Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Office Posters

Every office has that go-to guy, the one who has been around before shoes were invented, knows everything, and has millions of stories. Our office has one, he used to be a partner, then kind of retired... but does not know how to not work, Dick Roediger. A few years ago, we found an old photo of him from back in the day when he was a lady killer. Opportunities like this are too hard to pass up, and during slow times at work, I have to do something interesting... so I borrowed his headshot, and a movie poster... and... tada:

Since that time, I have made one for every holiday, or every day I get bored. I have made alot of these. Here are some of the better ones. More to follow.

Halloween this year:

Random bored time:

This year's Christmas has a few posters.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Best advice I heard all night

A beautiful, young red-headed friend of mine once told me:
"Never make someone a priority, when they make you their option!"

And, (now) I always say "always listen to hot red-heads."

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Spam of the day

Spam is not the normal thing people like... but I was bored, so I read some of it. Spammers are always trying to out trick the anti-spam-bots with new and clever ideas. One of the newer ways is to steal lines, words, and paragraphs from various websites and assmeble them into meaningless dribble, which might make you read it. This makes for interesting combinations... here are a few I found this morning. Note, these are taken directly from the e-mail, no alterations.

com allows site owners to "claim" a word for their very own
If I copywrite that word, can I earn royalties?

This site is selling out words quickly, New Specials Each Week! Perfect for wedding and baby showers, kids' parties, or any occasion.
With Christmas right around the corner, you might be unwrapping your very own word.

No comment

Words disintegrate to reveal new letters.
Guess there are use-by dates for all those "words" you bought earlier.

Each month we will send one of our giant Mrs.
They ran out of regular sized Mrs a while ago.

Wind your way through the hive tunnels to find the exit, and smother hapless beekeepers by swarming with the rest of your hive to show the puny humans your queen is boss!
Puny humans... all your queen are belong to us!

And if that scale scares you think about writing a simple program that helps a single student learn something new.

But at its heart - computer science

With the MS version, you have to look in the UNDO files.
Geekdom version of X-files... a straight to Beta-max release.

Costly mudlogger it reached maximum
Mudloggers are expensive.

Dogs mention poodles equally

Harry invisible children
How does one know if an invisible child is harry?


Get reasonable price suffer.
Another great Christmas present idea.

Yes, the headline above is the correct way
of asking "what's your problem?

Theres no containing those show up dogs.

I am sure there will be more to follow.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Searching for a new home

As many of you know, I have been on the search for a boat... actually, this search started a few years ago, then took a break, and has been in full swing for a few months now. I have settled on a few boats which I am looking at more closely. I traveled to Boston a few weekends ago to look at this boat in particular... and thought I would post a little about her, so people can get an idea of what I am looking at.

This is a C&C 34 built in 1980 (the yachtworld listing). She is very well equiped with a decent sail inventory, and some excellent electronics. The previous owner did alot of racing with her, and she always performed well, which is good to hear.

There are a few issues that need figuring out. The only big issue, which I was informed today by the broker that is not such a large issue, is that the keel-hull joint has a crack in it, from grounding in reverse. It has had this crack for a while, and the owner had the keel pulled, and re-seated some years ago, and the crack came right back. It does not appear to be structural, and is not, according to the broker, leaking into either the hull, nor the keel. This is likely a purely cosmetic issue, and not something to necessarily be worried about, however, if I do decide to make an offer on her, a marine surveyor will look more closely at this to be sure.

That is the only big issue as I can see it... although there was a little water in the bildge, so it was difficult to see the keel bolts, and the condition of the bildge. Generally, the interior was dirty, and since the mast was removed, various parts were spread around, making her look a little messy. She just needs a good cleaning.

Here is a video I took of the interior... at one point I turn the camera sideways, don't hurt your neck trying to make sense of it, and don't worry, I turn it back after I realize I am dumb for rotating it. And, yes, I did film the head.

Monday, November 13, 2006

All good things...

