Q&A - Round ONE!

Feb 11, 2010

Here's a few answers - Please keep the questions & comments comin' (I'm building an interest pie chart!)

 

Is it true you sold your soul to Devin Townsend for talent to draw?

Alec via Facebook

I had to google to even figure out who this was! I will say that if I *could* have just sold my soul to someone it would have been much quicker.

Here's a few answers - Please keep the questions & comments comin' (I'm building an interest pie chart!)

 

Is it true you sold your soul to Devin Townsend for talent to draw?

Alec via Facebook

I had to google to even figure out who this was! I will say that if I *could* have just sold my soul to someone it would have been much quicker.

Here's a few answers - Please keep the questions & comments comin' (I'm building an interest pie chart!)

Is it true you sold your soul to Devin Townsend for talent to draw?
Alec via Facebook

I had to google to even figure out who this was! I will say that if I *could* have just sold my soul to someone it would have been much quicker.

What was the matter more complicated for you in mechanical engineering?
Eugenio via Email

Ouch! Getting right to the heart of the matter, my worst grades in school ;) It's actually an interesting question, because there were courses that I liked and did well at (Mechanics, Design, Materials, Project Courses), courses that I didn't like but did well at (Chemistry, Technology & Society, Statistics) , courses that I liked but did *less* well at (like 2nd year Thermodynamics and Electrical ... I did quite well in the third year version of both courses though, it's weird. Although I spent most of 2nd year sick with stress)...

Then there are those courses. I hated them, they hated me. One was Automation and Controls, but that was 100% a prof problem, because I find the *concept* of the course really interesting. The other was Differential Equations. I don't know what it is with Diff Eq's. I cruised through every other math course and then when I got to Diff Eq's it's like I hit a wall. Everyone else makes fun of me for it (stop making fun of me!). If you're good at it, good for you. I for one have not had to write a single differential equation outside that course.

If you're having problems with a course you should,

- Go over the core concepts as a group. This is how I got through Automation & Control. Some group practice problems help, too. It will help reinforce what you DO know, and everyone else will help you fill the gaps of what you DON'T know.

- Find practice exams with full solutions. Especially for math courses, the Math Club at your university might sell them. (They are worth it!!)

- Hire a tutor. Again, especially for Math. Sometimes the way the professor is saying things just will not make sense, and you just need some 1 on 1 time for it to click.

Good luck!!

What happened to Red?
Qatami via Tweet
He is alive! He lives in England. Red, say somethin'!

Autocad Vs. Inventor
Das_Ganon via Tweet

Solidworks! I know that wasn't one of the options, but that's the one I'd pick, personally. So far I've spent time with AutoCAD (LT &3D), Inventor, Solidworks, and Unigraphics. Oh, and 3D Studio MAX but I rarely see that used in actual engineering applications. Of all of them, Solidworks is not only my favourite from a user's standpoint (once you get over the learning curve of fully parameterizing drawings before extruding), but it's quickly becoming an industry standard.

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Both?
Darby via Email

Darby had a BUNCH of really neat questions, I chose this one for the blog :) I am a big fan of all manner of speculative fiction, but if I was sitting in a waiting room with the choice of "BloodSword of the Dragon: Fate" or "Space Space Wormhole 3425", I'll choose the latter. I'm not sure why, but I've always been drawn to science fiction literature (and movies). I really enjoy stories that take a few "what ifs" and spin it into a whole world. Something about the world being based on logic (rather than magic) makes it much more compelling for me. On the other hand, if we're talking about video games or comics... I'll prefer Fantasy! Ha! Of course the genre alone does not make the book, and there are amazingly good and amazingly bad offerings in either category.

How do you find time to drawwwwwww
Flightboy via Tweet

I get asked this a lot, and unfortunately there is no silver bullet for this. Time management is a hundred little tips that you need to learn and keep practicing. My life (and my goals) are more ridiculous than most people's, so I actually started a blog about it! I call it Mind Management, and I've been posting there about once a week since August! I'm no pro at the thing, however, so I'd also like to point you to the blogroll there, especially ZenHabits, Dumb Little Man, 43 Folders and Lifehacker.

Thank you SO MUCH everyone for the response so far, these questions are really fun and I'm excited that you all want to hear more from me. :) KEEP SENDING QUESTIONS, I'll build another Q&A for next week, and then I'll start writing "test posts" based on the areas of interest that I'm seeing. Excite!