3/3/18: Daily Post

I woke up a little late and forced myself to sleep a little more. Typically, I wake up and am ready for the day- if I don’t, if I am still tired, I make myself sleep a little more. I ended up missing Sabbath School and church this week.

Around lunchtime, I helped Joey set up a display in the Esther Bone Library in Rio Rancho. He put together a display showing off his old laptops. I think he was quite proud of his collection and his display. It looked nice! While I was there, I picked up a library book that I will discuss later in this post.

In the afternoon, JoAnna, Joey and I went to Annapurna. The weather was excellent, so JoAnna and I sat outside and read.

I finished reading The Civil War: Strange and Fascinating Facts by Burke Davis. This book is awesome; it is a collection of neat tidbits about the Civil War, originally collected in the 1960’s. It was amazing how many Civil War veterans crossed paths later in life. This book did a great job of demonstrating how the north and the south were totally different cultures, beyond just slavery.

After finishing that book, I read the library book, Lost States, by Michael Trinklein. This book was light reading, but quite entertaining. It discussed failed attempts at creating states throughout the history of the United States. I knew about Jefferson in Oregon/California, and Arcadia in northern Maine, as well as Delmarva/Chesapeake in Maryland/Virginia/Delaware. I was not aware of how many proposals there were for the Dakotas, including a poorly-drawn border, leaving a small chunk (“Lost Dakota”) that was eventually absorbed into Yellowstone National Park. I highly recommend this book as well.

I also did some work to the Dynamo project as well.

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3/2/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working in the Unit Operations lab, rearranging things, updating computers and just generally improving the lab. I’m actually really excited about the way it will be when it is finished.

In the afternoon, I worked on a new Upwork Contract and confirmed some Sunday appointments for Varsity Tutors. I also had a meeting about the sodium dynamo. I need to be careful this year and make sure to set aside money for my taxes, as I have quite a few side contracts these days.

In the evening, Joey and I started season 4 of Justified. That show is awesome.

I called it an early evening, as I have been a bit tired the last few days. I think I may be fighting off sickness, so I tend to get more rest when I think I’m under attack.

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2/28/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a moderately productive day. I started out the day by doing some work on the Cavendish project. I was supposed to have a meeting about it, but I was the only one who showed up.

After that meeting, I went to a meeting about the dynamo software. I got the latest copy of the software (and backed it up yesterday evening).

After that meeting, I had a department meeting where I got some specifics for traveling to a conference later this month. I’ll need to get everything set up for that adventure in the next few days.

I had a phone conference as well, and I will start working on another project for UpWork as soon as the contract hits.

In the afternoon, I gave lecture 6 for instrumentation lab. It is really weak, but I think the students had a good time working on the assignment.

In the evening, I watched the 1998 version of Moby Dick with Joey and JoAnna. It featured Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, and it was well done.

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2/24/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath School and Church services. This week’s church service was led by Crestview SDA school, and the little kids put on a play. It was fun, and the kids enjoyed performing.

In the afternoon, we went to Annapurna to write and read, as has been our tradition for several weeks now. I nearly completed the latest issue of the Society for Industrial Archeology Journal, and did a little catching up on some other things related to my computer.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds and listened to a talented bluegrass band. I forget their names, but they were quite good.

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2/23/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the day by commuting from Socorro to Albuquerque and then tutoring at Albuquerque High.

Tutoring went well. We had a good time in the first block, as part of the time was spent playing basketball with another class. I didn’t play, but it was fun to watch. Second hour, I helped a student through a complex integration problem and then chatted about chemical engineering for the rest of the time.

In the afternoon, I made my way over to Explora to see if I could catch my contact there during his office hours. He was unavailable, so I headed home.

At home, I did a little reloading, but am having trouble reloading .22 Hornets. I’ll have to look into it some more.

In the evening, Joey and I finished out Season 3 of Justified.

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2/21/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was largely uneventful. Wednesday is my “meetings” day, where I spend most of my time bouncing between different meetings.

My first meeting was with the Physics department. I finally signed paperwork to get paid for this semester, and also got a little more direction on what still needs to be done on this project. I think things are coming along nicely.

My second meeting was with the Dynamo group. I picked up the latest version of the software and then discussed different debugging techniques with the programmer.

My third meeting was with the chemical engineering department, as it was our weekly meeting. There was not much worth mentioning on here.

After those meetings, I helped a professor move some shelves and then went and taught a section of instrumentation lab. This section was the first lecture on microcontrollers, and I think the students had a good time.

After class, I commuted home. Along the commute, I did a little writing, finishing another chapter in my fiction book.

After my commute, I went home, filled out a few QSL cards and watched two episodes of Justified with Joey.

Overall, it was a good day.

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2/20/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was split between tutoring at Magdalena and tutoring robotics at St. Mary’s. This week, I will not get in as many hours at Magdalena, as there was no school on Monday, and, because I did not stay in Socorro Monday night, I did not tutor early on Tuesday morning. I’ll have to make up the hours as I can.

While tutoring, I wrote a short story. That sounds dumb, but their assignment was to write a story based on a prompt they were provided. To prove that it was not a difficult assignment, I did one too, and I let a few of the students read mine when they had finished.

In the afternoon, I rode to Belen with a few of my students to help the robotics students at St. Mary’s. Two of the groups are totally redesigning their robots, and the third is learning the code to automate their robot. It’s been a fun time.

In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are part of the way through Season 3. We will probably watch an episode or two this evening as well.

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