Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...

So what is it? and WHY should you take part?

I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.

As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.

 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.

Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.

And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....

And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....

All you have to do is email:
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:

The winner is announced this Autumn!


Ted Cruz calls out the NBA for “shameless retreating” after Houston Rockets GM tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters   

On Friday, the general manager of the Houston Rockets put out this tweet in support of the Hong Kong protesters: Well that apparently didn’t go over well with the owner of the . . .

'Fred Flintstone' auction delayed: Owner flattered by media coverage, hopes for more interest   

Yesterday's media interest in the auction of an unusual and visually striking Auckland house likened to Fred Flinstone's place has prompted its owner to delay for a week because she expects more buyers to bid.Sophie Jayawardene's...

Dragonworld: Wildenlander   


L�thien Vardamir, favored with the grace of her elven mother and the strength of her human father, was known as one of the deadliest warriors and stealthiest rangers in the Dragon World.
Wearing finely crafted elven clothes and armor, she was well known as the honored owner of RoseScorn, her legendary sword, DragonClaw, a bow crafted by the Eldest Dragon, and the Forest Edge, the elven Royal knife.
Wildenlander is the ultimate fantasy clothing set for Victoria V3.

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Ron's Dry Ice   


Special effects of Dry Ice are so cool, they can produce vigorous and voluminous types of fog, not anything like fire or early morning coldness can look like.

Its cold temperatures of -109.3 Degrees Fahrenheit or -78.5 Degrees Celsius when immersed in hot water, create a cloud of true water vapors. It actually flows down and in the direction of any air movement. Never have I seen brushes like these. I love producing something no one has; and this is one of them.

I'm very proud for you to be the owner of such a unique product. I'm sure you will be pleased and it's my pleasure to make these for the finest artists on this planet at Daz 3D. Thank you and enjoy.

Price: $28.95 Special Price: $14.48


Robot Democratization: A Machine for Every Manufacturer   


With collaborative robots proliferating, we wanted to know who’s using these robots and what tasks they’re doing. Design News caught up with Walter Vahey, executive vice-president at Teradyne, a company that helps manufacturers gear up their automation. Vahey sees a real change in the companies that are deploying robotics. For years robots were tools only for the largest manufacturers. They required expensive care and feeding in the form of integrators and programming. Now, collaborative robots require configuration rather than programming, and they can be quickly switched from task to task.

Vahey talked about robot companies such as Universal Robots (UR) which produces robot arms, and MiR, a company that produces collaborative mobile robots. He explained how they’re putting robotics in the hands of smaller manufacturers that previously could not afford advanced automation. The difference is that these robots are less expensive, they can be set up for production without programming, and they can be quickly reconfigured to change tasks.

Universal Robots, MiR, Taradyne, robotics, robots, automation, small manufacturers
Robots are now within the investment reach of small manufacturers. That's fueling a surge in the use of collaborative robots. (Image source: Universal Robots)

We asked Vahey what’s different about collaborative robots and what he’s seeing in robot adoption among smaller manufacturers.

Design News: Tell us about the new robots and how they’re getting deployed.

Walter Vahey: Companies such as Universal Robots and MiR are pioneering the robot space. They’re bringing automation to a broad class of users and democratizing automation. For small companies, the task at hand is to figure out how to fulfill their orders. It’s particularly challenging to manufacturers. In a tight labor market, manufacturers are facing more competition, growing demand, and higher expectations in quality.

Manufacturer can plug UR or MiR robots in very quickly. Everything is easy, from the specs up front to ordering to quickly arranging and training the robot. There’s no programming, and the robots have the flexibility to do a variety of applications. Every customer is dealing with labor challenges, so now they’re deploying collaborative robots to fulfill demand with high quality.

The whole paradigm has shifted now that you have a broader range of robot applications. You can easily and quickly bring in automation, plug it in ,and get product moving in hours or days rather than months. That’s what’s driving the growth at UR and MiR.

The Issue of Change Management

Design News: Is change management a hurdle?. Does the robot cause workforce disruption?

