Thursday, May 31, 2007

and its a boy....

For those that have not yet heard the announcement, we had our second child.

Announcing: Callum Von Merrick Turner

Weighing in at 7lb 14oz and 20" long. Labor went well, in fact too fast as we did not make it to the hospital and instead we were fortunate to have the experience of a home birth. 1 hour start to finish for all laboring, push 1, 2, 3 (all pushes being less than 3 minutes total) and out this bundle of joy came.
Here is the happy big brother:

Mom and everyone are doing quite well...

Monday, May 07, 2007

GTD Outlook Plug-In

Matt pointed out that he has been using the GTD outlook plug-in and it is working pretty well. I have been pondering this for some time to help with my own implementation. For now with the upgrade to Vista I will be waiting until Mid-June for this to be available.

Once available I think I will go ahead and make the plunge. There is a trial version of this (though not for Vista, except possibly beta) available for you to test as well. I did test the demo version for a short period of time before my last machine quit, unfortunately not long enough to really get a feel for things. :(

If you have been using this or have something to offer on the subject, leave a comment.

Happy GTD'ing...

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Accomplishing Goals - Chunking

Those who have been around me the last 6 months know that I have been focusing more attention to the GTD methodology in my professional and personal life.

Having lived through the multi-tasking mentality and its lack of long-term effectiveness I have been working on an idea called "productive task time". Today I ran across an interesting term called Chunking which is very similar to the PTT.

The idea of each is to set aside defined "chunks" of time for events/tasks instead of mutli-tasking a number of events at the same time. If you are having trouble juggling multiple tasks and giving them the proper attention to completion that they deserve give this idea a try.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Just a quick post to wish you a happy and safe Cinco De Mayo.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

AIA San Antonio

I have been at the AIA convention in San Antonio this week for some meetings and classes. Yesterday was a great day of sessions about Integrated Design Practices.

From the show floor a couple of technology items that stood out:

1. Tectonic Objects Collection - a good library of information that helps you organize, find and file your families. You can start with their existing library (looks like a decent start) or add your own. Another good item was the ability to add a "tag" to your content that would show your "optimized" families vs. downloaded ones or those from Tectonic. Also included is a general guideline for family naming conventions, for those who do not have one yet this can help you get started. Thanks Dennis and Charlie

2. Green Building Studio - In addition to the great product they have been developing/expanding the last few years, another set of new features coming out are Carbon Footprint and Energy Analysis tools. Another that is not yet released, but looks promising, is the detailed "Climate Server", listed as a high resolution climate server, this provides detailed weather analysis for 65,000 locations will provide a pretty detailed report for your project locations including: Dry Bulb Temperature, Dew Point Temperature, Relative Humidity, Wind Speed and Direction, Direct Normal Radiation, Precipitation Rate, Total Sky cover and more for energy analysis. Thanks John.

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