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mantaray
Today we got our c-section officially scheduled. If all goes well, in just under 2 weeks we will become a family of four. Huzzah!
Jul 10, 18 10:53 pm
shellarchitect

As far as I can tell scheduled csections are the way to go, congrats!!!

tintt

You don't want to run every red light screaming profanities on the way to the hospital at midnight? Ok then, congrats!

mantaray
Donna, re your post above about the state of the world--one thing that weirdly really helps me is thinking about all the many many many fucked up things that make up the pantheon of human history and how basically, all of time prior to this point was pretty shitty. And even with ALL that has been going on lately, we STILL are living in the best time on earth. Especially if you're a woman. It's even, still, the best time to be alive in America. Dunno why that makes me feel better but it does.
Jul 10, 18 10:57 pm
shellarchitect

Me too, I think the only reason any one is ever nostalgic for the past is poor memory or knowledge of how shitty life was even 10 years ago

jla-x

Steven Pinker will give you facts to back that up. His thesis is that the world is getting much better, and he backs it with convincing stats. Media is skewing our perception to believe the opposite is true.

JLC-1

Ok, I'll bite jla-x, with this phrase on the abstract - "we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. " - right there is he just delusional or is it that the lecture is 3 months old? the western educated population might have more and better things than in the past, but that makes for what? a 5% of the world population? it's true that malaria and tb are almost gone, but ebola and cholera pop up every 4 years with thousands of deaths and a devastating and lasting effect to those countries; a little closer to home, the ninth ward in NOLA is still in shambles 13 years after katrina. And to make it short, who is now looking at climate change and nuclear arsenal? the very best, right? with a clear path to find a solution, maybe drilling all those ugly national monuments will do the trick, stay positive my friends!

jla-x

Listen to it first JLC. Don’t judge from the abstract. He addressed that. His thesis applies to long term tendencies towards overall progress of the world as a whole. He acknowledges that new problems arise and all that.

JLC-1

I'm sure he addresses it, he's a smart guy; what I'm saying is, there are very powerful and unbound forces and people at the moment trying to avoid progress at all costs, for their own short term benefit, and in fact trying to set back any improvements to climate and nuclear escalation 60 years, that's all - I know progress is not linear, but boy they're making convoluted. I have hope in the next generation, not anybody currently playing.

JLC-1

And media is skewing nothing, the problem is everything has the same value in the screen, all of the bad comes together with the good - in old newspapers, kilie jenner would have been buried in page 8 only for the teens that would look for it.

jla-x

You are right JLC, but I think many overall broad trends are positive. I have no hope in the next generation. People change as they age. Look at the hippies. I have a lot of hope in technology though. We are slowly entering the age of decentralization. This is why we are seeing the rise of authoritarianism on the left and right. They are doing everything to keep power...why do you think they hate social media so much? Hard to control the script.

JLC-1

one of my older son best friend just killed himself, 22 yrs old. I'm so tired of all this bullshit we keep dealing with, just so a handful of old fucktards can have a yatch and teenage models to suck their dicks. this is gonna end very bad soon. excuse my language, I'm still in shock.

jla-x

Damn. Sorry to hear that.

Non Sequitur

JLC... I... shit man. Sorry.

JLC-1

Thanks, glad i have this space to vent, this hit too close for comfort.

Non Sequitur

Mini Non-Sequitur now has a contagious and painful ailment that will force him to be quarantined at home for the foreseeable future... likely to be at least a week.  All could have been prevented had our friends stayed home with their kid who they knew was sick instead of coming over and spreading germs all over our house and his toys... also would have helped had they not subscribed to non-nonsensical "natural" bullshit.  Now the wife and I are forced to rework vacation plans to keep him indoors and away from daycare.   

Damn people and their superstitions.  They should have at least realized our little one is at risk given his history and weight.  

/rant over

go croatia.

Jul 11, 18 3:12 pm
5839

Aargh! I hate people who knowingly let their sick kids go places and touch things.

I have a compromised immune system due to medications I'm taking, and there's a guy in my office who brings his child to work whenever the child is too sick for the school to accept him, and the place where he parks the child is about 6 feet from my desk.  I'm not sure how to address this, since if I complain about it to the kid's parent or to HR but don't tell them about my health issue then I'll seem like a whiner who doesn't understand the pressures on working parents, but if I do tell them about my health then I'll be seen as sick, which might be translated into not dependable.

Non Sequitur

Oie, that's rough. I'm not sure what I'd do in that situation.

JLC-1

non, mind your language, LOL.

Non Sequitur

^Never!

Forever more they should be Non-friends.

Non Sequitur

Miles, they are still both intern archs and approaching 35y old (maybe over)... so that's punishment enough.

Interns at 35 ... you running a slave labor camp?

Non Sequitur

Miles, those friends don’t work in my office.

Non Sequitur

Correct Chris, it's slave labour here... and also does not exist unless you're dumb enough to accept the rare unpaid gig.

JLC-1

do you see clams?

https://archinect.com/firms/pr...

Jul 12, 18 1:49 pm
wurdan freo

so it's a duck.

citizen

Both clams and duck. It's a cluck.

Non Sequitur
So I’m home today taking care of the little one and just witnessed at least two cops rush into the house in front of mine and arrest some dude. Then 5 min after, an ambulance shows up and blocks my drive way.
Jul 13, 18 1:27 pm
JLC-1

geez

Non Sequitur

Maybe it’s that Jackson kiddo attempting to file harassment. Charges on me. Aw teenagers. Situation seems to have cleared up now.

JLC-1

sounds like an O.D.?

jla-x

koyaanisqatsi ...Hopi word for “life out of balance”...and great documentary withmusic by Philip Glass... you’ve all probably seen it at some point...if not watch!

Non Sequitur

Methinks it was a domestic issue. The man arrested was released and asked to drive away. No one left in the ambulance. At least no one was shot

randomised

Koyaanisqatsi is even on YouTube, so no excuses :) https://youtu.be/i4MXPIpj5sA

curtkram

i kind of hate phillip glass

curtkram

i am not familiar enough with deadmau5 to have an opinion on them.