Walter Vahey: We really haven’t seen that as an issue. The overwhelming need to improve and fulfill demand at a higher quality level helps the manufacturers deploy. It outweighs other challenges. We help with the deployment, and the manufacturers are making the change easily.

We grew up as a supplier of electronic test equipment. Since 2015, we’ve entered the industrial automation market with a focus on the emerging collaborative robot space. We see that as a way to change the equation for manufacturers, making it faster and easier to deploy automation.

Design News: What about return on investment? Robotics can be a considerable investment for a small company/

Walter Vahey: The customers today are looking for relatively short ROI, and we’re seeing it from 6 months to a year. That’s a no brainer for manufacturers. They’re ready to jump in.

We work hard to make deployment less of an issue. We have an application builder, and we use it to prepare for deployment. The new user may have a pick-and-place operation. They choose the gripper, and we guide them to partners who make it easy to deploy.

The application builder helps the customer pick the gripper. The whole object is to get the customer deployed rapidly so the automation doesn’t sit. With MiR, the robot comes in, and we find an easy application for the mobile device. We take the robot around the plant and map it. We’ve work to guide customers through an application quickly and make the robot productive as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of partners that work with UR and MiR, providing grippers and end effectors. We have a system that customers can plug into. Customer can look at grippers from a wide range of companies. We’re not working just on the robot deployment. We work to get the whole system deployed so they can quickly get the ROI.

What Tasks Are the Robots Taking On?

Design News: Who in the plant is using the robots, and what tasks are involved?

Walter Vahey: There is a range of users. To be effective at training a robot and configuring it, the people best suited for it are the ones most aware of the task. To get the robot to be effective you have to know the task. By and large, the person who has been doing that task is best suited to train the robot. That person can then train other robots. Nobody’s better suited to do it than the people who know what needs to be done.

The tasks are broad set of applications. We automate virtually any task and any material movement. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s close. With UR, we’re doing machine learning, grinding, packing, pick-and-place, repetitive tasks, welding. It’s a very broad set of applications. In materials it’s also very broad. Parts going from a warehouse to a work cell, and then from the work cell to another work cell, up to a 1000-kilo payload. We’re moving robots into warehousing and logistics space, even large pieces of metal. The robots are well suited for long runs of pallets of materials.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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The NBA is facing a clash between its business interests and brand identity in China   


The league finds itself caught between a Chinese rock and a democratic hard place.

Yesterday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted—then quickly deleted—an image that said “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” in support of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Rockets are one of the most popular NBA teams in China, so Morey’s tweet did not go over well with the government there, many fans, and the team’s Chinese sponsors and business partners. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly responded with a tweet of his own.

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Robert Zenhausern posted a discussion   

