The Western Baths Club

Another swimming pool to add to the swimming pool / lido / spa / bath tour of Great Britain! This one is in Glasgow.

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________________________ Western Baths Club | ​Glasgow, Scotland​ | c. 1876 • The Western Baths Club is a Victorian-era private swimming and leisure club in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1876, the club remains at its original site at 12 Cranworth Street and, along with the Arlington Baths, is one of two clubs of its kind left in Glasgow • The 'Baths', as they are more commonly known, are cherished not only by residents of the city’s west end from where they take their name, but by many all over Scotland and across the world. Designed by architect Clark and Bell, the Baths are distinguished for their period ​trapeze​ and exercise rings suspended​ over the ​swimming pool • During its early years, members of the private swimming pool came from a variety of backgrounds – from merchants, manufacturers, and shipbuilders to physicians, bankers, professors and writers. Notable Scottish society members also attended. Yet, despite its popularity, the Baths would face difficult times and dwindling membership over the decades • At the root of many of its issues was a Cochrane oil-fired boiler that provided more problems than heat for the Baths. Bathmaster family the Wilsons would end up putting in 90-hour work weeks to maintain the private club and breathe life into the rarely-working boiler. Eventually, the boiler was replaced, but in the 1970s the Baths would face another setback when the Victorian roof collapsed • Today, after significant restoration and expansion, the Baths are thriving. They’ve acquired adjacent ground and erected a new building to house a modern sports hall and gym, and currently have a membership of 2,600 • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @sooukdotcom ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + @westernbathsclub + • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vscotravel #SwimmingPools #Glasgow #VisitScotland

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National Building Museum

Okay, this Austin Graff character really has me going on Washington DC now. I’ve always had the National Building Museum in the back of my mind when visiting DC, but now I have to go see it.

The thing is, I always had a slight cognitive dissonance about this museum. Is it a museum about buildings? Or a museum about building things? Or just a museum in a building? Whatever the case, I’m there!


DAR Library

This looks like a great place to visit for some quiet time and to soak tip some pre-industrial America while in DC. Or maybe enjoy some genealogical and historical manuscripts, if that’s your thang. Or just looked around with mouth wide open. 😲🤩

(DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution)


Manchester Victoria Baths

This place hits two of my personal sweet spots: swimming and amazing architecture. 🤩

👉 Victoria Baths: Manchester’s Water Palace

If I ever get to Manchester, and this place is actually open, I know where I’m going to get my exercise. In fact, I’d love to do a swimming pool / lido / bath / spa tour of the UK. Who’s down?

Software Dev

Top Software Engineering Podcast Episodes for 2018

Out of the hundred of hours I have listened this year, these are my recommendations of the best 10 episodes on 2018.

👉 My top Software Engineering podcast episodes for 2018

I like that this guy put together as list of specific software dev podcasts episodes, not just overall podcasts. They cover everything from hiring to API design to dev ops to data science and “Kubernetes” (?). Working through these will help me broaden my perspective and catch on on some areas I had not been paying much attention to.

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DI with Interface Builder

In this dated but thorough Objective-C dependency injection article is a reference to a rather old article asserting that Xcode’s Interface Builder is their “favorite di framework of all time”.

👉 Dependency Inversion Principle and iPhone

I keep feeling frustrated by the added complexity and extra code involved in dependency injection. It can make simple code complex very quickly. So I really love the idea here, which is that Xcode is perfect for DI because it lets you literally just wire up things visually with no extra code. It goes on to make the case for using Interface Builder to wire up more than just UI elements and use it for just about anything.

What’s great about it is that it doesn’t just generate a bunch of code, but instead “freeze dries” real objects to be instantiated when the program loads.

This article is so old that the images don’t load, but I love the ideas and the reminder that DI does not have to involve a bunch of extra code. Thanks to iOS Dev Weekly for the initial link. 👆