Sunday, December 9, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
After many years, I've now parted ways with Patches, the '62 Chevy.
It's helped me through several moves, I've learned a lot working on her, but it's time for someone else to work on it. It's going to a good home (a dad with a 13 year old son). They'll take good care of her.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
I strongly believe that all engineers should, ideally about once a year, read an engineering disaster book. You a lot when everything goes massively sideways and you point to that and say, 'not that. not that ever again.'
Unquestionably the best written of the trio, Fire and Brimstone chronicles the oldest of the disasters, the 1917 Speculator Disaster where 168 died. This book also covers the political fallout of the disaster and the context with the Anaconda Mining company's chokehold on Montana. This book is definitely my favorite of the three. The thing I was really amazed with was how, despite very primitive technology, how well the workers were able to immediately respond to the disaster, despite extremely primitive technology. Some workers immediately understood the dangers of the fire and began building bulkheads to entomb themselves and survived the disasters. The bravery of the rescuers using very primitive breathing rigs was also remarkable; the equipment was very limited, but they worked within those limitations extremely well.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
I have also seen some construction sites getting very creative with it. I've seen folks using Navisworks models loaded onto tablets (that worked OK; durability and interface being somewhat limited) and using Job-Boxes with computers inside (that one being pretty nifty). Construction downtime is VERY expensive and companies are being creative in minimizing it.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
The streets were quite slick with Bourbon Street Gumbo, but everyone came well prepared with good boots.
* The foggy French Quarter is mystical.