Now I remember why I like winter. I enjoy summer, yes, just as much as spring and fall. But it now, suddenly, occurs to me why I enjoy winter – no loud muscle cars, screeching tyres, Harley-Davidson bikes with noisy lag pipes, and Japanese motorbikes wound up to 9000 RPM. It goes on and on forever. I should hear birds, people talking, kids on bikes. I only hear 4×4 trucks revving. <sigh> Living in Ilsan, Korea, a 2.5-million-person satellite city of Seoul, was more peaceful than this. By the time the world runs out of dinosaur fossil fuel and runs on something quieter, I’ll be a deaf old man.
It seems to me that the book Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis by M. B. W. Tent should be standard optional reading before starting any Calculus course at college. It seems to me to be a read worthy of a read before the course to put a bit of history behind the whole concept of Calculus. It puts into perspective how all the mathematic sciences have evolved over time. It was suggested by one of my Instructors at Lethbridge College, Braum Barber. If anyone wants to give it a read, they can find it here.
12/3/2017 9:04 AM 2664775 Tent – Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis.pdf
It’s sunny, warm, pleasant. Yesterday I met TB & RH (my bamboo research group) to talk about our submission to the ASET Capstone project. We all wrote blurbs about ourselves, and TB will organize it all and submit it. I trust Ty to catch all the goofinesses such as font sizes, placement of images, etc.
I worked on the Architectural class group project. CE, a teammate in the Stan’s Stuff – Auto Parts and More, said he could meet up and work on it with me. It’d be a good portfolio item. It turns out he was too busy with flooding in his house and preparing to travel. Se, the other teammate, rarely shows up for any length of time to help. Very helpful when he does, but it’s rather seldom. So I’ll continue to work until it’s absolutely time to wipe the drives on the computer. Work on what? Corrections to assignments. All those red marks on assigments – I’ve paid for them. I paid money to have the instructor put red all over my paper. I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let that go to waste.
All students’ computer drives need to be wiped at the end of this course. They have software on them that’s only licensed to the college. We get a deposit back when we allow this. I forget how much – like a hundred dollars or so. No wipe, no deposit back. So, we’re all told repeatedly to back up our stuff and save anything we want to save on another drive. I’ve got my server (the one you’re reading this on) to store my stuff.
In case you’re wondering, I rarely use real names here on the ongoing letter. I don’t imagine people would want their names, faces, etc. online. So, rather than names, I use initials. Are they real? Who knows! Ha!
I found a few new shows on Netflix now that I figured out how to change the settings on it.
Funny how four out of five are sci-fi.
I contacted Netflix a few weeks ago and told them I resented having to see people standing in their front yard with blood gushing out of their faces after having eaten another person, all the way smiling. Gross. I told them I didn’t want that in my house, in my living room. No, Netflix doesn’t actually do a good job selecting for me what it thinks I might like – obviously a terrible job. Fix it! A couple of weeks later, the menus change, and now there’s thumbs up or thumbs down without having to actually view it or intentionally search for it just to have a thumbs-up or -down button. Finally some control to get that crap off my screen.
I’m not into zombies, or blood, or walking dead, or whatever they can pull out of the dark turd pots of their minds. When will this finally disappear? Zombies??? What, are you five? I’ve seen enough in real life, thank you. Not interested.
I also subscribe to Curiosity Stream, a documentary website. Now that’s leisure time well spent.
There’s a lot of water around these days. This winter has had the heaviest snowfall that I can remember. Now it’s all turning into runoff.
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I’ve got a crack in my windshield again. This is my second windshield, and now it’s cracked. So … let’s see … that’s two broken windshields and two broken back windows. I’m not having very good luck with autoglass.
As I’m finishing my education and getting ready to search for jobs, I know there is so much for me to learn still. We all come out of our course thinking that we’re qualified, have got the knowledge, will run out and do great things.
