Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A few photos from the past 6 months...

So I figured since I haven't posted any pictures for a long time, maybe I was due. I'm at the school right now. Not the nerd lab - the normal lab. Someone around me was farting up a storm just moments ago - but since she left, and the serenity returned, I figured I'd use the high bandwidth to post some pictures that are already floating around the internet...

There's some of my grad project - or of a similar project anyway. A lot of bowling, and a couple from the river trip we took in August.




Dr. XianRong Zhuo - he's on my project. Jon Bingham is on a similar project.






White-water rafting at Snake River - the end of the summer.



This guy was so drunk! He was bowling next to us. Crazy.






My Halloween costume. Yep - wore it at the basketball game.

Monday, November 17, 2008

248

So I bowled a 248 the night of the GRE. I had a Turducken with garnish. A "turkey" is 3 strikes in a row, so I figure a "duck" can be 2, and a "chicken" a single strike. I had 7 in a row - which is a full Turducken (a sixth) plus garnish (the seventh).

My last high score was a 191.

I'm planning to come down to a friend's wedding reception this Saturday in Salt Lake City - and to stay with the Punjabs. I've got to be back to Logan by 6 on Sunday.

Next week, I can leave as early as Tuesday. Provided I get my homework done, it should be no problem to be ready to try out Noah's new pimped ride Wednesday morning or afternoon.

Work is going fairly well. Boomerang production is down.

I found a girl with a small nose and a good chin. We'll see if she can stand meeting the Punjabs this weekend.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

GRE and Turducken

So I just left the testing center.

I didn't have to do the essays (which are scored 1-6) in order to get into the graduate program here at USU. I just had to do over a 440 Verbal and something decent (probably 600 or 650? -I forgot what the bar was set at) Quantitative.

I got 450 Verbal - and 790 Quantitative.

The 790 isn't bad - as 800 is perfect. So from the ACT's 33 in math, I've improved. 790/800 is higher than a 33/36. My reading is still piss poor though! Ha!

I'll start posting pictures up here soon. Typical nonsensical stuff.

I graduate with a bachelors in a month. I'm not walking - since I'll be back in this same lab mid January. I figure there's no real celebration if I'm going to stick around. I think the grad life will fit my lazy-through-and-wing-it lifestyle better than the undergrad.

Also - I've become an advocate of Turducken. Google search it if you need. Chicken in a duck in a turkey.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Big (not who to marry) Decision

So I got my answer - I thought it'd require more work, but it came rather readily.

I'll decline Autoliv's offer. This upcoming week I'll need to be signing forms and whatnot to get ready to work with Dr. Ban and Dr. Nielson. It makes sense in that I'll be in Logan - not driving Sardine Canyon during the winter months. Also - I'm sure Autoliv would require a certain number of hours per week - 30 +, I'd wager - that I won't be able to do during a masters... if I'm to continue any socializing.

So that's the story for now.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Winnie the Pooh is a Taoist.

So among other things, I've learned that Winnie the Pooh is a Taoist. There's a book about it, apparently. "The Tao of Pooh". I think I'll buy it soon. -Taoism is a Chinese Philosophy. I learned about it in my Gospel and World Religions class.

I've got a symphony, girls soccer game, hockey game, boomerang club, and quartet concert to attend this week. It'll be rather knarly.

I got a job offer from Autoliv yesterday. I gave them my two-weeks notice last Thursday in order to start working on my thesis project/job. I've got until Tuesday to come up with my answer.

No wife yet.

I need to cut my fingernails.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Summing up September...

Well, there's but one day left in the tenth month of the 2008th year.

I'd bother putting pictures up, but as explained, I hardly take my camera to the school, and the transfer rate of this connection isn't good for my patience.

I've been reading Brisingr - the 3rd Eragonner. I finished Breaking Dawn and figured they're all a bunch of rubbish. Though I've been told to read The Host by several.

