8/16/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Magdalena and Socorro.  I had used up most of my hours this week at Magdalena, so I hung out there in the morning.  After that, I left and went back to Socorro and worked at NMT.

First, I spent some time working on a toy steam engine that we may use as a prototype for the chemical engineering car this upcoming year.  I put a half of a cube of fuel in place, and in ten minutes, I had a steam engine turning a fly wheel at probably 800-1200 RPM (estimating by eye).  It was really neat!  After another ten minutes or so, the engine slowed and eventually stopped.  The test was a success.

In the afternoon, I attended an information session for another tutoring opportunity.  I am not yet hired, and I may not have hours this semester anyhow, but it was good to learn about this opportunity.

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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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8/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day moving equipment in Socorro.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am almost finished.  Perhaps I will be able to move onto other projects after I finish with this nonsense.

I commuted to Socorro with the Malibu.  It will live down there during the semester, available for my commutes to Magdalena.  It took a minute or two to get started, but then it ran the whole way without any hiccups.

In the evening, I commuted home via train and bus.  JoAnna picked me up at the bus station, and we spent the rest of the night chatting and having a good time.  We sat outside in the pleasant evening.  Joey came out and showed us photos from the Joan Jett and Boston concert he had attended a few weeks ago.

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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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7/31/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day back in Socorro after my trip to Illinois.  I started out the day by meeting with my department head to see what had been screwed up since I last set foot on campus.  As it turns out, we have like two weeks to move our pilot scale plant equipment out of the storage space we were given last summer, after they forced us out of another space.  Naturally, there is no funding, no help, and no new storage space to do all of this.

Anyway, after stewing about it for a bit, I realized that some of the administration is mentally handicapped, and it is not fair to belittle them.  Me, being an engineer, I will figure out what to do.  I started moving things around and sorting through our stuff.  Even so, I started applying for other jobs.  Not saying I will leave, but this moving every five minutes is starting to piss me off.  If I move without additional pay, there will be no incentive for them to ever pay me extra again.  If I don’t move, they’ll make it an issue at a more inconvenient time.  Either way, with other offers, I will be free to tell them where to stick their job at any moment.

In the evening, I commuted home.  I did find out that the bus schedule is going to change, and that, if I stay at NMT and Magdalena, my commute will be nearly an hour and a half shorter!

I did a little grocery shopping and headed home.  I was able to jumpstart the Malibu, and it seems to be running just fine.   I will probably take it for a spin in a few days, just to keep it running.

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7/25/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in chemical process safety talks, hosted by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), and ADM.  They have been excellent, and I am glad that I came here for them.  It really gets me thinking about how to improve our lab safety, as well as how to add more chemical process safety to our curriculum.

We started out in the morning by listening to talks, then broke for lunch.  I did some networking with other chemical engineering instructors and professors, as well as with the CCPS folks.

After lunch, we toured ADM’s research facilities, and had a brainstorming exercise about what else we needed to know about a certain aspect of chemical process safety.  We then toured their pilot scale plant.

In the evening, we had dinner at a culinary school (it was excellent, they all pass, in my opinion) and talked about our various schools.

In the late evening, JoAnna and I went for a walk and saw the International Space Station (ISS) again overhead.  This time, it was bright enough (and still light enough outside) that I was able to take a photograph with my phone.

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