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Saturday, January 9th, 2010
6:08 pm
Adjusting a writing sample...
Adjusting a previously written paper for submission as your writing sample is a nerve wracking experience. In part because you don't know exactly what the readers are looking for in your writing. I talked with my undergrad advisor/mentor friend at the school and she agreed that I should submit not only the 7 page paper I'm fiddling with but also one of the extremely densely written Philosophy in Literature short papers I wrote for one of the more demanding professors.

Hopefully between the two papers my application will pass muster on the writing sample side.

Then I just have to worry about the GRE.

Always something. :)
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
7:57 pm
class today
If you ever want to really get this stuff... teach it...

My class went well today.
I might just get the hang of teaching this stuff ;)

For the first time I think I successfully explained weight and balance to people the first time through.
The photocopied handout from the 152 PIM I made for them was very useful and we worked some problems..

Then I taught them how to use the paper e6b flight computer...
Nobody had ever used a circular slide rule (and it'd been a while for me) but they were all amazed at how easy it was to really use..
I walked them through several problems. Then pointed out how there was a built in cheat sheet on the front of the e6b.
All good stuff.. They can use some more practice with it (as can I ) but are doing well.

Then we delved into pilotage and dead reckoning. So I taught them the basics on figuring a course on a chart..
I had them snap a line, pick out a checkpoint.
Then how to figure their course with their plotter, that was fun, but they got it in the end.
Then how to adjust it based on isogonic lines to get their magnetic heading when they flew on a calm wind day. (wind triangles are for another day!!!)

THEN I blew their mind.
I asked them.. how far was it between the two points...
Pointed at the scale on their plotter, they got the idea, measured it with the scale and they wrote it down..
I then asked them.. you are flying at 100 knots, how long will it take you to get from this airport to that one (on their line)
They blinked owlishly at me....
I smiled, said... look at the front of your e6b, the answer is there...
Then they realized they had two of the three pieces needed for the time/distance problem, turned the dials and lined things up and read out the answer...
I swear, the room got brighter, I saw 3 light bulbs light up in the room over their heads....

that is the best thing to see/feel :)

we ended on that note.
Next up is VORs, that'll be a fun one for them (chuckle)

They said that of all the things that frightened them about the course the paper e6b was the biggest fear for them.
That'd I'd tamed the tiger for them today, they couldn't hardly believe it worked.
I told them that nearly everybody hates the e6b when first exposed to it
But with a bit of practice, it comes together

a good day
Friday, October 27th, 2006
8:24 am
thought for the day..
found on the company intranet server...

there is a time when we must firmly choose the course which we will follow or the endless drift of events will make the decision for us
Herbert Prochnow

I'm listening.....
Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
10:15 am
Friday, December 24th, 2004
12:23 pm
and because it's the season!
And because latin should be vocally shared!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in latin, and in latin/english.


enjoy everyone!

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
8:56 am
and it's announced!
look here! http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/muggles/whassup/news.asp?pageNo=1&pagePos=1&s=1

Book 6 is announced. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will be on the shelves on July 16, 2005

Now we just have to wait another 6 and a half months to find out what happens next!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
11:27 am
a light tracery of silver frost
This morning we had our first freeze of the year here in Dallas/Fort Worth. We had a light feathery tracing of frost this morning on everything. It was fairly heavy on the windshields of the cars.

On the drive in this morning I watched in wonder as the frost steamed off of the black plastic erosion barriers as they warmed suddenly in the early morning sunlight. They steamed so much it looked almost as if a set of misters had been installed overnight. Turning a construction eyesore into a magical construct.

Low lying ground fog, hovering just over the grass as seen from the road, it wasn't more than a few feet thick. Under, the grass sparkled with a tracery of silver frost, a bright blanket of white of the low fog right above it, contrasted against the bright blue sky on the crisp morning.

The early morning light was amazing, the frost turning the most mundane things into magical realms. A stack of rail-road ties, highlighted against the trees, their rugged textured surfaces in silvery sparkles. Looking across the yard and being able to tell our early morning animals have walked. Watching the horses, brown, clean, and strong walk along their bright silver field.

I may live in the city, but when you travel the back roads to avoid the freeway backups, a wonderful fantasy world awaits you on early frosty mornings. You just have to take the time to look, to feel, to experience.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
7:58 am
Friday, October 29th, 2004
4:01 pm
I shouldn't watch Minority Report
Okay, this is silly...

At home, I have a g3 with two 17 inch lcd monitors. At work I have a single 19 inch tube on my xp box. At work it's starting to get annoying when I want just a few more things open and keep wanting to toss part of the work over to a second screen like I do at home. Problem is, I don't have a second screen at work.

Now, at home, you would think everything is peachy keen. However, I've been playing with learning Old English and attempting a translation of part of Beowulf on my own.

So, I have my document open, and one browser on one online dictionary, then a second browser on a different dictionary, and a 3rd....

Things get messy.

I know I could just use browser tabs, but it is nice to be able to just glance at everything at once and compare them without having to switch screens around all the time. The problem is, I run out of screen real estate even on a pair of 17 lcds. So I found myself today thinking, what if I had 2 banks of 17 inch lcd monitors, then I could put things all over the other 3 windows and they would be a simple grab away and easy to see at a glance.

This is the way to madness. Just 2 more screens.. (for now........) No matter how much desktop real estate you have, you'll always grow to want just one (or two!) more screen. /sigh

Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, October 24th, 2004
6:08 pm
what? 2 posts in one day?
How can this be?!?!

