3/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, we set up the booth for the Deming Rock and Gem show. It took us a little while to set up, as it is an outdoor show, and we had to set up the tent.

In the afternoon, I put in quite a few hours for Upwork. I have so much to do for this project, and I’m not behind schedule yet. I wrote around 4000 words though, so that was good. I also spent some of the time organizing what else needs to be written.

I also tested out the 40 meter antenna and radio in the van. For this trip, I moved one of my HF radios to the van and gave it a good road test. I made several contacts. I also updated my logbook.

In the evening, I did a little reading, finishing out another chapter in Atlas Shrugged, and answering this week’s discussion questions.

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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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1/24/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT. I started out by going to an interview for becoming an Explora Fellow. This wasn’t a placement interview, but it was an interview to get the preliminary work done for my project. The interviewer and I had a great time talking about the weather.

I had two meetings get cancelled, but ended up sucked into other projects. I spent a good part of yesterday mid-day working on the computer lab, updating software. I also had a department meeting sandwiched in there as well.

In the afternoon, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab this semester. I have only two students, so the lab goes by very quickly. I spent the remainder of the afternoon working on the computers and then meeting with another student to practice using the plastic welder. I had to leave before it got up to temperature, but we will try again later.

On my commute home, I worked on my storm chasing book. I added about 400 words to it. I have a ways to go, but I told the publisher I would have the table of contents and the first chapter by February, and I am on schedule to do that.

In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are almost done the second season. I also updated my amateur radio logbooks.

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1/15/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the morning by going on a run.  I went a little over two miles, though I’ll have to check to see how much over two miles.  One of my tracker apps crashed, so I’ll have to see if it recorded it totally.

After that, I finished up the work that needed to be done to the van.  I had left it on the jack in the street in front of my house, with one tire at Firestone (awaiting a replacement) and the brakes disassembled when we ran out of light.  Yesterday morning, I was able to get the driver’s side brakes back together (new pads, checked the rotors) quickly, having sunlight instead of a flashlight.  Then, I drove the Crown Vic to Firestone, picked up the tire, put it on, switched the van’s direction, and then did the passenger’s side brakes.  Those took only about half an hour, having learned the lessons I needed to learn on the driver’s side.  I reassembled them, then drove the van to Firestone to have the tires rotated.  I only have one jack, but I have free rotations at Firestone, so that’s why I did it this way.  Now, the van is set, with two larger tires in the rear and two stock ones in the front.

In the evening, I finished up my LabVIEW Core II training and worked on getting eQSL set up.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in eQSL, finally.  I also read a chapter of Atlas Shrugged.

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1/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had a moderately productive day.

I started out by going for a run, and though it was only a little over a mile, it was nice to get outside and run again.

After my run, I started work on the van.  It needs a tire and brakes.  I got the tire off and took it to Firestone.  They did not have the tire in stock, but said they would today.  With the tire off, I also started working on the brakes.  We were told it needs pads and rotors, though I see nothing wrong with the rotors that are in place.

I did some grocery shopping and then returned to work on the brakes.  I ran out of daylight, so I will have to finish those up today.

In the evening, I did a bunch of housework, updated my amateur radio logbook, and then some free writing.  I added another chapter to the fiction book I am writing.

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1/10/18: Daily Post

I spent yesterday morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena.  I won’t be able to work this many hours there once the semester is underway, but for now, it’s good to make up for lost time.

I did make one contact on amateur radio during my commute between Magdalena and Socorro.

In the afternoon, I began updating the computers in the chemical engineering computer lab.   I have a ways to go on that project, mostly because the internet is slow in my building.  Therefore, every Windows update takes forever, and half of them time out before they have completed.

In the evening, I did some work reviewing the dynamo LabVIEW code.  It looks like the programmer decided to go with an event-driven state machine as the main architecture.  I need to learn more about this to learn which architectures hold which advantages over the others.

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1/5/18: Daily Post

Well, WordPress lost my post. Thank you, I love redoing things, it’s a totally worthwhile use of my time.

Yesterday was a tough day. We took Lester to be cremated. We went to Terrace Grove, in Belen, which was the same place we took Miss Curiosity years ago. I will never forget the sound of permanence when the furnace door shut.

In the evening, I updated my amateur radio logs and played some Civilization II with Joey.

We also had a good Christmas leftover meal, and it was perfect!

I originally had more to say, but I think I’m about done now.

Good night. Thank you for reading my post.