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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1/11/18: 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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10/17/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy, but productive day again.  The day was divided between responsibilities at NMT and Magdalena.

I started out the day working on a few things around the office before driving into Magdalena and tutoring several classes there.  I actually got in a little early to make up for a few missing hours last week.

In the afternoon, I taught two sections of Instrumentation Lab, back to back.  I introduced LabVIEW in this week’s sections.  I do need to develop a new project for them, and so I spent the evening working on that development.  This year’s class is twice as big (for some reason- our enrollment hasn’t really changed), so I need to design something for use with the equipment I have available.

I had dinner at my brother’s house at a reasonable hour instead of my normal late night, and then I went to bed.

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10/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to NMT and worked there for the day.  It was Columbus Day, so there were no shuttles (hence driving to NMT), and no classes at Magdalena.

First, I worked on the Cavendish experiment in the physics department.  I am having trouble getting LabVIEW to see the Omega DAQ device.  So far, I’ve tried installing the drivers and NI VISA, but no dice yet.

In the afternoon, I helped with the Unit Operations lab, and then started grading.  I had quite a bit of work to do, catching up on the grading, but that is almost complete.  I will have to post midterm grades soon.

In the evening, I shot one round of targets at air rifle practice, and then drove over to Sourdough Mine (a new restaurant in Socorro).  My shooting was not spectacular, but I logged it anyhow.

Sourdough Mine was alright.  I got the roast beef po’ boy, onion rings, and chips and salsa.  It was nothing special, but it was good.

At some point, I was too tired to work and fell asleep in my office.

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9/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro getting things knocked off my to-do list.  I started out the morning by meeting with the Physics department and I began to set up their computers for LabVIEW.  I installed LabVIEW on one computer and got through all of the Windows updates on a second.

After that, I did some work cleaning up the Unit Operations Lab.  I did my monthly inspection, and spent a little time cleaning and organizing glassware.

In the evening, JoAnna, Joey and I drove to Silver City in preparation for the Grant County Gem and Mineral show.  The drive was nice, and we had a great discussion about fiction writing.

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