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An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 15: Woodwork Part 3, Mathematical Challenges

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
As I got into the middle of writing about our doors and millwork I realized that I could probably turn this part of our home construction story into its own series.  But I really want to finish this tale about the woodwork and move-on to my continuously growing list of other topics.  So, h...

Are Your Eyes Playing Tricks on You?

Monday, July 16, 2018
  Imagine you are driving along and you come upon this (without the pedestrians): Do you slam on your brakes?  Do you slow down? Or ignore it because you are accustomed to it since it is the 100th time you have seen it? 3-D crosswalks are used in China (pictured above), India, I...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 14: Woodwork Part 2, Order and Schedules

Monday, July 2, 2018
The week passed with no contact from Fred the fancy lumber guy.  I was juggling the electrician, the plumber, the carpenter, the antennae/audio/IT crew, the hardwood floor guy, the tile guy, the insulation guys, and still finding time to work at the Joliet office with a trip here and there to o...

On & Off The Road Again

Friday, June 15, 2018
  The benefits of a good walk and a bit of friendly inquiry continue.  The other day I was in Springfield IL, leading a class on Land Acquisition for the IL DOT.  After the first day, wanting to clear the mind and exercise the legs a bit, I embarked on an evening stroll and stumble...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 13: Woodwork Part 1, Design

Friday, June 1, 2018
On a gray Saturday morning while I was at the office struggling to meet a Monday morning deadline, Kristen approached the counter at the lumber yard. A scruffy looking guy in a faded plaid shirt sat hunched over a computer keyboard at a desk behind the counter. “Hi. We’re remodeling a...


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