of wood-burning stoves. The home is festooned with solar panels, and there's a passively controlled greenhouse that yields tropical fruit.

Begun in 1982, the house was way ahead of its time, and has recently been updated with LEDs, the latest energy-monitoring technology, and other green tweaks.



Montesilo

At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri, residents cobbled together a livable two-bedroom apartment from an old grain bin. Considerably more upscale is the attractive Montesilo in Woodland, Utah, finished in 2006 by Gigaplex Architects.

The Montesilo was made by joining together two corrugated grain silos, and it has a modest, space-efficient size of 1,800 square feet. The home sits in a gorgeous natural setting, near the Provo River, and the ample windows and balcony help bring the outdoors in.



222 House

The remarkable 222 House in Wales leaves a nearly nonexistent footprint on the region's southwest coast. According to designers Future Systems, "The soft, organic form of the building is designed to melt into the rugged grass and gorse landscape, the roof and sides of the house being turfed with local vegetation."

Completed in 1994, the bathroom and kitchen are prefabricated pods that were lifted into the site during construction. The home needs little energy input due to the natural insulation of the ground.





The Sliding House

In a final form that quite closely resembles the the Barn House by Belgian architectural and planning firm BURO II (which reworks an existing barn), London-based dRRM Architects created the Sliding House in Suffolk, England.

This unique dwelling is designed to be flexible, allowing the owners to take advantage of fluctuations in light and temperature, maximizing energy savings through passive heating and cooling. The 20-ton outer shell can be retracted in six minutes, revealing an inner layer that's mostly glass. It's like layering up in clothing!





The Steel House

One glance at the fantastical Steel House, and you'll never forget it. Designer Robert Bruno wanted it to look somewhere between animal and machine, and we think he succeeded. The unique home is perched on a bluff near Lubbock, Texas, and minimizes disruption to the area by resting on top of four skinny legs.

Steel is long-lasting and highly recyclable, so green builders have been giving it a second look in recent years, especially for roofing. Inside, the Steel House looks more H.R. Giger than Martha Stewart, and it doesn't look like the most practical living space, but it definitely is thinking outside of the four-walled box.



The Nautilus House

Perhaps what Gaudi would have envisioned if he were asked to decorate a sea shell, the Nautilus in Mexico City was completed in 2006 by architect Javier Sensonian of Arquitectura Orgánica. Sensonian practices what he calls "bio-architecture," and has designed buildings shaped like snakes, whales and other living things.

The Nautilus was built for a young family who wanted something that felt more integrated with nature, and it is filled with lush vegetation. The front door blends into the colorful mosaic facade.



Free Spirit Spheres

Looking like something from Star Wars, suspended tree houses known as Free Spirit Spheres excite the imagination. Made by Tom and Rosy Chudleigh from British Columbia, the "tree houses for adults" are handmade from local wood.

The spheres are recommended for meditation, photography, canopy research, leisure, wildlife watching and other activities, and they can be ordered fully loaded with plumbing, electricity and insulation. Some are available for rental, and DIY kits are offered. They reportedly sway in the wind.

Intresting News!!

FILE PICTURE- This April 5, 2010 file photo shows astrophysicist Stephen Hawking of England presenting a lecture …

Aliens may exist but contact would hurt humans: Hawking
Aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday.


"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," said the astrophysicist in a new television series, according to British media reports.


The programmes depict an imagined universe featuring alien life forms in huge spaceships on the hunt for resources after draining their own planet dry.

"Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach," warned Hawking.

The doomsday scenario is suggested in the series "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking" on the Discovery Channel, which began airing in the United States on Sunday.

On the probability of alien life existing, he says: "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational.

"The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."

Glowing squid-like creatures, herds of herbivores that can hang onto a cliff face and bright yellow predators that kill their prey with stinging tails are among the creatures that stalk the scientist's fantastical cosmos.

Mankind has already made a number of attempts to contact extraterrestrial civilisations.



In 2008, American space agency NASA beamed the Beatles song "Across the Universe" into deep space to send a message of peace to any alien that happens to be in the region of Polaris -- also known as the North Star -- in 2439.

But the history of humanity's efforts to contact aliens stretches back some years.

