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14 August 2015: School’s out

High school Architecture

Scratching Sydney's Surface

In the 1950s and 60s, the NSW state government had to meet a growing demand for higher education as a result of the post war baby boom and increased immigration to Australia. This increased population put pressure on the public education system, particularly secondary education, as did the introduction of the Wyndham Scheme in 1962.

The scheme was ‘based on the premise that secondary education was for all adolescents … [formalising] the gradual shift from a hierarchical system of secondary schools where students were streamed on the basis of sex, intelligence and performance to a system of comprehensive, co-educational high schools’ (Sydney and the Bush, p. 232).

Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection) Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection, http://architectureau.com/articles/designing-australian-schools)

The Wyndham Scheme saw changes to the curriculum which had a more student-centred approach and the introduction of the School…

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Do cats really live in the Colosseum?

Spot the pus
lol 🙂

Why Evolution Is True

by Grania

Good morning!

Jerry should be in the air right now, but he has several posts prepared for today.

We’ll check in with the Princess this morning, as it is the only way to start the weekend. Just a wee smidgen of hubris there.

Hili: I’m thinking about the essence of natural laws.
A: Have you reached any conclusions?
Hili: Yes, they are all laws that by right are mine.


In Polish:

Hili: Zastanawiam się nad istotą praw naturalnych.
Ja: Masz jakieś wnioski?
Hili: Tak, to są wszystkie te prawa, które moim zdaniem mnie przysługują.

The Godless Spellchecker is traveling too and sent Jerry this.

I’m currently in Rome taking in the sights. A few cats live in the Colosseum. Managed to snap one. Can you find it?


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What is the effective resistance across A and B?

Answer by John Thimakis:

Looks confusing because of the way it is drawn.
All three resistors are actually parallel.
So Rt= 1 / ( (1/R1) + (1/R2) + (1/R3) )  —-> 1 / ( (1/1) + (1/2) + (1/3) )
1 / ( 1 + 0.5 + .33333 ) ——>   1 / ( 1.83333 )   =  0.545 Ohms (approx)

What is the effective resistance across A and B?

The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google

Apple products. lol
Over-hyped and over priced

The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say

The thing about print adverts was that they stayed where they were. Photo by Bethan on Flickr.

TL:DR: when Apple’s iOS 9 comes out in September, there’s going to be a dramatic uptake of ad blockers on iOS – and it’s going to have far-reaching effects not just on websites and advertisers, but potentially also on the balance in mobile platforms and even on Google’s revenues.

Now, the longer version.

Remember newspapers?

In the old days, adverts appeared in print, on the radio and on the TV. Most ad-supported news organisations that have shifted to the internet began in print.

Ads in print were straightforward. Advertisers bought space, and editors could turn them down, or sometimes decide not to run them if a story broke that would bring about an awkward juxtaposition of, say, the advert for a shoe store on page 3 and the big breaking story now…

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▶ David Silverman Annihilates Alex McFarland Full Debate! – YouTube

▶ David Silverman Annihilates Alex McFarland Full Debate! – YouTube.

Possible solution for growing cities and underwhelming mass transit

This is a neat idea for solving transportation issues.
I can see something like this in the future when autonomous cars become reliably safe.


Tonight, reflecting on the issues that plague my home city of Austin, Texas, I considered a possible solution that utilizes already existing technology. However, some of the technology is still under patent protection and owned by different organizations, so piecing this all together would not be feasible right now.

One of the issues that Austin faces is a lack of reliable, 24/7 mass transit. We have a bus system and a single passenger rail system that only connects the downtown area with northbound highway zones. Much of the city is underserved by the rail, and those which are served, during busy times like South by Southwest, have difficulty meeting demand. Buses are regularly sluggish and many are a burden on the roads and air.

Lobbying has kept non-taxi services such as Lyft out of the city as well, so ride shares are unavailable. Those taxis which already exist are notorious…

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