I started going though some tutorials on CAD packages.  I think I’ve spent more time downloading and playing around than actual learning but it’s been fun.  I’ve tried SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Inventor.  SketchUp was my first and it was a really easy, fun and quick to make some simple solids and play around.  It seemed to be missing some features so I tried out AutoCAD.  AutoCAD is a seriously professional package and it seemed to be geared toward 2D sketches, lots of features and customizing, possibly too much for me.

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

Settled on Autodesk Inventor, I’m currently on the 30 day trial and running though the tutorials.  I just finished the 2nd one which involved making this little train.  So far it seems like a serious full featured program, a big library with lots of different materials types, intuitive UI.  The plan for this week is to start modeling simple things in my apartment: table, bed, chairs.



Politics (Syria)

Assad did an interview with Russian media.  Clearly this is propaganda, but the US uses propaganda too, but I suppose all is fair in love and war.  Honestly, it seems like the US in the middle of amateur hour.  We look really stupid, we’ve put sanctions on Russia, we are supporting, arming, and training one side of a civil war in Ukraine, a large majority of the world assumes we are arming Syrian terrorists.  We refuse to unite with Assad or Russia against the Syrian terrorists.  The parallels between Syria and Libya are striking and Assad brings up a great point.  The West is demanding Assad leave power, yet he has won 4 elections.  Our buddies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia don’t even have elections.  I hate to think about it, but I think we might be the bad guys.

Assad is the last bastion of Secularism in the sea of Islam.  If ISIS, terrorists and extremists are truly our biggest threat and most dangerous enemy, then Assad should be our ally.

Three years ago, NATO declared that the mission in Libya had been “one of the most successful in NATO history.” Truth is, Western interventions have produced nothing but colossal failures in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Lest we forget, prior to western military involvement in these three nations, they were the most modern and secular states in the Middle East and North Africa with the highest regional women’s rights and standards of living.

https://reason.com/blog/2015/09/15/student-builds-device-that-is-not-a-bomb

Kid makes a clock, brings it to school so they took him to juvenile dentition.  There must be something missing here.  I refuse to believe we live in a society that is this far gone.

We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”

Asked what broader explanation the boy could have given, the spokesman explained:

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for?

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