14 years is a long time to have a vehicle. I think most people switch cars every 3 or 4 years... few keep their car for longer than 6 or 7 years. Some times people become very connected to their vehicles (right mum)... and after 14 years, and 200,000 miles, I certainly have become connected to my truck. That's why it hurts so much to have found out that she has a terminal condition, and she only has a few weeks to live.

We were on the way to Chicago, when it appears that the minor coolant leak got very much worse. She has apparently blown her head gasket, warped her heads, and damaged the piston rings. This is an unserviceable situation, and engine transplant is the only solution for her. Right now, she leaves a toxic cloud of smoke if I try to drive her... so thick it blocks out the sun.

She has been everywhere with me... we started in 1993 by traveling the country following the national jetski circuit. Since that time, she has taken me anywhere I asked of her, and back again... even after becoming critically ill, she still made sure to bring me home.

We have camped at the lake many a night. We saw many a drive-in movie. She has gotten me through so many storms. She has protected me in 2 accidents, and twice when we flew off the road due to ice. She drove my world across the country for graduate school. She has moved countless friends... many more than once. Every girl I have dated since high school has been in that truck.

In short... I love her, and it hurts like losing a favorite pet. She has proven to be more reliable, and faithful than any of the afore-mentioned girls. I know if I needed her too, she would take me on one last trip, even if it meant her great pain.

Soon, I will be putting her to sleep. Goodnight my truck. Sleep well, and have good dreams.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Scuba Map V2.0

So, this is mapping application which is smarter, and simpler to use. The platial map made me make a post to a forum (which I have no idea where that forum is... or who reads it), before it would add a marker to my map.

This one, by Community Walk is pretty handy. Actually, it is simple to setup, simple to edit, and I think simpler to navigate. Let me know which is your favorite.

CommunityWalk Map - MysticGringo - Scuba Map

Scuba Map

I am trying to find a mapping application which I can display here. I am trying a few different ones, but so far like Platial map Creator the best. This is built on Google Maps, so that means it is cool.

Feel free to pan around, and zoom in on the sites I have marked.

Monday, October 30, 2006

What do Diet Coke, Mentos, and too much time equal.

A mad farmer, with a mess to clean up.

Kids with lab coats can come up with the greatest things. Turns out, Steve Wynn paid way too much money for his Belagio fountains.

From www.eepybird.com

Friday, October 27, 2006

27 Seconds of a Cow fish

This is a Cow Fish trying to get away from my camera. These are oddly shaped fish, like a triangle in section... with lots of various fins. These are pretty abundant in Curacao, and through out the Caribbean, we saw several of these every dive.

These are my mother's favorite fish to watch.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

27 seconds of squid

Thought I would throw up a video of some squids we found in Curacao. Squids are cool....

Monday, October 23, 2006


Just returned from a week in Curacao, N.A. It was a pretty relaxed time, mostly made of diving, and napping... both of which are pretty fun. Curacao is a little island in the Netherland Antilles... just north of Venezuela, with some awesome people, and some awesome diving. The capitol is Willemstad (the typical postcard photo of it here). parts of the family were there, and we stayed at Sunset Waters resort, which is towards the north of the island. Sunset Divers is attached to the hotel, and have some pretty nice dive sites to see... and some pretty fun dive masters to hang out with.

The diving was pretty good... and very easy. This is one of the easiest places to dive I have ever been... there is no current, and the dive boat is very well setup. The sea life is very good, and coral looks to be in good shape... but there is a noticable lack of larger life, such as shark, or rays. I only saw a single stingray in all of my 15 or so dives. There are some unique things though... this is the first time I have ever seen a seahorse, and there are more eals here than I have ever seen. There also seems to be alot of Christmas Tree Worms everywhere... more than anywhere I have seen before.

You can go visit my flickr page to see more photos from there if you'd like. Below are two videos from the trip. The first being an eal which was swimming from one coral head to another one. Rarely do you see eals leave their hiding spots. The second video is of my favorite fish, one I could watch all day long, but I do not know what sort he is. It is also a part of a new series I am going to do called "27 seconds" which will be videos of various subjects which are all 27 seconds long. Why 27 seconds... sounded cool.