The US probes Pioneer 10 and 11 were launched in 1972 and 1973 bearing plaques of a naked man and woman and symbols seeking to convey the positions of the Earth and the Sun.

Voyager 1 and 2, launched in 1977, each carry a gold-plated copper phonogram disk with recordings of sounds and images on Earth.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Be UR self!!

I Wish to be Myself always!!.......
there are reasons for it!!..............

There are many ppl who easily get influenced by others very easily!!
it becomes like the ''Donkey and Its Owner'' story if i heed to everybody's advice!!
let me tell you once incident which made me cement on this !!
I generally can't stand humiliation!.....i dont get a reason for why i should!!
I always do what i think is right.....ppl told me to adjust with others for everything!!they mean i must be quiet if they even humiliate me!!i usually hit back at anyone who insults me, that resulted in loss of few friends. i did not bother about that. i just thought they are not worthy of being my friends. I cant be a guinea pig to be experimented by everyone for any reaction!!Any way i once decided to try my teacher's advice to adjust with everybody for everything!!i even kept quiet when buggers irritated and insulted me!!.....after all it comes with the package when i chose to be quiet!!...........but that proved to be the biggest blunder in my student life!!people thought i wont do anything even if they sell my kidneys!!................................
i just assumed myself to be a third person to judge my attitude....Suddenly i felt a need to go back to my old attitude of 'hitting back' when i could not stand the insult any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But i felt i needed to recoil in a different manner!!.....I JUST LEARNED TO ACT ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT OSAMA-BIN-LADENS COMING IN MY WAY!!....u know all bin-ladens don't get silenced the same way!!.........
and i did..........................................
But i found that hitting back at others resulted in a situation lot better than being a guinea pig!!



so happy at being myself............
thanks for great chanakyas of kali yuga who advised wonders to me......!!
Just thinking twice before blindly putting any advice to practice would prevent an embarrassment!!
and i did.....!! :)

Blaze

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

bangalore is now tout-galore

Parking woes!!


I never imagined Parking vehicle in Bangalore would be so tough!!

recently the government had said that with an exception of two places parking charges would not be charged anywhere in Bangalore.

i just parked my vehicle in a public complex in bangalore.i remembered well what the govt had announced.so i just went to shop for some books.but unfortunately i did not get it.so i just returned to pick up my vehicle when a little boy handed over a pink ticket asking me to pay 30 bucks!i was shocked.when i questioned him, he told me that he had the authority to collect the parking charge in public places as the BDA[Bangalore development authority] had given his boss the contract for 3 years!!and when i remarked that i had just parked my vehicle for about 10 minutes, he told that he saw me enter the building 3 hours ago!!.....and if i failed to give him the money he would inform his boss.

i just told him to bring his 'boss'. but ALAS!!his boss turned out to be  a DRUNK-HUGE FOUL-MOUTHED LOCAL GOON!!i just paid the money and went out of sight!....

i don't mind paying a one time sultry sum of thirty bucks!but imagine the fate of ppl who happened to visit there daily!!

i am sure that the goons will be having contact with the local politicians!!

but what to do? we only have the rights to vote!!and not to question the politicians.....
legally you can do that but not if you want to live peacefully!!.........


blaze 




White Tigers

THE WHITE TIGERS





                                                                     


A white tiger is a tiger with a recessive gene that creates the pale coloration. Another genetic characteristic makes the stripes of the tiger very pale; white tigers of this type are called snow-white or "pure white". White tigers are not albinos and do not constitute a separate subspecies of their own and can breed with orange ones, although (approx.) half of the resulting offspring will be heterozygous for the recessive white gene, and their fur will be orange. The only exception would be if the orange parent was itself already a heterozygous tiger, which would give each cub a 50% chance of being either double-recessive white or heterozygous orange. If two heterozygous tigers, or heterozygotes, breed on average 25% of their offspring will be white, 50% will be heterozygous orange (white gene carriers) and 25% will be homozygous orange, with no white genes. In the 1970s a pair of heterozygous orange tigers named Sashi and Ravi produced 13 cubs in Alipore Zoo, of which 3 were white. If two white tigers breed, 100% of their cubs will be homozygous white tigers. A tiger which is homozygous for the white gene may also be heterozygous or homozygous for many different genes. The question of whether a tiger is heterozygous (a heterozygote) or homozygous (a homozygote) depends on the context of which gene is being discussed. Inbreeding promotes homozygosity and has been used as a strategy to produce white tigers.