Had to post. I just bought a new Apple pro keyboard for my old B&W g3. It has such a nice feel. My old keyboard was the original one that came with the g3 when it was made. It has a lot of years and miles on it. This one is SO much more responsive to keystrokes! It felt like I was having to slam the keys/hit them just right and square in order to not miss characters when I was typing.

la la la la la la!

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a keyboard junkie. I am a fast typist, and learned to type in high-school on an old IBM Selectric. Needless to say, I hate mushy keyboards as well as stiff, stodgy keyboards. This Apple keyboard has a nice feel, there is enough action that it provides feedback when I'm typing, but it's not so stiff that I have to really manhandle it to be able to type. It doesn't rattle when you type either like a lot of cheap keyboards do.

Not bad for a USB keyboard. I looked at the wireless one that Apple makes, but my old G3 doesn't have bluetooth and I'm not about to try to add a card to support it. I'll leave the bluetooth keyboard for my next Mac.

Anyway, I'll go back to being my normal quite self now. A week and a half to go before I can register for the spring semester!

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
8:35 am
so, we should worry about this man?
hrmm.. Maybe I'm missing something.


according to this news story, a London to Washington DC flight was diverted to Main today because while it was in flight, Yusuf Islam was on board. Usuf Islam is better known in the states by his stage name. Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens is on the federal watch list. They said that they'll put him on the first available plane back to London.

How is Cat Stevens a threat to our country, our government? Sure, in the far distant past of the late 80's he supported the Ayatollah Khomeini's death sentence against Salman Rushdie. Since then he has spoken out against the Sept 11 attack, and even the seizure in Beslan, Russia. He's on record as saying "No right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: The Quran equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity."

Maybe it's a mistake in the list. Much like the mistake that caught Ted Kennedy recently. But, unlike Mr. Kennedy, Cat Stevens can't just ring up the Department of Homeland defense and say, "Hey, you've made a mistake, take me off the watch list"

This on the same day as the announcement of a new government program to have the airlines turn over passenger data to run through a government built database of individuals we should be worried about. This is bothersome, worrying.

Who watches the watchers?

Current Mood: angry
Friday, September 17th, 2004
10:24 am
Innocence is out
The long awaited sequel Ghost in the Shell 2:Innocence is out today. It appears to be playing at a fair number of theaters in the US (for theartrical anime that is).

go here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347246/cinemashowtimes and you will be able to see if it is showing someplace near you.

Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, September 5th, 2004
8:55 pm
Two muppets named Top Scientists
Congrats to Dr. Bunson Honeydew and Beaker!


Couldn't happen to two more deserving muppets.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
10:57 am
as florida buckles down for the storm
this shows up on the discover website..


According to this article, if the Cape suffers a dirrect hit, it could be the end for the shuttle program.

Even with all the problems the shuttle program has, this would be a sad thing. Yes, NASA needs to seriously look towards the future of manned spaceflight and develope some seriously new technology. I am afraid that were the Cape to suffer severe damage that congress would just shut down NASA, or at least the manned spaceflight arm of NASA. What is it that Jerry Pournelle said once? "I always dreamed I'd live to see the first man walk on the moon. I never imagined I'd live to see the last." At least as far as NASA is concerned, if it loses a major portion of the space center to the hurrican or the resulting tidel surge, you can pretty much bet that they won't be the ones going back to the moon. Congress will see to that.

I guess one of the biggest problems I see with this article is with the site security aspect. I mean, they tell us that usually NASA would leave some 140 folks around to keep tabs on things, for this storm, they'll leave maybe 12, if that many. Come on folks! Do you advertise that you are leaving the facility unsecured, even with a cat 4 level storm coming your way?)

So now I guess we get to sit tight, and cross our fingers, and hope that everything holds together. At least there isn't one on the launchpad having to face the storm.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
4:23 pm
gmail invites?
If anybody on my friends list want them, I have 4 gmail invites to disperse.

Let me know and they are yours.

Current Mood: awake
Saturday, August 14th, 2004
8:39 pm
it's been a busy day today.. first off, weekend work on the network at the office...

Then home to get ready to go to a graduation. One of my dearest friends today walked across the stage and received both her Bachelors, as well as her MBA today. Congrats ariel817

You worked hard for them, and rightly deserve them. I knew you could do it. /grin

now I sit here watching my mac finish it's software update and look at this mess of a desk.... (I've SO got to get more organized!)

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, August 6th, 2004
11:33 am
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
2:02 pm
a sad picture of state...
saw this from paen over on creativephoto

everyone should read this.

This is really sad. America is becoming more and more a police state that is being run by profile. If you don't match the "norm" (whatever that is anymore) then you'd better be ready to explain yourself, your actions, AND provide ID.

The link takes you to a photographers page and the problems he has been having while attempting to complete class assignments in a public place. Makes for a pretty scary read really.

It saddens me.

Current Mood: sad
Sunday, July 18th, 2004
10:56 am
just got this one in IM from ariel817
If you like political humor at all... :)


It'll have you in stiches, I promise.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, July 16th, 2004
2:14 pm
hrmm.. not sure I agree
But ceal seems to think it's good for me

I am The High Priestess

The High Priestess poses a challenge to you to go deeper - to look beyond the obvious, surface situation to what is hidden and obscure. She also asks you to recall the vastness of your potential and to remember the unlimited possibilities you hold within yourself. The High Priestess can represent a time of waiting and allowing. It is not always necessary to act to achieve your goals. Sometimes they can be realized through a stillness that gives desire a chance to flower within the fullness of time.

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Current Mood: curious
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