Friday, April 9, 2010

ACAD 2010 New Features

At my company we are starting to transition to AutoCAD 2010. I'm one of the employees taking it for a test run before we deploy it to everyone. I haven't seen a lot of information out there for what the pro's and con's are for 2010 so he's my two cents (briefly..details later)

What I like:
- there are LOTS of automatic thumbnail previews (file open, attaching xrefs)
- the new "quick view" feature
- hatch editing with grips
- you can finally insert pdf's!

What I don't like:
- the new ribbon interface seems to take longer than just toolbars; maybe it just takes some getting used to
- I'm not adjusted to the layer manager as a palette yet, so far I don't like it
- I'm having system memory errors a few times daily and I can't pinpoint why

More detail and screencaps later...


The idea is to have glass vases painted white on the inside, with gerbera's in each bud vase. I'll put them in a cluster at the center of the table.

My efforts:

Our Save-The-Date Cards

Crazy Pups

Over the last year the pups have developed a few new quirks. Sophie is a lot calmer than she used to be, but still full of energy when she wants to be. Bella is just non-stop energy. Bella follows Sophie around most of the time and bites her ankles or her butt to get Sophie to play with her. Sophie has taken to hiding in places that Bella can't get to i.e. behind the couches and under the bed.

Bella is pretty ball-crazy. The ball doesn't need to be in one piece anymore either, just so long as you can throw it. She loses them under the couch a lot, and barks at them until one of us retrieves it for her. She tries to access her genes by hunting stuff once in a while. She gets pretty excited if you tell her to "get the mouse!". We had a mouse problem a few months back. Bella never caught it, but she damn sure tried!

Sophie has taken to helping herself to the kitchen counter. My circus dog. She jumps onto a dining room chair, then onto the table, then walks across and hops up onto the kitchen counter. Here she has eaten the following: granola, valentines cookies, a novelty reeses cup heart, and leftovers in the kitchen sink. The reeses heart taught us how to deal with a dog that's eaten something they shouldn't have: a little hydrogen peroxide to make them puke it up. Awesome.

Here are some newer pictures:

They do like to cuddle together...

One of my favorites of Sophie...

Waiting for me to come home...

2010 Garden

It's been a while...

Last year the gardens turned out mediocre. The vegetable garden didn’t yield much for me. I had absolutely no broccoli, no strawberries and no cucumbers. I did get a few green peppers and tomatoes, but the tomatoes were really small. The butter lettuce grew really well, but tasted terrible. I’ve decided I’m not planting that lettuce and broccoli again. I won’t plant green peppers again either because we didn’t even eat the ones that grew. I think the strawberries needed to establish themselves some, and didn’t have enough room to really grow and produce fruit. I’m pretty confident that I planted the cucumber too late to give me anything.It’s definitely a trial-and-error learning experience. I’m starting to plan a lot better for what is going to be fruitful and what is going to last.

The flower gardens last year did pretty well for annuals. One major note is that I didn’t understand the difference between an annual and a perennial last year, and I happened to plant almost all annuals. The only perennial I planted was by accident, and it did make it through the winter and came back strong. This one was good ol’ phlox. Other than that the impatiens and geraniums gave out at the first sign of a cool breeze. I took two of the gerbera’s inside for the winter to see if I could over-winter them. It worked! They even kept blooming for a couple of weeks after I brought them inside. I just set them by a window that gets partial light and watered occasionally. They went dormant for the winter and looked dead really. Around mid-March this year, they came back  A couple of lonely green leaves sprouted and they are getting bigger and taller. I’ll put them back out front again this year with some daylilies and probably try to over-winter them again.

THIS YEAR I’ve gotten much smarter about this whole gardening thing! Perennials! Maybe I won’t have to destroy all of my joints and muscles by planting each year now. Plus I feel better about my ability to keep plants alive now, so I was willing to get some plants that I really like now that I don’t feel that I will kill them.

I started a few from seed, which is brand new to me. Moonflower, butterfly (milk)weed, pumpkin and shasta daisy. I sowed the seeds 12 days ago in one of those Jiffy greenhouses with peat pellets. I know a couple of these are annuals but if I can grow them from seed I don’t mind spending the money. The moonflower is coming up really quick, with big leaves. I’ll have to plant it soon. Shasta daisy are sprouting, but still small. I haven’t seen anything from the pumpkin and butterfly weed. I read recently that I should have cold-treated the butterfly weed seeds first but they are already sown now. I hope they grow, I was really looking forward to that one. I don’t really care if the pumpkin grows, just a little experiment to grow my own jack-o-lanterns.

Onto the veggie garden: strawberries, tomatoes, and raspberries. I let the fall leaves cover and stay on the strawberry plant from last year, and it came through the winter really well. There are about 18 off-shoots from the original plant now, and I intend to just let it take over the spot I made for my veggies last year. Now it should have enough room to really grow and give us some strawberries. I decided to grow beefsteak tomatoes this year since last year’s were so small. The whole point of my growing tomatoes is so that I can have fried green tomatoes all the time, and for that I’ll need the size of them to be worth frying. Raspberries grow wild in my neighborhood anyway, so I thought that was a safe bet to plant. We’ll have our own raspberry bush now instead of having to walk along other peoples’ property to get some.

