Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Multi-media entertainment studio Moment Factory creates a multi-sensory experience within Montreal’s grandiose Notre-Dame Basilica using sound, light and video projection-mapping.
Designed by Irish-American architect James O’Donnell in 1824, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal is a picture of divinity. Now, as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations, the iconic heritage landmark has been given a new, and luminous, lease of life. Montreal-based multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory has created AURA, a transformative experience that propels visitors on a sacred journey using layers of augmented reality and spatial orchestral scoring within the walls of the Gothic Revival cathedral.

 

Since its opening in March 2017, AURA, which seats 600 people at a time, has been performed over 400 times. The 45-minute experience, presented in two acts, unfolds beneath the grandiose Basilica’s lofty rood screens. Before being seated, visitors are encouraged to discover and connect with sublime artworks highlighted by multimedia-enhanced installations on a self-led tour.

The second act, when the Basilica’s interior is bathed in a series of animated projections, is just as, if not more, breathtaking. Coupled with an orchestral composition interpreted by 30 musicians, 20 chorists and the Basilica’s resonant organ, the experience is soul-stirring.

Conceived in 2015 by the Moment Factory team and the cathedral’s managers, Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame, the project was produced by over 100 people. Bringing this vision to reality required an intensive year of musical composition and recording, four months of visual content production, 90 days of installation and a month of content integration and testing.

The technical rig of a total of 21 projectors — seven for the exploratory introduction and 14 for the second act — and 140 lights, four lasers and 20 mirrors is but one of the cogs in the machine.

To fully utilize the cathedral’s intricate architecture as a complex digital canvas, in a seamless manner, Moment Factory developed X-Agora, a specialized projection-mapping software that permits the creation of complex 3D maps of concave surfaces and ornate carvings. The video projections were also tuned to match the cathedral’s vibrant chromatic palette so as to enrich the existing details.

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

Here at Betta Buildings, we don’t believe in standing still when it comes to refining and enhancing our selection of Concrete Garages. That’s why we are so excited to announce the addition to our range of the Anthracite Deluxe garage that brings no shortage of style, practicality and durability to the average Birmingham or West Midlands home.
We could say so many things about anthracite as a colour. It’s understated, timeless and turns heads for all of the right reasons, and when you purchase the Anthracite Deluxe from us, you can benefit from so many more impressive standard features.

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

A generously-specified concrete garage

If you need any proof that the best concrete garages are never ‘just’ concrete garages, you only need to look at the Anthracite Deluxe garage. It’s brand new for 2017, and incorporates all of the features you would expect from a sophisticated concrete garage in 2017.

Eye-catching and useful features of the Anthracite Deluxe include an anthracite horizontal ribbed Hormann up and over main door with four-point locking, as well as a 4’ wide anthracite PVCu fixed window, 3’ steel anthracite personnel access door with multi-point locking as standard, and even stylish anthracite hand pointed real brick front posts. You can also expect attractive PVCu fascias and vergeboards, once again in glorious anthracite.

The Anthracite Deluxe is not just one shape or model of garage, though – it’s actually a complete range of concrete garages, with various styles from which to select in accordance with your needs. If you go for an Apex garage, for instance, it will also incorporate blue/black coloured fibre cement roof sheets, as well as eaves filler that helps to keep out dust and leaves. Go for a Pent Mansard model instead, though, and charcoal coloured pantile profile tile effect roof sheets will be used to the front elevation.

Nor is there a lack of scope for customisation with this concrete garage, as the roof sheets on both the Apex and Mansard models can be specified in various standard colours. The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

When it comes to concrete garages, you don’t need to consider any other company

No Birmingham or West Midlands homeowner has just one or more priorities for their new concrete garage. They don’t ‘just’ want it to look good or to keep their vehicle safe – they want it to tick all of the obvious boxes and often a lot more.

So don’t take any chances with your choice of company to supply you with a concrete garage. Opt for Betta Buildings, and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that both supply and installation are taken care of, by a company that has longstanding industry experience and an exceptional reputation throughout the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Every year, more than 10 million people relocate in the US. If you’re one of them and worry about being ripped off for your money by unreputable movers, you should be, according to LDM.
The moving industry players have a couple of scams up their sleeves to charge customers more than they should actually pay. In most cases, this can add up to several thousand bucks to your relocation budget and the worst thing is that people don’t even suspect they’re being ripped off!

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Arm yourself with the insider knowledge we’re sharing today, protect your rights and fight against moving scams.