Swimming eal, Curacao, N.A.

27 seconds - Favorite fish

My favorite fish... I wish I knew his name... but he is cool. This little dude has some parasites on him.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Red River Gorge

Last Friday a few climbing buddies of mine and I went to the Red River Gorge to do some climbing. We got to the Red by about 10:30pm... after making a few directional errors. Instead of camping in a normal camp ground, we went up to the Fortress Wall and climbed Bed Time For Bonzo (5.6)... then dragged all our camping equipment up, and slept atop the wall. It was a gorgeous camp site... very exposed, with some good tent sites further back. It was a beautiful night.

The next day, all 5 of us climbed 2 multi-pitch routes. The first being a 5.7 route, still on Fortress (which is an all trad wall) called Party Time. The first pitch of this 2 pitch route ends on a small ledge... with hardly any room for 5 people to hang out on. The whole climb ascends a dihedral which varies in width quite a bit. The summit gives a beautiful view.

The second climb for the day was one of the classic climbs in the Red, Caver's Route (5.3 R). You can actually free-solo this (no ropes or protection) if you want... but as it was my first time on this route... I roped up for one of the pitches (its a 4 or 5 pitch route). The thing with Caver's is the compression of the crack... it is so tight, that in a few parts you have to just wiggle your way vertically up the wall. Its is entirely possible to get completely wedged in a few of the cracks, and get stuck. Luckily, that did not happen to any of us.

More photos to follow (as soon as Matias and BJ get them up on the net).

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Canstruction 2006 - Update

Lastnight was the ceremony for the Dayton Canstruction 2006 event... held at the Dayton Art Institute. It was a good event, with a big turnout, some local personalities, and some really good wine (who ever did the ordering is cool). There were 7 total sculptures entered into this years event, 4 of which had various levels of collapse. I forget who got all the awards, but I know LJB got several for their Pirate ship... which was pretty cool. Notably, they recieved the "Structural Ingenuity" award... ironically, part of their sculpture collapsed just after the jurors picked it for this award.

Our team did not fair so well, the jurors had to fabric an award for us... and I don't think it even had a title. So, we are the grand winners of the "Short Bus" award... the sort of award you give to the kid you feel bad for, and who needs some encouragement. I don't think the team was after awards (we made a cube...), so it is all good. We helped raise a huge amount of food for the food bank.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Protfolio - Necco

This is the Necco project. One of my first designs as a professional. Located in Southpoint Ohio, this building was to be (it will unfortunately never be built) the headquaters for Ed Necco and Associates. A realitively small project (just over 10,000 sqft.) on an awesome site, the structure is all cast-inplace concrete, and copper panel.

The 3 story building is embedded into the cliff for virtually its whole height, with a giant 1/2 bridge that extends over the valley, about 50 feet in the air. The whole building is designed to be from the site, a discovery, or a carving of the landscape into this form.

I acted as the Project Architect for this project.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Canstruction 2006

Yesterday, I took part with our office team in the annual AIA Dayton 2006 Canstruction event. This is an event held around the nation by the American Institute of Architects to raise money, and food for various charities such as local food banks.

Our team from Lorenz Williams used over 11,000 cans to construct a Rubic's Cube with Keith Haring paintings on each side. It measured over 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. We were not sure if the images would read, but as it turns out... they do. We couldn't raise enough cans (probably would have doubled or tripled our donation) to make the whole thing solid, so there are columns on the inside (all made from cans). Its pretty sturdy though, I was sitting on the upper layer, and it felt completely stable. It took our team the whole 8 hours (we actually finished with 12 minutes to go) to finish it... and we actually ended up with left over cans at the end.

The day went without mishap for our team, however, not every team was so lucky. One team built a car at a drive in... and with about an hour to go, their 6 foot tall wall of cans acting like a screen fell over. Luckily, they got it rebuilt in time. There were 7 teams total, and over 30,000 cans that will be donated to the local food banks next week. The event was held at the Dayton Art Institute, which were really awesome, and took care of us very well.

