Jun 05

What? A blog post?!?

So, as you might have noticed (the two of you still looking at these posts) we haven't posted a lot of anything lately. We offer an enlightened explanation:

We've been busy with other stuff.


That said, I'm also here to tell you that because of our decline in blog-based enthusiasm and our desire to reach out to the social media / new millennium generation, we're moving things around a bit. Not that you'll be seeing a lot more blog posts - well, you will be, but..... in an effort to basically get current, we're moving book-related items to Facebook. Yeah, it was bound to happen.

So, if you want to follow the zany antics of Phil, or hear about childhood memories up for sale, or about the latest Flat Tires tour dates, you can still find them here. If you're wanting to know about some cool tool for Revit, what's current with the book, or what we're presenting on at AU, please look to Facebook.

To that end, we're doing a bit of archiving. In the Mastering Revit books, we've gotten some great people to so some great chapters and essays for us in years past and we're going to be digging those out in the next few weeks and posting them via Facebook online - free for you to read and distribute. It'll be some seriously cool stuff, so keep your eyes peeled.

So, check Facebook but remember: There's a safe way to check and Phil's way to check.

Apr 25

Call for Proposals

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It's that time of year again! Call for proposals for AU 2012 is now open. Click the above image to submit your proposal or click here.

Apr 09

The Golden Section | Fibonacci Numbers | Video

Fibonacci Numbers
The Golden Section
The Fingerprint Of Nature



Apr 09

The Golden Ratio | Fibonacci Sequence | The Golden Section | Video

The Beauty of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence


Apr 09

MARA 2013 Cover Art

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We had a lot of great submissions this year for both the Mastering and Essentials covers. But when push came to shove (almost literally :) we selected the above image for this years Mastering cover.

Congrats and thanks to Sean Burke and team over at NBBJ (link) for the  cover art for Mastering Revit 2013! Phil Bernstein (link) has graciously agreed to write this years forward and we'll post a link to the PDF as soon as it's availble.

On a personal note - I had the great pleasure of working with Sean Burke (link) for a number of years at Autodesk. Sean's got a great passion for all things BIM, Technology and Sustainability.

But don't let his measured seriousness fool you - he's got a wicked sense of humor as well. ;)

Thanks Phil, Sean and NBBJ!

Mar 28

Matt Jezyk says it all

As part of the book process, we cajole some poor sole into taking some of their precious personal time and writing a foreword for us. For our upcoming Essentials book, we got Revit founder, Matt Jezyk to do so. And what he did was great. And long. So good, we wanted to share it with all of you.

To help roll in 10 years of Revit with Autodesk, check out this great essay.


Thanks a ton, Matt. We're looking forward to 10 more.

Mar 28

New Features of Revit 2013

The news is now starting to flood the blogosphere…Revit 2013 will soon arrive! As usual, Mastering Revit contributing author, David Light, has provided an in-depth review of the new features. Please hop on over to his blog and read all about it…



Mar 23

Bird Brains

Well, it turns out the guy that claimed he could fly like a bird was FOS. Apparently he's an "artist" that wanted to create an "experiment about online media". It's not his first effort to create this thing he calls art:

In 2006, Kaayk created a hoaxed documentary about a fake disease called Metalosis Maligna that causes medical implants to grow and overtake the body.

Sorry if you felt a bit disappointed. Many people seemed inspired by the idea of flying like a bird - even if it was false inspiration.

So if Bird Man left you feeing a bit jaded, here's a far better inspiring alternative

The next video is a fourth grade girl at ski camp taking her first 60' ski jump. It turns out you really can fly (albeit for a short distance). But it takes real nerve, determination and staring down your fears to do it.

And the result is what looks and sounds like real character building - even though the little kid didn't get a televised interview after the fact or over four-million views on YouTube (as Bird Brains did).

You go girl. I showed your video to all my kids - and I got choked up each time.

Mar 20

A Spring Gift for You

The alternate title is "It's All Just Buzz"

you can take your pick.

That said, we received some truly inspiring copy in the form of a couple short essays. Both deal with the fact that Revit was acquired by Autodesk 10 years ago as of April 1, 2012. Both pieces will appear in the upcoming books, Mastering Revit and Revit Essentials, but as a reflection of the past 10 years and the the next 10 to come, we're going to post a link to them for you to download and read, free of charge.

I hope you find them as inspiring as we did. More to come on those thoughts, but check back in a week for a link.

Mar 16

Ripoff Report

Ever get a weird text on your cell phone and ignore it?

Then please pay attention to your next cell phone bill.

I was going to pay my cell phone bill this morning and found this:

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WTF? One time use charges? That'll add up over a year…wonder what it is.

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Dammit. I never ordered any of their shit.

So I called T-Mobile. And the customer service person was very apologetic and immediately reversed the charges. She also went on to say, "they're complete bastards". No - hang on…I think I said that.

But what she did say was this: "Just yesterday, I had to reverse nearly $200 of charges on someones cell phone bill from this company."

Here's how it works:

  • They get your cell phone number (like a telemarketer).
  • You get a strange text message.
  • You open the message to see what it says.
  • By opening the text message - you just agreed to accept the services and they charge you.
  • There's nothing (yet) illegal about doing this.

Here's the company web-site.

And here's some more info from people that have been harassed by this horrible effing company.

And here's the LinkedIn page of their demon-spawn-child CEO Russell Klein, which brings up another point: Russell K. is a Harvard Business School graduate. This simply reaffirms that Harvard and Yale have no shortage of graduates that just love to $#*% with your wallet. Seriously? Harvard? Yale? If you guys are really the modern fonts of all that is knowledge and wisdom - then why do you keep graduating lobbyists on K Street, bankers on Wall Street and lawyers on 1st Street that are completely @#*$&ing over our economic well-being?

Dear Russell,

If you're reading this - there isn't a level of Hell deep enough for you and your fellow graduates. You provide so little value yet you charge so much. Why? Because after all the reversed charges from angry, sucker punched "customers" that have to take the time to call their cell phone companies - you need to make sure you still have some money left over (from the customers that either don't hate your "service" or just didn't take the time to check the details of their cell phone bill).

Wait - I take that back. I don't think you have a single customer that doesn't hate what you guys do. I can't imagine SendMe has one - just one - customer that pays for your service and loves what it does. Not one.

Not. A. Single. One.

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