Italian scientists facing prison for failing to predict 2009 earthquake acquitted, for now…

In April of 2009, an earthquake caused extensive damage to the ancient city of L’Aquila, Italy. Relatives of people I know in that region luckily survived without injury. However, the Italian government surprised the International scientific community when it filed criminal charges against the geologists for “failing to predict the earthquake.” Fortunately, the geologists were […]

Announcement: AEC Quality Magazine and are now at

Both AEC Quality Magazine (formerly at and have now been consolidated into More From Less ( There may be a few broken links here and there, so I apologize in advance. When I first started blogging about 10 years ago, my interests were fairly divided. On the one hand, I’m a geek who […]

Mosaic: How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and physically?

The following article is published with permission from Mosaic, and was written by Lucy Maddox. “Mosaic is dedicated to exploring the science of life. Each week, we publish a feature on an aspect of biology or medicine that affects our lives, our health or our society; we tell stories with real depth about the ideas, […]

Did Virgin Galactic’s business model (or lack thereof) contribute to failed test flight?

A horrible, yet somewhat unsurprising tragedy occurred last week when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, killing one of two pilots. Coincidentally, another commercial space mission ended in a fireball when an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket experienced problems during launch just days before. Clearly, the commercial space industry is going to be spending […]

In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything

Maintaining work-life balance is a frequent theme in the modern world that is a direct result of incredible advances in personal technology and mass adoption of those tools. High availability to corporate networks break down the formal walls that once separated work from home. However, as Paul Pluschkell writes at Wired, employees are spending plenty […]

Two different approaches to achieving Passive House certification

I have had my eye on the passive house concept for the better part of a decade now. Essentially, builders are able to achieve unprecedented energy savings and occupant comfort using extremely tight building envelopes combined with high levels of insulation. The always informative folks at Green Building Advisor have brought back some observations from […]

From 2005: Mark Zuckerberg answers the question, “What is The Facebook?”

Great artefact from the history of the Internet. A barefoot Zuckerberg tries to explain the value of social networking within the context of a product that describes as little more than simply a “directory of college students.” Cade Metz writes: Yes, he’s barefoot. And, yes, if you keep watching, you can see company co-founder Dustin […]

Gary Vaynerchuk’s keynote talk on the future of A/E/C business development at PCBC 2014

I’m a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk and have been following his work for the better part of a decade. If you’re like most people, you might be thinking to yourself, “Who is Gary Vaynerchuk?” The short version: Gary took his family’s liquor store from $3M per year to over $60M per year by leveraging […]

Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I’m spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japaneses restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it “Rock and Roll Sushi” because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You’d think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down […]