I know I know, what happened to bridge stuff. Well if you haven’t noticed the world has gone a bit crazy and bridges seem small right now. Besides the Happy Pontist is on a roll.
So I am keeping my head down and trying to increase my skills for the new economy. I have also started looking for a book agent/publisher for my robot bridge book. Got my first rejection letter yesterday!
So here is a coffee break painting to prove I’m still around. Oh I gave a presentation to some elementary school kids about bridges and they were terrific!
Trying to get the hang of it.
Steam donkeys were used as engines for cranes, pile drivers and dredging. I started working on another book with Dudley, a steam powered bridge robot, building a truss.
This is the truck my wife and I used to move from Canada to California. We bought it for $800 and built a wooden box in the back to haul our stuff. Amazed we survived.
I just put NieKo – The Bridge Building Robot up for sale on Amazon!
Here is the link NieKo – The Bridge Building Robot
This is my first children’s book and hopefully people will enjoy it!
The cost of going to University has skyrocketed. I remember paying $300 dollars a semester at the University of Calgary.
I could work summers and still pay tuition, rent, with the occasional night out.
A take by mother jones.
It wasn’t always like this: The cost of undergraduate education is twelve times higher than it was 35 years ago, far outpacing inflation. While the indexed price of college tuition and fees skyrocketed by more than 1,122 percent since 1978, the cost of medical care rose less than 600 percent, and the cost of housing and food went up less than 300.
Can somebody check my math, I did this on a break. Thanks!
I have been busy drawing up a concrete building in Sketchup and detailing some of the beams. I think it would do a designer good to actually draw the steel reinforcement, they designed, to scale. Then you could see how things actually fit together.
I remember checking a senior engineer’s design and seeing that steel often occupied the same space. The general feeling was, “oh they will kick into place in the field and make it work”. Not my idea of a good design assumption. 3D is coming and it can be useful for conflict resolution and what-if scenarios.
Take a look, does the steel fit? (not my design.)
Rendered 51 frames in 29 minutes to make a bridge pile driving robot gif!
Next adding sound, clank clank clank!
I embed these videos using youtube’s code but I cannot get it to default to 720p. Anybody out there no how to do this?
Go to YouTube for higher quality, sigh
I received an email from a instructor at a Canadian university, saying he is going to use my book (as recommended reading) in his economics course!
Thanks, made my day!
I have started a “Sketchup for Hire” business. If you want 3D drawings from an engineer, or a seminar in Sketchup for your company, send an email to the name at the top of the blog @gmail.com.