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House in Shatin Mid-Level, Hong Kong by Millimeter Interior Design Limited | via

This design gave a boundless make over to the structure of an existing 40-year old house, transforming it into a comfortable and modern accommodation. The designer successfully divided this two-storey house into a garage, a living room, a dining room, a garden, two guest rooms, two guest bathrooms, one helper suite, a master bedroom suite with a spacious walk in closet and a study room.

The highlight of this design is that it incorporates a sustainable green approach to reduce environmental impact.

The external walls of the house are rebuilt over an old fashion style house preserving the original structure. This not only helps save on building reconstruction cost, but it reduces waste to protect the environment.

Transforming an old fashioned style house into an urban-style home and yet maintaining the original construction without trace is something that deserves to be accredited. Now that environmental awareness or being socially responsible has become an increasing trend in society, bringing sustainability into homes is an alternate lifestyle for the new generation. The design adopted in this case breaks boundaries between interior and exterior space and establishes a green and conscious lifestyle, meeting the needs of a growing demand in society today.

Photography: Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited

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Sexting and porn part of everyday life for teenagers

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On telegraph:

Sending sexually explicit pictures by mobile phone is now part of everyday life for almost half of teenagers, according to new research showing a backlash among young people against Britain’s increasingly sexualised culture.

Eight out of 10 18-year-olds now believe that pornography is too easy to access, including by accident, and six in 10 admit that its pervasiveness made the process of growing up more difficult for them.

And in a marked rejection of the “free love” ideology espoused by many in previous generations, two thirds of British teenagers now believe that people today are “too casual” about sex and relationships.

The study for the think-tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that many older teenagers even blame adults for failing to do enough to discourage them from rushing into sex or counter the influence of pornography.

Some spoke of feeling “pressured” into sex by teachers through rushed and awkward sex education lessons promoting the message that it is “normal” to have sex before the age of consent as long as contraception is used.

Rest: telegraph.

See also: Surprise! Teen girls are having anal sex because they’re being pressured into it on (feministcurrent):

[…] The study was conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who interviewed 130 teenagers aged 16-18 in three sites across the country to “explore expectations, experiences and circumstances of anal sex among young people”. They found that anal sex among heterosexual couples was “painful, risky and coercive, particularly for women” and that males expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners:

Even in otherwise seemingly communicative and caring partnerships, some men seemed to push to have anal sex with their reluctant partner despite believing it likely to hurt her…

…Persuasion of women was a feature to a greater or lesser degree of most men’s and women’s narratives about anal sex events, with repeated, emphatic requests from men commonly mentioned…

…Women seemed to take for granted that they would either acquiesce to or resist their partners’ repeated requests, rather than being equal partners in sexual decision-making. Being able to say ‘no’ was often cited by the women as a positive example of their control of the situation.

Rest.

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The Codex Gigas

Also known as the Devils Bible, the Codex is the largest manuscript in the world, written in the 13th century in Latin, it is 1 meter in length, 165 lbs, and takes two people to lift. It currently resides in the National Library of Stockholm.

The Legend of It’s Creation

  • According to myth, the Codex was written by a monk who was sentences to death for breaking his vows. He made a pact with the Devil to write it in one night, with the Devils help, in order to prove to his monastery that he was worthy.
  • Besides this myth, nothing is known about the books creator.

The Content

  • Half of the Codex is simply just a translation of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
  • The two are separated by a copy of Josephus’ two histories of the Jews (antiquities of the jews) as well as De Bello Iudaico’s Encyclopedic Etymologae.
  •  It also contains eight medical writings by Hippocrates and other important figures of the time 
  • The Chronicle of Bohemia by Cosmas of Prague also takes up a large portion of the book.
  • Smaller texts include texts on exorcisms, magic formulas, a picture of the Heavenly City, and a full page depiction of the Devil (both pictured above).
  • The last fourteen pages are a Calender

Odd Facts about the Codex

  • After being studied over and over, it’s practically perfect, without any typo’s despite being hand-written.
  • Based on the handwriting, the book was written by one person.
  • According to experts, even with strict devotion and every day writing, the Codex would have taken 25-30 years to finish.
  • Despite this, the handwriting virtually doesn’t change from front to finish, almost like it was written in one day.
  • The ink, made from insects, also virtually doesn’t change throughout the book despite the fact it should have (as bugs change from season to season and year to year, and ink doesn’t stay)
  • In the picture of the City of Heaven, no people can be seen in the city.
  • The pages surrounding the Portrait of the Devil are darker than the other pages of the book.
  • Leaders of the catholic church admit to having no record of both the spells and the exorcisms listed in the book.

The Curse of the Codex

  • According to legend, sorrow and tragedy befalls people who have owned the Codex in the past.
  • Myths of previous owners include a monastery that contracted one of the worst cases of the bubonic plague after receiving the book, and the castle where the book was being held burning down, the book being thrown out a window in order to be saved from the flames.
  • However, nothing has happened to the library it is currently being held.

If you want to know more, a documentary about the book called The Devils Bible, is on Netflix!

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(via anythingbutashley)

asoiaf history: the age of valyria 

The Valyrian Freehold was a great territory that spanned much of the continent of Essos, but has since fallen to ruin, approximately one hundred years before Aegon’s Landing, when it was brought down by a cataclysmic event known as the Doom of Valyria.

(via pre-gameofthrones)