On Air Conditioning

O at the Edges

On Air Conditioning

The man who owns everything wants more.

Another offers his sandwich,
accepting grace with a smile.

Like vapor condensing in a coil
to remove heat from the air.
Difficult to comprehend.

Harder to live.

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Lighting St. Peters in 1854

Windows into History

stpetersSnippets 137.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  One of the many things that fascinated him about St Peter’s was the lighting of the external lamps.  In those day this involved a little more effort than flicking a switch!  The following quote is taken from Travels in England, France, Italy and Ireland, published in 1856.

In the evening we had a fine view of St. Peter’s illuminated. We went early, in order to see the men — about three hundred — who were setting the lamps in their places. For the illumination is always on the outside of the building. It made my blood curdle to see them like flies, or grasshoppers rather, running along and leaping over friezes, cornices, and huge mouldings, only secured from…

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“Chacun sa maison”

La maison individuelle est un modèle dominant en France. Sur un parc de 33 millions de logements, 18,4 millions sont des maisons individuelles, soit 56% des logements ordinaires, occupés principalement par leur propriétaire. Cette forme de logement compose alors une grande partie du paysage.

Malgré sa propension à occuper une trop grande portion d’espace et ses inconvénients du point de vue de sa trop grande consommation d’énergie, la maison individuelle est considérée comme le « logement idéal ». Au contraire, la « machine à habiter » collective séduit beaucoup moins.

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En France, les maisons individuelles sont construites à raison de 5% par les architectes. Le reste l’est par des entreprises de constructeurs qui proposent des catalogues de maisons types atteignant jusqu’à 200.000€. Une fois la commande passée, la maison est construite en seulement deux mois.

Ce type de construction est abordé par Ariane Doublet dans son reportage « Ma maison neuve »…

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Never hold the hand you will let go… And never let go of the hand you are to hold, Rather than become a Rose to false love, Be instead a thorn to true love. . . Shams Tabrizi ❤

YA BAKİ ENTEL BAKİ

Your name is upon my tongue
Your image is in my sight
Your memory is in my Heart
Where can I send these words that I write?

~ Rumi

Hayalin gözümde,
Adın dilimde,
Gönül garkı zikrin (yadın kalbimde)
O halde, ben, mektubu kime yazayım?

~ Mevlana

Never hold the hand you will let go…
And never let go of the hand you are to hold,
Rather than become a Rose to false love,
Be instead a thorn to true love. . .

Bırakacağın eli hiç tutma,
Tutacağın eli ise hiç bırakma.
Sahte sevgilere gül olmaktansa,
Gerçek sevgilere diken ol . . .

Shams Tabrizi

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