Saturday, November 28, 2009

To goodness and wisdom we only make promises...

Truly this bacon sandwich is indeed deluxe. But served with Wild Turkey? Really? Wouldn't a nice lager be better? I'm sure Joel would recommend a wheat beer. Instead of spending this weekend with 537,821 of your closest friends at Walmart saving $2.50 on Tickle Hands Elmo, why not swing by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in their brand new building?

Bacon. Dental. Floss. Advice I can get behind from management guru
Tom Peters
: outread the other guy - read wide, read long, read deep. Along those lines, here's Seth Godin's reading list for November. For fans of Lattice Boltzmann numerical methods here's and OpenLB. Here's the solar system scaled down to fit in your browser (hope you like to scroll to the right).

From the CAE news desk:
  • SGI unveiled the Altix UV, configurable from 32 to 2,048 cores (with provisions for up to 262,144 cores).
  • Exa released PowerFLOW 4.2 with true rotating geometry for improved noise simulations from fans and wheels
  • Symscape's Caedium CFD solver sends text and picture updates of your CFD solution via Twitter.
  • ANSYS released Engineering Knowledge Manager (EKM) 2.0
  • This video about the Cray CX1 also features work by Intel, Microsoft HPC, CEI Ensight, Star-CCM+, and Advantage CFD. (Registration required to download 62 MB Flash executable.)
  • ACUSIM is hosting a webinar on CFD modeling of wind turbines on 15 Dec.
  • Steve Legensky from Intelligent Light gave a masterworks presentation at Supercomputing the challenges of wind energy simulation for HPC.
  • CD-adapco and Access announced starcast, new casting simulation software.
  • CD-adapco also released STAR-CCM+ V4.06
  • Tom I-P. Shih is the new head of the Aero and Astro department at Purdue
  • Flow Analysis Solutions was formed to market the CFD techniques developed by John Steinhoff.
  • Flow Science released FLOW-3D/MP V4.0
Applied Aerodynamics is a freely available digital textbook and includes an interesting section on airfoil geometry. Create your own social network using Ning. PC World presents 9 Twitter tips for business. As though I don't have enough online music services already (, Blip, Pandora) here comes Grooveshark. The alphabet as made from die-stained tissue samples.

An online clock made from scroll bars. Computer trivia from A to Z (who knew that Gmail was original codenamed Caribou). Not to be outdone, here's the history of the internet. And its weight. And proof that the internet didn't invent idiocy. Sideways Google and 80 degrees Google (darn those CSS pranksters).

Time remains to submit your entry for the ugliest visualization contest. 'tis the season for contests: TraceParts wants you to create a Christmas tree. Printed Space delivers custom, high quality digital prints for interior design. Where science meets art: Lichtenburg figures turned into lightning scupltures.

Sweet funky jimmy! Check out these Mandelbulbs, Mandelbrot fractals in 3D. Where does Microsoft get off trying to patent Tufte's sparklines? (Note: I am not an attorney, but I'd like to play one on TV because the pay's better.) Check out the image gallery at the Census of Marine Life; if your body is translucent so I can see your intestines, you deserve to live at the bottom of the ocean.

CAD Message is a blog about news from the CAE market. Want to give TinyURL some competition? Try The longest list of Twitter resources I have ever seen. Too bad these Christmas tree ornaments shaped like video game controllers have already sold out. No, I don't know anything about regular expressions. Lifehacker is thankful for these free apps. HubSpot's internet marketing blog and Dave Kurlan's sales blog. Inbound marketing Q&A. A list of free web analytic tools.


...pain we obey. -- Proust


Jim said...

I've done two geocache series based on scale models of the solar systems. The one in Boston (GCB6DA) has one find the informational plaques scattered throughout the metro area. I found the Sun and Mercury through Saturn before calling it a day. Mars was a hoot because it was on the second or third story of a mall, tucked discreetly into the corner.

The second series was local (GC1A956, more traditional boxes with scale-sized drawings the kid made for his science project. To add to the challenge, it included the eight planets and three dwarf planets. Almost disappointingly, the "bonus" hasn't been identified.

John said...

Jim: isn't bicycling hard enough without having to go on a scavenger hunt at the same time? It would be like simultaneous fencing and baking.