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tduds

Poor Steve.

Jun 3, 19 8:14 pm
JLC-1

to the admins (big green head? why the nickname?) I don't know how this works apparently, I "ignored" a user , but he can still see my posts and answer to me? weird. I don't want anything to do with this user, is it possible to block him from seeing my posts?

Jun 4, 19 2:46 pm
jla-x

Lmfao.

Non Sequitur

JLC, I don't think the ignore feature works that way.

JLC-1

I understand that now, it's ok. I see he keeps trying, sad poor snowflake.

jla-x

“I want to say anything without critique from others, can you please help insulate my stupidity” what a snowflake. Lol

Threads started by a blocked user still appear.

randomised

You didn’t follow the first two rules of ignoring a user: 1: don’t talk about ignoring a user 2: you don’t talk about ignoring a user.

JLC-1

3.maybe you do, just to trigger the troll. there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Non Sequitur

I don't like cats

jla-x

Has JLC ever added anything of substance to the convo? He’s almost as bad as sneakypete. top 2 trolls on here.

randomised

So ignoring a user becomes feeding a troll, that’s not how cats are skinned...why skin a cat in the first place?

Non Sequitur

Carts are only useful for swinging in large circles as a fool-proof way to determine if a particular space is roomy enough (enough at least to allow said swinging of cat). Swigging a skinned cat would give you a slightly incorrect result unless you calibrate for the missing skin and fur.

Non Sequitur

*cats*

tduds

This, uh, ain't a good look JLC.

randomised
Definitely not a good look all this shadowbanning and deplatforming...
Jun 5, 19 6:14 am
Non Sequitur

What do you have against shadows? #allshadowsmatter.

SneakyPete

If you wanna stick around, try being less hateful?

jla-x

Who’s being hateful?

randomised

What do you mean Sneaky?

curtkram

what shadowbanning and deplatforming?

Non Sequitur

currently sitting in uber heading back downtown following a 7:30am site visit on a project that is already 75% and for which a permit will be applied for later today.  2 pages of drawings were provided for tender and still the GC did not read them. 



Jun 7, 19 8:22 am
b3tadine[sutures]

More sexy PT

Jun 8, 19 11:38 pm
b3tadine[sutures]

Ahhhh.....I'm all sexed up.

Jun 8, 19 11:40 pm
atelier nobody

You brut.

You know, when you're in the thick of trying to get a CD set out and there's a zillion minor things to coordinate and the owner and contractors are all screaming for their piece and the redlines are getting picked up by different people and the Revit file doesn't want to print to Adobe you just want to fucking walk away and get a job as a hotel maid.

Then the next morning you look at this fully-coordinated assemblage of information and feel like damn, I guess I really do know what I'm doing?

I mean nothing's perfect but of the at least 100,000 decisions that need to be made to do a project I think I consistently nail at least 99,500 of them.

Jun 11, 19 9:26 am
SneakyPete

I've been there, but I'm currently being humbled by the 500 we didn't nail in the final throes of CA...

I'm never that worried about the 500 we didn't nail, that's what addenda, change orders, and ASIs are for. It's the 500 that we didn't know we needed to nail that keep me on my toes during CA.

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the feeling at the moment of getting a set out the door. Take a minute and relax ... you've earned it.

SneakyPete

Amen to that.

Almosthip7

At least its a Revit file and not a fricken AutoCAD "Fatal Error"

I am certain those 500 will have me crying in the fetal position under my desk sometime in the next six months, but yes I'm enjoying today feeling good about at least getting one set out the door!

Non Sequitur

I'd say the same, but with 2 extra "0s" on that 500.

atelier nobody

Having spent 5 or so years of my career pigeonholed doing CA, I would be sending you flowers daily if you gave me a 99.5% complete set of CDs. I've had projects where I swear I did at least half the detailing in RFI responses.

archanonymous

Congrats Donna!

liberty bell

If it helps, atelier, this was a small job. A regular-sized job is much less likely to be that good!

midlander

congrats, look forward to hear when it's built well. revits horrible interface with PDF printing is among my top 3 pet peeves about the software.

David Cuthbert

reading this has filled me with an ill-timed feeling of anxiety. Notwithstanding great when you make that goal, even if the 1% lingers in your head..."oh what did I forget?"

Non Sequitur

I'm drinking 10% beer on a wednesday night.  No, it's totally not related to me spending half my day "teaching" software.

Go St-Louis.


Jun 12, 19 10:21 pm
b3tadine[sutures]

Piker. Go 13%, or straight to cocktails.

Non Sequitur

I’m fresh out of the 13% brews. (That’s a lie)

proto

STL & Binnington were ridiculous last night -- congrats to them! I was rooting for BOS, but, while they brought pressure early, they just didn't have it. Cocktail of choice was the 100yr anniversary negroni...not very hockey-fan, but hey...!

Power2engineer's posts are truly legendary threads that will be long remembered here on Archinect. 

I love the mix of first- and third-person by the same person trying to pretend he's not an architect. It really adds depth to the dementia. 


Jun 13, 19 9:34 pm
Non Sequitur

^it truly is a masterpiece.

They really are. With time, I'm sure they will get better for me, but at the moment they've left quite a sour taste for me. Nothing I hate more than being misled, and I can't fathom the reasoning behind the misdirection from him. Seems completely unnecessary, and I don't think it really helped him in the end at all.

It's not clear which is the misdirection. Is he the architect, as he first claimed - or the client, which he claimed to be after which bashed the architect?

Steeplechase

The only thing I can think is that he didn’t want any state boards or courts looking at him. He obviously knew the regulations and knew the board existed. Filing a complaint in Pennsylvania involves filling out a web form, a task much simpler than spending months making posts across a slew of websites.

I have no doubt his intention was to deceive and mislead, but like Miles asks, in which direction. It was pointed out that he'd been playing the client much earlier than he was playing the architect ... but in his DMs to me he seemed pretty keen on asking me to delete any of my posts that suggested filing a complaint with the board or that disciplinary action would be appropriate. I don't see why he would be so keen on that if he really was the client. Like Steeplechase says, he really doesn't want anyone looking at him. But is this because he fears disciplinary action against him, or is he somehow trying to get back at his architect without alerting the board because some other shady crap is going on with his project (unpermitted work maybe)? Maybe given his past indiscretions he wants to avoid any scrutiny from the board.

Non Sequitur

I did see one post from him in a Pennsylvania legal forum where he claimed to have past felonies. There is certainly something he is hiding. Hopefully his threads are archived somewhere in case it gets nuked.

Definitely an architect, or trying to pass as one, and now terrified that the state and the client are going to give him a deep rectal probe. doGspeed.

atelier nobody

Wow. Just...wow.

Good point NS. I just had the Wayback Machine archive both threads.

LOL, that thread (I mainly only skimmed it) was hilarious. But s/he does at one point say s/he is a licensed PE, I think. So yeah, maybe s/he's worried about his/her *own* license while trying to figure out how to report a fellow licensed professional to the state board. Who has the time for that?

Bloopox

He is a licensed PE - I think that's why he's worried about action against him with the board. He is not an architect - at least not in Pennsylvania. He's the disgruntled client. (He posted variations on this same story on several other forums, some with his real name, so it's easy to verify this on the license lookup sites). He's been ranting about his architect (or sometimes it's his home improvement contractor or his kitchen designer - it's about as consistent as in all of his posts here) in various places for 6 months - I think the goal of posing as an architect was to collect some language from other architects that he could use to blackmail his architect (i.e. "return my fee or I'll report you to the board", but in archi-speak.)

Down the rabbit hole we go.

eeayeeayo

The weirdest thing to me is that when it came up that he spends a lot of time on sites for ex-felons he said that's because he helps people who commit petty theft to beat the charges. Why does he think that's a good thing? Who makes it their mission to help thieves, and why would he brag about it in the same thread where he's trying to convince us he's honest?

midlander

it's amusing but tbh it concerns me too. people with that degree of narcissistic delusion and willingness to subvert the truth to manipulate others tend to be quite harmful in real life. considering that, his interest in convicts especially is unhealthy.

kjdt

He's playing a game to get people to bash his evil architect character, then parroting them in his reviews about the architecture firm - he's been busily trashing the firm on houzz, porch, google, oscarpages, citysearch...

jla-x

“He is a licensed PE“. That explains it all. Every one I’ve met is weird.

kjdt I predict I will regret it but I kinda want to see the Houzz profile if you are serious?

kjdt

If you google the following (keep the quotation marks) it will take you to a few of the negative reviews he left about the architecture firm, including the one on their houzz profile: "Absolute Fraud, liar unprofessional watch out doing business with these cartoons. They would be sweeter than honey until you sign contract"

midlander

more interesting the firm in question appears to focus on mid scale commercial work, especially branded suburban hotels. so i don't think SFR is a staple for them. I bet this was some kind of favor for a friend of a friend that got all out of hand.

vado retro

Archinect needs a private legends lounge. 

Jun 14, 19 5:25 pm
Non Sequitur

How’s the draft list?

Kind of like Skull and Bones?

atelier nobody

The first rule of Archinect Legends Lounge is...

SneakyPete

...pretend to be an Architect?

Bench

so the power2engineer guy got his threads nuked? Pity, those were valuable cautionary tales.

Jun 14, 19 6:51 pm
eeayeeayo

I still see his threads.

Non Sequitur

Both threads are still there.

Archinect

The individual that posted the threads requested that they be deleted.

Non Sequitur

That's too bad. There was some real good discussions in there. Evidence of professional misconduct too, on behalf of the OP.

That stinks. Those were valuable threads. At least there are archived copies out there.

citizen

The episode underscores how common it is for people to forget that one's online stuff has the potential to come back and bite.

( e.g., So a 'friend' of mine was murdering puppies the other day and then found this really great kale smoothie place...' )

Bloopox

This kind of deleting threads on request makes me not want to bother participating anymore. Why spend time providing an informative response when it will just get deleted if the OP doesn't like the accumulated answers? It's the same thing that happened back with that high school kid who got offended at critiques of his portfolio. Threads can be valuable to people who come along with the same questions later - it shouldn't be up to the OP once there are any other responses.

shellarchitect

Big weekend for me.... $1500 check for a garage addition came in and got $250 for a comcheck from another architect friend. 

