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nabru

I took some photos of RCR's Tossols Basil Athletics Ground in the Garrotxa, Catatonia, Spain.

I highly recommend a visit to this part of the world if you can, I'm privileged to have been there, go and walk the landscape and appreciate the built environment.

A few holiday snaps.

Respect.

https://www.samsharpe.co.uk/projects/tossols-basil-athletics-ground


Aug 16, 19 7:50 pm
archiwutm8

When your job starts making you angry and an absolute impatient asshole is it time to change jobs?

Aug 21, 19 3:43 am
b3tadine[sutures]

Just did. Now that I'm a short timer, I'm being an unapologetic fuck to all the general contractors, but for all the right reasons.

mightyaa

Some of us older architects used to call that phase "tempering of an architect". Basically, like a piece of steel, you get pounded over and over until you get hard. The idealistic spirit of your youth has been purged out as a impurity in your metal.... Welcome aboard! Now get off my lawn!

midlander

sometimes, depends whether it's the work or the people. with good people it's worth trying to make it work.

Tempering is a delicate process. Too hard and the steel becomes brittle and breaks easily; too soft and it loses it's ability to hold an edge.

Not an older architect, nor a metalworker (and I don't really care to "Rich Balkin-ize" the information via wikipedia), but isn't what mightyaa describes forging rather than tempering? Forging is a hammering process, tempering is a heating and cooling process, no?

Getting hammered is part of the process.

^ better than what mightaa used originally "you get pounded over and over until you get hard."

threeohdoor

Forging creates the tool, tempering is your boss throwing you (the tool) into the deep end of the quenching oil...you either harden right quick or you crack and explode.

shellarchitect

retirement party a couple weeks ago... boss gave a nice talk about the retiring guy named roy and a former principal named Dick. "Dick would come up behind him and start hammering.  He'd follow him around all the time. Roy always took it with a smile."  

Apparently I'm the only one in the office with a dirty mind.

atelier nobody

We prefer to be called "Curmudgeon-Americans."

If I had known then what I know now, I would've just stayed where I was 20 years ago, but YMMV of course.

nabru

Probably. It's like being an art gallery sponsored by the Sacklers.

mightyaa

@EA .. Probably...  I liked the word since it sounds like "temperment" which tends to transform once you realise how many stupid people are out there, and how often you are asked to do stupid things that will never work and waste your time.  And interns all look like:

Image result for anime girl sparkle eyes

Aug 21, 19 12:06 pm

Maybe "work hardening" is a better term for this?

archiwutm8

Never thought I'd see anime ever on this forum, the times sure have changed.

joseffischer

Heh, where do you guys get your interns. I'm like... we have these 5-7 options (yes, I can't even nail down the number of options) 2 of which are from the principal and the others from the client that will never work. We need option 1, 2, and 5 fully polished up for review, and sketch out the others, flagging why they don't work for internal review. We've scheduled another meeting on Friday for the sole purpose of choosing one option to move forward. Interns respond "when you get back friday you'll have 5 new bad ideas from the client. How about we work on only option 1 and 2 and you do the rest of the busy work. We don't know how to sketch and don't have time to do 7 revit options."

Chad Miller

Sounds like your interns are correct. Maybe try listening to them.

It was a slow day today, and I started searching wikipedia for metalworking terms a la Balkins. I was going to post something here, but decided to make it into a blog post instead. I'll follow up with a link in the next couple of days when I have a chance to compose something more than just some random thoughts.

Aug 21, 19 7:54 pm
archiwutm8

Does anyone else we should stop building towers and homes of concrete, glass and steel? It's going to become a huge issue in the future when it comes to heatwaves, the materials aren't suitable to live in.




Thoughts?

Aug 22, 19 5:26 am
Non Sequitur

I like Windows.

I do think THE issue of being able to inhabit buildings in the future is going to be keeping them cool, not warm. Heating is going to become much less of a concern but cooling will be enormously important. Unfortunately, cooling inside air currently requires adding heat to outside air, so it's truly a vicious cycle: the more we cool ourselves, the more we *have to cool ourselves. My goal is for every building to be designed on the Umbrella House typology....which will also look cool. Shade structures everywhere!

Oh and more to your point, archiwutm8: mass timber is the only thing we should be building with.

Non Sequitur

Donna, are there large-scale lumber farms set-out to anticipate such a conversion from concrete/steel construction to timber? Don't really see the advantage, yet.

midlander

sleep outside then? these things seem to work fine in dubai though.

archiwutm8

Midlander - it's not just the inside but the materials we use affects the whole urban space, especially where the city haven't been designed to cope with rising temperatures levels. Places like Dubai temperature levels are rising year by year as well, however their cities use master planning techniques to cool down.

mightyaa

My take is concrete, steel, etc. = survivability. Wood is the worst when it comes to surviving mother nature’s wraith. Think of it this way; if you were tasked with designing a building that will still be standing in a hundred years with minimal maintenance, is wood really your goto? Also… just look back to historic architecture before air-conditioning; how did they keep buildings comfortable inside? (thermal mass, creating airflow, water, placement on site, regional architecture to address local climates and material availability, etc.)

mightyaa, when you include having a safe, habitable planet for over 100 years within your maintenance costs, yes, wood is extremely viable. Didn't a big report just come out saying concrete *production* is terrible for the environment? IMO concrete for foundations is fine, but buildings made entirely of concrete aren't environmentally responsible. One could theoretically pour a very robust concrete foundation and slab then build on it with wood - without using plastic, please - and in 100 years tear all that wood down, compost it, and build a new structure on the old footings with newly-grown tree lumber.

Non Sequitur

Hard to see that work on a commercial or higher density housing project.

geezertect

Fifty story buildings constructed of wood? Are you serious? A habitable planet in 100 years is an abstraction when your apartment or office building is on fire or rocking back and forth in an earthquake. And we wonder why architects aren't taken very seriously.

midlander

there isn't a generalized solution in building construction systems alone. i'm very wary of mass timber. like insulation, it's useful but has big risks. the grenfall tower or mgm grand killed hundreds due to smoke and flame spread without structural collapse. mass timber would only increase the risks of inappropriate finish materials. it was mass timber that failed at notre dame too...

archiwutm8

Donna - concrete is one of the biggest if not the biggest pollutants in the world right now.

get your facts correct. fossil fuels represent 87% of CO2 emissions. concrete production represents about 5%, half of which is fossil fuel consumption. new tech allows trapping CO2 in concrete, ideally sourced from industrial waste recovery.

midlander

i'm making a new thread for this. too hard to keep replying in small text blocks.

jla-x

What about flyash?

