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. :)

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

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.....

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.

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
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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!
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