Just need to do about 100 more of these a year and I'll be able to quit my day job!!!


Jun 17, 19 10:21 am
jla-x

Cool. I got suckered into doing a “favor” for a family member. She just wants some free design work, that’s all...ugh. I broke my own rule....
I’m too nice.

Non Sequitur

Nice Shell.

JLA, I'm doing some free work for family too. They insisted on paying me and I said big no. I don't want to get dragged into this any further than I have to as I'm only "consulting" them on removing 3 load-bearing walls in their typical suburban townhome. I did the math for them, took an hour to draw up new structure and column placement... then set them on their way. My city allows for home-owners to submit their own permit as long as it's conforms with the basic codes.

jla-x

Ya, she offered to pay too, but she’s kind of a pain in the ass and I know that accepting payment would equal ball busting x 10 rather than regular ball busting. Love her, but professional pain in the ass lol.

Non Sequitur

In response to the very entertaining other discussion with my namesake in it's title, I present the new Archinect MAGA hats.  Send me you monies now.


Jun 18, 19 9:24 am
SneakyPete

I refuse to wear even something lambasting that dumpster fire of a slogan.

b3tadine[sutures]

^ Yep.

randomised

That so called dumpster fire keeps Trump very warm and comfortable though in his White House.

b3tadine[sutures]

You think? It's seemingly only keeping him warm, and everyone else has moved on.

randomised

Need to look past the personal aversion and disgust and you’ll see he’s heading for quite a simple re-election...

SneakyPete

Need to look past the personal confidence and navel gazing and you'll see he's heading for reelection by default due to ignorance.

randomised

Fraid so

Non Sequitur

Oh boy, tough-crowd. I guess my comical attempt to draw a comparison to the other thread's OP and Trump tantrums is not as good as I had hopped. Perhaps it's because I don't live in trump's america and don't really have any experience with it. 25% discount to those offended.

SneakyPete

I'm not offended, I simply dislike any foothold Trump gains in pop culture. I'd prefer he remain the punch line to bad jokes about failure that he is.

randomised

But Trump is not a failure, he won the presidency and is set to win 2020 too...

tduds

Getting the job is not success. What you do with the job should be the measure of success or failure. By that measure, he's a fucking failure.

tduds

I really bristle at the idea of Election Day as the finish line. It's the starting point. Whatever you do to get into power is rendered meaningless the minute you're in. Of course, gaining and holding power for its own sake has a name... and history has not looked kindly upon leaders who embody that name.

jla-x

His achievements in office are not much better or worse than any other president in the last several decades. Can you specifically point to ways that Obama, Clinton, Bush were better to warrant the lopsided reaction to Trump. I don’t like any of them, just don’t see Trumps policies to be that extreme. He’s a centrist. His rhetoric and personality is extreme, but really what has he done that is more damaging than the last several presidents. If anything, he’s been less of a war hawk than all of the above. We are comparing poop and doodie, so I’m not saying he’s good or bad, just saying he’s not worse or better.

jla-x

In all honesty, if he had the persona and rhetoric of Obama, with the same policies, would anyone be outraged? Nope. Americans are celebrity whores. We care about personality first, product second. It’s why horrible musicians like cardi b and Miley Cyrus are famous.

randomised

Why is he a failure, at least Trump hasn’t killed as many (if any) innocent civilians as his predecessors. In fact he ends wars and brings home American boys and girls alive instead of in body bags...

1likejam

coming to a city near you! https://www.babytrumptour.org/

Non Sequitur

How many Hats do you want Rando?

randomised

Put me down for three magenta “Keep Archinect Great!”

Non Sequitur

DONE

tduds

1) https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2017-12-19/counterrorism-strikes-double-trump-first-year 

2) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47480207 

Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

There are other easily sourced refutations to the other ridiculous claims above, but I'm busy today. 

Nice to see we're at the point where the president who overhauled the healthcare system, negotiated an imperfect but absolutely forward-moving treaty with Iran, and reopened diplomatic relationship with Cuba is "no better" than the president who has children in concentration camps, because the first guy *told us* about the foreigners he killed.

Maybe we deserve fascism. 

1likejam

tduds why you spreading fake news, mate . His recent Royal visit here to the UK, sparked widespread outrage and protest. but did make for some laughs...like his approval rating. https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2019/06/03/news/tower-of-london-projection-among-protests-against-donald-trump-s-state-visit-1633920/

1likejam

although, we are about to get our very own pound shop Trump with Boris Johnson. so shouldnt throw stones really

tduds

What?

1likejam

sorry, i was tying to do a sarcasm. He is largely seen here as a massive bell end. 

jla-x

tduds, you really need to tune out of the msm. Those concentration camps have been around for a long time, and serve a purpose that you are willfully ignorant of. It’s a terrible situation, but many of these kids come over alone. When they come with family, Adult facilities are very dangerous and we cant mix kids and adults in detainment for obvious reasons. When they come alone, or when family is in adult detainment, they simply can’t be let out by themselves because they are minors. Family members who claim them are rarely related and can’t prove relation. Some a human traffickers. It’s a horrible situation, but to suggest that Trump crated it is ridiculously fake news. Obama was called the “deporter in chief

jla-x

The kids are the victims of their parents, Democrats rhetoric encouraging them to make the dangerous and deadly trek across the desert for their own political agendas, and shit immigration policy that both parties created. What do you suppose we do with Unaccompanied minors who have no where to go? There is no humane option within the framework of the current broken immigration system. Did trump make it worse? Yes, but it wasn’t that much better before him. Having visited adult detention facilities, I can guarantee you wouldn’t want your kids mixed in there. We need to decriminalize immigration, make it easy, fast, and cheap. Neither party has done shit to make this happen.

jla-x

AND, get rid of private prisons!!! These mfers make lots and lots of tax payer dollars housing detainees.

jla-x

The politically owned media is spinning stories for their own benefit. Can you imagine how the NSA scandal would be perceived if it broke today rather than under obama admin? Or Libya? Americans are easily manipulated by presentation and marketing. Trump is an honest representation of what we are. When I see people longing for some polished polite politician like that jack off Beto...it’s because we want the facade. The facade is good enough for most people.

Non Sequitur

How many magenta hats are you ordering Jla?

jla-x

Oww magenta....that’s very Kanye of you.

tduds

I'm too stressed to get into this, but it's bewildering how many incorrect assumptions you need to make about me each time you respond to me. But how else would you shoehorn your boilerplate ad hominems into the thread?

tduds

"There is no humane option within the framework of the current broken immigration system." So fix the fucking system. Not a difficult line of reasoning, imo.

tduds

I'm probably not done responding but I should be.

tduds

Ok one more 

"We need to decriminalize immigration, make it easy, fast, and cheap. Neither party has done shit to make this happen." 

I agree! 

I just don't know why you need to come in guns-a-blazin with your idiotic Whataboutism every time someone mentions Trump is a racist incompetent fascist. "BuT oBaMa wAs aLsO BaD" ...okay, who gives a shit? Doesn't change the fact that our current president is a racist incompetent fascist.

tduds

ps Beto would suuuuuck as president. He might be an ok senator, he should go back to dunking on Cruz.

jla-x

Because no one has fixed it, yet political talking heads demonize their opposition and skew reality to make it seem like their side is “good guy”. Bull

Non Sequitur

buying my hats will help fix your system.

tduds

"Because of television, and for the convenience of television..." etc. etc.

tduds

I just can't help feel like we're at the end part of The Boy Who Cried Wolf where the wolf actually shows up.

jla-x

There are no good guys, just opportunistic politicians looking to acquire power. Once we all understand that, we will get back to the basics of a classically liberal order as we should. Checks and balances, limited govt, etc.

jla-x

Shouldn’t say “back to” because we never were really there.

tduds

Disagree. & even if there are no "good" guys, there are extremely variable levels of "bad", & equating them seems willfully ignorant.

tduds

.

jla-x

Agree, but that’s exactly why we need to limit the power of government. The government is pushing in one direction, the people should push in the other. Instead, the culture has been tricked into thinking that a certain faction of government is your pal...a part of resistance...lol...we ought to be skeptical of all authority.

tduds

I'm glad we found common ground on this.

tduds

Might have posted this before but, relevant to the context of this thread, this is - in my opinion - the single most important letter in American politics. and it's almost entirely forgotten: http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch2s23.html

tduds

" The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished then in their natural course with those who gave them being. This could preserve that being till it ceased to be itself, and no longer. Every constitution then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right."

tduds

Anyway I'm not under the delusion that defeating Trump - whether by impeachment or election - is going to *fix* the country. But that doesn't change the simple fact that he should be defeated - if not by conviction then by election - because his behavior as president is, in my conclusions, impeachable ( https://www.vox.com/2017/11/30/16517022/impeachment-donald-trump).

tduds

Sorry to get all high-brow in your dumb hat thread, Non.

