8/28/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy and hectic day, and it is only indicative of what is still to come.

I commuted to NMT, then to Magdalena.  At Magdalena, I tutored four classes and attended a staff meeting about tutoring.  We will have more similar staff meetings the rest of this week, and it likely means more hours for me.

I went back to NMT and assisted with the Freshman Design lab.  After that, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab.  In that lab, I taught the students to solder.  I had trouble getting connected to the internet, which was infuriating.

After that, I had a session of Varsity Tutors.  While I was working with that student, I received  notice that I have another student.  I will meet him for the first time on Friday.

In the evening, I went to my brother’s house and dis a bunch of work towards my Upwork contract.  I also received word that I have ANOTHER Upwork contract that will start soon.

I fell asleep on the couch sometime in the early morning hours.

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4/18/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning in meetings.  I did miss my first meeting, as I was on hold for too long on a phone call.  However, I made the other two I needed to make.  One of the other meetings ran long, so I did not have the fourth meeting.  Thankfully, the person I intended to meet with was in the same meeting, so we just rescheduled it.  I also met up with an old student as well.

In the afternoon, I taught my last official section of instrumentation lab for the semester.  We will meet next week to work on a project, but there will be no more lectures.  With only two students and nice weather, we went outside to work on a the classwork instead of staying indoors.  It was a nice change of pace.

In the evening, I commuted home, cooked some dinner, and went to bed a little early (23:30 or so).

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3/21/18: Daily Post

I’m struggling through getting everything done.  It’s going to be difficult, but I’ll see how close I can get to finishing everything.  I slept in my office Tuesday night for a few hours, and then got started on work early Wednesday morning.  I put in a few hours for the Dynamo project and a few more for the Upwork contract.  This was in addition to my regular Wednesday duties of teaching instrumentation class.

There was also a potential faculty presentation to attend, and, in the evening, there was a “last lecture” for Dr. Calvert.  His lecture was a lot of fun, and he’s done a lot of neat things.

In the late evening, I drove my truck back to Rio Rancho.  I had corned beef and cabbage with Joey and JoAnna.  She makes this every so often for St. Patrick’s Day, and I was glad this year was one of those years.

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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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2/21/18: 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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2/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in meetings. I started out meeting with the Physics department, working on the Cavendish experiment.

After that, I met with the programmer for the Dynamo project. I picked up the the latest copy of the software and will back it up this evening.

After that meeting, I went to the department meeting.

In the afternoon, I taught the fourth section of my instrumentation lab. Yesterday’s lab was about converting analog signals to digital signals.

In the evening, I was not feeling well. I fell asleep on the bus and on the train. I’m not sure what came over me, but I woke up in time to get off the train.

I brought home some appetizers from Jasmine Thai to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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2/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. I stayed a little later than normal, as there was a substitute teacher in one class. I try to help out when there is a sub, as things can be a little crazy with a sub.

I spent the afternoon working with the Junior Design class. I started out working with a group that needed help working with a thermocouple reading program. I had one already written, so I modified it a bit for them, and they can do the rest. I also had some suggestions for my horseshoe group.

In the late afternoon, I worked with a student on a plastic welder. We have owned one in the department for a few months, and we finally had some time to play with it. As it turns out, it is easy to use, but some trial and error is required to see which plastics stick to what. It does take some finesse as well. Practice will make perfect though, and we had fun playing with it.

I also attended air rifle practice, and updated my outdoor sports blog.

I went over to the Physics lab and did a few tests on my Cavendish Experiment software. I took some photos and may post them somewhere on this blog perhaps this weekend.

In the late evening, I had dinner with my brother and his family. My Varsity Tutoring appointment was cancelled, once again.

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