Not only was Nikola Tesla one of the most brilliant inventors in history so many scientific fields, he also figured out an interesting way look up solutions to mathematics.
Not only was Nikola Tesla one of the most brilliant inventors in history so many scientific fields, he also figured out an interesting way look up solutions to mathematics.
Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!
It was 83 years ago today that the Golden Gate Bridge construction was started.
Did you know there is a hidden elevator located in the North tower that takes you to the top crossing span and the top of the tower?
Here are a couple photos of the bridge that I took last Spring. The bridge stretches from San Francisco to Marin County California.
Article on SFGate.com 83 years ago today, construction started on the Golden Gate Bridge
At first I thought I had received some more odd spam email or from Marvin the Martian to finally blow up Earth’s moon, but it wasn't.
The ominous email started with the subject line of “LROC :: Moon target acquired notice” and filled with cryptic text:
”LRO/LROC :: TARGET ACQUIRED
Feature nickname: Hurleys Crater
Request date: 2010-12-27”
I thought this was some odd email phishing attempt at first. Then I remembered, back in 2010 there was a Arizona State University project to map moon craters and features and you could schedule a satellite mapping of the crater. So 5 years later my crater was mapped and photographed. It is a really nice crater and perhaps someday I can visit it.
The following link provides interactive access to your target region:
You too can submit your own request but make sure you have patience to await the photos of your lunar feature.
All of us at Autodesk wish you and your family and loved ones a very happy and safe holiday and New Year. Many of us at Autodesk are taking our annual week of rest from December 24th until January 4th to spend with our families and friends and prepare for an even better New Year. I have my 14 year old daughter visiting this week and spending some quality daddy daughter time.
I am in the San Francisco Office this week and got up early for a run.. I love running in SF as there are so many things to see, routes to run, and comfortable chilled air. This morning I started from near the Autodesk One Market office and the Bay Bridge and decided to run over to the Lucas Film Studios located in the SF Presidio where much of the Star wars magic is being made these days. I made it to the Yoda statue then realized if I ran back along the Bay to the Ferry Building it would be a 10 mile run but still did it. I normally run about 3-4 miles, but I am a little sore currently after this mornings adventurous run in light of Star Wars public release tonight at midnight.
I am not a rabid Star Wars fan although I saw the original when it first came out and will see the new release with my daughter in the next week. I do work with some super Star Wars fans like Evan Atherton who created a short film that has one many awards and press mentions about R2D2.
Check out Artoo In Love.
Here are a couple photos from the run and a map of my run:
Today our Autodesk office in the Portland area was selected as a stop for the Snuggle Express by the Oregon Humane Society. What this meant was we had a room filled with puppies and kittens to snuggle with. What a great idea to get people interested in adopting animals that need a home. While puppies and kitties are adorable and cute, I would have liked to have seen some older animals needing a loving family as well. It was a great experience for our office and having had dogs all my life except the past 3 years I realize I really need a four legged companion again.
It is amazing how online retailers are becoming so immediate in fulfilling your order. It used to be you could order something from Amazon.com and get it in 2 days free with Prime and that was almost enough of a gratification if you couldn’t find the goods at a local retailer . But yesterday I realized I had broken my computer mouse during travel and needed a replacement immediately. I was at home ready to head for the office and the local electronics stores would not be open for 3 hours. I fired up the new Amazon Prime Now app on my phone and ordered a mouse and it was delivered within one hour at the office. I was able to track the driver who had my new mouse and keyboard and actually met the guy as I was headed up in the office elevator. This new Amazon service is not offered everywhere but currently is available in Portland Oregon and limited in the selection in stock but also will pick up from local grocery and retail stores in the area like New Seasons Market and my favorite Japanese grocery store Uwajimaya as well as a few others in my area. There is only a $30 minimum order and costs you only the standard goods price plus a small tip to get it almost immediately or Now.
Below is the Amazon Prime Now App showing the ordered package with Michael the driver as he pulled into the office.
It’s not what you think, I promise. What I did was spear trash and recycle it in rural Bali.
