I had an amazing time this weekend, and hope you did too. I was practicing my radio controlled quad copter piloting skills on my new UAV quad copter a DJI Inspire 1 in preparation for future flights to capture 3D models using Autodesk Recap Photo and Project Memento. I flew up the Provo Canyon near the frozen Bridal Veil Falls and also flew at the amazing Diamond Fork Hot Springs with my oldest son and got in a nice hot soak as well. I was always following regulations for UAV and being safe.
It will take another few months before I get used to writing and saying 2015, but it offers all of us another fresh start if only on the calendar. If you had a less than stellar year then this is your fresh year to make it a good one or complete your resolutions or goals.
Last year 2014 was simply an amazing year for me and one of the best in recent memory overall with several Autodesk related product and project highlights. From having the honor to work as a SCUBA diver on the USS Arizona and participating in the technology assistance on the OSO Washington Mudslide disaster to the announcements by Autodesk that all our software is free to all students and faculty and even the announcement of the new Autodesk Ember 3D printer and the Autodesk Spark open 3D printer platform and fund. I will highlight the projects and announcements this week including some never before told facts and experiences.
Most importantly I want to thank all of you for reading Between the Lines over almost 12 years going strong. I also want to thank all my Autodesk colleagues, customers, family, friends, and of course the Internet for allowing this blog to live.
If you have any suggestions on topics or improvements or just a kind word of thanks to motivate me to continue for many more years email me.
The Engineers Guide to Drinks drawing or Infographic as it is now called in reality was really just a test drawing was originally created by someone that was very creative or very bored in order to test pen plotters back in 1972. I was not the original creator, and never have taken credit for it other than re-drawing it again in AutoCAD and bringing it back to life. In bringing it back to life on this blog it has taken the world literally by storm making headlines on big name media sites such as Fast Company, Laughing Squid, and now Food & Wine Magazine. It made one of the Top 18 infographics of 2014 as selected by Fast Company.
Imagine that this 1972 created drawing gained well deserved fame 43 years later. I have now seen the drawing not only in the media but used as sample drawings again as recently as class sessions at Autodesk University and we even gave out nice prints at our Blogger and Social Meetup.
Live Long and Prosper Engineers Guide to Drinks!
On this U.S. Holiday of Veterans Day we would like to place the spot light on Project Recover.
In connection with Veterans’ Day, GoPro and CBS series “60 Minutes” profile World War II recovery effort by Scripps and partners. https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/new-technology-enables-historic-finds
The Project Recovery website currently highlights a project in Palau searching for MIA using many technologies including Autodesk's Reality Capture solutions such as ReCap. Autodesk has been proud to be a partner in this project in the Pacific islands with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Personally I have been so very fortunate to work with many veterans in 2014 including some from the Pearl Harbor WWII era, the many fine sailors and marines of the USS America, as well as supporting the efforts of the Wounded Warriors Project.
Everyday should be Veterans Day. A day or simple "Thank You" will never be enough.
Thank you veterans,
I live about 4 hours from Moab and will make the drive early for an action packed day of visiting with the fine people of Arches National Park and giving them a 3D printed Delicate Arch created from a laser and photogrammetry scan, hiking up for a visit to the beautiful natural sandstone Delicate Arch, seeing some ancient petroglyphs, flying some quad copters in the desert, doing some 3D captures using Project Memento and ReCap Photo, and exploring Moab.
If you cant meetup with us in Moab, plan to meet us at Autodesk University 2014!
Most know us at Autodesk as the folks that develop AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Maya, Autodesk Inventor, and over 115 or so other products, but we are into the non CAD fields as well. We pride ourselves as being highly diversified, and in conversations I often get the reaction "what the "#%@!, really?"
We at Autodesk are not only into the Maker movements, 3D printing open source platforms, helping scientist capture coral in 3D for research, capture historical monuments like the USS Arizona in 3D, but also into things like 3D printing virus to attack cancer in research by our Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andrew Hessel.
Yes, Autodesk is supporting research in-house to cure cancer. Cancer sucks big time and everyone wants to cure it, but who would think a stereotyped CAD software company based in Marin County California is actively researching solutions to kicking cancers evil microscopic ass.
"A genetic engineer at Autodesk says he can 3D print a virus that one day might be able to attack cancer cells."
Autodesk deep in it's roots back about 33 years ago we were a group of talented hardware and software hackers. To me it all makes sense we would not only hack software, hardware, but why not hack cells and other hard challenges.
Let's all applaud Andrew Hessel's research and those like him that WILL remove the C word from our vocabulary as I don't want to get any more calls or emails that I lost another someone close to me to cancer.
I lost an amazing good friend and colleague last year to cancer #PeachStrong, and many more loved ones and customers along the way like Celeste, Scooter, and my grandfather.
