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Putting on a Facade

20130908 Broken Smoke Detector Face 150x150 Putting on a FacadeEdwin sent in this picture of a broken smoke detector.  He looks remarkably happy, considering he’s a broken man.  Perhaps he’s happy to be able to be himself, having taken off his mask.  People quite often wear masks, putting on a façade and not expressing their true feelings in public.  Especially in the West there seems to be a culture of not expressing grief in public and a pressure to always be happy, chirpy, loud, extroverted and so on.  One of the problems with this is that those who end up in positions of power are often those that have charisma but don’t have a clue: bosses, politicians, you name it.  Humans are an interesting species and I, as a Vaxian, still struggle to understand them, even though I live with one.

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20101030 Abstract Building Catenary 225x300 Hyperbole?I was walking through Castle Park in Bristol City Centre the other day and looked at the Finzels Reach development, which they seem to have been building forever. As a Structural Engineer I do take an interest in buildings, particularly in their unfinished state and took a moment to look at the temporary works keeping up the existing facade. I spotted the adjacent building and noticed a smiling face formed by two windows making eyes, with a cable forming a smiling mouth. I do like a hyperbolic cosine… Geek? No, chic!

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