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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 40

Group 40! Almost two thirds of the way through now. This time, we have a lot of architecture, boats, and a lot of shiny buildings. I really like a lot of the pictures in this group, so I think it’ll be one of the most difficult ones to vote on. I hope you enjoy it!

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Nipponmaru

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Landmark Tower and bright sky

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The dragon is staring at me

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Aka Renga Soko

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Yokohama skyline from Aka Renga Soko

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Aka Renga Soko 2

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Minato Mirai condos

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Minato Mirai skyscrapers

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Minato Mirai clouds

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Xerox HQ reflection

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

Thanks for voting! Please leave a comment below with your choices and why. I look forward to seeing what you like.

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 39

Now things start to get more difficult. In group 39, some of these photos I feel are improving in quality. And in future groups, I think the voting will get even more difficult. Be prepared!

This set of photos involves more buildings, weather, and outdoors. Enjoy!

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Angled architecture

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Spring is coming – ume

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No rain, but a bit foggy

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Into the fog

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Warm Terrace Mall Shonan lights

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Looking up!

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Building demolished

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Rainy reflection

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Minato Mirai evening

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Framed

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for voting! Please leave a comment with your reasons for voting the way you did.

Edmonton Tour: Skyscrapers and More

I love skyscrapers. I love architecture. Here you’ll see some of downtown’s taller and older architecture. But this is only part one! There will be a couple more posts that feature some of the more beautiful architecture.

First up is MacEwan University. It’s a unique set of buildings downtown.

And here is the main entrance.

Not under construction yet, you can see an ad for the Encore Tower, which will be a forty storey condo building. Behind to the left is Fox Tower I and on the right is one of the Icon towers.

Here is the Quest Condominium building.

Here’s an older building I don’t quite remember the name of.

And this is the Neon Sign Museum. The entire museum is on the wall of that building, which is an old AGT building, now Telus.

The building in the middle is Manulife Place, now the second tallest in the city, though was the tallest for many years. To its right is Commerce Place.

Here’s a closer look. I really like these two buildings.

Here’s the Epcor Tower. It’s the current tallest in the city, though a couple under construction will be much taller.

And the always attractive Manulife Place again.

The gold towers are Scotia Place, which are going to change colour soon. They don’t make the gold glass anymore, and it’s too expensive to maintain.

And this is downtown’s famous hotel, the Fairmont MacDonald Hotel. It’s a very expensive luxury hotel. Don’t mind my finger.

This used to be a place where you could make phone calls. The payphones have been removed. Now you can get a little shelter from the rain and look at lots of posters and ads.

This is the Alberta Hotel. It was reconstructed recently. Every brick was catalogued and stored for a long time, then they rebuilt it from the records they had.

And there’s Canada Place, the federal government’s home in Edmonton. It’s actually a massive building, though not tall. It’s quite long and has the largest floor space of any building downtown.

A look down Jasper Avenue, the main street through downtown.

The Sunlife building, my old workplace. That was a long time ago.

And that is downtown. At least, those are the skyscrapers and older buildings. Next time, I’ll show you around the Arts District, a very lively area with some unique architecture.

Comments are always welcome!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 37

Now for some more Instagram photos. This time, there’s plenty of snow! This is probably the only set of photos that will have snow. It doesn’t really snow much in the Tokyo area. Starting to get some more big city photos, too. Enjoy!

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Odakyu blur

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Double self portrait in metal spheres

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Yokohama skyscrapers

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Central Yokohama

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Japanese plum blossoms

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Snowy day in Japan

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The snow sticks to everything

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Snowy station

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Snowy Machida

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Shop shutters

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

Please leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. I’m interested in feedback on my photography. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 32

I think this is a difficult group to choose from. I have a difficult time with this one. I think this is one of my best sets so far. Plenty of architecture, and even some black and white photos. I really like some of these. I hope you can choose!

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos!

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Wako Building, Ginza

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Ginza at night

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Chuo-dori Ginza

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Not my train

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Wall of light

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Odakyu Fujisawa Station

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Clouds, moon and wires

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Sunlight raining from the clouds

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Shonandai Station

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Tunnel near Tsujido

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

I hope you enjoyed this group. I love some of these photos. Let me know which ones you voted for and why in the comments below. Thanks!

Colonising a World: Shelter

When establishing a colony, it’s very important to have some kind of shelter ready.  However, permanent shelter takes some time to build, so something temporary needs to be available from the beginning.  But for a colony of 15,000 people, how can it be done?

Assuming we’re using the initial settlement for Ariadne, it’s on a generally flat coastal plain with grasslands and forest nearby.  Building houses takes quite some time, but construction can start soon after settlement.  In the meantime, the colonists may have to camp.  One option is tents.  Depending on the climate and the possibility of extreme weather and dangerous animals, this may be a risky thing to do.  But in a stable situation, it may be the easiest.

The transport shuttles could also be converted into temporary shelter that could hold a few hundred people, albeit in cramped conditions.  They could be outfitted with kitchens that could feed everyone, though that may be a difficult thing to do.

Another option is to build large structures with easy to assemble prefabricated parts that were transported on the ship along with the colonists.  This may be the best and safest idea.  Although it would likely look like they live in big warehouses, they can be kept safe from the elements, have some conveniences such as industrial kitchens, washrooms with toilets and baths (once connected to a water supply), and some entertainment.  It may be like a huge dormitory, but at least they have a place to stay.  It’s temporary, though.

Over the first few months, a large amount of construction will be taking place, including housing, power facilities, water facilities, schools, hospitals, public gathering places, and more.  But the houses are something that people will really look forward to.

What would they make the houses with?  They could use local trees, though they wouldn’t know if they’re similar to Earth trees.  They could plant bamboo and use that.  It’s strong, fast-growing, and quite flexible, not to mention a source of food.  If the area is seismically stable, using stone or brick is another option.  As the settlement is located near a major river, clays should be abundant and very useful.

Larger apartments may also be constructed, and these would require strong metal frames.  Thankfully, iron should be abundant, and concrete should be easy to make.

In the 22nd century, construction techniques would likely be much better, more energy efficient, and use more environmentally friendly materials.  New technologies and materials may be developed for the colony, as well.  These may be an option, but it’s likely that early colonists will go with the simplest and easiest ways of building homes.

If you could build a house on another planet, how would you build it?