Moving scam #1: brokers

First things first: before signing up with any mover, you have to find out whether it’s a real mover or not. In a nutshell, you should avoid household good brokers like hell because few people ever got it straight with them.
Brokers have no insurance and deliver no moving services. They simply accept your deposit and hire a moving company to handle your order. Should any problems arise, both the broker and the moving company refuse to help their clients: movers are saying their client is the broker, not a customer, and the broker is saying he/she doesn’t provide moving services, hence all questions should be redirected to the movers.

The best way to break this vicious circle is not to enter it, ever. Use the company’s USDOT number to check whether it’s a broker or mover via this site: http://www.safersys.org/CompanySnapshot.aspx. Entity type for a broker is “BROKER’ and for a real moving company it’s “CARRIER”.

Moving scam #2: packing boxes

Here’s a straightforward scam to get more money out of you: moving companies charge up to 3 times more for the packing materials than local shops. For example, you can often get cardboard boxes for just $3 in a local shop (or even for free) while movers can charge you up to $15.
Regardless of how busy you are, consider taking care of the cardboard boxes on your own. Why pay more for the exact same stuff?

Moving scam #3: weighing

Customers are often blissfully unaware that their movers are playing all sorts of tricks when weighing their belongings to drive the weight up. Here are some of their most outrageous tactics.
Tricks with a diesel tank

You may already know that your possessions are weighed to get a cost estimate. First, an empty truck is weighed. Then, your stuff is loaded and the truck is weighed again. The difference between the two figures will determine the costs.

Little you may know that movers can weigh an empty truck with an empty diesel tank but fill it with fuel when weighing a full truck! This adds a few hundred bucks to your budget.

Tricks with wheels

Another way your movers can fool you with weighing is by placing an empty truck on a scale unevenly so that the wheels are not actually on a scale. This reduces the total weight by 1,000 to 3,000 pounds! Of course, they won’t do this when weighing a fully loaded truck and you’ll end up with a huge difference that can cost you a fortune. The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Adding more load

There’s a simple rule you should follow: always overlook the weighing process. If you’re not present or looking, the movers can simply add more load and you’ll end up paying more.

Moving scam #4: estimates over the phone

The moving company can call you and offer a free cost estimate. If you agree they will ask you to provide them with a list of your inventory. Few people will bother to list every item they want to move over the phone.
So the movers will give you an average figure, for example 300 cubic feet for a 2-bedroom apartment while it’s usually no less than 700.

3 Amazing Wallpaper Ideas That Will Give Your Home Interiors a New Twist

3 Amazing Wallpaper Ideas That Will Give Your Home Interiors a New Twist

If you have tried everything, right from changing the furniture, bedcovers, and bedrolls, to even changing the wall paint, and yet nothing seems to give your home a new look, then you should give a thought to using creative and stylish wallpapers. Nowadays, there are various kinds of wallpapers available in the market, from the nature-inspired, abstract designs to the ones on pop-culture or famous celebrities. You can pick different ones for the different rooms of your house. Wallpapers have a stunning impact not only on you while you stay in the room but also create a lasting impression on your guests and visitors. It also reflects greatly on your taste and sensibilities. Now you can also customize wallpapers in Adelaide. Simply find one of the most reputed and reliable signage companies. And if you need ideas about the different kinds of wallpapers you can use for your home, take a cue from the examples given below. 3 Amazing Wallpaper Ideas That Will Give Your Home Interiors a New Twist
Quotes

 

If you are someone who is inspired by words, the best way to decorate your room is to fill it with quotes that motivate you. Right from inspiring lines from a book or a movie to your favourite couplets from a poet or great words from a philosopher or author, you can choose any quote that appeals to you. After choosing the wallpaper company, you have to check if this particular quote is available. And if not, you can always get it customized too. Waking up to see your favourite quote in front of you can enliven your day; after all, your home is an extension of your personality and can have a deep impact on it.

Nature

If you are a nature-lover and attracted to the greenery of nature, why just leave it out to the outdoors? Bring it right inside your home, in your room, in the form of wallpapers. Yes, you heard that right. Nowadays, you can find plenty of interesting nature-based wallpapers and wall decals, which can be anything, right from a shadow of willow tree swaying its green branches to a flock of birds slowly vanishing in the horizon. So, whether you use it to decorate your living room and find a place for it in your bedroom, this is a perfect choice for all you “green panthers”.