In two weeks, I'll switch jobs. I'll wrap up the tricks I've been doing at Autoliv's Brigham City plant - namely their Environmental Lab. (I've often thought to paint over the first 7 letters of that name.) It's been good. I'll begin working with a Chinese professor named Dr. Heng Ban, and Dr. Beth Nielson - she's an environmental engineer. I'll be working on rivers. Heat transfer from the bottom of the river to the streambed. The Blackfoot river (up here in Cache Valley), and the Virgin - yep! The Virgin. But don't get excited. I doubt there would be any point in me working on site until maybe next summer. Theoretical experiments first...

I'm not married. I know a lot of you have probably figured that I must be - but it's all a hoax. I've taken after the terrorists, and have created doubles. Who knows how many of them have gotten hitched - but the origin has yet to tie the knot.

I'm the ward clerk - which translates to a 7:30 am start to my meetings, and about a 3 pm finish - then a 5 pm start and 9 pm: making Sundays my longest day. But I actually enjoy it.

Dumbo has been seeing a lot of action - as I've been printing sheet music like mad. It's a good way to soothe. I bought a spiral bound hymnal as well - just so I can feel like I'm productive in my tickling of the ivories.

I'm planning to head to Marvin's for turkey day - provided Noah makes room. My rackets are being re-strung, but that's not to say I've been playing enough tennis. I was the 8-ball tournament champion in my billiards class, but am currently in the losers bracket for 9-ball.

I remain a general slacker in school. My reputation for "never going to class, and somehow sliding through by the seat of my pants" is holding up quite nicely. I may have to start attending math, though - I get the feeling like we should be having an exam soon. Crazy lady never posts when things are coming. It's rubbish.

I've also been attending a healthy dollup of shows/plays/exhibits/concerts/what-have-you. I have to acquire 20 performances this semester - as to earn 2 credits for a depth-humanity requirement. So I've seen everything from High School Musical to Portraits of the Book of Mormon to a rock-inspired opera to a spoof on Catholic humor entitled "Nunsense". Most are longwinded, but entertaining.

So that's the rundown. Last week I bowled a 172. If I keep at it, I get the feeling like I'll break 200 before the year is out.

That's about it - oh, and once Beth can get her greedy little paws on me... I think I'm due for some new fashion. Floods and suspenders apparently just went out...

Oh- and I may grow a mullet by the time we head for Cali. Just to fit in with the West Coast nonsense.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Black Mages

This video basically sums up my life:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1z3n4_black-mages-feat-nobuo-uematsu-ffvi_events

This is a band that plays songs from the Final Fantasy series - hardcore Japanese rockers. Notice the bloke with the moustache on the organ - that's Nobuo Uematsu... the composer.

Mind you, this particular number comes from a game that I refuse to play because the company (Squaresoft at the time) started making games for Sony. I dust off myself of the evil of that decision.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The delights of sleeping through class...

So - I figured I'd drop a note or two. I'd upload pictures too, but at 40-70% connectivity on a 5dB antenna, I hardly have the patience.

Alas, you find yourself reading my blog instead of looking at the crazy pictures of bowling night where we found a drunk guy that wanted to bet against us.

So here's my schedule:

MWF - 8:30am: Math 5610, 10:30am: MAE 5300, 11:30am Religions of the World, 12:30pm Preparing for Celestial Marriage, 2:30pm Beginning Billiards
TR- 7:30am: ENGR 5500, whenever I get there am/pm Autoliv's Environmental Lab

The institute and billiards classes are only MW - not Friday. I've slept through each class that ranks 5000 or above. I've gone to billiards and institute each time, though.

The math one is "Computational Linear Algebra" - what happens when you google-search. The MAE one is "Mechanical Vibrations" - why your car shakes at 73mph and not 77mph. The ENGR 5500 one is "High Performance Computing for Engineers" - the meaning behind the stickers on your computer (or those ones at Costco) that say "quad-core: do more" or "Core-2 Duo"...