Non Sequitur

T'is ok Tduds. I'm quite oblivious to all of this.

tduds

Lucky.

jla-x

What was the impeachable offense? Also, if we find that the DNC and fbi were illegally spying on a political opponent would you want them prosecuted as well? And, to be fair, shouldn’t we prosecute HRC for obstructing Justice. Her email offense was clearly more extreme than Trumps obstruction offense. She literally destroyed evidence.

jla-x

Come on man, the whole thing is BS. Both sides are a bunch of jerk offs trying to win. It’s a sport. Anything they say or do to get there is simply a play. How people can sit there and buy into a career politician like Bernie or Warren, or anyone on either side, is beyond me. Trump won because many people realize this, and wanted to release the bull in the china shop that is Washington. Shake it up. What they got wrong is that Trump is also career politician. He just doesn’t play for either party, he plays for team trump. NYers understand this because we’ve seen him in the media since the early 80’s trying to get attention by any means he could.

jla-x

Bottom line, faith in politics is as ridiculous as faith in religion. It’s all make believe...people in silly hats looking to get a following so they can later f u in the ass.

jla-x

Now and then someone comes along with good intentions, but once they go through the political process they either get crushed by the machine, or get compromised by temptation of power. It’s not about good/bad like you said, it’s about humans not being able to handle that much power over other humans. We are not meant for this kind of stuff. It’s too much. Solution: maybe decentralized power centers. Maybe Small tribes. Idk, but the empire thing is not conducive to human nature.

tduds

"What was the impeachable offense?" You should read the things I linked.

tduds

I only have faith in robust systems.

tduds

You are once again conflating my indictment of Trump with support of some other non-Trump individual. I've made no such claim in this thread. I may support a certain candidate, but that's unrelated to this & irrelevant to my disdain for the current president.

jla-x

That vox article is awful. We have a system, it why we have 4 year limited terms. Impeachment is for high crimes and misdemeanors. You don’t get to overturn a democratically elected president because you don’t like him. Sorry, that would be chaos. Why would the left want to even set that precedent. Are they that short sighted? In a few years the right will attempt the same once we open that box. It’s ridiculous and greatly expands the power of govt by taking power from electorate and placing it in the hands of political opponents. Impeachment will completely destroy the Dem party. The people would go nuts. If there was a clear crime, like collusion proven then ok, but come on...attempted obstruction of a probably illegally initiated investigation where no underlying crime was proven. Yeah good luck.

tduds

This is getting (surprise surprise) wildly off-topic, but - as might be apparent from my comments above - the play is not "Impeach the president and then do nothing else and assume it'll all be okay" There's a much bigger change that needs to come and frankly I have no clue when or how or if it'll happen. But that doesn't change my feeling that it's needed.

tduds

"Impeachment will completely destroy the Dem party." 

This is actually my biggest fear right now. The GOP has completely politicized the application of law, to the point where any attempt to hold their actions accountable will be used as justification for invoking that "accountability" in response to every single thing the Democratic (or any opposition) attempts, no matter how legitimate. If the Democrats impeach Trump, the Republicans will impeach *every* Democratic president.

Honestly the GOP needs to die. It's become a party of kleptocrats and authoritarians. I don't always agree with their policy proposals, but looking at their recent record, it's clear the Democratic party is at least mostly acting in good faith. The GOP, in my lifetime, has descended entirely into bad faith obstructionism and fealty to the donor class.

If the GOP withers, the Democratic party can fill the role of center-right party, which is in line with their establishment proposals. Then maybe we can have a legitimately left or center-left political movement in the US.


randomised

Wow, mad skills there Non ;-)

jla-x

I wanted to stop, I really did....but but but....the Republican Party and dem party are equally authoritarian man. How are republicans more authoritarian than Dems? Like actual policies not talking points...? What we need is a healthy left libertarian and right libertarian party. What we have are 2 slightly off center authoritarian parties that engage in culture wars and identity politics to distinguish themselves from one another.

tduds

Here 's just one example.

Also Merrick fucking Garland. To say nothing of their 

This is their play - take something the Democrats did once for a slightly different reason, and use it as a shield to do it *every time* forever.

The GOP has hijacked the process specifically to subvert democracy to cement their own power despite a diminishing electoral majority (actually a minority in the current electorate). Plain and simple.

The Democratic Party may pass a bunch of legislation that you don't like, but - to quote Walter Sobchak - at least it's an ethos. The Republican Party since at least Reagan, and really in earnest since 2010, has obstructed, disenfranchised, and cut taxes on the very rich. And almost nothing else.

I'll happily concede that the Democratic Party isn't great. But you're a fool to think they're equally bad.

tduds

"To say nothing of their..." I honestly don't remember what I'd intended to write there.

tduds

There's a quote I saw years back that went something like "The Democrats and Republicans were playing chess, then at some point the Republicans flipped the board and set the house on fire. The Democrats are still trying to win the chess game. "

jla-x

If we got rid of political parties things would be a lot better. Hopefully this whole Twitter politician thing is an early stage of these establishments getting broken up by a more decentralized egalitarian podium.

tduds

Political parties will never go away. What would help is to end the two party system. Unfortunately that's not going to happen until we change the way we vote in this country. And I really don't know how that even begins to happen.

jla-x

This is what tyranny looks like.
https://apple.news/AuUCiDLPYTwa-uY03Al8Cjg

jla-x

The left are masters of spinning tyrannical policies to appear “compassionate”. The right has tyrannical aspirations as well...too many people these days pledge allegiance to parties...

jla-x

Very little mention in the woke media

jla-x

What happened to “choice”?

randomised

Well, Democrat Obama deported over 100k people more per year than Republican Trump...

SneakyPete

BUT OBAMA

tduds

I was also against it then.

SneakyPete

Spam begone.

Jun 18, 19 2:02 pm
tintt

Has anybody here gone back for a Master's after getting licensed? Or is that a crazy idea? 

Jun 19, 19 11:40 am
Non Sequitur

Are you drunk? That's just crazy talk. Actually, my professional practice prof, who was licensed with some 2 decades of experience, was completing a M.Arch at the same time as I was. So maybe not too crazy...

atelier nobody

I've looked into doing one of the distance/online masters, but haven't pulled the trigger.

midlander

I've been thinking about this recently. Not crazy if it positions you to do better work and get engaged in teaching, and of course fits your budget. I'm curious to see some responses.

citizen

Yes, did this 4 years after licensure, and 8 years of practice. I wanted (needed) to do some studio-based creative design again after/alongside the rigors of project management. It was a great decision for me. It helped that I was in my 30s, and knew what I wanted to do-- as opposed to "I think I'll get a masters cuz it sounds fun." I also discovered how much I enjoyed research and writing, which opened the door to teaching. YMMV.

tintt

I do not want to teach. I am looking ahead a few years, want to set and accomplish the next goal. I would work while going to school, pay cash as I go I presume.

citizen

In my sitch, the teaching connections were not a goal (at first); they just arose along the way. I went for fun and enjoyment, but also new skills and practical knowledge useful for practice.

tintt

Citz, I can't help but notice you contradicted yourself. You either went for fun or you didnt.

thatsthat

I've looked at the distance/online program, but not convinced I want to pay the same amount as an in-person program for less credibility on a resume and most likely less alumni networking opportunities. I've thought about a standard MArch (and a PhD tbh), but I'm not convinced it is worth giving up my current position at my job and the potential salary growth. I would really love to teach though.

citizen

Point taken, tintt... let me clarify. After giving it a lot of thought, I went in knowing I'd probably enjoy it (or some of it). But that wasn't the only reason. I wanted more experience and knowledge, too, that would be instrumental. I ended up with both, fortunately. It didn't hurt that school was only 20 minutes from home-- logistics are an important part of such a decision, too.

tintt

Experience, knowledge, fun, a new college sweatshirt, I want it all. 5 min away for me... Is is unusual for someone already licensed to go back for a Master's?

citizen

Don't forget the official School Shot Glasses! 

I think it's pretty unusual for licensed folks, statistically. I had some classmates my age (and a couple older than that), but they were newer to the field.

tintt

I already have the shot glasses!

Threesleeve

There were a handful of licensed architects when I was in grad school - one was in his early 50s and the others all in their 30s - but all of them were people with non-professional undergrad degrees, who had become licensed in states that had an alternate route for people without an NAAB degree and they were all getting the M.Arch in order to be able to work in more states (or in one case to be eligible to become a partner in a firm that she was already working in, that had offices in the more restrictive states.) I don't think anyone was doing it just for "fun". There was one kind of head-in-the-clouds snooty doctoral student who had left his licensed architect career to be a theorist - I guess he might have counted as doing that for fun - though it was hard to tell if he was having any. 

 One thing I learned from the licensed architect students was a healthier attitude about school. They didn't usually get as extremely stressed or work as crazy hours in studio, because they had "real lives" already. Some had kids, some were working in firms part-time or keeping their own part-time practice going, and they were just a lot more relaxed about academic requirements and better able to compartmentalize it so it didn't consume their whole lives.

tintt

If it's just more of what I did in undergrad, then that gives me my answer. Maybe just some discreet classes is what I should look for.
Thanks all!

curtkram

I think the cost and time would make this prohibitive for most people. It would be best if you know your thesis advisor and want to work with them. Best of luck and lots of happiness to you.

midlander

citizen, what impact did this have on your career? were you going in with the goal to take on more of a design lead role? tintt, if i recall you have gone outside architecture and opened a business at one point. what is your goal for returning to study?

tintt

Goals: knowledge, enlightenment, exploration, challenge, mastery of process/craft, collaboration and network, degree certificate/line item on the list of creds, further blend of my two careers.

tintt

Help to find an edge or niche.

mightyaa

If it's for a edge or niche, maybe a second degree; urban planning, landscape arch, interior design... or certifications like NFPA, plan reviewer, etc. or just oddball/complimentary like marketing, project management, construction management, business, real estate, etc.

mightyaa

or you could be trained as a blacksmith (inside joke tintt would understand)

tintt

Thanks mighty. Ideally a second degree would be in structural/civil engineering but I don't qualify to even enter that program from what I can tell. Interior design is a possibility but there are obvious drawbacks... I have looked into online degree programs but don't see much of what I would get from them.

mightyaa

You could find a ABET accredited architectural engineering degree. Most of your architectural degree college credits should transfer leaving you just a smattering of advanced structural classes to take. But, that probably means relocation (no degrees in CO), as well as internship under a licensed PE... hence the bad option given your case. Maybe someone has a online option since it's really just structural classes; you should have studio and whatnots taken care of.

mightyaa

oh, and don't forget CO still allows grandfathering work experience. So, I could get you a nice high paying job here and you could intern for your PE credits for a decade :P

tintt

^ tempting. :) But one of my main goals is to never work a 8-6 type job again.

mightyaa

honestly though... go for certifications that help you sell architecture assuming you want to be your own boss. So figure out your interest, the markets you want to pursue, and start researching. Get em, add more initials behind your name, and charge more because those initials often mean 'higher qualified' than your competition.

tintt

Yup. That's it. Thanks!

mightyaa

Oh yea.. you can also do my route too if you want to blow money at the issue. Just collect licenses through reciprocity. Apparently, Joe Blow thinks having licenses in a dozen states means... in my best Ron Burgundy voice "In case you didn't know, I'm sort of a big deal." For your contract stuff, that might also be marketable.

tintt

This is all great, thanks.