Innovative

Do you have a creative soul that is seeking an expression on the walls of your house? Then, you can easily do so by customizing the wallpaper of your room. There are various signage companies in Adelaide which customize wallpapers, according to your taste and sensibilities. You can look up the internet for interesting abstract arts or other quirky designs that you want to replicate in your wallpapers. And then, resort to a professional company with skilful signwriters who can offer you some of the most phenomenal results. So, what do you think of these stunning ideas? Don’t you think these can make your home look simply out of this world? Then, without any further delay, quickly shortlist some of the renowned companies 3 Amazing Wallpaper Ideas That Will Give Your Home Interiors a New Twist

A minimal architectural intervention in a garden

A minimal architectural intervention in a garden  by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos materializes as a 70 sq. m. guest pavilion, an extension to a residential project by the studio in Valencia, Spain.

The pavilion, set amidst a centenary olive tree, a deciduous liquidambar sieving sunlight depending on the seasons and a pomegranate tree all standing tall, seamlessly links with the garden. Located approaching one of the limits of the land, perpendicular to the pool, the built piece has minimal impact on the garden, offering unrestricted views to the main house, save a slim opaque façade, almost an art piece in the garden.

A minimal architectural intervention in a garden

The ground floor of the structure is set slightly below ground, making the single-storeyed structure appear exactly in line with the garden, while giving it a sculptural quality. Stark white facades composed of thin, clean lines and frames preserve its contemporary and geometric feel. A passageway between the compound wall and the pavilion becomes a natural oasis amid the landscaped setting offering visitors an informal courtyard space, a link between the active pool area and solitude within the pavilion.

The bedroom and living space along with a kitchen, and bathrooms serving the pavilion and the pool offer comfortable spaces to experience living in a garden. The spaces can open up more discreetly towards the courtyard or completely open up to the domesticated nature of a consolidated garden by means of a darkening system to control its operation. The piece allows for privacy, as well as an easy transition between the interior and exterior through sliding glass doors; the stark contemporary and minimal interiors in white and grey decorated with natural views.  A minimal architectural intervention in a garden

New dynamic atrium from Printemps

New dynamic atrium from Printemps

Printemps, the historic department store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, France, gets a makeover with a stunning atrium that runs vertically from the lower floor to the 9th floor.
Through its long history, Printemps is the first department store to use electricity, lift lifts and introduce modern architectural achievements such as large spiral staircases and 42-meter-tall dome. As part of today’s Printemps reconstruction, the goal is to introduce a new atrium that allows visitors to see all levels. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

The interdisciplinary research-based architecture studio, UUfie, in charge of this dynamic feature applies the concept of vertical dome, which is also called the hijab into the atrium as it pierces the heart of the building; reminded and saluted the store iconic stained glass dome seen in 1894. The hijab weighs 24 tons, but appears to float in front of a vertical circulation with glass floors and mirrored ceilings. 25.5 meters tall and 12.5 meters wide, consisting of a white painted aluminum panel with approximately 17,200 axis shaped openings that reveal the glass layer of Dichroic, which changes color based on people’s point of view, which gives it colorful qualities. The floral relief created by two layers of aluminum surface is an interpretation of the image found in historic stained glass; diverted to repetitive patterns which are then randomized to form a color burst on the white surface. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

New dynamic atrium from Printemps geometry is understood by connecting the four angles of emptiness with simple curves in plan and elevation. The combination of two-dimensional curved panels gives the overall shape of the full veil. Proper assembly allows for perfect joint control between each panel. On the opposite side of the hijab is a one-way mirror wall covering the twelve newly installed escalators. This creates a reflection that complements the hijab symmetry and gives the appearance of a widened void.

Visitors approach the space through the dark hallway to the escalator behind a one-way mirror. Between floors 4-8, a hole in the wall of a one-way mirror gives an unobstructed view of the hijab. Development through space provides a variety of perspectives and moments to experience the ever-changing color and color changes in the void. Acting as the backbone of the main building, it channeled energy to different retail concepts on every floor and brought some of the building’s history to date.

To negotiate existing building constraints and strict fire regulations has resulted in a symbolic and expressive space of ingenuity in architecture and engineering. The entire project was built in just eight months, while the shops are still operating. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

Listen up skiers! Summer’s heading for the exit and you know what that means. You, your best mates and some ski runs to conquer…
That’s all nice and simple, but there’s still the tricky choice of where to go. There are loads of great ski resorts to choose from in Europe, each with their own incredible set of pistes and happening après-ski scene. Want my advice? For me, the only way is Morzine in the huge 650km Portes du Soleil area: a scintillating selection of runs (ranging from intermediate to expert), and off the snow entertainment that’s perfect for both party animals and more laid-back customers. You can thank me later.

