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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1/10/18: 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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1/9/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working at Magdalena. I didn’t really leave there until a little after 2 pm. It was good to get back into the swing of tutoring these students again.

In the afternoon, I worked on a few projects around my office. I ordered some supplies for the start of my instrumentation lab, and continued working on a few donated computers to get them ready for the semester.

In the evening, I commuted home on the train. While on the train, I read another Chapter in Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White. My church group has long since finished this book, and has moved onto another, so I need to catch up.

I also applied to be an “Explora Science Fellow.” As an “Explora Science Fellow”, I would attend a few events and perhaps give a lecture or two at the science museum downtown.

In the late evening, I also backed up the dynamo software and updated some documents related to it.

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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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12/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I slept in late.  I don’t think I even got out of bed until the afternoon.

We had decided to take an extra day in Medina, and so we had a relaxing visit with Aunt Barb.  JoAnna did some cooking, and I did some work on the Dynamo project in the evening.

I have started compiling my end-of-the-year checklists and such.  I don’t actually know how I would function without having checklists and spreadsheets to keep track of things.  I like to know how I was doing last week, last month, last year, etc., to see if there has been any improvement.  I don’t feel much different, but I do like to see if I am running more often, or reading more books, etc.

We are beginning to pack up for the rest of our road trip, so I am going to shut down this computer.

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