From the fabricator: Spring cleaning

I can’t remember the last time I sat at the computer and didn’t have a lead story for this blog. Well, this week I have a combination of writer's block and lack of story inspiration. The lack of stories is a good thing; we’ve had more than our fair share of drama lately, so I am not complaining. But the lack of action is bad from a writing standpoint. So because of my conundrum, I have decided to clear off my desk and just hit you with a bunch of quick comments and tidbits, so here it goes:

  • Congrats to Bernard Lax at Pulp Studios. He had a good week, announcing the acquisition of California Glass Bending and launching a redesigned website. Bernard is truly a visionary.
  • Can this weather really be true? What a bizarre and mellow winter. I still think an ice storm for Easter is coming, but regardless, this winter has been an amazing event and one that the folks who are on the global warming train will be pointing to. (And the last time I wrote on global warming a year or two ago, I got a ton of comments. Just making an observation here, not presenting an opinion)
  • However, these crazy conditions have had their rough moments, so best wishes go out to the fine folks at Quanex and their TruSeal factory in Kentucky after they were roughed up by the severe weather that ran through their area last week. I think we all thought we dodged the weather bullet in our industry, but evidently not. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for all!
  • As many of you know, I am a fan of LinkedIn. When used correctly, it’s a great source. Anyway, my friends from Thermal Windows had a great link on their Twitter feed about how LinkedIn is a hacker's dream. Check it out here.
  • OHIO! LOVING the Ohio Bobcats. First, my alma mater did me proud with its stunning upset win over Michigan. It was made even better by the fact that I was at a hockey tournament with my son where all of the parents were checking their phones for the scores. Being the only Ohio fan in a Michigan crowd, I stood out like a sore thumb because I was getting fired up when everyone else was depressed. Anyway, a great win, but then winning Sunday night and making the SWEET 16 is beyond explanation. This is just too cool. Ohio vs North Carolina...Friday night in the Sweet 16; it's like a dream.
  • Saw that the end of the printed encyclopedia has come, at least from one major supplier. That is sad but correct. Now, when can we tell the architectural community that the time and need for binders have passed?
  • Thanks to the awesome Steve O’Hollaren of ICD for a great link about a losing coach going all “Mike Tyson” in a fight. I put this one up here instead of in the links because its just too comical not to share. Plus, it was an honor that Mr. O’Hollaren took the time to drop it to me!
  • OK, the desk is still a mess, but a little more clear. I am sure next week we’ll all be back to normal. And with a quick visit to BEC, I will surely have some news!

Read on for links and video of the week...

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Max you attened party central did you now. That explains alot then. Hope all is well with you. April talks about you all the time. Go Bobcats!! John

John- Thanks for the comment and yes I am a Bobcat!  Hope they can at least not embarrass themselves vs North Carolina. Say hi to April... she is one of the best of all time!  And I think she is a Tar Heel fan is memory serves, so she'll be rooting for those guys I am sure. Hope everything is well. Thanks again for reading-   

Great post!First time EVER a single state has had 4 teams in the SWEET 16! Unfortunately, due to the match-ups there can only be 3 OHIO teams in the ELITE 8. Wouldn't that be something!?!Best of luck to your Bobcats!

Susan Thank you for the post and I love the state of OHIO having 4 teams in... would obviously love to see 3 in the Elite 8.  If that happens I'll probably need CPR! Thanks again for reading and posting!

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