THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 8, 2015 www.watershapes.com
Working among the 300-year-old fountains in France's Gardens of Versailles was a bit intimidating, recalls David L'Heureux. But as he writes here, the delicate process of adding modern LED systems to enhance their nighttime appearance was also inspiring beyond measure. [more]
A Path to Enlightenment
While readily acknowledging that digital-design technology has forever changed his working life, Greg Smith also knows that the software is just one of several tools he uses to communicate the value and extent of what he wants to achieve in his clients' backyards. [more]
Sourcing and wrangling with big rocks for large-scale waterfall projects is seldom simple, notes Eric Triplett. As he discusses in this video, however, everything ended up going his way in this case, cascading from the top of the hill all the way down the backyard's long slope. [more]
A Window into Nature
Microsoft's corporate campus near Seattle has been the birthplace of much of the world's most significant consumer-electronics technology. When it came time to adorn the ultramodern facility with a watershape of it own, writes Jon Mitovich, the scope and complexity of the system was intended to reflect the scale and grandeur of the world's most famous software company -- and to fit a circumscribed space as though it had been there from time immemorial.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
The swimming pools used for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics are reminders of the city's role as one of the world's great sports capitals. But after decades of use, they needed a facelift -- and as Ron Bravo reports, the updated watershapes are truly worth a visit. [more]
A Prime-Time Network
So far, writes Jim McCloskey, the most common questions he's been asked about the WaterShapes Professional Network have had to do with its origins -- the whys and wherefores behind this all-new marketing concept for the watershaping community. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Fair's Fair Dept.: Dutch firm's 'pond dome' gives curious fish a window onto our much broader world. [more]
Or is the attraction really just the floating food?
Forgive My Obsessions Dept.: Capybaras enjoy a good, long soak in a Japanese zoo's steaming hot tub. [more]
Unlike my kids, they don't fight over using the jets.
On the Beam
Back in 2005, David Tisherman focused his attention on the value of a certain kind of technical support he said he would never be without -- particularly when it came to a popular sort of remodeling project. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
E55BX Mini-Excavator from New Holland Construction
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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Which U.S. President Swam Naked In the Potomac River Every Day?
By Quizmaster Lenny Giteck
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. An early U.S. president was known to swim nude in the Potomac River every morning. During one of these swims, an amusing 'Encounter of the First Kind' took place with Anne Royall, America's first female reporter. The usaswimming.com article includes the following juicy historical tidbit:
One of the most interesting characters in American history, [Royall] had been requesting an interview with the president for months and was tired of being stonewalled. So, early one summer's morn, she went down to the Potomac and hid in the bushes, waited for the president to strip off his clothes, then revealed herself. She then sat on his clothes, refusing to budge until the president granted her request.
Who was the commander-in-chief-in-the-buff?
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. James Madison
d. John Quincy Adams
2. Bruiser Bear, an adorable 18-month-old cub at the nonprofit Single Vision animal sanctuary in Melrose, Fla., loves to climb the ladder to an aboveground pool at the facility, jump in, swim around and 'surf' on a surfboard in the pool. According to abc11.com, what kind of brown bear is Bruiser?
a. American brown bear
b. Chinese brown bear
c. Syrian brown bear
d. Russian brown bear
3. A former member of a U.S. university's men's swimming team has filed a lawsuit against five of his teammates over alleged hazing. The swimmer, reports abcnews.go.com, says 'he feared for his life because their hazing was so extreme.' What university was he attending?
WaterShapes World (blog)
There's even more major news from Watershape University: As Jim McCloskey reports, Eric Herman has joined the team and will soon take charge of WaterShapes, while Ask the Masters has agreed to add its videos and podcasts to WaterShapes.com's home page!