Robert Zenhausern posted a discussion

Education 21. Education for the 21st Century

 Your Name and Title: Robert Zenhausern, CEO School or Organization Name: The Enabling Support Foundation Co-Presenter Name(s): Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  United States and sub-Sahara Africa. Language in Which You Will Present: English Target Audience(s): Teachers of Early Childhood Development Short Session Description (one line): Education 21 is a paradigm shift in Education from the 19th Century into the 21st Century which expects to achieve SDG 4 within 5 years. Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Education 21.  Education for the 21st Century Our goal is not to fix education, but to rebuild it from the start.  A Paradigm Shift. We do not want to bring technology into the classroom.  We want the classroom to join the 21st Century.  Our program, Education 21, emerges from three simple and logical changes.  Each is a unique solution, and an unexpected challenge to well entrenched dogma.The Three Changes.Standardized Testing versus Authentic AssessmentIn place of “teach, memorize, test”, we use Project Based Learning and Authentic Assessment.In Project Based Learning the student does not memorize material but must know where to find specific information.  How well can the student integrate this information and complete a task.  Authentic Assessment evaluates the project as Inadequate, Adequate, or Superior. Replace arithmetic with estimation. In the 19th Century arithmetic was indeed the “gateway” to the sciences and higher mathematics.  Since the advent of calculators, that is no longer the case.  Arithmetic is a linear rote process with a single answer.  Estimation is unbounded and more conceptual.  It is a practical skill in cases where close is good enough.  We want to explore the limits of estimation, and its use as the fundamental calculator.  For those cases where the exact answer is required the spreadsheet becomes a STEM platform it.Subitizing is typically seen as an early childhood skill that is supplanted by counting.  But we plan to explore subitizing as a lifelong skill.  Examples:A painter looks at a room and decides how many cans of paint he will need.  A homeowner wants to build a stone wall and has to decide how many truckloads of stone are needed.  Do architects subitize? All this happens without “teaching”.  Can we enhance the subitizing skill?  Reading.A baby understands the meaning of the spoken word even before speech, but it takes 5 years for the child to understand the meaning of the same word in written form.  That is an absurdity that is accepted without question.Reading is a skill that suffers from a self-inflicted wound.  The purpose of reading is to develop a connection between text and meaning.  From the start we have decided that, because English is a semi-phonetic language, reading should be taught by phonics.That is an epic blunder for two reasons.  The first is that it postpones reading by 5 years, while the child learns phonetic decoding.And second, tragically,  it is effective for only 80% of readers.  The rest are called dyslexic with the heartache and expense that entails.How different speech!  Children learn to speak and understand the spoken word as part of maturation.  Why not reading?  Show the printed word at the same time as the spoken word, and the child will understand both.  Early Reading is a form of speed reading – reading for comprehension, not speech.The Peace Flame networkThe Enabling Support Foundation is a US based 501c(3) nonprofit that provides online support to grassroots African organizations involved with human development and enrichment.  ESF exists only in the Cloud and encourages online and on ground activity by productive organizations.  ESF has created Peace Flame, a network of those organization based on an Office 365 infrastructure.  ESF has strong connections within both LinkedIn and WhatsApp.The Birth of Early ReadingESF was founded in 1994 as an organization that provided technology and Internet access to persons with disabilities, and later education.  Our Mission was to bring Education into the 21st Century, as first outlined in 1990, evolving with the changes in technology.Reading was the first step.  In May 2017 educators from Kenya and Uganda met at Miridians Nursery School near Kampala.  One outcome of the conference was proof of concept study at 9 sites in both countries.  We found and nursery school children learned to read three sentence paragraphs in the 4 months of the study.  As a result, we have reached our first milestone.  Children are starting primary school already reading and writing.  We are now developing the primary grade curricula to take advantage of the instructional time saved by Early Reading.Early Reading has virtually eliminated dyslexia and spelling is much less of an issue.Early Reading has recently added sites in Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Pakistan.We also have a cultural program and we are collecting children’s art for exhibition.  You can see a preview now, but the site is still under construction.  Websites / URLs Associated with Your More


How to give a presentation in a hotel: Step one, avoid hotels.   

Software company owner Joel Spolsky recently demonstrated his software in 20 different cities, and learned plenty about hosting meetings in hotels:
  • Avoid hotels. Spolsky writes, "Before you try hotels, look for libraries, museums, and universities: many of went into debt building beautiful, modern lecture halls and now they’re trying to rent them out to pay for all that nice blond wood paneling and the 265 built-in powered Bose speakers."
  • Book the nicest hotel in town, because the quality of the venue will rub off on your brand. Avoid "frightful old relics" like the ones Spolsky accidentally booked.
  • Hotels lie about key details of their meeting spaces, so ask for numbers. Instead of asking whether all audience members will be able see your screen, ask for the height of the ceiling.
  • Go for high ceilings (he explains why)
  • Have loud music, nametags and helpers (he explains why).
  • And more, in:
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Dlibert creator flails with restaurant in Bay Area   

Dilbert creator Scott Adams is struggling to manage his restaurant "Stacey's" in a Dublin strip mall, according to a New York Times story today.

The restaurant is bleeding money as customers choose national chain restaurants over Stacey's. Owner adams took over the deteriorating operations in July and tried to improve everything from the food to the decor, but his staff just laughed at him and compared him to an actual infant baby, probably because he has no management experience and virtually zero restaurant experience (he bussed tables a long time ago).

