IsolatedSystem

The world desperately needs another weblog[1]. Specifically, it needs a weblog that talks about Life As A Mechanical Engineer.

I've always looked at programmers with a certain degree of envy. It seems that the profession of programming is blessed with countless wonderful forums where programmers can really get into the nitty-gritty of their field. From Hacker News, to Lobste.rs, to /r/programming, and through to the Software Engineering Stack Exchange, it seems to me that there are tonnes of places where programmers can have the kinds of "meta" discussions that make for very interesting and illuminating reading.

By contrast, I do not know of many informal 'blogs' that exist for other fields of engineering. This is a shame because these other fields are just as interesting, with people who are just as creative and brilliant. And yet, the kinds of informal/meta discussions that I seek are relegated to either conference lunches (where the audience is much tinier) or publications in Journals. Both of those venues are less-than-ideal at welcoming enthusiastic dabblers, or at helping a newcomer get a 'lay of the land', as it were.

To me, a good step towards addressing this problem would be more people doing old-fashioned blogging. Random tips, tutorials, post-mortems, hell even an unofficial peer review process, the whole lot. This blog is my attempt at such a website.

Here, I will try to do a few things that I wish more textbooks had followed when I was learning all this. I'm a slow learner, and terribly incomeptent at Maths and Physics. Strange for a professional mechanical engineer, I know. Nevertheless, the things that used to trip me up were people hand waving and skipping steps over the derivations. I would need to have every single step carefully highlighted to me in order to keep up. In this blog, I will try to do this. I am going to write every step, no matter how trivial. Here, it's the opposite of cooking. You can always take it away, but you cannot add it back, aka, you can always skip over the steps if you find them too trivial, but I cannot magically add those steps back when you are reading all this.

[1] I love Maciej Ceglowski. This is a rip-off of his hello world