Air conditioners aren’t the only reason electricity use is still close to its pre-pandemic levels. Many building systems, such as water heaters and server rooms, are designed to operate all the time, not to be turned on and off like a light switch in the office kitchen. To ensure long-term functionality, many operational systems continue working even when people aren’t in the building. For owners, this is one of the costs of operating buildings. “The last thing they want to do is shut everything off and then have an issue with mechanical degradation or mold,” Robin says. “You can’t just mothball a building.” … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
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The atmosphere of the day reflected both what we already knew about him, and what we would soon find out. The many “Pussy Grabs Back” signs represented the president’s infamous Access Hollywood remarks, and dozens of sexual assault allegations, and preceded the rise of the #MeToo movement. The signs depicting Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin marked the extreme fishiness of Team Trump’s many varied meetings with Russian officials throughout the election, and anticipated years of overblown hype for the woefully wishy-washy but still misrepresented Mueller Report. The Black Lives Matter signs alluded to Trump’s inflaming of white grievance, starting with a five-year embrace of the racist Birther conspiracy against President Obama, and they foreshadowed four years of white supremacists having a champion in the White House—and Black voters playing a pivotal role in removing him from office. … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
Inviting everyone to participate Ensuring people’s safety Encouraging the humanization of others Keeping people’s information secure Cultivating belonging Building bridges between groups Strengthening local ties Making power accessible Elevating shared concerns Showing reliable information Building civic competence Promoting thoughtful conversation Boosting community resilience Supporting civic action The team also asked survey participants to identify which of those dimensions were important for the products they used frequently. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that users identified different positive traits on different platforms. That makes sense, since the various apps and websites are used for a variety of purposes: Users don’t expect the same benefits from using Google that they do from Pinterest, or connect with the same people on Twitter that they do on Facebook Messenger. LinkedIn and Twitter, for instance, were rated relatively highly for their … [Read more...] about These 14 principles could help big platforms create healthier social media
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On top of all of these sounds, the company has also focused on creating its own audio logo—something built upon a sound completely custom to the Hyperloop. Its anchor is a sound called the “swish,” and it’s the real recording of a Hyperloop pod passing by with the electric zip of a Star Wars TIE fighter. This element brings a future-forwardness to the Hyperloop brand that might otherwise be lost in the choir and drumbeats. And it’s also a handy memory trigger to consumers, planting the subconscious seeds of brand reinforcement. … [Read more...] about We still don’t know what the Hyperloop will feel like, but here’s how it will sound