Pencil Whipping

“Pencil Whipping.” It’s not as fun as it sounds. In fact, in the right industry, under the right circumstances, with budgets, infrastructure, and even lives at stake – this practice can lead to devastating results. Pencil whipping is a phrase used in a work context, typically one with a lot of bureaucracy. It’s a quippy…

Data Deficiency

The difference between a polaroid snapshot and a 2-hour film is a matter of data. With a picture you have a moment-in-time look at a scene, with a movie you have countless scenes in various contexts with multiple interpretations. We’re more entertained by a movie because we’re more informed about what’s happening, and we can…

Profitability vs Public Good

It’s a long-held, yet antiquated, belief that benefiting the public good means sacrificing your profit. Yet, in 2019, businesses are adopting sustainable initiatives, promoting “go green” marketing, and making public displays of looking out for more than their bottom line. However, some boardrooms and executives may still harbor some fear that their profitable future could…

Transformer Explosions

This is the story of an explosion, a vital 15 minutes, and one well-timed lunch break. Nate Downey is a Level III Thermographer who works primarily with substation infrared photography. His typical day includes traveling to a substation and using a long-wave or mid-wave IR camera to check for hotspots and abnormalities in the transformer. …