Bookmarked ‘Spreadsheet towers’ populate every major city — and they’re becoming a major problem (ABC News)

Plenty of clever techniques to demolish exist. Some start at the base and work up, others in reverse.

The 40-storey Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo was slowly demolished in 2012-13 using a technique where a cap was built on top of the building.

It was stripped floor by floor as the cap was lowered, so all the dust, mess and debris was contained and removed with no effect on the environment.

Buildings are wrapped in scaffold and protective fabric then literally dismantled in the reverse order to which they were built. In the process building waste can be recycled and reused rather than dumped.

Reverse building involves removing the glass, then the frames, taking off the wall cladding, then scraping away at the concrete and steel frames bit by bit.

Concrete is removed to expose the steel reinforcing bars, which are then separately removed and recycled. In the process unwanted material can be uncovered, like asbestos, which needs particular care in handling.

Norman Day discusses the process of un-building where outdated skyscrapers are progressively broken down and recycled.
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I soon found myself wondering how the inhabitants of Austen’s world put up with this constant pressure to socialize—until I realized that we face just as much demand for interaction, albeit in digital form. Austen’s characters may face a nonstop parade of callers, but at least they don’t have to deal with Facebook friend invitations and an endless series of requests to connect on LinkedIn.

Liked If you love Australia, climate change should scare the hell out of you | Greg Jericho (the Guardian)

If you love Australia, climate change should scare the hell out of you because the reef, our rivers, our wildlife, our fresh air, even, as we have seen since December, our relaxed summer holidays are going to be stripped away from us.

Our government has more reason than most others outside of the Pacific Islands to be demanding global action on climate change.

Bookmarked Opinion | How Does a Nation Adapt to Its Own Murder? (

Australia is going up in flames, and its government calls for resilience while planning for more coal mines.

Richard Flanagan warns about the threat to drought and bushfire ravaged communities, whether it be the cost of rebuilding or the case of omnicide where places become unlivable.
Building on a previous post, the question is how we the government respond?

If Mr. Morrison’s government genuinely believed the science, it would immediately put a price on carbon, declare a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects and transfer the fossil fuel subsidies to the renewables industries. It would go to the next round of global climate talks in Glasgow in November allied with other nations on the front line of this crisis and argue for quicker and deeper cuts to carbon emissions around the world. Anything less is to collaborate in the destruction of a country.

But the government is intent on doing nothing.

And to the names of those historic betrayers of their people — Vidkun Quisling, Benedict Arnold, Mir Jafar — perhaps one day will be added that of Scott Morrison, the prime minister of Australia who, when faced with the historic tragedy of his country’s destruction, dissembled, enabled, subsidized and oversaw omnicide, until all was ash and even the future was no more.

Liked The Dialogic Learning Weekly #156 (

Welcome to a new decade and to the first edition of the Dialogic Learning Weekly newsletter for 2020. I want to set aside some of the normal topics I share to address the bushfires here in Australia.I know many of you don’t live here in Australia but would have seen a range of media coverage over the last few months. It is important that platforms like this newsletter help share accurate information that help you understand the reality of what is happening.It has been raining here in Melbourne ov

Replied to She’s the bad guy: ‘duh’-constructing Billie Eilish’s Hottest 100 #1 song (triple j)

How the 18yo anti-pop star’s bass-heavy, bedroom-made oddity made Hottest 100 history and conquered the music world.

It is always interesting to see where the songs you voted for polled. Personally, I voted for the following:

  • Banks – Gimme
  • G Flip – Bring Me Home
  • King Princess – Cheap Queen
  • Lana Del Rey – Fuck it I love you
  • Maggie Rogers – The Knife
  • Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings {Ft. Lykke Li}
  • Methyl Ethel – Ruiner
  • Montaigne – Losing My Mind
  • Of Monsters And Men – Alligator
  • Thelma Plum – Better In Blak (9)

Clearly way off.

The one thing I would say is that you cannot just pick any track/artist. For example, I really wanted to vote for Bats for Lashes’ Desert Man, but was unable to.

Liked When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die (

The CSIRO (2016) outlined balloons as being in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife. Every day, balloons are released or accidentally escape from outdoor events where they almost definitely end up in waterways and oceans and can be mistaken by animals for food.

Bookmarked BUBBLE SHOWS (Bubble Laboratory)

Bubble Laboratory is a five star reviewed, award nominated theatre company that creates bubble theatre shows for families and children filled with colourful characters, exciting storylines and amazing morals to build a better world. Every year we create a brand new bubble adventure for the stage and travel all over the globe sharing fun and joy with bubble artistry.
We also do amazing Street Theatre Shows for festivals and events, cabaret shows for the grown-ups and workshops for kids who want to learn the magical art of bubbling too.

Bubble Laboratory performed at the Melbourne Zoo. My daughters were both captivated. Not only with the wonder of science within the performance, but the narrative which tied the performance together.
Replied to Google Classroom rubrics and originality reports exit beta by Stephen Downes

It makes me think – why can’t I have a tool that just reads what I type, and lets me know who has said the same (or similar thing) before, automatically finds and inserts references, and alerts me of any reports or studies that contradict what I’m saying?

I really like this idea Stephen. I guess the question as always is a question of who would fund/pay for it.
Bookmarked In serving big company interests, copyright is in crisis (Boing Boing)

One of the biggest problems with copyright in the digital era is that we expect people who aren’t in the entertainment industry to understand and abide by its rules: it’s no more realistic to expect a casual reader to understand and abide by a long, technical copyright license in order to enjoy a novel than it is to expect a parent to understand securities law before they pay their kid’s allowance.

Cory Doctorow provides a summary of a range of incidents that have led to copyright to being in a point of crisis.
Replied to Decision-making and ambiguity by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw

Instead of hierarchy or unspoken assumptions, progress happens by following a path between over-specifying the approach, and allowing chaos to ensue.

In practice, this often happens by one or a small number of people exerting moral authority on the group. This occurs through, for example:

  • Successfully having done this kind of thing before
  • Being very organised and diligent
  • Having the kind of personality that put everyone at ease
Doug, I really liked your point about progress through balance and negotiation. I am not sure if it was written in response to my question, if so, thank you.

As a side note, is the military always ‘hierarchical’?

Hierarchies are a form of organising that can work well in many situations. For example, high-stakes situations, times when execution is more important than thought, and the military.

David Marquet’s Greatness makes the argument that there is nobody on a submarine who is across everything, otherwise it would not work.

I wonder if instead organisations like military run a dual-operating system?

Liked ABC Weekend Reads

As I stood facing the sea that New Year’s Eve morning, as far east as the Rural Fire Service alert that awakened me at 5am urged me to go, I wondered why I wrote those words, but could not follow the warning.

We were hosing down a house that did not belong to us and preparing to take the kids into the sea if the fire that roared through Cobargo and now blazed towards the beautiful little town of Bermagui on the south coast of NSW came closer. It was 10am, and daylight was a faint line of lost hope on the horizon. Summer ended that morning even before it had begun.