snow melt flooding

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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perspective

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.

EDDT is done (pretty much)

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.

50 first dates OR Sublinox

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.

winter is back

I was wrong.  Winter is back.  It’s April 7, and winter still hasn’t left.

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warmer weather

Wow.  I think winter has finally kicked the bucket.  We’ve had four major dumps of snow this winter with more snow than I’ve seen in recent years.  Spring officially happened a few days ago.  Today walking home was really nice.  I’ve been really looking forward to warm weather, and now I think it’s come.

hamburger half-full

42/50 on our Architecture assignment.  8 wrong?  No, 42 right.

Hamburger night.  Still daylight.  Kind of nice seeing daylight at 6:30pm.  🙂  We had a hamburger each, and suddenly one of us remembered the tomato & lettuce.  So much better with fresh tomatoe & lettuce!  The vegetables were cooked right when were were done our burgers – perfect timing.  Couldn’t eat another bite.  Leftovers for tomorrow!

or

Hamburger night.  Damn Daylight Savings Time … don’t make no sense.  We had a hamburger each but forgot to put the lettuce & tomato on until the last minute.  “Don’t bother … it’s okay.”  “Well I’m already up.”  The vegetables weren’t cooked in time, but we ate them anyway.  I got full.  I guess it’s leftovers tomorrow.

Admit success when it happens or you’ll end up a “hamburger half-empty” person.