I had great plans to revive Life Upfront… but, 2016 didn’t turn out as I’d expected. In fact, it was the worst year of my life.
Much of 2015 saw me traveling between Rhode Island and Florida. My father was in and out of the hospital, and passed away on March 26, 2016. The loss is still shaking me to the core.
While taking on Estate Executor responsibilities, I also made a career move to join Siemens PLM. I’m back to my CFD roots with the STAR-CCM+ product line, but excited to be part of a team that can offer far more. Finally, I have 3 young kids that need my attention. They also deserve a healthier dad.
I’ve decided to sunset Life Upfront. I will be focusing all of my energy into serving my family, customers, mind, spirit, and body.
Thanks to all my readers and listeners. Your comments and discussions have meant a lot to me over the years.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many good, unbiased editorial sources for the CAE world. To be fair, even Life Upfront exhibited bias on many occasions. Maybe there’s no way around it. I will continue to sporadically micro-blog on Linkedin, but my long form days are over. Beyond that, here is a list of resources I recommend. If you know of others, please post them in the comments.
Another Fine Mesh
This is a rare publication from the commercial world. It’s a company (Pointwise) blog, but the “This Week in CFD” posts are amazingly and refreshingly unbiased. The social media marketing manager from most companies would be fired for posting news from direct competitors… Kudos to John Chawner and team for striking the right balance. My podcast interview with John here.
If you are in the CFD world, do yourself a favor and subscribe to Robin Knowles’ Talking CFD podcast. You will get an intimate, behind the scenes look at some of the coolest people and products in our space. Robin is a CFD consultant by day, which means he’s free take a deep dive into any company or technology. Robin interviews me for his podcast here.
Monica’s blog is THE source for CAx/PLM financial news. She brings fairly dry earnings reports and press releases to life with engaging, thoughtful explanations and interpretations. My podcast interview with Monica here.
Kenneth is a longtime correspondent for Digital Engineering (formerly Desktop Engineering). While there is always a danger of pay for play (in all industries) with such publications, Kenneth always has great insight and interesting perspectives. I respect his writing.
Chad Jackson does some excellent reporting across the full breadth of the CAx/PLM world. I suspect his dance card is getting full on the Industry Research side of his business, though. Read some of his stuff and let him know you’d like to read more. Every writer needs that boost every once in a while!
FEA for All
Cyprien Rusu is doing some great, foundational FEA education on his blog. I first met Cyprien when he was part of Midas NFX, a Korean multi-physics CAE software company. He’s now out on his own offering CAE training and expertise. My podcast interview with Cyprien here.