Design

Marking ten years since the launch of the Innovision 1 — which boasted ten horological innovations — the Innovision 2, a halo/concept timepiece, was unveiled at SIHH 2017, with ten new innovations — via Professional Watches

Design

Lane Williams Architects have designed this contemporary home in Bellevue, Washington, that’s conforms to the community design guidelines of the surrounding neighbourhood that’s filled with mid-century homes — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

We’ve seen a fair number of charming green roofs, but few are as committed to the idea as this sprawling new school in Revin, France. Completed by Bordeaux-based firm Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture, the project began with the demolition of the original ‘60s-built and badly-damaged Jean Moulin High School, which had been embedded into the landscape of rolling hills — via Curbed

Entertainment

The Narrow World / Brent Bonacorso

The Narrow World is the story of a gigantic alien that crashes to Earth and takes up residence in Los Angeles. Contrary to expectations, when the alien is neither hostile towards the tiny humans around it, nor communicative in any way, it falls on the populace to decipher what, exactly, this visitor wants and what it means for them. One man sees more to it- a message, perhaps, that may tell us less about the alien, and more about our deepest inner selves, about the mysteries of the soul — via Vimeo

Design

This truly odd home is located in Prague, Czech Republic and was designed by the firm Šépka architekti. It was built on a steep slope among trees and is called House in the Orchard. It’s raised off the ground, supported by a concrete stilt, while the living quarters are shaped a lot like a pear. The unique shape and design were chosen to cut down on building costs. The home also quite possibly has the smallest footprint we’ve seen for a good while — via Jetson Green

Art

In the northern Italian city of Alessandria, Italy (about 100km south of Milan), a new, quirky basketball court has been designed by Sicilian mononymic artist Gue is giving the Paris court a run for its money. Combining shades of orange, yellow, blue and grey, Gue used curved lines to create a colour-blocked court that calls to mind the graphic work of Picasso. The effect, especially from the air, is striking, and reminiscent of the power a mural can have on the appearance and vibe of even the most common elements of an urban streetscape — via Curbed

Design

This Huf Haus in West Linton, near Edinburgh, Scotland is factory-built modernism. Built in Germany to your own personal requirements, the house is then transported to your location, before being constructed by the Huf Haus team to its exacting standards. At first glance, they all look the same. But each one has been tweaked to the original customer’s own needs, so houses are rarely copies of each other. If you want this as your next home, the asking price is offers over £675,000 — via WowHaus

Wildlife

Rodrigues Fruit Bat / San Diego Zoo Safari Park

There’s a new baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — and this time, it has wings. A 12-day-old Rodrigues fruit bat is being cared for at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Centre, and he is flying ahead of schedule in his development, despite a rough delivery. The male pup is the second Rodrigues fruit bat ever to be hand reared at the nursery: The first was his mother, Patty — via Youtube

Design

From the exterior, this marvellous building in Dallas, Texas looks more like a museum or some other sort of institution than a house, a testament to its ability to combine a modernist and Brutalist aesthetic with practical living.

Built in 1950, according to the listing information, the 5,280-square-foot midcentury monolith combines curving volumes clad in brick and punctuated with towering windows offering impressive high-ceilinged spaces that feel almost gothic. You want a house to move you, and this one truly does. It is listed for $2,295,000 — via Curbed

Design

Take the legendary RS750: it hit the flat track circuit in 1983, and racked up multiple championships in the hands of Ricky Graham and Bubba Shobert. So when a customer gave his 1984 CX500E to Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Custom, it was the RS750 that Dirk turned to for inspiration — via Bike EXIF

Art, Wildlife

Big Trash Animals by Bordalo II is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet. Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness — via Neatorama

World

In the war between millennials and baby boomers we have forgotten about the work-hard, play-hard Generation X

Don’t you know there’s a war on? It’s being fought right now, all around us, between the baby boomers and the millennials.

Opinions differ as to the exact parameters that define each group of combatants, but the boomers are generally thought to have been born between 1946 (the results of the post-war baby boom, when people were so happy to be alive after six years of conflict that they jumped, en masse, into the sack) and the early 1960s. The millennials, on the other hand, take their name from the fact they came of age at the turn of the new century, so are usually defined as being born in 1982 or later.

The boomers don’t like the millennials because they think the younger generation are feckless, whiny snowflakes who are scared of hard graft and obsessed by status, more interested in posting a selfie to social media than doing anything useful.

