Posted in improvements

Conroe moves forward with $320K drainage study

The city of Conroe is moving forward with a study of Alligator Creek to determine the next steps on improving the drainage on the waterway that winds through downtown Conroe.

On Thursday, the council approved a $320,265 contract with Conroe-based Halff Associates Inc. to create a master drainage plan, focused on Alligator Creek, with the goal to provide prioritized needs and improvements and to help facilitate grant funding that is available.

“With this plan, we can apply for grant fund that we could not before because we did not have a master plan,” said Tommy Woolley, director of capital improvements and transportation.

According to information provided by Halff officials to the city, the plan will focus on projects to reduce the flood risk for all major watersheds within the city limits, specifically Alligator Creek. The other watersheds included will be West Fork of the San Jacinto River, White Oak Creek,

Read More
Continue Reading Conroe moves forward with $320K drainage study
Posted in contractions

Meghan Markle looks ‘more trustworthy’ than the Queen, study finds



Meghan Markle, Elizabeth II are posing for a picture: MailOnline logo


© Provided by Daily Mail
MailOnline logo

Meghan Markle ‘looks more trustworthy’ than the Queen, according to the authors of a new study that examines changes in portraits over 500 years.

Experts from PSL Research University created an algorithm that scans faces in painted portraits and photographs to determine the ‘trustworthiness’ of the subject based on their facial muscle contractions. 

The authors used the trustworthiness tool to discover that, as living standards improved since the 1500s, so did the apparent trustworthiness of the subjects. 

As part of the process of training the model, researcher compared some famous faces to ancient portraits – including the Queen and Meghan Markle to Elizabeth I.

Meghan appeared three and a half times more trustworthy than Elizabeth I, but Her Majesty the Queen was only one and a half times more trustworthy, authors found. 



a close up of Meghan Markle: As part of the process of training the model, researcher compared some famous faces to ancient portraits - including the Queen and Meghan Markle to Elizabeth I


© Provided by Daily Mail
As part of the process of

Read More
Continue Reading Meghan Markle looks ‘more trustworthy’ than the Queen, study finds
Posted in kitchen remodel ideas

Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

Read More
Continue Reading Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work
Posted in kitchen remodel

Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”



a living room with a fireplace and a large window: Blush velvet chairs from Room & Board add a feminine touch to the moody tone-on-tone living room. Gus Modern sofas from Lekker Home are different styles, but upholstered in the same fabric for consistency.


© Sarah Winchester
Blush velvet chairs from Room & Board add a feminine touch to the moody tone-on-tone living room. Gus Modern sofas from Lekker Home are different styles, but upholstered in the same fabric

Read More
Continue Reading Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work
Posted in renovation

Syracuse University hopes Carrier Dome renovation allows students to use it as study space, use Club 44 as a classroom

Syracuse, N.Y. — With large spaces at a premium because of the coronavirus pandemic, Syracuse Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said Syracuse University is hoping that the school’s Carrier Dome renovation will allow students to utilize the space to study and even take classes.

Sala dropped the interesting study space idea during a teleconference with reporters to provide an update on the project as it heads into its final two weeks. Sala said the deadline for the project remains Sept. 18, eight days before the school is set to host Georgia Tech in football in the first competition in the new building. He noted that remains a tight deadline but expressed his belief the school would hit it.

This year’s portion of the renovation includes a new roof, center-hung scoreboard, videoboards, sound system and improvements to better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school was

Read More
Continue Reading Syracuse University hopes Carrier Dome renovation allows students to use it as study space, use Club 44 as a classroom