Jun 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM
May 21, 2014 2:50:19 PM
An oft-repeated question in the building industry and the various sectors that comprise it is: “Why are we having such a hard time attracting new people to the business?” There seems to be no shortage of theories as to why, but what I hear most often are suggestions like “Young people today don’t know the meaning of work” or “Nowadays people don’t want a job, they expect a position.” These kinds of worn-out rationales do virtually nothing to address the issue in any meaningful ways, and they certainly don’t hint at any sort of solution. More importantly, they shine the light in the wrong direction, in my opinion. Casting stereotypical aspersions on generations of people is an exercise in distraction that only serves to keep us from looking at the real source of the problem: ourselves.
One of my most beloved writers is the American poet Wendell Berry, and perhaps my favorite of all his works is Horses, a nostalgic look at a more romantic and simpler time when draft horses powered agriculture, transportation and industry—before we all got lost in what he calls “the unreturning way, the breathless distance of iron.”
Apr 10, 2014 1:19:00 PM
Chalk it up to luck, I suppose, but a few weeks back we missed the only real snowstorm to hit our corner of the world this winter because we were traveling elsewhere on business. We received email reports from folks in the neighborhood that our hilly country lane was totally impassible due to ice and wet, deep snow plus plenty of downed trees, and their daily updates indicated that the situation remained unchanged for almost a week.
Mar 13, 2014 1:38:16 PM
Nobody loves acronyms more than the military and intelligence agencies, so “NAC”, the popular abbreviation for “No Apparent Change”, is commonly used in updated reports to indicate that whatever is currently being observed or monitored has not changed much from previous versions, a convenient way to save time and space.
In this case, I am reporting that NAC applies to the newly updated official policy of the National Association of Home Builders on green building and sustainability. Allow me to explain…
Mar 11, 2014 11:59:00 AM
Let’s get one thing out there right in the beginning: I’m a truck guy, always have been. It’s not that my head can’t be turned by a great car—I still feel my heart flutter every time they roll out the latest Corvette. But so far, I have not let the mid-life crisis get the best of me, and it doesn’t take too long to refocus on my true ride of choice: a pickup, especially a vintage model.
Having made that clear, I am still reliving recent experiences from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which showcased a dazzling display of new auto technologies. In addition to driverless car demos and a concept crossover that features solar panels built into the roof so it can provide some onboard energy production to assist the hybrid power train, we were invited to take a real-life test drive through the streets of Las Vegas in a snazzy electric vehicle.