Tuesday night is Jamba Juice night. I've taken a couple of different girls there. Wednesday night is boomerang club - sometimes it's something else. Thursday night is bowling night. I bowled a 187 two weeks ago. And at least once a week, I have to attend a concert for my Art Symposium (USU 3330) class. I'm going to "Little Women" sometime this year.

I've just been called as the Ward Clerk - to make sure I don't get my nap in on Sunday.

My keyboard has a stand now - so I don't hurt my back when I play songs. (Before I had it on my bed, and I had to hunch.)

I go to Carl's Jr or Arby's or Wendy's at least once a week. And have started doing push-ups of a sort... My shower takes a while to warm up, so I've devised a work-out plan while I wait. I've also started reading the Book of Mormon backwards (chapter at a time).

I read that last vampire book, and have to say that most of the 2800 pages in that series were pure rubbish. I bought "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith" compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, and am searching for a quote concerning 2.2 billion years...

My latest ambition is to learn some songs from Michael Huang's Fantasy Reborn series. It's a spoof of Nobuo Uematsu's classics.

Speaking of people who's names you can't pronounce - I interviewed for 2 hours with Dr. Heng Ban. He has a project that I may end up working on. It deals with heat transfer from rivers to the stream beds below. The Blackfoot river - up here in Logan, and the Virgin river. So if I get to it properly - I may end up taking a trip down south to collect data. That won't be for quite some time, though.

I bump into Caitlyn up here every week or so. I've exposed her to some of Logan's low-lifes. She takes it all in swing, naturally.

My roommates are all pretty good. Each is distinct - like one raisin from another, but they're all decent (unlike raisins).

I haven't snogged a girl for a while... going on 4 1/2 months. <-- Which I take as a sign of my maturing. Or a general increase in apathy, but as I'm dating often, the former makes more sense.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Words concerning Logan.

So now that I'm back where I belong, I thought I'd jot down a note or two. No pictures yet - I still haven't finished unpacking my room. Those will come once I get all my techno stuff organized accordingly. With some help from WingMan, I should be up and running on my SATA drive soon, and then I'll really be able to lock myself in my room and save the world simultaneously.

So to answer the questions that everyone has - due to my single status, no - I'm not married. I've got my eye on a certain sheila who will remain anonymous at this time (as this blog is referenced from my other accounts - don't want to prematurely scare anyone).

I'm now in the 54th ward instead of the 59th. I'll be heading to Brigham City to do some work in an environmental lab today. I'll work there Tuesdays and Thursdays until I get on doing research for a professor named Dr. Ban - most likely. Again, premature. The research from what I hear has to do with radiation heat transfer through rivers including the Virgin. So if I get it, I may be heading down to Southern Utah to run some tests.

I have already slept through 3 of my classes. Math 5610, MAE 5300 and ENGR 5500. Not that big of a deal. I went on the first day, so I caught the syllabus, and know the jist of them all. I'll catch up this weekend if I need. Beside those classes (Computational Linear Algebra, Mechanical Vibrations, and High Performance Computing respectively), I have Beginning Billiards, Art Symposium, and two institute classes: The Gospel and World Religions coupled with Marriage Prep.

So that's the main story. We broke most of my favorite boomerangs at our opening boomerang toss off yesterday. I'll repair the good ones and make more.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Upgrading an IDE compatible DVD-RW...

This one's for the Piemer:

First off- the gameplan:
The idea is to pull the cover of your computer off - and pull out your CD drive to replace it with something better. Here's a good site of what you should probably buy:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228
-See, about $20.

There are two kinds of disc drives. One plugs into your computer's motherboard with a cable called an IDE. It's an older kind of cable - but still in a lot of computers. The newer ones use a SATA cable. And they can get more expensive - $40 or so. Mine was still only $20 and it's a SATA. I understand that Lite-On makes pretty good ones too. You don't have to buy the one above - the key thing is that you buy one that is an IDE- not a SATA. Check the reviews if you want to get picky.

If you look at the back of this disc drive - you'll see why you need to be IDE:
Hopefully you can see the line where it's pointing to the IDE/PATA connection. The SATA connection is dinky and kinda "L" shaped. So if you buy the wrong one - you'd know it.

