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Modern bathroom design is a direct response to pandemic planning / Boing Boing

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I spent the first two weeks of my quarantine shitting in a portapotty in the parking lot of my building. It wasn’t great — but hey, at least it was always stocked with hand sanitizer.

The contractors I’d hired to renovate my bathroom were not so good on timeliness or communication before the pandemic started. And it only got worse from there. So I drove 300 miles in late March where I could at least be with my pregnant wife, and where at least I could shit indoors.

I returned home the other day to find that the bathroom still wasn’t finished (though at least I could shower and shit now). Disappointed, I began to unpack my things, and ended up listening to this new NPR Short Wave podcast, which strangely made me feel better. It traces the history of indoor plumbing — including the uphill battle of trying to

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Event Decor Direct – Buy Wholesale Wedding Decorations, Linens, Pipe, Drape & More

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If you are looking for a wholesale supplier of high quality wedding decorations and event supplies/equipment, you’ve found us. Our vast inventory of high-style wedding and event products offers the ultimate combination of quality, durability and value. We are the primary supplier for countless wedding decorators around the United States, Canada and the world.

Along with wedding decorators, many other types people and businesses rely on Event Decor Direct to supply them with the event products they need at affordable prices. These include: Schools, Universities, Colleges, Cities, Counties, States and Governments, Hotels, Banquet Halls, Convention Centers, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Fairs, Festival and Trade Show Companies, Auto Dealers (they use our pipe and drape kits as backdrops for photoshoots), and many more! We are a factory-direct supplier of a wide variety of competitively priced wedding and event decor products such as:

Backdrops (Wedding Backdrops, Economy Backdrops, Backdrop Lighting)

Bead & Crystal

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Exterior Shutters Direct – Wood, Composite & Vinyl

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Why Buy Exterior Shutters from ShutterLand

ShutterLand premium-quality exterior shutters reside on thousands of single family houses, churches, apartment buildings, colleges, and restaurants across the United States. We work closely with builders, contractors and homeowners alike to ensure the finest possible result. ShutterLand is the authority on vinyl, composite and wood exterior shutters. Since 2003 our experienced, knowledgeable team has been ready to transform ideas into reality by answering questions and offering advise on both simple and detailed building projects. ShutterLand only sells American made house shutters manufactured and shipped from our facility in Alabama.

Wood, Composite & Vinyl Exterior Shutters

Genuine solid wood shutters maintain worldwide popularity. They are durable, rich in character, and cost-effective. When paired with functional hardware, wood shutters are able to swing open and closed for privacy, light control, and storm protection. Our premium wood shutters are crafted from Western Red Cedar, California Redwood, or

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IBM partners with White House to direct supercomputing power for coronavirus research

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IBM (IBM) partnered with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Energy to create the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. The effort, which IBM started just last week, is expected to harness powerful high performance computing, or “supercomputing,” resources that will massively increase the speed and capacity of coronavirus-related research.

“How can we find new treatments? Or ultimately vaccines and a cure?” Director of IBM Research Dario Gil asked in an interview with CNN Business. “Those are the areas we’ll be looking at … We’re going to bring an unprecedented amount of computing power” to address coronavirus.

The system will harness 16 supercomputing systems from IBM, national laboratories, several universities, Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT) and others. Computing power will be provided via remote access to researchers whose projects are approved by the
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Interior Direct – Hospitality Solutions

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‘we are global with scandinavian roots’


We are an established and highly experienced Scandinavian FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) supply company catering for hotels, backpacker hostels, student accommodation, resorts and other accommodation and catering industry sectors.

Interior Direct supplies pre-designed hotel room packages, ´off-the-shelf’ and bespoke FF&E in bulk or develops projects designed by our or your team of designers and interior architects.

Hand-in-hand with the JYSK chain of retail stores and seven high end and midrange furniture companies we operate under the umbrella of the Danish Lars Larsen Group.

The group owns and manages currently 2300 retail outlets in more than 40 countries, employing 19,000 staff with an annual turnover of more than 3.1 billion Euro in 2014.

Backed up by the vast logistic and production resources Interior Direct is in a position to offer cost effective options for quality products and services, giving our clients true value

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