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Like I tell my kids everyday, we pick people up we don’t put them down. Enjoy your family and friends, have an extra piece of pie, pet your dog, play touch football. Just take a minute.
It’s summer so get out there. A real small list of bands worth checking out, and while the venues I mention will have a Boston centric bias, since, well I’m here; you can do a lot worse then getting out to see the following.
Galactic , and they are playing the Chicken Box on Nantucket on August 13th, if you are on the island, then there is no where else you should be, if you are not, well worth the ferry ride.
Pimps of Joy Time , the sound that these cats put out on stage is tremendous, what they are doing live…tremendous. I don’t care if you say, “hey funk is not my bag”, wrong, you’ve been carrying the wrong bag. find them, get the album, buy the t-shirt. They will be playing the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, Saturday August 18th, bring the kids.
Thomas Mapfuno, the Lion of Zimbabwe, afro funk acid pop, don’t try to label it and go listen, select tour dates.
Note: I realize that anyone who gets to this blog is generally following the niche of architecture and technology but this blog, at least intially was intended to inform, but also be a reminder to myself what is happening that is germane in this world, but occasionally the world at large, and lord knows when I am penned inside on a summer day in front, well today, 3 screens, having something playing through pandora or itunes, or finding something on stereomood or soundcloud keeps your toes tapping and your mind from napping.
People all over the world wake up one day and say or think to themselves, “I’ve got to get to America.” Watching America’s Got Talent last night, because…people reaching for their dreams, I’ll watch it every time but a singer says, “I gave up everything to come to America, because that’s where the opportunity is.” We’re a nation built on this; of individuals all over the world waking up and saying, “I’ve got to get to America.”
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” We are a nation of strivers. It’s in our DNA. So many come here with nothing and make something. It is this constant regeneration that makes us strong, makes us great.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Go out and pursue some happiness, treat people the way you like to be treated. Happy Birthday America. You’re Awesome.
Announced today is that Trimble acquired WinEstimator. This acquisition according the press release is to leverage Meridian Systems Portfolio to add cost estimating and cost modeling, the 5th D of BIM. WinEstimator was founded in 1992. Chomp.
Get to the Beach and then Treat Yourself
Cranes Beach & Wingaersheek Beech, Head north on 128. Enjoy the water, and then take the short drive to Essex and go get fried clams and soft serve, call in your fried clam order if you can. Try Woodman’s, Farnham’s (they got picnic tables over looking the tidal marsh) or try the Village, and Essex Seafood, which has always been a solid go to.
You’re in and around the city.
Find a Roof Deck and/or Pool, a variety of posts on the subject from Boston.com, but it seems the Colonade for a pool stop is always mentioned. And outside of the city, Indigo in Newton is pretty nice stop.
Have a cold drink in a well air conditioned bar by the Garden, then walk over the river, across the locks into Charlestown and do the same thing there. Your choice for locations, there are many. But go ahead and stop at Emack and Bolio’s on the walk back.
Play in the Fountain at the Christian Science Center, walk into the Pru and Copley to soak in the air conditioning, play “how much are these shoes” at Nordstrom. Have a friend stand back from the shoe tables, have them guess. Most likely off by a factor of 10, go get a coolata at Dunkin.
If you are feeling particularly flush and it’s after 5, go get a martini at the Oak Room, used to come with side car sitting in ice. That will frame the rest of your day. Air Conditioning set on igloo.
Take your dog for a walk at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, or bring him/her to a pond, throw a stick. Jamaica Pond, Spy Pond, Fresh Pond, etc. You might not get cool, but look at the dog, so happy. And now I’ve seen Canoe and Kayak Rentals at Spy Pond.
So there’s a start, generally, a cold drink, cone or a slush, water, you get the idea.
I’m going to miss Steve Jobs. Why? I did not know Steve Jobs, never spoke with him but only knew him, like most of us, through his and his people’s creations at Apple, Pixar and I guess to a degree at NeXT. Steve Jobs was a visionary, and that is not a title that can be handed out, it has to be earned and he earned it. I always felt good knowing that he was out there, driving what’s next, driving the bus and the fact is, I don’t know who’s going to be the next driver and that makes me sad and like anyone’s passing I am sad that his family and friends will no longer be able to enjoy his company.
On life, and death. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
"Don't cry that it's over. Smile because it happened" - Dr. Seuss.
“Owners have to be willing to spend more upfront” : Suffolk saves over $800K on one project. #BIM #Revit
Soft costs. Used to be that 20% of any one project was the yardstick for soft costs, design, engineering, etc. And it always seemed like it was the money that owners/developers loathe to spend. Think about it ‘soft costs’ even the term makes you want to get rid of it or squash it. But we are getting closer to full BIM embrace and a recent post on the Building Design Construction Web Site which highlighted some of Suffolk Construction’s experience using BIM. Says Peter Campot, President of the Healthcare/Science and Technology division of New England’s Suffolk Construction
We need to transition from design as you go to a design and construction process. We reinvent the wheel everyday right now. Would you ride in an airplane that was a prototype? Buildings are the same way, each is a one-off, but if you build it virtually you’ll build it right. Value-engineering, I would argue, is neither. If we get the construction model right there ARE no RFIs. Higher quality is what I care about. I’m in a reference business. We need a paradigm shift. We need to restructure and transform the industry. Owners have to be willing to spend more upfront. It does come back to them in the end.
Jeff Yoder’s on his post goes on to state that Suffolk uses BIM on every project over $10M. They use clash detection on every BIM project and recommend full BIM on any project over $50M. They also purchased ipads for all their full time employees and use over 50 BIM related technologies and software.
What would be interesting to know is to see a costs schedule of building the ‘typical’ way and then using virtual construction methods. For example, how much did a fully realized BIM model cost vs. 2D CD (Construction Doc) package, and then see the costs savings layered on top that. Let’s get to apples v. apples, dollars v. dollars comparison, but I can’t believe there is any doubt that BIM saves you money, and maybe owners would be willing to split the difference in ‘savings’ or maybe there is a carrot out there the industry can adopt to share the ‘BIM’ winnings.
So trying to digitize every book, and mapping every street was not enough so Google (GOOG) has now gone after the earth and all its GIS data. Matt Rosoff of the San Francisco Chronicle Reports, “Google Attacks Huge New Market with Earth Builder” Google is stretching its brawn into specialized verticals that use to cost $millions to play in.
However, if you look at Autodesk and how it has started to push what they are calling “Reality Capture” and the energy modeling of the existing environment you understand the play. Additionally, existing buildings are the biggest consumer of energy out there and the first to really to look to identify savings and efficiencies, there is a movement toward 20 by 2020, that is 20% increased efficeiny in commercial buildings by 2020, and capturing/modeling/retrofitting, etc. all part of it. Well, I’m getting a little bit off topic, let’s repeat the SF Chronicle Headline, “Google Attacks Huge New Market”. Google starting to frighten anyone yet?
Full Jump Here: Project Freewheel
Excerpt From The Labs: Want to view a design, but don’t want to install viewer software? Want to view a design on a Mac, a PDA, a Cell Phone, on Linux, or in Firefox? Would you like to embed a design in your own web page (HTML) and not require visitors to install anything? If so, then the Project Freewheel has the answer. It is both a web site where you can type in an URL for interactive design viewing, and a web service that allows you to embed an interactive design viewer in your own HTML pages.