Friday, February 27, 2009

The waiting game

I've probably spent the better part of three hours today waiting on my finite element software to run a little faster so that I can fix a node for a 3D stress analysis simulation of the heat treating process that I have to complete for my research. The past two weeks I have finally gotten several simulations to work although my meshes have some distortion problems with 547 or so warnings for element geometry out of 30,000 elements. Fortunately that means no errors which is really what I was concerned about. So I sit here trying to be patient waiting for the servers to register that I clicked a node so that I can confirm the region for the boundary condition.

In other news, I approached a second company today about my ice axe after the first one said they had no interest. The farther time goes without finding a job the more I feel that maybe I should start a company making outdoor gear. Besides the ice axe I have ideas for a tent, pants, jackets, and carabiners. I've been going to this entrepreneur lunch series WPI has been having this past week and I decided I'd get a blog and put myself out there. I've also been learning about some of the basics of marketing and I've decided that when it comes to marketing over the internet or to climbers I would be great because that's what I am: a climber and an avid internet user.

Finally, I have a workout this afternoon with the track team and on my comeback from plantar fasciitis I'm so unsure about it. I mean it hasn't felt great this week and the two hour long run in the rain Sunday was not awesome for my immune system and I've been coughing all week. 

All I want to do is go climbing right now, even though my foot will probably hate me. So I talked to Jeff and since the machine shop was off limits due to a professional visit we couldn't machine any ice axe today so we talked for ten minutes and the result is that we're going climbing tonight at 7 PM. Outside. I haven't really done any climbing in the dark so it should be a great learning experience. It was warm today (49F) so the snow has probably all melted and it will quite possibly be soaking wet on the rock. I don't really care I'm going anyway.


  1. Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition where at the bottom of the foot’s plantar fascia becomes inflamed due to a number of reasons. When this happens the plantar fascia or a tissue ligament (which is easier to understand) becomes swollen and irritated. Hence, for such persons it is very important that they wear special shoes that are specifically designed managing this condition.

  2. A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing .... During the 16th century, royalty started wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life, ..... These have a toe box that is stiffened with glue and a hardened sole so the dancer can stand on the tips of their toes.

    Tamika I. Delagarza

  3. Elsewhere in the world, I drew closer a second organization today about my ice hatchet after the first said they had no interest. The more remote time abandons finding an occupation the more I feel that possibly I ought to begin an organization making open air gear. Other than the ice hatchet I have thoughts for a tent, jeans, coats, and carabiners.

    Foot Care Guru


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