Nevertheless, the whole staff seems to think he's a great guy, and not a terrible boss. Now he's trying to use his Dilbert celebrity to drive business to the place. Oh, also, he has a smaller Stacey;s in Pleasanton that is doing well.

Thanks to the chef-owner who sent me this -- with no small dose of Schadenfreude, surely.

NY Times: The Tables Turn for Dilbert’s Creator


City may ban hotel-condo conversions forever, approximately   

No wonder St. Francis owner Laurence Geller is so obsessed with the city's hotel-condo conversion moratorium -- Board of Supervisors president Aaron Peskin wants to make the temporary, 18-month ban effectively permanent.

The SF Examiner reports that Peskin is proposing extending the ban for "at least a decade," but don't worry, you can get an exemption if you ask Aaron nicely.

And then ask the Planning Commission nicely.

And then ask the union officials, neighbors, activist groups and other Planning Commission lobbyists nicely.

Between this and recent developments in commercial finance, San Francisco hotels seem to be depreciating nicely.

Examiner: Supe aims to shield hotel rooms from condo conversions

Michael Mina brasserie -- may yet be (Or: My seduction by Laurence Geller)   

Last week I had a date with Laurence Geller, CEO of Strategic Hotels & Resorts and, by extension, the owner of the Westin Saint Francis hotel here in San Francisco. He put me in an apron, plied me with wine, cooked for me in a rooftop kitchen, gave me a signed copy of his rather purple novel "Do Not Disturb" and entertained me with the most delightful story about Michael Mina.

Michael Mina was going to make him a brasserie, in his hotel. Michael Mina was going to put it in the old Oak Room. Michael Mina was going to also make a bakery inside the brasserie and give it a window onto Post Street, somehow, and everyone was going to come and it was going to be awesome.

Laurence told me this, and gave me champagne, which made me happy, and then later he told as much to his 10 other guests, even though he did not care for them in that special way in which he cared for me, and he poured us more wine, and we were happy.

There were warning signs. When, the next day, I called the general manager of the St. Francis, a reliable and trustworthy fellow, he let on that the brasserie plans were, well, in the conceptual stage, but still "likely." And that Michael Mina was in talks but not, shall we say, signed on the dotted line. Michael Mina could not be reached for comment.

Actually, Michael Mina was reached for comment, the day after we went to press. Telling me that the plan for a brasserie was very preliminary, one among perhaps 15 projects Mina's company (total restaurants: 10) is weighing at any given time. But he was fairly certain he'd be running the St. Francis' new bar, the Clock Bar. But writing about the brasserie would be, uh, premature.

Well, Michael, you'll have to call Laurence about that one. Careful -- he's a sweet talker.

SF Business Times: St. Francis sees $150M hotel upgrade: CEO: But first, fix tourism (free link)

Re: Company insurance "agent" earning 5% commission   

AirTimeMD wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:35 pm

Good afternoon BH,

My company recently switched our health insurance carrier from UHC to BCBS. One of the documents that BCBS sent over was an "Agent Acknowledgement" form. This form shows that our company agent is earning a 5% commission percentage that is included in our insurance rates.

We have 58 insured employees and we are currently due to spend an approximate $413,457.60 in insurance for 2019/2020.

Would any of you that are more familiar with corporate insurance agents chime in on whether 5% is a reasonable fee for an agent to charge. I have a friendly relationship with the owner of the "agent" company so it wouldn't at all surprise me if I was being taken advantage of.

Thank you!


I have been a health agent for almost 30 years mostly in the Medicare Health Plans but did a few small groups plans many years ago and the biggest case I did was about 70 employees and if I remember correctly I got 6 % .There is more work involved in putting a case together than you think and besides why do you care what the agent gets paid if they won your business on a competitive bid.Be glad the insurance carrier pays the agent to service your account.Some ACA plans went to paying agents 0% commissions so guess how much help the consumers interested in buying those plans got.