Non Sequitur

Because it got lost in the above discussion.


Jun 20, 19 2:27 pm
randomised

Nice, don't want to nitpick but it misses the "!" at the end :)

tduds

I love that I can count on jla-x for an infinite political debate whenever my workday frustrations need a stupid outlet.

Thanks, guy.

Jun 20, 19 3:03 pm
jla-x

Lol. Ok I’ll stop.

I prefer real frustrations to
idiocy.

I know this isn’t exactly equivalent to power2engineer’s issue with kickbacks, but ...


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/whistleblowers-expose-billion-dollar-back-surgery-scam/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

Jun 21, 19 10:34 am
midlander

so is the BAC some kind of cult? for a small school no one seems to have heard of outside Boston it gets an awful lot of comments.


Also amusing the post attacking that dean is the featured comment on his own promotional piece


https://archinect.com/BACStories/what-s-your-story-richard-griswold

Jun 22, 19 10:30 am
tduds

I think the source of BAC's bad reputation - deserved or not - comes from two things: 1) their unique structure. I can't think of many other Architecture-exclusive schools. There's also the lack of "campus" and, at least last time I saw, lack of permanent studio space that gives the whole space kind of a "community college" feel. And 2) Their open admissions policy. They'll accept anyone who can pay, and as a result, their graduation rate is abysmal. 

It seems to me that combination of open admissions, high failure rate, and non-existent social support network (as a result of no larger university institution + no cloistered campus space) leads to a lot of disgruntled ex-students.

kjdt

It has wider recognition than just Boston - I've worked with lots of people who went there (some of whom actually graduated and got licensed - others who left mid-way to work and never went back to finish their degrees.) Of those I've known in person who went there, nobody has expressed overall disgruntlement - and most have been very positive.

The thing the BAC has been most well-known for, going back 4 or 5 decades, is having a real part-time program. If you wanted to work a job with enough hours to fully support yourself, while getting an accredited architecture degree, that was one of very few places where you could manage it. A few other schools, like Drexel and University of Cincinatti, have long-standing co-op work programs, but they still require full-time attendance or close to it in some years or semesters. BAC doesn't. Also BAC was the first NAAB program to be offered mostly remotely. There are a lot more options for that now, but the BAC had that option as far back as the 1990s, while most of the others are much more recent. Students still have to attend in person for a few days once or twice a semester, but otherwise do not have to be in that region or even in the US.

It's not a cult - it's just not as large or widely known as some programs. It's similar to every time that Roger Williams or Wentworth or University of Hartford come up on the forum: people question whether they're real.  If you don't work in the northeast you may not have encountered many of they're grads - but they're real schools with architecture programs, that graduate qualified people.

midlander

yeah I realize it's a real school; I mean more what is it that inspires so many threads on BAC and deeply emotional criticisms or defenses of the program. Other schools' discussions tend to be limited to "how do i get in", and "how will it help me get a job" - not nearly so much personal concern about other schools.

randomised

It’s mostly due to one person resurrecting all the BAC threads since like forever on this forum to post the same response. There are not that many threads about it if you consider the years this forum’s up.

midlander

it would be nice if archinect had an antispam filter that blocked multiple posts of identical text...

Non Sequitur

Those people rarely stick around after they carpetbomb the forum tho.

Whoever said you can't argue with stupid was wrong. You can, but it's pointless. 

... 

Oh, maybe that's what they meant.

Jun 22, 19 9:41 pm
mightyaa

Paraphrasing from the movie Matchmaker... "What's it like being the village idiot?" Answer; "It's like being right all the time."

midlander

well you can't do much arguing with truth either. Somethings got to give.

Credibility? Patience? Civility?

curtkram

ya, the Zen koan in the modern age is "close the browser window"

snooker-doodle-dandy

I went and met with some prospective clients yesterday, where the Olmsted Brothers were the Landscape Architects of record.  They want to do some work on one of their buildings that  is a " Connecticut-Rambler."  You know add one addition and then another and well who the hell needs and architect we can put up a cinder block addition and it will give us the space.  So I have a mishmash of building heights, Boston  gables, flat roofs with various roof heights.  Last night I went to bed and dreamed about it.  Figuring I might have a solution, using manufactured trusses to make a unified roof over the whole building.  Now I have to talk to them about budget.  I do think it will end up being less expensive than doing what they would like me to do.  I'm going to have to go do a drive by tomorrow to see if it was a dream or a nightmare.


Jun 25, 19 8:54 pm
citizen

Please report back, and with a photo or two if you can. This sounds both interesting and not unusual as a kind of residential architecture problem.

jla-x

In the vile vomit fest that was the DNC debates that filled the airwaves with empty rhetoric one person stood clear winner, Gabbard!  The American people saw that, and she was the most googled candidate and polls show she was perceived as the winner!  So of course the FAKE NEWS deep state MSM is trying to align her with the typical bs...they even preemptively threw Yang in there.  https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/tulsi-gabbard-debate-alt-right/

Jun 27, 19 2:25 pm
jla-x

This is why people believe that msm is the enemy of the people. It’s nkt media, it’s deep state run propaganda.

jla-x

This proves my point that I’ve been trying to drill down in here...it’s not about left vs right, it’s about authoritarianism vs proponents of smaller government. Tulsi is left leaning economically, but sort of on the libertarian spectrum with regards to non-interventionist policy, free speech, etc. So these useless bullshitters are going to align her with the alt-right, a term that has completely lost meaning with a criteria that seems to mean anyone who doesn’t like a big state...sooooo woke omg...

tduds

All you proved is that people who go to Drudge Report (..lol) like Gabbard.

tduds

From the article you just linked to "The unscientific online poll..." I mean, come the hell on man. 

I'm not even going to deign to provide a counter argument here I'm just baffled at how absurly low a bar you've set for this information that confirms what you want to believe, especially given how insistent you are on absurdly high bars for challenging information. Your wildly unequal application of skepticism here is telling.

tduds

Pre-emptive addendum: The fact that "MSM" is shitty (and I'll agree most of it is) does not mean that fringe opinion rags like Druge, Breitbart, Alternet, etc are good. They're *also* shitty , just for different reasons.

jla-x

Coming from the Vox fan lol.

jla-x

Google it bro, not just Drudge Report. She was most googled candidate. And instantly left msm sites are trying to bash her and align her with their typical attacks. So transparent.

tduds

Vox provides intelligent, even-tempered analysis of events from within my ideological bubble. I know exactly what it is & I pretend no different. It's my watering hole. Not where I go to be challenged or to find actual news / primary sources. I like Vox, but I wouldn't use a Vox poll in which Elizabeth Warren is the front runner as proof of anything.

tduds

I never said Gabbard was or wasn't anything, just that your source was dumb. USA today is a better source. This is an improvement.

tduds

By this metric Marianne Williamson is now our new front runner. But the corrupt corporate media is covering it up! https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/450828-marianne-williamson-most-searched-on-google-for-night-two-of

jla-x

Watch her interview with van jones and tell me if she’s not one of best candidates and getting raw deal by leftist media.

jla-x

^fake news left media outlets not biased
at all nahhhhh!

tduds

Again I'm making zero claims about Gabbard specifically or about her quality as a candidate. My point here is that your conclusions are based on extremely dubious thought processes, and seem to be mostly intended to reaffirm what you want to believe.

tduds

When I say "conclusions" I don't mean your support for gabbard, but your apparent belief that she's secretly very popular and there's a conspiracy to silence her... which, as evidence, you've cited a Drudge poll, and a google trend.

jla-x

Did you watch the debate? You don’t think certain candidates were given waaaaayyy more airtime? She was also one of the few who got a negative question thrown at them....when each clearly has negative past baggage.

jla-x

Actually the only besides Biden.

tduds

I didn't watch the debate because honestly I'm annoyed that they're happening at all.

tduds

Can we start a "Politics Central" thread? I thought this was a neutral space and I'm sick of wandering in here and being ambushed with dumb politics that I'm then compelled to counter.

Jun 27, 19 3:03 pm
proto

+1

jla-x

Or don’t engage with the post. It’s very simple.

jla-x

But ok. I’ll start politics central

tduds

We've already been over how little self-control I have.

citizen

Great idea, although it probably won't curtail political/ideological posts in here. If only.  Can't hurt to try, though...

Sean Joyner chatting up the audience in his threads...

Jul 3, 19 8:08 pm

Enthusiastic self-promotion? He eagerly agrees with most comments.​ I find him a bit out of his depth. A lot of lecturing, no introspection, offended by criticism. It would be more interesting and pertinent if he wrote about his own experience.

I see a person that is half your age, trying to develop a voice through writing and conversation...

randomised

I like his threads, I think they can be very useful for some without being negative or judgemental.

midlander

I'll chime in too to say I like reading them. His style might benefit from editing for length, but his tone and enthusiasm are refreshing.

Good point, Marc. I can't fault his enthusiasm.

b3tadine[sutures]

Marc, I too find his pieces helpful, I think he does a great job of hitting a very key group, generationally. He's very inquisitive and you can see the potential for tremendous growth.

Jul 5, 19 9:38 am

Yes, lot's of energy and excitement. Curious to see what he writes (and rebuts) about as he hits his stride.

tintt

How is it that people have no idea what architects do? In other words, what did I step in?