I am currently working in Bali Indonesia on a special project with an Australian colleague Brett Casson and a few other people, and not on a vacation unfortunately. We are working extremely long days on a tight timeline in the heat and on Saturday we took a break to meet the amazing and energetic designer John Hardy at Bambu Indah for his famous Trash Walk project as well as his daughter’s Sampah Jujur “Spear Garbage Talk Trash” (https://www.facebook.com/speargarbagetalktrash/) so we could do some non-work related good things while here, and learn something.I guess I could have just darted off to the beach and relaxed but this was a great way to learn about Bali, meet amazing people, get some good exercise, see areas tourists don’t see,and do something good.
It was absolutely amazing walking the rural Bali area and gathering trash, seriously. Bali like many places in the world is suffering from a man caused problem of pollution and waste. Here in Bali there is no trash service so much of it gets dumped or disposed of in various places or burned along the streets choking plastic smoke and all and even a few aerosol cans to add to the excitement when they blow up. It’s a very complicated problem and I am not going to get into all the details nor am I knowledgeable enough to place any blame but it is apparent there is a big problem and I did a very little part and will be ever mindful of my waste and plastic negative impact on our planet.
Some images of the trash spearing expedition as we walked, talked, all while sporting our stylish recycled trash gathering bags and homemade trash spears.
Brett Casson of Autodesk, John Hardy, and Me - Shaan Hurley of Autodesk doing our small part.
John Hardy has found that by showing an example of locally cleaning trash each week and also by offering to purchase recyclables it can slowly change the problem. It is of far too easy to just dumping garbage in canals or the forest or even catching hotels that should know better that dump and burn the trash piles. SE Asia is already under a serious smoke pollution problem of deforestation fires but also here in Indonesia the burning of garbage is really bad and at times it is really hard to breath or even see the sun at times.
Here is the Sampah Jujur sign with prices for garbage. They have even started purchasing the garbage in the local schools. Much of the plastic is going into something better. They can use the collected and purchased plastic to make plastic shipping pallets which cease the needless waste for tropical hardwoods which don’t last long. The recycled plastic pallets are manufactured here in Bali by Enviro Pallets.
We need to all reduce and remove plastics and multi materials that cannot be reasonably recycled from our usage and Earth. While plastics in our markets are prolific and cheap and we are given so many plastic bags for our convenience we must stop.
On the trash walk I met Emily Penn and got to know more about her and how she heard and why she showed up at the trash walk while we speared garbage along trails, in the river, and along house walls. Emily is a trained architect and after graduating Cambridge she decided to take a architecture job in Australia and decided to sail there from the UK. During the course of that long voyage Emily changed her course in life and now sails the seas and researches plastics impact on our planet and the ocean and operates Pangaea Explorations. She is absolutely fascinating, humble, and a wealth of knowledge on the impact of plastics to the environment. She has a really intersting background, but even more topical is when she discussed how most of the plastic in the ocean is not visible as it is broken down on wave action and more into small fragments under the surface and found all over the ocean when taking samples and even high concentrations in all the caught fish. I seen the fresh videos and photos from Lombok and Gili Islands, and was truly shocked by what was flowing out to the ocean and reefs. There were even people paid to push the clogged plastic out to sea with long poles. There is no invention yet that can gather the plastic at sea without causing other problems as you cant yet separate the plastic from small oceanic life out there. Nothing will magically mine the plastic into fuel or magically make it go away yet. Another issue is the micro plastics which are even worse and in toothpastes and skin cleaners and go through all filters and go to the sea and never breakdown and continue to show up in more and more places and cause really bad things in the environment and health of animals and humans. We just talked about plastic and a common phrase from the Aussies was “plastic sucks ….”
Bali is still an amazing tropical paradise, but has some issues as do all places around the world and a common enemy is clearly plastic. I can’t tell you the numbers of plastic store bags, plastic bottles and wrappers I speared Saturday but it was a full bag and enough to convince me that II was not making a big dent in the enormous amount. But if everyone chipped in cleaning up waste when they seen it and also reduced their day to day dependence on plastic this problem would start to go away and none too soon.
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No effort is too small and we were happy to participate and would encourage anyone visiting Bali to consider the trash spearing with John.
In honor of the national Kale Day I am sharing my latest smoothie recipe – Kale Yeah!
For the past few years I have used a NutriBullet blender to grind fresh organic vegetables and fruit into healthy goodness but sometimes taste is not the top concern. My current healthy green smoothie is healthy and hot and listed below for your dismay or for you to try one sometime. I don’t use a standard juicer as they typically remove on of the best beneficial parts of the smoothie which is the fiber where the NutriBullet blends everything you put into there - and you drink it all.
