a little lonesome bluegrass (times three)

Three different versions from different artists of Lonesome and Dry As a Bone.

Dave Leatherman (excellent artist; unfortunately, the song is cut at the end)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (a well-done version, very polished, with an excellent band)
Joe Diffie (getting back to his roots with a down-home rendition)

Any favourites?  Notice they’re all in the same key?  What do you mean you don’t like bluegrass?

ASET’s 2019 Capstone Project of the Year Award

Congratulations, Tyson Baldrey and Randy Holmberg, on our selection as recipients for ASET’s 2019 Capstone Project of the Year Award! Thank you for your dedication, hard work, and professionalism! I am part of the best team in Alberta!

We were chosen to represent Lethbridge College at Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) for their Capstone Project of the Year Award.  Our nomination put us in competition with other institutions across Alberta for this year’s Award.

We prepared many ideas for a project and decided on Bamboo as a Viable Alternative to Steel Reinforcement in Concrete.  Our preliminary (Research Proposal) was accepted, and so we got to work utilizing our skills learned at Lethbridge College; we set up a timeline of tasks and events, organized material available from the College and elsewhere (retail), did our research on what had already been done in the field, created our tests of materials in the labs provided us by the College, and documented our findings.  We presented in front of our colleagues (fellow students), industry representatives, instructors, and faculty.  You can see our research material online here.  Later, we found out were were nominated to represent Lethbridge College for this year’s (2019’s) Award.

This afternoon, Tyson informed me that we were selected!  We were chosen!  As recipients, were will be attending the reception and presentation on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton.  Accommodation (hotel, dinner, etc.) for us and one guest each is provided by ASET.

I’m very excited about this.  …  Can you tell?

seeking new employment

I’ve been seeking new employment the past few weeks.  ISP did not work out.  They need someone with more experience who can work without an Engineer, and I need a place with more than just one guy (me), with engineering guidance and mentorship.  I think professional development cannot happen on my own, without an Engineer present.  The Engineer stamping ISP‘s work left for another company; ISP emailed him my drawings, and he emailed them back; but there was no two-way communication, nobody for me to ask questions.  I didn’t meet their learning curve expectations.  Yes, a new Engineer was hired, but a) he didn’t have experience in this type of work, and b) he had no authorization to stamp at ISP.

I’ve been seeking other Engineering Technologist / drafting / designing work.  There are a few places hiring.  I’ve had two offers.  Unsure what I will do.  Aizlynn believes I should branch out on my own and follow my dreams of simple living architecture (i.e. “tiny homes”, to use a blanket description).  This is intriguing, but I still feel I need the mentoring and expertise of professionals.

Once a teacher, always a teacher.  I continue to do sideline work in that.  Not a lot of money in it though.  More just a time-user while I seek other employment.  However, all my students show greatness, so I will not give them up.

More as it comes.