10/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning. I knew I was not going to be working at Magdalena on Thursday, so I tried to divide up those hours between Tuesday and yesterday, and was only a few hours short.

In the afternoon, I went to our department meeting, then to help with Unit Operations Lab.  Once I saw Unit Operations Lab was running smoothly, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo group for an hour.

In the evening, I had my regular Varsity Tutoring session cancelled, but was able to pick up an hour and a half “instant” lesson.  I really struggled with the lesson myself, but hopefully, it was some help.

Then, I drove the truck home.  Correction, I drove the truck to Bernardo, and realized that I had left my medicine in my office, so I drove back to my office, picked up the medicine, then drove home and went straight 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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9/27/17: Daily Post

I forgot to post this one, as it crashed on my tablet and I ended up having to rewrite it:

Yesterday (Wednesday), I spent the early morning hours working on a few projects for the chemical engineering department.  I have been slowly catching up on my grading, and perhaps I will be all caught up by next week.

I tutored for several hours in the Magdalena schools, tutoring Algebra II, AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.

In the afternoon, I caught up to a former student who was on campus for a visit.  He was in the very first class of chemical engineers I taught, way back in 2008.  It was good to see that he was doing well.

We had unit operations lab in the afternoon as well, so I assisted with that class until it was time to catch my bus and commute home.

At home, I really became busy.  My Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (substitute teacher, no new content that day), so I did some housework.  Of most effort was cleaning on the top of some cabinets and hanging up some decorative coffee mugs.  I think it worked out though, so it was worth it.

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9/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few projects around the chemical engineering department.  I prepped for today’s lab, cleaned up a few things around the office, and graded a few homework assignments.

In the afternoon, I worked on some Khan Academy Physics lessons and assisted with the Unit Operations lab.  Today was their last day before presentations, so many of the groups were working on presentations, rather than using equipment.

In the evening, I tutored Physics through Varsity Tutors for almost 2.5 hours, so that was fun.  I did a little writing as well, as I am working on an article for the Society for Industrial Archeology.  I also did a little reading, finishing a few more chapters in Desire of Ages.

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9/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I was able to come up with a solution for the Malibu.  From my phone, I requested a $50 Walmart Gift Card from MyPoints (I had been earning one for six months, and it was ready to use).  Then, I bought a tow bar on the Walmart App, and am having it shipped to my house (arriving Monday).  I will tow the Malibu to my house, park it in the back yard, use it as a green house (and probably sell the virtually new tires).

I split the day between Magdalena and NMT.  I started out by tutoring at Magdalena.  I tutored AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  Then, I headed back to NMT for a group meeting and then to assist with Unit Operations Lab.

In the evening, I commuted home along the buses and trains.  One guy that rides the bus with me is also a former storm chaser from Colorado, so we had a lot to talk about on the ride.

In the evening, I went to Flying Star for dinner and to do some work. I finished reading two more chapters in Atlas Shrugged, as well as one chapter of The Desire of Ages, and quite a few issues of Machine Design Today (an technology e-zine).

Overall, it was a better day than I’ve had for a few days.

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9/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day with bad news.  I went and worked on the Malibu for a bit, adding coolant and running it.  It was incredibly hard to start, even jumping the battery from the truck.  I also noticed that there is coolant leaking from the head gasket, though it could be leaking from the valve covers down to the head gasket area, but I can’t get in to see.  Either way, things don’t look good for my car.  And I like that car more than I like most people.

After that, I did some work around the chemical engineering department.  I graded some assignments and worked on a few things for this week’s lecture and lab.

For lunch, I met with the dynamo group and caught up on the last month’s worth of work.  I picked up the latest software backup and schematics.

In the afternoon, I tried to track down some paperwork, and kept tabs on the Unit Operations lab while I wandered around campus.  I also tried to track down some packages I ordered several weeks ago that have never arrived.

In the evening, I ran back-to-back Varsity Tutors sessions, both of which were successful.  That platform is working out beautifully.

I then went for a walk, and then to my brother’s house for the evening.

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9/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena.  I tutored a section of AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  In fact, I taught the chemistry lab, as I have volunteered to do.  In this lab, the students test different cooking ingredients and see if they can identify which ones are which.  I have baking soda, baking powder, salt, and corn starch, and they mix water, vinegar and iodine with each of them to see if they can identify good tests to see if a powder mix has each of these ingredients.

In the afternoon, I went to a department meeting, tried to track down some paperwork, called Varsity Tutors to follow up on a minor issue, and then assisted with Unit Operations Lab.

Unit Operations Lab had a few minor glitches, all of which I was able to do address quickly.  I had to increase the water flow through the absorption column and I brought a tachometer that I borrowed from Magdalena to measure the shaft speed of the batch reactor.  I also worked with a few students on the distillation column to address why their data was scattered.

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