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Solidworks posted a highlights video from the conference in New Orleans. They claim it is the world’s largest 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) Event. You can tell the last day had a Star Trek theme with an appearance by Leonard Nimoy. A little corny, but overall it was fun. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on design and technology.

The site today has been pretty crazy. I have incorporated a new 3-column template on the site. I wanted to organize the site content better, so hopefully this will give me some new options. I based the new template off of the rounders-3 at blogcrowds. Next up is a custom header.


February 26, 2007 — Leave a comment

Jenni and I registered today for the Unleash conference at NewSpring Community Church. I’m looking forward to meeting some fellow bloggers and learning more about NewSpring’s story. I always enjoying learning from other churches. Their community is similar to ours, so I look forward to seeing how they are reaching and engaging their community.

Here are some of the breakouts that will be offered at the conference. Now I’ve just got to decide which ones to go to.

  • Senior Pastors ONLY
  • Leading Authentic Worship
  • Creating Community in Church
  • Student Ministry – The Church of Today
  • Financially Equipping Your Congregation
  • Blogging and Communication
  • The Volunteer Experience
  • Creating Excellent Experiences for Kids
  • The Creative Process
  • Staffing for Success

The "Wee Me"

February 21, 2007 — Leave a comment

I got tired of staring at my ugly face all the time in my blog header, so I replaced it with this picture.
It’s a picture of me and Jennifer that I created on the site weeworld It’s something different and I think I am much better looking in cartoon. But I still look like a nerd. But as Zach so eloquently stated, at least I am the coolest nerd he knows!

Thanks to Marko for the website.

I recently participated in a Christian blogging survey by If you want to check out some other Christian blogs, then check out the list of everyone who participated at Rick Warren’s Blog. If you haven’t read many blogs before, then definitely check some of these out.

I am also listing great blog posts I have read in the sidebar of my blog or by going here. As I read through different blogs using Google Reader, I can flag the ones that I really like and place them on my shared page. My blog will automatically pull those into my sidebar. Pretty slick, and it’s an easy way for you to see what I’m reading and enjoying. There are a lot of good Christian blogs out there. And while you’re reading others, have you ever thought about starting your own?

Design With Vision

February 12, 2007 — Leave a comment

The theme of SolidWorks World this year was “Design With Vision”. As a designer, I know the importance of vision. It is what separates a follower from an innovator. Companies must have vision to create something new, to create something exciting, and to create something that will solve problems. The CEO of SolidWorks, John McEleney, shared 3 thoughts pertaining to designing with vision.

  1. Great products solve great problems: Engineers solve problems, so it follows naturally that the greater the problem, the greater the solution.
  2. We must find solutions to answer the “absurdly ideal”: He gave several illustrations to make this point clear. One was the company SawStop. They asked the question, “What if we could design a table saw that cuts wood, but not cut your fingers?” This is an absurd question, but it is one that they came up with an ideal solution for. By designing a table saw that can stop the blade quickly by detecting the change in electrical charge when the blade comes into contact with flesh, they created a great product that solves a great problem
  3. Nobody gets it right every time: We must have the courage to fail, and the courage to try again. Most great designs don’t occur on the first try. It takes patience and vision.

As I was listening to his speech, my mind was on much more than just designing products. I was also thinking about how this relates to church as well. Our church is in the process of creating a structure to accomplish the vision God has given us. We are literally “designing” a church. Usually this is done before a church starts, but due to the unusual circumstances from which we started, we are doing this as we go.

We have the greatest solution to the greatest need in the world, the need for Christ. Do we approach it with the same passion as an inventor who is trying to solve one of the world’s great problems? We must ask some absurd questions to think about what we are really trying to accomplish. It takes vision and it takes creativity. And we cannot be afraid to try something new and fail. Yes we should seek guidance from God, and yes we must stay Biblically faithful, but we will make mistakes and we will do things that don’t work. When this happens, we need to recognize our mistakes, and keep trying! That is why this site is called Faith Engineer.

The Good and The Bad

February 8, 2007 — Leave a comment

Now that I’m back home in the mountains, I wanted to share the good and the bad of New Orleans.

I’ll go backwards, First the bad:

  • No sweet tea! Come on, isn’t this the south? I went through sweet tea withdrawal while I was there.
  • The shady areas of the French Quarter: after walking around I realized that it was a very strange place. Definitely not a place to hang and chill. I know that there is a huge need for ministry to this area, but you can sense the sin and evilness of the area.
  • The airport – It’s New Orleans so I expected good food even at the airport. Unfortuantely the airport was pretty old and run down.
  • Internet at the hotel – I stayed at the Riverside Hilton. The hotel was nice, but the internet was terrible. You had to pay by the hour and the connection continually dropped.

Now the Good:

  • beignet’s at Cafe Du Monde – the french version of Krispy Kreme doughnuts covered in powedered sugar. Extremely good
  • The IMAX movie – Hurricane on the Bayou. This was one of the highlights of the trip. It was great to see on a 50 foot scene the aftermath of the storm. Amazing footage and an amazing story
  • Spending two days in New Orleans with my wife in a great romantic city without the kids. We had a blast. I can’t believe we have been married for almost 12 years. She is the greatest. I honestly can say that I’m more in love with her now than I have ever been.
  • New Orleans is back in business. I went to a conference with almost 4000 engineers and the convention center area handled it with no problem.
  • Nola – Emeril’s contemporary restuarant – Wow, this was great. I think this was seriously the best meal I’ve ever had. Great food, cool atmosphere, good service, and the bill was … well it was kinda expensive.
  • The SolidWorks convention. I learned a lot of new cool tricks and tips on the software. I enjoyed listening to Steve Wozniak, Leonard Nimoy, and Col. Lewis Setliff III who was in charge of the rebuilding effort for the Army Corp of Engineers. He shared the amazing scope of the damage and what had been done to repair the levees and canals.
  • The Moobella Ice Cream. Have you ever seen a vending machine that makes up to 12 flavors of real ice cream at your command. I’m talking the real stuff, when you want it, and good. I would compare it to Ben & Jerry’s. It’s that good and it was designed in Solidworks. It was the hit of the conference.

We had a great trip, but I’m glad to be home. It was a good place to visit, but I love the mountains … and sweet tea!

In The Big Easy

February 6, 2007 — 1 Comment

I’ve been quiet lately because I haven’t had much internet time the last few days. I staying busy checking out the city during the Solidworks Conference. I listened to Steve Wozniak this morning during the keynote speech and I have sat through a whole bunch of break-out sessions on design. Jennifer flew in last night and we are headed over to Emeril’s Nola restaurant tonight. I’ve got a lot to blog about when I get the chance.

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