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Fact Checking Legends

The much better half returned from her first beauty shop appointment in Oil City, shaking her newly coiffed head. Her stylist was an Oil Country lifer — except for a

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Effective Instructions

Have you ever tried to assemble something with poorly written or translated instructions? The classic image of a befuddled father on Christmas Eve surrounded by parts and tools did not

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Two Way Communication

One of our disappointments with this blog is the inability to have effective two-way communication via reader comments. We tried it for a few months and gave up after it

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Does it Pay to Advertise?

My father was a life-long employee of the Pabst Brewing Company. He was also a bit of a dumpster diver and he frequently retrieved “collectable” decorations for his buddies. At

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Are You Open for Business?

On our third attempt, we finally had lunch at a local landmark. A survivor of the 1870s oil boom, its Victorian architecture is a real eye catcher but previous efforts

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Where Have All the Contests Gone?

My hometown is abuzz with anticipation over the completion of the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. This is the THIRD new arena since I participated in a student design competition for

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Taking on the Impossible

Those multi-trillion-dollar figures thrown around for infrastructure repair make progress seem impossible without huge tax increases and a long commitment to a plan — something on the scale of the

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Aging Infrastructure

After seeing the fallen Kinzua railroad viaduct (see Aug. 1 posting), my vacation continued into some of the scariest bridges and tunnels in the country. But not my beloved interstate

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Failure as Tourist

Civil or transport engineering failures are very public. They tend to get investigated far more thoroughly than typical mechanical engineering problems. Occasionally, they are so public and so expensive to

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A New Quoting Model?

Anyone actually enjoy quoting? For such an important part of daily business the process of establishing prices to offer a customer seems universally disliked. I first got drafted into “estimating”