I saw a video tour of New York City from 1911 on YouTube. They had traffic management with electric, petroleum, and horse powered vehicles intermingling. They had trains being driven several storeys over the street, buildings so high that an engineer these days would take seemingly forever to design and build. They had so much already back then. We think we’re doing something new – and we probably are – but we may be forgetting that these things have all been done without the technological help that we have today. Damn amazing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohXOpKtns0 Keeps it all in perspective.
Yesterday was my last class in the Engineering Design and Drafting Technologies program. I handed in my last project at 10pm yesterday evening and went home. (I made this a bigger font ’cause it’s been a pretty major thing in my life for the past few years.)
I’m sitting at 75.63% (unofficial) in my weakest subject, Process Design, but the Final Project is not marked yet. We designed oil & gas vessels and pipelines and studied how these systems work.
I have 93.6% in Environmental Systems, my second-most interesting subject. We studied heat loss & efficiencies, solar, psychrometrics, green building systems, and other environmental systems. I think I wore out the instructor by asking questions. The biggest idea I’m taking away from this course is the message the instructor instilled in all of us – that add-on stuff, like solar panels and ground source heat pumps, do not make a building green. What matters is the design of the building. The rest is window dressing, for the most part.
I don’t know what I got in Civil Design & Drafting. It was an interesting but tough course. We studied subdivision plot plans, Real Property Reports, urban planning, Universal Design, road & lot grading, storm (runoff) & sanitary (poop) sewer utility systems, drainage analysis, and earthworks. I didn’t do very well in the second-last assignment. Pretty good in the others.
I’m at 81.92% in Architectural Design III so far, but this doesn’t include the final assignment which hasn’t been graded yet. This is the commercial architectural course. I submitted our final drawing yesterday at 4:27pm. Christoper (a teammate) and I will go through all of our drawings and review the instructor’s markups. We studied Alberta Building Code (not just Div. B Part 9 as in residential architecture), structural factors, site plans, preliminary floor plans, section views, final floor plans, building science, building cross-sections, specifications, reflected ceiling plans, interior & exterior elevations, interior & exterior renderings, and legends. Very interesting course – my favourite. I still have the final exam to write as well. It’s this coming Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
This is also not a final mark as our final submission is not graded yet, but so far I’ve got 95.91% in Applied Research II. My team researched Bamboo as a Viable Alternative to Steel Reinforcement in Concrete. We were awarded the Lethbridge College EDDT submission to the ASET Capstone Project. We will be in ASET’s magazine publication as a finalist in the next step for the Banff meetings. … This just in – we got 23/25 on our Final Presentation, the presentation portion of the Final Project. The Final Report is yet to be graded.
Hopefully all is well. I’ve not convocated yet (the college-level word for graduate, I guess). So it ain’t over just yet.
You know that movie, 50 First Dates? If not, look it up.
You’re reading this for the first time, right? Yes. Well, me too, or at least I will be. Telling friends & family this is pretty weird. Here how it works.
I take sleep meds called Sublinox. It’s an hypnotic made to help fall asleep. But it has a side effect of inhibiting memory (storage of, for example, writing in this ongoing letter blog) until sleep is underway. It takes about 15 minutes to work, and, during that time, I cannot study, talk on the phone, visit with family, nothing. I can make coffee ’cause I know that’s something I do every night. I wake up in the morning and thank the person who made the coffee for me. All I have to do is turn it on. Well, really, it was me. But I just don’t remember doing it.
So when I read this blog sometime – don’t know when – I’ll go, “Oh, somebody has broken into my server, left a blog entry in my writing style, and posted it. That was … let’s see … right about the same time I was getting ready for bed. I wonder who that was?”
I can’t do homework because I won’t retain it. I can’t have important conversations, like with classmates to get things done, for the same reason. I can’t change passwords! That would be bad. About the only thing I can do is go to bed.
So that’s what I’ll do. Good night, y’all.