Community Awards from BCLC founder

On April 12, 2011, Stephen Jordan described the four-year-old Siemens Sustainable Community Awards, the importance of public-private partnerships for sustainability, and the rise of the business of sustainability.


Throughout the country, local governments, chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, and other organizations have taken tremendous steps to improve quality of life, be a steward of the environment, and increase the ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come. These efforts deserve national recognition. The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards program provides that national platform for recognition and information-sharing.


The Museum of Islamic Art


This short film takes a brief look at the collective preparation it took multiple teams from both MIA and LACMA to host this wonderful exhibition about Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts at the Museum of Islamic Art.

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts focuses on a practice shared by all cultures—gift exchange—and the delight in receiving gifts and satisfaction in performing acts of generosity. Bringing together over 200 objects associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, this exhibition is the first systematic investigation of the impact of gift giving, for diplomatic to personal to pious purposes, on the development of Islamic art.

Made of rare and precious materials and commissioned from the best artists and craftsmen of the day, these gifts have “Life Stories” just under their surfaces, including narratives of intricate making, thoughtful sharing, and extensive traveling.
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Stockholm, Sweden. Aerial view.

Still Norway remained a conservative society. Life in Norway (especially economic life) was “dominated by the aristocracy of professional men who filled most of the important posts in the central government.”[40] There was no strong bourgeosie class in Norway to demand a breakdown of this aristocratic control of the economy.[41] Thus, even while revolution swept over most of the countries of Europe in 1848, Norway was largely unaffected by revolts that year. Most revolts broke themselves on the granite conservativism of the Norwegian society.[41] Indeed, the Thrane movement was the only “revolt” that broke out in Norway in 1848.

Cockpit A330 Lufthansa Approche-Atterrissage Seattle


Vues cockpit Airbus A330 de Lufthansa sur une ligne Frankfurt/Seattle. Ici approche final sur Seattle International.

I found it interesting that German pilots speak English more clearly that the American Air Traffic Controllers, particularly the woman they commented about several times. Germans are very precise people…exactly what you would like in an airline pilot.

An all round great video. Well done!!!!! Very enjoyable.

Sehr professionell! Echt cool zu sehen!


NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Report #6

A NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team member gives an update on developments and status of the planetary exploration mission. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft delivered Curiosity to its target area on Mars at 1:31:45 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6, which includes the 13.8 minutes needed for confirmation of the touchdown to be radioed to Earth at the speed of light. The rover will conduct a nearly two-year prime mission to investigate whether the Gale Crater region of Mars ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.

Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on NASA’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools, such as a laser-firing instrument for checking rocks’ elemental composition from a distance, are the first of their kind on Mars. Curiosity will use a drill and scoop, which are located at the end of its robotic arm, to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieve and parcel out these samples into the rover’s analytical laboratory instruments.

iPhone 5 introduction video

iPhone 5 Specs Video, Official introduction:

A remarkably slim design that still makes room for a larger display and a faster chip. Ultrafast wireless that doesn’t sacrifice battery life.Thin, sleek, and very capable.
It’s hard to believe a phone so thin could offer so many features: a larger display, a faster chip, the latest wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera, and more. All in a beautiful aluminum body designed and made with an unprecedented level of precision. iPhone 5 measures a mere 7.6 millimeters thin and weighs just 112 grams.1 That’s 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. The only way to achieve a design like this is by relentlessly considering (and reconsidering) every single detail — including the details you don’t see.Anyone can make a larger smartphone display. But if you go large for large’s sake, you end up with a phone that feels oversize, awkward, and hard to use. iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display designed the right way: it’s bigger, but it’s the same width as iPhone 4S. So everything you’ve always done with one hand — typing on the keyboard, for instance — you can still do with one hand. On a larger canvas that lets you see more of every web page. More of your inbox. More events on your calendar. Even more apps on your Home screen.This isn’t just a larger display. It’s a larger Retina display. At 326 pixels per inch, it has a pixel density so high your eye can’t distinguish individual pixels. And as stunning as the Retina display is on the iPhone 4S, this one gives you 18 percent more pixels for an impressive 1136-by-640 resolution. Colors get a boost, too, with color saturation that’s 44 percent greater than before. So with iPhone 5, the games you play, the words you read, the images you see, and the apps you love look and feel incredibly vivid and lifelike. For big-time entertainment, iPhone 5 lets you watch widescreen HD video in all its glory — without letterboxing.LTE. The right way.
You rely on your iPhone. So a thin, light design and outstanding battery life are important to you. But so is a fast data connection. LTE wireless technology is built for speed, but adding it to a phone can create bulk and drain battery life quickly. iPhone 5 does LTE the right way — optimized for better battery life and designed for ultrafast connectivity in a thin profile. The very things you want most from your smartphone.

