The Tower of David: The World’s Tallest Slum

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[tippy title ="At 45 stories" header=“off”] 45階で[/tippy], the Tower of David is [tippy title ="one of Venezuela's tallest skyscrapers" header=“off”] ベネズエラで一番高い高層ビルの一つ[/tippy]. But [tippy title ="you won't find the typical tenants inside" header=“off”] よくあるようなテナントを見つける事は出来ない[/tippy]. There are no…

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The Tower of David: The World’s Tallest Slum デイビッド タワー:世界一高いスラム街
At 45 stories 45階で
one of Venezuela’s tallest skyscrapers ベネズエラで一番高い高層ビルの一つ
you won’t find the typical tenants inside よくあるようなテナントを見つける事は出来ない

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At 45 stories, the Tower of David is one of Venezuela’s tallest skyscrapers. But you won’t find the typical tenants inside. There are no corporate offices or banks here. There are no rich people living in penthouse apartments. On the contrary, the 3,000 inhabitants of the tower are some of the poorest people in a poor country. The Tower of David is a slum.

The tower got its nickname from its main investor, David Brillembourg. Construction on the building started in 1990. However, in 1994 the construction came to a stop due to a financial crisis and the death of its main developer. The unfinished tower remained unoccupied until 2007 when squatters started to occupy the building.

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As of now, families inhabit the lower 28 floors. You can take a motorbike up through the parking garage to the 10th floor, but you have to take the stairs to go higher. There is a jury-rigged plumbing and electrical system, but running water is only available up to the fifth floor; it has to be carried to higher floors. You will find some businesses in the building as well. They have a beauty shop and even a dentist office.

Safety is always an issue. Many balconies lack guardrails and there are reports of gang violence and drug related crime, but residents say such reports are exaggerated. Most residents are just happy to have a cheap place in the middle of the city. And the view is hard to beat.

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The Drones Are Coming!

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[tippy title ="The other day" header=“off”] 先日[/tippy], someone [tippy title ="sent me a link" header=“off”] リンクを送ってきた[/tippy] to [tippy title ="an awesome aerial video" header=“off”] 素晴らしい空中のビデオ[/tippy] of Takeda Castle in Japan. (See video below.) [tippy title ="At first" header=“off”] 最初は[/tippy], [tippy title ="I assumed that" header=“off”] 思い込んでいた[/tippy] [tippy title ="it had been shot using a helicopter" header=“off”] ヘリコプターを使って撮影された[/tippy], but [tippy title ="as I was watching the video" header=“off”] そのビデオを見ていたら[/tippy] [tippy title ="I realized that" header=“off”] 気付いた[/tippy] …

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The Drones Are Coming! 無人機が到来!
The other day 先日
sent me a link リンクを送ってきた
an awesome aerial video 素晴らしい空中のビデオ
At first 最初は
I assumed that 思い込んでいた
it had been shot using a helicopter ヘリコプターを使って撮影された
as I was watching the video そのビデオを見ていたら
I realized that 気付いた

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The other day, someone sent me a link to an awesome aerial video of Takeda Castle in Japan. (See video below.) At first, I assumed that it had been shot using a helicopter, but as I was watching the video I realized that it had been made with a drone. This got me interested, so I checked the YouTube Channel of the video. There, I discovered a description of how the video was made and the drone that was used—the Dji Phantom 2 Ready to Fly Quadcopter.

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I have seen drones used for filming at the Olympics or other such events, but I always assumed they were very expensive. I was surprised to find that this drone was only about $1,200. Actually, there are even cheaper models; the cheapest ones start at around 300 dollars including the camera. I immediately thought I want my own drone.

Of course I am not the only one. Drones are already flying off the shelves in the US. According to an analysis by the Teal Group, sales of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) will reach $8.2 billion dollars by the end of this decade. This is incredible growth for a category that did not even exists a few years ago.

As usual, powerful technologies bring serious problems. There have already been reports of amateur-operated drones crashing into downtown buildings or dropping onto crowded city streets— not to mention issues of privacy invasion. As of now, they are largely unregulated in most countries.

What do you think? Are you ready for your own drone or do you think they should be more tightly regulated?

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The Cutest Crocheted Animals Ever

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If you have small children in the house you know how [tippy title ="stuffed animals" header=“off”] 動物のぬいぐるみ[/tippy] can [tippy title ="gradually" header=“off”] 次第に[/tippy] [tippy title ="take over" header=“off”] 占領する[/tippy]. Well, [tippy title ="that's not a problem with these incredibly tiny" header=“off”] これらの信じられないほど小さいものではそれは問題ではない[/tippy], incredibly cute [tippy title ="crocheted animals" header=“off”] かぎ針のあみぐるみ[/tippy] from…

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The Cutest Crocheted Animals Ever 最高に可愛いかぎ針のあみぐるみ
stuffed animals 動物のぬいぐるみ
gradually 次第に
take over 占領する
that’s not a problem with these incredibly tiny これらの信じられないほど小さいものではそれは問題ではない
crocheted animals かぎ針のあみぐるみ

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If you have small children in the house you know how stuffed animals can gradually take over. Well, that’s not a problem with these incredibly tiny, incredibly cute crocheted animals from a family business based in Vietnam. Most of the items in their collection are no bigger than a fingernail, so finding a place to keep them will not be an issue.

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The business got its name, ‘Su Ami,’ from the family’s youngest member. In all, there are five artists in the family creating the cute animals. And they truly are artists. As you can see, each item has very intricate detail. How they manage to knit such small pieces is amazing and is certainly something that cannot be mass-produced.

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Best of all, you can purchase them at their website. (Link here!) Prices start from around $20 and go up to as much as $200. Among the items in their collection you can find many characters like Winnie the Pooh or Piglet, various breeds of dogs, and all sorts of animals from snails to polar bears. They are adding to their collection every month, so you might want to check back from time to time.

It appears they ship worldwide and I am pretty sure your shipping charges will not be so high.

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