Thanks to the Daylight Savings Time change here where I live, I now need to remember or Google the sometimes complex steps on how to change the time on all my gadgets, appliances, and even my car radio. My Jeep's radio clock is the most complicated to change the time.
If I don't comply with the Daylight Savings Time like many procrastinators or lucky exempt states or nations, I would have to minus an hour from the display time on a clock until I finally gave up and learn how to change the time on the clock. In effect it's like having multiple times zones in your own home.
Wikipedia Map of DST
I am still allowing my microwave to be fully rebellious at 3 hours and 46 minutes off the real time, and my oven to blink 12:00 AM. It seems the only things set correctly today are my phone, computer, and cable box.
Are you affected by Daylight Savings Time, does it annoy you, are you a frustrated person today? How many months typically does it take you to give in and have all clocks correct?
Personally I wish we would just cease this non-sense.
I have started playing the game the "Goat Simulator" game by Coffee Stain Studios. How is this somehow related to Autodesk, well the Goat Simulator is using Autodesk Gameware's Scaleform technology to propel the super twisted fun gameplay. My son Jake showed it to me and told me it was fun and addicting, so naturally I just had to buy it and try it even though I am not really a gamer type of person.
Goat Simulator is almost like the game Grand Theft Auto but with goats and no drugs or crime. The game is available on desktop and mobiles everywhere although I play it on my iPhone.
Goat Simulator is Baaaaad to the bone with head butting action to take your stress and frustration from the day away.
I give it a custom rating of 4 hooves up!
Last week in a post I mentioned I was running in the obstacle course race the Tough Mudder on the weekend. I have received a few emails to see if I survived the long challenging course, and how it was.
I had an amazing experience running the 12 mile course with 20 obstacles ranging from mud pits, culvert crawling, barbed wire, climbing walls, monkey bars, ice baths and 10,000 volt shocks from hanging electrical wires with my oldest son and his two friends. My youngest son was an EMT for the first obstacle and my daughter was my official photographer and each did a fantastic job. At the end of the course you got a refreshing beer that probably tastes much better due to the long hot athletic event. I am now officially hooked on these obstacle course races that are more of a challenge than your standard 5k mud runs.
My son and I ran up the Everest obstacle unassisted and just for fun did it twice and took a bow to the crowd.
My son Jake was a volunteer EMT for Tough Mudder to take care of the injured who sprung leaks, tears, cuts, punctures, overheated, or broke parts of their bodies. He was very busy.
In the Electric Shock Therapy obstacle there were many wires with 10,000 volts and both me and my oldest son were captured being zapped in this photo by my daughter Katie. I call this photo "Father and Son BzzzzYOW!"
I am now considering running another Tough Mudder this time in Southern California near the end of October. If anyone has a spot on their team for that event or wants to do it with me and possibly my oldest son please let me know. I am also planning to run the Spartan Beast in 2015 so I am not going to stop my training. I plan to have a morning jog and gym workout every day at Autodesk University in December and invite those wanting to workout to please join me.
What a great and fun way to get employees competing as teams and resulting in better health which reduces overall health costs to the employer and makes the employees feel better. This is one of those things that make Autodesk one of the best employers to work for as awarded by several magazines and organizations.
This was my 3rd year participating in the Global Corporate Challenge "GCC" program where Autodesk and hundreds of other companies around the world log steps using a pedometer, bike miles, and swimming in miles. I have beaten my past 2 years performance and was a team captain this year for the OCTO-Pi team which was comprised of Office of the CTO hence OCTO
Our Team OCTO-Pi placed 11th in the entire Autodesk teams this year and logged 4920 miles between 7 of us in 100 days which is like walking across the entire United States in a relay race.
Team OCTO-Pi 2014
Shaan Hurley (me)
Here are my stats:
724 miles of steps by walking, running and hiking logged by my Fitbit One unit.
11,618 yards swimming
621 miles of biking
Lost 10% of my weight with 22 pounds gone and totaling 55 pounds gone since 2012.
OCTO-Pi Team Standings in Autodesk placing a proud 12th!
This weekend I will be competing with my oldest son Chris in the Tough Mudder competition which is a half marathon with 20 brutal obstacles in the course from ice baths to fire and electrical wires.
Photos credit Tough Mudder
Already looking forward to GCC 2015! We should have a step count competition at Autodesk University 2014!
What a surprise to also just earn the 5000 miles badge on my Fitbit!
My daughter Katelyn "Katie" turns 13 years old, and becomes an official teenager tomorrow which is technically now in Australia which is now 12:00AM August 1st, 2014 in Perth. She has always been my princess and it is both an honor and pleasure to watch her grow from a baby to the beautiful smart young lady she is today and for her to call me dad. Reaching 13 is another big milestone in life and makes me realize how fast our kids grow up and each moment is precious. I have two older boys one 20 and one 23 and their teenage years seemed to blast past at lightening speed. I wish I could as a parent go back and stop them growing just for periods of time to spend more time when they are little and along the milestones of their lives, but time moves on constantly and you must not waste it.