Jul 8, 19 5:52 pm

They didn't teach you that in school?

tintt

That people don't realize things are designed/created? No. Not covered in school. I wonder if it's a religious thing... that God created everything...? I'm not kidding. Is that what they think?

tduds

More often than not, when I tell people an architect, they try to make conversation based on one of two wrong assumptions:

 1) That I'm a structural engineer. 

2) That I'm just like [whatever HGTV interior decorator / real estate agent is popular this year].

tduds

"Oh wow you must be really good at math" 

"Well, I am, but I never use it for Architecture."

tintt

The thing about math... True that most of us aren't doing any higher math but I can most certainly subtract 16 from 88 without a calculator and with minimal effort and to most people that means you are good at math. /shudder/

tintt

I never get the you must be good at math. Might be because I'm a female and it's assumed I can't do math.

proto

it's the engineer thing

atelier nobody

Damn, that's some top notch spamming - 13 threads necro'd...

Jul 9, 19 6:24 pm
JLC-1

and the awesome green head promptly wiped them all

atelier nobody

Aww, that's sad. It was truly a thing to behold - almost the whole first page...

Under NEWS there is an ad for BQE Software with comments disabled. That's not news, that's advertising. If that crap is posted as "news" at the very least it should be open for comments.

I get that Archinect needs a revenue stream, but please keep the shit out of the news feed. Maybe there should be a section devoted to this kind of crap for those who are interested in seeing it.

Jul 10, 19 9:35 am

I’ve complained about this before to no avail. Not saying don’t try, but maybe don’t get your hopes up.

Bench

Ive flagged this multiple times. I also understand the need for revenue streams, but labeling blatant ads / sponsored content as "Features" is really disingenuous

Would love PP or others to address this on a podcast sometime ...

b3tadine[sutures]

Yeah, and maybe, just maybe, we can get Spielberg to edit Reeses Pieces out of E.T. That fucking shill.

jla-x

Who cares.

it's Trump's fault. Clearly.

I'd rather pay for ad-free content. 

#FirstWorldProblems

I was researching a medical condition the other day. The next day my Instagram feed was filled with advertisements for class action lawsuits related to that condition. Enough is enough.

archiwutm8

I'm going to lose it if I talk to another "senior" level architect that doesn't know some basic shit.


Holy crap, I've been talking to people for the last few weeks for projects where these people can't even differentiate between a section and elevation. 


Help.

Jul 11, 19 9:27 am

You think talking to them is bad? Try building the crap they design.

archiwutm8

Maybe we need some type of help group? the AA? Architecture anonymous?

Non Sequitur

Oh yeah? There is a big meeting near me (open office) with a table full of government employees talking all sorts of BIM stuff... doubtful any of them have ever used the software, yet they are making decisions that will cost us hundreds of hours of man/women power.

tintt

I forgive people for not knowing stuff but not for being confident in their unknowledge. Blame Trump.

atelier nobody

At a company "social" event (an oxymoron) when I was at a large firm, I was seated at a table with a principal who asked me my thoughts on BIM. He then spent the next half hour or so telling me I was wrong about everything, even when I was describing documented features of the software.

This was the same principal who admitted on another occasion that he'd never done a set of CDs.

This is the direct result of the “fake it until you make it” attitude in architecture and it drives me crazy.

This is the result of a fundamentally broken architectural educational system and a culture based on bullshit.

mightyaa

IMHO; Miles is about right. Add to it that to shave costs, experienced folks in a firm are overseeing way too much or forced out... So no one is there to pass along what they've learned. Advanced stuff really isn't talked about at all.

archiwutm8

I work predominately with so called "BIM" I talk to morons all the bloody time that I absolutely hate the word BIM now.

mightyaa

Raises hand as BIM moron... But I can talk about wood shrinkage and how hydro-collapsible soils will screw up your building biggly :P

Non Sequitur

^stop, I’m already too aroused. The folks next to me on the bus are starting to stare.

mightyaa

Hmmm…. Might change my reporting style; “that hydrostatic pressure just builds and builds on your podium until finally your buttered precast rim reaches maximum cohesion capacity, can’t take it anymore and blows ending in a violent eruption as it lays shattered on the sidewalk below totally unable to function anymore…”

Non Sequitur

I... I think I need a cigarette after reading that.

SneakyPete

"This is the direct result of the “fake it until you make it” attitude in AMERICA and it drives me crazy."


Fixed it for you. When complete fuckwads like Travis Vanderpanderzanderwanker are billionaires and have yet to put any actual thought into anything other than how to fleece idiotic investors are held up as examples of success, we're fucking doomed.

midlander

so, i'm getting old and bored, decided to google a couple people i knew from early undergrad but never kept in touch with. in particular a former faculty member who was friendly in recruiting me then left kind of suddenly right after i started. and then found out they've been through a string of positions, fired for cause, and then fired again after getting a job where references got done ex-post-facto.


some of these people who seem like weirdos and creeps on the forum, they are weirdos and creeps in real life too. it's pretty upsetting to have this made real. everyone just be good! stay away from strange people.

Jul 13, 19 9:42 am
tintt

My non-arch business has hired at least 15 people. I've only caught one with blatant misrepresentations in credentials but it makes you wonder. We canned him. Then he got a job with some people I knew and they knew we fired him but they didn't ask us anything about it. He didn't last there long either. We had him for 3 days, he lasted there a few months. He blamed us all for being racist. I feel sorry for him.

Non Sequitur

What does ex-post facto mean?

midlander

a retroactive change to a prior decision. they checked references after getting some complaints and realized this faculty had been fired from his last job

midlander

@tintt it's happened with 2 people i've worked with in the last ten years. one just over embellished his experience to the point he was hired for a mid level job when he had basically no relevant experience. the other had his offer rescinded after a former colleague contacted us to explain the reason he had resigned his last job... involved watching porn in his office and threatening coworkers who complained.

alle

Do you not check references prior to hiring? All offers I 've had are conditional subject to successful references.

alle

I also wonder how many firms are using 3rd party background check services. I assume at least that large organisations like AECOM do.

kjdt

Most architecture firms don't do 3rd party background checks. Some large companies do, and so do some small ones that have been particularly burned in the past. Even if they do use them, third party checks will uncover the most egregious criminal stuff, plus things like traffic infractions, bankruptcies, bad credit rating, defaulting on debts, arrears in child support, etc. - but they don't uncover the kinds of things mentioned in this thread: puffing up one's background, being fired for watching porn at work...
Firms should certainly verify easily-checkable things like status of claimed licenses and other credentials. But most of the things discussed here are of the squishy, uncheckable sort.

Checking reference can have similar gaps, because: the names the applicant provides as references will presumably be people who will give a glowing (or at least pretty good) report. In situations where the applicant didn't have the best experience with a principal or with one or more direct managers, he may give the name of a manager with whom he did get along better.

Most potential employers will not attempt to contact an employee's past firm(s) if the applicant didn't specifically ok that and provide a named reference.  If an employer does just cold-call HR at an applicant's past firm (rather than a particular named reference provided by the applicant) then for potential liability reasons generally all the firm will provide is: confirmation that the person worked there, title, dates of employment, and full-time vs. part-time status. HR won't typically provide the reason for separation, or any qualitative review of performance.  So it's useful for determining if someone has just completely fabricated a past job at a big-name firm, but it's not good for determining that the person was fired for any number of reasons, or just bad at his job or a jerk.

tduds

Random rant: Revit "underlay" is an absolutely dogshit feature. It really astonishes me how poorly this functions, especially since ArchiCAD nailed the seemingly identical "trace reference" feature over a decade ago.

Who's with me?

Jul 16, 19 7:04 pm
robhaw

It should get better in the next versions.

tduds

About 7 versions too late, if you ask me.

Non Sequitur

Have you tried yelling really really loudly?

tintt

You don't yell at Revit, you sing to it.

tduds

If by 'yelling' you mean 'slamming the ESC key repeatedly' then yes, a lot.

proto

^^^not exclusive to revit...it seems like the ESC key is the first to go on any cad station

Odd . Never had this problem with vellum or mylar.

atelier nobody

Thanks, Miles. I still love my light table for over/underlay.

tduds

Oh quiet, ya luddites.

SneakyPete

Editing vellum and mylar is so much fun. It's obvious it's the better option for everything for ever. It bugs the ever loving shit out of me that Autodesk managed to break the very simple functionality of ALT-TAB.

proto

where's my damn eraser shield?

Maybe not so good for the Forum, but great for my blood pressure:


Jul 17, 19 6:10 pm
tduds

It's more civil than you'd expect.

Sometimes I wonder if it would be an overall good or bad thing if Archinect would allow you to know who has ignored you. Similarly, I wonder if Archinect will ever show you who follows you and whether that would be a good or a bad thing.

Non Sequitur

You can follow people?

Only if they've set up a profile (name shows up as a link in the forums). 

Click on the name/link to open the user's profile. On the left side of the page there is a button to "Follow" and it shows how many people are following that person. Donna for example has 54 people following her. I, on the other hand, only have 1 stalker.

Interestingly enough, my older Everyday Intern account has 4 followers. I guess they weren't following closely enough to catch that I started using a different account.

Non Sequitur

Fascinating. I just checked and I have 2 stalkers.

One of them is that aussie wanker.

Non Sequitur

^which one? There are quite a few of them that have gifted us their presence.

liberty bell

TIL that I have followers on Archinect. Seriously, I didn’t know that was a thing.

Today I learned what TIL means.

tintt

TIL TIL

midlander

it's the commentary in these forums more than anything that's helped me understand what shit women have to put up with. it's like some of them have this trigger when they see a woman's name and they're not at peace until they've delegitimized her or the process that selected her.

tduds

Oh god I hope nobody follows me.

FRaC

oh, donna!

jla-x

Who cares

jla-x

Echo chambers are boring and egotistical

Non Sequitur

Oh, hold on there Jla... "Echo".... No, let's try again. "Echooo". Still nothing. No echo chamber here.

jla-x

I was referring to Donna non...if she wants to insulate herself from debate that’s fine, but don’t be dishonest by posting screenshots of redacted threads to insinuate that my writing was negative in some way.

tduds

Donna non (and on and on). Fun to say!

citizen

.

