Friday, January 13, 2012

How much RAM do you really need?

This is a question that has been asked many times by people starting to use Revit.  I've always thought the more the better, but that may not be the case.  Check out this article from BIM9 that explains it in terms we can all understand.

How Much Ram Do I Need?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crooked Vultures

Ok, so I've decided that blogging solely about Revit is boring to me and probably also to my followers (if I have any left).  So, this post is about music.  If you're a fan of Led Zeppelin, the Foo Fighters, and/or Queens of the Stone Age, then you need to check out Them Crooked Vultures.  Dave Grohl on drums, John Paul Jones on bass/keyboards, and Josh Homme on guitar/vocals.  What's not to like??  Their self titled album came out in 2009 and they did some touring shortly after.  Haven't heard much from them since.  Hopefully it wasn't just a one time gig and they write some new music.  There are rumors that a new album is in the works and could be released in 2011.  Hopefully this is true because I can't wait to hear more from these guys.  Let's face it, most of the music these day is..... well, it's just plain crap.  TCV is composed of true talent.  John Paul Jones was a member of the greatest Rock and Roll band ever.  When you think of Led Zeppelin, you typically think of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.  I'm guilty of that as well, but now have a whole new respect for John Paul Jones as a bassist and musician.  Check out TCV on Youtube and the look on his face says it all.  He's having the time of his life.  Homme's guitar sound is unique and has an eerie sound to it.  He's incredibly talented, and extremely underrated.  I'm a Queens of the Stone Age fan as well and their sound carries over into TCV, but doesn't steal the show.  There are definitely hints of Zeppelin and Foo Fighters as well.  I also have a whole new respect for Dave Grohl as a drummer.  I wonder if he gets his inspiration from Animal, the muppet?  He relentlessly beats the drums like his life depends on it.  He and John Paul Jones have a true connection and play off of each other.  Alain Johannes is a touring member of the group and has collaborated with Josh Homme in the Queens of the Stone Age.  He might as well be the fourth official member in my opinion as he fits right in.

Check them out on iTunes, Rhapsody, or your other favorite source of music.  Numerous concert videos are available on youtube as well.  Here's one of my favorites from the album.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The AUGI forums are back!

If you haven't heard yet, the old AUGI forums are back online!  You may need to clear out your old AUGI related cookies in order to access the new (old) forum.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings!

I'd like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.  I'm spending Christmas this year with my wife's family in Arizona.  It's not quite the same being away from my family, but the warm Arizona weather is easing my pain. Since we've been here, we've visited Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Canyon was amazing.  Unfortunately, it was overcast and even rained a little, but the views were still amazing.  Below is a picture of me, my wife and son standing at the South Rim.  The picture above is my son during a recent family photo shoot.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

AU 2010

Are you going?  This will be my first year attending Autodesk University.  I'm excited and a little anxious because I don't quite know what to expect.  This will be my first time to Las Vegas as well.  I did go there to visit relatives when I was about 4 years old, but that doesn't really count.  If any of you have been in the past and have any tips or suggestions for me, please leave a comment.  Or, if any of you would like to meet up in Vegas, that would be cool as well.  When I get back, I'll make sure to give a review of AU and discuss any good Revit tips I learned.  Viva Las Vegas!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving.  This time of year can get a little hectic for a lot of people.  In the hustle and the bustle, people tend to forget what Thanksgiving is all about.  No, it's not about eating 3x your typical calorie intake or getting up at 4:00am on Black Friday to stand in line at Best Buy to get a deal in a flat screen TV.  Yet, that is what most of us do because it's the "norm".  I for one refuse to go shopping on Black Friday.  There is no sale worth getting up that early and fighting the crowds for.  However, I do find myself eating a little more than I should.  Let's not forget to give thanks for what we have.  With the current state of our economy, I am especially thankful that I have a job, and a good one at that.  I am also very thankful for my loving wife, my awesome son, and and the fact that we are all in good health.  I hope you also have many things to be thankful for.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Filtering Lines

If you spend a lot of time working with lines in Revit, like converting AutoCAD details to Revit format, this little trick may come in handy.  Have you noticed that when you select multiple lines of various line styles, the filter tool isn't available?

However, if you add a piece of text, and then select all of the lines and the text, the filter tool will appear.

You can then see what line styles are present in your selection and filter the one(s) you want.

Of course, you could also select a line and use the Temporary Hide/Isolate tool, but this method allows you to quickly see what line styles are present while keeping the remaining lines visible.