Monday, November 30, 2009

What I want for Christmas is for these 2 things to cease

(1) adding -ing to nouns in an attempt to create a verb, particularly heinous on twitter. I.e. Starbucking.

(2) use of the simile "like herding cats." 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kutiman's "the Mother of All Funk" mashup

I read about this on Time's 50 Best Inventions of 2009. I am fascinated by mash ups and this is one of the coolest. Primarily because it's all random, mostly amateur's. 

Friday, November 13, 2009


seriously - watch TED.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Benny Hinn + Let the Bodies Hit the Floor = hilarious and sad.

go ted!

so, you guys may know about this but my new obsession is TED - it is a nonprofit aimed at spreading great ideas - usually ideas or new ways of thinking that can make the world a better place. they host lectures and conferences with some of the greatest minds in the world. their website is a compilation of several hundred lectures, each delivered on a fascinating topic in 20 minutes or less. i listen to dozens when i have big model building sessions like i am in right now. anyway, definitely check it out. start with the lectures under the tab on the left-hand side "most-favorited all-time." you can't go wrong. scott- you would be particularly interested in the "ken robinson says schools kill creativity lecture."

alvin, simon, ted!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Guinness & John Welsey

Guinness turns 250 this year and today two tweets came through about it, both completely worthy of following:

(1) TWEAT THIS at happy hour: Guinness Draught (126 calories 10 g carbs per 12 oz). Guilt free beer--but stick to 1 or 2 to avoid a beer gut!

(2) John Wesley and Guinness beer? Thx! @SteveBeard

This a MUST READ. Fascinating look at how faith can ought to shape business practices (even the beer business) and how godly character impacts GENERATIONS. Once again, John Wesley's influence is demonstrated.

And The Search for God and Guinness is DEFINITELY now on my "to read" list.

AHSM Fall Retreat Video

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

the builder

so, frank lloyd wright was truly amazing. he is definitely america's architect for good reason. that said, le corbusier is the rest of the world's architect and is directly or indirectly responsible for the majority of the built world we live in. in terms of his influence, he is the beatles and dylan combined in the architecture world.

anyway, i am a big fan. i did a week long precedent study of one of his buildings called maisons jaoul. seemingly very simple and unassuming but absolutely beautiful. it is a small lot with two houses on it (such a small lot that one house had to back into an existing wall) that really makes amazing use of public and private spaces. it also has a green roof and can more or less completely open up the exterior walls in some places. two different sized vaults on the inside are reflected on the outside, parking underground, built-in furniture galore, beautiful use of wood, some great double-height spaces and everything is built exactly to the human porportion system le corbusier invented based on the golden rectangle and the human body. they were built in the early '50's for an art collector couple (in 1) and their son and his wife and kids (in 2). if you get a chance, check out some pictures of this thing. here is just one picture i could find and a couple of my model i built while studying it.