Notice also the 4-pin power connection. You'll need to worry about those two plugs. The stuff on the left is just fancy - and I don't think I'd even plug it in - unless it's obvious where it goes.

Secondly - the process:

Removing the case:

Since your case is exactly like mine - this should be easy.

You'll see four little screws holding in the two side-plates of the computer. You'll want to remove all four and take off both plates.

This is the plate most nerds take off - because this side faces into the motherboard (not the back of the motherboard). It will just slide out.

Locating the Drive, Power Converter, and Connection to the Motherboard:

Here's the target. Think of where the disc drive opens from - this is the whole thing. In my picture, it's a lighter gray box with two wirings coming out of it. The banded wire that's red is my SATA. And the other bundle is my power supply. See- only two wirings to worry about.

Here's a closer look at those two wires. Instead of the red (kinda looks pink in this photo), you'll have a wide band of wires. (Look at the picture of the drive from Newegg up above- see how wide the IDE port is?) But the other colored bundle will plug into yours just like mine. That's your 4-pin power. Most of those power harnesses are white, though. Mine is just black and fancy looking because I actually had to buy another power converter.

Which is what this is. See the box with the slots in in and a whole bunch of wires coming out of it? That's my power converter. Yours will be slightly smaller and probably have white ends to the bundles instead of black ones like mine. When you wire things - it's a good idea to get those zip-ties. Loose wires can foul things up if the fans can move them. Also - anything that has fins on it is going to be hot. (I recommend you pull yours apart with the power off - I screw around with mine while it's on all the time - but that's because I'm an idiot.)

Switching out the disc drives:

If you look closely in this photo - you'll see two tiny screws that hold the drive in place. You'll have to take out the two on this side and the two on the other.

Then you'll have to flip up the plastic tabs on each side (3 per side) and slide the front cover off. It's not too tricky. With the front cover off and the side screws out - you can unplug your disc drive and slide it out.

This would be a good time to use some computer-cleaner. It's usually compressed air with some type of nonsense that will freeze your hand and turn white if you flip the bottle up-side down. Tetraflourethane is the common chemical - but they're using other ethanes now. Anyway- you can find this stuff at Lins or anywhere. You'd probably want to pick some up while you're waiting for your Newegg part. You can spray anything with it and it won't hurt it. It's made mostly for the fans and fins. When they get older, they build up dust and don't cool as well. So blast away!

Once you slide your new one in - you'll have to plug it in. Mine plugs in as seen above. Yours will be different - mainly because you've got an IDE port instead of a SATA. See those two red bands? That's my DVD burner and my hard-drive. (I've got two empty slots under those two that are filled.) The big ASUS band that's black and blue is the old drive that you had in this computer. It's an IDE drive. So yours will clip in to a longer slot like the blue plug I've got now. You'll probably have a few slots. If there's more than one - you'll probably want it in a #2 or so. Typically your hard-drive is in the first slot so it can more easily boot first. -Sorry, lost control of the nerdliness. One other thing to notice in this picture, is that the band in the blue plug actually has a plug half-way down the band. It's reflecting light and has the tag attached to it that says ASUS. These bands used to have one plug that would connect to your motherboard, and then TWO other ones (sometimes called the slave and the master, or the slave and the primary) - anyway, where you're only plugging one drive in - just use the two plugs on the ends of the band. Skip the middle one.

(The easiest way to make sure you've got things plugged where they need to is to just use your old wires. You don't have to use the new ones unless you notice a vast difference [some of the 40-wire bands are now 80-wire for better speed]. The power cable will probably have a plug along the middle of the wires. Really, either of them will work. I think I've got a couple drives plugged into the same power bundle in mine right now.)

Piecing it back together:

When you're connected to the power (remember the photos above?) and your motherboard, you should put the front plate back on and slide up your drive to where you want it before you tighten your side screws. Make sure all loose wiring is taken care of.