Enjoy your children, build memories with them, and cherish each and every minute as they grow up so fast and then move on with their own lives.
I will never forget the first time I posted about her on this blog and she was 2 years old in February 2004 and using an early Windows TabletPC with Autodesk AutoCAD 2005 My New HP Tablet PC TC1100 & AutoCAD 2005.
Memories captured digitally freezing time and bringing smiles.
Happy Birthday to my amazing daughter Katie, I love you to the moon and back and infinity and back!
-Shaan aka Dad
My good friend and respected paleontologist Dr. Louise Leakey tells me we are in the final hours to vote to support Virunga's Google Impact Challenge! Help Virunga Foundation win £500,000 and Google's support to protect wildlife and communities.
It only takes a couple seconds to vote, and you can make a real difference in the world, and to the last remaining mountain gorillas and other endangered wildlife.This can be your good deed for the day, and feel really good about it.
Please Vote here: https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/uk2014/charity/virungaUpdate: The voting has now ended. Let's cross our fingers and hope they won!
"Virunga Foundation: Crowdsourcing platform to help protect wildlife and communities in the DRC"
The Virunga National Park lies within an area of great conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and its variety of wildlife and abundance of minerals and oil potential makes it a prime target for those trying to illegally benefit from these resources which puts the park rangers' lives at risk every day. The Virunga Foundation will develop a public safety program that aims to provide real-time tracking and mapping of the park, as well as decreased security response times via a low cost phone and voice-based reporting solution. This project will change the way that local people engage with authorities and respond to security threats, and improve the conservation of one of Africa's richest but most threatened national parks. In 10 years, Virunga Foundation hope that this project could build 35 communication hubs that cover four million people in the DRC, enabling them to protect the park and it's precious wildlife and resources."
Also stay tuned for the movie: http://virungamovie.com/
Be active, healthy, and happy.
Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon (40°34′12″N 111°37′19″W / 40.570°N 111.622°W) is located about 20 minutes from where I live, and is a great place to hike and chill before starting another busy work week. The amazing wildflowers are just now starting to bloom.
What are you doing this Summer, or for my friends down under what are you doing this Winter?
I have been dealing with the hot Summer heat even triple digits for awhile now and anything cool and wet sounds like a great idea. I just happened to read that Autodesk customer Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City had built a huge waterslide named Verruckt (means insane in German)which cools you down with extreme thrills and chills. The water slide is taller than Niagara Falls.It is not only fun but a good workout with 264 stairs to climb to the top of the 168 feet tall water slide structure. Engineering and design projects are not only fun to be involved in the design, fabrication, and construction phases, but also to ride!
Images from Schlitterbahn
See past post from 2007 on Schlitterbahn waterparks.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and my Ramblings on Design
If only I was in Kansas City to take the plunge! I hope my daring Kansas City friends will let me know how the slide is and maybe next time I am in KC I will go take the BIG plunge.
I would love to hear from someone in design & engineering at Schlitterbahn. Email me
An acquaintance of mine Luke Freiler shared with me an experience that I have had nightmares about.
Luke was driving to work and realized his iPad Mini was missing and didn't know where it was. Hopefully on the kitchen counter at home I am sure was the thought in Luke's mind.They used Apple's Find My iPhone/iPad app and to his horror it was on the freeway, still alive.
They rushed to find it but located it a little too late as it had been run over like an expensive freeway speed bump and was now DOA.
They cautiously searched the location of the iPad along the freeway and then gathered the remains. Since they had AppleCare they could most likely just get it replaced at the Apple Store. The only problem was the only part of the iPad that missing and not able to be found was the identification and serial number which is required to get your device replaced by Apple. They require the serial number plate to prevent fraud.
Two lessons I took away from this story, one was knowing the the Apple's Find my iPhone/iPad app actually works very well, but also accidently leaving your iPad on the top of your car and driving down the freeway is not a good idea. I always worry when I am in a hurry I will leave things on top of my vehicle.
Now I always think of Luke when getting into my Jeep and ask myself did I leave anything on the roof as I was putting everything in the vehicle.
I just returned late last night from a week in Southern California with my kids where we attended a memorial horse race held in honor of my late grand father. We also fit in a visit with a friend and Hollywood car man Eddie Paul where my kids got to sit in some famous movie cars and we also spent a great deal of quality time for meals, exploring, running and boogie boarding at the beaches or swimming in the water parks and theme parks riding the best roller coasters.
As a parent I can't encourage a good long road trip strongly enough. I had my children captive for the 11 hour drive each way to talk with them and better understand what they were doing in life and that is indeed priceless.
