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Am I missing?
Wow, been a while.
Wow I’ve been busy.

Been working on Senior Design and other class activities. Our senior design paper is already over 50 pages long – and this is the first draft and we are missing a ton of data (Many topics are only 1 page blank fillers). We’re guess that we will have over 100 pages alone in our paper and at least that many again in appendixes.
Tomorrow we give a mid-term presentation on what we have done and where we are going with the topics – and that presentation is over 50 slides itself.

Tomorrow is also the Engineering Expo – and I sort of ended up spear heading the Industrial Engineering Departments involvement with that – so tonight I had fun setting up various experiments I’ve done the last 3 years so that k-12 students can have fun with them tomorrow. Had to be careful to – as I had to choose experiment that are not only save – but indestructible, understandable, and fun for the given age groups. Not to mention keeping the expensive stuff away from them!

Been filling [the little] free time I’ve had with reading and writing some – I’ve got a pretty long letter for somebody in the works right now. Excited about my job – and I have a mild case of ‘senioritious’ setting in I think. You know – that ‘sickness’ when you’ve completed everything you need and just sort of ‘slide’ the rest of the way to home plate. Need to find a way to combat that one here sometime.

Had some time to talk and hang out with friends as well to stay sane

Just funnny…

As a rule I never pass on forwards – but I got this one today and I needed to put it somewhere!
I haven’t laughed this much in a while.
Also, I watched waaaaaay to much StarWerk (as my parents called it) when I was younger, I haven’t seen an episode in months – even though it’s still on TV here pretty much from 10am to 3pm every day.

Top 10 Things I Hate About Star Trek

10. Noisy doors.
  You can’t walk three feet in a starship without some door whooshing or screeching at you. My office building has automatic sliding doors. They’re dead silent. If those doors went “wheet!” every time a person walked through them, about once a month some guy in accounting would snap and go on a shooting rampage. Sorry Scotty, the IEEE has revoked your membership until you learn to master WD-40
9. The Federation.
  This organization creeps me out. A planet-wide government that runs everything, and that has abolished money. A veritable planetary DMV. Oh sure, it looks like a cool place when you’re rocketing around in a Federation Starship, but I wonder how the guy driving a Federation dump truck feels about it?

And everyone has to wear those spandex uniforms. Here’s an important fact: Most people, you don’t want to see them in spandex. You’d pay good money to not have to see them. If money hadn’t been abolished, that is. So you’re screwed.

8. Reversing the Polarity.
  For cripes sake Giordi, stop reversing the polarity of everything! It might work once in a while, but usually it just screws things up. I have it on good authority that the technicians at Starbase 12 HATE that. Every time the Enterprise comes in for its 10,000 hour checkup, they’ve gotta go through the whole damned ship fixing stuff. “What happened to the toilet in Stateroom 3?” “Well, the plumbing backed up, and Giordi thought he could fix it by reversing the polarity.”

Between Scotty’s poor lubrication habits and Geordi’s damned polarity reversing trick, it’s a wonder the Enterprise doesn’t just spontaneously explode whenever they put the juice to it.

7. Seatbelts.
  Yeah, I know this one is overdone, but you’d think that the first time an explosion caused the guy at the nav station to fly over the captain’s head with a good 8 feet of clearance, someone would say, “You know, we might think of inventing some furutistic restraining device to prevent that from happening.” So of course, they did make something like that for the second Enterprise (the first one blew up due to poor lubrication), but what was it? A hard plastic thing that’s locked over your thighs. Oh, I’ll bet THAT feels good in the corners. “Hey look! The leg-bars worked as advertised! There goes Kirk’s torso!”
6. No fuses.
  Every time there’s a power surge on the Enterprise the various stations and consoles explode in a shower of sparks and throw their seatbelt-less operators over Picard’s head. If we could get Giordi to stop reversing the polarity for a minute, we could get him to go shopping at the nearest Starship parts store and pick up a few fuses. And while he’s shopping, he could stop at an intergalactic IKEA and pick up a few chairs for the bridge personnel. If you’re going to put me in front of a fuseless exploding console all day, the least you could do is let me sit down.
5. Rule by committee.
  Here’s the difference between Star Trek and the best SF show on TV last year:

Star Trek:

Picard: “Arm photon torpedoes!”
Riker: “Captain! Are you sure that’s wise?”
Troi: “Captain! I’m picking up conflicting feelings about this! And, it appears that you’re a ‘fraidy cat.”
Wesley: “Captain, I’m just an annoying punk, but I thought I should say something.”
Worf: “Captain, can I push the button? This is giving me a big Klingon warrior chubby.”
Giordi: “Captain, I think we should reverse the polarity on them first.”
Picard: “I’m so confused. I’m going to go to my stateroom and look


Captain: “Let’s shoot them.”
Crewman: “Are you sure that’s wise?”
Captain: “Do you know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I’ll BEAT YOU WITH until you realize who’s in command.”
Crewman: “Aye Aye, sir!”

4. A Star Trek quiz:
  Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and ‘Ensign Gomez’ beam down to a planet. Which one isn’t coming back?
3. Technobabble.
  The other night, I couldn’t get my car to start. I solved the problem by reversing the polarity of the car battery, and routing the power through my satellite dish. The resulting subspace plasma caused a rift in the space-time continuum, which created a quantum tunnelling effect that charged the protons in the engine core, thus starting my car. Child’s play, really. As a happy side-effect, I also now get the Disney Channel for free.
2. The Holodeck.
  I mean, it’s cool and all. But do you really believe that people would use it to re-create Sherlock Holmes mysteries and old-west saloons?
1. The Prime Directive.
  How stupid is this? Remember when Marvin the Martian was going to blow up the Earth, because it obstructed his view of Venus? And how Bugs Bunny stopped him by stealing the Illudium Q36 Space Modulator? Well, in the Star Trek universe, Bugs would be doing time. Probably in a room filled with Roseanne lookalikes wearing spandex uniforms, walking through doors going WHEET! all day. It would be hell. At least until the Kaboom. The Earth-shattering Kaboom.


Ah, A good day.
Spent most of the week working my butt off on Senior Design stuff.
Decided to pretty much go from Friday to Sunday without doing a thing related to school.

Spent Friday evening out hanging out with some friends and even had dinner with the lot of them. Didn’t get home until about 2:30am last night – was watching a movie with the guys (didn’t even go to the bars).
Spent most of today lounging around in my room, reading some books, watching some TV, and playing some video games among other things.

Church in the morning, followed by a little bit of homework I do need to get done – then I think I might try and finish out the weekend by tiring to repeat today.

Defiantly one of the most relaxing days I’ve had in a very long time.

Mississippi page done

Mississippi Trip page is done!

Spent 7 hours tonight in a lab working on the senior design project.
Need to get some time away from that tonight yet!

And the Final Countdown to Graduation Starts

Grduation: T-Minus 7 weeks.

Quick Week!
Wow – piling it on this week!
OK, so the job is all set, tentative start date is Monday June 5th.
Spent 3 hours last night at the Purpose Driven Life study. (an hour ‘pre-meeting meeting), 1 hour official meeting, and a 1 hour ‘after-meeting’ chat with those that stuck around.
Starting in about an hour our senior design team is hammering it out in the lab – right now we expect to be in the lab until around 10pm. (and I’m supposed to be at a FIRST meeting at 6, a music presentation I want to go to at 7pm, and a movie with the Glowing Ministries team at 7pm…) So – I need 4 of ‘me’ tonight.

I have an almost completed page on the Mississippi trip – I hope to have it completed on Thursday evening.

Still haven’t really seen the full impact of last week on me, but it did have a very big impact in a lot of ways. – More on that later.
On a related side note – one of my classmates got a co-op at Plexus as well, at a different building, but we get to be co-workers for a little bit it would seem.