I'd turn the sucker back on, and make sure you can read a cd before I'd put the whole case back on. There's a chance you may have it plugged in wrong or so. It's better to check before you put all the cosmetics back.

So after that, just put the two sides back in, and screw them in the back. Don't give the old drive to the duffer - it has a laser in it that can be focussed for longer-distance destruction. (Ask Alex Chamberlain about popping balloons with a CD laser from across the room.)

Finally - the burning:

By now you should have an operating DVD burner (it does CDs too- it's kinda implied now) for your computer. There might be a disc that it comes with that will install the software. (Each new piece of hardware has a "driver" that tells the computer what it is, and how it works. So the driver for your DVD burner will need to be installed.) Sometimes Windows XP will just find the driver it needs, and you're sweet. Other times, you've got to put the disc in. No big deal.

After it's done installing the software (it will usually ask you to restart your computer once or twice [this has to do with the booting - something called the computer's bios]), you should be able to burn. It might come with a fancy burning suite or it might not. Either way, you should be able to right-click the drive and tell it to set-up to burn. Or most likely - just plop an empty disc in there, and it'll know what to start. Drag, Drop, Click "Burn". And you're done.

Oh - one side-note about burning discs. Most of the music ones are done with a "close" option set automatically. A disc might not play in your DVD player or your CD player if it hasn't been "closed". It'll work on a computer - and seem like it's burned fine, but it won't work elsewhere. Closing is like sealing the disc - meaning that you won't add any more to it. Even Re-Writable discs can be closed - then they can't be re-written to. So keep an eye out for that if you start having problems with them playing in different places.

Ya! Reedee Romp.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Who's the nerd that...?

So since I'm still partly living a college lifestyle, I happen to be awake at 1 in the morning. Typical, really. But don't worry- I napped after church from approximately 2:30 to 9. So I'll be fine.

Anyway, the point of this blog is to complain. It seems ridiculous to me that the nerds who created Blogspot have not created a comment notice. Meaning that someone may comment on a picture of mine from two months ago - and I'll never know it unless I sort back through prior rubbish. Needless to say, all the questions we ask in comments are really lame (Beth, yours in particular come to mind). Why? Because the person you ask the question of will probably never notice it. And if they do - are they supposed to comment back on their own blog (which is a weird concept) or comment on the blog of the commenter (assuming they have a blog) answering the question and seeming all too unattached to whatever the subject of the commenter's blog?

Read that paragraph again, and it will make sense. If you must - grab napkins and scribble down "Blogger A" and "Blogger B" and try to imagine the typing interaction. Visual aids.

So in retrospect, I'd like to announce a cyber-service project to everyone who reads this. Which is: go back and read through the comments of your lastest 3 blogs. I've commented on some of them, and since you won't know it - here's your flashing red light.

As for those of you who will actually fulfill this odd request and happen to find nothing, go ahead and feel excluded. That just means that I didn't find anything cyber-gnarly enough to the point where I felt the need to comment. Or it could mean that I just don't look at anything you write.

So due to the programming and internet protocol nonsense that we as lazy Americans (the one's who don't visit each other, but just sent a quick note on occasion) put up with, I surrender to the point of assigning each of you a task. For those who are quick to forget, I repeat the cyber-service project: go back and read through the comments of your lastest 3 blogs.

And being the author of this idea, I hereby declare myself immune to any such requests from any of you. As with playing tag in elementary school - there are no "touch backs".

Thursday, July 10, 2008

An update.

So, I realize that it has been an entire month since my last tid-bits. And so an update may be appropriate. Mind you, most of the immediate fam has seen me in the last couple of weeks, as I had a factory shut-down break from work.

Alas, as we all continue our semi/psuedo busy schedules, it behooves us to write. And so I do.

