USGBC Indiana Chapter, Southwest Branch

Did you know there is a USGBC branch in southwestern Indiana?

Yes, there is!  It was formed back in May of 2009 and has been a growing presence ever since.  I am now part of the steering committee and am really excited to be involved.

Today the branch is hosting a webinar for LEED ceu credits.  Check out the details here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4029313786/eorg

You can now find updated information about the branch here: http://www.usgbc-in.org/southwest/  Including the names and email addresses of everyone on the committee.

AND you can like us on facebook!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/USGBC-Southwest-Indiana-Branch/376318205727777

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A Vase to Overflow

Tomorrow I will attend another Crescent City Toastmasters Club meeting.  My role is to give the invocation and lead the flag salute.  Here is the thought I will share with the group:

Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it.

Drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love.

~John Ruskin

You are always welcome to visit Crescent City Toastmasters.  Find more information here: http://crescentcity.toastmastersclubs.org/  It’s all about communication and leadership.

Designer Meets Chair

Meet Ryan; website designer, owner of VisualRush, super cool guy, looking to improve the 90% of his work day spent sitting at his computer with a new ergonomic task chair.

Two most important requirements?   Must look cool.  Must take care of current back pain and legs falling asleep (definitely not cool.)

I know that there are tons and tons of options, but I was surprised when he actually wanted to delve into them. Most people find them tedious.  As we went through the list of options, I found answers and information to help us choose the best one.

At the end of the road, we chose the Mitos Chair from Kimball Office-Interstuhl.  I think I am  just as satisfied with our choice as he does!  I mean, this chair is super cool.  And it seems to be a great fit.

Here are some of the particulars that we scrutinized and features of the Mitos that really seemed to fit the bill…

  1. It looks cool. With the ice grey mesh back, chrome frame and sleek design, it just. looks. cool!  The mesh back comes in two colors: the ice grey and black.  Most people choose black.  In this case, ice grey was definitely the way to go.  It says designer.
  2. The mesh back is supportive and breathable.  Ryan came in to this knowing that he wanted a mesh back option.  After a few hours in his previous chair, he noticed his back feeling hot (maybe even a little sweaty?).  The mesh on the Mitos allows air flow, and it is also a really well made, quality material.  Mesh backs are a popular option for chairs these days, but not all are created equal.
  3. The seat adjustment fits long legs.  As Ryan sat at his desk working, his legs would fall asleep.  Not a major problem in the short term.  But long term, this isn’t healthy.  Plus, it’s uncomfortable.  What he needed was some adjustment in the seat depth.  Some chairs have seats that slide back and forth to create more or less depth.  On the Mitos, the front end of the seat sort of unrolls to create more length.  This keeps Ryan’s spine aligned with the seat back and lumbar support.
  4. It’s got “Transmotion.”  There a few different mechanisms that you’ll see in the world of task chairs.  But this one is different (and patented by Interstuhl). Transmotion allows the body to be supported as it moves in the chair.  “Mitos is like taking a seat in a whole new feeling. A feeling of floating in gentle movements, of letting every movement discreetly bounce, swinging smoothly.” (http://www.urban-office.com/mitos.html) “Dynamic sitting” is very ergonomic and especially helpful for those sitting for long periods of time.  With this mechanism, the entire seat moves in an arc-shaped curve to the rear and downwards.  This changes the angle of the seat to the back at very specific ratio.

The Mitos chair was designed by Andreas Struppler for Interstuhl. Interstuhl is a german company that focuses on seating and ergonomics.  They have partnered with Kimball Office to bring their products to North America.

Check out Interstuhl’s user guide for the Mitos which includes some tips about the best way to sit.  http://www.interstuhlnet.de/intbed/MI/index.htm