7/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I commuted to Socorro and took care of a few things there.  Mostly, I spent my time updating the computers and cleaning up the computers in MSEC 259.  I updated Windows 7, ran a virus checker, defragged the disk, removed last semester’s classwork and so on from all of the machines.  I did not meet with all of the people whom I needed to meet, but that’s okay.  Pretty soon, I’ll be back down there full time and can catch up on that.

In the evening, I “armchair” chased the storms in Virginia, checking the RADAR frequently and getting updates from my friends and family over Facebook, Twitter and text.

Overall, it was an uneventful, yet productive day.

Thank you for reading my post.  Hopefully, I’ll post some running stuff and perhaps a monthly activity summary in the next day or so.


6/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip.  We only made it as far as Amarillo.  We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40.  Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail).  I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.

JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night.  I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle?  It is inefficient and stupid.  Learn something new everyday, I suppose.

Giving up fighting depression.

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7/29/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I went for another five mile run.  I also posted the time and route in the Running page on this blog.

I also went to the Albuquerque National Weather Service (NWS) office and volunteered for a few hours.  We tried to launch a weather balloon, but it got delayed because of the approaching storm.  When we did launch it (after the storm had passed), there was quite a bit of bad data.  I was also there for the severe storms that happened across the area, and see how an event like this is handled.

In the evening, I drove home.  On Unser, I saw a car in the median, so I pulled over to help.  They had spun out on the rain-slicked roads and were now hi-centered.  There wasn’t much I could do, and the police showed up as well.  They had friends with a truck, as well as the rest of their car club (they were all Nissan Z series cars), to help pull them out of the median.  Anyway, I chatted with some of the car club folks for a while before heading home.

Overall, it was a good day.

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2/24/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena.  It was a good time, as we also played with the 3D printer for a bit as well.  Otherwise, my teaching day was totally uneventful.

In the evening, I drove home, picked up Joey, and then attended the Landmark Special Evening in Albuquerque.

That’s about all I did yesterday, honestly.  I was (slightly) ahead on my homework, so rather than keep that trend, I went ahead and let it fall to pieces, rushing around tonight to get everything done.

Oh, yeah, the other thing I did was watch the storms develop over Virginia and North Carolina.  I can’t believe Tappahannock, VA, was hit so hard.  I lived not too far from there, and even bought my first car in town there.  I am sorry to hear it was impacted.

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2/23/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning commuting to Magdalena, and then tutoring algebra.

I did do a weather forecast yesterday, though it was not for New Mexico.  It was my first severe storm forecast of the year!  A strong mid-latitude cyclone moved through the south and is now moving through the Mid-Atlantic region.  I’m watching the weather closely today, as this system is bearing down on my friends and family, and everywhere I lived for the first 24 years of my life!

After tutoring, I went to NMT to teach my instrumentation class. This week, we started a several-week unit on Stamp Microcontrollers, and so I think the students had fun playing with them in class.

One thing that I took for granted as a student, but now appreciate as a teacher is coming up with an obective grading system.  Sometimes, I have students that come up with the correct answer, but I don’t necessary follow how they did it.  I sometimes mark off points, and then they get angry and come and exlain it to me. Then I give them back the points.  Other times, I have students that say a whole lot of correct things, but then one wrong thing.  Are they more wrong than the person who said the correct thing, but did not elaborate on it any more than the bare minimum?

I have been returning all of hte homework a week after I received it.  I think that is an accomplishment!  It is also challenging to develop homework that can be elaborate and challenging, but then easy to grade.  There’s a strange balance that I can’t characterize, but I have some homework problems that meet it.

After class, I knocked out my English Literature homework, posted on my radio blog, and then commuted home.  In the late evening, I met with my H&R Block representative and finished up my taxes.

Wow, taxes, homework and commuting.  Sorry to bore you guys, but thank you for reading my post.