Category: FYI


Laguna Vere: Tbilisi’s Abandoned Soviet-era Sports Complex

Laguna Vere was once the premier aquatic sports centre in the Caucasus. Today it’s abandoned though, a Soviet ruin in the heart of Tbilisi, Georgia.

Laguna Vere: Tbilisi’s Abandoned Soviet-era Sports Complex

James Clear – First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

What could you make with these three things?

Imagine you have three things:

A motorboat with a skier behind it
A military tank
A bicycle

Now, let’s break these items down into their constituent parts:

Motorboat: motor, the hull of a boat, and a pair of skis.
Tank: metal treads, steel armor plates, and a gun.
Bicycle: handlebars, wheels, gears, and a seat.

What can you create from these individual parts? One option is to make a snowmobile by combining the handlebars and seat from the bike, the metal treads from the tank, and the motor and skis from the boat.

This is the process of first principles thinking in a nutshell. It is a cycle of breaking a situation down into the core pieces and then putting them all back together in a more effective way. Deconstruct then reconstruct.

First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

Atomic power plant engineer by day, graphic designer by night

Andrew Krasovitckii has a secret that would surprise his co-workers if they found out. This happily married father of one may be a successful and highly respected engineer in an atomic power plant by day, but after his 9–5, Andrew loves nothing more than to create fabulous graphics for Envato Elements.

Atomic power plant engineer by day, graphic designer by night

Messy Nessy Chic – Cabinet of Chic Curiosities

November 11, 2017
House Hunting for the Ultimate Hideout
If you had the choice to plant your flag anywhere you wanted– would you choose to be stay with the pack or venture off on your own? I often wonder about people who live out in the middle of nowhere, isolated from the rest of the world. Did they choose this life? Are they truly…

The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing
When winter arrives and those icy chills replace the Autumn thrills, most of us tend to curl up beside the fire with a good book, grab a hot chocolate or watch a classic movie. If you live in the northern middle states of the US however, you bundle up in your warmest clothes, pull on your hat, mittens,…

They Just don’t Make Vacations like they Used To
This is just one of those posts that started with a single photograph which gave me such nostalgia for an era I’ve never actually lived through, that I proceeded to compile my own imaginary photo album of the perfect 1950s vacation– all shot in 35mm kodachrome of course. It was this tiny vacation cottage that…

Messy Nessy Chic – Cabinet of Chic Curiosities

FYI November 12, 2017

1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous “exploding whale” incident.
The term exploding whale primarily refers to an event at Florence, Oregon in November 1970, when a dead sperm whale (reported to be a gray whale) was blown up by the Oregon Highway Division in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. The explosion threw whale flesh over 800 feet (240 m) away. This incident became famous in the United States when American humorist Dave Barry wrote about it in his newspaper column after viewing a videotape of television footage of the explosion. The event became well-known internationally a few decades later when the same footage circulated on the Internet. It was also parodied in the 2007 movie Reno 911!: Miami.

There have also been examples of spontaneously exploding whales. The most widely reported example was in Taiwan in 2004, when the buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale caused it to explode in a crowded urban area while it was being transported for a post-mortem examination.

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1606 – Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian nurse, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (d. 1673)
Jeanne Mance (November 12, 1606 – June 18, 1673) was a French nurse and settler of New France. She arrived in New France two years after the Ursuline nuns came to Quebec. Among the founders of Montreal, Canada, in 1642, she established its first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, in 1645. She returned twice to France to seek financial support for the hospital. After providing most of the care directly for years, in 1657 she recruited three sisters of the Religieuses hospitalières de Saint-Joseph, and continued to direct operations of the hospital.

Jeanne Mance was born into a bourgeois family in Langres, in Haute-Marne, France. She was the daughter of Catherine Émonnot and Charles Mance, a prosecutor for the king in Langres, an important diocese in the northern Burgundy. After her mother died prematurely, Jeanne cared for eleven brothers and sisters. She went on to care for victims of the Thirty Years War and the plague.

At age 34, while on a pilgrimage to Troyes in Champagne, Mance discovered her missionary calling. She decided to go to New France in North America, then in the first stages of colonization by the French. She was supported by Anne of Austria, the wife of King Louis XIII, and by the Jesuits.

Mance was a member of the Society of Our Lady of Montreal; its goal was to convert the natives and found a hospital in Montreal similar to the one in Quebec.

Founding of Montreal and Hôtel-Dieu Hospital
Further information: Société Notre-Dame de Montréal and Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal

Charles Lallemant recruited Jeanne Mance for the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal. Mance embarked from La Rochelle on May 9, 1641, on a crossing of the Atlantic that took three months. After wintering in Quebec, she and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve arrived at the Island of Montreal in the spring of 1642. They founded the new city on May 17, 1642, on land granted by the Governor. That same year Mance began operating a hospital in her home.

