Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Day 201 -- Cameron, Illinois


In the background, a timber frame home from Trillium Dell Timberworks. Kind of cool, I guess. Aren't most homes timber frame?

It was a long, long, day. I spent much of the day swimming against the tide. I'm trying to get a mailing together for a professional organization of which I am a part, and it is a pain. For bulk mailing, they want addresses in a spreadsheet. Which has to be just so, with everything in the right place. And then they run it through some sort of computer that checks for valid addresses. One person lives at 123 E Griswold Street (or whatever), but the address we had on him was 123 Griswold Street, so the computer choked and said, "Sorry, I need a direction." Mind you, this is in a Wisconsin town of 7000 people. Griswold Street is probably three blocks long. Hell, you could probably put his name and his town on it, and they'd find him.
The good news is, once we get the database cleaned up, we can use it every year. We'll just have to make minor changes as we add and drop members.

I gave an exam today, and threw it on the growing pile of crap I have to grade. I really need to cut down. I'm just not grading it as fast as I'm collecting it. The students seemed to be satisfied with the exam. There were no major surprises. I suspect that there won't be any when I'm grading it, either. (Unfortunately, one major surprise would be if most of them did their algebra correctly, and I don't anticipate that happening.)

Tomorrow is a moderately slow day. I may have to resort to closing my door and locking out the world to get some work done. I hate to do that, but there it is.

2 comments:

COUSIN JOGGER AKA FOODJUNKIE said...

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BUILD A HOUSE. THE TYPE OF FRAMING VARIES. IN THIS CASE THE TIMBER FRAME TYPE IS BEING USED. THIS REFERS TO A FRAMEWORK OF LARGE TIMBERS USED TO CREATE A SKELETON. MUCH LIKE A MODERN OFFICE BUILDINGS STEEL FRAME. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN IN AN OLD BARN THEY ARE TIMBER FRAMED. THIS TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION WAS POPULAR UNTIL THE EARLY 1800S WHEN BALLOON FRAMING TOOK OVER.

USJogger said...

OK, I don't think balloon framing would be very safe. What if the balloons popped?

Sorry to hear about Tom's problems. I couldn't figure out how to post a comment on your blog. Are comments turned off?