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blogging break

May 30, 2004 Leave a comment

sorry that i haven’t updated in a while (for anybody that actually visited and wanted to read), but i’ve been so involved w/ the UTSolarD design studio that i haven’t even had time to breathe, let alone update this site. i probably won’t update again until mid to late-June, so i apologize to all offended. on the other hand, you can check UTSolarD as we’re starting to update our news section. we’ll also have a completely revamped website by mid-July, which will be freakin awesome, i’ll tell ya what (yanks – that basically means ‘let me tell ya’ – go watch king of the hill). you can also watch me (and the rest of the UTSolarD Team) on our temporary webcam. it will be fully integrated into the new version of the website – this page was just to make sure that it worked.

before i sign off, i just want to say that our design for the solar decathlon is incredible. our team is working so fantastically well together – we are designing and producing at such prodigious rates, and we mesh so well together, that i don’t see how we can not place tops when this competition rolls around in a year. we rock!

and so i bid you adieu until late June.

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Categories: blog, UT SolarD

exhaustion and food

May 21, 2004 Leave a comment

phew. i feel exhausted, having just moved all my studio stuff to a new studio on the 4th floor for the UTSolarD studio. it’s not that big a deal, really, just mindless trudging. but it made me tired, and i’ve been sneezing like a madman since i entered this new studio.

i think i’m gonna just do some reading for a bit, then go him and eat dinner, then probably work at metro for a while. cindy and nathan left for dallas today. i’m hungry.

happy belated birthday parkoff.

Categories: architecture, school, UT SolarD

could you be any dumber?

May 17, 2004 Leave a comment
Categories: haha, WTF?

what’s wrong with me?

May 15, 2004 Leave a comment

so i’m very – though – not entirely bummed, as i’m getting an incomplete in studio for the semester. i didn’t produce enough or get my project to a satisfactory state by final review. so that totally sucks and makes me feel like shite; but on the other hand i get to continue working on the design for a new review midsummer. once i finally got into the design i had a blast, and know it has a ways to go, so i’ll get to develop it. but the whole situation begs the question of why i didn’t develop it earlier? this is the same pattern as always – i never really get serious work done until the end under the pressure of final deadline / failure. i must be the laziest bastard ever that failure is what gets me motivated. am i working towards the wrong goal that i need to be kicked so hard in the ass to get moving? i am totally enthralled w/ the concept of sustainable design – it’s essentially the application of environmentalism to architecture, which consumes nearly 45% of the nation’s energy. but i can’t really get into the design component unless pushed. so i tell myself that i’m not into design, but into making the building healthy and energy efficient. but this work pattern carries over into other classes – i did the same thing w/ my environmental controls class, which was a basic overview in sustainable design. i loved the class, but only put serious work into it at the end. that work payed off, but my relationship w/ my prof suffered, and i hold him in high esteem. plus, design is important – it’s why i love apple so much, b/c they understand that design is important, though not the only important thing. what’s important is the marriage between all aspects of the project: so for architecture its design (the aesthetic component of design), systems, flow – basically the creation of a building that makes sense when you move through it, is pretty and intriguing so you want to move through it, and is healthy so you don’t get sick when you move through it. i get so excited thinking and talking about these things, but actually doing them takes me forever. i just can’t ever get moving when i have to work – except for solar decathlon, which doesn’t take any effort on my part, and solar decathlon is that actual application of all these concepts i’m speaking of. so maybe once i actually work on a project, these issues will disappear. but i’m still concerned, b/c when designing buildings for studio, it is essentially an actual project, it just won’t ever get built. i have the capability to explore all of these issues that will be addressed in solar decathlon in every project i touch, i just don’t do the work. i even applied these issues to this semester’s project, but i just never really developed it. the idea is great that drives the project, but it continued to remain an idea until the very end when i was finally faced with not having anything to show at final review, so i finally produced. and when i produce, i produce good stuff, it’s just that as i’ve said a billion times on this page, if i actually worked this positively all semester i’d have a really great project. i’m beginning to seriously consider the possibility of my having ADD b/c i can’t keep my eye on my work 90% of the time. but is that just a way out of dealing what may be a deeper issue that i’m suppressing? grrrrrrr…

jewish humor outside of NY

May 12, 2004 Leave a comment

i love it! just watching seinfeld, they’re sitting in the diner as always when in walks some random friend, they exchange casual what’s ups, and the guy says ‘i’m a jew!’. he had just converted 2 days prior. george noticed he had a gym bag – you at the gym? ‘nah, just sat around in the sauna – more like a jewish workout!’ game, set match, straight to commercial. do non-jews get that joke immediately w/o explanation (which came after commercial break)? i don’t know, i’ve seen first hand how ‘off’ jewish humor can be – so many people down here don’t like seinfeld. that’s just odd.

Categories: Austin, haha, movies, religion

major site change coming soon…

May 12, 2004 Leave a comment

major site change coming soon…

Categories: blog

awesome mix

May 10, 2004 Leave a comment

oh yeah, the whole reason i posted today was to display 2 mixes that i’m making. one is the celebration mix for when classes end, and the other is just a good grooving mix.

y e a h ! ! ! (celebration mix)
Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again)………. Wilco
Watching the Wheels………… John Lennon
Quiet………….. The Beta Band
Horse Pills………….. The Dandy Warhols
July, July! …………….The Decemberists
Know Your Onion! …………….The Shins
Stay Don’t Go…………….. Spoon
Hello Kitten ………………..Hefner
Phantasies Stephen ……………..Malkmus

of course, that mix is still in development – 8 songs does not a mix make. well, yeah it does, but i want it to be longer.

hippidy hip hip
Break………………. Jurassic 5
The Move ……………….The Beastie Boys
Smells Like Funk………………. Black Eyed Peas
Dracula’s Wedding……………… Outkast
Award Tour ……………….A Tribe Called Quest
Intergalactic ………………The Beastie Boys
Let’s Get Retarded …………….Black Eyed Peas

Categories: music