Guest blogger and CAD expert Shaun Bryant offers up today’s post on the Internet’s funniest CAD memes (yep, they exist). Enjoy!
So, what exactly is a “meme”? According to Wikipedia, it’s this:
A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem) is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.
That high-brow description has evolved
with the advent of social media. Memes now inhabit Facebook, providing humor, sarcasm, and political debate, usually with photographs of a certain irritable feline or something similar.
The CAD world has a similar quirky sense of humor, so CAD memes are often seen out there in the world of social media, like the six CAD memes below. (Another good source of CAD memes is the AutoCAD Memes Facebook page.)
1. In the meme below, Boromir from The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings – Part 1) emphasizes the friendly rivalry between Revit and AutoCAD users.
2. Even the Big Lebowski doesn’t override dimensions in AutoCAD!
3. You also get the occasional abstract meme, such as this velociraptor. Somewhat random, but cool all the same.
4. We live in a world controlled by computers, where we only see what they want us to see. In the Matrix, the ribbon in AutoCAD is a fixed entity. Morpheus, on the other hand, believes otherwise. Maybe young Neo needs to know about the CUI command?
5. It’s Monday morning, 8.30am, it’s the week from hell and you just know you’ll be pulling
some late nights—you need to get 150 AutoCAD drawings out the door by Friday. You might feel a bit like King Leonidas leading his 300 Spartans against the Persian “god-King” Xerxes.
6. Having been a CAD manager in years gone by, I—and Willy Wonka—understand the need to adhere to company CAD standards and not blaze your own path.
Sometimes profound and deep, sometimes shallow but amusing, memes are here to stay. As social media becomes more prevalent in day-to-day life, including our working lives, CAD memes will continue.
They tend to be quite humorous, with a touch of sarcasm, and bring a bit of laughter to the work day. They even make the New York Times, especially when they involve Hillary Clinton and win Stacy Lambe a new job at Buzzfeed.
They’re now part of popular culture, especially online. In today’s high-pressure
working world of CAD, a bit of humor can’t be bad, eh?