In the news: Sustainability

LEED v4: Built to Perform I'm reading through the July edition of EDC Magazine. In general the magazine provides a great synopsis of buildings, providing how they scored on LEED and what rating they got. It also provides helpful information about trends, materials and details for design options. What caught my attention in this edition …

Reuniting my passions

First, I'd like to apologize for setting aside my online presence for a while. I've been soul-searching about my life, its direction and it's taken its toll on my blogs (both here and at Circadian Design. There are going to be a number of changes to this site, likely culminating in merging the two together. …

Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Changeless, Soulless, Blameless or Heartless do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a …

What's going on: Mental Health Miscellany

I've noticed a bunch of articles this week from various sources that highlight the current problems with mental health, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, so I thought I'd link to the posts with some summaries and why I found them interesting. 1. PTSD as an Outcome of Child Abuse by Louise Behiel (Blog) Louise …

Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Blameless, Changeless or Soulless, do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on …

Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven't read Changeless or Soulless, do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library! Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the …

Environmental Design and Construction: May 2012 Highlights

I signed up for Environmental Design and Construction (EDC) and received the May Issue the other day. Two articles stuck out to me in this 113 page magazine. 1. The Shape of Healthcare, by Derrick Teal The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility (UCRHF) is: Owned by the State of Tennessee, the new construction of this 50,000-square-foot facility building …

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Since I immensely enjoyed Gail Carriger's first book, Soulless, I decided to read Changeless. (Warning: If you haven't read Soulless then don't read the review.) Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top …

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The first mental health strategy for Canada

Monday, the Mental Health Commission of Canada announced the first mental health strategy for Canada. Formed in 2007 by Canada's Conservative government, the Commission has a number of studies, including creating a comprehensive plan for preventative mental health care across Canada. I can't find the actual report, though I am looking forward to reading it when …

Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the …

the new CSA Z800 standard

A few weeks ago, I watched the two-hour Complimentary Web Information Session on the New Standard for Design and Construction of Canadian Hospitals & Health Care Facilities (CSA Z8000-11). It was a 2  hour presentation and question period introducing the standard from a panel of authors. This webinar no longer exists, but instead, you can …

Book Review: Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Warning, spoilers (first and second books) in this review. I enjoyed the first Temperance Brennen novel, so I decided to pick up Kathy Reichs' second murder mystery, Death Du Jour. Right away, she hooked me with her first scene line.If the bodies were there, I couldn't find them.~ Death du Jour Excerpt, by Kathy ReichsI wondered engaged …

Book Review: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs hooked me with her first scene in Deja Dead. A murder mystery with just the right amount of foreshadowing, and the perfect opening sentence, Kathy Reichs leaves an unmistakable impression of what life as a forensic anthropologist feels like. I wasn't thinking about the man who'd blown himself up. Earlier I had. Now …

Why I couldn’t re-read Harry Potter

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

Two months ago, I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I borrowed the entire series the first time I read it, (one long weekend in august I read the first 4 books, then I waited until my friends owned the next three) so none of the copies were my own. An …

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

No quote this week because I just can't bring myself to potentially ruin the first 2 books if you haven't read them yet. (You really should read them. In order.) While this particular book starts a bit slower (new characters in a new setting take a bit of additional world-building) the book is well worth …