This past weekend I spent some time underwater scuba diving and picking up debris in the small Spanish Oaks Reservoir. The water ranged from 48-52 degrees Fahrenheit. I was fine scuba diving in a 7mm wetsuit with a hood and gloves except my face which felt like I was eating ice cream too fast and getting brain freezes for the first couple minutes.
I found several plastic bottles and bags as well as a aluminum boat oar and what appeared to be a plastic ear gauge luckily not still in someone's ear. We saw several nice large trout checking us out instead of the fishermen's hooks.
Thanks to my friends at Dive Addicts for putting on this good underwater civic project and for serving us delicious hot BBQ sandwiches as we exited the cold water.
This week was a tough one for me and my laptop. On Tuesday my machine started acting wonky where Windows explorer would not show previews of files and then Microsoft Outlook would not allow me to type in the body of an email.. I decided what most people might do and that was to reboot as it was probably just a slow memory leak by some program I had ran in the past few days causing the issue. After rebooting the Operating System would not load and when it tried it again the sysem would blue screen about an invalid sys.config. I was toast and so was my laptop. It was not an easy matter of just copying the data off the drive as my drive is all encrypted. I do make regular backups but had not in the prior 24 hours.
After a full day of creating Linux boot loaders and a Windows 7 DVD to repair the master boot record I actually got back into the system which was technically a miracle. I was able to clean up the system and make more back ups just in case. I don't know the cause but I am prepared and you should be as well with making regular backups of all your data. Also it is good to have a bootable Operating System on a thumb drive to repair your system because your Windows 7 DVD will do you no good on most laptops that no longer ship with a DVD reader.
In the end I was successful (this time) and had only lost a day of productive work time but I am reminded to always to be prepared for a system crashing and not losing vital irreplaceable data.
Be a good digital Boy or Girl Scout and Be Prepared.
Oh and by the way, Happy Pi day (3.14) !
Last weekend I went down to Southern California to do some scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean unfortunately a huge storm hit while I was there cancelling some of the dive boats myself and my friend Will had arranged to dive for some spiny lobster.
On Sunday early morning, after the worst of the storm causing floods, high winds, high surf, and mudslides had passed we were able to get out to Catalina Island by boat to at least get some diving time in at the marine preserve at Casino Point. I love scuba diving and feel like superman under the water flying around and easily gliding up and down the underwater mountains.
We made 5 dives to around 80 feet depth, and since Catalina Island's West side had been sheltered from the storm and was a ways off the main Californian coast the water had great 50 feet visibility and some great kelp forest and reef to explore. We explored 6 ship wrecks and saw many different types of fish from Garibaldi kelp bass and more, some shy octopus, eels, lobster, seals, and more. Diving in kelp forests is amazing and I would recommend it to many other divers as it is as tropical dive locations although you do need to prepare a bit more especially with a decent thickness 7mm wetsuit for the 58-60 degree water.
One of the fun fish was a large California Sheephead fish that followed us like a friendly dog on each of our dives.
The large California Sheephead named Oscar would come right up to my face and I would have to push him away.
Here is Oscar the Sheephead wanting to play or trying to photo bomb my photos.
While it was disappointing to not get the 16 dives from boats for the lobster, the dive trip was completely redeemed at Catalina Island.
Do you scuba dive? I am definitely looking for more dive buddies and dive locations.
Yesterday was my birthday and I received literally hundreds of wishes in social networks and email. My Facebook timeline was so active with wishes I could hardly keep up and might have spent the entire day replying to each one and thanking them. So thank you everyone for the kind birthday wishes it really meant a lot.
I spent my xxth birthday working then going and taking my EFR endorsement for my diving certifications.
On this long holiday weekend I started my PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba certification for certification. I can select 5 types of dives to get my certification in and I chose depth, night, altitude, buoyancy control, and navigation. I was able to complete 3 of the five this weekend out in the Utah desert in a salt water spring location named Bonneville Seabase with my friends & instructors Jess and Will from Scuba Utah. You can get to over 60 feet depth in the water and in some of the ponds there are 8 foot long nurse sharks, swarms of porkfish, queen and cortex angels, a monster of a grouper, and many other marine life all 750 miles from the ocean. There was also some fun underwater obstacles including a tunnel and a submerged boat where at about 25 feet depth you could climb in the air pocket for photos of you and your dive buddies.
|The nurse shark up near the surface wanting me to feed her.||Hungry Porkfish wanting me to give up the food in my dive bag.|
|A cortez angel||The lazy grouper |
What childhood nightmares are made of. The airspace at about 25' depth.
In two weeks I will be lobster diving in Southern California in 60-135 of water at night and really looking forward to it.
I love scuba diving, do you?