Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Holidays for September 3rd 2013

National Skyscraper Day

A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building of many storeys, usually designed for office and commercial use. There is no official definition or height above which a building may be classified as a skyscraper. One common feature of skyscrapers is having a steel framework from which curtain walls are suspended, rather than load-bearing walls of conventional construction. Most skyscrapers have a steel frame that enables the construction of load-bearing walls taller than of those made of reinforced concrete. Skyscrapers’ walls are not load-bearing, and therefore most skyscrapers are characterized by large surface areas of windows made possible by the concept of steel frame and curtain walls. However, skyscrapers can have curtain walls that mimic conventional walls and a small surface area of windows.

Skyscrapers since 1960s utilize the tubular designs, innovated by a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer named Fazlur Rahman Khan. This engineering principle makes the buildings structurally more efficient and stronger. It reduces the usage of material (economically much more efficient), while simultaneously allows the buildings to reach greater heights. It allows fewer interior columns, and so creates more usable floor space. It further enables buildings to take on various shapes. There are several variations of the tubular design; these structural systems are fundamental to tall building design today. After the great depression, skyscraper construction was abandoned. Bangladeshi-American structural engineer Fazlur Khan, more than any others, ushered in a renaissance in skyscrapers construction from 1960s with structural innovations that transformed the industry and made it possible for people to live and work in “cities in the sky”. Other pioneers include Hal Iyengar, William LeMessurier, etc. Cities have experienced a huge surge in skyscraper construction. Fazlur Rahman Khan is regarded as the “Einstein of Structural Engineering” for his revolutionary work which remain fundamental to modern skyscraper construction. Khan created a legacy of innovations that is unparalleled and became an icon in both architecture and structural engineering.

Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight where land is expensive, as in the centres of big cities, because they provide such a high ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land. They are built not just for economy of space; like temples and palaces of the past, skyscrapers are considered symbols of a city’s economic power. Not only do they define the skyline, they help to define the city’s identity. In some cases, exceptionally tall skyscrapers have been built not out of necessity, but to help define the city’s identity and presence or power as a city.

Another Look Unlimited Day

If you think your basement, attic, spare room and shed are filled with junk, take another look. Some of what you have can be re-purposed, sold, donated or recycled. Rather than add junk to the landfills, seek out ways to revitalize old things or find them a new home. Sometimes we buy things when we don't need them. If you have new items that you've been hoarding or clothes that still have price tags, give them away and make someone's day.

Here are some ways to celebrate Another Look Unlimited Day, which is September 3rd.

Donate to Schools -- Donate new notebooks, pens, paper towels, tissue boxes, crayons, scissors, glue sticks and erasers. Anyone who takes advantage of sales at the store or buys in bulk during back-to-school season may have extras on hand.

Repair Your Electronics -- Shop around online for electronics repair services. Even with the repair and part fee and shipping you will pay less than if you hand your broken device over to the electronics superstore.

Dispose of Electronics Properly -- Some community groups host electronic recycling days. For a nominal fee ($10 to $25) you can dispose of old TVs, computer monitors and other broken electronics. Not all towns have dumps and your regular garbage collection company does not want this stuff in the trash. Or use Earth911 to find a location to recycle your electronics.

Cell Phones: Keep or Donate -- If your cell phone functions and has a charger, you may want to hold onto it. If you still have a collection of brick phones, it's time to let go. Delete all information from a SIM card on a newer phone before recycling it advises the EPA.

Junk Drawer -- Clean out the junk drawers and properly dispose of the items you haven't used in six months. Dead batteries should not be thrown in the trash. Instead, drop them off at a retailer accepting dead batteries. Some communities also have drop-off boxes in the town hall. Enter your zip code at Call2recycle for a location near you.

Old Eye Glasses -- If you're holding onto an old pair of glasses, don't. Unless the prescription is the same it does you no good to keep them since you shouldn't wear them anyway. Donate old prescription eyeglasses to the Lions Club. There are drop-off boxes outside of some retail establishments. 
They can also be mailed to:

Lions Clubs International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA

More information:
Call2Recycle, http://www.call2recycle.org
Earth911.com, http://earth911.com
EPA, http://www.epa.gov/osw/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/

National Welsh Rarebit Day

Welsh rarebit is a savory dish made by serving a melted cheese sauce over hot toast. It’s name originates from 18th century Britain, and was originally “welsh rabbit” in spite of the recipes meatless makeup. The name was possibly offered for it’s irony, since the Welsh were generally poor during that time and cheese was considered the poor Welsh man’s meat. At any rate, as Michael Quinion observed, “rabbit here is being used the the same way as ‘turtle’ in ‘mock-turtle soup’, …or ‘duck’ in ‘Bombay duck’.” Over time, the name was erroneously transformed to “Welsh rarebit,” with the Oxford English Dictionary describing the change as an “etymologizing alteration.” No matter the history of it’s name, September 3rd is National Welsh Rarebit Day, and the perfect opportunity to whip up this simple and delicious dish.

There are several variations of Welsh rarebit (buck rarebit features a poached egg, and a Welsh rarebit blended with a tomato base is called a “Blushing Bunny”) but Damion and I decided to cook up a traditional recipe for our first time making this dish. When I started searching for a recipe I was surprised to find a proliferation of information about Welsh rarebit — how had I made it through my entire life without ever hearing of it? But a quick glance of the ingredients told me everything I needed to know: as a cheese lover I knew this was going to turn out to be a great “unofficial.” I picked a recipe, and Damion and I headed to the grocery store.

The recipe we chose was simple and I was glad to find that we already had most of the ingredients (butter, flour, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, beer, heavy cream, shredded Cheddar, hot sauce, and rye bread) on hand. But one thing we did have to buy was a good porter beer. We ended up getting a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout — Damion and I have both had it before, and he particularly enjoyed it, so we knew that the extra bit leftover wouldn’t go to waste. And once we got home, cracked that bottle open, and poured it into the warm saucepan, the kitchen filled with a glorious smell. For someone who doesn't really enjoy drinking beer, I really love cooking with it!

US Bowling League Day

September 3 is US Bowling League Day! This is a day to celebrate bowling and bowling leagues, so even if you don’t have a game scheduled for tonight, gather your teammates for a friendly game of bowling to celebrate your bowling league.

If you’re a regular bowler but not on a bowling league, gather a group of friends and start your own league in honor of US Bowling League Day!

Need to improve your bowling skills? Helpwithbowling.com has plenty of tips and guides to help you improve your bowling skills while providing you with other useful information, like the history of bowling, the health benefits of bowling, and bowling etiquette.