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[*] posted on 4-9-2017 at 00:48
That scarecrow looks almost like a butler. Are you sure they didn't steal him from a silver service restaurant?

[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 18:17
It's a very rainy Sunday afternoon, and I became inclined, after my post about the fake owls at the hospital, to see what Google had to say about whether scarecrows work.

I came across this hit:

Digital Solar-Powered Scarecrow

With a range 16,529 square meters, this digital scarecrow uses an infrared sensor eye to detect pest animals.

When an animal is detected, it generates an ultrasonic pulse wave that scares the animals away. This ultrasonic wave can be heard by animals, but not by humans.

The digital scarecrow is completely eco-friendly, it does not harm the animals and also powers itself via solar power.

It strikes me that there's not much left on Mother Earth that, in one way or another, doesn't have a digital basis for it's existence, i. e., homo sapiens is the last holdout.

For anyone who is wondering whether there is any empirical evidence as to whether or not the old-fashion scarecrows work, I suggest doing your own Google--a good many folk, re number of hits, are also wondering about that--amusing in its own way, what folks are coming up with to include embelishments on the traditional stationery scarecrow.

PS: nothing seemed to work re my blueberries patch versus the local avians.

[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 13:46
Originally posted by LSemmens
It's alright Jack, there's a budget for signage telling the birds not to fly into the glass.

As hard as this is to believe, this is the absolute truth.

Quite a number of years ago, I had to make multiple visits to a major, i. e., world class hospital. I was able to park in one of the hospital's interior courtyards parking lots. Around the courtyard at various intervals, at the edge of the roof, were either blown up, or ceramic, owls (the structure was about 3 stories high); apparently there were big time issues with bird droppings and the culprits were likely local pigeons. The owls had zero effect on deterring the birds. Whoever on the hospital administrative staff who made the decision to attempt to scare the birds off by these owls, was smart enough to know that any/all attempts to cull the pigeons would have very likely caused a major animal rights based controversy.

I presume just about everyone on this board has some familiarity with that passenger airliner in NYC that had a bird strike and made a landing in the Hudson River. Airports across the USA are constantly dealing with bird and deer issues on their runways and trying to avoid being perceived as "heartless" re extent of culling; one airport, within the last year, went so far as to try falconry.

[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 08:53
It's alright Jack, there's a budget for signage telling the birds not to fly into the glass.
the bear

[*] posted on 2-9-2017 at 04:13
Fantastic,I love all the arches, it would make a good theme for the Late Night Club at Christmas.

Regards the Bear


[*] posted on 1-9-2017 at 13:26
Originally posted by marymary100
This is what 100 million will get you here in a station upgrade.

Are you telling us that the price tag is extravagant?

By the way, NOT to nitpick, but does the price include some sort of an AI automated window washing system; nothing I hate worse than sitting in a glass house with dirty windows. And along with that, I presume there is a "green" window washing water recycling system in the plans; WE can't have dirty window water flowing into the municipal sewer system, can WE?

And along the same lines, I hope the Powers That BE have figured out a "system" to keep the local avians from flying into the glass panes. Nothing I hate worse, No 2, is to be sitting there and hearing the "plop" sound of some avian crashing headlong into the structure and going to the Great Beyonds due to man's need to dominate nature. If that hasn't been included in the planning, I would call upon the Good Folk of Scotland to rise up and stop construction until the matter is resolved. And if the potential avian victims would include species that are on the endangered species list, well that should spell the death knell for this upgrade! BIRDS MATTER!

[*] posted on 1-9-2017 at 06:02

This is what 100 million will get you here in a station upgrade.

For comparison, a local supercampus is being built for 2500 pupils and that budget is 69 million.

[*] posted on 1-9-2017 at 00:47
The formal name & location for this station is "Gare do Oriente" and the location is Lisboa, Portugal.

A Google type search will show a great many URL image hits.

One of the hits described it as a 'metro hub', i. e., not just trains.

I couldn't find a layout type geographic map of the exterior/interior of the building [I would think there must be one somewhere as this place mustbe a magnet for tourists], and perhaps there is actually more than one "structure".

The embedded image show a different color of the archways, and perhaps there is some sort of a colored light "show" that bathes at least part of the station in different hues (or there was a colored filter on the lens).

I do not know if there are train tracks running under the archways visible in the pix. None of the pixs in the search hits showed a "large" waiting room area (seats/benches, ticket booths, canteen, whatever).

AHA! Our very dear friend uTube (gasp!) has a whole bunch of vids and will take you on a tour.

[*] posted on 31-8-2017 at 23:56
I'd even catch a train if the stations were that good. I'm wondering if the trains are all electric. Keeping that lot clean would be a nightmare if they were anything but.

[*] posted on 31-8-2017 at 18:36
It's beautiful.

[*] posted on 31-8-2017 at 18:05
Attribution: Photog: Maarten van der Velden
Date: May 30, 1998
Source: Railpictures.net
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
ID Caption: "CP 2215 during its stop at the impressive station of Lisboa Oriente as Regional 4449 from Lisboa Santa Apolónia to Entroncamento. The Gare do Oriente is a design of the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava."

IMO one of the commenters on this site for this pix stated my take on this pix: "Wow, a cathedral for trains -- that's an impressive and beautiful design. Thanks for sharing the photo!"

Me Here: too bad that in the real world, cost (and a lack of imagination) far, far too often trumps beauty and we wind up with a concrete pill box for a structure that makes no statement re the beauty of the human spirit.