We tend to over-react here in Portland when it snows or there is freezing ice storms, but for some good reasons. We normally don't get snow, or just a trace then it melts.In the past 3 winters we have seen more than just a trace.
Snow or ice storms tend to slow or bring the city to a standstill because don't laugh but we have only a couple snow plows and our roads with hills are not designed for the snow or ice build up. To make matters even more difficult, we don't allow road salt and have a bunch of new Oregon transplants that have never driven in snow. Growing up in heavy snow of Idaho, I can definitely drive but the concern is all those that cannot and panic and stomp on their brakes and slide across lanes or worse they just abandon their vehicles in the road and walk home. I live at the top of a steep hill with a road that is a straight shot down into a high school football field and the thought of sliding and gaining speed down the hill and launching into a high school football field is not a good one. So I am awaiting all this snow and ice to melt before venturing out.
So today I am working from my office at home, and enjoying the snowy view.
I'm convinced this freak snow storm was the result of the nice weather the past month that was giving me a bad case of spring fever, even mowing the lawn two weeks ago. Come on spring!
A favorite historic DWG of mine is from AutoCAD 1.2, but sadly the copy I have right now is unable to be opened. Here is a screen capture of the drawing when I had it at one time opened in AutoCAD 2.18.
Aside from this historic AutoCAD sample drawing, the Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space Shuttle STS-1 and after 22 years of 27 missions was tragically lost in a disaster with all 7 astronauts onboard mission flight STS-107.
I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to watch the final Space Shuttle Discovery launch STS-133, on February 24, 2011. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
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Yesterday February 6th, 2018 was an amazing time in our world for science, engineering, and for all kids like that dream big and nothing seen impossible as a guy named Elon Musk is parking his Tesla convertible automobile in orbit around Mars or on the ultimate road trip to deep space. The car even has the phrase “Don't Panic” on the dash as a nod to Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe.
Let that sink in for a minute, a car was launched on a rocket named Falcon Heavy launch yesterday heading to deep space and Mars complete with a view of a crash dummy wearing a helmet and playing David Bowie’s sound “Life on Mars”. While it may seem in the initial reaction of an ego thing to do it is more than that and sometimes you do things that seem crazy or whimsical to prove a point that all the other no-crazy sounding ideas are possible.
The two rocket boosters came back and landed at Cape Canaveral while the car is heading on a very long road trip if the radiation doesn't consume the vehicle in the next year.
Congratulations to Elon Musk and his amazing SpaceX Team on the extraordinary engineering! I haven't yet heard if the Florida State Police have sent a speeding ticket to Elon for doing 300 miles per hour.
Back in AutoCAD version 2.18, Autodesk placed a sample drawing with AutoCAD named the Solar.DWG to demonstrate the precision of AutoCAD back in the early eighties. AutoCAD was based used 64bit floating point precision and the most accurate back then. With this Solar DWG you can see our solar system in 1:1 scale in kilometer units.
This would not be a good DWG to plot/print 1:1 full scale.
You can zoom all the way in on the Apollo Lunar Lander on the surface of the moon and read a plaque placed on it. You will notice the planets are from the eighties back before poor little Pluto removed as an official plane and now just another member of the Kuiper belt. A NASA team is working to get Pluto once again classified as a planet. Go Pluto, I'm rooting for you being a planet again.
Below are the steps to zooming in on the Lunar Lander and giving your fingers and mouse a workout. You could also take the easy route and use the saved views in the DWG.
When you open the DWG file in AutoCAD, you will see the Solar System. I have marked the area you should zoom to if you want to find the Lunar Lander which is on the Moon’s surface orbiting the Earth.
Once you zoom into the area shown in the prior image you will see both the Earth’s Moon and Earth. You will want to zoom in on the Moon.
Once you have the Moon located, zoom in further and you will see a crater and to the upper right the Lunar Lander we are searching for.
The plaque is located on the lower leg of the Lunar Lander.
And the text on the plaque on the leg of the lunar lander reads
I created a Sheet Layout with four views showing the main points of interest.
In Oregon we have mild winters and as such grass in our yards are green and still grow requiring maintained by mowing. After 20 years of service with Autodesk, I was awarded a credit I could use for various gifts and I chose to green my house with a home improvement gift certificate. I have retired my gas engine lawn mower for a nice efficient Greenworks Pro 60-volt Brushless Lithium Ion cordless Electric Lawn Mower. It was really nice to mow the lawn this weekend with the new electric mower and just push a button instead of fighting the pull started and and not to worry about oil and gas or the exhaust.
It was also time to replace an old toilet with a lower water usage model toilet. Yes, I got a toilet with my gift certificate. I also replaced a couple higher efficiency LED light ceiling fans and sourced some local 80 year old reclaimed wood with a story to re-build my fireplace mantel in the house.
It was a really productive weekend and I feel good to be using less energy and oil to preserve our beautiful natural surrounding us in the Pacific Northwest, and the rest of the world. If we all do our part to reduce, recycle, and reuse it will make a difference. -Shaan
Did you know that before the overweight lazy Pennsylvania groundhog predicted when spring would arrive (poor accuracy record btw), there was the hedgehog? Its true, it was actually Hedgehog Day before it was ever Groundhog Day.
“Groundhog Day: is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.”
In the local Autodesk office, Michelle Stone has a sweet hedgehog named Hermione. Hermione visited the office today for Hedgehogs Day so I could see if she noticed her shadow in the interest of science and also a bad case of spring fever.
Hermione saw her shadow, six more weeks of winter. week could use the winter weather for water. Our winter in the Pacific Northwest has been so unseasonably warm and lacking much snow in the mountains this year.
After I was given the original nozzle that was in one of the first sample drawings of AutoCAD from 1984 (An Epic Piece of Autodesk History –The Nozzle), there were many discussions on old sample files. It’s Throwback Thursday, so in the spirit of that what is you favorite AutoCAD sample file or ones that bring the most memories for you. I spend my current job mostly looking forward in to the future of design and technology, but it is also so much fun to look back on where we have been especially since I was a customer using AutoCAD 20 years ago and have many memories. Looking back over the past 36 years of Autodesk and seeing how much things have changed gets me excited about the possibilities where we will all be in the next 36 years.
Here are some of the sample files from AutoCAD 1.x to today covering 36 years of AutoCAD history.
Color Wheels (old and new true color)
Digitizer Tablet Overlay
Solar System in 1:1 scale (and all planets and lunar lander with plaque)
Sydney Opera House
So let me know in the comments what your favorite AutoCAD official sample drawing or one with the most memories for you and the release it was from. I plan to post many of these drawings files along with any known history.
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