Jul 17, 19 6:11 pm
atelier nobody

TFW you have to stop redlining because you're out of space on the sheet, knowing how much stuff you're leaving to pick up on the next round...

Jul 17, 19 7:49 pm
Jaetten

According to the road safety charity 'Brake' having a theoretical 1000 college kids car sharing into 200 cars with all 5 seats full is bad and they're proposing a GDL scheme that forces 1000 college kids into 1000 cars driving independently. 

I always thought less cars was good but apparently a 500% increase of cars is safer.

Jul 18, 19 8:49 am

Sponsored by a raft of corporate interests including insurers, Toyota, and oddly enough Network Rail.

http://www.brake.org.uk/fundra...

#followthemoney

tduds

I can see how, if you only prioritize the life of the human in the car, providing a car for every human would be the logical conclusion. It's a several thousand pound suit of armor filled with airbags. Of course, that's a comically myopic picture of the world and I can't imagine how anyone could seriously make that claim.

jla-x

They are talking about road safety. I can’t imagine a parent caring more about being environmentally conscious than the life of their kid.

Jaetten

If you have 5 young lads in the car and 4 of them influencing the driver, picture those 5 lads in 5 different cars influencing each other.

Jaetten

I pressed the wrong key... Obviously not all are like that, but those types of driver are more inclined to race each other. Its those drivers that contribute larger numbers to tha casualties. They should do the same as we have for motorcycles. Power restrictions based on age and a new test to increase power of vehicle until you have an unrestricted licence.

tduds

Again the myopia of ensuring your child lives long enough to suffer through an eventual climate apocalypse brought on by "safety first" thinking.

jla-x

Ironic indeed, but long term thinking isn’t our greatest trait.

tintt

I had to crack a beer already. TGI almost the weekend!

Jul 18, 19 3:05 pm

Why were FRaC's comments deleted in the Berkeley natural gas news article? Sure they were intentionally misleading, but nothing worse than some that have been featured on other threads

What criteria is being used to determine when to nuke a comment and when to promote it?

Jul 19, 19 11:39 am
Non Sequitur

I read those last night. Did not seem nuke worthy, more like contrarian flavour sprinkles just for shits and giggles.

FRaC

what.the.FUCK?!? the criteria is that i pissed off Orhan and Donna years ago so even the slightest hint of controversy/contrarianism on my part gets NUKED (by Duke Nukem!)

FRaC

i do feel strongly that it's a mistake to ban natural gas - it hurts the general public and i really do care. the gender stuff from berkeley was just for the lulz because seriously, berkele y lulz

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side. The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman. Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his 
journey. The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them. Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?” The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”

axonapoplectic

i just learned that the main roof on my house has wood gutters.  It’s really high off the ground and it was missed in the home inspection - and I’ve had other work done up there and no one mentioned anything.  The rest of the gutters are aluminum. The house isn’t anything special and the trim profile looks a lot like modern aluminum gutters.


I had thought there was a flashing issue at one of the gutters and had someone take a look. He sends me a picture and says your gutters are 130 years old.


So the question is - save and re-line or just replace?  I’m leaning toward replace because I’m not about to go up there every two years and put down linseed oil. The profile isn’t anything special - and I doubt any future owner is going to want to spend the time maintaining an original wood gutter.


So, TC - thoughts?

Jul 19, 19 1:27 pm
Non Sequitur

As per the other recent gutter discussion from 2 days ago... I believe the only solution is sealed copper.

liberty bell

Post a picture!!! (I’m on my phone which is wonky in the Forum so if you posted a picture that I can’t see forgive me.)

FRaC

hi donna! how's it going?

Wood Guy

If you were willing to clean and oil your wood gutters regularly, they would probably last forever. Once you seal them, with a compound or with metal, they become vulnerable to leaks and will fail if not maintained. But most people choose to go with the slightly-lower-maintenance route. I've had wooden gutters lined with copper on several occasions, and have seen ones that were lined with lead or zinc. But if the profile isn't special (probably K-style?) you could just replace them with an extruded metal profile.

If they aren't aesthetically significant to you, maybe you can remove them and sell them to an architectural salvage place? Someone might like them for their novelty value.

mightyaa

I'd love to see a picture too.. While googling, I did find a firm that specializes in liners for wood gutters. riverside or something like that does a copper liner and or lead faced copper.

axonapoplectic

Donna - They’re pretty far gone - and likely full of lead paint. Woodguy - yup - k style. Nothing special.

liberty bell

OMG you guys have you watched Years and Years?!?! It’s soooo fucking terrifying and awesome. 

Jul 19, 19 10:43 pm
Non Sequitur

Never heard of that but it’s almost midnight here and still above 30c. The whiskey is nice on my patio. Invites for all!

citizen

I caught one episode (#3, I think) and it was very good. Emma Thompson is amazing and so fun to watch. (Much more believable here than as a seasoned comedian in "Late Night," fwiw.)

JLC-1

And now the boris is prime minister, feels eerie.

SneakyPete

We're finally letting the children have candy for every meal. Unfortunately we're the ones who have to pay the medical bills for said child when they realize it was a stupid fucking idea.

b3tadine[sutures]

Just wait until this asshat fails and that reprobate Katie Hopkins becomes PM; then we'll have the reality show, of the fake show.

JLC-1

oh shit, that is emma thompson's character! Didn't know she existed

b3tadine[sutures]

YUP!

archiwutm8

Yo I give up, it's too hot for work and I'm going Italy in 2 days.




¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jul 24, 19 6:10 am
randomised

RIP Roy Batty.

Jul 24, 19 7:55 pm
atelier nobody

Like tears in the rain...

It's not an easy thing to meet your maker.

JLC-1

bump and why when I click on this it goes to a page not found?


Jul 31, 19 2:47 pm
Non Sequitur

I'm on holidays this week. #humblebrag

JLC-1

enjoy! but where did the article go?

Maybe Kanye did like the comments and architected its disappearance.

*didnt.

b3tadine[sutures]
jla-x

I’m gonna do a 180 on this one...we designers ought to combat the problem by creating beauty and community to hopefully help shape the minds of the youth in a better direction. Much of the problem is caused by isolation imo, which is the reason why it’s almost exclusively a suburban problem. So yeah, this article seems counterproductive.

Non Sequitur

I'm gonna throw something in here... that there are branches of my gouvernements public servants (not policy people... just random wankers with enough seniority to make demands) who are presently running crusades to have "designated shooter" safe spaces in federal gov offices. These are otherwise functioning adults but we keep wasting our time explaining to them (to their outrage) that the building code does not change based on the USA's inane gun loving orgies and its obvious casualties. 

We're better than this as design professionals and no, we're not going to start placing poor public servants in windowless boxes with doors that cannot be opened from the outside. We even had to explain to them is a graphic way why multi stall bathrooms (specifically the women) should not have a auto-lock safety function preventing outside access. 

 I've probably said too much now.

SneakyPete

Keep talking, Non. It's important.

jla-x

Guns or no guns, mass killers will find ways to cause havoc. The cause and mode are 2 different things. Address the cause first...Isolation, obsession with infamy being enabled by media, radicalization, psychotropic drugs, narcissism, etc.

jla-x

If everyone gave guns up tomorrow what do you suppose murderous nuts are going to do? Retire? Take up golf?

Non Sequitur

Jla, moving away from gun obsession is not the total answer, but it is a large part of it. IMO, anyone who owns weapons outside of hunting (which are locked un unloaded 99% of the time) is a nut.

tduds

I suppose they'd murder fewer people since I know of no other weapon capable of mowing down double digits of humans in single digits of minutes. The goal isn't to totally eradicate murder, it's to keep more people alive. Removing the gun from the equation keeps more people alive. Plain & simple.

jla-x

That’s a very privileged opinion. You obviously never lived in a bad neighborhood. Guns are used in self defense over a 65,000 times a year.

jla-x

My little old mother in law owns a business in a bad area...she was almost hacked to death before drawing a gun and scarring the guy away.

Non Sequitur

Cool story, but that's not significant enough to justify the obsession (and illusion of safety). My point still stands.

jla-x

Criminals don’t follow the law, and lone maniacs or radical hate filled terrorists aren’t going to stop because guns are illegal. Not gonna happen. Unfortunately the solutions are way way more complex and likely out of hands of politicians. It’s an easy thjng to say ban ar-15s....but wtf is really wrong with this sick society? The despair is everywhere. Suicide is up, opioid use, etc. That’s a harder question. That’s the question that the design community needs to tackle.

Non Sequitur

So start with the easy one and call gun ownership nuts what they really are: nuts. Then once it's established, like in all other modern places, that this is backwards as fuck crazy, then you can also address the rest of your nonsense. Simple, see? (/S) Until then, if you support gun ownership, you're part of the problem regardless of how many anecdotal examples you state.

jla-x

99.99% of Gun owners are not nuts. They are people who feel safer with the ability to defend themselves and their families from the rare possibility of an attack by spending a few hundred bucks on a security devise. That’s all. The .01% are the problem. Of those, how many will obey the gun laws when they apparently don’t care about obeying the murder laws?

Non Sequitur

I disagree. Owning a firearm, as I stated above, is nuts.  You're actively supporting gun violence by your position.


jla-x

Not at all. That’s like saying a martial arts guy supports physical assault because they train for sport and self defense.

Non Sequitur

it would... if a roundhouse kick could level a classroom in 3seconds. Until then, please stop digging that hole.

jla-x

No, it wouldn’t. You are conflating wanting to defend oneself from violence with support of violence. 2 very different things.

Non Sequitur

I have not. You're conflating gun obsession with reason.

jla-x

If someone was trying to attack you in your home would you rather a) have a gun b) not have a gun?

Non Sequitur

I would rather not have a gun in my home. The odds that someone will enter my home with a gun is infinitesimally small compared to the ever present danger of the "just in case" gun.

jla-x

Not a matter of obsession, it’s a matter of practicality.

