Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Don’t you hate it when you’ve been working on a project for a long time and seem stuck in a rut on a seemingly tough portion of it only to have someone who has not put in any time or effort come over and say “Oh, if you did X, Y, and Z you’d be all set.” Arrrgggh! Well, it happened to me this morning.

I’ve been trying to design a hard stop for a tilt drive we have and have been running into failure issues due to the high torque on the thing. My boss comes over and asks for an update – so I run him through everything and then tell him where I’m having issues. Then he goes “Well, what if you modify the gear so that it’s impossible for it to rotate past a certain point.”

Duh! I’ve been staring at this thing for a week, running all kinds of funky calculations, doing all kinds of funny number crunching and then he comes over and solves it in five minutes. So freaking irritating. But, at the same time, it’s a great idea that I would have missed – I knew I was looking too closely at this thing.

But, hey, it’s Friday and it’s almost lunch time, so things can’t be that bad today. I can’t wait to get out of here. We’re going to see Bourne Supremacy tonight. I can’t wait. It looks awesome. Then we’re heading down to Jersey tomorrow to see Brent and Christy. Should be a fun time. Alright, enough blogging…time to get back to work here…

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