6/6/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT, working on Chemical Engineering stuff.  I have been updating our chemical inventory logs and updating a few things in the Unit Ops lab.

I spent part of the day rewiring the batch reactor.  I had borrowed parts from it for several different experiments, so it needed to be repaired.  I thought I had a problem with the heater relay, but that might not be the case.  I will look into that more tomorrow.

In the evening, I did a bunch of work for my Upwork contract.  I finished reading the textbook for the class I am advising for this program, and I will soon finish up the test questions.

Overall, it was a good day.

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6/1/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I commuted down to Socorro for a meeting and to get a few things done around the department.   It wasn’t terribly exciting.  I caught up with the department administrative assistant, as well as the sodium dynamo group.  I forgot to invoice the dynamo group, but I’ll do that next week.

I also inventoried the chemical stock in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am making a spread sheet in Google Documents that will keep track of what chemicals we have and their SDS information.  I just want to stay on top of this, rather than trying to catch up.

In the evening, I did a few housework items and then watched some Justified with Joey.

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3/27/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working on projects around the department.  I have updated many of the computers, and will work on a few more today.  While I waited for the computers to update, I also worked on an Upwork contract.  I would set up the computers to download and install software, then type for a bit, then check on the computers.

In the afternoon, my students bailed on helping with the robotics group.  Instead, I drove up alone.  I talked to my parents along the commute, which was nice.

Robotics went alright.  Two of the three groups have working robots, and the third is still a bit behind.  They keep building pieces to put on the robot, but haven’t finished several of the major parts, and we keep having to convince them to give up pieces to put on the main robot.  It needs to have a claw to pick up things, and that is incomplete.

In the evening, Joey and I watched several episodes of Justified.  When JoAnna got home, we did some catching up from the last few days of work.

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3/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was quite busy.   I started out the day by tutoring in Magdalena.  The important part of that, however, was having a meeting concerning this year’s Magdalena storm chase.  It is a go!  The students have to fund raise $1000 and we have a few other small details to iron out, but we will be chasing.

In the afternoon, I met with the inventory folks at NMT, and then we ran around campus, tagging all of our equipment.  I thought it would take an hour, and it took nearly two.

After that, I rescheduled a meeting with the dynamo programmer, because the inventory meeting took too long.  After I finished with inventory, I had my first tutoring session with a new student.  I will help her write and edit a final report and presentation for a materials engineering class.  I think the meeting went well.

I commuted back to Rio Rancho, working on the dynamo flow charts along the way.

I also met with one of my students for an in-person tutoring session.  I have another one scheduled with him tonight as well.

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3/10/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Deming.  I started out the day by attending the Deming Seventh Day Adventist church.  The sermon was on the state of the dead, as told by one of the fundamental beliefs of the church.  After church, they had potluck.

In the afternoon, I went and helped with the rock show.  The winds were so strong, part of the tent broke.  We called it a day, and disassembled the booth.  With the broken tent and the lack of customers, we decided to leave a day early.

In the evening, I did a little work for the dynamo before going to bed.

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3/7/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day in meetings. I started out the day meeting with the Physics department about the status of the Cavendish experiment. Soon after that, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo programmer and picked up the latest version of the software. I thought we had a department meeting, so I rushed over to that, only to find that it had been cancelled.

In the afternoon, I did some work in one of the chemical engineering labs and signed some paperwork as well. I took some pictures of serial numbers for inentory purposes, and chatted with a few students.

We also had a faculty candidate presentation, which dealt with electronic materials and quantum dots.

In the evening, JoAnna and I drove to Deming in preparation for the Deming Rock and Gem show.

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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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