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August 17, 2008

Visit to the Seattle Public Library 08/11/08

Last week I took friends of mine to visit the world-famous Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, designed by Rem Koolhaus. See other Posts on this site plus the link to this incredible piece of sculpture – Leeds certified sculpture. My architect friend was astonished at the building, and he’s been around the world a number […]

Architecture building and remodeling
August 14, 2008

QBP – build a perfect Account list for the Profit/Loss

Developing a perfect chart of accounts combines art and science. Science because it is expected to follow GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and Art because there must be a good balance between sufficient detail and elegant simple presentation. So I suggest using the sub-set ability in QBP to produce both. So, for example, in the […]

Job cost accounting
August 10, 2008

Tax increase inevitable?

Ben Stein, a moderate man and an economic conservative, said in the NY Sunday Times on August 10th, that he supports raising taxes on “all upper income Americans.” He goes on to say “I do wish, however, that “upper income” started just a dollar above me”. I’m sure we all feel that way. Read the […]

Economics and politics
August 7, 2008

Take Advantage of Day Dreaming

According to an article by Benedict Carey in the Health Section of the NY Times, Tuesday August 5th, “boredom may allow the brain to recast the world in productive ways”. “Daydreaming too can be a kind of constructive self-entertainment, psychologists say, especially if the mind is turning over a problem.” The point is – don’t […]

News
August 6, 2008

5 Stage of Business Growth

Every business, whether a remodeler or General Motors, proceeds through the same predictable 5 stages of business growth. Many remodelers find great success at Stage 3 – I call it the “sweet spot” because at this stage the owner sells, does a bit of estimating and generally enjoys a relatively stable business life and somewhat […]

Management Theory
August 5, 2008

Z-Score – 1 Dangerous Number

The Altman Z Score is 1 beautiful number which predicts 1 dangerous outcome: your company’s likelihood of declaring bankruptcy! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell, especially when things are tough, how close you were to the edge? The Z Score uses 5 ratios, weights them by degree of importance, then adds them together […]

Metrics
August 5, 2008

1 Vital Number – the CSNPI!

Metrics are my mania – there isn’t a number I don’t like, zero is a miracle, I’m especially fond of ratios and prime numbers are simply the best!  Then there’s that deliciously infinite Pi.  The complexity of number theory is astounding.  I wish I had more time to try to understand it better. However when it comes to […]

Metrics
August 5, 2008

The Rule of Random Threes – RR3

Whenever I hear the same concept, word or phrase come at me from 3 different places, I start to take notice. Perhaps I’m a little behind the learning curve for trends but often I’ve found that what once appeared random now looks to be a new cultural presence. Orange is a good example: year’s ago […]

News
August 1, 2008

August Gameshow-win a Starbucks Card!

Win a $10 Starbucks card – provide the algebraic formula which answers the following question: At the rental car counter, the agent asked if I’d like to ‘upgrade’ to a car with better gas mileage for an additional $6/day. Car A got 18 mpg, Car B got 24. Gas cost at that time $4.50/gallon. I […]

News
July 22, 2008

Small Homes are BIG!

Read the Wall Street Journal article in the Weekend Journal section on July 18, 2008 to be reminded of that old adage “everything old is new again”! Small houses are new again. The article mentions an architect and developer who developed small (800 to 1,500 sq ft) cottages around shared grass commons an hour outside […]

Architecture building and remodeling