Guest Post–Bathroom Updates

Today I am welcoming Wilbert Bail with a guest post on bathrooms.  Thanks Wilbert!

The Adventurous Bathroom

The bathroom is without a doubt one of the best rooms in the house to spend some quality time. From taking a relaxing bath to pampering ourselves, it is the place where we can escape our everyday stresses. This is why we design our bathrooms to be not only functional but also to have an aesthetic which we can enjoy. When covering our walls and floors, we often adventure ourselves in either two directions: the modern looks vs the traditional ones.

The Modern Bathroom

Modern bathrooms are mainly designed with the idea of hygiene, often being tiled with simple colours so that dirt can be made visible and easy to clean. This approach not only looks clean, it also emphasizes on the idea of luxury and modernity. This makes modern bathrooms looking great, displaying shiny mono-coloured surfaces like a sports car would. However, not everyone enjoys this look, and some of us feel compelled towards something with more personality and less shine.

The Traditional Bathroom.

Most of us who enjoy old traditional bathrooms do so because those have more charm and character than their modern counterparts. Rather than using simple coloured tiles, older bathrooms have tiles which display patterns which get repeated over the spreading of multiple tiles. Those beautiful and sometimes intricate patterns add more originality to the room as they are very eye-catching. When looking around the room, our eyes glance at those patterns to make sure they are repeated perfectly, jumping from one tile to the other. And no matter how often we use the bathroom, we always take the time to stare at those patterns because it is something our eyes and brain enjoy doing.

Being adventurous

There is nothing wrong with getting what we want. Modern and luxurious looking bathrooms will often project the idea that we are financially well-off and as such their aesthetics will evolve around status. Whilst there are merits to this approach, it is not the most original way to do things. Buying the latest luxury item is an easy thing to do when you can afford it but taking the time to find an aesthetic which corresponds to certain traits of your personality takes time and reflection. So when it comes down to researching, being adventurous and hardworking will really pay off.

Choosing the ideal floor and wall coverings

Like many life choices, choosing the right aesthetics for our bathroom is all about taking the time to look at as many different options as possible. The best way is to look at different bathrooms displayed in catalogues, websites, DIY showrooms and even friend’s houses. Places such as the ABL Tile Centre provide a great choice of bathroom floor and wall coverings, and it is especially worth checking online to see the Artisan range at ABL. Doing so, we realise that there are many different appealing floor and wall coverings to choose from, covering all colours, patterns and textures. After all, why not be adventurous and find something we really want, rather than doing what everyone else does?



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Is POP TOYS GF01 1/6th Girl Clan series – Ranger Revision Sweet Pea from Sucker Punch?

Sucker Punch is a 2011 American fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder and co-written by him and Steve Shibuya. The film stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Carla Gugino. The storyline follows the fantasies of a young woman who is committed to a mental institution, as she makes a plan to escape the hospital before undergoing a lobotomy.

Abbie Cornish plays Sweet Pea, sister of Rocket (Jena Malone), and together with Babydoll (Emily Browning), they decide to plan an escape. She is joined by Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). Together, the five of them embark on adventures dreamed up by Babydoll.

POP TOYS 1/6th scale GF01 Girl Clan series – Ranger Revision certainly looks to be inspired by Abbie Cornish’s Sweet Pea character from Sucker Punch. According to Pop Toys: This section is the first character of Girl Clan. In the future, we will introduce more people to rich this series. This series will be formed by different roles and identities of characters. We will combine some ancient warrior elements with modern weapons, while referring to some popular movie character modeling and make changes, which help us create this character modeling.

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POP TOYS 1/6th scale GF01 Girl Clan series – Ranger Revision will come with the following: High simulation hair female head sculpt, big breast 12-inch female body, Hooded coat, Pauldron, Sabre Belt, Metal bracelet, Elbowpads, Leat, Shorts, Leather Pants, Boots, Armed strap, AA12 Shotgun, Shotgun shell holder, Drum magazine, Clip, Shotgun shells x 4, Samurai sword 

Looks like Pop Toys might finish what Hot Toys started.

Related posts:
September 29, 2014 – Review of Hot Toys Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (Emily Browning) 12-inch Collectible Figure posted HERE and HERE
October 8, 2014 – Review of Hot Toys MMS158 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Jamie Chung as Amber Collectible Figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE

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Azure Machine Learning – Free eBook from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press continues to pump out cool free e-books on Azure. The latest is Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning (ISBN 9780735698178), by Jeff Barnes. It’s the third of what I sure hope is a long set of free e-books.

At present, this e-book is only available in PDF, but Mobi and ePub are meant to available soon.  As described over on the Microsoft Press blog, you can download this book in PDF Format (here).

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The Limits of Propaganda

John Breed

As Paul Craig Roberts has recently reported, the US government is in the process of launching an all-out war on truth. Those who express views contrary to the party line out of Washington will be labeled a threat. Eventually they may find themselves carted to one of the concentration camps which Halliberton (Dick Cheney’s old company) has constructed for $385 million. But that may take a while. In the meantime, we can expect lots of other, less dramatic developments. Indeed, some of these are already happening. Here they are, listed in order of severity.
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ThreeZero 20" Tall Titanfall Stryder collectible robot with 6" tall IMC Close Quarter Pilot figure

ThreeZero’s next release from Titanfall is massive Stryder, which will be available for pre-order at starting from May 4th 9:00AM Hong Kong time for 430USD/3350HKD each with International shipping included in the price.

In addition to Plasma Railgun (with detachable ammo drum), Titanfall Stryder collectible purchased at will be coming with XO-16 Chaingun, which is exclusive to threezerostore.

Each Stryder features fully openable hatch with detailed cockpit, comes with 15.2cm / 6 inches tall and articulated pilot; light-up feature for top, lower part and afterburner with interchangeable red and blue lights. Check the details below for additional info.

Titanfall Stryder collectible details and features: robot model stands approximately approximately 50.8cm / 20 inches tall; incredibly detailed and over 100 articulation parts; real pistons control the movement of the waist; comes with Plasma Railgun with detachable ammo drum; fully openable hatch with cockpit; movable armor plates on both torso & legs; light-up feature for top, lower part and afterburner with interchangeable red and blue lights; articulated left side multiple missile launcher; articulated fingers; 3A X 2 batteries needed for the light-up feature (batteries not included).

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Titanfall IMC Stryder pilot details: fully posable 15.2cm / 6 inches tall IMC Close Quarter Pilot figure, which can be positioned inside Stryder’s cockpit; pilot figure comes with detailed armor parts, with CAR101 and fabric clothing; Check out the amount of details, paint application and weathering on the pilot, it’s hard to believe that such a level of details can be achieved on 15.2cm / 6-inch tall figure.

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Azure Virtual Networking – An MVA Course

I taught an Azure class week to a bunch of architects who were fairly new to Azure. It seemed to me that one of the subjects they had the most trouble getting to grips with was Azure Networking. Interoperating with Azure VMs (in a service and in a vnet) and Azure Paas instances is just different from on-premises networking, what with VIPs,DIPS, the complexity of VPNs, etc. There is nothing that can’t be learned, but for seasoned architects used to on-premises networking many of the fundamentals are just plain different.

I see that Microsoft’s Virtual Academy has brought out a course on Azure Networking, which you can find here: This course covers Virtual Networking in Azure. Basic networking inside VMs is not covered however – and that would make a great MVA course.

One small comment on this course (and some of Azure documentation) – there are not enough pictures. As this course progresses, I’d have liked to have seen more pictures containing the details. Nevertheless, the material is well covered.

This  course has four units:

  • Introduction to Azure Networking Basics and VPN requirements
  • Plan and Design your Cloud Network Infrastructure
  • Configuring Azure and On Premises
  • Testing connectivity and Monitoring

Each module has a video – in the 4 modules the videos last around 55 minutes. Each module also has a slide presentation you can download and a short assessment to test your learning. Tags: ,

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Nuevo Report #16

El Report #16, magazine de arquitectura de Reynaers Aluminium, ya está disponible. No os perdáis el reportaje sobre la vivienda Las Palmeras realizado con el sistema para correderas minimalistas Hi-Finity de Reynaers Aluminium.

Clic AQUÍ para consultar el nuevo Report#16 o clic AQUÍ para descargarlo en PDF.

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