Water is blue…and blue is blue is blue, right? Not so fast, says Paolo Benedetti, who writes, ‘What most people (including, it seems, a lot of people in the watershaping field) don’t understand is that a myriad of variables and principles are involved in determining what color water appears to be.’[more]
Zillow Picks Pix of Beautiful Pools
Started six years ago by Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink — two former Microsoft executives — Zillow is an online real estate database best known for appraising property values. On its Web site, Zillow has also posted photos of some pretty amazing swimming pools, which tend to be attached to spectacular homes that come with huge price tags. [more]
Enjoy the views…and start saving up your money!
Are You Embracing the Total Outdoor Experience?
With much anecdotal evidence indicating that things are picking up for the watershaping industry, WaterShapes editor Eric Herman asks the following: ‘Have you sensed a shift toward the overall outdoor experience and a somewhat lessened emphasis on pools and spas? Have you altered your business model to meet this demand?’ [more]
‘Donald Trump’s Hair Found Dead In Las Vegas Swimming Pool…Autopsy Set for Tomorrow’ [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
From Swimming Champ to Music Star
What well-known music composer, instrumentalist and recording artist was a member of his native country’s national swimming team in his youth — even breaking that country’s record in the 50-meter freestyle at age 14?
Here are some clues:
> He has more than 35 platinum and gold albums.
> His albums have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
> He had a long-term relationship with a beautiful American actress.
> He can’t read music.
> He has great hair (much better than The Donald’s).
Click here to see the answer and to watch this performer in action.
Selling the Dream
This installment of Book Notes is a double-header: First, Mike Farley reviews International Award–Winning Pools, Spas and Water Environments by Virginia Martino, Joseph M. Vassallo and Mary Vail. Then he reviews Scott Cohen’s Poolscapes: Refreshing Ideas for the Ultimate Backyard Resort. Cohen is, of course, a frequent contributor to WaterShapes EXTRA! [more]
(Hampshire, IL) offers Deck-O-Shield Plus, a premium-grade, ready-to-use, water-based sealer formulated for natural stone. Designed to seal porous surfaces, the product doesn’t significantly alter the color of surfaces and is ideal for use on pool copings and decks to protect them from salt penetration — and on all other porous surfaces to protect against spalling caused by freeze/thaw cycles. [more]