There’s arguably nothing more romantic than a picnic with a view. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, with views towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond, you really can’t go wrong with a picnic at Observatory Hill. For a particularly romantic setting, plan your picnic to coincide with sunset and watch on as the waters of Sydney Harbour are coloured with dazzling fiery hues.
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A house can be a manifesto. But would you want to live in a manifesto? Architects often confuse houses with books, filled with ideas and iconography, in-jokes and references, details designed as much to be photographed as enjoyed. Or could, perhaps, a house be an appendix to a book? A three-dimensional illustration of an idea, a critic’s design rather than an architect’s statement? That is the question I’ve been pondering, enjoying and occasionally struggling with since Charles Jencks, one of architecture’s most influential critics and a landscape designer, asked in 2019 if I would become the “keeper of meaning” at his Cosmic House in its next incarnation as a museum and cultural space. “Keeper of meaning” is an eccentric-sounding position tailored, perhaps, to seduce me into accepting. I’d written a book titled The Meaning of Home and have always been intrigued by ideas of meaning in architecture. So here I am, a critic who once was an architect, trying to wrap my mind around a house designed by a critic, the first postwar house in Britain to be listed as Grade I.
In March of 2021, Rome planned to go to Masai Mara, Kenya for three months and work for the Governors’ Camp — a safari organization with several camps — as a resident photographer and to explore more of the East African country. Unfortunately, just two weeks after his arrival, Kenya went into lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and Rome has been unable to go back home since.
Brookings - Five charts that reveal the geography of the AI economy: “Earlier this month, Brookings Metro published a data-driven snapshot of the growth and geography of the emerging artificial intelligence (AI) economy in the United States. Artificial intelligence R&D and commercialization are on the rise. The AI industry is growing rapidly, with AI-related projects accounting for a substantially larger share of federal research and development expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities. Similarly, newly founded firms that provide AI solutions of all tech startups expanded to more than 5%, from less than 1% a decade ago…”
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Maspeth HS diplomas ‘not worth the paper’ they’re printed on.
Maspeth High School created fake classes, awarded bogus credits, and fixed grades to push students to graduate — “even if the diploma was not worth the paper on which it was printed,” an explosive investigative report charges.
Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir demanded that teachers pass students no matter how little they learned, says the 32-page report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools, Anastasia Coleman.
“I don’t care if a kid shows up at 7:44 and you dismiss at 7:45 — it’s your job to give that kid credit,” the principal is quoted as telling a teacher.
Abdul-Mutakabbir told the teacher he would give the lagging student a diploma “not worth the paper on which it was printed” and let him “have fun working at Taco Bell,” the report says.
The teacher “felt threatened and changed each student’s failing grade to a passing one.”
The SCI report confirms a series of Post exposes in 2019 describing a culture of cheating in which students could skip classes and do little or no work, but still pass.
We’re really seeing just how little public schools have to do with learning. And how little they care.