- *You need to up your communication with others in the office. You lose nuance as well as key day-to-day stuff that happens in passing. Not only to you want to make sure people are thinking of you, but that you're not caught unaware when all hell breaks loose at the office. Similarly, people need to know if you're going to be out - don't just disappear.
- *Establish a routine. That way both you and those in the office know when you're "at work" and when you're not. Otherwise, you risk always being on call. An important part of this, as others have mentioned, typically includes, breakfast, showering, etc.
- *Make sure you take breaks, lunch, etc. Just cause you're at home doesn't mean you should be working more than you were before. Most folks have small breaks built in - you chat en route to the bathroom, you linger a minute after a meeting, etc. It's important to give yourself a chance to have mental breaks as well as physical ones.
- *Stay connected with colleagues in "meat space". Make sure you go to lunch, conferences, trade shows, whatever makes sense. If you're in the same geography as your office, check in (physically) regularly. If you're remote, make sure you seek out colleagues/friends in your same area so you can get out of the house every now and then. This also keeps your network up as you never know when you'll be looking for that next job or trying to win some client.
- *Recognize that it's easy to get stir-crazy. This can be completely normal. Depending on how extroverted you are, you may get mildly depressed. If this happens, make sure you're meeting with people regularly. Make sure you call instead of email or IM. Suggest experimenting with video conferences. We all need some level of human contact and going for days on end without seeing a person isn't good.
- *Recognize that you'll probably want/need a short mental break to read Slashdot, etc. This is fine. You're most likely not robbing the company of any more (and probably less) than you would in the office. On the other hand, know what's reasonable. If it starts to get to be an hour of your "working" day, folks may well notice a drop in productivity. Since you're less likely to have someone peering over your shoulder, you're going to have to self-enforce. If you can't do a good job, then look at getting software that limits your browsing, game-playing, etc. And if you can't figure that out, working from home probably isn't for you.
- *Understand you'll need to be that much more careful about exercise and eating. Even if you drive to work, you're still going to walk from the car to teh office, walk around the office, etc. At home, you might do no more than go to the bathroom across the hall and wander into the kitchen two rooms away all day long. Sedentary !=healthy. If nothing else, go for a stroll around the neighborhood on lunch or in the evenings.
The relevant statute is here, for those curious.
Note, in particular the part at the end about "It shall be the duty of all duly constituted officers of the State and all political subdivisions of the State to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and to prosecute any persons violating them." The guy may be senior enough to be considered an "officer of the state" and thus essentially be obligated to report anything that appears to be "holding out to the public of any engineering expertise by unlicensed persons."
Disclaimer: I am a licensed engineer in NC and have worked in the transportation field in NC so sort of know what I'm talking about (and though my company has done work for this guy, I never have so can't speak personally or professionally about him). And for those interested, the report by the neighbors is also available on the site. While it certainly looks fairly technical and basically says outright several other licensed engineers got it wrong, it appears to have several errors of its own. [Again, I'm not enough of a specialist in the matters at hand to say conclusively without looking up a few things first.]
Link to Original Source
Issues of privacy and the recklessness of the motorcyclist aside, the video is clearly misleading as the sound was off until the very end. You see the guy look over his shoulder which means that most likely the sirens were on and he'd gotten off the ramp with the hope of evading them. Whether they'd flipped them on because he passed them at 82 or because someone had reported him and they decided to tail him and finally identified him once on the ramp, we can't know. But it does seem exceedingly likely that they'd had their sirens on and possibly even used their bull horn to instruct him to pull over. So no, we're not getting the whole picture.
That aside, the charge is ridiculous. He's in a public space and time and again, the law has upheld that what goes on on the streets has no expectation of privacy. There have even been cases where the police's right to use infrared cameras or otherwise videotape you within your home, as long as it's plainly visible from the street, have been upheld. (Same goes for indecency laws in some locations - if you're visible from a public area, regardless of whether you're in your own home, you may be charged with public exposure/indecency.)
Of course, it's probably part of the DA's plan to teach him a lesson and get a conviction/plea deal as much as it is an overzealous double-standard. If they've decided to press charges, they're going to charge him with anything they can in hopes that at least one thing sticks. (And that, my friends, is part of the reason our criminal codes are so thick - police officers and DAs are reticent to ever take outdated or little-used laws off the books as they can occasionally be used to add to the stack of crimes. And while sometimes this is how we actually convict big-time criminals, as often as not it's simply a way of making sure that the corner dope dealer spends 10 years in prison...)
- HVAC installer
you'll still need to design plans, get permits and get the whole thing inspected and approved. And while most jurisdictions will allow you to make said improvements to your own dwelling, they're going to go over everything with a fine tooth comb if you're not licensed in that trade. My parents built their own home, but even still, got help from all the above to do the plans, oversee inspections and help with the trickier parts of each of those aspects. Good luck, though. A worthy endeavor.
Here's hoping they've also fixed some of the inconsistencies in the ribbon as well - it's incredibly frustrating that you can adjust some formatting in one application but not in another - you'd think they share the same codebase. Are they just trying to protect us from having too much control over our documents?!
If the maps are in decent shape, you typically use a large-format scanner. These are extremely expensive, though, so you'll preferably want to find a local university or friend at a company with one. Most larger copy shops will have one (for making architectural plans/construction documents) but will likely charge you a pretty penny to use it. And as others have pointed out, uni or a local historical society may have been through this so be relatively set up to guide you along (or even do some of it for you!).
If they're really brittle or on non-standard material, digital photography will likely be your only option. And if you want a nice orthographically correct version it will take a lot of patience as you'll get a fair bit of distortion on those large maps. So, as described by other folks in this thread, you'll need a setup so that you can take a number of tiles and stitch them together. To truly take a line from the 'pros' (as in the way they actually shoot aerial photography) you'd want to very carefully mark out a grid pattern on the map itself so you have something to correct against. One other thing: find the smallest real aperture you can get - if you've ever seen pictures from pinhole cameras you'll notice that everything is in focus. (And if you're debating using a point and shoot vs a nice DSLR, make sure to convert to equivalent focal length when comparing - in most cases you'll find that as long as the optics are decent on the P&S, the effective aperture will be better unless you have a really fancy lens/camera setup.)
That all said, if they are old, and you're more concerned with georeferencing them than having a high-quality reproduction, you likely needn't spend too much time getting a photo of the final version. As there will almost indefinitely be some distortion from the true coordinates, you'll likely need to do some 'rubbersheeting' to get the maps to match up with their real-world locations. That process will likely introduce way more distortion than that from from your digital camera. If you have access to mapping software such as ArcGIS, it will do it easily for you. Otherwise there are lots of free products out there that will allow you to distort the image appropriately.