It's 2021. So, why blog when peak blogging was like 2007? Here are some random bullets on why blogging works for me. The more you write, the more ideas you generate. Usually it's ideas for more blog posts, but sometimes it's new ideas for research.Blog posts have a direct, conversational tone. Like I'm talking with … Continue reading Random Bullets on Blogging
The OpenSees message board is kind of a mess. Not due to posters, responders, or moderators, but because of the huge amount of spam posts. I've seen various forms of message board spam including offers for cell phone numbers, online games, and refrigeration equipment, as well as some spam that's NSFW. Removing all the spam … Continue reading Backlink Hijinks
It's 2021 International Blog Delurking Week--the first full week of January. A lot has changed since last year's delurking week. Whether you lurk, running OpenSees in your cave, or actively comment here on the blog or on the OpenSees message board or Facebook group, please say "Hello" in the Comments section and let everyone know … Continue reading OpenSees Blog Delurking Week
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that you're here reading the blog. Last year's Thanksgiving post was a little preachy. This year, I simply want to reiterate that I'm thankful to have been a part of OpenSees from the beginning. Some exciting things are happening with OpenSees right now and … Continue reading OpenSees Thanksgiving
November is National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo. The goal is to write a blog post a day for the full month of November, and in doing so, engage readers and get the creative juices flowing. November is also NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but we're talking about blog posts, not journal articles. Each day … Continue reading NaBloPoMo 2020 – OpenSees Edition
The Glenn Willis Holcomb Professorship in Structural Engineering was established at Oregon State University (OSU) in 2011 through a gift from the estate of Col. Roy C. Edgerton. While Col. Edgerton had an impressive civil engineering career, this post will focus on "The Prof." Glenn Holcomb joined the faculty at OSU in 1920 (when OSU … Continue reading Glenn Holcomb, The Prof.
I often mention Eastchester in posts, referring to a conversation with "a colleague in Eastchester" or showing an example from "a class I teach in Eastchester". But where is Eastchester? You won't find it on any map of the US Pacific Northwest. Eastchester is the home of fictional Cascadia College in Bernard Malamud's novel A … Continue reading Where Is Eastchester?
I found out that this week, the first full week of January, is International Blog Delurking Week. Go ahead, Google it. This is a week where followers of a blog are asked to say "Hello" and comment on what they hope to see from the blog in the new year. Besides a GUI that does … Continue reading Blog Delurking Week
Thanksgiving is this week, which means campuses across the US will be pretty quiet. Monday through Wednesday should be a boon for faculty seeking "big blocks of time" to write. Let's hope they feel inspired. Come Thursday, we'll reflect on what we're thankful for. Family, friends, and health are perennial list toppers for me. In … Continue reading Thankful for OpenSees