Happy New Year! On New Year’s Eve, it snowed for most of
the day in Massachusetts. On New Year’s Day, I went out to clear some snow
from my driveway. When I stopped for a rest this beautiful white canvas faced
me, and it reminded me of the Simulink canvas. I grabbed a stick and sketched
out a familiar model.
(Snow drawings have horrible contrast, so I modified this
image using IMADJUST)
Later in the day, I went sledding with my kids at a nearby
hill above some sports fields. Again, I saw a beautiful, pristine canvas. I
couldn’t resist the opportunity to express system dynamics on such a large
scale, so, again I paced out a Simulink model.
This image doesn’t do justice to the block diagram represented
by my foot prints. I made a montage from a couple of my pictures and did some
contrast correction with IMADJUST.
Here is the result:
I also used IMTRANSFORM
to project the image so it would look like an aerial photograph.
As you can tell, even when I’m out playing in the snow with
my kids, I might also be thinking about Simulink. Most engineers I know have a
passion for their work. People who love the tools they use to do their work
express their passion in interesting ways. For example, have you ever seen a
car with the license plate “MATLAB”?
(I leave it to the reader to transform and crop this image
down to just the license plate.)
Here is another example; an engineering student at Olin College made a Simulink inspired pumpkin
carving in celebration of Halloween. I found out about this thanks to Colin Zwiebel’s post on the Olin
student blog. What a great place to find a P-I Control system!
Picture credit: Jacob Getto, Olin College
Do you have a geeky engineering passion like me? How do you
display your love of Simulink? Leave me a comment here and send
me pictures that show your passion for Simulink. I will ship the first five of you a MathWorks T-shirt.
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