8/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space.  Finally, it is all done.  I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.

After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go.  Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.

In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training.  He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio.  He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.

I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.

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8/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro again.  I have almost completely moved out of Speare, and will finish that up today.  However, yesterday I had a bunch of meetings, so I went to those instead of finishing up.

The meetings were all good.  First, we talked about renovations to Jones, and, if they all go through, perhaps it won’t be so bad to move there.  After that, I met with one of the other professors about several smaller projects, including manufacturing a mold and firing up an old toy steam engine.

I also attended a LabVIEW webinar and reviewed some code for our dynamo project.

In the evening, I came home to an empty house, as Joey and JoAnna were at a Landmark event.  I did some free writing and went to bed a little early.

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8/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to Los Lunas to take my National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (NI-CLAD) exam.  I had passed this exam years ago, but had let my certification lapse.  Since letting my certification lapse, the exam changed.  I did not do well on the practice questions, so I was not hopeful…

I PASSED IT ANYWAY!

It was a good day.  After I passed the exam, I started driving home, only to realize that I had left things in the locker at the test center and had to return to Los Lunas to get them.

It was still an okay day.  I then went to the junkyard at the south end of Albuquerque to browse around for car parts.  I did that until the pouring rain hit.

I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist prayer and reading group in the evening, where we studied a chapter of The Desire of Ages concerning the raising of Lazarus.

Overall, it was a good day.

 

8/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, moving more stuff for the Chemical Engineering department.  Don’t get me started on what I think about that.

I spent the afternoon working on some LabVIEW code to control and measure the temperature of a batch reactor for the Unit Operations lab.  I think it is running, though there are features I would still like to add.  I still have three other experiments to rewrite code for, however, so I will come back to this code later.

In the evening, I studied for the National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (NI-CLAD) exam.  I went through the practice questions and was unimpressed by my results.  I have a lot to learn!

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8/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on moving stuff for Chemical Engineering.  I am still furious about it all.  However, I did manage to move quite a few things, including some of the heavy metal frames.  They aren’t the heaviest things to move, but they were still a pain.

In the afternoon, I gave up on moving furniture (20,000 steps later), and worked on the software for the batch reactor in the Unit Operations Lab.  I still have a long ways to go, and I had planned on spending my time at NMT before classes started by working on this instead of moving furniture.

I also met with the ultrasound group.  As it turns out, we had a bad transducer, which has been part of our problem.  We are having a new test box built, as removing the bad transducer damaged our old test box.

In the evening, JoAnna and I sat outside in the nice weather and ate some chips, salsa and avocado.

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7/20/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Albuquerque, as there was a National Instruments local user group meeting.  The Albuquerque LabVIEW Network (ALVIN) met at a new location yesterday, and I was able to attend the meeting.  This presentation was on developing test software with a long, extendable life, including how to plan for new upgrades and how to document for future use.  I also made several contacts, including one fellow Techie.  I ended up chatting with him well after the meeting had ended.

In the afternoon, I did a quick stroll around the mall to take photos of “Help Wanted” signs.  I also replaced the battery in the Crown Vic.  I also called and chatted with my parents for an hour or so.

In the evening, I sat outside with JoAnna, read some online magazines and did some writing in a series of short stories that I have been creating.

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7/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I finished up a few things at NMT before my trip to Illinois.  I spent a bunch of time working on some new software for the batch reactor in the Unit Ops software, and, when I finish with it, it is going to be awesome.  Once I am finished, I will copy what I can to the heat exchanger, the distillation column and the adsorption column as well, though they will need some additional customization.

Otherwise, it was a productive and uneventful day.  In the evening, I sat outside with JoAnna until the wind kicked enough dust into my eyes and water glass to build a sand castle.

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