Non Sequitur

incorrect again. how's the hole now?

jla-x

You’re not using reason. It’s actually quite illogical to assume that manics and criminals give a shit about gun laws. The millions of guns already out there will simply enter into a black market. It’s like saying making drugs illegal will stop drugs. Hows that working?

Non Sequitur

And you're not understanding that access to, and the dumb idea that one needs to own firearms, are the root of the issue. If you can't wrap your head around that one then all you're good for is digging holes.

jla-x

You are again assuming that “no one needs to own firearms.” Tell that to the politicians armed guards before you tell it to the single mother living in an area with rampant home invasions.

Non Sequitur

I have no issues with reminding people that gun ownership is nuts and nothing more than a illusion. I treat it like any other invisible friend nonsense like religion. We're better off without the illusion regardless of what your archaic ingrained feelings are.

jla-x

I think you are buying the media’s gun owner trope...a fat white guy with a confederate flag on his truck...in reality, gun owners are a very typical everyday people. The gun range is way more diverse than the bowling alley. True. I wish I could agree with you, and I don’t particularly like guns...I like trees and flowers and birds... but we live in a violent society, and I don’t think it’s right for politicians and elites to tell everyday Americans that they can’t have that feeling of security in their homes that a gun brings. We need to create a society that doesn’t need guns, before we take them away from people on the defensive end.

Non Sequitur

I don't live in a violent society. Perhaps that's because guns, and it's idiotic must-own dogma is not a thing here. Regardless, promoting ownership for (the illusion of) safety only adds more weapons and more variables in society. This only leads to more "accidents" which then leads to more guns due to fear of such "accidents". It's a dumb way to live it and it would get much more ridicule if it was not so fucking sad. I guess we can only rely on thoughts and prayers for the foreseeable future... speaking of illusions.

jla-x

Canada isn’t gun free.

Non Sequitur

It's not, but guns as heavily restricted and no-one is allowed to cary them on their person. We also have strict laws about purchase, transport, and storing. Gun violence here is directly related to the easily obtainable american weapons that are brought over the border. Not ideal, but no-one can just go out and purchase semi-auto toys or pistols on a whim. Just not a thing and articles like the wiki entry ignores that many of those weapons are hunting (or to fend off polar bears)... very very few are handguns and none are of the AR-whatever type.

Non Sequitur

also, no source on the 10million of undocumented weapons for Canada... so that's not really a reliable article. What is this, high school research time?

jla-x

I’m not necessarily against requiring special licenses for assault rifles. Short barrel rifles already require special licenses and are pretty hard to get.

Non Sequitur

JLA, there is literally no rational for owning any of those types. They simply should not be made available for sale.

Regardless of the outcome of any possible regulations for guns, can we begin regulating stupidity? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-body-armor-armed-rifle-sparks-panic-missouri-walmart-n1040676

Non Sequitur

Saw that this morning and am not surprised. Dumb people will do dumb things. Dumb people with access to guns will do dumb things with said guns. Can't stop people from being dumb and apparently everyone is ok with easy access to weapons. Its your mess M'urica and all your hands are dirty by association to the 2A obsession nonsense. Thoughts and prayers to all affected. /s

jla-x

Idiots and manics can’t be stopped. They are a fixed feature of human civilization.

tduds

The "killers gonna kill" argument ignores the very obvious fact that instruments of death have a wide range of deadliness and assault rifles have no purpose other than to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. It's a bullshit argument and at this point everybody ought to know better.

Idiots and maniacs will always exist, but like I said at the top of this dumb thread - I know of no other weapon capable of mowing down double digits of humans in single digits of minutes. The goal isn't to totally eradicate murder, it's to keep more people alive. Removing the gun from the equation keeps more people alive. Plain & simple. 

jla-x

Back in the old days, you had your village idiot or village maniac. They were all separated by geography. The internet has provided a way for all the maniacs and idiots to get together and reinforce each other’s crazy ideas.

jla-x

So now, we have dumb and crazy on steroids.

Non Sequitur

Yep, and the weapons remain a problem too. Try to keep up Jla.

jla-x

A murderous nut bag isn’t going to stop because of a specific type of gun being less available. Much of the gun death stats in the us account for suicide. Would banning guns stop or reduce suicide? It may make attempts less effective, but certainly won’t cause a suicidal person to reconsider suicide.

jla-x

My point is/was that banning semi auto rifles, and hardening schools (per the article) are the same. They seek to mitigate and reduce damage rather than address the root of the problem.

Non Sequitur

reducing availability will make it less likely that someone gets such stupid guns in the first place. The root is access to and the inane cavalier attitude people have to an utterly useless and dangerous "god given right". Stop painting it as something else because you need a murderous toy to feel safe.

tduds

"A murderous nut bag isn’t going to stop because of a specific type of gun being less available." 

JFC can you read? I *specifically* said stopping murder is not the goal, harm reduction is the goal. Removing a tool of expedient murder will make murder less expedient and keep more people alive. If someone goes on a murderous rampage and kills 2-3 people instead of FUCKING FIFTY, I'd consider that a victory. You're missing the damn point, with such repetition that I have to assume it's on purpose.

tduds

"They seek to mitigate and reduce damage rather than address the root of the problem." 

Why not both? There's nothing about addressing a crisis of mental illness that precludes also addressing a culture of fetishized violence.

The problems are multivariable and the solutions are multifaceted, and we are currently addressing zero of them while using the multi-variability as a wedge to avoid addressing any given one. 

Furthermore, using the impossibility of perfection to stop any attempt at reduction is a bad faith argument.

jla-x

You are missing my point. Combating psychological and social issues with purely political/tactical solutions is shortsighted. All I’m saying is that if you ban semi auto rifles tomorrow, you still don’t solve the root problems.

jla-x

As for Non...it’s a false assertion that guns are useless. They are useful for self defense, balancing power between state and the people, hunting, etc.

Non Sequitur

Useless possession for the average joe. It is absolutely useless to own the "assault" type ones and it is ridiculous to argue that one has to right to own them.

tduds

One should stanch the bleeding before addressing the injury. 

For the umpteenth time, no one is suggesting that we should ban semi-automatics and then do nothing else ever. It's step one, and using the existence of later steps to avoid doing step one is a very, very reductive and counterproductive line of thinking.

jla-x

What’s step 2?

Non Sequitur

step 2 is get rid of even more guns. step 3 is education, step 4 is return to steps 1 and 2.

jla-x

non, yes assault style rifles are not useful for home defense or hunting. I agree. The problem is that people who believe in the second amendment see it as a slippery slope, because people like you seemingly want to eventually ban all guns. Also, what is an assault rifle? Are you aware that all guns are semi automatic with the exception of old school revolvers, shot guns, and bolt action rifles?

tduds

In policy terms I'm not sure, but as a goal Step 2 should be to address the crisis of radicalization of young American men towards misogynist and extreme-right violence. 

I think a lot of it is borne out of a crisis of masculinity that our culture is experiencing, where the ideas of what it means to be a man in our society are suddenly thrown into turmoil and doubt. At the same time, not enough is done to create a safe place for boys to explore that new territory and define identities for themselves. Much in the same way that the political void created by a toppling of authoritarianism was filled not by democracy but by Al Qaeda and ISIS, the cultural void created by the toppling of traditional masculine / feminine roles is filled by extremists and opportunists who provide simple (but wrong) answers to people with complicated (but well-intended) questions. 

I don't know how to solve the problem, but I think that's the problem. But before we can tackle the long arduous process of de-radicalizing young American men, we need to quickly stop more of them from killing us.

tduds

How to create a culture that fosters vulnerability and emotional confidence in the next generation of boys is something that I think about a lot now that I'm approaching probable fatherhood.

Non Sequitur

Correct Jla, no guns is a good end result. Those who want to hunt can have their weapons locked in a secure storage facility and need to make the proper travel arrangements when said weapon is out in the public realm. They should also need to maintain annual cont-ed (at their cost) in order to maintain their license (oops... I mean bullshit 2A right). Side note, I added the air-quotes to assault because I know it's a trendy media buzz word.

tduds

I don't want to ban guns but I do want to make it much more difficult to purchase and keep guns. I say this as a gun user and soon to be owner.

Non Sequitur

I want it to be nearly impossible to own one and with mandatory annual training and inspections. If you want your silly murderous toys, then take your responsibilities seriously.

Non Sequitur

tduds, you should get a single shot barrel loading musket.

jla-x

Yeah, I agree with a lot of that. The single common thread in most of these cases, as well as other lesser types of delinquency is an absent father. As for masculinity, I think the recent feminist movement has completely gotten this wrong by demonizing masculinity, stoicism, etc. Masculinity is not a bad thing as the feminists accuse, its our biological reality, misdirected or suppressed masculinity is where things go wrong.

tduds

My grandfather has a barrel loading musket. I'd love to inherit it.

jla-x

Non, what about the tens of thousands of people a year that use guns to defend themselves? Would you be ok with creating all of those potential victims? Should the politicians get rid of their armed security too, being that guns are a useless means of self defense? You know where guns are very illegal...Mexico. Only the criminals have them...

jla-x

“Estimates over the number of defensive gun uses vary wildly, depending on the study's definition of a defensive gun use, survey design, country, population, criteria, time-period studied, and other factors. Low-end estimates are in the range of 55,000 to 80,000 incidents per year, while high end estimates reach 4.7 million per year. Discussion over the number and nature of DGU and the implications to gun control policy came to a head in the late 1990s.[2][3][4]

Estimates of DGU from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are consistently lower than those from other studies. A 2000 study suggested that this may be because the NCVS measures different activities than the other surveys do.[5]

The National Self-Defense Survey and the NCVS, vary in their methods, time-frames covered, and questions asked.[6] DGU questions were asked of all the NSDS sample.[7] Due to screening questions in the NCVS survey, only a minority of the NCVS sample were asked a DGU question.[4]

Lower-end estimates include that by David Hemenway, a professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, which estimated approximately 55,000–80,000 such uses each year.[8][9]

Another survey including DGU questions was the National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms, NSPOF, conducted in 1994 by the Chiltons polling firm for the Police Foundation on a research grant from the National Institute of Justice. in 1997 NSPOF projected 4.7 million DGU per year by 1.5 million individuals after weighting to eliminate false positives.[4] Another estimate has estimated approximately 1 million DGU incidents in the United States.[1]:65[2]”

Non Sequitur

Don't really care for the copy-paste wall of text JLA. I still stand by my point. No reason for the gun obsession and security paranoia. We get it, you've submitted yourself to that nonsense and can't think your way out of it. It's a shitty lowest common denominator type position too, but whatever, you just keep pushing that self-defense nonsense. The solution to guns is more guns... sure it is. What a idiotic position to take.

tduds

aaand with that I'm out.