Thanks Matias for the photos.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Portfolio - All Projects

This is a slideshow of all my projects, undergrad, graduate, and professional.

Photo-Blog... PhoBlog... Fauxblog

The Split
Caye Caulker, Belize.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Washington Trip Part Duece

While in Washington, I had the chance to do some climbing, alpine style, for my birthday. Talk about awesome. The climb we did was the Beckey Route, on the Liberty Bell Mountain (the right most peak on the photo). It was a technically easy, 3 or 4 pitch climb, about a 5.5, or 5.6 with a few 5.7 moves. The Liberty Bell is 7,700 ft in elevation at the peak, and was first ascended September 27, 1946.
Alpine climbing is different to the style of climbing I have been doing. I have been climbing in a climbing gym, and on some sport routes. With those styles of climbing, once you finish a route, your belayer lowers you down to where you started the route. This climb finished with an incredible 360 degree view of the area around it, and then a long rappel (180 or so feet in this case). Its pretty sweet to actually get to the top of something.

This area of the state has alot of forest fires going on at this time, so it was good to get above the smoke, and in the clear air. You can see in this photo how smokey the air was... and in the video below you can glimpse the smoke plume from on of the fires in the area.

Thanks Janice and Scott for taking me on this, and for teaching me alpine style, and some trad protection.

Hit the play button below to get a 360 degree pan of from the peak.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Exodus has begun

Dayton is like one of those giant rubber bands they use for slingshots. The longer you stay, the more it gets pulled back. How far away you move when you finally leave is based around how long you stayed.

Jabari didn't stay long, he is only able to fly to the NYC.

Can't wait to visit you dude. Hope my rubber band has not snapped by that time.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The new net... pNet.

The Internet is awesome... it has everything you could want. Movies, TV, music, knowledge, and sweaters. Problem is, it is too big, and you were always stuck staring into a computer to find stuff. Then came the devices, your cell phone, PSP/Gameboy, iPod, iPhone, PDA, smart phone, camera, camera phone, cellular iPDApod, yada yada. These devices usually live fairly independently, occasionally connecting to each other in order to share ability, or minor information.

With these, you can talk to others, listen to music, check your schedule, watch TV/movies, show off your photos, check your stocks, find out the current bid of the Wookie costume on eBay, or check the weather in Bolivia. Each device you have is tuned to do some of this better than others, but who really watches movies on their phones? Have you tried calling someone using a PlayStation Portable? How about making your calendar in your office computer, home computer, iPod, phone, and PDA all match?

I have a solution.

We need a Personal Information Server (P.I.S. for short). What is P.I.S. I hear you asking... it is essentially a tiny hard drive which stores all your media and information. Your music, your movies, your photos, your contacts, and your calendar. There is no screen, no buttons, just a few lights and a wireless connection to any available wifi or cellular network.

Then there are the devices that will connect to your P.I.S. to form a Ubiquitous, Redundant Information Network... or U.R.I.N. for short. Each device does its own thing... your cell phone no longer plays music, it just makes calls. Your PDA doesn't need to play games, it just acts as a data assistant. Your camera can dump photos directly to your server, letting you instantly free that memory card.

But why the shift in paradigm away from the wanna-be all-in-one type devices. They cost lots, when they break your hosed, they never do everything, or anything perfectly, and sometimes you don't want your "cellular iPDApod" with you, but you do need the cellular part of that. Device size alone is a huge reason... now your phone can be small enough fit in your jeans pockets. Another huge advantage is the dreaded upgrade. Upgrading your phone doesn't mean you need to upgrade your camera. Information sharing would also be extremely simple... want to try your buddy's camera out, just tell it to send the photos to your P.I.S. instead, and tada. Your phone breaks, and you need to make a call... grab anybody's phone, pass the biometric security, now your dialin'. Stream your music to your friends sound system.