Three years later (1645), with a donation of 6000 francs by Angélique Bullion, she opened a hospital on Rue Saint-Paul.[1] She directed its operations for 17 years. A new stone structure was built in 1688, and others have been built since then.[2]

Later years
In 1650 Mance visited France and returned with 22,000 livres of money set aside by Mme de Bullion for the hospital. On her return to Montreal, she found that the attacks of the Iroquois threatened the colony. She loaned the hospital money to M. de Maisonneuve, who returned to France to organize a force of one hundred men for the colony’s defense.[2]

Mance made a second trip to France in 1657 to seek financial assistance for the hospital. At the same time, she secured three Hospital Sisters of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph from the convent of La Fleche in Anjou: Judith Moreau de Bresoles, Catherine Mace, and Marie Maillet. They had a difficult passage on the return, made worse by an outbreak of the plague on board, but all four women survived. While Mgr. de Laval tried to retain the sisters at Quebec for that hospital, they eventually reached Montreal in October 1659.

With the help of the new sisters, Mance was able to ensure the continued operations of the hospital. For the rest of her years, she lived more quietly.[2]

She died in 1673 after a long illness and was buried in the church of the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital. While the church and her house were destroyed in 1696 for redevelopment, her work was carried on by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. The three nuns she had recruited in 1659 served as hospital administrators. Two centuries later, in 1861 the hospital was moved to the foot of Mount Royal.[2]

A small statuette (2008) representing Jeanne Mance by André Gauthier was commissioned for the Canadian Nurses Association for a biannual award of nursing excellence.
Rue Jeanne-Mance, a north-south street in Montreal, is named after Mance.
Jeanne-Mance Park, situated on Park Avenue, opposite Mount Royal, and just south of Mount Royal Avenue, is named after Mance.
Jeanne-Mance Building, situated on Eglantine Driveway, Tunneys Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A Federal Government of Canada Office Tower currently occupied by Health Canada.
Jeanne Mance Hall is a dormitory on the campus of University of Vermont. It is situated across the street from the student health center.


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Photographer Exposes The ‘Truth’ Behind Professional Portraits, And It May Surprise You

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Is Simple Living For You? Answer These 25 Questions To Find Out • New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” Mother Teresa

If you’re considering simple living, there are likely many things that you haven’t considered and a few that you have. You may picture simple living as easy and something that is far more fun and exciting than the life that you’re currently living.

Be as it may, there are still some things that you’ll want to ask yourself before you embark on a simple living plan. These questions will help guide you to your answer of “Is Simple Living For You?” There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, these are all personal questions that must be answered individually before you choose your simple life.

These 25 questions will help you to determine if the simple life is truly for you. Keep in mind that these are personal questions, there are no right or wrong answers. The only wrong answers are if you’re lying to yourself. Leading the simple life is a journey, it’s not a destination. So take the time to ask yourself the following questions and put some thought into your answers. You may wish to have a notepad at the ready and write your answers down as you go.

Is Simple Living For You? Answer These 25 Questions To Find Out • New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog

Mental Yoga Sunday :: Issue No. 22 Ventipop

Mental Yoga Sunday this week features long reads I’ve posted the previous five days in the Daily Grind posts. Something is Wrong on the Internet made me wildly uncomfortable because I have two young children online, Weinstein’s Army of Spies made me queasy as well; hard to believe someone’s mind works that way. Fake Friends and Family reinforces how truly strange I think the Japanese culture is. Both VR on Social Issues and When will the Earth try to kill us Again made me simultaneously eager and anxious about the future. The Secret Life of a Mall Kiosk Worker answered a lot of questions I’ve always had about those lurkers in the mall halls. And Guns by Stephen King is something everyone should read…especially our elected officials.

Mental Yoga Sunday :: Issue No. 22 Ventipop

delanceyplace archive by editor Richard Vague:  Richard Rodgers

Today’s encore selection — from The Sound of Their Music: The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein by Frederick Nolan. Richard Rodgers was a towering giant among 20th century composers, but his often sweet, sentimental and reaffirming music belied the fact that he was a tough-minded businessman and “vulpine womanizer”:

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The 30 Best Podcast Episodes of All Time – The Mission – Medium

So there you have it, folks. Our version of the 30 best, or at least different, episodes that might take you on a journey across time, space, consciousness, and your own life. Enjoy. Take the knowledge and apply it.

The 30 Best Podcast Episodes of All Time – The Mission – Medium