8/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to Los Lunas to take my National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (NI-CLAD) exam.  I had passed this exam years ago, but had let my certification lapse.  Since letting my certification lapse, the exam changed.  I did not do well on the practice questions, so I was not hopeful…


It was a good day.  After I passed the exam, I started driving home, only to realize that I had left things in the locker at the test center and had to return to Los Lunas to get them.

It was still an okay day.  I then went to the junkyard at the south end of Albuquerque to browse around for car parts.  I did that until the pouring rain hit.

I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist prayer and reading group in the evening, where we studied a chapter of The Desire of Ages concerning the raising of Lazarus.

Overall, it was a good day.


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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3/22/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I started the day by driving to Socorro and grabbing the flash drive that contains the LabVIEW install files.  I also picked up several of the department laptops and then drove to Magdalena.   Once I arrived at Magdalena, I set up a laptop to install LabVIEW, and then tutored class.  Once that laptop had finished, I swapped it for another laptop and continued tutoring.  This process continued until I had three laptops with LabVIEW.

In the afternoon, I drove back to NMT, prepared my LabVIEW lab, and then showed up to class with three laptops.  I let the students use these while they had their first LabVIEW lesson.

After class, I chatted with another student, and installed LabVIEW on several department computers.  I graded some papers, did my English Literature assignment and reading.

In the late evening, I had dinner with my brother and his family, before going to bed.

As busy as my days are, I love running around and getting things done.

Good night and thank you for reading my post.

10/13/15: Daily Post

Yesterday, I arrived to my office around 5:30. I spent the morning working in the lab, cleaning things up and figuring out where things go. I have been organizing the tool drawers in the new Maker Space so that everything has its place. Once I’ve finished with this lab, I’ll start with the other spaces.

After that, I tutored at Magdalena for quite some time. We had a substitute teacher in AVID, so little AVID work was done, though I did help the students with their various math assignments.

After that, I returned to Socorro and taught my instrumentation lab. Yesterday was another day on LabVIEW, and we had some trouble getting the USB-6008 modules to work correctly. I hate it when that happens; there is really no reason for the trouble that I can see. I will look into it more over the next few days.

I spent the night at my brother’s house, though I was quite exhausted when I arrived. We watched part of the debates, but finding no meaningful statements, I stopped paying attention.

Overall though, it was a good day.

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9/16/15: Daily Post

I have been feeling better. On Tuesday, I was really sick- cold and cough were killing me. I cancelled class and slept instead. However, I think that is passing now, and I am ready to catch up.

Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning, as usual. I was hoping to pick up the Malibu yesterday, but it isn’t quite ready yet. Hopefully, it will be ready later today.

After tutoring, I attended a group meeting for my department and then went to Unit Operations presentations. I think they went pretty well, though the students felt a bit nervous with some of our questions.

After Unit Operations Lab, I worked on the pH measurement system for a while. I have something that works until I get things sorted out with National Instruments. I did send another round of screen shots to the NI engineers, so hopefully, they will have this figured out soon.

I also worked on my Tropical Meteorology exam that is due tomorrow. I think I did alright.

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9/11/15: Daily Post

I felt like I was in super-productive mode for part of yesterday. I made a bunch of phone calls that I had been putting off, as well as made a few major advances is some of my projects.

I started out by calling about my car. The crankshaft position sensor failed, and they should have it ready by Monday.

I called about having a radio repaired; they were ready to take my radio as soon as I brought it by.

I made contact with the Boys and Girls Ranches again, and will be tutoring there again.

I also turned down admission to the Introduction Leaders Program through Landmark. I will apply again next fall, but it was already underway this time around.

I made a bunch of progress towards my pH probe system. I am using some commercial software, and submitted a full gallery of screen shots to National Instruments for their recommendation. I’m not sure why I am having problems with their hardware, but hopefully they will get that sorted out.

In the evening, I had all-you-can-eat sushi with about 15 students. After sushi, we went mini-golfing and go-karting. The object with mini-golf was to screw up the other person’s shot. I did this awesomely by throwing my golf ball and hitting Carson’s right as he was about to putt. He moved the putter, but neither ball was there. It was an absolutely great night! I love it when large groups of students get together like that.

Overall, it was a great day.

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9/4/15: Daily Post

Yesterday was a frustrating and slightly sad day for me.

I drove the Malibu back to Socorro and worked at NMT yesterday. I spent almost the entire day trying to get a pH measurement system running, and have still had no luck. I have calls out to National Instruments and so hopefully, they will have some more information. Right now, I can read voltage between -200 mV and 200 mV on a standard voltmeter. However, if I plug the pH probe into any NI equipment, the voltage barely changes with response to pH. The change is small enough that it is lost in the noise, which is periodic.

I eventually gave up, and decided to use a commercial pH meter with a RS-232 port and software. I downloaded the software, only to find that the commercial meter I once had is missing.

In the evening, I learned that my grandfather’s house sold. He built that house, and it was perhaps one of the only constant places in my life growing up (We were “going to move” for around 5 years before we did). I talk of spending time on the farm, which was really the week or so that I spent each summer at his house, working in his really large garden. However, even though it has crossed my mind many times to move back there, it really wasn’t for me.

Now, I have too much to do and too little time. We may go to the Chile Festival, but everyone wanted to go today, and I have too much going on today. Perhaps we will go tomorrow.

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