Yes, it's amazing what CAE can do, Rob. Ford make extensive use of CAE to validate the use of aluminum in its F-150 truck, and it not only saved them several years, it enabled the material to be used. Ford engineers said that without CAE, the switch to aluminum couldn't have happened. That said, I concur with their comments about the need for some physical dropping. Simulation can't predict everything.
That's funny, Rob. I'll have to show my son one of the Mork and Mindy episodes and see what he thinks. My husband introduced him to Gilligan's Island just the other day. I was in the kitchen at the time and when I heard the T.V. I found myself singing along with the opening theme song. Both shows are a reminder that we were quite content without hyper-graphics when we were kids...it was the story we enjoyed, we did not need multi-media effects to hold our attention. Simpler life indeed...
Funny how Mork and Mindy lives on through Netflix. A few years ago, my son (then about 20) rented all of the Mork and Mindy episodes and showed them to his younger sisters. He did the same with Gilligan's Island.
I like most of Robin William's flicks - just brought back memories of Mork and Mindy from the late 70s...nanoo nannoo.
Funny - my teenage son is the same way, although he will do fifteen minutes of internet research for technology items. He goes for functionality rather than bells and whistles which makes the decision process a little easier. He has also been taught by hubby that grocery shopping is to be treated like a covert operation - in and out as fast as you can :)
Hey, so you remember the movie. Yes, it would be even more overwhelming now. For some reason, my daughter doesn't seem to have any problem with choices. She always seems to know exactly what features she wants.
Thanks for your recommendation, Battar - actually I have not heard of that book but it sounds like an excellent read. When I googled it this video link came up and in the first few minutes Barry Schwartz reiterated the points of my post, so I see why you thought I had already read it. I will be ordering the book for my library - Mr. Schwartz offers an excellent perspective on our culture that we should all be aware of.
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