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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7/17/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, starting back to a semi-normal routine.

At NMT, I did quite a bit of reading. I started out by reading from two different LabVIEW books, finishing The LabVIEW Book of Style by Peter Blume.  This is an excellent reference for figuring out ways to organize and optimize LabVIEW code.

I also started reviving my LabVIEW network.  I signed up to take my recertifcation exam in August for Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer.  I admit that I am nervous about this (hence why I put it off for so long) as I don’t actually use it very often.  However, it is time to redevelop some of those skills again, so I read what I can.

I also am planning on attending the local LabVIEW user group meeting on Thursday.

I had lunch with my dynamo group and discussed a few of the changes that are happening with the hardware and software.

In the evening, I attended a webinar on amateur radio communication during hurricanes, hosted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  I have not been active with hurricane nets, but I will listen again when there is one threatening landfall.

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7/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I made the journey down to Socorro to do some work for both the Chemical Engineering department, as well as meet with several other groups.  I met with my ultrasound group and my dynamo group and got a few things done.

I am still struggling to get our hydrophone ultrasound system up and running.  I will dedicate a day to working on it exclusively next week and see what I can figure out.  I think I am satisfied with most of the oscilloscope settings at this point, but we are not hearing the wave with the hydrophone.

I commuted home in the evening and did a little reading.  I read several papers by Stirling Colgate about tornadoes, as well as a few more chapters in an Ellen G. White book.

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7/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by running five miles. I had wanted to go farther, but it was really humid.  It wasn’t hot, but humid.  A large cirrus shield from the overnight convection kept the moisture locked in place.  Anyway, I stopped running after five miles and had to walk another three back home.  I posted a screen shot of this run on my running page.

In the afternoon, I did a little housework and some work on the sodium dynamo project.

I also tested out my Yaesu FT-857D amateur radio that I had sent away for a repair, and recently received.  It still seems noisy, but band conditions were not great on 20 meters.  I did make two contacts in a brief amount of time, and had a good path to Pennsylvania for whatever reason.  Before the repair, contacts were impossible, so perhaps it is fixed.

In the evening, we went to a Landmark event. I had not attended one in a long time, so it was good to see some of my old friends.

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7/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning doing a little housework and shredding old papers.  I am getting rid of most of the paper in my house, but I am taking photos of stuff that I might need some day.  It also makes it easier to get rid of- if I have an electronic copy, there is no need to keep the paper copy.

I also did some work on the sodium dynamo project yesterday afternoon.  I made another back up of our work, as well as did some reading in my LabVIEW style book.

In the evening, we went to Tucano’s for dinner and the All-Star Game.  It was a great game, with the American League pulling ahead in the end.  The All-Star game is about the only time JoAnna and I can root for the same team, as Cleveland and Baltimore are both in the American League.

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6/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro.  I spent the better part of the day working on the dynamo project with my work group, and was able to tour the shot where the device is being rebuilt.

In the afternoon, I started playing with Adobe LightRoom and Adobe Premiere.  My existing photos and videos are hard to edit on my computer, so I was able to edit a few of these files on the campus computer instead, using these software packages.

It takes 10,000 hours to develop a mastery, and I vowed to spend one hour in LightRoom today, which I did.  I also spent an hour in Premiere.  It will be a while before I am an expert.

I made a lap or two around campus, and then had tacos at my brother’s house.

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6/27/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I commuted to Socorro to take care of a few things on campus.  First, I started out by doing some work and some research on the sodium dynamo project.  I started compiling a document of all of the information and documentation I have on the system.

After that, I did some work on the ultrasound system, and met with the graduate student who was working on that project.  We solved one problem, but have another one as well.  We found out that the oscilloscope we were using has too much crosstalk between channels, and were having issues triggering at the wrong time.  Actually, what was happening is that I had one channel that was measuring what was coming from the amplifier, and one channel that was measuring our actual signal as captured by a hydrophone.  The hydrophone signal is the one we really care about, and the amplifier signal is just nice to know.  Instead, the channel with the amplifier signal was interfering so badly that we could trigger the hydrophone channel whether or not the hydrophone was in the water.  We disconnected the channel with the amplifier signal, and things work a little more smoothly.  Our new problem is that we seem to be generating a signal at 10x the frequency we intended, 22.5 MHz instead of 2.25 MHz.

In the evening, I commuted home, with no special incident.  It was an uneventful evening, just singing along to Garth Brooks on my way home from the bus station in my truck.

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