The millennials, on the other hand, see the moomers as a rapacious generation that’s pretty much ruined everything for them. They’re living too long, taxpayers’ money is gushing into looking after them. They’ve kept house prices high, meaning young people can’t afford to buy. Workplace pensions are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Boomers are, by and large, Brexiteers and Trumpers. They remember when Britain was great, and think coming out of Europe will be a doddle. They want to make America great all over again.

If you fall into either of those camps, you’ll doubtless have strong opinions. If you don’t, then come and join me on the sidelines as the two sides limber up for the mother of all battles. I’ve got popcorn, it’ll be fun. And who are we, if we’re not boomers or millennials? Why, we’re Generation X of course. And when the slapping and fighting is all done and dusted, we’re going to save the world — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

The 1950s Richard Neutra-designed JM Roberts Residence in West Covina, California is one of those houses that looks like it’s straight off the pages of a period interiors magazine, but that is down to design rather than luck.

This place has gone on the market after a two-year restoration by Eric Lamers, which, according to the agent, involved updating systems, recreating missing elements and rehabilitating original details.

Not cheap at $1,795,000, but no doubt worth every penny to someone — via WowHaus

Design

Beinfield Architecture were tasked with transforming an abandoned police station, originally designed by James Gamble Rogers, into new offices for travel company Kayak.com.

As part of the design, the client requested a used jet fuselage to be hung from the ceiling. Due to the building being a historic structure, this wasn’t easy as the used fuselage was deemed too large to bring into the building. Instead, the designers were able to have a new fuselage built from within the office. Underneath the impressive fuselage is a glass enclosed room with kitchen facilities — via CONTEMPORIST

Art, Design

Fine arts and commercial photographer Balint Alovits has released Time Machine, his latest photo series documenting Art Deco and Bauhaus staircases throughout Budapest, Hungary — via ArchDaily

Design

This wildly indulgent property is your answer to African-style ranch living, according to the listing, in case anyone unbothered by that phrase’s colonialist undertones has been searching for that.

Measuring 226 hectares just outside San Diego, and surrounded by Cleveland National Forest, Double S Ranch is made up of seven lakes, horse stables, two helipads, a log cabin and main house, caretaker’s cottage, several workshops, and much more.

Apparently modelled after the world’s largest ranch in Zimbabwe, Double S Ranch is dedicated to raising Watusi and Black Angus Cattle in an all-natural, wholly sustainable environment and features full solar energy, six wells, several water storage tanks, satellite internet and cable, and generators.

For the chance to own this ranch utopialocated at 28197 Angel Mountain Road in Santa Ysabel, you’ll need $16,000,000 — via Curbed

Health

Pornhub launches online sex education centre because no-one else is doing it

The world’s largest porn site has launched a centre dedicated to educating people about sexuality and sexual health — because of poor standards of sex and relationship education (SRE).

In the US sex and relationship education is often heavily regulated by state lawmakers, meaning that school kids are commonly taught under abstinence-only programmes that do not provide quality advice on protection, avoiding STIs or sexual health in general.

In addition, a handful of states continue to maintain laws that ban teachers from mentioning homosexuality.

In the absence of any real education, young people are increasingly turning to pornography to learn about sex — which campaigners warn can lead to body issues, unrealistic expectations and even dangerous or risky practises.

But rather than being part of the problem, the world’s largest porn site Pornhub is trying to be part of the solution, launching an online resource centre dedicated to sexual health.

The website has hired clinical psychologist Dr Laurie Betito to run the new Pornhub Sexual Wellness Centre, which will provide readers with information and advice regarding sexuality, sexual health and relationships.

It explains: The free site will feature original editorial content on an assortment of topics from an array of esteemed doctors, therapists, community leaders and experts.

Unlike many sex ed resources online, all the contributors to the site are qualified medical experts.

The site already has content on a number of topics including consent, transgender terminology and HIV/AIDS — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Wildlife

The Buffalo Zoo recently announced the birth of their newest Brazilian Ocelot kitten, Nico. The adorable little male was born on 17 November to mum, Ayla (age 6), and dad, Pedro (age 12) — via ZooBorns

Design

This year’s Panerai PAM 671 with blue dial is is a nice follow on to the PAM 507 Bronzo of 2013 and the PAM 382 Bronzo of 2011 — also 47mm Luminor Submersible models, though with a forest green dial. The case, bezel, crown bridge, lever, and crown are all made of Panerai’s bronze (tin + copper alloy) with a brushed finish.  The PAM 671 is a limited edition of 1,000 units and it is priced at $14,400. The calibre is Panerai’s calibre P.9010 three-day automatic movement, which is imperceptibly thinner (1.9mm) than the P.9000 calibre in the 2011 model (P.9002 in the 2013 model) — via Perpétuelle

Rights

‘A Sense of Dread’ for Civil Servants Shaken by Trump Transition

Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald J Trump’s arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the two million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President Trump’s environmental orders without being fired.

