If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers

This sounds like every web design project I’ve ever been asked to do.

It was posted on Usability Counts by Patrick Neeman at:
http://www.usabilitycounts.com/2008/04/09/if-architects-had-to-work-like-web-designers/

I had this on a previous blog, and that blog’s not around anymore. I figured it’s worth keeping around. By the way, I have no idea of who the author is.

Dear Mr. Architect:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don’t have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices that you make.

Please don’t bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet.

However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area that they like the features this house has. I advise you to run up and look at my neighbor’s house he constructed last year. We like it a great deal. It has many features that we would also like in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the final cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can’t happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I’ve given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can’t handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.

Time to probe corruption in Oakland City Hall

Here I was, thinking that the city of Oakland has been doing a great job ‘cleaning up the streets’ and improving our quality of life. This most recent gang sting, ‘Operation Nutcracker’ is now muddled by corruption. Not on the streets, or in big business, but in the police, city hall and even the mayor’s office.

The saddest part is, that our attorney general, Jerry Brown, was the one that hired our offending city administrator, Deborah Edgerly, I am not sure that there will be impetus enough to oust her.
Mrs. Edgerly has surrounded herself with people (police, attorneys, city workers) who owe her their jobs and have been involved in kick-backs and other nefarious practices so that the whole organization is in a sink or swim situation. They’ll circle the wagons before throwing the book at anyone.
This requires some civic pride and state intervention.
The article, written by an Oaklander appears here in the SF Gate

link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/06/24/BAV811DSGR.DTL

virtual identity

I’ve been trying to figure out ways that I can simplify my online persona. One way is to create a mEgo that will update no matter where it has been linked. I tried this out and thought I would put a link here. We’ll see if it works out.
In the past, what I find is that something that is purported to make my like easier, in fact, complicates things.
Check it out for yourself and tell me what YOU think.

George Carlin Passes

George Carlin is just timeless. He has the ability to make us laugh while he makes us think. His comedy will continue to entertain for generations.

George Carlin passed away yesterday of heart failure, as reported on the CNN site.

A great interview with George was posted on the Huffington Post today that has additional performances and some insight into Mr. Carlin’s mind.