Monday, February 13, 2012

Revit Essentials cover

Our first cover is in! A HUGE thanks to Robert M. and the SOM gang for the smashing rendering. To date, we've received over 140 images from all of you so it hasn't been an easy decision to make. There's still one cover left to go, plus the image gallery we put into the Mastering Book.

Keep them coming!

ps. obviously, this cover has been redacted to protect the innocent. Finished, but not final. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012


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Another free calling service for iOS and Android hits the app store. Free app to app calls and reduced international calling to cell phones and land lines. You don't have to be a Vonage customer to use the mobile version of the app.

Installation was straightforward Vonage users are indicated in the contacts list.

Links to iOS and Android here.

Blueboxes unite!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Packway Handle Band at RTC in Stone Mountain, GA

Georgia's finest - The Packway Handle Band has signed on to preform after the Gala Dinner at RTC in Stone Mountain, GA. If the weather holds up we're planning on having dessert and drinks on the expansive back deck behind the resort that overlooks the tree-lined lake.

Packway Handle have been working together over the last decade and traveled around the world. For example, the above video was shot in Scotland as part of a BBC documentary. They're mostly located in and around Athens, GA - home of some other well known musical greats.

They typically preform a wide range of songs - from traditional bluegrass (links here and here) to modern covers from the likes Woody Guthrie, Lou Reed, Violent Femmes, and even Madonna (links here and here). And they've won numerous awards in the process.

So what's next? Well, if Clay Starr promises to bring his banjo, I'll bring my acoustic bass. I wonder if Steve Shell has a mint Martin D28 buried among his growing pile of Les Pauls. Anyone else? Eddy? The only thing he plays is the radio - so he's bringing Angela.

Last year was the west coast - this year it's the best coast. ;) The very best of BIM and Bluegrass. It's going to be a great RTC USA this year in Stone Mountain!

General registration opens soon!

Monday, February 6, 2012

11 Years Ago (Yesterday)

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11 years ago yesterday I went to work for Revit Technology Corporation. Most shocking first impression: the soft drink machines didn't even need money! And it's been an adventure every since.

Thank you Dave.

Thank you Hunter.

Thank you Matt.

Thank you Sunil.

Thank you Leonid.

And many, many more.

Here's to the next ten years!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Reprieve #35

I was continuing to eliminate my paper records (re: Total Recall) and came across a story that was circulated at SOM many years ago. Author unknown.

The Balloonist

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below says, "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees North latitude and between 58 and 60 degrees West longitude."

"You must be an ARCHITECT," says the balloonist.

"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."

The man below says, "You must be a CONTRACTOR."

"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is, you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."