jla-x

Convert to 100% coal fired power and we can have plenty to use for concrete...Trump will be happy and architects like Ando can keep doing their thang....jk jk

curtkram

we must learn from the firemen

curtkram

that was supposed to say fremen

Wood Guy

Production of Portland cement is responsible for 8.0 to 8.9% of all global warming emissions, according to the most recent, reliable sources, and use is increasing each year. Fly ash (or other pozzolan admixes) can replace up to 40-50% of standard mixes, with no loss in strength, but some effects on working characteristics. There are CO2 capturing technologies such as CarbonCure and other ways to reduce the detrimental effects of concrete, but an easy approach is to minimize its use when possible. Using renewable resources, responsibly, makes more sense than using carbon-polluting materials, when we are rapidly running out of time to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

jla-x

The material of the future will likely be some genetically engineered wood product. Wood not only is low carbon, but sequesters carbon. It’s a logical solution. With new gene editing techniques like CRISPR, this all may not be that far in the future. We can possibly engineer pines to grow faster, have heightened fire resistance, and be stronger...the future of material science is genetic engineered materials.

jla-x

The international style mentality seems like it’s not going anywhere though...I’m hoping for a second wave of critical regionalism

archiwutm8

Miles - concrete produces 4-8% of the world's C
, I'd consider that a lot.

archiwutm8

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SneakyPete

The trolling at this forum is getting to be the only discussion that's happening.

Aug 22, 19 7:24 pm
Non Sequitur

Sorry, I’ve got too many dumpster fires at the office at the moment that need attention.

Chad Miller

Is your entire office just made up of dumpsters? I ask because those things seem to get set on fire a lot in your office.

liberty bell

seriously ready to try a project for which architect, contractor, and client are all women. I just finished a two hour punchlist walk-through a.k.a. dick-swinging contest.  

Aug 27, 19 10:30 am

I'm guessing you were not impressed.

SneakyPete

I've enjoyed / not-enjoyed telling owner's reps to please shut up and let me do the job they hired me for on punch walks...

atelier nobody

Hell, I'm a dude, and would love to work with more female clients and contractors. I really hate the dick-swinging, even when I win.

If I felt like starting a thread on advice for the young architect right now entry number 1 would be: if you're in the US, learn Spanish.

Aug 27, 19 11:11 am

Get ready for a jlax tirade.

Counterpoint ... I speak Spanish and have never found the need to use it on a project site, YMMV

jla-x

Agree, learning Spanish is important.

Steeplechase

I’ve encountered more people who only speak Mandarin than those who only speak Spanish. The Spanish speakers also seem to come without cultural protocols that will obscure communication.

Non Sequitur

I'm good with my 2 official languages. Don't need a 3rd.

jla-x

My wife and kids all speak fluently...I know enough to understand what’s going on, but I don’t speak it well. I’ve been trying to learn more.

jla-x

EA, if you worked in the SW you would.

3tk

I know just enough to give small comments and it seems to give me a little bit more respectability with the crews. It's usually the same phrases that they can speak in english, but I guess I'm showing effort to communicate with them?

jla-x, are you certain that I don't work in the SW?

atelier nobody

I agree, I wish I spoke Spanish fluently, but I've been able to get bye without it because most crews have a bilingual supervisor I can communicate with.

Like Steeple, I've had more trouble with Asian languages, where often even the supervisors barely speak any English.

tduds

I worked with a lot of Chinese contractors in an old job on the east coast (We did a lot of restaurant work, with a lot of asian restauranteur clients). I speak extremely basic Mandarin - which turned out to be useless as most American Chinatowns started as Cantonese diasporas. It was here I first learned the usefulness of being able to draw a detail on the fly on a a piece of plywood.

I love finding random details drawn on pieces of scrap / plywood / gyp board / sheathing / whatever is close by on job sites. I usually try to snap a photo of them when I see them. We should have a thread dedicated to these.

I support this idea, Everyday! I love those sketches too.

Saw some contractor's pickup truck this morning with a cardboard box in the back marked "Marshmallows, Product of USA." I have so many questions...


Aug 27, 19 11:42 am
Archlandia

My guess is it's hiding the beer cooler

Seemed pretty haphazardly thrown in the back for the beer cooler. In my head I started imagining the contractor giving the workers a version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment to see if they can follow directions. Of course that then led to me wondering if I can incorporate this into the specifications somehow to ensure the contractor reads the project manual (like Van Halen's no brown M&Ms request) ... "a bowl of white mini marshmallows shall be provided at every OAC meeting."

Archlandia

may not contain outer most layer of marshmallow or marshmallow "crust"

"Sealant Backing Material: Nonstaining; compatible with joint substrates, sealants, primers, and other joint fillers; and approved for applications indicated by sealant manufacturer based on field experience and laboratory testing. Marshmallows are not acceptable sealant backing materials."

"Silencers for Metal Door Frames: BHMA A156.16, Grade 1; neoprene or rubber; minimum diameter 1/2 inch (13 mm); fabricated for drilled-in application to frame. Marshmallows are not acceptable."

Archlandia

What about the marshmallow SIP?

Archlandia

mallow SIP

Aug 27, 19 4:27 pm

What's the effective R-value/in. of mallow?

Archlandia

For the SIP or for the human being?

Are you going to start stacking up human beings for insulation!?

Archlandia

Goodness no, that’s a thermal break.

Non Sequitur

I'm having too much fun going through past CA phases in search of caulk pics.  Oh, and we're swamped with deadlines too... Everyone needs a hobby I guess.  


Aug 28, 19 2:32 pm
SneakyPete

Let's see if this works like the Bat Signal:


https://hollywoodlife.com/2019/08/28/brad-pitt-muscles-venice-film-festival-pics/

Aug 29, 19 11:37 am

You rang?

OK I clicked through to the article and now my work day is shot to hell. Thanks a lot, Sneaky :-)

Non Sequitur

There better be some sweet caulk pics in that link...

I'm an architect, come on. I definitely always notice caulk everywhere I go.

Non Sequitur

Join the party then... pics required.

Bench

I hate it when a GC texts pics of his caulk, very unwanted.

Non Sequitur

I ask my GC for un healthy amounts of caulk pics.

tduds

Last day of work until October!

Feels good, y'all.

Aug 30, 19 6:49 pm
Non Sequitur

Happy wedding things!

tintt

It's my 15 year anniversary this weekend. Gulp.

curtkram

congrats tduds and tintt :)

b3tadine[sutures]

Architects may not have a direct responsibility, but we share in the guilt by association. One exit out of this space, almost certainly caused the death of 33 people. That, and our collective puritanical, prudish tendencies. This is fucking sad.

