8/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space.  Finally, it is all done.  I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.

After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go.  Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.

In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training.  He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio.  He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.

I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.

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5/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning sorting out paperwork at NMT and chasing down free donuts that were offered on campus.

In the late morning and into the afternoon, I tutored at Magdalena.  I arrived soon after third hour had started, but I was able to get in quite a few hours of work.

In the evening, I worked on a few things around the office and my labs.  I did a safety check for one of my labs, and cleaned up some trash in another.  I also started some work on a side project involving a liquid sodium dynamo that I will discuss as I learn more about it.

I also attended the last Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting of the year.  We have some neat projects going, so it was good to get a status update about this club.

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2/23/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day tutoring one group of students or another.

In the morning, I had a quick meeting with the chief of police on campus concerning where we can place an amateur radio antenna.  He had some good ideas, and we will probably place a vertical antenna on the roof, using the metal roof as a ground plane, instead of placing a dipole antenna that barely goes above the metal roof.

After the meeting, I did some tutoring at Magdalena. I tutored Physical Science, Algebra II, two sections of AVID and biology.  I was hoping for more questions on the exams, as several classes had taken exams in the past week, and the exams had already been graded.

In the afternoon, I did some tutoring at the Boys and Girls Ranches.  Yesterday, I mostly tutored geometry.  Next week, we will run another demonstration, though I don’t know what the students have planned.

In the evening, I did some light cleaning of files on my computer, and then went to my brother’s house for pizza.  I fell asleep hard on the couch at some point.

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2/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a bit stressful.  I started out the day by going through my normal Friday routine.  I woke up at 4, walked 1.5 miles to campus and caught the 5:20 am shuttle from Socorro to Belen.  Then, I caught the train from Belen to the south end of Albuquerque.  When I got off the train, I realized I had left my keys back in Socorro.  With no buses, and a southbound train approaching, I decided to go back to Socorro and recover my keys.  This meant I would miss work at Atrisco Heritage Academy, so I emailed the teachers there.

Once in Socorro, I recovered my keys, though I managed to slam my hand in a door later that day.

In the evening, I was able to attend the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting, which are on Friday nights.  I normally can’t attend.  However, this was a great week to attend, as the Section Manager and the 2nd Vice President of the ARRL were in attendance, and had donated a repeater to our club.  It was a great night.

At the end of the meeting, I  bummed a ride from them back to my truck at the south end of Albuquerque.

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2/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. It was a half-day for the students, so the day went by quickly.

After tutoring, I went back to NMT and worked on several projects around the department.  I checked over the next two weeks of lessons for the instrumentation class, graded this past week’s work, and moved some old equipment.

I also looked into a few plans for putting up an antenna at the Tech Amateur Radio Association station.

In the afternoon, I rode up to the Boys and Girls Ranches to do some tutoring.  I mostly tutored algebra and geometry while I was there.

Overall, it was an uneventful day.

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1/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working at the NMT Club Fair, recruiting students for the Metal Casting Club and the Tech Amateur Radio Association.  It was good to walk around and recruit students, and maybe find a few that are really interested in trying something new.

In the afternoon, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab.  I only have six students in it this semester, and I did a poor job of teaching it.  It was really unexciting, and my example was confusing and uninteresting.  I will have to improve this for next year.

In the evening, I commuted home on the buses and trains.  I wrote two articles for the school newspaper and had an otherwise uneventful night.

I did look up Myers-Briggs tests, and those things  always depress me.  I absolutely hate my personality type, and yet, it is accurate…  I always show up as an ENFP, which is probably the worst personality type if you wanted to be an engineer or a scientist.  I wanted to be the Professor, but ended up as Gilligan.   Anyway, I went to bed instead of reading more of what I already know.

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12/8/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working at Magdalena.  It was good to get in a few hours there, as I have been out for quite a few days over the past few weeks.

In the evening, I met with one of the professors about a new class I hope to offer in the fall.  We’ll see if I can get that rolling.  It will be a metal casting class for the freshmen, and I’m hoping it will go well.

Also, we had our last Tech Amateur Radio Association meeting of the semester.  We discussed plans for the upcoming semester and had pizza and watched a video on a new satellite that may be launched in 2017 that will have some amateur radio equipment on board.

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