Gaius states that according to natural reason the first occupier of any previously unowned property becomes the just owner (2nd Century)   


Gaius states that according to natural reason the first occupier of any previously unowned property becomes the just owner (2nd Century)


Call to promote York's music scene   

THE co-owner of a popular live music venue is supporting calls for York’s clubs to be better protected.

Newlyweds amazed by therapy dog sitting next to them on plane   

Adorable video captured the newlyweds getting excited after finding themselves sitting next to a therapy dog on a long-haul flight from Tokyo to Chicago. Kevin Liu and wife Supanida were on their honeymoon trip to Chicago on September 24. They were both amazed when they found themselves sitting alongside service dog Zeus who was accompanying his owner who had depression. Supanida, who is a dog lover said ''Sitting on the airplane for about 18 hours, Zeus, the therapy dog, didn't cause any disturbance. He stayed obediently in his area and was so sweet." ''This was the happiest plane journey of our lives.''

Rupert Murdoch Owner Of Fox News Behind Blackmail Vaccination Push In Australia.   

Rupert Murdoch Owner Of Fox News Behind Blackmail Vaccination Push In Australia.

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Rupert Murdoch Owner Of Fox News Behind Blackmail Vaccination Push In Australia.   

Rupert Murdoch Owner Of Fox News Behind Blackmail Vaccination Push In Australia.

An Evening with Alan McGee and Irish band Cronin at The Stables in Mullingar   


No single label owner had a greater reputation in the 90s in UK indie than Alan McGee. The Scottishman and Creation Records owner signed Oasis, released Teenage Fan Club, managed The Libertines, instrumental in the careers of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine. The success of these acts hid the Read More

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Bostonians Lament Loss Of 137-Year-Old Pub And Its Trove Of History   

Doyle's Café has been in business since 1882, but the owner is closing up shop later this month. Locals are portraying this as yet another nail in the coffin of Boston history and tradition.

Experienced Hair Stylist with Clientele or Booth Renter - Divine Salon and Spa - Amesbury, MA   

Divine Salon and Spa is newly owned by the same owner of Divine Hair Design and Spa in Haverhill Ma. Divine Salon and Spa in Amesbury wants you to join our team…
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WTF: How Do Big-Box Stores and Airports Deal With Nuisance Birds?   

Walk into any big-box store, shopping mall or other sprawling expanse of indoor retail space this time of year, and you're likely to spot a few wild birds flitting about or roosting in the rafters. Winged creatures are especially common in the al fresco garden centers of Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart — torn bags of birdseed are a likely draw — though wild birds are also known to take up residence in supermarkets and airport terminals. For animal lovers, the presence of uninvited guests inside these cathedrals of consumption may feel like a mischievous act of defiance, as though the animal kingdom were flipping us humans the bird, as it were, saying, "You can wall it in but you can't keep us out!" It may seem fairly innocuous to find sparrows chirping in the hardware department or starlings dive-bombing the home appliances. But there are legitimate health concerns when birds take up shop in a mall or supermarket. So, how do retailers rid themselves of these feathered friends? Recently, a Seven Days staffer heard from a friend that the birds are dispatched with BB guns. Because this method sounded both inhumane and impractical, we reached out to several large retail chains, including Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Shaw's and Price Chopper Supermarkets. Only Price Chopper answered our query. "Birds, unfortunately, are a part of doing business when you're in retail," said Maureen Murphy, manager of consumer services and trends for Price Chopper, headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y. As she explained, the birds typically come in the same way the merchandise does — through the loading docks. But when asked if Price Chopper and other supermarkets use BB guns to dispatch their guests, she seemed revolted by the suggestion. "God, no! I know that we sure as heck don't ... We make sure they're taken care of humanely," Murphy said. "But when they're in our store, we have to be sure they're removed ... because, obviously, food safety is a big issue for us." Indeed, having birds pecking at the salad bar or leaving droppings in the produce section is more than a fowl nuisance. It's also a health code violation. So, as soon as a store manager detects one, she explained, they contact a third-party vendor to catch and remove the bird from the store. That task may fall to Cody Baciuska, a wildlife biologist and co-owner of Loomacres Wildlife…

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