Read my lips. No new hams.
The Siemens PLM blog asked some prominent folks in the CAD biz what they enjoyed reading in 2010 and asked us to resolve to read one of those books in 2011. Fair enough. But I was distressed by the number of people who don't, won't, or can't read books.
Sign me up: 1,000 cores on a single CPU. How bad in your software's user interface? Let's just hope it doesn't end up in this Flickr set of user interface insults.
The clock in my office (Thanks, Randy!) ticks about as loudly as this metronome.
Probably the biggest news in the CFD world this month will be Altair's acquisition of ACUSIM.
The list of the 15 most hated companies of 2010 includes American Airlines, Best Buy, Charter, Citigroup, AT&T, and Dell - all of which I use. The only one about which I have strong feelings is AT&T who IMO deserves to be on this list. Can their customer service get any worse?
If you wanted to build a company like Hubspot, here are the key elements: leadership, vision, talent, marketing, and innovation. If you're a technical person who founded a company, one thing you may have trouble with is deciding when to stop coding. "My job as a founder is to find a repeatable business model that will make money."
Topologies is a video art installation that illustrates what unstructured meshes might sound like. Worth watching, especially for my science friends.
Not to be left out, here's an artistic example of structured grids in the art world. Guaranteed to mesmerize: Dylan Fisher's animated GIFs - they remind me of grids.
Without the "e", email is still mail and the primary form of business communication. These 10 rules for effective email are good ones to follow. My addition for rule #11 would be "Keep your signature short." Nothing's more annoying than a 20 line email signature with name, title, email, phone, fax, address, a pithy quote, and ASCII art - especially when the body of the email is 2 lines long.
Breaking my own rule about infographics, here's Evolution of the Batmobile. Of course, my favorite is the classic 1966 version from the TV show. Those flames from the exhaust were boss.
Hadn't heard about this before but the Dept. of Commerce is proceeding with plans to provide each American with a unique online identity.
Fluid dynamics pr0n: high speed video of the Leidenfrost effect (like when you drop water into a hot pan and the bubbles dance around the pan but don't evaporate right away).
Science proves you should pour your champagne like a beer.
Where has all the sp@m gone? Global sp@m levels dropped by a factor of 4 from August 2010 to year's end. Another interesting factoid: a single botnet was responsible for almost half of all sp@m.
What is sleep deprivation costing U.S. industry? In a survey of only four large companies the cost was $54 million a year.
- Symscape's January 2011 newsletter is now available.
- This year's IEEE Visualization Contest involves huge CFD datasets for turbulence in pumps.
- Commentary on the CAD industry in 2011 (glad to see piracy in China highlighted as a problem)
- Caterpillar is using CFD as part of their effort to make hydraulic systems more efficient.
- CFD helped MIRA reduce the drag on tractor trailers by 30%.
- The Stratos Personal Jet was designed with a lot of CFD and is now headed for the wind tunnel.
- CFD, supercomputers, and Dell. Yes, Dell.
- CFD was used to help layout wind turbines in Alaska using VENTOS.
- How fermentation can benefit from CFD.
- Virgin Racing plans a huge step forward in 2011 with their continued use of CFD.
This could be good. Return to Forever's fourth incarnation (Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Gambale) is going to be touring in 2011. Why do we love music? Because it causes your brain to release dopamine, just like enjoying a fine meal.
All too often, list-based articles read like common sense. It's like Maslow's hierarchy of needs all over again. One might say that about the top 10 things that all customers want. For example, "satisfaction" - they want to be satisfied with their purchase knowing that it solves their problem. FWIW, my top 2 from that list are honesty and courtesy (I take satisfaction as a given).
Here's the first in a series of articles on Are You The Boss You Need To Be? What got my attention was their cautionary note: don't mistake comfort for real competence.
Lockheed Martin is upgrading tenfold our nation's ability to track orbital debris, from cataloging 20,000 objects to hundreds of thousands of objects. Be sure to watch the video about the Space Fence. (Certainly they could've come up with a better name.)
I hear you Vince.
Just say no to clip art. Here are some ideas about how to use imagery in your presentations. Here's an example of what not to do with PowerPoint.
Why follow a company on Facebook? The top motivator (40%) is to get discounts. Next is to show support (37%).
Nobody get any ideas: some guy hasn't use soap or shampoo in a year. Massive beef fat spill clogs Houston ship channel. The best joke I could come up with: this is what the tub looks like when I'm done. Valentine's Day is coming. How about a nice jar of Fat Girl Scrub?
