Archive for the ‘work’ Category

It’s Uncanny

October 5, 2007

This post about surviving a task explosion is exactly what I need at the moment…

… now if only I could find the time to read it. 🙂

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The Feasibility Lingo of Engineers

August 16, 2007

Via this Usable Help blog post, comes a great article lucidly describing how to understand Engineers when it comes to feasibility.

If you want a clear and simple discussion of the terms impossible, trivial, unfeasible, non-trivial, hard, and very hard from an engineer’s perspective, then you should definitely check it out.

One misunderstanding by some non-engineers is how the word ‘trivial’ is used. In our discussions, trivial just means that we know the solution to a specific problem. It doesn’t mean that the implementation of that solution is necessarily easy. So for example, the design of a specific portion of a structure might be trivial but actually building it might be a nightmare.

It’s definitely an interesting read for anyone involved with solving problems – isn’t that all of us? 😉

Pre-Vacation Stress Disorder

January 19, 2007

Is there such a thing as pre vacation stress disorder ? (No doubt there is.) Why is it that so many clients somehow sense that I’m about to go away for a week and decide on Wednesday to ask for meetings and drawings to be ready for Friday? E.S.P? Bahh.

Half a day at work tomorrow to clean up some last minute stuff and we’re off for the annual trek down to Myrtle Beach SC. Yeah yeah, I know, the weather’s not the greatest right now. But for us to walk along the beach – even in a sweater or jacket – in January is still a treat. Remember, January for us is regularly well below 0C (32F) so anything in the 50’s is ok by me.

This time we’re driving to Buffalo (only a couple of hours) and then staying over night and catching a plane to (I think) Charlotte and then direct into Myrtle. Last time we flew to Raleigh-Durham and it left us with a 4 hour drive. Better than 17 hrs of driving but still a pain. This time we’ll be leaving Buffalo by 8am and into Myrtle by 12. Fuddruckers here I come!! 🙂

If I’m lucky I might even find the time to throw up a post or two while I’m gone. 😉