Thursday, March 15, 2018


The first time I heard the word homophobia I felt misunderstood and mocked. After all, I was not afraid of homosexuals or homosexuality. As a devout and fervent Latter-day Saint, being opposed to homosexuality was part of being a good team player and a matter of my religious faith.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

HEC-1 Style Guide

Although HEC-1 is a dying program, it is still the standard in fast-growing Maricopa County, Arizona (home of the Phoenix metropolitan area). So it's worthwhile to share some style insights for HEC-1 modeling.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Size of CMU (concrete masonry unit) wall openings for drainage

An engineering client of mine passed along to me the following information that comes in handy for calculating flow through concrete walls that have turned-block openings:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

My youngest sister is a blogger now!

My sister's new blog, Committed to Light, is logging her journey to wellness, beauty, health, and long life. Cool stuff, sis!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Early reactions to NPS Global

Early reactions to the progress of NPS Global have been very encouraging.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Why part-time jobs are good and full-time jobs are harmful

In Thursday's debate between Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, an erroneous bit of conventional wisdom was invoked as usual without challenge. The idea is that part-time jobs are of low quality and full-time jobs are the desired norm. Only the unfortunate work multiple jobs. Some of our laws have been written to reinforce this norm. But the evil underbelly of this tenet is the persistent legacy of low wages.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Engineering sheet plan and notes arrangement

Many engineers have not discovered this, but a contractor taught me that it is very unwieldy for us to place the most important part of a sheet, namely the plan view, near the staples. When the wind is blowing on a project site, the less a plan has to be unrolled, the better. So it is always best for us to place the most important part of plan sheets far from the staple/binding edge.

Property part 1

A shipfull of pioneer explorers dropped anchor in an uncharted cove and made camp. Every day people were found picking berries at a nearby berry patch.

NPS Global 1.0 - My first explanation of where NPS came from and how it became a reality this week

I guess I need to start telling the NPS story: No owners, Part-time freelancers, Small self-managing teams. The t-shirt shown summarizes the NPS values. There is a non-owned corporate account, about 8 people on the first team, and a pretty good history of projects through the pipeline since June. You could hire us, join us, advise us, help us, or copy us. At the moment, what we need most is another P.E. or more.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Salt Lake City nurse roughly arrested for following Supreme Court decision - Payne and the Book of Mormon's Nephi

The story has been in the headlines for days now with amazing staying power. It's the story of Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne's rough arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels for refusing to let him draw blood from an unconscious crash victim. Without regard to the facts of the religious background of Payne, the parallels of the story with the beloved LDS scriptural story of Nephi and the Plates of Laban are striking.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I don't know if this has been discredited or anything bad like that. But this is what I used to begin healing my gum disease.

Monday, July 17, 2017

There is a Grown-up

There is a grown-up at home
Telling me what to do.
Do I hate the grown-up?
The grown-up is wise.
The grown-up loves me.

I am safe in the grown-up's care.
I love the grown-up.
I am thankful.
I am....

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Yasi Oral Irrigator review

I was sent a free Yasi Oral Irrigator Model YS831 to write about. I made a video review, and this post is to summarize my review. The only comparison I have for this irrigator is my Waterpik Model WP-100W irrigator, which is the third of the same model I have bought.

Update from Yasi: this is a travel irrigator, and they also have an irrigator with a much larger tank here: This model I reviewed is comparable to this Waterpik model , and I suspect the only unfavorable comparison with that unit would be the uncomfortable standard tips included with this Yasi irrigator.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Introduction to the Real Estate Non-commoditability Market Inefficiency

What I mean by non-commoditability is the inability of some types of merchandise to act like commodities in markets. It's too long a word. Maybe you can tell me the correct word or a better word.