Eight years ago, there was a Facebook thing going around about 15 Books in 15 Minutes – write down within 15 minutes 15 books that have stuck with you. I saw it pass through my Memories and started thinking (I didn’t look at what I wrote back then…perhaps I’ll visit after I write this and see…) about what books I would choose, 2017 version. But I’m not playing the time limit, nor, apparently, the 15 limit. Here are books that have stuck with me – mostly fiction, and some background as to why. The first five are in preference order, the rest are sort of fungible…and this has been a chore to format…Wordpress seems to have a hard time with a lot of images, links and whatever… Continue reading
Posted in Books, Personal thoughts
Tagged Andy Weir, Christopher Stasheff, David Marquet, Dumbing Us Down, Fads and Fallacies, Four Lords of the Diamond, George Simpson, Ghost Boat, Harry Potter, Isaac Asimov, Ivanhoe Gambit, J.K. Rowling, Jack Chalker, James Loewen, James Morrow, John taylor Gatto, Lies My teacher Told Me, Lord Foul's Bane, Lord of the Rings, Magician, Martin Gardner, Maxwell Anderson, Midnight at the Well of Souls, Neil Burger, Only Begotten Daughter, Raymond Feist, Reluctant Sorceror, Simon Hawke, Stephen Donaldson, The Foundation, The Martian, The Quality Instinct, The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Thin Air, Thomas Covenant, time Wars, Tolkien, Turn the Ship Around, Well World, Wizard of 4th Street
Extraneous observation to share before I get in to the topic of the day: Having interviewed several times in the last six years, I have determined that going through the process with a current employer for a new position is harder than going in cold to a prospective employer. The challenge of trying to dispel some existing impressions while reinforcing others…? Tough. But that’s a story for another day…
Anyway, after reading and writing about The Quality Instinct last week, I tried to use Max Anderson’s five features when looking at a few exhibits last Sunday. Dylan and Drew had a class at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)and I went off on my own to test my new knowledge on Loren Mozley and Greek and Roman artifacts. After their class, Andrea, the boys and I all toured three current exhibitions: Chagall: Beyond Color, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum, and Cindy Sherman.
Of course, Andrea and I had differing opinions. And this piece today is about my opinion…
Posted in Art, Movies, Personal thoughts
Tagged Chagall, Cindy Sherman, Dallas Museum of Art, Iron Man 3, Joss Whedon, Loren Mozley, Marc Chagall, Marvel, Maxwell Anderson, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Downey Jr., Stephen Hawking, The Quality Instinct
One component of my job entails overseeing quality assurance on construction projects. Contractors are responsible for quality control, while we assure they do their part. When it comes to the use of the federal and municipal funds that I have stewarded for the last 20 years, I have exacting standards…and, I’m to understand, an “extreme sensitivity to details”. At least, that’s how an architect described our walkthrough to the contractor on one job.
Now, I am practical – there is a diminishing point of return at which high expectations turn to nitpicking because we all know that the value goes down as soon as we drive a building off the lot – but as he said, I am sensitive to details and there’s really no reason for anyone to expect or receive work of less than acceptable quality. I – and my team – are quite good at this, but I’m always looking to add to my toolbox and I find new or different tools in the most interesting places, such as a book on art, which rises to the top of the “of the week” items for this post.
Posted in Art, Books, Interests, Personal thoughts
Tagged Arthur C. Clarke, Bucking Bock, Colin Razinha, Construction quality, Dallas Museum of Art, Dan Roam, Frank Gehry, Gentry Lee, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Henry David Thoreau, Jack Chalker, Maxwell Anderson, Old Rasputin, Quality, quality assurance, quality control, Rahr & Sons, Rama II, Rem Koolhaas, Russian Imperial Stout, Shadow of the Well of Souls, Steampunk Poe, The Back of the Napkin, The Quality Instinct