 

Ripping Après Ski

When the sun sets on Morzine it becomes one hell of a party town. And because it’s not too big, wherever the night starts your next port of call is probably just around the corner. These are my picks (discovered through detailed ‘research’) of the best joints.

• The Tibetan Café – start the evening’s entertainment at this energetic spot. • Bar Robinson – one of Morzine’s most popular bars is a great place to take things up a notch. • Dixie Bar – chillers will dig this easy-going sports bar and its live music. • The Cavern – want to party into the small hours? Look no further. • Le Crepu – open till 2am and just right for winding down after a heavy night.

Some Awesome Skiing

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, meaning you have the pick of as much as 650km of pistes, just waiting to be tackled. With this selection of the best areas to go, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the group.

• Avoriaz – freestylers rejoice! This nearby resort has six terrain parks as well as plenty of gnarly high-altitude powder runs to strut your stuff. • Le Pleney – close to Morzine and with a great spread of blues, challenging reds and steep wide runs, Le Pleney is perfect for intermediates in search of real challenges. • Les Gets – high-altitude powder runs are the name of the game here.

And Still More Fun

If you fancy a day or two’s break from the skiing but can’t bring yourself to abandon the snow all together, then why not have a go at snowmobiling (either solo or with a guide depending on your confidence), ice skating or snowshoeing? Even winter paragliding’s an option. Believe me when I say it’s completely unlike anything you’ll have done before.

Morzine also has an active entertainment and leisure scene off the slopes. With a cinema, indoor swimming pool, ice-hockey games every week and spa treatments there’s no chance of boredom striking.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine with Shuttle Direct is like going down a green run. Easy. Pre-book a Geneva to Morzine transfer and once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and your mates travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and lively nights of top-notch après ski.

6 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Auto Insurance

6 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Auto Insurance

Secure driving and fewer points on your license will always go a long way to reduce the amount of money you pay for Elkton car insurance, but this is not the only way to keep your premiums low. Check out this surprising way to save more money in your pocket at the end of the month.
Reduce Coverage on Older Vehicles

6 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Auto Insurance

Did you know that collision coverage represents the lion’s share of insurance costs? If you drive an older, paid vehicle, you may want to consider removing this coverage. Car owners with vehicles older than 10 years should be able to benefit from dropping collision coverage.

Increase your Deductible

The lower the deductible you have on your vehicle, the higher your insurance premium. You may have chosen a lower deductible because you are financing your vehicle, but if the vehicle is paid off and you are safe driver without any accidents in your records, you may want to consider increasing your deductible. Yes, you will pay more if you have an accident, but why pay more to drive your car safely every day?

Are you still financing your vehicle? You have room when you arrive at your deductible. Most lenders ask their customers to have a $ 500 deductible or less. If you feel stuck in a budget with a $ 250 deduction, consider raising it to $ 500 to lower your monthly payments. Doing so will give you a bit of financial relief without violating your lender’s rules. 6 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Auto Insurance

Save Money on Driver Teenagers with Safety Program

Not surprisingly, teenage drivers can make your insurance premiums skyrocket overnight. It is a case of whether they have their own car or they borrow yours. One of the easiest ways to soften a financial blow is to ask your insurance company if they have a secure driver program. This program may require evidence of a driver’s education class or may just ask your teen to take an online course. Even though your teenager may not be happy to participate in the driver safety program, you will be happy when you open an insurance bill every month.

Keep All Your Insurance Policy with One Company

Multipolicy discount is money saver. Whether it’s a life insurance policy, tenant insurance, or homeowner policy, you save it when you bundle it. Almost every insurance company offers multipolicy discounts, but if you’re with an insurance company that does not offer these savings, it’s time to start shopping for new providers.

Less Drive to Save More

Today people work less than brick and mortar offices and more than the comfort of their own homes. If you telecommute, work part time from home, or carpool for a week, let your insurance company know. Spending less time on the road means you are less likely to have an accident and this is news to be celebrated by the insurance company. Cutting the amount of driving you make to and from work can reduce insurance costs.

Research Safe Car before you Buy

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Before leaving for a dealer, do a little research. Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) assesses vehicles for security. Cars that meet the highest standards generally cost less to ensure. Not that this vehicle will not be involved in an accident, but if so, the likelihood of injury and damage may be much smaller than other cars on the road that are not equipped with certain safety features.

