Episode 009 - Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller

Nate has a new website check it out here: http://provingground.io/


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Show Notes:

  1. Lunchbox is a kit of tools developed by Nate for both Grasshopper and Dynamo doing everything from mathematically-defined surfaces to paneling systems to data management

  2. Nate runs a website called The Proving Ground that is a veritable cornucopia of cool computational miscellany

  3. CASE takes all of their employees on an annual treat to brainstorm the future direction of the company - this past March CASE took over San Francisco

  4. Brian doesn’t know the difference between an X-wing and a Tie Fighter

  5. JIRA is an issue and project tracking software by Atlassian

  6. Agile is a set of software development methodologies for incremental development, flexible response to change and rapid delivery

  7. A sprint is a short period, typically 1 week to 1 month, of focused team development of a project

  8. Lean is a term used in several industries from manufacturing to software development to describe management principles focused on efficient project delivery using less resources, creating less waste, and taking less time without a loss in quality. Lean emphasizes continual improvement by learning from prior project experience

  9. Scrum is an iterative and incremental software development strategy based on the structured team roles of product owner, development team, and scrum master and includes team rituals such as the stand-up meeting, the discomfort of which ensures that meetings are kept short and to the point

  10. The Scrum Master’s primary responsibility is to address team roadblocks and maintain the overall scrum process

  11. The Scrum Master is the Winston Wolfe of software development

  12. HDR is a large architecture and engineering firm based in Omaha, NE

  13. CASE has been working on building analytics dashboards as a means of monitoring team and project performance

  14. MySQL and PostgreSQL are examples of open source databases

  15. File System Navigator (fsn, pronounced “fusion”) was an experimental software for viewing file systems in 3D, making an appearance in the “It’s a Unix system!” scene from Jurassic Park

  16. In other Jurassic Park computer tomfoolery, a heavily smoking Samuel L. Jackson hates “this hacker crap

  17. Deltek Vision is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application that track times and fees and is used for everything from business development to LEED project tracking. Timberline/Sage is another example of ERP

  18. A can of Barbasol, Brian and Zach’s shaving cream of choice, is used to smuggle dinosaur embryos out of Jurassic Park (“Don’t get cheap on me, Dodgson”). Barbasol capitalized on this years later by making collector cans for Jurassic World

  19. The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file is actually a hyper-specialized STEP file

  20. Michael McCune made this insane IFC schema chart and is developing Anvil for Dynamo to Solibri interop via Dynamo. Michael is smart

  21. Geometry Gym IFC is a set of tools developed by Jon Mirtschin for IFC interop between Grasshopper, Revit, and Navisworks

  22. BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is an XML schema to encode BIM issue messages into platforms other than the model’s original platform for enhanced collaboration

  23. Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) is a data set closely aligned with BIM to help standardize critical project data at the point of origin and is used primarily to support building operations and maintenance

  24. Dynamo has democratized the ability to use Revit smarter, which used to require advanced Revit API knowledge. Stockroom by Matt Nelson and William Wong extends Dynamo’s ability to tap into the Revit API

  25. Rhynamo is an open-source interoperability tool for Rhino and Dynamo. Check out the Bitbucket repo for the source code

  26. Mantis Shrimp is a similar tool (uses intermediate data files as opposed to an automated live connection) that has the ability to connect Dynamo and Grasshopper

  27. Brian named Rhynamo. The backup name was Rhymenoceros

  28. Nate teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture where Nate is also an alum

  29. General Grievous can hold so many lightsabers

  30. Here’s Neo fighting a bunch of Agent Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded

  31. Brian uses AVP as a verb to describe a movie mashup, like when Hanna-Barbera AVP’d the Flintstones and the Jetsons

  32. The first Star Wars was not originally titled Episode IV

  33. In the Episode VII The Force Awakens teaser trailer we get a look at the Crossguard Lightsaber for which there are many theories (like, really in-depth stuff) and a meme

  34. In the second teaser we get a first look at the Chrome Trooper

  35. For a more expansive Star Wars universe check out the books and the comics. NERD!

  36. Wait, how many Death Stars are there? And how much would it cost to build one of those things? WOULD MAKING A DEATH STAR SPUR US JOB CREATION?

  37. Hyperspace is a method of traveling in science fiction that is often depicted as faster than light speed by virtue of traveling through alternative regions of space - kind of like wormholes. Therefore, the criticisms of making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs being incorrect, seeing as a parsec is a unit of length and not of time, may be unwarranted

  38. You can set your Rhino units to parsecs


Lightning round:

  1. What book(s) are you reading right now?

    • Mostly stuff on business development

  2. What music are you listening to right now?

  3. What’s your favorite sci-fi film?

    • Star Trek and Star Wars (If Nate was forced to choose it would be Star Wars)

    • Dianetics

  4. What’s your favorite retro-game?

  5. What’s your favorite childhood cartoon?

  6. What’s in your current “app kit?”

  7. Describe your productivity ritual.

    • Cappuccino, dry, mostly foam

    • Headphones on, music rockin

    • Evening with family

    • Crush code with a beer into the night

    • Take calculated breaks when hitting a wall

  8. What’s something that you think is a critical issue in technology that’s currently being overlooked?

    • Addressing design technology innovation holistically - there is no HTML standard or framework to support innovation in AECO

  9. What’s something that recently blew your mind?

  10. Who is behind Banksy?


  11. WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE???!!! In one sentence.

    • *redacted*


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