At the Treasury Department, civil servants are quietly gathering information about whistle-blower protections as they polish their résumés.

At the United States Digital Service — the youthful cadre of employees who left jobs at Google, Facebook or Microsoft to join the Obama administration — workers are debating how to stop Mr Trump should he want to use the databases they made more efficient to target specific immigrant group.

It’s almost a sense of dread, as in, what will happen to us, said Gabrielle Martin, a trial lawyer and 30-year veteran at the Denver office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where colleagues now share daily, grim predictions about the fate of their jobs under Mr Trump’s leadership.

It’s like the movie music when the shark is coming, Ms Martin said, referring to Jaws, the 1975 thriller. People are just wary — is the shark going to come up out of the water? — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Now this is something a little different, But I think you’ll agree that this former nuclear bunker with original fittings in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is just a little bit special.

Whether it works as a house is a different matter. You never know, if the news is getting you down right now, it might well be an attractive proposition. Failing that, it might well be good for a weird and wonderful holiday let, a tourist site or just your own hidden lair if you want to get away from everything. If you want it, the agent is looking for offers around the £575,000 mark — via WowHaus

Art, Wildlife

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing — via Society6

Technology

Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as ‘unreliable’ source

Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group generally unreliable.

The move is highly unusual for the online encyclopaedia, which rarely puts in place a blanket ban on publications and which still allows links to sources such as Kremlin backed news organisation Russia Today, and Fox News, both of which have raised concern among editors.

The editors described the arguments for a ban as centred on the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism and flat-out fabrication.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia but does not control its editing processes, said in a statement that volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had discussed the reliability of the Mail since at least early 2015.

It said: Based on the requests for comments section [on the reliable sources noticeboard], volunteer editors on English Wikipedia have come to a consensus that the Daily Mail is generally unreliable and its use as a reference is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Not cheap, but The Edris House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs, California is pretty special. In fact, this 1952 desert modernist gem is both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Palm Springs Class 1 historic site. No mean feat for a piece of domestic architecture. It’s on the market at $4,200,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The former site of France’s National Library has reopened after years of renovation work by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal. located at Rue de Richelieu in Paris, the historic complex houses the collections and reading rooms of the manuscripts department, the maps and plans branch, the coins, medals and antiques bureau, and the performing arts office. Since 1993, the quadrangle has also been home to the french national art history library.

In the early 2000s, it was decided that the ageing building had become unsuitable for the demands of the 21st century, and a major overhaul was planned. With work starting in 2011, Bruno Gaudin’s architecture firm was responsible for the project’s general management, while the restoration of the listed Salle Labrouste was entrusted to Jean-François Lagneau. To keep the library partially open, the renovation has been divided into two phases, with the second stage set to complete in 2020 — via designboom

Politics

Some notes on the worst-case scenario

Confession time: I’m an optimist, especially about the ideas of social progress that emerged in Europe at the end of the middle ages and became mainstream in western politics in the early 20th century. I called the outcome of the Brexit referendum wrong (by underestimating the number of racist bigots and Little Englanders in the UK population: Brexit is a proxy for English nationalism, which is absolutely not the same as British nationalism), and I called the US presidential election wrong (underestimating the extent of gerrymandering and micro-targeted black propaganda driven by data mining in the campaign).

Since January 20th we’ve seen a degree and type of activity emanating from the new US administration that is markedly different from anything in my politically aware lifetime (loosely: since Reagan). Blanket bans on entry to the USA by anyone associated with certain nationalities, mass firings at the State Department, a president railing against a so-called judge, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff being booted off the National Security Council and replaced by a white nationalist ideologue, and a former CEO of Exxon in the Cabinet: what’s going on?

Let me pull on my pessimist’s hat and advance the most scary hypothesis I can imagine that explains the current situation.

Please note that the following scenario assumes that what we are witnessing is deliberate and planned and that the people in Trump’s inner circle actually have a coherent objective they are working towards. (I desperately hope that I’m wrong on all counts) — via redwolf.newsvine.com