Sep 2, 19 9:57 pm
citizen

I'd like to see a section, which might or might not include a hatch to the deck above. Then info on alarm devices and any locks that may or may not have been engaged.  Don't know if that's puritanical or not, but it might shed some light.

b3tadine[sutures]

By puritanical - and I'll allow for a shitty plan - I mean that access to the showers appears to not be directly connected to the sleeping quarters? It seems uniquely stupid to have that many people - sleeping - below the "exit" and only have one means by which you egress?

SneakyPete

Sad? Yes. But I refuse to share any "guilt by association. "

b3tadine[sutures]

That's great for you.

SneakyPete

"Naval architecture, or naval engineering, along with automotive engineering and aerospace engineering, is an engineering discipline branch of vehicle engineering, incorporating elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering as applied to the engineering design process, shipbuilding, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels and structures."


Please explain how I share any responsibility, direct or otherwise, when I am not an engineer. The most I share with the people who designed this boat is my humanity.

citizen

Know when you're being trolled.

SneakyPete

I've not really found b3tadine[sutures] to be a troll. Passionate, sure. Antagonistic? Argumentative? Sometimes. But not a troll.

b3tadine[sutures]

How can I troll, when I honestly believe that despite this being a boat, it does involve something that is our core competency; egress. Sure, we aren't technically responsible, but why shouldn't we have a say in the basic life safety principles? This isn't even that far outside our purview, architects have been involved in some capacity in boat designs forever. This, this is low hanging fruit, and we, if we had any real pull, should push for consultancy around boats and habitation.

citizen

^^ Thank you for that: well-stated, relevant, and most importantly, nuanced. Much better than "we share in the guilt...".

It's so easy to pop-off with a quick rejoinder (he said, as an expert), but the clarifying addendum is always better and more helpful.

SneakyPete

I've always found the complexity and importance of codes undercut by the capitalism connected. Following code is ultimately useless if the person following the code doesn't understand the reasons for doing so, especially when it's complicated and the client is leaning on them to make things happen that cause the professional to look for exceptions or vague language to get it to work. Often times the "why" is found in the commentary, which costs more money and, as such, generally doesn't get purchased.

archi_dude

Yes because only in capitalism are codes undercut. Chernobyl was definitely western sabotage. State operated entities are perfect
!

b3tadine[sutures]

Chernobyl, was arrogance coupled with incompetence.

SneakyPete

archi_dude, things aren't binary just because you want them to be.

JLC-1

I can't say for sure what it is, maybe something out of our childhood, but some architects want to get involved in everything everywhere; that's not how it works, naval architecture and engineering is a separate discipline, as is automotive design, airplane design, motorcycles and bicycles. Do you imagine an architect reviewing the stair details on a cruise ship? Checking clearances on a airplane bathroom? The life and safety mechanisms put in place in boats, planes and cars are an industry standard and work well most of the time, and just like with architecture and public buildings, a tragedy of these proportions may be what they need to review those, but I'm 100% sure they won't be looking at 14 or 16 tomes of codes related to building a permanent structure for human occupancy. We do have a tendency to believe we know more than anyone on a multitude of "space related" issues.

Anyone else following Donna’s twitter feud with Michael Riscica?

Sep 9, 19 9:03 pm
b3tadine[sutures]

That clown is barking up the wrong tree. He's had issues, and it appears he still does. The exact same reasons that Donna is slamming his ass for. He's everything wrong with Jersey. Everything.

Jersey? I thought he was from Portland, OR

Feuding on Twitter? That's even more pointless than feuding on Archinect.

Everyday, I'm hoping it goes quiet now. I just can't stand by while people say shitty untrue things about my friends.

TBQH, I was surprised he responded to you at all. Looking at his tweets it is just endless self promotion of his podcast and his conference. I figured he has them automated at this point because they aren’t even timely.

Also, I'm glad you called him out on his tirade against certain ARE prep providers and the AIA and NCARB. This is feeling a lot like his complaint with AIA Portland. He wanted to get something from the AIA and NCARB that they weren't going to give him and he's decided to make an issue of it. He'll say it's not personal, but it definitely looks like he's taken it personally.

liberty bell

OMGoodness the stories I’m hearing from online folk right now. Whatever happened to the SMIA list, I wonder?

Non Sequitur

Am I missing on some juicy action?

Not juicy, just petty. Mostly.

Chad Miller

Almost makes me want to get on twitter.

From what I’ve seen in the Facebook group he moderates, you get one chance to piss him off. Once he’s made up his mind about something there is no changing it.
If you push back at all, you’ll get kicked out. He seems ever more likely to burn bridges and scorch the earth than he is to resolve conflict in some type of professional way.

Everyday, that sounds like a lot of Starchitect genius heroes we all know and love, yes? LOL

Most starchitect genius heroes aren't getting into petty arguments about whether the AIA will promote their ARE test prep business. Don't get me wrong, I think the work Michael does to support and encourage young architects, and those aspiring to become one, is incredible and I hope he continues doing it. Maybe he has a little more tempering to go through (shameless self-promotion). I think he turns off a fair number of people just from his approach to conflict, and that bothers me. It probably shouldn't, but it does.

I totally agree with you that the work he does to support young architects is amazing! He seems to work really hard at it and I think he's helped lots of people. But he's burning a lot of bridges, too, and the attitude of unwillingness to compromise on one's own goals is a common perception of the ego-driven reputation that most people have of architects.

Chad Miller

May I ask what has he done to burn bridges? I don't follow the guy and didn't find anything online about his 'behavior'. I'm not doubting you, just can't find anything. To be fair I didn't look very hard. I have an MOB to crank out . . .

Sorry I didn't see your question earlier Chad. I think a good example was the Portland AIA thing a few years ago. Rather than just working it out, he decided to leave the chapter ... pay dues to somewhere else ... and start a master list of organizations who he feels are supporting young architects and emerging professionals. 

This thing with Donna has started out down a similar path. He's already blocked her on twitter and posted a diatribe about it on his ARE study group on Facebook. 

There is also a tendency I've seen in his social media posts sometimes where he expects someone to disagree with him ... he'll post a comment like -- look someone will get offended by this -- in an attempt to disarm anyone that might disagree with him. More signalling that you are either with him or offended by him and not worth engaging in a discussion. 

Anyway, that's my $0.02 ... I'm sure others see this differently.

Chad Miller

Thanks for the info. I know nothing about the guy and don't know anyone who dose so this is all new to me.

He has a bit of a cult following among the aspiring and newly minted architect crowd. I had heard of him through his terrible website, but didn't really give him much thought until I met him at a conference a number of years ago. He was fun to hang out with for a day or two. I like most of what he's doing even if I don't like the way he does it all the time. 

I will say that I don't think I've heard of one complaint from anyone that has been through his ARE Boot Camp program (which is just one of the many things he does). Plenty of people complain about the cost of it (who aren't in the program), but it seems like if you can afford it and are able to get into it, the value is there.

b3tadine[sutures]

nah, from the east, I thought jersey, but perhaps long island...

Sep 9, 19 10:13 pm
Archlandia

He used to live here? maybe still does?

Archlandia

Portland that is

I think he left PDX shortly after his kerfuffle with AIA Portland a few years ago. I think he's been living in his van as he travels the country on some type of speaking tour to AIA chapters. I'm not sure if he has a permanent address to call home at this point.

b3tadine[sutures]

Wow. It seems in line with someone on the edge of sanity.

rachelfelicita

Hi there! 

New here! I believe this is the right thread to introduce myself? Nice to meet y'all!

Sep 10, 19 2:13 pm
Non Sequitur

hi!

SneakyPete

Howdy.

rachelfelicita

hello hello!

b3tadine[sutures]


Why does it seem that he wants it both ways?

Sep 11, 19 12:59 pm

All this blather, I had to look him up.

I'm looking for work product, I want to see if this guy has any chops. His website is empty, not a single photo of a building - no plans, models, renderings, testimonials, etc. - in fact, no images at all. Google image search returns a bunch of selfies of some weaselly little bald-headed guy.

Not sure how you can call yourself an architect if you don't do architecture.

Check the blog ... oh, he's selling architecture courses. Perfect. Those who can't do, teach.

Sep 11, 19 1:48 pm

Miles, I have to mention that it's unfair to use the term "weasely little bald-headed guy". No comments on personal appearance, please. I feel like we're trying to move past that as a society, aren't we? That's why Michelle Wolf's joke that Sarah Huckabee Sanders "burns facts and uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye" was so brilliant - it didn't disparage her looks, and it even complimented her makeup skills!

b3tadine[sutures]

How about "weasely"?

He's clearly not a large, long-haired weasel.

liberty bell

Miles.

b3tadine[sutures]

A long haired weasel would be an improvement.

There's supposed to be a laughing face emoji after that "Miles" up there, Miles. It didn't come through on the phone.

watch the libertarians flock to the Sanders article like moths to a flame


Sep 16, 19 12:38 pm

unless he paid for the fire crew. This is a thing now in the states isnt it? NPR did a piece on it not that long ago. Insurance companies pay something like 30K a day to put out fires around a house, but only if you have the right insurance. They watch your house burn down if not. That is about as libertarian as it gets....anyway, America is a funny funny place, where everyone has a funny, funny face. All the streets are paved with gold. And no one ever grows old... why is this strange song running in my head and where did it come from?

jla-x

ha


Sep 16, 19 12:48 pm
jla-x


yup.  Socialism 101.  Then they of course become the rich corporations and it’s a full circle jerk like in Southern Europe lol.  

Sep 16, 19 12:49 pm
threeohdoor

Have any straw left for the cows?

archstude

Is someone up for answering a few questions if they're an architect? I have a school project on this, and I'd really, really appreciate it if any of y'all could help me out.

If you're short on time, you can answer these without too much detail. I can add on more.

  1. How long have you been working in your profession?

  2. Where do you live?

  3. What do you like to do outside of work?

  4. What is your job title?

  5. When and why did you choose your career path?

  6. What is the name of your company or employer?

  7. Describe your primary duties and skills. 

  8. Describe your physical work environment.

  9. What is your favorite part of your job?

  10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)

  11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? 

  12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up)

  13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging. 

  14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources]

  15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere?

  16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? 

  17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? 

  18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses? 

  19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you?

  20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career?

  21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?


Sep 16, 19 10:23 pm
Non Sequitur

How long have you been working in your profession? Where do you live? What do you like to do outside of work? What is your job title? When and why did you choose your career path? What is the name of your company or employer? Describe your primary duties and skills. Describe your physical work environment. What is your favorite part of your job? What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it) Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up) Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources] Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere? From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses? How would your clients and coworkers describe you? What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?

Non Sequitur

My response to the highschool kiddo was cut off under the reply time limit... here it is.  Good thing I copied it.

  1. How long have you been working in your profession?  Long enough

  2. Where do you live?  Canada,

  3. What do you like to do outside of work?  Hobbies

  4. What is your job title? Architect and Chief Coffee Consumption 

  5. When and why did you choose your career path?  Sounded like a fun thing to do at the time

  6. What is the name of your company or employer?  No

  7. Describe your primary duties and skills.  Design shit that is also build-able and economically feasible for my clients.

  8. Describe your physical work environment. Computer, mouse, chair, plenty of pens, coffee mug, bottle of single malt

  9. What is your favorite part of your job?  Answering dumb surveys from lazy high school wankers.

  10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)  less than a million

  11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? Bachelor of architectural studies with minor in art history

  12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up) No

  13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging.  Civil and Painting

  14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources] Library, faculty, peers

  15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere? Excellent

  16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? The best one in my country

  17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? Master of the Universe

  18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses?  OAA, completed ExAC  

  19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you? Interesting, diligentent, maniacal, drunk, supernatural, godly

  20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? Die

  21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make? Pick up the phone and talk to someone.  You won't get anywhere with this lazy crowd-sourcing jive.

Sep 16, 19 11:15 pm
archstude

I kind of have gotten somewhere. All I need to do is embellish your responses a bit more and I've still got a valid interview. Thanks!

Seriously, a phone call would be easier than answering all of this via text. Also, one could look at an archinect profile and get answers to a lot of these. I'm happy to help, but a list of 21 questions is actually kind of daunting.

b3tadine[sutures]

Honestly, I can't think of anything to make what I do sound more boring, than to answer a list of questions.

Non Sequitur

bonus note, my contractor stood me up at a scheduled deficiency review this morning. He's not going to like my site report (the local custodian gave up unsupervised access). I like doing CA, that's not boring. What's boring is delegating work knowing that it's unlikely it'll get done to an acceptable level of care... and that I'll redo everything eventually.

archstude

Sequiter, could you describe why civil arch was hard at least? I'm still going to keep everything else, but I'd still appreciate it if you could help out this lazy high school wanker

Non Sequitur

A'stude, Civil as in Civil engineering. At my uni, it was the course most students retook... some taking it thrice. Failing a 3rd time could easily lead to expulsion from the program. It was a 6hr per week course, with monday morning 8:30am start time and I got a solid A (85-90%). Civil is the generic term for all that is basic material structure and physics calculations. (moment, deflection, rotation, etc). Basically high-school physics on steroids and you have to keep in mind that we have 40+ hours of studio work to do in addition to this.

archstude

Thanks, and would you mind me just pulling courses from Uni of Calgary's arch program for some of the questions? (I'm assuming that's where you went) thanks again!