Your periodic reminder that a lot of architects (or designers) who call themselves "builders" or "makers" or "fabricators" or whatever don't actually know the first thing about how to build a building and that "design+build" doesn't actually mean that the architect (or designer) is out there swingin' a damn hammer.  


Jul 16, 18 12:57 pm
Non Sequitur

but being an architect and having the ability to swing a hammer does help.

I mean, "swing a hammer" can be taken somewhat metaphorically. It might be pounding nails, it might be pouring concrete, it might be operating a crane. I'm not very good at any of those things (though I did use a table saw and power drill to build a chicken perch last weekend - the chickens love it!) but at least I'm smart enough to not go on about how "I built that building" when all I did was envision it then draw the CDs.

Non Sequitur

but did you also stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

Thank you randomised! Mmmmm......

Non Sequitur

Are those sandales acceptable in a construction site?

JLC-1

no osha in india.

Looks like Brad is moving up - from a toy hammer to a rubber mallet.

tduds

NCARB taking their sweet time getting my record to the registration board... 

This license is gonna be so anti-climactic. 

Jul 17, 18 6:07 pm
archanonymous

I called them a couple times just to check in and it helped speed the process along...

thatsthat

I feel you. I finished all of my AREs at least a year before I had finished my experience/IDP. I just had to wait it out. So lame.

tduds

Same... passed my last ARE in February. Finished IDP at the beginning of this month. Now I'm just sittin' here...

eeayeeayo

Pester NCARB. And don't feel too bad about a wait of a few weeks or a month. Back when I did it they actually had a $400 "rush fee" for sending your record to the state in less than a YEAR after you finished IDP, if you reported all your experience toward the end of IDP (there weren't any expiration dates on experience back then.) And then when I applied for NCARB certification it took nearly 6 months, and every time I called they acted surprised that there was any time-sensitive need for it (uh, reciprocity?) They seem really proud of themselves these days for getting the average waits down to 6 weeks or so.

tduds it won’t be anticlimactic I promise! It’s awesome!!!! But yes the waiting drags you down...
Jul 18, 18 10:23 pm
We just watched The Titan movie, sci-fi with good architecture. I enjoyed it.
Jul 18, 18 10:24 pm
Non Sequitur

Got a will and PoA done today.  I feel like an adult now. Now  where's my good job cookie?

Jul 19, 18 1:30 pm
citizen

Watch your back ;o)

curtkram

lol. an architect that's worth something to someone. you don't see that every day. well done NS

Non Sequitur

Hey now, it's not just about worth. There is a wee one to consider.

tintt

TGIF. I wonder if there is going to be a new episode of Sir Crazy Chrissy tonight! :)

Jul 20, 18 7:40 pm
tintt

I've been pretty lucky lately...

curtkram

uranus moving into taurus was the big event for this year.

We just watched Sorry To Bother You. Weird and wonderful, like a cross between Idiocracy and Pootie Tang. Loved it. 

Jul 21, 18 5:44 pm
wurdan freo

Man... there are several buildings on here that I truly enjoy... is that bad? Course, not sure on the validity of the "Survey". That longaberger basket building needs to go. Graves portland building is right there with it :) hahahaha

Ugliest buildings in every state... according to business insider. 

https://www.businessinsider.co...

Jul 26, 18 1:51 pm
JLC-1

couldn't get past denver airport, I could show pics of 50 colorado major buildings that are really ugly, the airport is not one of them, and tempe town hall is an amazing building, who did this list? your grandma and thayer-d?

JLC-1

a sample

Boston City Hall is a conceptual masterpiece. The entire city of Las Vegas should be on the list. In NY Johnson's AT&T and Lipstick, Hadid's High Line, Mayne's Cooper, etc. - too many candidates. Graves listed twice only because they had to make room for other candidates. The Longaberger is classic pop architecture, nice to see a developer repurposing it.

archanonymous

Luckily Archinect or Arch Daily can re-purpose this list in a couple years as "the most conceptually interesting buildings in every state."

archanonymous

Denver International Airport is one of the best structures I've ever been fortunate enough to be in. Its what I imagine is going through Calatrava's head when he's designing...

The casino in Detroit is the only one that really made me shudder. The little Keokie Credit Union is adorable! Not good, but charming somehow.

wurdan freo

I thought the longaberger building was cool when I was 7 and my mom had a longaberger basket...

wurdan freo

The one that offended me the most was the Marina Towers in Chicago being listed as dishonorable mention...

Brief rant: On June 14 I got a frantic email from a contractor that electrical rough-in locations were needed by June 15 or the whole project would grind to a halt. I complied, construction has been ongoing. 

Update: I went to site this week, electrical roughins still aren't done. But they need final wall paint colors ASAP!!!

<sigh>

Jul 26, 18 2:24 pm
shellarchitect

"architectural emergency" - no such thing

thatsthat

I feel you, Donna. A few years ago, I had a GMP project that the CM said would not be able to start on time if he didn't have our final CD set (not the GMP set) by a certain date. We worked our butts off to get it complete... then the CD set sat in the construction trailer for A YEAR while the crew worked on other portions of the building. Go figure.

Group projects seem hard. (Beulah)

Jul 30, 18 8:25 pm
tintt

Well, hell froze over and monkeys/pigs are flying. 

Jul 31, 18 5:39 pm
curtkram

did balkins say something that made sense?

tintt

Not that I'm aware of

Did the "expert" I've been dealing with realize that they don't really know what they are talking about?

No fair, tintt. At least give us a hint.

tintt

I work for a firm. Found one I like. Start Thursday.

curtkram

congrats :)

archanonymous

big congrats tintt. big or lil? there aren't that many in denver so understand if you don't want to say...

archanonymous

but seriously, who is it?

tintt

Small. It's actually in the Springs. I'm telecommuting.

wurdan freo

I'm quietly shedding a small tear... but happy for you :) congrats!

tintt

Tear? Why?

tintt

wurdan, I am still doing things on my own too, if that's what you are sad about.