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Picking the right 5th wheel electric dump trailers requires certain familiarity on how it works. Just like when you’re buying a domestic vehicle, you also need to base your choice on your existing requirements and intended purpose. Generally, there are still plenty of factors you need to weigh before purchasing 5th wheel electric dump trailers.
Trailers, in general, come in several types that differ in function and workload capacity. There are the gooseneck trailers, utility trailers, flatbed trailers, and dump trailers. Whichever among the four you choose; the result would still be the same – more efficient and faster work transition.

 

The components of 5th wheel electric dump trailers include a box-type panel that is purposely raised from its frames through the hydraulic pumps. These actually make the unloading process much easier because of the smooth sliding action when the trailer bed is hoisted.

The performance of electric dump trailers is directly influenced by its size, loading and tongue weight capacity. Naturally, the purpose of the dump trailer is forfeited if its loading capacity is below the minimum that you require. Plus, your trailer parts have to double its efforts to compensate with the heavy workload. In the long run, this will unfortunately cause your trailer to break down.

For most fifth wheel trailer owners, they’re always looking for alternatives to upgrade or improve their trailer’s structural feature and performance level. They could either install better braking systems or convert their trailer hitch for a gooseneck adapter – the possibility is endless.

The inertia braking controllers are commonly installed on vehicles or trailers that are scheduled to be pulled away. Braking controllers that are activated by inertia work the moment you step on your brake pedal. The pressing down motion on the brake pedal produces series of system reactions that will synchronize the motion of the trailer and vehicle hauler – the trailer decelerates if the vehicle hauler decelerates and vice versa.

The gooseneck 3-point adaptor 12.7 is a worthwhile investment for anyone who’s looking to make the most of their fifth wheel trailers. This heavy-duty device lets your hauler maneuver easily through rough terrains without sustaining any damages. And this is directly installed into your fifth wheel trailer’s king pin so as to clear up your towing vehicle’s bed.

You also need to consider how you park your fifth wheel trailers whenever you’re not using them. Normally, fifth wheel trailer owners use stabilizing systems, like the Steadyfast stabilizers, to decrease the shaking movements of their trailers. However, these could also conveniently reattach your towing vehicle and dumping trailers at a faster rate.

Whether you’re a homeowner or contractor, you can never go wrong in buying fifth wheel dump trailers. Of course, doing some research while looking through the different 5th wheel electric dump trailers won’t hurt, too.

Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

One of the worst things on the road is the huge carbon footprint you collect while playing globetrotting. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help neutralize your environmental impact and improve your feelings. Spread across the world is a resort that has enormous environmental and social impact. They use water wisely and provide educational programs to people in the local community, and you can help them out by staying there.
Most of the wandering souls are a passion for the world we live in, and living in a place that helps keep this world is a great way to help preserve and protect our planet. Not even a super hippy! This eco option is very luxurious and environmentally friendly. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Hoshinoya Karuizawa, Japan

A small pavilion-style building with large windows lies on a winding river bank, surrounded by ancient eastern trees. Here’s what you’ll find if you choose to live in this eco resort, where stylish and eco-friendly features of real substance coexist harmoniously. The river itself provides most of the power to this resort, and water rejuvenation is also used in the various revitalizing and relaxation treatments offered to guests staying here. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Finca Rosa Blanca Inn, Costa Rica. Some photos provided by VFM Leonardo

Be aware that this ethical, carbon-neutral and sustainable resort is also involved in educational projects for local communities and employing only local staff. For the first robbery to an eco hotel, you can not do better than this level of authentic responsibility. Costa Rica enjoys very rich local flora and fauna, and you can easily live a little cliche just by leaving footprints, and just taking photos … but with a factor that feels good to be gained from staying here, who cares about the fun of cliches ?

Whitepod, Le Valais, Switzerland

How about trying spot glamping? This smartly designed white pod fruits are specially made to blend in with the surrounding snowy hills in the winter, and in the summer months, glow is dark green forest. This eco-friendly option buys local products, carefully manages their energy and water consumption, and expects its guests to come in responsibly: means on foot. You will find your inn at the end of a beautiful Alpine walk, and this is part of the eco experience.

Before you go

Whether you achieve one or all of these amazing and ethical goals, you need the appropriate travel insurance. Some insurance companies offer annual multi-trip travel insurance that will keep you covered in all your globetrotting green baskets this year. Check that your insurance company has a customizable option so you can make sure you are protected for your travel purpose. You will enjoy peace of mind while traveling knowing that your person is protected from the environment you are visiting.

Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveler and insurance expert with Let’s Go Insure team. Ethan’s spirit is to inspire his clients to go further, deeper and higher on their journey and his expertise in providing ideal insurance allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best multi-trip annual travel insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting