Building is a art!

  ” In his 90’s Techno dream world, school teacher Tom Knowles creates sci-fi scenes from the urban-industrial structure in his favorite cities around the world. As a child, he organized his toys in lines, a self-described higher spectrum perfectionist. As an adult, he’s come to appreciate “the geometry and design of modern buildings.” It’s a natural evolution.

Tom got hooked on photography a few years ago after he saw a friend photographing star trails in the Tatacoa Desert in Colombia.
“I was fascinated by the technology and intricacies behind modern DSLRs and had never realized their creative potential alongside modern software. Special moments and beauty could be recorded and transformed into something lasting and personal. Since that moment I’ve never looked back.”
Lighting and geometry are to Tom’s eyes and brain what techno synth beats are to his heart, an internal and frenetic metronome of shutter clicks. Often he links to a techno recording on Youtube in a photo’s description to bridge the gap between what he’s hearing and what his followers are seeing. The techno influence comes through in his industrial photography in the deep and rich shadows that accompany the strong, geometric lines of the building elements he shoots.
(Play this song as you read the rest of the article.)

Tom lives in rural Buckinghamshire, UK, just outside of London, where he was born and spent many years of his life. When he ventures into the city it is his urban playground. He often listens to techno music while shooting and editing, letting the strength of the beats and rhythm echo into his photographs.

“The ever changing (as well as historic and hidden) cityscape provides a canvas of opportunities for the photography effects I am trying to achieve, as do a large number of modern art galleries and museums. London often appears to be a mecca for diverse characters, oddities, and general miscellany … the perfect background for any photographer!

“On a more visceral level, it’s fair to say that the industrial aspect of London has a strong connection with the drum-and-bass and techno music that I listened to when I was growing up. London definitely acts as a conduit that aids me to recreate and reminisce on a significant part of my life in the ‘90s and heavily influences my style of photography.”

In his meticulously organized way, Tom shows up with a plan. He researches locations he’d want to shoot and understands the timing and conditions that will be at play ahead of time.

“I thoroughly research locations so that I can compose different ideas for photos before I arrive. I like to have a few options [for shots] because in reality being in the situation can feel quite different than generating ideas behind a computer screen. If I don’t have a strong idea or concept I normally just end up wandering around a place or changing my mind so many times that I wouldn’t necessarily come out with anything rewarding.”

This year Tom plans to return to Colombia to camp for an extended period and explore desert-scene light photography with his own techno flare. He’s also launching a weekly photography club for his students to collaborate and collect enough work to present a gallery opening by the end of the 2017 academic year.

To follow Tom Knowles and his photography check out his Flickr Photostream or reach out to invite him for collaborations. You can also find him in the Critique Portfolio Pro Group on Flickr (if you think you have tough enough skin).”

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Living a rich dream


   ” I sold my tech company a few years ago; in a the deal that put a lot of millions into my account.

What do you do when you have a lot of money all of a sudden?
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You start looking at buying the things that you always wanted, or the things other wealthy people have.
A Ferrari came to mind. A big house. A yacht. A private jet. A vacation home.
The Ferrari was a no-brainer… even though its $250,000 sticker price seems like a lot of money to someone on a conventional salary, it is really pocket change when you have $30m+ sitting in your bank account.
The Yacht / Jet / Vacation Home – I ended up not buying because I looked at the financials – and they didn’t make sense. It’s so much better to just rent/charter them when you use them. Saves you a lot of money – and a lot of maintenance headache – while giving you the same experience.
The house was different. It was not only “buying what I always wanted” – it was also building/creating something that was to my personal taste, and that I had to look at almost every day.
So I built this:
11,000 sq.ft., 5 bedroom main house, 2 bedroom guest house, 125 ft pool with waterfall and swim-in grotto, boat house… it even has its own beach volleyball court. $1.5m in custom built furniture alone which was shipped in from France. French artists staying there for 3 months to do all the interior wall paintings.
The son of my General Contractor at the time remarked: “Daddy, when are you finished with that hotel you are building?”
How did it end up so big? I wasn’t at all out for impressing other people. In fact, I deliberately did not plan any “gargantuan” features – such as a two-story high living room – as I saw in many other big homes because it felt “too big” to be cozy. I wanted something that still gives you a feeling of “I’m at home” and not “I’m in a hotel lobby”.
The house was modeled after an old mansion that had been there originally. I made a list of things I wanted to have in addition to what was there:
  • a large separate kitchen so that if you invite people and want a catering company prepare food, they have enough space
  • a formal dining room and a more intimate “breakfast area”
  • a large Master Bedroom suite with a large bathroom and a lot of funky shower modules
  • a large closet (people always run out of closet space after a while)
  • a home office
  • a home office for my wife
  • 3 additional bedrooms in the main house – at the time for guests, but later for up to 3 children
  • a pool billiards table
  • a home theater
  • a gym at the house
  • a roof terrace with a jacuzzi
  • a separate staff apartment for a live-in couple, or alternatively for a friend or a couple that could stay there for a period without being always “in your face”.
Once the architect was done incorporating everything on my list, we were at 11,000 sq.ft. Without making every space extremely large. It just adds up.
I liked what we designed, so we built it. Cost $8m and took 3 years.
What I didn’t anticipate – and what surprises many other people without prior “mansion” experience – is how much maintenance you need to do in a big house vs. a small house. When you have 7 AC systems throughout your property as opposed to 1 – it’s 7 times as likely for one to break. When you have 5 different pool pumps and 4 heaters – much more likely to need service than it you have one. Generator. Home Automation System. Water filtration system. Fish tanks. Gym equipment. You basically need a full time property manager, a part time electrician, a full time housekeeper, a full time outdoor cleaning person, a gardener, and a handyman.
Which meant, as other answers have remarked, that during normal business hours, you don’t have any privacy anymore. Too many people everywhere. And everyone asking you questions “How do you want me to do this?”; “Does that look OK?”.
I ended up limiting the hours of staff at the property to 11am-3pm Mon-Fri. And during that time, I was always at my office anyway and thus didn’t have to deal with the house management crew. That actually worked out fine.
Things became more problematic once we had children. You see things in a totally different light then, because now it’s not anymore about you, it’s about your children. They need to be happy. They weren’t. The house was too huge, too scary for them. They get lost and nobody hears them cry. You can’t let them outside without supervision because all the different pools and the seawall are impossible to child-proof. There are too many steep staircases everywhere that need to be locked up. Too many storage areas with dangerous tools.
In the end, we moved to a 5 bedroom condo, with everything on one floor, and no childproofing issues. Large enough to have the space you might ever need, but small enough to hear someone cry on the other side. Manageable enough to walk from bedroom to kitchen within a few seconds rather than running 300 ft across 2 floors.
What have I learned?
A big house (like a big yacht) is fun to plan and design; it’s great to invite friends over, and it’s the perfect place for a big party once in a while.
It’s a nightmare to manage, and not good at all for a family with small children, or if you value your privacy.
When you start out, you worry about building/buying something big enough for a future family. You realize too late that you really need “manageable” rather than “huge” when the kids are there.”
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Israeli IDF