Firstly, work: I've been dipping in and out with stranger hours as I realize what tasks need to be done. I don't like it when I have nothing to do - so I try to create and plan ahead. Today, for example, I finished defining a test matrix that we will run in about a week. It will confirm some of the correlations that I've been working on in the past two months. Bungee stretches and bar bends. Also, I designed something out of 1018 alloy steel (heat-treated and cooled to Rockwell 50 hardness) which I tenderly call a "hook release". Our bungee sled had been released with a ball-bearing a groove (like an air-hose), but that would slip on occasion, and scare the daylights out of us. We have blocks in place for such an occasion, but we wanted to re-design the release - in a way that we could view the fatigue of the steel. Anyway, that became my errand, and it's getting priced and fabbed this week. I'm guessing it'll run them $2000-$3000, but I could be off. Other than that, I've just been doing some analysis of the data we get, and a few cosmetics of it so we can present it to the big wigs.

http://users.tpg.com.au/users/mpaine/vtruck1.jpg
This is called an MDB (Movable Deformable Barrier) impact. This picture is actually for a curtain airbag - but you get the idea.

Secondly, school: I'm still debating whether to plan for an escape this December with my bachelor's (technically it'll be a bachelor's of Mechanical Engineering with a Computational Emphasis and a minor in Mathematics) or to continue on to a master's. I think it will most likely be a decision I make this upcoming semester. Which means, I better study and take the darn GRE. I've nearly completed my FAFSA, and I'm wondering how much school I can afford, since I've spent more this summer not living at home.

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Big Blue the Aggie.

Thirdly, spending: I just bought a digital keyboard (not for a computer, but a digial piano keyboard) so I can keep up my fun. I know there was talk of snagging one for my birthday - but since I already have one coming, scratch that. I wouldn't mind a cheap printer, however. So there's a tip.

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This is the one I have coming. I think it'll work alright for me.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=706117V

Fourthly, wife: I was recently hounded by my bishop - who also happens to be the institute director, about dating girls just so they know that there are good guys out there. I think nearly every card has been played to try to motivate me into a marriage. I'm not dating anyone at the moment, mind you I'll be taking a damsel to listen to Elder Hales this weekend. The funny thing is, one of my buddies called me up the other day, just to catch up - and he gave the typical casual nonsense topics, which at the college level include the topic of dating/marriage, and he seemed to think that I sounded like it won't be long for me. Weird. Mamma Sweet says this is the year of the ring for me as well. We'll see.



I'd have to die my hair.

That being said, I figure you know enough of what's going on with me.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Haps

So since I haven't put anything up here lately, I figured I was due. It's the least I could do after all the duffer-Lake-Powell pics.

Here's what I've been doing in the big O:

1 - Hiking up Waterfall Canyon with the ward.










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2 - Rigging a pinewood derby car:


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3 - Bowling:

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4 - Visiting the Punjabbers:





Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More Pictures...

So I snagged some pictures of Noah while I swung through.


He found the sprinkler outside. Crazy duffer. Wouldn't come in from the cold.

These are my new quarters. Room's dinky, but the house is big.

Every good nerd leaves his computer to pack last. That way you can crank your tunes or whatnot. Notice the camera, day planner, and DS left for the end...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Operation: Autoliv

So here's the low-down on Autoliv...

They do airbags mostly. Some other restraining stuff for car safety, but mostly airbags. There's a few of us who're interning there. I drew the long straw. I'm in the dynamic lab module. For laymen, I'm working on a sled that gets pulled with some 77' bungee cords (we use 14 of them), and smashed into random objects - poles, deformable barriers and the like. We use two high-speed cameras to record the action, and about 12-15 accelerometers. I take the data and integrate it to something useful to figure out our braking system. Which consists of a huge metal battering-ram (called the "thorn") that smashes through a whole bunch of steel bars. The bars end up getting shaped like "U"s (or omegas- for the greek). The sled weighs a little shy of 4000 lbs when it's fully loaded with the dummy.

Here's the thing I though was funny - we had to have another dummy shipped from Detroit. It came in yesterday, and it was all sorts of packaged up with bubble-wrap, plastic coating, protective foam... I stood there and thought "Were they afraid the truck hauling this thing was going to wreck? It's a crash-test-dummy for crying out loud!" Anyway, those things can cost anywhere from 80-200 grand depending on the instrumentation - so I guess it's a good thing to protect, eh?

