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Sarah Hamilton

Oh don't even get me started on that new My Little Pony nightmare.  Half of my students, all of which are boys, mind you, watch that show.  It is so wrong, on so many levels.

Apr 18, 13 10:11 am

Relevant youtube video:

Your students may be bronies!

Apr 18, 13 10:24 am

tsk tsk tsk.  women saying we should restablish and strengthen gender rolls.  next thing you know men won't be allowed to take care of kids and women won't be allowed to wear pants.  i would think it's just texas, but janis joplin was from texas....

Apr 18, 13 10:36 am
Sarah Hamilton


Apr 18, 13 4:01 pm

nothing wrong with boys, or even men, watching my little pony if they enjoy the story.  that's all i'm saying.  there is a non-masculine gender roll associated with that franchise, but if we were to remove the gender roll you might see that it's simply a good show.

if we avoid stereotyping based on preconceived and learned gender rolls, then it's not wrong for boys to be watching the show, unless i'm missing a level.

i have yet to see it, but i get sucked into the brony defense issue often enough that i really should.  maybe it's on hulu?

Apr 18, 13 4:17 pm

curt - spell check - roll s/b role - all in good fun ...

Apr 18, 13 4:29 pm
Sarah Hamilton

Oh, my issue is less with the gender roles side of things.  If high school boys want to watch pretty pretty princess, its weird, but whatever.  My problem is that the stories are overly suggestive, and it's supposed to be a kids cartoon.  Some parts are downright perverse, and certainly aren't school appropriate.

Apr 18, 13 4:52 pm
My Little Pony is perverse and suggestive?! I've been wondering what all the Brony hoopla was about. This is part of pop culture that I've somehow missed.
Apr 18, 13 5:21 pm
Sarah Hamilton
Donna, the old ones from the eighties are not the same as the new ones. No horse eats eclaires, and even if one did, it wouldn't put it in, press against the inside of the cheek, pull it out, and repeat, only to have the filling explode all over the face.

Taken from an actual episode clip.
Apr 18, 13 6:00 pm

Hey, Storefront tweeted my #FolkMoMA proposal, sweet!

Apr 18, 13 9:52 pm

It's pretty crappy when you can't go to a dentist someplace "benign" like Oklahoma without ending up with something you don't want to catch.  So far, 57 of the patients of that dentist dude in Tulsa have tested positive for hepatitis C, for which there is no vaccine, and 3 of the patients have tested positive for hepatitis B, for which there IS a vaccine.  Vaccines are available for A and B.  I'd say it's good insurance to get those vaccines. To be fair, they said that some of these people had risk factors for hepatitis, but many did not. 

Apr 18, 13 10:30 pm

I didn't realize so many Archinect regulars were on Twitter. I'm @LivingInGin.

Apr 18, 13 10:40 pm

I have about 1000 followers yet I have never tweeted anything.  most of their profile pics are of cleavage for some reason.  They try to start conversations with me but usually it's just links to porn or some sketchy russian website.

Apr 18, 13 11:03 pm
Sarah Hamilton
LiG? You're back?! Yay!!
Apr 19, 13 8:26 am

I've been around, just lurking.

Apr 19, 13 12:22 pm
Enjoying Record Store Day! West Coast folks, you may not be too late yet to pick up some today-only releases.
Apr 20, 13 11:19 am

Slept better last night.  I think that, except for those affected and who we should keep in our thoughts and prayers, Boston, America, and the world slept a little easier knowing that the perpetrators of Monday's heinous event in Boston were identified and have been captured.  The various branches of law enforcement acted very swiftly and competently.  What a crappy week, though.

Apr 20, 13 12:01 pm


Copley Square/ Boylston Street  was my  hood back in the day. Worked went to school and lived in the area for a number of years.The office I worked in was less than 200 yards from where the first bomb went off.  We occupied the second floor of the building and the fourth floor.  I didn't own a car did a lot of walking and must have walked by the bomb site at least a couple thousand times. I watched the end of the Marathon on more than one occasion.  I also spent a lot of time in Central Square in Cambridge. Still have  connections in Bean Town and Cambridge,  so I was also felt relief when this portion of the event was concluded.  Bean Town is a Stand Up Town! My heart goes out to all the victims.

