While working with the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) I had the opportunity to work with the Sports Information Director on several data governance projects, including 8 and 11-man state championship game records for football.
Incorporating timber framing into the architecture of any home is a unique blend of art and science. I spoke with Arrow Timber Framing owner Bert Sarkkinen back in 2017 to find out what goes into a timber framing project and how it can add value and beauty to any home.
IT’S EARLY, RIGHT BEFORE BREAKFAST TIME…
…when I am first introduced to Dahm Mongkol Hongchai. Not being a morning person myself, his genuine cheeriness and enthusiasm catch me off-guard, but his positive energy and disarming, warm smile can’t help but be contagious.
As we delve into the logistics, his excitement about his most recent endeavor is palpable. And for good reason. In a short period of time, Dahm has victoriously guided a company, TPBI Public Company Limited, through a difficult transformation with stellar end results, and he’s just getting started.
Previously, the aforementioned organization struggled to find a remedy for one of its biggest pitfalls, a problem that also plagues not just other businesses and industries, but our planet as a whole: plastic pollution. In an age where despite knowing that the virtually indestructible, non-biodegradable material now looms as one of the most harmful threats to not only the quality of but also the capacity for sustainable life here on Earth, the demand for plastic appears insatiable.
For most of us, the daunting task of trying to even start thinking of small yet concrete ways to tackle this imminent problem can prove to be too overwhelming to even start wrapping our heads around. How do you even begin breaking down this monumental effort into small, bite-sized steps? How do you get a group of people to work together effectively to dismantle this behemoth global project that inevitably needs to find some solution or else our long-term prospects are looking undeniably dim?
Agile project managers, are little bells going off in your head? Giant tasks that need to be broken up into scaleable action items? Does this sound like a familiar tune? It certainly did for Dahm. But let’s go back to the beginning where it all started for him.
A BELLY BLOATED WITH BAGS
As he begins to recall his formative years while earning his degree in mechanical engineering at King Mongkut Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, in Thailand, Dahm segues off for a brief moment into a visceral example of why this ecological cause has emerged at the top of the list of his priorities.
Dahm elicits a gut-wrenching reaction by describing a mental picture that catches me by surprise with its shockingly stark descriptors: a whale, distended and filled up with methane, stranded on the shoreline, its body already decomposing except for the contents that spill out from the ruptured gut. “Its stomach was open, and there were a bunch of plastic bags in its stomach, so many of them…”, jam-packed inside the intestinal lining that spewed out onto the sand.
Even though Dahm only gives verbal descriptors, the image that emblazones itself into my consciousness is on par with the emaciated polar bear National Geographic captured in its final death throes in its knee-jerking disturbance. Dahm’s face gives away his own dismay and sadness when articulating how the plastic that clogged up the whale’s digestive tracts is only one of many cases that have occurred.
“Its stomach was open, and there were a bunch of plastic bags in its stomach, so many of them…”
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Back in March of 2016, I took a deep dive into the University of Oregon’s Men’s Basketball team and examined their chances in the (then) upcoming NCAA tournament. A lot of what this preview covered proved prophetic.
Throughout the last couple years, I’ve covered multiple sports events, one of which I’d like to highlight: the rivalry of Lake Oswego versus Lakeridge soccer squads.
Here’s a teaser:
The physicality ramped up another notch in the second half, with Lakeridge desperate to earn a draw and Lake Oswego determined to hold onto victory. After a nice attack by Lakeridge senior Johnny Rodas-Hills nine minutes into the half, a hard challenge by Lakers junior Chase Hoffinger earned Hoffinger a yellow card, the first of three of the night for the Lakers.
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Cheesy, I know. But part of the charm of establishments like Portland Cider Company is that they don’t shy away from being corny because they know in SE, that tongue-in-cheek charm earns loyalty from the locals. I’ve already become a regular at many of the haunts in the area, having interviewed plenty of the owners and entrepreneurs. Establishing rapport builds integrity with your clients, whether its being published in the local newspaper or having a slogan like “Always Hard” when it comes to your cider.
During my time at Oregon Sports News, I wrote a number of pieces about, well numbers. Specifically numbers relevant to a topic most Oregonians want to stay informed about: the Portland Trail Blazers. This particular piece focused on the question of whether or not Damian Lillard deserved the recognition shown to the likes of Kobe Bryant, DeMarcus Cousins, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
So, did my analysis of the stats come to the conclusion that Lillard indeed was snubbed? Or, “…was this simply a case of too many talented players and not enough spots, a musical chairs game of the worst kind?” Find out for yourself!