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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8/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on moving stuff for Chemical Engineering.  I am still furious about it all.  However, I did manage to move quite a few things, including some of the heavy metal frames.  They aren’t the heaviest things to move, but they were still a pain.

In the afternoon, I gave up on moving furniture (20,000 steps later), and worked on the software for the batch reactor in the Unit Operations Lab.  I still have a long ways to go, and I had planned on spending my time at NMT before classes started by working on this instead of moving furniture.

I also met with the ultrasound group.  As it turns out, we had a bad transducer, which has been part of our problem.  We are having a new test box built, as removing the bad transducer damaged our old test box.

In the evening, JoAnna and I sat outside in the nice weather and ate some chips, salsa and avocado.

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12/5/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was a long day.  I started out by commuting to Socorro on the buses and trains.  I barely made the train, as first a guy was driving 5 mph out of my neighborhood, and then I got stuck behind him as he did 15 mph on Southern.  I finally passed him on Unser.  Then, A tractor trailer tried to make a turn and blocked the entrance to the train station.  Until the light changed, he was stuck there.  The train actually waited for him, as there were several of us waiting to get to the station and the conductor saw the situation, thankfully.

I tutored at Magdalena in the morning.  It was good to get in some hours, as I haven’t been there quite as often as I’d have liked to this month.

In the afternoon, I attended all of the Monday Unit Operations Lab final presentations.  They all went well, and I think I left good feedback for all of the groups.

In the evening, I worked with almost every Chem-E-Car Team to get them prepared for today’s competition.  I am impressed with quite a few of the cars.  Most of them seem to move, which is unusual.

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11/30/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was a bit frustrating, and a bit good, but it’s all over.

I finished up my GIS Lab #12, but not Lab #13, which actually looked like a lot of fun. They were due at 10:59 pm, and I put in a good effort, but it wasn’t in the cards.

I had some equipment malfunction in Unit Ops lab, but I was able to figure out what was happening.  The cold water input stream was almost 40 C, which is incredibly warm.  The water itself was warm.  However, what was happening was that the water was going through a filter, and the filter shifted and was against an air compressor- right against the motor’s vent.  The vent blew on the filter, where the water was slowing down anyhow, heating up and then entering the equipment too warm.  I moved the filter, and the problem was solved.

I only managed just over 33,000 words for the NaNoWriMo this year.  I was disappointed in this, and still had plenty to write.  I think I’ll make writing 1667 words of free writing to my daily to do list, and just get in that habit.

I had dinner with my family and that was nice.

I also found out that I have an article that was accepted for publication in Radio Waves, an amatuer radio in education online publication.  I’ll finish out the papework for that this morning.

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11/9/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was an interesting day.  I did not quite expect to wake up and hear that there was going to be a President Trump.  I had slept in a little bit longer than I had intended, due to staying up to see the election coverage, so I started the day behind.

I went to Magdalena, though the students were in an anti-drug assembly for the third period class.  Once it finished, I tutored in the AVID class.

After Magdalena, I went back to NMT and worked in the Unit Operations lab.  Yesterday started their final set of experiments, and so they were learning how to conduct each experiment using the equipment provided.  One thermocouple failed, which is annoying, but was easily replaced.

In the evening, I took the buses and trains home.  Along the way, I finished watching all of the Week 10 lectures for the GIS class, and have begun working on the lab.  I also added a few words to my NaNoWriMo project, putting me only 500 words behind or so.  I’ll catch that one up over the next few days.

Once I arrived at home, I chatted with JoAnna and Joey for a bit, started packing up for the conference and then went to bed.

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11/7/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was a productive day.  I debated staying home and buying ammo instead of going to work, as I know the price will increase after the election, probably more so than what I would make by going to work.  Even so, I chose to go to work.

I tutored at Magdalena in the morning, standard Monday classes:  Algebra II, Physical Science and AVID.  I talked to Dad on the ride up, and made a bunch of phone calls on the way back, ordering some meds, and checking on the Taurus Settlement.

In the afternoon, I ran the unit operations lab.  This week was the introductory session, so the students come and see the equipment without running experiments.  They get a feel for what they have control over and what is out of their control.

Then, I planned out my lecture and homework for class today, as well as refined my guest lecture today for the freshman class.

On the commute home, I worked on my NaNoWriMo project.  I’m still on track to finish that, as I am a few words ahead of where I need to be.  However, I have some travel and three major projects due soon, all of which will slow down my writing.

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11/2/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena, as usual.  I tutored Algebra II, Physical Science and AVID.

After that, I drove back to Socorro.  Along the way, I talked to a station in the Dominican Republic on 10 meters, so that was neat.  I called Dad and tried to work him, but we couldn’t make the contact.

In the afternoon, our group meeting was cancelled, so I ate lunch and then worked with the Unit Operations Lab students before catching the bus home.

Along the way, I watched my last Remote Sensing lecture, completed the quiz and signed up for classes next semester.  I think I did well on the quiz.

I also added around 3000 words to my NaNoWriMo project.

In the evening, I watched the very intense seventh game of the World Series with JoAnna and Joey.  Based on their ties to Cleveland, it was a bad night.

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