Non Sequitur

I did not go to calgary and whatever courses were available back when I was in school are unlikely to be the same now anyways. Best to look into the accreditation boards to see what constitutes architecture curricula in your area.

Chad Miller

Here are my 'answers' 

1.    How long have you been working in your profession?  About 15 years

2.    Where do you live?  Colorado

3.    What do you like to do outside of work? Hike, climb, paddle, mountain bike

4.    What is your job title? Project Architect

5.    When and why did you choose your career path?  I discovered my interested in architecture through a high school drafting class.

6.    What is the name of your company or employer?  Not going to say.

7.    Describe your primary duties and skills.  The short answer, I design buildings then make sure they are built per the drawings.

8.    Describe your physical work environment.  A typical open office cubical, but with nice picture on the walls.

9.    What is your favorite part of your job?  Conceptual design.

10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)  Not going to answer publicly 

11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? North Dakota State University, Bachelor’s of Architecture

12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up)  Don’t make this up.  Ask actual universities what their programs contain.  Each program is different.

13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging.  Structural Engineering and Professional Writing.

14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources]  Your professors and other students. 

15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere?  I worked really damn hard.

16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? North Dakota State University

17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)?   Bachelor’s of Architecture.

18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses?  I am a licensed architect.  I was required to complete an internship via NCARB then took seven separate exams. 

19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you?  Humorous, dedicated, creative.

20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? That my buildings overall make the built environment a better place for people to inhabit. 

21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?  That’s up to you as a student to figure out.  Talk in person with an architect.  Maybe job shadow someone.  

Sep 17, 19 1:49 pm
axonapoplectic

I just put something on my calendar for 2022. 


We live in the future.

Sep 17, 19 6:08 pm

Serious questions...

  1. Can Archinect add a warning when you want to post a comment/reply to a thread that is over a year old alerting you, "the last comment in this thread is over a year old and maybe your comments aren't necessary," with an option to forego posting or to continue. Maybe a captcha for users with less than 5 comments to weed out the necroposts from spam bots.
  2. Would this have any effect on the random necroposting.

Note this wouldn't stop someone who really has a reason to necropost from posting. It would just make it harder / more deliberate. 

Sep 19, 19 2:20 pm
Non Sequitur

necroposting is one of the only way to organically dig up classics discussions tho.

Archlandia

I don't think so. The people who seem to be doing this are doing it on purpose or they are very new to the forum. The coffee one got kicked back up from someone named Kenneth31? First post/comment ever on Archinect forum

Yeah, I know. It's a tough balancing act because I do enjoy the classics getting dug up. But for every coffee necropost, there are like 50 that are completely useless where the OP was looking for some type of help 5 years ago, and the necropost is well, not really necessary. This literally happened about ten minutes after I posted my questions above. If Ben is still looking at saving costs on his hillside lot, it would have been better to build anything 5 years ago just from a simple cost escalation standpoint.

Non Sequitur

I saw that one and almost wrote an identical response.

Archlandia

Seems like a timestamp from the last post written should live right next to the title, in the same bold font. This way people might see how old it is, maybe?

Steeplechase

Another, more modern, forum I also use doesn’t allow new members (les than something like 100 posts) to post links without moderator approval. That has really helped their problem with spam bot posts which seem to be the vast majority of necroposts.

ARCHINECT - are you listening?

Interestingly enough, archinect moderator approval is required to make your first thread, but not for your first comment. So while we don't get a bunch of spam threads, we do get a lot of spam necroposts. Some mornings I will flag 4 or 5 hoping the moderators get to them before someone else makes a comment in the thread keeping it on the first page. Maybe the solution is to just have the moderators approve first threads and comments.

Archinect mod approval is required for your first thread? I had no idea. Really?

b3tadine[sutures]

Yep

Non Sequitur

maybe we should form a union

Archlandia

Revolucion! I don't go on the auto forums any longer, but all of those required approval for pretty much any first-time action.

Donna, I found it out when I switched from Everyday Intern to Everyday Architect. Ironically, I had already posted to my archinect blog under the new name, but your first thread gets moderated. I made a comment about it here on Aug 1.

I went on a spam flagging spree this morning. Assuming someone at Archinect is paid to review every comment I flagged before it get's removed ... wouldn't it be quicker, easier, and more effective at stopping spam to simply pay someone to review each first time comment before it goes live? If not, can I get some store credit to Archinect Outpost for flagging the spam? Maybe promote this as an incentive for others to start flagging the spam too?

Embarrassments of being an Old: I had to do a cabinet detail change in Revit. It took me, no lie, over an hour and multiple questions to the Youth who is managing the BIM. In CAD I could have made the change in 10-15 minutes. I'm embarrassed, in two ways:

1. I feel like the Youth looks at me and sees a doddering old know-nothing and

2. When I was the Youth in this scenario, I definitely looked at the Olds and thought to myself "doddering old know-nothings"!!

Sep 20, 19 9:39 am
Non Sequitur

X4 time when you don't know anything is not terrible.

citizen

I sympathize, Donna. On the flip slide, the Youth probably knows nothing about cabinets, casework, and construction. (Nor did you at that stage.) 

Cue The Circle of Life...

curtkram

just keep learning. i think the youths and the olds respect each other more when they see you're at least willing to try.

tintt

I met an older architect last week who still draws everything by hand. Sounds good to me. I can't keep up with everything and software too lately.

axonapoplectic

Architecture today is primarily about carving humanity out of a sea of parking.

Sep 20, 19 2:01 pm
SneakyPete

Underrated comment.

Non Sequitur

...and replacing said parking with more parking... just slightly to the right.


SneakyPete

Overrated comment.

( o Y o )

in Archinect news, sandwiched in between articles about NYC seeking a floating swimming pool and 10 superlux bathrooms is an article about the massive avian die-off

maybe i can get a commission to design a bird cemetery or even better a museum of extinct birds? WTF are the priorities here? 

Sep 20, 19 7:26 pm
axonapoplectic

I propose the museum of extinct birds to be a massive glass tower so people can witness it first hand.

Happy Anarchy

dude.

axonapoplectic, that's an excellent comment.

Happy Anarchy

the priorities, well being an architect is an oxymoron.  if you participate in architecture you are destroying the environment with every move.  how much embodied energy in that bamboo flooring (but it's cheap) LEED paperwork is at least 2 trees, bruh.

intro to Cradle to Cradle, the German (not the guy who wrote the book, some fancy American) says some shit like, hey we felt stupid just standing around holding hands in front of some corporate facility, what could we change? nothing.  He's German, he's rational.

