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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1/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at an AVID training for Albuquerque Public Schools.  It looks like I will be tutoring at Albuquerque High again this semester, same as the last semester.  I am glad, because it worked into my schedule well, and I am liking one of the groups I tutor in particular.

After the training, I picked up a few fill-in groceries to carry us through Sunday.  I also stopped by Firestone to pick up a refund for a broken antenna.  They broke my antenna back in September, and I finally made it there during business hours with a receipt.

I forgot to pick up trash bags.  Joey said he wanted to go for a walk, so we walked down the hill to Walmart, picked up trash bags, and checked out the GoodWill as well.

In the evening, JoAnna and I chatted for several hours before I called an early bedtime for me.

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1/11/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a bit of a stressful day, for no particular reason.  I started out the day working at Magdalena, and I had a good time there.  It looks like I may be pulling a few of the advanced students out for “science enrichment” where I will cover other science topics.  I am really excited about this, and it sounds like everyone is on board with it.

When I returned to NMT, I started a small pH-related experiment where I tested a pH probe and meter against the National Instruments system.  I wanted to show that, on the commercial system, they are measuring a voltage from the pH probe and converting it linearly to a pH.  On the National Instruments system, I can’t get those results.  I think the pH probe to the National Instruments system may have a large impedance mismatch, but I collected the data for this and will talk to them this afternoon.  I also managed to spill 10.0 pH buffer on the table.  Thankfully, I spilled this, versus the 2.0 pH 6 molar HCl.

I also did a Varsity Tutors session last night, though I really stressed out about it.  Somewhere along the line, I got lost in triangles and was unable to do force calculations for a block on an inclined plane.  You know, high school physics stuff.  Anyway, I was really frustrated with it.

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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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1/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day commuting back to Socorro.  I drove my truck down to Socorro first thing in the morning.  As it turns out, campus had been pretty quiet over break, and all was as I had left it.  No broken pipes, fires, or drama with my vehicles.

I tracked down some paperwork, though I have more to track down today.

I had a meeting with the dynamo group and caught up on their latest developments.  I have been logging more hours and have been more involved with this project so far this semester.

In the afternoon, I started troubleshooting a Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) System.  It uses RF in a coil around a flask to develop the plasma.

In the late afternoon, I finished up some LabVIEW code on the Cavendish system for the Physics department.  I added some neat functionality that allows the user to zoom in on a graph, as well as set the zoom to a default value.

I did my first Varsity Tutors session as well yesterday

After all of that, I went over to my brother’s house for the evening.

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1/7/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a 2.25 mile run. It was cold, or at leas the breeze was cold. I ended up needing to wear my running pants instead of running shorts.

In the afternoon, I did a bunch of housework, including five loads of laundry. JoAnna and I also did some cooking and shopping.

In the evening, I continued with the laundry, but then also logged a few hours working on the Dynamo project. I spent some more time getting ready to start my routine again, now that the holiday break is over.

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1/4/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working around the house and then doing some grocery shopping.

In the morning, I did all of my regular blog posts, as well as balanced my checkbook.  Super exciting stuff, I know.

In the afternoon, we took Wilhelmina to the vet.  I did not have time to come home before JoAnna went to work, so I dropped her off, did some shopping, then picked her up in the evening.  After that, we did grocery shopping for one of her clients as well.

Overall, it was a slightly productive day.  I would have liked to do some dynamo work, but I didn’t get around to it.  I only logged a half an hour in the late evening.

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