Sweet science: for millions of years, unimaginably hot molten rock fell from the sky onto the infant Earth.
Here are 25 ways to improve your web site's calls to action for increased sales.
From the Just Plain Wrong department, someone's editing Huck Finn to replace the N-word with slave. (Note: this has nothing to do with race and everything to do with literature.) What's next? Editing Faulkner? Fig leaf for David? Bras for most every painting by Rubens?
Speaking of nude photography, Tactile Mind is a book of nude photography for the blind. The site has many images of the naughty bits so be careful around small children or big bosses.
I haven't even purchased my floor washing robot and they've already come out with a window washing robot. On the other hand, I'm not so excited about the dog dung vacuum.
I think the author of Everyone Poops are about 25% misleading. Apples and other plants don't poop.
Holy shit! Plants may indeed poop: sea slug is part animal, part plant. The Kama Pootra offers 52 "mind blowing" ways to poop. Mom said if you're blowing your mind it means you're straining. Don't do that. Know what your toilet paper is saying. Business name fail. Not for the sensitive: From the annals of internal medicine we present In Through the Out Door: X-rays of odd things found in butts. It's the salad tongs that made me LOL.
Why eyewitnesses can't be trusted: this video demonstrates how motion can hide color changes. Another case of fooling your senses is the Shepard tone, a sound that seems to be ascending or descending in pitch but yet doesn't actually get higher or lower.
Perfect use of the internet #11: Letterheady is a photo archive of letterhead including examples from MAD Magazine, Dr. Seuss, Harry Houdini and many more. Not to be outdone, here's a collection of sand.
An auction worth bidding on: NASA is auctioning space memorabilia including this SR-71 wing fragment (current bid $324).
I'm not all that interested in iPhones but this article about e-Cycle, a company that securely recycles your old iPhone (9 million per year), caught my eye because it's based in Hilliard, Ohio. Hilliard was a sleepy farm community of about 800 people when my father was born and raised there. Turn your iPhone into a 3D scanner with Trimensional.
Here's a nice short talk by artist Robert Bechtle on one of his influences, Richard Diebenkorn, and specifically Diebenkorn's painting Coffee, 1959. Bechtle talks about Diebenkorn's sense of composition but also references Diebenkorn's Notes to myself on beginning a painting which is in itself priceless. I love #10 - Be careful only in a perverse way.
Meanwhile in China, their J-20 stealth fighter is flying.
How croissants are made? I'd rather know how croissants are pronounced.
MaximumPC magazine offers this list of 12 technologies on the brink of extinction. First, the 6 on their way out.
- Pre-recorded physical media. I still buy my music on compact disc. I sound like one of those farts who still prefer vinyl over CD but MP3s have such horribly limited audio quality. I suppose that's OK if you're listening through ear buds or tiny desktop speakers but a home system?
- Stereoscopic (with glasses) 3D TV. With or without the glasses I don't get it.
- eBook readers. Apparently the authors see multi-function devices (e.g. iPad) as the future.
- Consumer-level hard drives. I can see this happening, a move to solid state disks in laptops and home PCs.
- Keys. Apparently the authors lose their keys, have them stolen, and get holes in their pants from them. Hardly what I'd call a mandate. I don't see this happening anytime soon. Coincidentally, a friend who just got a new car with push-button start said his young daughter made fun of him for being lazy and not using the key.
- Handheld gaming consoles. Again, the authors love their multi-function devices.
- Digital music/media players. OK, apparently multi-function devices aren't all that. Or maybe the authors really like their iPod but not so much the Kindle or PSP.
- Landline phone.
- Internal combustion automobile engine. Nobody ain't got a better idea.
- The PC, keyboard, and mouse.
More map pr0n: United Van Lines provides this map of where people are moving from and too. (Poor Ohio.) Speaking of Ohio and maps, check out this map of foods by state and note that Ohio's food is Cincinnati-style chili. I'm hoping it's a bowl of Skyline Chili, a 3-way (over spaghetti and covered with shredded cheddar) with two cheese coneys (hot dogs) on the side. God I'm hungry.
Why so much Mona Lisa in the news lately? First, the background location has been determined to be the Italian city of Bobbio. Second, da Vinci may have been influenced by the writings of Horace and Petrarch. And third, watch her jump.
The angry traveler's guide to obscene gestures. It all makes sense now.
...show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
...show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov