You know, I should REALLY read more carefully these days.Â Â I didn’t know that the “5 Things” were supposed to be CAD-related, so I went all “Oprah” on my readers last night.Â Â James called me out as king of all dorks, so I hastily deleted that post.Â Â Â Alas, now no one will know what my one true love in life is (in case you’re wondering, it’s paperwork….inside joke there).
So, without further ado (about pretty much nothing) – here’s my 5 CAD Things:
1) My first official CAD package was in no way related to Autodesk. Â It was really, really generic CAD. Â As a matter of fact, it was called GenericCADD. Â The box was white label. Â No, really, it was. Â Like the pasta my grandmother used to buy at A&P.
2) I’ve actually drawn on a board, which makes me appreciate CAD all that much more. Â Â As a matter of fact, my final exam for my “Engineering Graphics” class in college was to create an assembly drawing of a C-clamp on paper. Â Overnight. Â There’s a story there…
3) I almost got kicked out of college because of my first and only CAD class. Â Long story short, anal instructor thought that my lab partner and I had cheated on our final (originally supposed to be all parts of a C-clamp and then a digital assembly drawing) Â This caused me to have to do the board drawing mentioned in #2 – overnight. Â Â Any student who didn’t do the drawing would be reported to the college president for cheating. Â Â Come to find out, a miscreant degenerate in the class had simply hit the plot button again in the lab on the drawing that I had loaded onto the computer. Â The instructor apologized, took my nice hand drawing and promised me extra credit on it. Â I still made a B in that class. Â I hate that guy…
4) Like Dana, I’ve never had a formal class on any Autodesk product, until I started working for a reseller. Â Everything I’ve learned about the software, hardware, and networking has been due to a severe personality disorder I call “nerd-mentality” and a good bit of OJT. Â Oh, the discussion groups helped me learn more than any class ever could (or so I thought at the time….)
5) This falls under “kinda-sorta CAD related” – in the old days, there used to be a discussion group on the Autodesk server where people just chilled and hung out discussing things around the water cooler. Â It was called pn.take5, and a favorite hangout of mine.Â Â Well, some of us got bored back in the day during an Autodesk University (we couldn’t go…) and got a little rambunctious.Â Â Soon after that, Take 5 went away from the Autodesk server.Â Â Â Our antics were mentioned as to blame…and James used to bug me mercilessly about it before we became friends.
Wow, that wasn’t as difficult as I thought it’d be. Â Not bad!