So good job kids, taking a day off of work and just being morons yelling shit. No one cares, really.  Put your grievances on the internet and we'll go back to developing some badass petroleum products and running adds, like - holy shit, Shell likes solar panels?

so read the rest of the book (Cradle to Cralde) that is recylced, like cradle to cradle, burh.

The Secret:

Take your dumb social media thinking and spin it towards money.  Make money people want to "like" and all that other moronic internet behavior.  Make people who have the funds feel guilt, fund the natural, and somehow feel like it's old school Catholicism...buy your way into heavin.  Get these people with money to donate to your cause on guilt, pre mardi-gras guilt, get these people who have made their profit off of our environment to loose all their funds to YOU!  you, we, none of us owe people anything who don't care about the rest of us?!??!

fuck them, peeps.

Image result for cranston meth

Sep 21, 19 1:04 am
Happy Anarchy

being tiefs is good! (that's thief in an Irish accent, remember the Irish have always been on the right side of history). TIEFS.

Happy Anarchy

I give myself up, you old schoolers know who I am... I love you!


Who is the editor here? they are genius (see the headlines here...)

tanks

- Happy

Sep 21, 19 1:29 am
tintt

Happy birthday!

Happy Anarchy

thank you! Google had candles on the letters today...for muah?

and the editors at Archinect are doing a great job.


tintt

What are the editors doing a good job with?

Happy Anarchy

they pay attention.

Happy Anarchy

professional opinion:

just downed a glug of Jameson without me wife watching...is that a good character? a secretly drunker than though and smart than thou Peter Eisenman Derrida Expert?

(short version , Derrida thought Eisenman was trying too hard).

thoughts?

Sep 21, 19 2:01 am
curtkram

eisenman sucked at being an architect and derrida was not an architect.

Happy Anarchy

that was a Jeffrey Kipnis Separatix reference and a Chora L works reference. it takes at least three (3) shots of Jameson to understand that.


in case you're interested.


https://www.jstor.org/stable/p...


I'm thinking character could be that old drunk guy in the bar rattling off architecture theory, getting under your skin like it was a political/religious conversation?


curtkram

i would never drink irish whiskey. tschumi is cool.

Happy Anarchy

swiss whiskey? are you crazy? does such a thing exist? ...hold hold on scene from Just Shoot me! (Tschumi!)

Happy Anarchy

'merican futball as per Bernard


curtkram

whiskey comes from kentucky. Whisky comes from scotland.

curtkram

Those are not included as acceptable alternates in the spec and can be safely replaced with real whiskey. Props to Japanese though. Some of their attempts at whiskey are acceptable substitutes.

Happy Anarchy

acceptable...i had to get my back right tooth capped drinking too much Japanese Whiskey. Japanese do everything better because they want to.

Happy Anarchy

curt, the irish don't make whiskey? (thank you beta)

curtkram

they try happy. Bless their hearts.

Happy Anarchy

bless their hearts....that's insult. dude how different are the scots form the irish? whiskey is a process and the Japanese did it better than everyone...I mean I love Macallen, but I'll drink Irish Whiskey! then what is Jameson?


Happy Anarchy

yes, but you wouldn't be here with out the Irish


curtkram

Stephen the Irishman was cool, but he couldn't make whiskey for shit. Good on him for defending scotch whisky though.

Happy Anarchy

you got me bruh....

SneakyPete

It speaks volumes about the value of that "architectural" folly that they're choosing it as the backdrop in front of which to interview this perpetual stain on the world's y-fronts. 

Sep 24, 19 12:44 pm

I usually use bread, cake, and pancakes as my examples, but why not cookies?




Sep 25, 19 4:49 pm
b3tadine[sutures]

yes!

archiwutm8

I think I might take a career break, it's been pretty difficult lately and I just don't feel mentally well enough to do this nonsense anymore. The partner has asked me to quit and do something I enjoy cause she knows how it's draining the life out of me.


Has anyone taken a career break?

Sep 27, 19 10:13 am
midlander

every day in a sense. do it, you need it. nothing good comes out of fighting yourself.

mightyaa

Nope. Could never afford to. It is a fantasy though... Just walk away and flip cars.

tintt

Yes. I left and had another career for 7 years then came back to architecture. It was like a nice long nap.

Several times. Once as an apprentice to a Japanese master builder, 3 years that changed the way I look at everything. I,

I’m on a break now, 3 years since the last project.

archi_dude

This sounds like a good independent post. How long. How old were you How did you do it (financially) and what was it like coming back to the h

archi_dude

The work force. No trust funders invited for commenting though. They tend to have a very know it all Zheng attitude that lacks any grounding in real world experience.

archanonymous

I took an involuntary break when I graduated in 09 and did actual work building actual things with my own two hands. It was so incredibly invigorating. I miss it.

I was in my 30’s, it was a paid apprenticeship, barely enough to survive on. Architecture was always feast or famine for me, usually famine. I’ve done a lot of different things. Currently making art, which is also feast or famine. LOL

curtkram

I took a few sick days this week. A lot of it ended up being working from home, but I got a couple naps in and got to spend time with the dogs.

JLC-1

Not precisely a "career" break since I never looked at my life as some kind of competition to get ahead (that's a career, right?) but I did my first 10 years as an architect building stuff, classrooms, laboratories, offices , etc for my university, the next 10 years were a mixed bag of "urban design" and " community planning" for 2 large firms, and the last 10 years I've been designing and building houses away from cities and suburbs.

liberty bell

I’m waiting for my car to be fixed and the waiting room is showing daytime TV. Whenever I see this shit I feel like I understand why this country (the US) is so conflicted and combative. Every show and commercial is blatant fear-mongering: your car might get stolen! Your house might get broken into! A semi may mow down your loved ones on the highway! Your heart is about to blow out! Asbestos! 

It might benefit us all if legal marijuana moves much more quickly.

Oct 1, 19 1:29 pm
Wood Guy

I know what you mean. It's been at least ten years since I've had network TV, and I haven't even had a television for the last six years. (We do stream content on a laptop--we're not totally weird...) When I'm somewhere that has a TV blaring non-stop I can't believe other people put up with it. 

 Cannabis is legal in my state but it doesn't seem to help the situation, unfortunately. (Aside from making it more fun to just stay home.)

archanonymous

I've been reading Seneca's "Letters from a Stoic" it has a good deal to say about this topic.

b3tadine[sutures]

I miss Days Of Our Lives, and Another World.

midlander

every time i visit my parents i've got to beg them to shut the damn tv off or i'm off to stay in a hotel. why such nice people tolerate the constant projection of misery and fear into their daily life is incomprehensible to me. some people just need noise despite going to extraordinary lengths to live where there isn't any.