   ” You will never want to mess with a country like Israel.

That’s because, surprisingly, Israel is among one of 20 strongest nations in the world. This is because of:
Science and Technology: Israel’s science is among on top. While the world is embroiled in problems on fighting over desertification over the planet, and even the United States is not really successful on converting desert to green land, Israel is a different case. During 1960, Israel was covered by entire of desert and sand, notably the Negev Desert. Now? Look
It is still a long battle, but Israel proves that, we can do so many impossible things. Many parts of Negev have now has become farmland. And Israelis are also very smart. They used water from the Mediterranean Sea, through a massive investment in desalination technologies converting fresh-water from the salt water. From then on, we can take care for the country with 7 million people, without any problem. Even Russia or China are still in struggle for this

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Military: don’t mess with them. When Israel is on the frontier due to the mess in the Middle East, especially when Israel is seen as a “kafir” in Arabia, they are ready for everything
To be honest, they have a very powerful and modernized military, even I believe the photograph above is not enough to describe the real power of the IDF. Israelis are taught to be ready for war in anytime, because of the conflict with the Arab world. Let’s say, the military is trained like those from North Korea, except they are stronger and not isolated like those DPRK ones.
Equality of life: interesting. Israel’s life expectancy is among the highest in the world. In the street, you can catch many Israelis, walking with iPhone, studying science. Trains are very modern. Cars are good. That’s normal. But, what impressed me most, is how tolerant and secular Israelis are
Entire Middle East, from Iran to Saudi Arabia, are fueled with hatred, conservatism and religious violence. Even Turkey is no better at all. But Israel is very different. They have 15% Arabs in the country and those Arabs are very well-integrated into Israeli society among with majority of 80% Jews. Also, economic freedom in Israel is among the best. Despite Saudi Arabia being bigger and richer, Israelis tend to be generally better qualified because of heavy investment in higher education than majority of Middle East nations.
Hard-working and brilliant people: like I said, Israelis are very hard-working. Without them, we might have problem making Hollywood films, making some Russian weapons, making science booms in Europe.
Israel stands second in business companies start-up only behind the United States. Also, Israelis are strong on nationalism, they swear to protect their country at any time, but they become tolerant when there is no war.”
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Is it urgent?

  ” The world sees Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama as highly productive people but there are simple habits that sets them apart from the crowd and makes them the best in their craft.

Here’s an insight into some of them:
1)They know their priorities
Instead of gossiping with people, successful people tend to learn a new concept or a new skill. Instead of watching television, they read autobiographies. Instead of eating junk they prefer to hit the gym. And instead of partying every weekend they prefer to do charity every once in a while. Successful people believe in working for the society and not for their own self.
2)They are excellent Time managers
The one thing that highly successful and productive people invest in is TIME. They know that not everything is urgent all the time. Here’s a break down of how some of them deal with every day tasks:
People who spend most of their time in Quadrant I usually have stressful lives because they have to respond to tight deadlines, they need to solve crisis and have to put out fires constantly.
People who spend most of their time in Quadrant III usually have a short term focus and feel out of control.
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The Quadrant IV is all about time wasters or activities that don’t provide any value(TV, video games, internet surfing…).
Quadrant II is THE quadrant where you want to spend more time. It is the quadrant of planning, preparation, balance and pro-activity
It can help you reduce the time you spend on urgent things overtime.
I highly recommend a tool named WEEKPLAN to people having problems with time management and low productivity.
3)They step out of their comfort zone
You can never grow if you do what you are comfortable doing. Moving out of your comfort zone makes you expand your limits, transforms you mentally and makes you ace what you initially thought was impossible. This also implies the fact that they face their fears first thing in the morning.
4)They make it fun and self-talk every once in a while
If you have fun in what you do, you really don’t care what’s happening around you. Think like a child playing on the swings out there. No matter whether he falls, someone is fighting near him or even if it starts raining, he just does not stop playing simply because he is having fun. Secondly if you feel down motivate yourself with self talk. You could also try motivational seminars or simply subscribe to one of the inspirational channels on Youtube.”