The system comes alive when it gets smart. Your going to Vegas for your friends wedding, you put it in your calendar... now your P.I.S. goes and gets information from the internet for you. It grabs airfares, hotels, maps, show information, all the standard stuff. It also knows you like to climb, so it gets maps for Red Rocks, and digital guide books for the climbs. You can look at all this information when you are ready too, without needing a live internet connection, until you want to book something that is. When your in Vegas, your pNet suggests restraunts based on your location, it will even serve up the menus.

Apple just released what could be the first step for this. Their iTV Media Router connects your media to your TV without tapes, discs, or cords. It simply streams your media to your device, just like my hypothetical U.R.I.N. stream.

The 'i' is dead... long live 'p'.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Washington Trip Part I

I just got back from a trip to Washington where I spent the week hanging out on my dad's boat, with my dad, my sister, her husband Scott, and Josh and Jessica. It was a pretty fun time had by all. Dad has put the boat up for sale, so this might be the last voyage under his command.

Here is a picture of 5 year old Josh and 2 year old Jessica cruising around in the Kayak, and a picture of the boat... why ever give this up?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Anything for a thrill.

So, our lights in the atrium of our office blew out... normally if your boss wants you to change light bulbs, you should start preparing your resume, and getting boxes to pack up your desk. I not only jumped at the chance, I was the one who asked for it. See... the lights are really hard to get too, you can't reach them with a ladder, and you can't get them with one of those light-changing-suction-stick things. So... like anybody who climbs, I offered to rappel down, and change them myself. Only 2 bulbs got dropped... not too bad.

Thanks Matias for your help with this, and for the photo. Click it to see his Flickr, and other photos of light-bulb changing.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

McCormick Building - Architectural Record

This is a "borrowed" article from Architectural Record on the McCormick building. I borrowed this because you have to register on Arch Record's site to read it... and that wasn't cool.

Constructed in 1913, the McCormick Building originally housed a plumbing supply business. Lorenz Williams transformed the dilapidated 32,000-square-foot structure into a mix of office space, which the design firm itself now occupies, and ten loft-style apartment units. The surrounding neighborhood of Webster Station has also undergone a revitalization, thanks to the completion of Fifth Third Field, a ballpark for the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team.

Lorenz Williams' offices occupy four floors of the building. A grand stair connects these levels. Its ascent takes place at odd angles, modulated by landings and jauntily positioned walls. The materials and jarring shapes create a dialogue with the existing structure's historic backdrop. The architects describe this stair as a “theater of movement” and “an interactive, participatory event that gives meaning to the experience of architecture.”

Although it energizes the space and provides circulation, the grand stair also creates privacy for the offices. It offers those on the stair an ever-changing view of designers at work in their offices, yet staff continue to work unaware of the foot traffic passing above and below them. In contrast to this striking interior, the McCormick Building's exterior was restored to its original appearance—including the windows—and Lorenz Williams' work netted an award from the AIA Ohio chapter.

Dayton, Ohio

Gross square footage:
30,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost:
$3.4 million

City Wide Development Corporation

Lorenz Williams
434 East First St.
Dayton, OH 45402
937-223-6500 tel.
937-461-2934 fax.

The McCormick Building
Dayton, Ohio
Lorenz Williams

the People

Architect of record:
John Fabelo, AIA

Associate architect(s):
Russ Anderson

Interior designer:
Karen H. Painter IIDA, ASID, LEED and Karen Skupnik, IIDA

Heapy Engineering www.heapy.com

Rod Seabolt, CDC Distributors

General contractor
Messer Construction www.messer.com

Ken Schory
44 Royal Birkdale Rd.
Springboro, OH 45066

Russ Anderson

CAD system, project management, or other software used
Microstation www.bentley.com, 3D Studio Max www.autodesk.com

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


So... I figure its time to get to the new webby way of things, and begin my blogging experience.

What do I want this to be? I am planning on it becoming a container for many things, travelling updates, showing off photos, my random thoughts on how the world could be a better place... and life updates.

Stay tuned, could be cool.