Good firms exist, they really do! It's a joy to work with great people. That doesn't mean you won't spend half your day answering idiotic emails from idiotic bosses/coworkers/clients/contractors/consultants/owner's reps/product reps/subcontractors/marketing specialists/HR, but for the most part when you work with great people it makes those half days bearable!

wurdan freo

Yes tintt. That's what I was sad about glad to here. Thumbsup!

geezertect

I hope they don't eventually want to make you commute down there. I-25 is a terrifying drive as you well know.

tintt

I interviewed with them several years ago and they wanted me to commute then and I said no. If I have to go down there, I'm going to see if I can get paid for driving time. :) Funny, I went to meet with them on Monday morning last week and there was not much traffic. The drive was so gorgeous. I wondered where everybody was??? On vacation?

joseffischer

heh, I love this new firm culture, very good vibe. Oh, yeah, I telecommute : )

This Horse bit is so good. Also, my architecture school classmate did this set design.

https://twitter.com/khanoisseu...

Aug 2, 18 1:41 pm
proto

anyone accept online payments for their work?

how does it work for you?

had a couple ask and just wondering...

Aug 2, 18 6:35 pm
wurdan freo

zelle works great... limited to 5k per payment.

Watch out, payment systems are easily and often abused by buyers. If they don't like something the charge is easily reversed with a complaint and then you're in the shit. One of my galleries had buyer complain they never got the piece despite a signed delivery receipt. Then the buyer filed an additional case just to confuse the issue. Took 6 months to sort it out.

proto

do clients find it that convenient to want to pay the 3% fee? (The reverse charges business certainly isn't a problem I want to add to the already decent list of issues of getting paid...thx for the reminder of that one)

geezertect

You gotta wonder why they want to avoid the standard old check method. If it's a developer asking the question, you can bet they are up to no good.

Is anyone else ready to submit to our new rampaging goat overlords? 

Aug 3, 18 3:38 pm
Non Sequitur

I like goats. The baby ones are super cute.

JLC-1

Men who stare at goats was a pretty good movie

Have any of you guys watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? So good. So feminist..... and yet it makes me want to wear a girdle? And funny too.
Aug 4, 18 10:30 pm

Google Drive is the least intuitive program I've ever had to use. My non-profit board work all happens on Google Drive and I can't access a damn thing. I'm going to have to go in to the next Board meeting and telling them we're not using it any more, because anything they try to set up on it gets lost somewhere in the cloud. Ugh. 

Aug 5, 18 11:21 am

In the height of typical "old lady ranting at kids to get off her lawn" symbolism, my 15 year old showed me how to navigate google drive. I still hate it, tho.

tintt

What's confusing about it? It's a bunch of folders, or maybe I, another old lady, is missing something...

Non Sequitur

I love google drive, but my wife can’t get her head around it. We don’t use it in my office thou. Sucks when files are sent without read or editing rights.

SneakyPete

Were you accidentally logged in to a different user? That gets annoying quickly.

I detest everything Google and avoid it as much as possible. When something is "free", you are the product.

thatsthat

We use it as a way for PMs/PAs to keep a running to do list and assign members of the team to various tasks without being in office. If a team member finishes their pre-assigned task, they can look and see what their next task should be without bugging everyone else. Also nice because you can see what everyone is doing so you know who to ask for the info you need.

Took most of us quite a bit of trial and error to figure out how to use it and keep things efficient.

I only log in to Google to delete all

geezertect

All this computerization was/is supposed to make our lives easier. When even college graduates with way above average intelligence struggle and have to abandon a program, something is wrong with that program. Why Silicon Valley insists on making products more complicated and cumbersome is beyond me. Well, actually, I do know why: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

SneakyPete

Gotta add unasked for necessary features to justify the cash they get from investors, the prices they charge for software (or ad placement) , and the salaries they pay their pets.

WTF is up with all the trolls? It's like I went to the men's room in the  Archinect Bar and came back to a Simon Pegg film.

Aug 7, 18 1:56 pm
randomised

Because school's out for summer? https://youtu.be/2Oo8QzDHimQ

randomised

So, the "I Feel"-thread has been locked...and who couldn't handle criticism now? Oh the irony, 316+ posts because a newbie critiqued regulars' online behaviour @_@

Aug 7, 18 4:04 pm

Hmm, locking. That only comes from the highest level of mod, I believe...what in the old days we called The Big Green Head.

randomised

Interesting, but probably for the best...nothing new was being added to the discussion anymore, a thread with 4 stomachs like a cow, throwing up old stuff and chewing on it again.

Non Sequitur

At least the dumpster fire is immortalized.

Bloopox

That kid started some other threads last night using a different name. Ironically they were full of profanity - after all the indignation he expressed over others' use of it in his portfolio thread! I guess then his boy-scout guilt kicked in though, and he deleted the whole account by this morning. But then he created yet another one to post RB Astoria's picture in 10 threads, so... he may need some more locking or purging or spanking. Edit: yay! at least some of them have disappeared too. Thanks mom-mod!

citizen

A new drinking game: take a shot every time someone under 30 begins a sentence with "I feel like..." and your liver will look like a flat tire by dinner time.

(Not a rant about youngsters themselves, but their lazy teachers and parents who must have encouraged this.)

Bloopox

I was really playing that while reading the feely thread a couple evenings ago. The number of first-person words used by the kid (I, I've, I'm, I'd, I'll, Me, My, Mine) exceeded those used collectively by everyone else in the thread combined by more than 3 times. I had to stop reading to avoid alcohol poisoning.

Formerlyunknown

In architecture school, not that many moons ago, our critics would interrupt us all the time saying NOT to start statements with "I think" or "I feel". As a young woman, my female professors in particular would make a big point of getting us to speak confidently and decisively - not starting statements with an "I phrase", not using an upward questioning inflection, not saying "this might be a naive question but...", and just not having a waivering or touchy-feely tone to anything we said or wrote. It's surprising to me that this tone seems to be ok now. Maybe they're not specifically being taught to have that personal, emotional tone, and it's just that they're not being corrected when they do have it, in the general trend toward not upsetting anyone. Whatever the cause, that I-centricity will not serve them well when they enter the work world. Even when it doesn't come across as self-centered it makes them sound unsure of themselves or indecisive.

vado retro

It's as if Last Chance U came to Archinect.