Apr 20, 13 6:32 pm


I've only been to Boston once.  Very nice town.  It had a very distinct feel - big, but not too big, its geographical outline was fascinating, and you could almost feel the history.  I had just come in from one of my wanderlust trips to Europe and was staying at a relative's house in the tri-state area.  I had a rental car.  I typically went to Philly or DC.  That time, I decided to head north and I got to see Boston, the southern parts of coastal Maine, and Newport RI (including "the Breakers" by some name architect I forgot).  Still, what a thing for the people to endure, and so many people will be healing from this for a long time, both physically and emotionally.  Some have been hurt so bad that they are still in hospitals and may have to deal with the physical impact of that day for the rest of their lives.  I hope people having been keeping these folks in their prayers.

Apr 20, 13 8:22 pm

yeah - last week sucked.  My office spent part of this  morning more or less processing last week's events - We're all still a bit shaken (since everyone had been affected directly in some way) - but it's nice to feel like things are starting to return to "normal" - whatever that is.


for those of you who aren't from or have lived for a while in the Boston area - attacking the finish line of the Marathon is almost as awful as attacking the Ka'abah in Mecca during Laylat al-Qadr.  It's the holiest event on our holiest of days.  This is why we knew that it had to be a local because someone not from here would not understand just how important the Marathon is to the city - and how such an attack would cut right to the heart of what unites us.


There is a tremendous amount of symbolism that this race on this particular day holds for us - the marathon represents the long hard road toward democracy - that some of us (the most capable among us) are competing and the rest of us are supporting their efforts - that often the only thing we can do is simply cheer them on - and the fact that we do it year after year means that this struggle is essentially never ending.


How this plays out I think will be a test of just where we are in this project.

Apr 22, 13 9:09 pm

toaster thanks for that explanation.  Not being sporty or really familiar with Boston (I've only been there once, for the AIAS conference(!) in 1987(!!)) I didn't really understand the significance of the day/event.

Glad you are getting back into a routine.

Apr 22, 13 10:00 pm

oh - I forgot to mention - Patriot's Day (the day of the marathon) is to commemorate the battle of Lexington and Concord (the first battle of the american revolution).... and the race ends at the main public library: "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." - Jefferson

Apr 23, 13 8:24 am

toasteroven, i always wondered what "Patriot Day" memorialized... Glad to hear you and yous are safe and things returning to normal.

I have been super busy, even working weekends :p last few weeks.

On another note I got to speak to Orhan yesterday!

Apr 23, 13 3:34 pm

And I got to speak to Nam!

I shot this picture of Ray and Shelly Kappe at Sci Arc's 40th. anniversary. We go long way back. 

Ray got a standing ovation for starting the institute.

Apr 23, 13 3:50 pm
Apr 23, 13 10:45 pm



Awesome, Orhan.  I'm still looking forward to the day I can meet abracadabra live in the flesh.  I will personally tell him how much I loved his persian rug story, and how I did the same thing growing up.  I used to stare at our rug so long parts of it started to actually move in front of my eyes.  I saw whole worlds in that rug. 

Apr 23, 13 11:01 pm
So tired. So overextended this week, and last week, and probably every week until my cruise to Alaska in June (my mom's birthday celebration). Doing more with less is definitely the contemporary mantra.

I'm working this week with an artist from Cambodia. His life there seems awfully idyllic.
Apr 25, 13 6:23 am
Tinbeary There there

I thought of starting a new thread for this, but nah, I'lll put it here instead. Anyone else find crop circles to be among the most utterly fascinating things ever?

Apr 25, 13 10:47 am

Not me, but sinkholes haunt my every waking moment.

Apr 25, 13 12:36 pm

I can't seem to get the esplode command to work in CAD.


[edit] - never mind - I figured it out - I had to go to the command shortcut file and change "x" to "esplode."  I went and did this to the file on the server so now it should work for everyone.  "x" now runs a lisp routine that launches sheet set manager and automatically prints 10 copies of extremely low-quality jpg files directly to the main project drive and then deletes everything in the drawing files when finished.


now I just need to write a python version for revit.  I'm being so productive today!

Apr 25, 13 2:15 pm

thanks for your help toaster.  works great here.

Apr 25, 13 3:39 pm

ouch!  Three days and no post...just everyone is working on their suntans...

Apr 28, 13 1:07 pm

overworked on a holiday is my excuse. no free time on the trains.

Apr 29, 13 4:16 am

@will - I had to use an online translator for what you posted:


a no on the overworked trains.  is on my free holiday excuse time.


ah - this makes more sense.

