Marrying Your Passion

marry your passion

How do you follow your passion? You marry it! But marriage isn’t that simple, right? You’re right… so, if you want to marry a woman you must follow her first. Wait, I’m just making this more complicated. Let me start over.

To follow your passion you must treat her like the opposite sex. You must love her, and whatever your passion is she’ll only love you back if you treat her right. There’s a good and a bad side to passions, just like there’s a good and a bad side to marriage. For me, my passion was architecture. It’s not like I went around screaming, “I love you, architecture!” from the rooftops so everyone would hear. Life isn’t a movie, unless you make it one. Am I making this too complicated again?

Let’s make this simple. If you have a passion and want to make it your whole world, make a career out of it, then you must treat it with the same respect you would treat your spouse in a healthy marriage. It’s a weird metaphor, but it works. Try it!

Designing Your Life as if you were Designing a House

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People wonder why architects often live such orderly, well-planned lives. The truth is, we’re just masters at architecture. And designing architecture is a skill that can be applied to designing anything structural, including our own lives.

Our advice for anyone who wishes to have more control of their lives is to think of it the way an architect would think about designing a house. You need to know the purpose of every room, just like, in order to reach success in our lives, we need to know the purpose of each action we attend to.

This little helpful tip really helps me when I’m not sure where my life is going. I’m fully aware that wherever my life goes it’s only due to either lack of or excess of planning. To design the life you want, you need to actually sit down and design it, just like how an architect must sit down and design the house they want.

We hope this helps anyone in need of more control in their lives. Remember, you’re the designer!

How LEGO Got Me Into Architecture

how lego got me into architecture

When I was four my parents got my big sister a princess LEGO set and I was superbly jealous! I stomped and asked, “Why can’t I get a LEGO set?” My parents calmly made reply: “You’re too young and might swallow the pieces.”

After that I decided I would prove the whole world wrong! I created the evil plan to go behind my sister’s back and use her LEGO pieces to construct the most glorious skyscraper the world has ever seen. I laughed like a cartoon evil genius and displayed the completed skyscraper in the living room so my parents would see it when they finished cooking dinner. When they saw it, they rushed to my sister and lifted her in the air with hugs. She proudly took all the credit, still to this day not knowing who had really built it, and that’s when I knew I had a talent.

Since then I’ve built hundreds of LEGO creations and designed dozens of real buildings that still stand today. And so that is the story of how LEGO turned me into an architect, and I love being me! Muahahahahaha!

I hope you found this story cute and amusing. Hope to see you back soon!

Medieval Architecture Study: Hollywood Castles vs. Historical Crenelations & Machicolations

what are the defense systems of a real medieval castle

Disney castles are beautiful, luxurious and dreamyallowing billions to lose themselves in romantic pleasure–but in a historical context they’re completely pointless. In the Crusader States of the 11th to 14th centuries, Christian castles riddled mountain-peaks and crossroads in the Holy Land because they were crucial for assuring the livability of Christian insurgents in a foreign land. Therefore, we can assume that THE WHOLE POINT OF CASTLES IS TO HAVE BATTLEMENTS FOR MILITARY PURPOSES!

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real medieval castle

I would be willing to bet you $6 that over 90% over the castles shown in video games, cartoons and all other “fantastical” castles don’t have machicolations.

Machicolations” are similar to murder holes but they are narrower, longer and located underneath the crenelations of a rampart so that archers on the wallwalks can shoot arrows and drop hazards onto besiegers huddling or scaling the side of the wall below.

Have you ever used a VHS player? Do you still have one? And all the old Disney cartoons and everything! OMG, I love you! But, hey… go grab any Disney cartoon movie off the dusty shelf and take the time to study all the castles you see, if you see any, (don’t forget popcorn) or just replay them in your mind if you’re lazy and don’t feel like following the commands of a random blogger. Disney cartoons from the time of VHS tapes were the best, btw.

To learn the difference between the fake castles and real ones, follow the following two steps…

STEP: 1

After you’ve reintroduced yourself to Disney castles, go onto your favorite online platform for searching up old pictures, images or non-VR videos and type “real medieval castles.”

What differences can you see?

STEP: 2

Hmm, for a clearer picture of why I’m asking you to do this, now search for “video game castles from 2018.”

What differences can you see?

When I do this, I see hundreds of differences, but the ones related to the title of this blog post are crenelations not being the proper size in video games and machicolations existing in history but not in video games.

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castle and moon

For more information about the differences explained here, I advise you to consider taking Medieval Studies to learn about military history at your local university or physical school centre, if your futuristic city still has one.

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Why Medieval Architecture Should Make a Comeback

why medieval architecture should make a comeback

Many of you probably don’t care much about medieval palaces and castles, let alone daub-and-wattle cottages, but for us who do we often agree it would be cool to see medieval architecture return to urban areas. After all, it’s the reason why Disney Land is so cool. You get to see a palace the way it looks brand new without the corrosion of time to make it look like a ruin. There are some Renaissance castles that look relatively new compared to Dark Age ruins, and there’re teams in France working to replicate medieval castles, but this post will be about how awesome it would be to have brand new medieval castle-like buildings in cities across North America and other such places.

There are a few cool buildings along the Vegas Strip that look medieval, but it’s only a facade. I would love nothing more than to enter a building to find vaulted ceilings, medieval tapestries, hanging chandeliers and long tables with thrones and waiting servitors. Surely this is a bit much, and would be very expensive, but imagine what it could to for your small business. Having a coffee shop like every other coffee shop is accepted, but to blow people’s minds and attract tourists, a medieval-themed coffee shop would do the trick!

Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle? Surely people who don’t have the time to stoke their own fires nor the patience to wipe their arses with hay in the garderobe. But if you joined modern convenience with medieval appeal, life in a castle in the 21st-century could be amazing.

And let’s forget about the innards and guts of a building for a moment, and just talk about the kind of medieval facades you see in on the Vegas Strip. Things like crenelations and spires could make a bank stand out, could make a museum seem more historic and even make a child point in awe and say, “Look, mama, a castle!”

Isn’t that cool?

I for one, despite how crazy my business partners might think I am, would like to design my own mansion with medieval defenses on it. Not because I want to pour boiling sand on the mailman, but because I simply love history and would love to sip coffee and read on a castle turret.

Medieval architecture should make a comeback because learning more about our history as a species is important, and not everything has to be European. Muslim architecture during the Middle Ages is just as cool to me as say Scottish architecture, and to have palatial malls with mosque-like structures would attract people from all over the world, adding to the value of each business inside that mall. And this is not even mentioning how boring modern architecture can look sometimes. I don’t want to complain, but it seems architects today have a problem with creating original thought and so they stick to simplicity to avoid difficulties.

If architects can’t get creative, then why not source value from our medieval predecessors and throw some turrets, bastions and brattices on those walls? Hey, it would look pretty awesome! Do you agree? Feel free to leave your comments below!