My Hot Green Goodness Smoothie Ingredients :
Fill the rest to the line with water and blend to a thick green healthy smoothie that looks worse than it tastes.
Enjoy and Be Healthy!
For the past four days I have been enjoying a trip to Utah with my girlfriend Amy to visit my mother, my 3 kids, and some friends. It was so great to visit with friends and family but also get to show Amy around a place she had never visited. We did so much in 4 days including lunch at my favorite Mexican mole spot The Red Iguana,haunted house fun, Park City, Brews and Blues festival at Snow Basin to see my friends and Andy Frasco, dinner with friends, a hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Not only was it the first time Amy had seen Northern Utah, but it was the first time meeting my mother, my kids, and some of my friends. It went went very well but I think everyone likes her better than me.
I took some Portland Oregon treats to my kids including 3 pints of the famous Salt & Straw Ice cream (Carmel Sea Salt, Blue Cheese and Pear, and Bitter Orange and Olive Oil), a box of VooDoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew, and some Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I was really concerned transporting ice cream on the flight but researched that you can use 2 pounds or less of dry ice in a labeled container as long as it was frozen solid and your airline was cool with it (pardon the pun.)
Yesterday morning Amy and I went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Ski Resort area to enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the amazing fall foliage which was coming to an end.
More photos on my Instagram feed
It was so very good to see my kids who are now 14, 21, and 24. One thing I learned, don’t leave your phone alone around your teenage daughter as they will take selfies when you are not looking. The bonus is I have some great photos of my daughter.
It was nice getting back to my Hood which is Mount Hood in Oregon. I love the welcome view of Mount Hood on the flight home.
I will never forget many years ago flying into Portland International Airport and seeing the iconic and sometimes visually loud carpet. Over the past 20 some odd years flying into the airport I always felt fairly nostalgic when seeing it and actually looked at carpets in airports around the world and nothing compared it.
This last Spring I remember flying into PDX and doing the ceremonial photo of my feet on the carpet. It was that very day I knew I had to be back in my PDX home again after being away for 18 years. It happened and now I am happily back in my Portland Oregon but they have started to replace the old carpet with a new design. Change is never easy and I have a long attachment to the old design and prefer its color and quirky shapes.
View and download the PDX Carpet Design DWG file. http://a360.co/1MeTxsx
My friends at Rogue even made a PDX Carpet India Pale Ale.
PDX Carpet story on the always amazing 99% Invisible Podcast published on Feb 24, 2014 by Roman Mars.
Episode 154: PDX Carpet http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/pdx-carpet/
Portland aka Portlandia prides itself in being unique, creative, outside the box, weird, our free range unicorn herds, world’s best beer and coffee, and loving our retro design carpet in our PDX top ranked airport.
Don't judge us.
Shaan a Portlandian.
Back in May Autodesk employees in teams of 7 started the competition in step counts internally among 406 teams and tens of thousands of other teams from other companies in the Global Corporate Challenge. This was the second year for me as team leader for the OCTO (Office of the CTO) Team and we did very well.
Our “Team OCTO” of 7 covered 5105 miles in 100 days and placed 7th place in Autodesk and # 2016 overall among 42,498 corporate teams around the world.
Congratulations to my well motivated and successful team which were all colleagues in the Autodesk OCTO organization:
This was my 4th year participating, and each year improving my steps.
Congratulations to a crazy Autodesk team placing 72 overall and 1st at Autodesk with a staggering 8867 miles in 100 days by 7 team members. My guess is they lived on treadmills and bikes and hit a 31,994 daily step average..
Here are the top 10 Autodesk GCC 2015 Teams
1,824,892 (725.72 miles)
483,643 (1,001.74 miles)
12,245 (2,819 yards)
Thank you and congratulations to everyone that participated in the Global Corporate Challenge and the companies for supporting such a fun fitness challenge giving many extra motivation to keep moving!
SolidWorks 95 from the mid 1990’s and developed for the mighty Windows 95 platform. I have this package and CDROM in my collection of classic computer design tools. While this is not an Autodesk developed tool it is a classic for some in the mechanical engineering and design world.