There are 38 parts to the alum chair I was assembling. I managed to lose the one cast alum piece that cannot be obtained at a hardware store. Because chaos wins.

Aug 7, 18 4:34 pm

I cut some rods and hot glued them in because = gangster

Non Sequitur

did you hold the glue gun sideways with one hand? Extra stylish

JLC-1

can we get agents to whine about our fees? Creators of content, pfffff.....so much smoke, hurt my eyes


 http://www.businessinsider.com...

Aug 8, 18 10:14 am
tintt

Rant. How do people have masters degrees but can't even write basic sentences? Every sentence is a frigging crime scene.

Aug 8, 18 12:15 pm
tduds

Programs with an intense specialization often ignore any qualifications (or lack of..) outside of that specialization.

SpontaneousCombustion

The previous several posts were auto-generated by spam bots. The one before that was created by an angry teen. No masters degrees involved.

I bought a not-inexpensive beauty product this weekend that includes on the label an incorrect use of "it's". It made me despondent.

tintt

I wasn't even looking at the spam, but actually that's pretty close to what I'm trying to read anyways...

tduds

Not that that's a reasonable excuse, just a sad state of reality. It amazes me how many designers can create parametrically complex geometries in Rhino but can't solve a simple algebraic equation.

thatsthat

Similarly, I do not understand why some people can't seem to put together a coherent professional email.  Why is a class on office etiquette not required as part of pro practice?

Bloopox

Our insurance company makes us go to something like that every year. It's not specifically intended to be architect charm school, so much as pounding into us how not to get into legal trouble and cost them money by revealing incompetence or being unclear or ambiguous or offensive - but that, not so surprising, overlaps quite a bit with observing etiquette and writing in sentences.

The number and intensity of history and theory in programs is decreasing in favor of more “technical” stuff, resulting in fess writing and composition and more fabbing. By the time they get to pro practice writing has been drummed out their heads.

*less writing

citizen

Marc, more fabbing or fapping?

geezertect

Marc: This is one failing that really can't be blamed on architecture schools. Nine grade grammar and sentence structure should be enough to make sentences intelligible. Nouns and verbs should be familiar to all.

geezer: Partially agreed. But no doubt curriculum and larger academic trends are stifling good writing. Citizen: that’s no concern of mine...

Or: “eeew”

Typing is not writing. Writing is the careful consideration of what is committed to paper. It used to be that the ability to write was considered higher education and paper was expensive, not to be wasted. Penmanship was an art that reflected culture and education.

Now tweets are thoughtlessly typed out a million a minute as if every fart and belch in the stream of consciousness is worth it's weight in unobtanium.

The entire culture is circling the drain (not the one in the sink).


Typing is not writing. Writing is the careful consideration of what is committed to paper. It used to be that writing was considered higher education, paper was expensive, and penmanship communicated culture and refinement.

@#%&! iPad and system of tubes. 

wurdan freo

Who needs writing when you can create an incoherent diagram? Couple bubbles here... some scribble scrabble here. . Voila!

tintt

^ that's what I want!

Look closely.


JLC-1

Touring colleges with the kid, 2 out of 4 had typos in their presentations.

tintt

Oh no. Awful. Asking 'Did you know?' Is patronizing. KC is in Misery, not Kansas, did u forget?

What is the count for the other methods?

Non Sequitur
So how many more false profiles will our newest spoiled brat of the month create? Almost feels like we’re a free baby sitting service now.
Aug 9, 18 6:34 am
Non Sequitur

Was reading a news article on my way in to the office today saying that a not insignificant % of boomer gen home owners expect their children to move out past age 35.... 


Aug 9, 18 8:16 am
Bench

Too many double negatives, you're saying a lot of Gen-X / Millennials will still live with their parents at 35+ ?

Non Sequitur

yeah... I see that now. Coffee is brewing and not yet in my cup... I even made 2 spelling mistakes writing that one sentence. Anyways, the article said that just under 5% expect their children to move out after age 35.

What about the number of parents who expect their architect children to move back in with them during the next recession?

geezertect

just under 5% expect their children to move out after age 35

So the article says that 95% are expecting their children to remain at home past age 35?  That seems way too high.

Non Sequitur

^no, that's not the case. There was a more reasonable breakdown for 25 and 30y groups. I just mention the most ridiculous one. 

Should be read as: 95% expect their free-loading social studies part-time barista kids to be real adults and living on their own before age 35.

tduds

Oh is it "Blame the kids for the structural failings of late capitalism" time again? *cracks knuckles*

tduds

You want generational accusations? How about: Baby Boomers kleptomanically hoarded the economic output of the world for 40 years and now that they're reaching the end of their productive life they've slashed the redistributive safety net that helped them up and might have given the next cohort a fair chance so they can afford a third retirement condo. 

Get out of here with your tired "English degree barista" bullshit. There might be some anecdotal truth to it, but the underlying cause is more about gate-keeping and qualificaion-creep than about individual choices.

tduds

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W Bush, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump were all born between 1946-48. Maybe when the same group of people have been running the country for 30 years, they should accept at least an iota of blame for the state of things.

tduds

This will all be covered in my forthcoming book "Baby Boomers, the Actual Special Snowflakes."

Non Sequitur

someone assuming I'm boomer generation? I'm late gen X. tduds, will the book be adapted to a big blockbuster action movie?

tduds

I was talking to you, not about you. Although your assumption that generalizations be accepted or rejected based on their applicability you as an individual indicates some boomer tendencies ;)

Non Sequitur

^only on wednesdays. wait...

tintt

But what's the probability that two forum members have the same birthdate...?