Compared to orange tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be larger both at birth and at full adult size.This may have given them an advantage in the wild despite their unusual coloration. Heterozygous orange tigers also tend to be larger than other orange tigers. Kailash Sankhala, the director of the New Delhi Zoo in the 1960s, said "One of the functions of the white gene may have been to keep a size gene in the population, in case it's ever needed."
Compared to orange tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be larger both at birth and at full adult size.This may have given them an advantage in the wild despite their unusual coloration. Heterozygous orange tigers also tend to be larger than other orange tigers. Kailash Sankhala, the director of the New Delhi Zoo in the 1960s, said "One of the functions of the white gene may have been to keep a size gene in the population, in case it's ever needed."




 

Dark-striped white individuals are well-documented in the Bengal Tiger subspecies, also known as the Royal Bengal or Indian tiger, (Panthera tigris tigris or P. t. bengalensis), may also have occurred in captive Siberian Tigers (Panthera tigris altaica), and may have been reported historically in several other subspecies. White pelage is most closely associated with the Bengal, or Indian subspecies. Currently, several hundred white tigers are in captivity worldwide with about 100 of them in India, and their numbers are on the increase. The modern population includes both pure Bengals and hybrid Bengal–Siberians, but it is unclear whether the recessive gene for white came only from Bengals, or from any of the Siberian ancestors as well.

The unusual coloration of white tigers has made them popular in zoos and entertainment that showcases exotic animals. The magicians Siegfried & Roy are famous for having bred and trained two white tigers for their performances, referring to them as "royal white tigers" perhaps from the white tiger's association with the Maharaja of Rewa. The exotic-tiger performance trio of Ron Holiday, Joy Holiday and Chuck Lizza—subjects of the HBO documentary film Cat Dancers—worked with a white tiger which ended up killing two of them.

Save Tigers!!






THE NATIONAL ANIMAL OF INDIA IS IN DISTRESS!ITS OUR TURN TO SAVE IT!!
On February 14, 2010, the Chinese lunar calendar moved into the Year of the Tiger. Unfortunately, the plight of wild tigers doesn’t call for much celebration. Three subspecies have been driven to extinction in the past century alone and experts estimate there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. The good news is that together we can secure a future for these magnificent big cats.
Possibly as few as 3,200 left in the wildFacts & FiguresTigers are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia (Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Russia (Far East), Thailand and Vietnam. View mapThe 6 living subspecies of tigers are: Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China and Sumatran.The Bali, Caspian and Javan tiger subspecies have all become extinct.Wild tiger numbers have fallen by about 95% over the past 100 years.Tigers survive in 40% less area than they occupied a decade ago.Tigers are the largest of all the Asian big cats, at the top the food chain, and are one of the most culturally important and beautiful animals on this planet. However, they are also among the most vulnerable and threatened species on Earth.For over a million years, the “King of the Jungle” lorded over a territory stretching from eastern Turkey to the Russian Far East, with its home extending northward to Siberia and southward into Bali. But by the end of the last century, the Bali, Javan and Caspian tigers were extinct. Tragically, the remaining six subspecies risk the same fate as the Javan and Caspian because of illegal wildlife trade, poaching, and conflict with people.If we do not respond to the plight of wild tigers and the needs of the communities that share their home with tigers—most of which is outside protected wildlife areas – we will witness the loss of one of the world’s most irreplaceable natural wonders of our lifetime.
SubspeciesThree tiger subspecies - the Bali, Javan, and Caspian - have become extinct in the past 70 years. The six remaining subspecies - Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China, and Sumatran - live only in Asia, and all are threatened by poaching and habitat loss.

Welcome

Welcome
The word Welcome is used as voc. to express pleasure at a person's coming; 

I do wish the same when you visit this blog!.......

let this blog be a medium to vent out ur feelings and thoughts.

The various colours of life can be viewed in this blog!But dont forget the Shades Of Human Mind which can also become a subject of blogging!

thank you!.....do enjoy blogging.......................!!



blaze