The Everhart Museum currently has an exhibition on Prohibition and has included the infamous Engineers Guide to Drinks Drawing framed on the wall. I will be releasing the 3D DWG version of this drawing very soon thanks to the hard work of a volunteer named Robert Lupo.
The exhibit opened July 9th 2015 and will run to December.
Here are a couple photos from the exhibit on Flickr copyright by the photographer Nezkapix
Some press about this exhibit.
I think we should make each drink according to the drawing and see if they are good for test accuracy and quality assurance purposes.
I have two of these rare shirts and am going to giveaway one of the shirts (size large) to a good home. I am just trying to figure our a fun way to do this. Over on Twitter @ShaanHurley) a couple of my followers suggested guessing a number which I rejected as we need something more fun.
I will come up with a fun and fair way to give this shirt away soon, but feel free to provide some suggested ideas and competitions in the comments on how to get this shirt a new home.
This will surely brighten anyone's day!
Some of us take our love of Autodesk products to the extreme in fact I have seen wedding proposals and invitations made in AutoCAD. It was great to see my friend Donnie Gladfelter (aka The CADGeek) become a new parent along with his lovely wife Helen. His awesome employer CADD Microsystems gave the new Jackson Gladfelter a new outfit outfit that says “Latest Autodesk Product.”
I would say Donnie and Helen have an 18 year subscription term product, and well worth it and so very cute.
I wish all the joys and frustrations of parenting to Donnie and Helen Gladfelter (she did all the hard work.) The Facebook comments to the photo of baby Jackson Gladfelter are priceless and filled with AutoCAD related puns in good fun. I think this is a perfect product launch and no service pack required but look out for using the DIVIDE or COPY command again so soon.
Congratulations Jackson, you didn’t pick Donnie as a dad but must put up with him legally for at least a little over 17 years more.
Autodesk participates in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) with hundreds of employee teams competing internally and against other companies and the perfect side effect of getting more fit. This GCC 2015 is my third year participating and last year our team made 11th place within Autodesk as Team OCTO (Office of the CTO.) Teams of 7 log their steps from pedometers, or the distance biking or swimming daily in this fun fitness challenge.
Best of luck and fun to all participants and teams participating in GCC 2015!
It is Memorial Day weekend in the United States which kicks off Summer. Sadly it also is the start of more traffic accidents and many related to long holiday drives while tired. Please, if you are driving long distances this weekend stop and take resets and arrive alive.
The photo was taken by me this week from a UAV Quad Copter a rest area along Highway 26 between Portland Oregon and Cannon Beach.
Today I received an update notice for the Adobe Flash Player (and I had thought Flash was dead and still look forward to that day) but I noticed something that could cause come serious system issues if you don’t pay close attention to what Adobe set as a default in their Windows Flash update installer. Many times if you have more than one antivirus software installed it can and will cause problems especially if it is a antivirus software with a long history of issues and false positives or slowing down performance of machines.
In todays Flash update, I see that Adobe places their default to install MacAfee Antivirus as an optional install. IMHO if it is optional make it off and let the customer select to install it not force it on them,. The same problematic high tech venus flytrap is in the JAVA updates by Oracle installing programs not related to JAVA.
Be careful of installer options as it appears to be a growing trend and used to be limited to freeware installers but unfortunately now making it into mainstream updates and utilities and a trap for those that rush through an install process.
My fellow Autodesk (OCTO) team member Evan Atherton recently produced a great Star Wars fan movie around the loveable droid R2 D2 titled “Artoo in Love” that went viral around the world on the biggest of online news clamoring to cover the movie. The beauty of this fun well done science fiction love story is that there are no words and so it works in every corner of the world and the fact that most of the hardware was built in Autodesk’s Pier 9 shop adds a new fascinating maker facet to the story.
If you have not already seen the movie check it out as it is short, fun, and FREE. You can also brighten the day of your friends that are Star Wars fans by sharing the link with them.
May the Force Be with You!
One of the largest recorded earthquakes just occurred in Nepal at 7.8 and thousands have died, many missing and millions are in need of the world’s assistance. If you have the ability to help Nepal recover, please do. To my fellow Autodesk employees, please check the matching donations by Autodesk to double your assistance.
