Photography Lesson – Viewpoint

This week, I’m continuing my lessons for the homeschoolers on photography tips. The age range is from 8 to 16 years, and the topic is “Viewpoint and Perspective”. The idea is to keep the class short and sweet with obvious examples of photos that display the concepts being discussed. Following the lesson part, students present …

Rural Engineering Education

A challenge of living and working as a professional in a small rural community, (regardless of how world-renowned a destination it may be) is that it is very difficult to commit to and participate in conventional education opportunities that may be longer than a week ((this post is intended to challenge education providers, professional associations …

Guarding your time

Sometimes you just have to say no. “You’ve gotta keep control of your time,” Buffett says, “and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.” via: Why Productive People have empty schedules Over the past couple of months I have taken on a new role, one which currently …

Revelstoke Dam

Engineers seem to love rituals, but one unspoken engineering ritual that I love to partake in, is to view the greatest examples of engineering, great buildings, bridges, tunnels, canals and even sewer systems are all possible candidates worthy of reflection. But in my mind, and for many Civil Engineers, dams are an important pilgrimage ritual …

The Cumulative Effects of Obstructive Complexity

Cumulative effects are very important. I shared the following article with my wife Robyn this week, and she shared many of the same frustrations as Scott just that very night at the local supermarket. Yogurt in multiple aisles, the loyalty cards, the self check out… When I’m ready to pay, I see long lines at the human …

Friday News Clippings 8 June 2012

Things have been really busy around here, and writing has caught the brunt of it, truly falling off the side of the desk. I’m not going to make any promises here, but I hope to pick things up a bit again over the coming weeks. To kick this off, I thought I’d share some links …