I think the best decision I’ll have ever made is to switch to perennials for the flower garden. I love cut flowers so I mostly planted those. I looked at a list of perennials (so that I wasn’t tempted to buy more annuals), and picked the ones I liked. Then I cross-referenced my list with the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants to dogs. Our dogs are very curious and will chew and eat anything. I can’t risk them eating a flower that I brought inside to put in a vase and getting sick. What I ended up with is peonies, lilies, roses and candytuft. I planted candytuft last year but I’m going to try them again. I have all dark red and pink lilies in bulb form scattered through the rest of the plants. I almost didn’t buy peonies, since I don’t have the patience to wait on a bulb for it and an established plant at our local nursery was around $25 (too much in my opinion). Then I found one at Lowes for $8. Beat that! I bought double pink peonies, and there is already one bud. I wait  Last but definitely not least, I planted eden climbing roses in white/pink. The buds are pink and they change to white once they bloom. They are supposed to have a light fragrance, and once they are established they are really beautiful. The eden roses are around 100 petals to a flower, whereas normal roses are around 40 I think. So they are jam packed with petals and look really awesome. I don’t know if they will give me anything this year, but maybe next year they will. I also threw some lavender in there for fragrance and groundcover, and I did plant four impatiens to help fill the garden in until the others get closer to full size.

Pictures of the new gardens are coming…

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Carlson and Revit Images

As a follow up to my previous post on Carlson and Revit compatibility, below are pictures of the results of exporting 3d faces and 3d polylines from Carlson and importing them into Revit. The first two images are from Carlson and the last from Revit.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Testing posting from my phone

Carlson and Revit

I went through quite a bit at work today to try to answer this question: are Carlson and Revit compatible?

Not knowing a damn thing about Revit, I spoke with our company's Revit guru and learned that Revit pretty much just takes 3D geometry, namely 3D polylines and 3D faces. It couldn't be that simple, right? What about all of that intelligent data that Carlson stores? Sounds like Revit won't take that data. There is currently an email out to a guy at AutoDesk to confirm this. So it IS that simple. Have Carlson draw 3D faces and/or 3D polylines and import that into Revit. Hopefully this post ends up in someone's Google search and helps. Leave a comment if you need details.


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Here are some pictures of where we are getting married, the Garden of Rememberance at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, MD. We've got most of the major stuff down pat. The location, time, reception place, rough guest list, I have my dress, caterer, attendants, and overall theme. Going for a kind of classy country theme with the colors being black, white, and red.


If you already know Thomas and I, you know we are severely attached to our dogs. They are like our kids. Sophie is a 3 year old Brussels Griffon x Bichon mix (sometimes labeled "Griffichon") and Bella is a 1 year old Dashund.

Here's a couple of pictures:



They are such buddies:

They will even share their couch!

Ok just one more thing, and turn your volume down, they LOVE to howl (you have to get them going first):

Gardening Efforts

Here are some pictures of my gardens. I hope to overwinter most of the flowers so that I don't spend as much next year on gardening as I did this year.

Gerbera daisies:

The gerberas do really well. I've tried to collect seed from them but it really doesn't seem worth the effort. There are red, yellow, pink and orange ones there. I'm a big fan of gerberas. We are using red and white gerberas in our wedding.

Geraniums, impatiens, phlox, candytuft, and million bells:

The geraniums do great. Some better than others. As long as I pinch off the dead blooms they will keep on going. I expected the impatiens to be bigger, but I'm starting to think they will be bigger next year. The phlox had it's one bloom for the season and now it's done. I can't decide if I like it enough to keep it if it's only going to bloom once. Candytuft, I hear, doesn't really show up until the season after you plant it. So we'll see next year. And the million bells. Not terribly happy with them. They are leggy and the little branches often die off. Not the plant for me.

Dwarf Gardenia:

It's tough to get a good close-up. Gardenias are my favorite. They are gorgeous and smell amazing. Next year I will get a standard gardenia plant now that I know I probably won't kill it. I'd heard gardenias are tricky, but I've had no trouble so far. At one point I was taking a stem with a bloom on it to work every day and setting it on my desk just for the smell. If they bloomed in May and weren't so expensive, we'd have these in the wedding instead.

Herbs and Veggies:

I need to get an updated picture of the veggies. We've had a lot of rain and they are much larger and with fruit now. In the veggies pic: left to right, then top to bottom there are strawberries, early bird tomatoes, green bell peppers, buttercrunch lettuce, cucumber and broccoli. In the herbs pic: cilantro, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, and oregano. I'm letting the strawberries propagate out. Tomatoes still haven't turned red. Need to figure out when I can pick the peppers. The buttercrunch lettuce grows great, but tastes terrible. I hear they taste better in the fall, when it's cooler, so we'll see. The cucumber hasn't done much and the broccoli has the tiniest heads ever. It's slow moving, but not bad for the first veggie garden. The cilantro was a force to be reckoned with at one time, but it's died off for some reason. Basil and rosemary are OK. The oregano and thyme though, they grow like weeds! I can't even give it away anymore. I'm trimming them back just due to lack of space.

So that's my intro to my gardening efforts. I'll post more on certain plants here and there.

First post

First post to test how it all works. More later...