Below is a great list of reputable charities and assistance organizations for the devastating Nepal natural disaster to help before it becomes a much worse humanitarian disaster.
Emergency Funds – Nepal Helping Earthquake Victims in Nepal
In response to the tragedy inflicted by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on communities across Nepal, we have assembled a list of recommended organizations that are providing relief to residents of the region. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue identifying the most effective and efficient organizations providing disaster relief and recovery to the affected areas.
American Nepal Medical Foundation promotes the advancement of medical training and practice in Nepal Promote and facilitates continuing medical education in Nepal Strengthen research capability of Nepali health professionals and foster collaboration with North American research institutions.
The American Red Cross has been working with The Nepal Red Cross (NRCS) since 1999, with its first long term project, focused on earthquake preparedness in Kathmandu, dates back to 2001. NRCS is headquartered in Kathmandu and has branches in all 75 districts, more than 1,300 sub-branches, 1.1 million members, and 100,000 active volunteers.
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has seven decades of experience delivering emergency aid during times of crisis. Our emergency responses focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly girls and women. Last year CARE worked in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people around the world.
Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Direct Relief can work with healthcare professionals and organizations on the ground and equip them with the essential medical supplies and equipment that they need to help people recover from a disaster.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Give2Asia works with community-based organizations throughout Asia, connecting them to corporations, foundations, and individual donors to charitable causes, coordinating comprehensive programs that address the region’s greatest needs; currently conducting initial assessments with local partners in Nepal to develop long-term rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake.
Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.
Real Medicine Foundation is aligned with governments and international agencies in eighteen countries on four continents around the world; we partner with and empower local populations, co-creating long-term solutions that are self-sustainable. RMF believes that real medicine focuses on the whole person, reaching beyond medical and physical care to include economic, social, and emotional support as well.
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.
Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.
Search Dog Foundation (legal name National Disaster Search Dog Foundation) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Their mission is to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country. Six SDF search teams have already been deployed to Nepal.
Seva Foundation has been a leading innovator since 1978 in the delivery of vital eye care services to the world's most vulnerable including women, children, and indigenous peoples. Seva is headquartered in Berkeley, California, with regional offices in Nepal, Tibet and Cambodia and partner offices in 11 countries. Seva's Sight Program works to restore eyesight and prevent blindness in over 20 countries around the globe.
Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
UNICEF works to ensure that every child has a safe and healthy childhood is on the ground in Nepal aiding children and families. You can donate to UNICEF's efforts online. In addition, you can automatically donate $10 by texting "Nepal" to 864233 (UNICEF).
World Vision is a Christian organization that helps bring children out of poverty, and tries to build communities with its relief work. The organization already has a presence in Nepal. Donate to support World Vision's relief efforts in Nepal, here.
Stay Strong Nepal
I am now working from the Autodesk Lake Oswego office and in the "fun" process of moving here. I am doing my same job and on the same San Francisco Office of the CTO team, but I am no longer working remote from Utah.
I am extremely excited to be returning to Oregon after having been here when I originally accepted a position at Autodesk in the SF Bay Area -17 years ago. My team and manager and everyone in the Lake Oswego office has been awesome and I am all moved into my office space. Now I just need to move all household goods from Utah to my house in Oregon. I am going to miss all my Utah friends but I will be back to visit.
Some of the recent Oregon Instagram photos of mine are located at: @ShaanHurley
Would you like to win a airborne UAV or a underwater OpenROV submersible robot to go exploring with? You have the chance to with a recent Explore Science contest being held by Instructables and OpenExplorer.
"Scientific breakthroughs make the world a better place. After all, where would we be without penicillin or play-doh? Oceanographer and marine biologist Edith Widder once said: “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.” We’re pleased to announce the Explore Science contest in partnership with OpenExplorer — a digital journal where folks can share photos, findings, and other interesting ways to document their field research. For this contest we’d like to see how you conduct your experiments, document your research, and search for scientific solutions to everyday problems.
Discoveries happen when you explore, and the winners of this contest will be awarded tools and gadgets that make exploration a lot more accessible and exciting! Enter your science-related Instructables for a chance to win a Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, OpenROV v2.7 underwater exploration kit, and more.
Go enter to win now and start exploring!
I wish I were eligible I want an OpenROV to go exploring with on my dives.