Dec 21

Last Sunday night I went with my family to the Bon Jovi concert at the Sydney Football Stadium. Despite the rain it was an awesome experiance but that is not the point of this post.

While I was there I observed an all too common problem: walls and walls of empty urinal trough in the gents while the ladies were queued out the door and down the vomitoriumW (I can't pass up a chance to use this word). More...

Nov 03

How much money should you spend on maintenance?

Like any other investment, and maintenance is an investment, you should keep spending on maintenance whenever the returns exceed the costs. Or, when operating with limited resources, as we always are, whenever the returns on this investment are better than the returns on the next best investment. More...

May 19

As I write, the American President is castigating an oil company over the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. This is what politicians do because they and the people they represent refuse to accept that life in general and engineering in particular is inherently risky. This appears to be a relatively new social phenomenon. More...