Non Sequitur

50% when you randomly sample 23 people and 99% when you randomly sample 75 people.

tintt

Is that for birthday or birthdate?

Non Sequitur

day & month only. not year.

Bench

+1 on tduds rant. All of it. I tend to unleash some combination of choking/crying when a boomer complaines about Gen-X / millennial 'entitlement'.

If someone argues that Medicare is good but Obamacare is bad, it makes you a knob. Talk about wealth redistribution.

tintt

millenials on my left, boomers on my right, here I am

randomised

Tduds for the win!

JLC-1

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W Bush, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump were all born between 1946-48. Maybe when the same group of people have been running the country for 30 years, they should accept at least an iota of blame for the state of things.

If you really believe this is true, the job of those that really run the country (and the world) it's been a success. They give you a bunch of puppets to place the blame, all the while you keep buying their "stuff". As a plus, they invent a "generational divide", so you can hold arms with others around your age with whom you have nothing in common other than a time stamp. good job.

archi_dude

Just my observation in California....it seems if “planning review” was simply does it meet zoning and ordinances vs. provide our self proclaimed city architect with a 90% CD set for pre-approval which he/she can deny approval based purely on their whims, and provide that same 90% CD set to multiple overlapping jurisdictions of City county, air quality board, Coastal Commision, Port authority where they apply their own interpretation of code per their benefit and then 10 years later you can build 10 luxury condos and 5 low income units. Maybe if developers could actually build, there’d be housing. Sounds more like a government issue than capitalism....but I’m just a know nothing ignorant conservative.

tduds

"If you really believe this is true, the job of those that really run the country (and the world) it's been a success." 

...they were all born in the mid 1940s also.

I’m having McDonald’s for the first time in ages. Only reason I’m doing so? To check out the new building by Carol Ross Barney.
Aug 9, 18 1:42 pm

I know a 12 yr old who has never eaten there.

citizen

That's a nice-looking project. Plus awesome fries?  Win-win!

Chi also has that super-sized McD's, too, that is somehow entrancing to me...


Update: I recovered my NCARB login password. Then NCARB asked me for $1100, and I logged out without paying.

Aug 13, 18 9:57 pm
JLC-1

wise

$100, today

Non Sequitur
How did that cheapskate real estate thread get nuked? Did I miss all the action?
Aug 14, 18 7:30 pm
SpontaneousCombustion

I must have missed that whole thread.

Non Sequitur

It had potential. Some start-up real estate guy wanted some code case-studies and explanation for a 4 storey retail building in NYC. Something about having one the the 2nd required path of all upper floors run through the lower occupied floor. He claimed the architects he "hired" could not figure it out.

shellarchitect

Been spending some time on the entrearchitect Facebook group lately.... Holy crap there are a lot of really dumb architects out there!!!

Aug 14, 18 9:09 pm
JLC-1

Facebook is going down anyway

citizen

Details, please! Examples!

Non Sequitur

I've sent in an application to join... maybe I can report more from the inside.

JLC-1

This is a group of growth, support and encouragement. We reserve the right to remove any post or block any member at any time for any reason. Thanks for cooperating.
It's a fucking safe space?

Whitewashed of all information that conflicts with the official story.

There are some very helpful an valuable posts there, about professional practice and advice for dealing with clients or contractors or work-life balance. It mostly feels like sole-proprietors, which is appropriate for it being about entrepreneurship. Not a lot of corporate firm employees are posting there! But it does often remind me that even though most of the architects *I* know lean left, a whole lotta them also lean right.

vado retro

I have found EntreArchitect to be quite valuable for me. Mark LePage has done a great deal of work and provides an amazing amount of information for sole practitioners and small firms through his podcast, website and educational materials. Granted the facebook page is something that needs to be picked through. Many students seems to be on there and, yes, some people seem dumb sometimes. But, I am dumb often. So, there's that. The supportive environment is encouraging; especially for those architects who work alone all day in their basement offices. Keeping negativity and politics off the page is good thing. Even I can do it.

OK, NCARB has dumbed things down sufficiently that even I have an active NCARB record.

Aug 15, 18 1:16 am
tintt

You going to take the ARE?

shellarchitect

uh oh, should we be worried?

5839

Anybody with a high school diploma can open an NCARB record. I've noticed it's the latest trend on product reps' business cards - these days they're all "Jane SoAndSo, Architectural Associate, NCARB Record #987654". Getting that record number also makes them eligible to be Associate AIA members, so some have that too.

JLC-1

how active is it

I took it, the ARE, in 1995 and passed 8 out of 9. I will likely take in again, unless Trump blows us all up. In that case I will not take it.

This week it is somewhat active. At least on my part.

shellarchitect

off the top of my head from the last week....

architect trying to figure out what a protected construction type is, Type IIA vs IIB....

Arch has somehow won a hotel job and is asking what they need to show on CD's.....

Detailing, some of the questions are pretty reasonable, some of the answers are terrible


Aug 15, 18 9:22 am
tintt

About once or twice a year I throw my back out.... by drafting ferociously. Anyone relate? 

Aug 15, 18 9:43 am

Use a lighter pencil.

JLC-1

I'll raise it! I got a lumbar hernia 25 years ago, at the time it was recommended not to try surgery - worked for 10 years on drafting tables, that was painful- now it's only when I sit for too long in front of this thing. driving for more than 6 hours does it too. Only thing to get it fixed is walking or biking.

tintt

I hit the couch and the rose (pink wine).

JLC-1

also, the aeron chair is not that good, or maybe it's just old and the fabric is sagging.

The negative space thread is flypaper for idiots. 


Sometimes I feel that way about Archinect. Scaling up: the entire system of pipes is a playground for the mentally incompetent. 

Aug 15, 18 10:44 am
Non Sequitur

I think I helped a little...

Almosthip7

While at a meeting at City Hall to discuss The Building Code our local authority having jurisdiction stated to me, in reference to a code, "Its not meant to be read the way it was written.

I was speechless.