Apr 29, 13 10:32 pm

This is interesting - a vacant lot is up for sale in my neighborhood. It's 350SF and 4 feet wide. Anything that would be built would require a zoning variance... But could someone build a habital house in that space?

Apr 30, 13 12:16 am
Sarah Hamilton

Lemonade stand?


I'm having a hell of a time finding a group of people to play in a cricket match against my students.  They've been playing each other in pick-up style games since October, and are begging me to play someone else.  It's beginning to take up all my time!

Apr 30, 13 12:51 pm

is there sun?  community garden?

Apr 30, 13 1:40 pm

toasteroven, FOUR feet? So it's 4' wide by 87' long?

There's a house in the Netherlands or somewhere that's about 2 meters wide, I think?

Apr 30, 13 1:54 pm

44" clear for exit egress, plus let's say 5" for walls.  over 4' wide.

there could be an occupant load exception that allows less than 44", so 36" clear for ADA travel plus 6" walls.  absolutely workable.  can't include a door frame, but plenty of room for the door.

i don't think you'll be building a 4' wide habitable structure.  at least not in the US.  we're big people and required big spaces.

of course, just because it can't happen doesn't mean it hasn't happened.  also, i really only have experience with commercial construction.

Apr 30, 13 3:48 pm
There are a few examples like that around the world. A bit extreme even for Tokyo but it sounds like a regular sort of challenge, not anything too strange. Can't imagine many Americans in such a place though :-)

@toasteroven, apologies for my gibberenglish. I usually look at archinect while commuting to and from work by train. Just had holidays here which is usually the time I get caught up on work so no chance to surf the web.
Apr 30, 13 5:49 pm
I wonder if you could get air rights from adjacent properties? A 4' wide stair that also served as structure could support a wider structure above. Even 3' either side could be reasonable enough to be habitable.

Does egress have to be 44" for residential? I'd think you could do narrower, but haven't done single-family in a long time.
Apr 30, 13 6:03 pm

Turns out it's actually 6 feet wide and 375 SF lot (which I guess is a little easier to work with). it's directly across the street from a park with a community garden, and abuts a rather lovely private garden on one side and a 3' wide linear garden + parking space on the other.  the rear of the lot is a few feet from an apartment building.  there are trees on both sides, and it appears that there is a curb cut.  


It's public bid and I have another month and a half (there are a few other odd sliver lots as part of this sale - one is actually 4 feet wide, but has no access to a public way - the others are small, but large enough to build something on) - so I could come up with a plan and put in a low-ball offer.  kind of a fun exercise.


@will:  I was mostly just bumping TC - no need to apologize (you canadian, you) - just felt like playing word games with your post.

Apr 30, 13 9:42 pm
Sarah Hamilton
Sounds like you definatly need a hotdog stand there. Or maybe snow ones. Ice cream? People at the park get thirsty and hot.
Apr 30, 13 10:37 pm

Maybe it's just a climbing wall. with a toilet on one level, a bed on another.

Apr 30, 13 10:48 pm

Here's one on a lot that goes from 3' to 5' in width:

Good luck meeting code.

Apr 30, 13 10:53 pm

That's the one I was thinking of, Miles! I love it in section, how the space feels expansive because you're only occupying a small bit of it while it opens out to a sort of atrium/breathing space.

Apr 30, 13 10:57 pm
Sarah Hamilton

...but bean bags are sooo passe.

May 1, 13 1:06 pm

well then i take back my apology for gibberenglish.  damn you toasteroven! damn you!


6' is more than enough.  you can make a dispersed house if the lots are close enough.  then get famous for being cutting edge and have dinner with frank gehry and compare notes. either that or do some guerilla landscape architecture.  in which case you get to have dinner with adriaan geuze....both good options really. can't fail.

May 1, 13 8:29 pm

if you were a REAL canadian you'd apologize for taking away your apology.


we'd have dinner at ikea! - which would end abruptly after I attempt to nudge a swedish meatball toward him with my nose through a pool of lingonberry sauce.  Then I'd tearfully eat that princess cake I was saving for the both of us - alone.  all alone.

May 1, 13 11:35 pm


good morning all. not much to say lately, been too busy to even keep up with most things... even been finishing my analog sunday NYT 3-5 days late

how can it be May already? also planning an overnight trip to Charleston end of May. anyone have any recommended sites/food etc?

May 2, 13 8:21 am

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