Mezquita de Córdoba

La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba es el monumento por antonomasia de la ciudad que fuera capital del califato omeya de Al-Andalus. Declarada en 1984 Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, es un edificio rebosante de historia, testigo de todas las culturas que han vivido y convivido en Córdoba, prueba de ello es que un día fue Basílica, llamada entonces de San Vicente, posteriormente Mezquita Alhama y, en la actualidad, Catedral, bajo la advocación de la Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción

London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians parade through London


Publiée le 10 sept. 2012 par 

Thousands celebrate Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians as they parade through London. . Report by Lindsay Brown.

Sportstars including Sir Chris Hoy, Rower Kath Grainger, Jessica Ennis, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock proudly wore their medals as they waved to fans from open-top floats which wound their way through streets full of fans.

Despite the Paralympics coming to a close with a rousing ceremony on Sunday night, the celebrations continued with a carnival-like atmosphere in the city.

Ahead of the parade setting off, Sir Chris said: “This isn’t really for us this is for them because they’ve made the Games.

“They’ve made the atmosphere, they’ve supported the athletes, not just in the venues, but through the streets, and the pubs, the public venues, it’s been incredible.

“So it’s our chance to give them a wave and a thank you for all the support they’ve given us.”

Olympic gold medallist in double sculls rowing Grainger said: “We never really knew how many people would turn up, maybe we thought people would have gone back to work or been fatigued by the last month. But my word, we could never have expected this.”

Around 800 athletes travelled on 21 floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport, departed from Mansion House in the City just after 1.30pm following a fanfare of trumpets.

The crowds, dozens deep in places, were a sea of red, white and blue as fans waved Union flags at the passing floats. Many also held up home-made banners, with some donning patriotic fancy dress for the occasion.


First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech

Thank you so much, Elaine…we are so grateful for your family’s service and sacrifice…and we will always have your back.

Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.

And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.

I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls.

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

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Düsseldorf – Malediven Airbus A330 Cockpit View


Wow. What a great job you guys have. So professional. I am in admiration.


such a difficult job…but its so exciting!!!!


Every airplane is different.  Unlike learning to drive a car, you can’t just hop from one plane to another.  A pilot needs familiarization (and in some cases, a whole new type of license) to fly a different kind of plane.  Some are piston-powered; some are jet-powered.  Some have electrically-driven controls; some are hydraulically-driven.  Some have emergency oxygen; some don’t.  And so on.  All the switches, dials, and knobs in the cockpit control the various aircraft systems, and every aircraft has different systems.

The two main displays in front of the pilot are the PFD (primary flight display; left) and ND (navigational display; right). The pilot and copilot each have a set, and there is a pair of shared DUs (display units) in the center (arranged top-and-bottom). Each can independently display one of a few different screens of information.  In the above picture, the top DU is showing engine information and the bottom DU is blank.

The information shown on the PFD is the airspeed tape (left side), the attitude indicator (center — shows the sky and ground pictorially), the altitude tape (right side), and the rate-of-climb indicator (far right).  Along the top, the current autopilot mode is shown (autopilot is currently off).  On the bottom is the heading indicator.  The yellow text are some warnings and the green text is the altimeter setting (more on that later).  The purple text is the autopilot speed and altitude settings (more on that later too).

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