Aug 15, 18 3:41 pm
shellarchitect

I'm sure they were really f'ing smug about it too

Exactly. And tomorrow you'll get a different interpretation. Or you could talk to someone else there today and get one immediately.

wurdan freo

I've had a plan review returned to me twice now stating that neighbor notification letters need to be submitted. The first time I contacted the head bldg supervisor and pointed to his attention that the letters were already uploaded to the cities database available for anyone with an internet connection to view... He acknowledged the oversite... I'm not sure what to say this time... value add...

AlinaF

What happened to the 'Archinect in a nutshell' thread?

Aug 15, 18 5:19 pm
Non Sequitur

Imploaded under the immense weight of teenage angst?

AlinaF

I was worried it got deleted as a result of how bad my joke was. Moderators?

Non Sequitur

I enjoyed the JZ joke.

5839

The kid probably asked the mods to nuke the thread. That's what he's done with all his other multiple personalities as soon as someone threatens to send screen shots to his folks.

5839

He's got about a 3 post limit during which he can sustain a calm, civilized persona. And then he invariably loses it, spews profanities and insults, somebody calls him out on it, he panics and gets the history of his existence obliterated, and within a few hours he starts a new character.

Flypaper for idiots ....

Jeez, I'm working too hard lately, I've missed ALL of this flypaper action!

Thought of the day: the Internet is the world's virtual cesspool.

Aug 16, 18 8:25 am
Non Sequitur

I thought that was the moto for the last 30 years?

JLC-1

keep going, I'm all ears; it took us a bit over 20 years to find this out. How do you think it should be fixed?

The traditional 'fix' would be to pump it out. I supposed the digital equivalent of that would be to erase all content. The right virus could do the job. Think of it as an anaerobic microbial treatment.

archanonymous
JLC-1

kind of "drain the swamp"? I completely agree with you, but I don't think it can be fixed without a major social uproar - it's also part of a race to see what crumbles first, society or planet? will the tenants pay the damages before leaving?

citizen

X is the world's virtual cesspool, where X = any and every communication medium ever devised, given enough time. 

Solution: make the personal choice to turn it off on a regular basis.

JLC-1

citizen, how old are you? do you remember how you communicated with anybody 30 years ago? the toxicity of today is unprecedented. the medium is what's toxic. and attracts the green lagoon monsters.

citizen

I agree that the web is much more efficient and far-reaching than other media, yes. But I also have seen newspapers, radio, tv, popular literature and even art suffer this same argument over the last generation. 

This crisis is more of culture and manners than of communications. Clear and reboot the internet? Go for it. But the cesspool really resides inside the noggins (and dark hearts) of a billion or two people, and they aren't going anywhere.

JLC-1

if we keep at this pace (on any subject you choose), in 200 years we'll all be gone, forever. problem solved.

Non Sequitur

If we reboot, the calm and peacful void we create will soon be filled up again by Balkins within minutes...It'll be like a shooting star, blink, and you'll miss it.

I don't think a billion or two have dark hearts ... but I may very well be wrong. And 200 years is waaaay optimistic (or pessimistic, depending on your POV).

citizen

An excellent point, Miles. Not even a billion... likely (hopefully) far fewer. Maybe that's the point of the web angle: its efficiency can magnify and multiply the bad stuff so greatly.

JLC-1

said 200 to cover all possible scenarios, like 100 years under the trumputin dynasty, but yes, hopefully it will be less than that.

JLC-1

who is surprised?

citizen

Wait a minute... there's porn on the internet?

Yes, the internet seems like a swamp. But the reality is the US is a swamp and has been throughout its history. The internet just gives us more access to each other.  

This excellent article in The Smithsonian struck me recently: https://www.smithsonianmag.com...

 A hundred years ago, in 1917, the Liberty Bell went on a tour to the west coast: Over four months on the road, the Bell became a unifying symbol in a nation that had been increasingly divided. It went west across the northern United States, through Eastern and Midwestern cities wrestling with racism and anti-Semitism fueled by a backlash against immigrants from our wartime enemy, Germany, and then it continued through the Pacific Northwest, where Native Americans and Asian-Americans struggled for their rights. It returned through Southern California and the Southwest, where Native Americans from other tribes and Hispanics fought for inclusion, and then into the Deep South not long after the premiere of The Birth of a Nation, the lynching in Georgia of a Jewish factory manager named Leo Frank and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

When the bell left San Francisco a terrorist group (American terrorists) tried to bomb it with a suitcase bomb. When it pulled into a Midwest town the warehouses immediately in front of it were set on fire as a political statement. When a young black girl touched it a race riot broke out. 

This country sucks. It always has. But we never give up hope, right? There's lots of good here too - just harder to see these days.

Aug 16, 18 1:50 pm
shellarchitect

the world has always been pretty f'up up. It's also a far better place today then ever before. life in the 1900's was brutal for even the most elite compared to today

You're probably too young to remember life before cell phones, among other things.

Interesting read here, easy to interpret as racist but I don't think it's intended that way.

https://www.unz.com/freed/decl...

Sweet fucking christ on a cracker, Miles, and you too Chris you asshole, that's one of the most racist things I've ever read! Black US citizens don't need to "assimilate" into America, they ARE America! My friend who was born in the US of formerly Mexican parents doesn't need to goddam ASSIMILATE, she is an American as completely and totally as you are. What the everloving fuck?!?!? I'm hyperventilating over here. Jesus.

IT LITERALLY SAYS THE PHRASE Whites are reviled by those of lesser capacity RIGHT IN THE ARTICLE! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU THINKING POSTING THIS DISGUSTING WHITE SUPREMACIST BULLSHIT HERE?!?

I hate you for posting that. I had so much respect for you before Miles but it is long gone now.

Chris, I didn't only pick up those parts. Any person who uses the argument that black americans need to "assimilate" into white america is so batshit crazy (meet kettle) that their arguments don't merit further attention.

And the phrase is "could HAVE predicted" you stupid fucking roidhole.

You think it's all fucking hopeless yet you brought children into this world and gleefully dance amongst the chaos while imagining yourself as too smart to be harmed by it all? Try caring about something, Chris.

I'm logging off to go continue reading the How To Change Your Mind book because I truly DO believe we're all connected by something beautiful and powerful and that a loving world is worth fighting for.

Sorry, Donna. I did post a warning. I was relating it to your swamp comment, and in that respect tension between races is quite relavent. Dismissing the entire

Sorry, Donna. I did post a warning. I was relating it to your swamp comment, and in that respect tension between races is quite relavent. Dismissing the entire

article on that basis is a bit over the top, the rest of it is quite sharp and accurate. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day,

Donna, I think you've misinterpreted the article. You read assimilate in a Star Trek / Borg manner - the primary definition of the word is: take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully.

Here's what I'm thinking, Miles, now that I've had a chance to sleep and I'm not hyperventilating: This week alone I've heard three very different people (Jonah Goldberg, righty; Steve Inskeep, lefty, and Russell Roberts, libertarian) all say essentially the same thing: the country is in a difficult place partly because we don't seem to have a shared sense of community, a center around which to gather, a common identity of what america is. (A lot of people say the church used to function in society's life in that way; I'd argue the public schools and 3 channels on TV did.) But not one of those people, or thousands of others ruminating on the same questions, had to prop up their argument with the completely insane belief that part of the problem is that black people aren't good at math. I mean, WTF?

And yes, I read assimilate properly. But black america IS america. Why aren't you and I being asked to assimilate into it? Why isn't it our duty as americans to do so?

Still hyperbolic. "Racial relations are a disaster. Blacks, fourteen percent of the country, are congenitally furious at whites. They neither assimilate nor want to."

You need to go on a media diet. All that crap you're reading is making you nutty. I dumped corporate media years ago and became much happier. 


Non Sequitur

I think you'all need to take a vacation up north. It's nice here and we're in the process of creating a new statuary holiday to highlight the horrible treatment of the aboriginal population at the hand of the catholic church through it's residential schools.

Miles, if you dumped corporate media to read sociopathic racist spew you're not doing anything better at all. Maybe *ask yourself* why are black americans angry?

Still hyperbolic. I see anger across the board - not confined to any particular racial category. EVERYBODY I know feels utterly abandoned and abused by the system, which is exactly the point of the article.

tintt

up north? where everyone is white, Christian, and can spell?

shellarchitect

That article is a little crazy, but I don't anyone deserves the vitriol from Donna here. Personally I believe that the reason we have Trump and his ilk is primarily due to the massive superiority complex of the leftists. It seems that no one can disagree with the party line w/o being a Neanderthal or racist. Trumps ideology is a direct reaction to the dominance of the left wing on the coasts and normal media outlets.

tintt

^good point

The reason we have Trump is dissatisfaction with the government and its performance. > 95% of the time they go against the vast majority of citizens' interests, and they do it blatantly. There is very little difference between 'left' and 'right' in politics, and what there is is defined by a few social issues. As far as war, corporate malfeasance, corruption and bribery, health care, etc. go they are all working for the same people, and it isn't us.

shellarchitect

Agreed miles

tintt

I think we all have way more common ground than anybody who pays a lot of attention to politics thinks. Maybe the new us vs them (instead of left vs right, whites vs nons) should be people who take everything way too seriously vs people who take things as they come and handle them with grace and poise (all the black people I personally know actually).

Divide and conquer is the name of the game. Black vs white vs brown, left vs right, conservative vs liberal, hetero vs whatever, religion vs religion, etc. By keeping us at each other's throats we don't band together and go after them.

tintt

Thats why I don't listen to the news. Ever.

Thus my advice to Donna above.

Miles, the differences between the GOALS of the left and right are VAST. The practices of both sides are similar and gross. But when we had a Democratic president changes were made to benefit the poor and struggling. Now that we have a Republican president changes have been made that benefit the very wealthy. There is a vast difference in policy and the whole "left and right are the same" is pure dreck.

Also, shellarchitect: You’re right that’s it’s not appropriate for me to be as angry as I was. I'm always embarrassed after I do it but in the moment can't control myself. It’s a damn clear example of my white privilege: as a middle aged white lady, when I hear a dude spout full-on racism like “blacks aren’t good at science” and “whites are superior” it’s my white privilege that allows me to express how furious it makes me knowing full well that I won’t see any repercussions for expressing that anger. If my Asian-american friend responds to every random dude that mutters “Yoko” at her under their breath in the grocery store with the same kind of anger you can bet she wouldn’t be given the benefit of the doubt like I am. Which is why I feel I have to express it. What Miles posted was straight-up white supremacy. But even if I’m in the wrong, I’m not going to treat that kind of attitude with respect. It doesn’t deserve respect, it deserves to be brought into the light and shunned. America is not white. If I’m any kind of patriot at all – which I think I am – I’ll keep screaming at america’s white ethnonationalists that they are wrong, that they are bad people who should feel bad about themselves.

Also, sir batshit is an asshole, he knows he's an asshole, he's proud of his asshole persona. I don't feel bad about saying that at all.

Donna: The difference between 'left' and 'right' citizens is wide - the difference left and right politicians is negligible. They both work for the same people and it's not us. Schumer is the Senator from Wall St. Pelosi is the senator from UnitedHealth Group. Hillary infamously said "single -payer will never happen".

When Bernie endorsed Hillary with the full knowledge that she illegally conspired and colluded with the DNC to sabotage his campaign it became apparent that he too is part of the corrupt system that required him as an Independent to run as a DEM because we are only allowed two parties. Nobody else is allowed to debate or gets any media coverage. Insider trading is illegal - unless you are a member of Congress (either party).

The Democrats platform? Get rid of Trump - not single-payer, not cutting the military, not repairing the infrastructure, not getting money out of elections. Instead they are pushing the Russian election interference hoax. The biggest interference in elections worldwide? The CIA, and it is public, factual, historical knowledge.

WAKE THE FUCK UP.

curtkram

non, where ive been in lynn lake, the first nation population far outnumbers the pale face population. there are 178 kids enrolled in school. there was a conversation where someone said the english teacher took off early because only 25 kids (from kindergarten through high school) showed up. you guys deal with your problems a little different, but apparently you still have problems.

Miles, I don't disagree with a whole lot of what you said criticizing the Dems. But Hilary also stood in front of the world as Secretary of State and announced that fair treatment of women and girls needs to be a global concern. The Right *might* say this but they will *never* institute policies that actually work towards that goal. Never. The lesser of two evils might still be evil *but it's also less evil*. And don't tell me to wake up when you've announced that you not only don't follow mainstream media at all but, given that hideousness you linked to above, you DO follow wack-job conspiracy theorist racists. Didn't you once question vaccines as being unsafe and part of a Big Pharma conspiracy, too?

Stop with the conspiracy theory racist shit already. I’ve made it patently clear that I don’t subscribe or tolerate any of that, and others here don’t see what you do. So please, give it a rest. We’ve all got the point.

As SoS Hillary sold access and facilitated arms deals through the Clintion Foundation. Which is of course exactly why 30,000 emails were deleted and her server has never been examined by any authorities. Hillary (with Podesta) invented the Russian election as a way to derail Trump and advance the fortunes of the military industrial complex.

Speaking up for women is great, treasonously selling out your country not so much. Plus Bill was arguably the single worst president ever and what we are suffering now - Wall St. deregulation the great recession, corporate media consolidation, the disemboweling of domestic manufacturing, widening economic inequality, the Iraq wars, etc. can be laid directly at his feet. And don't forget DOMA, or all Hillary's gleefully cackling at Gaddafi's illegal (under both domestic and international law) assassination.

And yet if Hillary was president right now we wouldn't have two supreme court seats - one was stolen outright by the Republicans, of course - being seated by a deranged narcissist who's thrilled to destroy civil rights. YES Hillary and the Dems and Obama did bad things. But also YES the left side is fighting to bring our leaders further left than they have been heretofore. The right sure as hell isn't moving things leftward, and by eschewing both you're allowing the right to win. Proud of yourself?

"I’ve made it patently clear that I don’t subscribe or tolerate any of that" when you share it you not only tolerate it YOU PROMOTE IT!

Straw man. The racist bit is non-existent. Except for you apparently.

As to the rest - go ahead and keep thinking that one side is better than the other if it makes you feel better. Neither side serves you. If you find some small part of their lies to be reason to accept the corruption and destruction they really stand for, and cause to spew vitriol at anyone who disagrees, well, that speaks for itself.

This is pointless. I'm done. Good luck.

I'm sorry we're fighting so hard Miles but we have deeply different world views obviously. I'll stop too.

two of my favorite peeps on Archinect

Why can't the internet be a dive bar?

Aug 16, 18 2:32 pm
JLC-1

she can be whatever you want, sugardaddy.....

Non Sequitur

Archinect is a fine dive bar

citizen

On occasion, more like the cantina in Star Wars....

Non Sequitur

^The music is better thou.

wurdan freo

Fav dive bar... that should be a post... Up and Under on brady st in milwaukee... great place to see some bands and back in the day you could walk in and smoke a whole pack of cigarettes just by breathing :)

shellarchitect

nice idea! I nominate Kozy Lounge in Hazel Park, dirt cheap drinks, greasy food, classic rock and punk jukebox

tintt

El Chapultepec in Denver is my fav local dive bar.

Non Sequitur

I don’t think I’ve ever left a dive bar sober enough to remember the name but I’ve got 2 favs. On is downtown Binghamton where they served Guinness out of plastic cups and the other was some hole under a bridge in NYC. The washrooms were mostly just plywood at that last one and not in a early ghery revival sort of way.

I don't have one yet in SF, in LV it was the Double Down.

Non, did you do the Clinton Street crawl in Bingo? 

(not that it's that much of a crawl these days...)

Non Sequitur

Don't think so Marc. Looking at google maps, we were closer to the hockey rink than Clinton Street... We did eventually stumble upon some frat house revelers following the dive bar, so there is a chance.

Ruminating on the collapse of society (I won't use civilization, as that implies a widely held standard of responsible cultural behavior that I don't see):

People at the bottom will see very little difference and are best equipped to survive. Those at the other end have a long way to fall and an entirely alien world to adapt to.

Aug 17, 18 7:46 am
JLC-1

Rhetoric and manifestos will surely save no one. And the "unattached" liberals will be forced to dip their peckers in politics, oh the horror..... is there a parametric heaven they could escape to?

mantaray

Architects are great at false equivalency.  Just something I've noted while banging around this industry for a couple decades... 

Aug 17, 18 4:51 pm
tintt

terrorism, racism, financial fall-out, GMO's, congress, etc

No automatic alt text available.

Aug 18, 18 7:21 am

+++ tintt

citizen

Hear, hear

curtkram

i had poutine with mozzarella instead of cheese curds in thompson manitoba last night.  is that an approved substitution in canada?

Aug 18, 18 9:21 am
Non Sequitur

Shredded mozzarella is a suitable alternative where curds are scarce... only then. No one would choose that over curds but it’s better than nacho cheese sauce. 8-)

Non Sequitur

Side note, not using curds is a federal crime in Quebec.

go see the Leonora Carrington lithographs at Catherine Clark Gallery, you're welcome

Aug 18, 18 9:12 pm

Catharine rather

"I come from Vegas, it is the way of my people" -David Curtis discusses taxis on Facebook


Aug 18, 18 11:01 pm

I don't think the negativity here is exceptional. It seems pretty run of the mill negativity. (the post a positive thing about architecture to convince the "new" person)

Aug 20, 18 11:12 pm

Suggesting someone create an app based on Amazon is a mature response.

Aug 20, 18 11:31 pm
randomised

Did I miss something, did Chris leave or was he ausradiert?

Aug 21, 18 7:38 am

I thought it was kind of quiet.

Non Sequitur

Seems like his posts have vanished. Maybe Olaf will be resurrected from the ashes?

I didn't do anything, seriously. This goes way above me.

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