You never know what’s going to appear your email inbox from day to day. I was surprised by this email last week while I was at the APS DFD meeting in Pittsburgh.
At first I was reminded of the lyrics of the Steely Dan song Dr. Wu from their 1975 album Katy Lied. (I’m a big Steely Dan fan and Katy Lied is a very good album. Of course, their album Aja is even better. You can listen to Dr. Wu on YouTube. But I digress.)
Are you crazy, are you high
Or just an ordinary guy?
Have you done all you can do?
Are you with me Doctor Wu?
Comic relief aside, what am I supposed to do with this email? One comment going around our office inspired this meme.
I’m under no illusions that our stuff is perfect – and our external advisory team does a really good job of keeping us honest. But we’re coming up on 30 years of work on structured grids – we’re not much much much worse than anyone.
The world of mesh generation for CFD is a relatively small one. Maybe a better approach would’ve been to meet in person at the recent International Meshing Roundtable. Or better yet, we’ll be at the AIAA SciTech conference in D.C. in January. Come on by and say hello.
Certainly I’m not trying to squelch feedback on how we can do better. I encourage all prospects and customers to share their feature requests with our support and sales engineers or email suggestions directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you with me, Dr. Wu?