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Thursday, December 31, 2009

How Are We Going To Say “2010″? A Website Comes Just In The Nick Of Time.

Well, it's the last day of 2009 so I just wanted to say a few words. First, from the post below, because of Autodesk's screwy naming conventions, we've all been saying 2010 at least since 4/15/09 when Revit Architecture 2010 came out. I'm sure many more of you were saying it months before that in anticipation of the new version coming out. Who know that the ribbon would cause so much trouble. Well, I'm sure Autodesk has a lot up their sleeve with the possibility of Revit Architecture 2011. Twenty Eleven. That's just too many syllables.

I've actually made it up to 957 blog posts. I considered adding the extra 40, but that was too many, even for me. It's been a crazy year and I've learned so much as I've ventured into new areas with BIM and the blog. I wonder what 2010 will bring. Hopefully no more articles about how wonderful BIM is. We already know that. Maybe 2010 will be the year of the architect. Are you listening McGraw-Hill Construction? Ever since reading the words in their 2008 report that 2009 would be the year of the contractor, BIM for construction has exploded. It'd be great if all of the architects and engineers could get on board with BIM.

I'll finish off the post with a few family photos.  Up top are 3 generations of Arkins.  My dad on the right has been in the construction industry since 1954.  Myself, I started in 1981 and JR has been into Legos for over a year now.  For those of you who've been watching JR grow up the past 23 months, here's a few photos of him.  If you wonder how I've made the time for almost 1,000 blog posts this year, the third photo below gives away my secret.  I've had a little help from JR.  No, he's not actually typing yet, but he does inspire me to help make the planet a better place for his future.

To all of you, happy new year and may next year be successful for all of us.   May you be happy in your 3D modeling and BIM and may we never have to put another line on a layer again.


Repost: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/30/2010/
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Newsflash: Tomorrow is the last day of 2009. That means we’re moving into the first new decade of the 2000s. And we have a decision to make.

Say “2009″ outloud. Chances are you’re saying “two thousand and nine.” But if you think about it, that’s weird. Say “1909″ outloud. Chances are you’re saying “nineteen-oh-nine.” It makes some sense, since we weren’t going to pronounce “2000″ as “twenty hundred,” but for whatever reason, going forward, we never moved to something like “twenty-oh-one” for “2001″ and so forth. A new website is urging us to do just that for the next decade.

TwentyNot2000.com has one purpose: To break your habit of saying “two-thousand-and-SO-AND-SO” before the new decade begins tomorrow at midnight. Why do they care? Because it takes more time to say “two thousand and ten” rather than just “twenty ten.” Also considered wrong by the site are “two thousand ten” (no “and”) and “two oh ten.” In the site’s own words:
Say the year “1810″ out loud. Now say the year “1999″ out loud. See a pattern? It’s been easier, faster, and shorter to say years this way for every decade (except for the one that just ended) instead of saying the number the long way. However, many people are carrying the way they said years from last decade over to this decade as a bad habit. If we don’t fix this now, we’ll be stuck saying years the long way for the next 99 years. Don’t let that happen!
The site also has a Facebook Group and Fan Page, just to drive the point home. The fan page actually has over 17,000 fans.
So choose now, but in the words of the Grail Knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “choose wisely” or we could be stuck wasting words for the next 89 years (their math is a little off, but don’t let that distract you).
Happy New Year.


[thanks Chan]

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