So far, they've been having me work on the bungee acceleration (so we can hit target speeds of 20mph, 25mph, 35mph depending on the test) and the brake bars. The bungee acceleration should be a simple force balance F = m*a = k*x. The nonsense they teach us in school - the "k" is called the "spring constant". Problem is, from our data, it's not really a constant. No biggie, we're just going to have to make a chart and correlate it, right? Cinch. The brake bars on the other hand, would mess with the minds of many a professor. They're not too bad when they're supported with only two points and the thorn hitting the center, but they're not. They're wedged between four points - which takes the "simply supported beam" theory (the only stuff they teach in school) and screws it all up with some crazy physics. So I decided I'd forget theory and just use our data to get some correlation. I'm currently hunting down the relationship between bar thickness (when stacked or staged) and average bar energy absorption rate. Sounds fancy, but all it means is that the bigger bars bend less and slow down the same.

So there's a tid-bit of the nonsense I do. I've also made a few boomerangs in strange shapes. One is shaped like the Aggie "A". It works. I'm that good.

I've been running. Slow and short.

Haven't married yet.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Operation: Ogden

So the new plan is to survive the Ogden-ites. I'll be moving my stuff out of Logan this Monday. I'm going to live in a place ran by a guy named Ron Perry. It's right by Weber State Uni. I'll room with 5 people, one of which is another good nerd who'll work at Autoliv with me as an intern. His name is Jeff White. He's from West Valley.

This Saturday I'm going to the Red Head and Brittany's wedding reception. I'll swap Adam vehicles and pack up a little uhaul or the like for Monday's move. I'll start at Autoliv Monday the 12th. I'll be working on airbags and seat belts mostly, I think.

So that's the update. There's a good place to eat in Ogden called Jim's Burgers, and I've found a park near the university that is big enough for some dangerous boomerang experiments.

Monday, April 21, 2008

College life in the small L.

So I figured since Marvin is putting up all sorts of weird pictures of her innerds, I may as well type a few jots about life in Logan. Most podunk students use facebook for all their online-journaling/stalking needs, but to follow the trend of this family, I'll comply to the blogger.

Most of these photos will be snagged from my facebooking.

This was our first attempt of boomeranging. The aggie A and American flag counteract the aussieness of the pic. I'll put in some pictures and video regarding the boomers in another blog.


Baby-sitting WingMan at the lake - Spring Break.


This was at a Ward Prayer. We played a song together and all (except WingMan) dressed up. Spike and I played guitar, Dan on the harmonica, Rich (brown suit) played the tin whistle, and Wing spoke the lyrics in his deep voice. We're supposed to get ready a little somethin'-somethin' for the upcoming talent show...


My buddy Scott Klein and I played in a wee tennis tourney last semester before the snow hit. We lost.


I had just bowled a 160+ at the lanes. Mandy started this weekly bowling night of which I am typically the champion. Last week, I threw down a 167 with the two-finger spin.

This was a girls soccer game that we got duded up for. Face-paint and sombreros made a difference in the second half - if we'd arrived earlier, we could have guaranteed a win.


This was a 70's party at my buddy Blake's (he's in the yellow sweater) house.


Bowling night - that's Patrick (Patty-cakes) on the left. My shirt says, "This is how I roll".


Building a computer - that's an ASUS videocard I'm putting in on the top, and I'm showing off the guts of the beast on the bottom - an Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 3.0 ghz processor. Notice that we had to upgrade the power converter, which is what's about to fall off the box.

Old Main Hill - we built some sleds using some DI skis and some old kitchen swivle chairs. I'm on the front about to go 6' in the air, and Dan's on the back. Kyle is in the background taking pictures from the otherside.

So there you have it - incase you've been wondering what the life of a nerd in college is all about. I'm probably getting worse grades than I should for this nonsense, but I'll graduate.