Archive for May, 2015

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Nobody can deny that new technologies are the future. No, actually more like the present. It is really hard to stop the fast changing world, where new things, mostly in the digital world are changing our lives and unknowingly other things as well. What I’m getting at: the internet is changing everything.

RELEASING DWG FILES

Do you remember the “Good Old Days…? Younger professionals may have no idea what I’m talking about. The design professional, for example the architect or engineer made his or her drawings on vellum, mostly with pencil and then came that awful stinky smelling process – because ammonia was used – the so called “Blue printing” when copies were made for plan check, construction or for the owner to keep. (At least the strong smell of ammonia kept the people in the office awake…) So far so good.

CULVER CITY EARTHQUAKE

Do you remember the opinion splitting article I wrote on “Earthquakes and Fracking” or “What the frack?”. In that piece I humbly had the opinion, that although many environmentalists use fracking as an evil method, that creates earthquakes, therefore it should be banned, the truth is that earthquakes happen so deep underground, that fracking has nothing to do with it. Particularly I used the La Cienega oil field as an example since I live so close to it in Culver City. Long and behold, there were a couple of earthquakes, albeit relatively small, on April 12 exactly under this oil field.

ARE OUR CHILDREN SAFE IN SCHOOLS?

Not too many people are aware that our kids going to private schools are not as well protected as kids attending public schools. What do I mean?

When the great Long Beach earthquake hit in 1933, it brought 70 school buildings tumbling down. Officials said thousands could have been killed if schools had been in session when the earthquake hit at 5:54 PM. This earthquake prompted a strict state law that set standards and inspections for public schools. But the law, known as the Field Act, did not cover private schools.