Open Thread 14 APR 21


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Along the beaches of Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf lies a series of gumdrop-esque abodes.

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Welcome to today's edition of the C99 open thread. Inspired by this architectural venture in Iran. Probably not something seen in the western MSM news, as the country happens to resist the empire's plans for world dominance, therefore an enemy threat. Goes to show the propaganda slant painting the US 'enemies' as an evil to be feared. Seems like a pretty progressive social program.

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Most of the bulbous structures hold living accommodations with communal dining, laundry, and prayer areas woven throughout. The vibrant venues were designed as part of an initiative to remedy local economic struggles and bring together tourists and the community in a shared cultural space.

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In a country where the state struggles with political disputes outside its borders, every architectural project becomes a proposal for internal governing alternatives, asking basic questions: What are the limits of architecture and how can it suggest a political alternative for communal life? How can it attain social agency?

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As always, being an open thread, feel free to post whatever moves you. Looking for volunteers to host the Thursday open thread. Enjoy the day!

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https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/12/zav-architects-hormuz/

https://zavarchitects.com

https://www.designboom.com/architecture/zav-architects-hormoz-rong-cultu...

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Lookout's picture

Architecture says lots about the society.

As Biden makes noise about restarting the Iran deal, Israel attacks hoping to sabotage the peace effort.

Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran’s main nuclear facility on Sunday, which Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described as an act of terrorism that warranted a response against its perpetrators.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/11/israel-appears-confirm-cyb...

With allies like Israel and Saudi, who needs enemies? The US pretends to care about the Chinese Muslims as Israel has open air prisons, and Saudis imprison women for wanting to have rights...as we justify the Afghan forever war as being about women's rights. Come on.

Well thanks for the OT. Hope you all have a good day. I'm headed out to do a little hand work on the road clean out the weeps and bolstering the roll overs.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

Good luck with the road repair!

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Beauty in simplicity.

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mimi's picture

(not the A and B Cusp lovers, sorry) but from Germany to the US, where ever JtC is located.

In the past when I was still in the US and even the first two years since I am back in this wonderfully complicated country of my birth, it's a nightmare.

The donations go over paypal.com I used to use payupal.com in the US and sent money from my US account.

Now we have here paypal.de and they suck. I can't get them to add my German Bank Account to their service website and keep it working. I added my US account to paypal.de, but the US bank is not taking money through paypal.de Obviously, the Texans out there don't want my money./s
Wink

So, what should I think about it ? Am I too dumb? Are they too dumb or too smart? Buy myself a ticket to Washington DC, storm the bank and yell at them? Thinking is not my forte, as you already know. How do I yell at paypal.de? Where can I confront them face to face? Arghh, they couldn't care less.

So, no more money. It's all gone anyway.

Good Morning, all, may your money grow on your trees. Those greens go well together. Bestest greens ever.

UPDATE: I made it work. Yippie. now I am broke for a while. I need a job. This is so ridiculous under lockdowns, hate people, and overall depressing situations. I want to work, otherwise I go nuts. Not that I have nothing to do, but that's the so-called labor of love for free, unappreciated as well.

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@mimi

Is a wire transfer an option?

https://wise.com

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@QMS
I get the feeling JtC is mad at me. Can you flirt with him and tell him to send a pm to me with an account number to transfer the money to?

I guess I am not expressing myself respectfully enough. But you may convince him. Wink

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@mimi

Actually awaiting word from him on another matter as well.

We'll see...

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@QMS

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@mimi

a rift on an old Bobby McFarrin tune ..
Don't worry, be (happy) poor

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I love that architecture. Thanks so much for posting it - it educates us all!

Enjoy the day! Pleasantry

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The UFO’s are coming to unify us.

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@Raggedy Ann

An ideal house for cone heads Wink

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in the first link is mentally reminiscent of a Kiva, while the structural technique shown in the third link is reminiscent of an igloo. Meanwhile, sounds vaguely like rammed earth meats coiled clay pots meets adobe hacienda. Most interesting.

The whole communal construct with its pseudo-riverine meandering walkways is terrific, let us hope that the US or one of its allies doesn't bomb the shit out of it.

Further poking around leads to the underlying process etc. coming from Cal-Earth in Hesperia, CA, of all places. This is near Victorville, between Barstow and Cajon Pass, out in my beloved Mojave, more or less where Hwy 395 meets I-15.

Thanks a ton for bringing this all up.

In other news, no mucho, but, reminiscent of a recent OT in part on onions, yestidday I just stuck 6 retail grocery green onions, as is, into one raised bed to see is they will take off (they should) and serve as an aphid deterrent (all allium allegedly do so). More news a couple of months from now, as I have a Portuguese Kale, a major aphid magnet, transplanted into that exact same bed after washing a ton of aphids off of it also yestidday.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

layed-up in narrowing circles as structure.
mudding in the cone looks to be the hard part

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cheers!

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@QMS

standing up to falling down. He uses a mix or dirt with a pit of cement for mudding, probably easier on the outside than the inside, but nothing any good plasterer or stucco wallah isn't up to I suspect. Inside would be hardest, no doubt. The place in Hesperia talks about a final treatment on the outside that I must've mis-understood because no illustrated structure looks like what I see in my mind's eye.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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and lovely ideas.
We should take inspiration and try our best to make this a better world.
I didn't have any brilliant idea today about constructing a new type of community, but at least I unsubscribed to emails from Pelosi wanting money. How I got on her list is beyond me. I just started getting them a few days ago. My brilliant idea is to ignore Pelosi, refuse to give the D party a dime until they give us something first.

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and if so you may be getting unrequested mails from dems running for office in many states. Lots of them right now . . . Or they are just fishing.

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@Creosote. very amateurish. Hysterical headlines about stuff they voted upon, then desperate pleas for money to beat the dreaded Republicans. Such a scam.

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