Happening in August

After a busy couple of months, I have a number of ideas, thoughts, and plans for the month of August. There will be posts about equations, the wrap feature, sketch tricks, toolbox, and basically things that will make your day to day tasks with SolidWorks a little more efficient. Stay tuned, I’m planning on a lot of posts next month . . .

What the ?!?

I know, you’re thinking “what happened?” – here’s the deal . . . The last couple of months were a bit rough.  I spent the first week of March in the Intensive Care Unit after a car crash (I talked about this a few posts back.)  Two weeks after my accident my wife’s mother passed away after a long fight with congestive heart failure.  With everything going on, I wasn’t exactly up for blogging.  I know, there were a few blog posts about a week after my accident – this was when I wasn’t able to go to work (which was driving me CRAZY!)  Truth be told, those blog posts took a very, very long time – the double vision that came with the accident makes it very hard to do anything on a computer.  I was finally able to return to work, and as “cool” as it was that my two screens “magically” turned into four screens, trying to work with the double vision also meant daily headaches.  Attempting to get caught up after missing more work than I have in the last several years combined has been incredibly taxing.  With that said, I just haven’t had it in me to update the blog – tons of ideas have been running through my head, but there just hasn’t been the time (or the energy for that matter.)

My original plan when I started the blog was to recall the events of SolidWorks World 2011, which I still might do (because I still don’t want to believe its over – even though it’s been over for more than 3 months now.)  When I first started posting I would spend a considerable amount of time reading and re-reading before uploading – Now it will be much more relaxed and casual.  In upcoming posts I plan to look at some of the tools in SolidWorks that make day to day life easier – not necessarily the “glamorous” utilities, but some tips, some tricks, and some of the ones that just made me say “now that was slick.”

I think John Lennon said it best when he said “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”

Public Service Announcement – Seatbelt Safety

We interrupt our regularly scheduled “What Happened at SolidWorks World 2011” blog update to bring you the following public service announcement . . . Wear your seatbelts.

It is safe to say that if you have found your way to this site, it is likely that you work with SolidWorks; since there are many CAD options available to you, and you work with SolidWorks, it is likely that you are intelligent; if you are indeed intelligent, you should already be using your seatbelts, if not, let me tell you why I believe in seatbelts.

Maybe it is because I have a tremendous respect for those that design motor vehicles (and the safety systems that they have created to protect us), or it could be that I have just seen too many crash test videos, but I literally feel naked if I don’t wear a seat belt.  A week ago today I was given a not so gentle reminder of the importance of seat belts.  I consider myself to be a very good driver, unfortunately this incident could not be avoided.  I was waiting in the turn lane at a red light when someone turned in front of an oncoming car, the cars grazed each other and one of them deflected into me.  I only know this information thanks to the accident report – I remember getting into the turn lane, the next thing I remember was waking up in the Intensive Care Unit like this:

 It was when I saw the pictures of what was left of my car that I truly realized how lucky I was just to be alive.  From the front of the vehicle you can tell that there is substantial damage to the driver’s side:

From the driver’s side of the vehicle you can see a majority of the damage that was done to the car:

From the passenger’s side of the vehicle you can see that the front axle snapped when the car was pushed into the curb:

From the driver’s seat, you can see why I consider myself lucky to be here.  To name a few of my injuries; I have 3 broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, a new scar on the back of my head, and a serious case of double vision.  If you look at the tiny amount of space under the steering wheel, it is extremely surprising that I did not have serious leg injuries:

I am still facing a significant recovery time, but I have my wife, my family, and my friends to help me through it –  I don’t even want to think about would have happened if I would not have been wearing my seatbelt. 

Wear your seatbelt – not just for you, but for those who care about you.

3, 2, 1 . . . Launch

Welcome to the official launch –

I have been dragging out the launch for far too long.  I wanted to have everything finished and perfect, but then I decided that it would be best to allow it to evolve over time.  There will be empty links, blank pages, and incomplete areas for awhile.  There will be changes and makeovers while I find what works and what doesn’t.  I thought that I would start with some posts and start to fill in some of the other information as I go.  Soon it will be expanded to have tips, tricks, tutorials and so much more.

My original intention was to have the website up and running in time for SolidWorks World 2011 (which it was, thanks to a ton of help from my friend M.O.)  I thought that it would be fun to blog about the events of SolidWorks World while I was there, but then I decided to just take it all in and do the writing later.  It has now been a month since we were headed to San Antonio, and now I am ready to start writing about the adventure.  Stay tuned . . .