Non Sequitur

My folk’s tv just plays house reno or signing competition shows on repeat... but then again, we’re not subject to the same media Donna references. My tv serves as a vehicle for hockey and Disney movies.

tintt

I haven't watched TV in 10 years. Best 10 years of my life.

There is a universal remote called TV B Gone that turns off all tvs. Great for visits to places where tvs are on all the time. Also fun watching staff try to figure out the problem.

Chad Miller

Whew.  Slowing down at the office yet we're advertising for an experienced PA and interior designer.  We just hired two interns as well. Sure hope we get that project. . . . 

Oct 1, 19 6:17 pm
Non Sequitur

we're speeding up... and can't fill seats with people who can keep this ship afloat.

Bench

Honest question - is the office looking to increase compensation to get those people needed in seats? (Not directly looking, just always curious to observe the market back home ...)

Non Sequitur

Bench, the quick answer is no... The real answer is, I've got no fucking clue but I'm hoping some of this will be cleared up soon. The (commercial) market here is strange. There is far too much activity and zero workforce (both consultant and labour)... but we're not seeing any influx of applications outside of the typical no experience student variety. We "poached" a middle-age arch (with PA experience, apparently) some time ago and I almost lost it trying to coordinate and red-line their work recently. eugh.

Chad Miller

Yeah but you work in Canada so you're all a little wonky, at least according to the Rick Moranis movie.

Non Sequitur

Chad, yeah, things are different here (for the better) and compensation levels just don't compare well to the US.

Chad Miller

Being from northern Minnesota I'm basically a Canadian cousin. I can relate.

Non Sequitur

^I'd invite you to (october) thanksgiving... just leave your imperial system at the border.

Chad Miller

I'll try my best. No promises though.

Chad Miller

Here you go

Image result for rick moranis strange brew gif

Oct 2, 19 10:25 am
Non Sequitur

Brewery fo'sure. There is like one new craft brewery in my city everyweek.

Bench

Canadian craft beers > American craft beers

Thats great you can make 8 different IPA's, but they all taste like straight saw dust. Meanwhile Canadian breweries are actually experimenting with way more interesting flavour profiles. Personal favourites are the red rye beers, especially in the O-valley.

Non Sequitur

Rye beers are awesome.

Almosthip7

Take off eh!

Classic. I spent way too many hours watching that movie with my friends in HS. I probably have the VHS floating around in a box somewhere. 

SneakyPete

Bench, I don't think you have anything to back that claim up other than your own personal bias.

Non Sequitur

Pete, I second Bench's assertion on the craft beer differences. Come at me bro.

archiwutm8

It's all about Czech and German beers, fight me.

Non Sequitur

^booooooring. At least throw some Belgians in there if you want a chance.

SneakyPete

Just around my apartment we have breweries dedicated to sours, belgians, lagers, etc. Even breweries that specialize in ales generally have between 3 and 12 beers that aren't IPAs. I mean, I appreciate the dick waggling that you seem to be going for here, and it's refreshing to see that the idiotic need to posture and preen extends above the 49th parallel, but Bench's post was long on bullshit and opinion and short on actual facts.

Non Sequitur

^ My favorite local brewery puts out one new brew every Thursday and everyone of them unique and likely never to be redone. I'm a fan of NEIPA tho... not sure I've ever had a bad one of those.  

I think the over-hoppy hipster craft brew jive has died down here.  Sours and %10+ stouts are increasing in popularity.

SneakyPete

That's a universal trend. The only thing as likely as a trend is the inevitable backlash to the trend. Gotta love how "individuality" ends up breeding conformity.

atelier nobody

Funny story from school: One of my classmates worked at a craft brewery. One day a professor who was disappointed in all of our work was on a tirade and asked, "What are you spending your time on that is so much more important than your assignments?!?!" Cue quiet voice from the back of the room, "I make beer." Professor was literally rendered speechless for the next 10 seconds or so - WIN!

Chad Miller

Had a professor that was actively practicing in another town while teaching. Prof was a bit of egomaniac and a douche. He taught a detailing class where we would get little detailing projects as if he where the principal and we where interns at a firm. One day he was laying into us about how poorly we did as a class on an assignment and how we must not be doing the work, and what the hell have you all been doing. One kid said 'Fixing your mistakes'. Said kid was working in a firm that had been hired to do a renovation of on of the prof's projects. Never heard a prof swear like that.

tduds

I'd say the average Canadian craft brewery is probably better than the average American craft brewery, but only because the American market is oversaturated with mediocre homebrewers turned pro and entrepreneurial trend-chasers trying to cash in on the craze. Could be I'm just not seeing it because they don't export, but I'm not seeing that oversaturation from Canada & I think it's because the market just isn't as huge.

I'd argue the best American brewers are better than the best Canadian. Not that Canada (& specifically, Quebec) isn't turning out some top-notch beers.

tduds

That said, as a proud Oregonian give me hops or give me death.

SneakyPete

What's the best IPA in Oregon (in your opinion)?

tduds

Tough choice, but lately Breakside's Wanderlust IPA has been doin it for me. Really any IPA from Breakside is likely to knock your socks off.

tduds

I'm also partial to Fort George's Magnanimous IPA but it's only available for a couple of months (releasing soon!)

Non Sequitur

tduds, you need to reactivate that untappd account. Also, wedding? Good? Recovered?

b3tadine[sutures]

Surly Darkness byatches! IPAs are for nunces.


Bench

On the first couple days of fall I am reacquainting myself with porters and stouts - my go-to cold weather beers.

tduds, i think the Canadian market is approaching peak saturation pretty soon. Apparently my own little hometown suburb of a mid-major city has just opened its own microbrewery as well, in a stripmall no less - never thought that would happen. There are about a dozen within a 30-minute drive further away from the city as well, not to mention a slew that have opened in the city itself.

And to the overly serious individuals ... lighten up. Its beer.

Non Sequitur

The Quebec craft market was saturated long before Ontario had it's first string of breweries. Chalk that up to the long list of provincial regulations and mega conglomerate Beer Store. Less gov regulations now, but there are still enough hurdles to keep things local. Sucks that I can't get many craft brews from the north or other provinces, but it leaves us with decent local craft brews with healthy competition. Walk into a quebec beer store (QC has few distribution laws) and you'll see 800 different breweries with almost identical products. Most are shit if you don't know what to look for.

tintt

I would try them all if I had time to.

Bench

tintt, judging by some of the depanneur's i have been to for beer runs, it appears there are people who do have the time, and do try them all ... :)

Non Sequitur

I've tried my fair share of those random QC brews... and my untappd record will back-me up on that one. Tintt has her share of those too I imagine.

