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    Finding the Groove

    Gregory Dowell
    Sep 7, '08 10:33 PM EST

    So two weeks are in the books and I think I'm finally finding my groove. There's been little work in the way of school, so I've been keeping myself busy with another project. Well that's not entirely true about the school work. I did have a small project due in Historic Preservation Studio on Friday. The theme of studio is compatibility, so as a stepping stone towards the larger semester project the professor had us design a small addition for the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Building. While neither building (the original nor subsequent addition) are historic, we had to work within the Secretary of Interior's Standards. We worked in pairs (a MArch student with a MSHP-Master of Science in Historic Preservation student) on the project. We presented elevations and floor plans digitally. It was a good exercise in which to get our minds thinking about compatibility. The professor really liked my design, wishing only that I had rendered the building for the presentation.

    The other project I was working on was a set of cornhole (or bags for some) boards. With my original set having seen better days, I decided over the summer to make University of Illinois (being my Alma Mater boards. They were assembled at home and then I used the laser cutter to make stencils to paint on my designs. With the Ball State vs. Navy game on Friday night, I wanted them to be completed by Friday for tailgating. So I spent all week getting them finished, and 16 hours of painting later and 2 coats of polycrylic Friday morning they were ready to go. After studio finished on Friday a large group of architecture graduate students headed over to the stadium to tailgate before the game. It was a good night as Ball State pulled out a 35-23 victory over the Navy Midshipmen.

    And with this being NFL opening weekend, I didn't do much today except park myself on the couch and watch a full slate of NFL games. Like I said I haven't had much in the way of school work. But I expect that to change starting this week. With three road trips over the next 6 weeks (I'll be traveling every other weekend) I'll have to make sure I manage my time wisely.

    I hope everybody had a good weekend.

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