Non Sequitur

But, are you really?

jla-x

Can you explain why it’s a dumb concern that many many people will be unable to defend themselves from criminals who don’t care about following gun laws?

Non Sequitur

It’s dumb because easy access to guns is the reason you’re in this mess so your defense solution is akin to saying: we fucked up, so now let’s get more guns out there to protect ourselves from our past mistakes. The criminal angle is weak and does not add any value to your horrible position.

tduds

"Can you explain why it’s a dumb concern that many many people will be unable to defend themselves from criminals who don’t care about following gun laws?" 

Because it's a scenario that occurs with such extreme rarity that it doesn't even begin to justify all the innocent lives taken by the very same guns. 

There are good reasons to own firearms, a vigilante fantasy is not one of them. 

(Ok I guess I lied about being out)

Non Sequitur

To Tduds point, I am far more worried about the random joe with a gun than a criminal with a gun. There are far more of the former too.

tduds

Every bad guy with a gun thinks they are a good guy with a gun.

sorry, wrong thread

jla-x

Lol. I’m not even going to respond to that bad guy good guy bs.

jla-x

It’s not a scenario that occurs with rarity. It happens conservatively 80,000 times a year. That’s 80,000 potential victims of rape, assault, murder every year. Maybe a law abiding rapist will turn their gun in and get a knife instead...idk.

Non Sequitur

You still don’t get it Jla. You really are part of the problem. Congratulations at holding back social progress.

jla-x

Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million...in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008...“

jla-x

500,000k - 3,000,000 instances isn’t a rarity

Non Sequitur

You’re hopeless. It’s very alarming that someone so detached from reason owns a firearm. Very happy that there is a good political border between me and folks like you.

tintt

Guns aren't on the back to school supply lists yet. Should they be? Kids need to be able to protect themselves somehow.

Non Sequitur

Are there Disney and paw patrol graphics on them?

jla-x

You're not addressing the inconvenient truth that people use guns to protect themselves many times a year. Do you deny that removing guns will lead to some of those people being victimized further? 300k people use gun in self defense....remove all guns...0 people use gun in self defense...of those 300k how many suffer assault, rape, death because of that policy? You are talking about long term effects without addressing the real immediate effects.

Non Sequitur

See my previous comment regarding your hopelessness. I guess this subject is too difficult for you. You’re one “queen will come and take our land” comment away from going full Balkins here.

jla-x

I’m not interested in that...stop dancing around the question

jla-x

Do yourself a favor..google “homeowner shoots intruder” and hit news...lots and lots of stories will come up of machete wielding intruders being shot. It happens more than you think. That said, semi auto rifles are shitty home defense guns. A shotgun is the best probably.

Non Sequitur

I don’t think you’re very good at this. None of these change my initial position. You’re still a fool and probably should not own weapons.

jla-x

I’m not trying to change your mind. Just pointing out the reasons people choose to own a gun. You are essentially asking people to give up their immediate personal safety for some long term possible public safety benefit. This is a hard thing to sell the public, especially people who live in high crime areas where crime is a real worry.

Non Sequitur

I am exactly making that statement.

More precisely, I' saying that small incremental steps does fuck-all to calm the gun obsession fires.  Go full nuclear on this or keep pilling on more guns. 

jla-x

That’s not what the people want...they want the right to own guns for defense and sport with reasonable limitations, so until you become king, not gonna happen. An assault rifle ban, and closing loopholes isn’t unreasonable, but an all out firearms ban is not only impossible, but also completely unenforceable.

Non Sequitur

Those people are fools

SneakyPete

Derail, Dissemble, distract, disguise.

Dishonest and disgusting.

Aug 7, 19 2:16 pm
jla-x

Yes, exploring the root of the problem details and disassembles your short sighted political narrative.

tduds

By this logic you should never take Ibuprofin.

tintt

Can post-tensioned also be a mood? An emoji? Thanks in advance for responding.

Aug 7, 19 6:35 pm
Non Sequitur

tduds

I'm frequently pre-stressed.

tintt

A pre-sressed emoji is a great idea too!

Non Sequitur

I guess I can't use the emoticon keyboard from my phone here... I tried to use a closed umbrella emoticon... I felt it was appropriate.

tintt

Ha, yes. I just thought you were showing the ultimate expressionless expression which works somehow too.

b3tadine[sutures]

tintt

#Postmodernpostension

Non Sequitur

Page 2? unacceptable.

I guess we should not all take our vacations at the same time next year.

I'm edging on writing a balkin'esque long rant about designers submitting permit and CDs docs without knowing the basics of construction and reality... Currently debating if I should save the project or let it turn into a larger dumpster fire.  Probably best I stay quiet.


Aug 13, 19 9:38 am
Bench

Client coming to you after realizing they hired a faker ?

Non Sequitur

Not this time... this is all internal hence my reluctance to expand.

You all get a vacation? That's one part that sucks about changing employers ... all the vacation time you've accrued can't transfer with you. Yeah, the payout made my last paycheck nice, but I have to spend the time earning the vacation hours at the new job before I get to use them.

archanonymous

NS you could be describing my current project. We all know it is a dumpster fire, but still helpful to have our QA/QC person point it out. And I doubt one person can save it at this point, I doubt we can be...

Non Sequitur

Oye, not looking like I’m in the clear. We may be inheriting a 30-million project as you describe in Bench.

Bench

We recently inherited a project right in our niche market typology because one of our main competitors couldn't complete it. Looking through the Revit model for the first time .... holy crap. Always good to know that you're better than the guy you compete with.

Non Sequitur

Bench, I've seen that happen on some of our inherited models too. On one particular project, the office felt it a good idea to give it to a new hire (who had swooned over ownership with software skills). That person took the model as is and attempted to work with it instead of fixing it. I had to pull away from other projects for nearly a month to get that model back into working order. This was after permit docs were completed so we were passed the abandon and start over phase. That staff left shortly after and most of the CA work had to be done in CAD.

Bench

Cant remember the last time I used cad ....sounds awful. We started a new model from scratch on day 1, definitely the way to go.

Non Sequitur

After the project in my example, I only do new models. Juniors in the office don't get it, yet, which is very frustrating. We're 50/50 CAD/BIM due to interior jobs, smaller projects, and aging senior staff (without quality & reliable support). eugh.

tduds

Planning a wedding really saps my "dickin around on the internet" time"

Aug 13, 19 2:31 pm
Non Sequitur

I keep checking my mailbox... still no invite.

tduds

I must have forgotten to add Canadian postage.

dickin around or not, you had some solid contributions on the "trial by fire" thread.

Non Sequitur

Tduds, I’ll check my neighbors igloo maybe they received it instead.

Planning “a” wedding or planning your wedding?

tduds

I'd never plan a wedding that wasn't my own. I don't know why anybody would.

I've already worked over 30 hours this week. This pace is unsustainable. I mean, I don't *want* the inverted yield curve to mean a recession, but I'd like to work a normal week for a change?

<sigh>

Upbeat news is that I have a group of about a dozen women architects all going to see the Indy premier of Where'd You Go, Bernadette? tomorrow night! At the theater that serves wine!!!!!

Aug 14, 19 10:19 pm
Non Sequitur

10hr days start to get rough very quick especially if a big chunk of that time is spent on the phone and managing site fuck-ups. Our office is working at full capacity at this time and we’re turning away large (and small, no judgment
here, #allprojectsmatter)projects because there is not enough senior staff available to oversee them.

tduds

I understand the motivation to get while the gettin's good, but I really wish the industry would calm down every so often.

tintt

I lost one of my contract jobs this week. Not because of a pending recession but a result of mismanagement and I'm the easy one to cut. 

Aug 15, 19 9:09 am
tintt

Gonna miss fixing those 2 13/16 over 12 roof pitches and columns in front of doors. :(

Sounds like you lucked out.

tintt

I may have misunderstood. Not getting oofed. I guess that's good.

shellarchitect

my office is strangely slow at the moment, very weird feeling.  Anyone else slow?  

Aug 16, 19 1:02 pm
SneakyPete

Extremely. And this is after layoffs.

axonapoplectic

definitely not slow. Been working 50-60 hour weeks the past few weeks because we are having a hard time finding support staff.

axonapoplectic

I have heard that other offices in our market are a little slow - but we definitely aren’t.

thatsthat

My team has a ton of work. Other teams in my office are in a lag as their projects either haven't started or are wrapping up.

Extremely busy, but still nervous about a potential slowdown because I've heard other firms are a bit slow.

archanonymous

Bring on the recession! Maybe the firm I'm at can finally hire some help for us. Or even better, maybe i'll get laid off...

archiwutm8

I'm busy and I refuse to do overtime cause I can't be fucked.

Non Sequitur

Very busy with many deadlines stacked ontop of each other. I've been given some staff to help but it feels like it's taking longer piece the projects apart than if I did them all myself.

midlander

@sneakypete what's your market? i was very slow since april, got some stuff to do now. commercial work in east asia.

atelier nobody

Generally slow, but coming in waves, so there'll be a week of having to stretch to find enough billable hours, followed by a week or two of insanity. On the other hand, they seem to be planning some hiring in the near future, so apparently there are projects in the pipeline.

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