SneakyPete

I'm always bummed about how many quality local brews decide to go mass market. They have every right and I am not trying to stifle that, but I love finding quality local brews that I just can't find where I live. It's part of why I like to travel. Seeing the beers from the Northeastern US in California kinda lessens their specialness.

tduds

NS: Wedding was great. Weather almost was bad but miraculously held off. Honeymoon was magical. I'm "recovered" in that I'm relaxed and re-energized, but still adjusting back into the workday life. Might post some things in here or elsewhere about the past month.

tduds

Well that month went by fast. 

Happy to be home, though. How are all my favorite internet time-wasters?

Oct 2, 19 5:49 pm
Chad Miller

I'm doing marketing research, not wasting time!

citizen

That's a vicious rumor that's only partially true.

Chad Miller

Only partially . . . .

tawerbek

Can anyone explain to me the difference between a cover and gusset connection?

Oct 4, 19 3:37 am
Non Sequitur

When is your homework due because this question can be answered within 8 seconds using google. Lazy student is lazy.


Chad Miller

You should start answering incorrectly . . .

Non Sequitur

I was feeling generous today.  I'll leave the incorrect answers to RickyB.


Chad Miller

Burn!

Ouch! ... on a thread he can't even post on to defend himself. Well played! 

(cue new thread made by Ricky to respond to this)

Non Sequitur

hehe... you guys saw right though me.

citizen

Hey, guys, have y'all seen the new "Non Sequitur Sucks" thread posted by Anonymous in Astoria? It's great!

Non Sequitur

^ really? I didn’t see that.

curtkram

I don't really know what jla is going on about with his Batman thread, but there is something wrong with that kid.

Oct 8, 19 8:41 am

Thank doG for the ignore button.

SneakyPete

Agreed.

Non Sequitur

this

Those two ^ are really the only Batman and Robin I acknowledge. Although I've enjoyed bits of Gotham - Jada Pinkett Smith and Robin Taylor are both amazing in it, as are the sets/production design. I'm with Sneaky Pete - that thread is lovely when the Ignore feature is engaged!

tduds

Last week, I went to a screening of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie with a live orchestra. Not only was the music fantastic, but that film is so much fun. I'd forgotten how great Jack Nicholson is as the Joker.

Best Jack Nicholson film: Goin South (1978). Supporting cast: Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, and Danny DeVito. One of my all-time favorites.

citizen

What happened to the "Interesting Information" thread on project management from earlier today?

Oct 8, 19 3:46 pm
Non Sequitur

was nuked. started by a new type of bot that copy/pasted an earlier Donna comment as the start of a discussion.

citizen

And so starts The Rise of the Machines...

curtkram

I'm sure the machines can't do worse than people

citizen

Except that the bot post is gone, and we're still here.

Wood Guy

My favorite new (to me) joke, seems appropriate here: 

A robot walks into a bar. The bartender says, "we don't serve your kind here." The robot responds, "you will...".

tintt

Last week I literally said out loud that I was shocked I'd never ripped my pants out at a job site. Whelp, that's no longer the case. 

Oct 9, 19 9:29 pm
citizen

Don't keep us in suspense! Was the rip in innocuous, embarrassing, or humiliating territory?

tintt

Didn't notice the actual occurance, only afterward. Was only somewhat noticeable unless bending so maybe no one else noticed either!!!

Chad Miller

Happened to me last week. Caught my toe on the edge of a partial burred piece of rebar. Took a face plant onto the gravel base of the concrete slabs cold joint. Luckily my forearm saved my face. The knee of my pants did not survive.

citizen

I think we have the makings of a new thread...  Someone did one years back about the pitfalls of doing field measuring and documentation for as-builts.  It was hilarious, and educational!

eeayeeayo

I had a spectacular pants-ripping incident many years ago. I crouched to look at something while on a roof, and the outer seam up the leg of my pants decided to unsew itself in slow-motion, starting at the cuff and getting all the way up to the hip. The roof ladder was located in a closet in the exact center of a very occupied open-plan office building. I got quite the stares upon my exit from the closet.When I got back to the office I put it back together with binder clips.

citizen

Now, there's a story. More please!

sooo bad, but sooo good

Oct 10, 19 9:48 am
Chad Miller

I was surprised by the number of genitals represented.

wurdan freo

wow... the more i look.. the more I can't look away...

b3tadine[sutures]

It's wet, people are super motivated, and ready to march. Tonight, is going to be interesting. I'm ready.

Oct 10, 19 12:29 pm
Bench

Nice!

Be safe, b3ta, but also, if you can, post pictures!

b3tadine[sutures]

.

Guess which one is the architect's car:

I take this picture at virtually every site visit I make.

Oct 10, 19 5:14 pm
SneakyPete

Hopefully the black chevy pickup.

Non Sequitur

You mean the one with the tasteful truck-nuts? Pretty obvious, no?

SneakyPete

You see something I don't? The Miata has a lot of racing stickers, eh?

miata in Japanese (inflection of miataru) means ‘to be found’, lost. As in “one of my suitcases is missing”. 

http://m.romajidesu.com/dictionary/meaning-of-Miata.html

Archlandia

Donna do you take that thing to the track?

I have not yet, Archlandia. My last Miata I drove at normal speed around the Indy 500 Speedway, but not this one.

miata means found. "Miataranai" = "not found", literally meaning can't lay eyes on something. Although I have not heard it used just as miata before. I have less than zero knowledge about cars. Would be super funny if the name was meant to be Japanese and not German after all. Speaking of Germany, recently read a good story about Phillip Johnson driving around Germany in the 30's in his rolls royce and people thought he was probably hitler driving in cognito. Johnson was into Hitler back then and he probably was happy for that idea to be floating around. Architects can be such dicks. Which is the point of the car shaming picture, so there, full circle. Yay!

Oct 11, 19 1:30 am
SneakyPete

Miatas are made by Mazda, so it's most likely meant to be from the Japanese word.

the google machine says that mazda was using german, meaning "prize". Japanese companies almost never use Japanese words for products. Its not cool here. The truncated miata is a funny story though. Like shouting out I found it! after looking everywhere for your car keys.

Yes, architects can definitely be dicks. Heaven knows I have been one lately! But Miata isn't either Japanese or German, it's an acronym: Miata Is Always The Answer. This is fact.

lol. what is the question?

archiwutm8

Donna is right, Miata Is Always The Answer.

SneakyPete

That's weird, even for marketing.

b3tadine[sutures]

Building Collapse


It appears that they poured concrete without shoring. Nuts. 

Oct 12, 19 4:34 pm
curtkram

makes my problems seem small in comparison

Non Sequitur

What the bloody d

Non Sequitur

*bloody fuk?

That’s going to leave a mark.

Chad Miller

Oi Vey! :(

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