8.31.2006

where's the light?

i'm tired... i slept well, i slept in but i'm exhausted...

physics is going to kill me... i should be doing physics but i'm not, HA

thesis topic discussion pushed back a couple weeks... my boss is coming up for a visit... things will be discussed then...

had the first face to face with apt. 1 since i got back yesterday... i was hardly awake and trying to get my ass to class and she had her doggy and she's never talkative when she has her doggie, she always seems too worried about keeping him under control, and she didn't have makeup on yet either so she probably wasn't all there either... so it didn't really go as i had hoped... i get my own doggie up here this weekend...

classes tomorrow then leaving for dayton... i guess i could pack... but i just want to sleep... i think i'll go for a walk in the dark...

8.29.2006

it has begun...

first couple days of class are over...

the physics class scares me so far... i'll need to be drinking multiple red bulls three mornings a week if i want to keep up with this prof...

stochastic analysis doesn't seem too bad yet... but we just went over the syllabus, my first impressions of the prof are positive...

the antenna course is an undergrad course and it has a completely different feel to it... many more students, and they like to dick around a lot during lecture... it should be ok... there's a few other grad students in there... and i know the TA's pretty well... they both sit with me in my office...

wedding problems for phil and hal... pastor called won't marry them if they're living together... i told phil he could stay on my couch for a month or so till the wedding, and this would appease the church... but they're taking it personally and getting pissed off at religion... and this is what drives me nuts about churches... this is a situation they could show some christian compassion, but they put on their holier than thou mask and ruin the flavour for these two people forever.... they don't understand it's the people doing this, not the religion itself... they blame the religion, not the church and all the politics... to them they are one and the same, church = religion... to me a church is just a building and people, often with their heads far up their asses, religion is far deeper and stronger than that... now since one church hurt them they'll forever hate the religion... but i don't' really want to get any deeper into that here...

spent too much money on rx-7 stuff today... but it'll address most of the major problems... door handle, exhaust, and fcd for the turbo and a new starter for the n/a... once it starts reliably i have a buyer, so i'll make all this back then...

trying to setup a meeting later this week with my boss and professors to find a research topic, i'll feel better once i have a concrete topic and when people ask i can tell them what i'm working on....

i'm hungry...

8.27.2006

900 miles later...

what a busy few days... 800 miles later i'm back in michigan waiting for classes to start in the morning... i'm not ready for this, in all honesty i'm ready for the most intense semester of my life... the light at teh end fo the fall semester though is that this is the msot demndding semester of my master's program course wise... only one class in spring.. and two next fall...

after blwoign a few fuses and releasing masgic smoke from the dash my tail lights work again... however the dash lights are still MIA... i spent a fair amount of time this afternoon looking into that... i have no conclusions yet...but with the tail lights workingi can drive at night... i use a LED keychainot light the dash for me... i can deal with that for the time being...

i may have found a door handle to buy.. the guy is supposed to get back to me tomorrow... that'll be good...

the exhaust... i need to replace that... i hate starting it up at the apartment coplex.. it's so farking loud... i could deal with the the n/a's exhasut... but not this this...the exhaust will set me back a fair amount.. but my summer job was good to me...

the clutch is still rough... i got sort of used to it... but then i went back to driving the sunfire and i coudln't drive that right for the first ten minutes... this is going to be interesting.. i'll have to alternate weeks or something...

i have to get oil changes every 500 miles... today at vavoline they found it necessary to tell me i shoudl have swapped a v8 into her instead of having the motor rebuilt... everyone tells me that... and everyone brings it up likes its some great original idea... i'd rather die than do that... people don't understand that though...i drive a rx-7 because it doesn't have a conventional engine... i known it doesn't make sense financially, but it makes sense to me... and if someone doens't understand that i can't explain it to them... but that is really one of my buttons...

i cleaned my apartment today... the mold under the fridge wasn't as bad as i had feared... the fridge has copious amount of water forming near the bottom inside... i tookoutthe bottom shelf and drawrs to better monitor the situation... at this pointi have no idea where it is coming fomr... i don't see anything exposed that would cause condensation...

in my fridge was a butter container with five month old hummus my sister had made... it was about to explode so i very carefully took it to the dumpster... i was quite fearful of what was trapped inside...

i dusted a lot of things... and i rearranged my desk..i like it alot more now.. i have an "L" desk... and before i sort of had it so i'd go in a corner and be surrounded on three sides... now i have two open sides... and it's just an all around better setup... the desk was too big for me to move by myself so i had to dismantled it slightly, and it was somewhat of an ordeal.. but very much worth it...

i need to hang up a piece of papyrus my grandma got in egypt and had framed for me..i think i'll hang it right over my desk or i'll put it over my couch and move the belgian bridge to over my desk...

i put my old rotor and housing on top of the entertainment center, it looks good there... to me atleast...

my dad sent me a snakes on a plane phone message... it freaked me out... it is a pretty cool once you know that some crazy doesn't know all this stuff about you...

high school reunion... it was neati guess.. i'm glad i went, and i will continue to go to the future ones, even if it is just to see how long and how quickly the high school cliques remain...

i took a new profile picture... i like it... i like howi framed myself.. complete chance, no cropping... i liek the black back ground... it is unaltered expect i smudged the flash reflections from my eyes and glasses, gives it sort of a painting look to it i guess... my eyes look a bit weird when examined closely... and no i'm not wearing lipstick...

8.23.2006

stealth mode...

got the turbo... drove it till it got dark... realized the dash didn't light up... on a whim i decided to pull over and check tail lights... they were not on... so with over 150 miles to go i decided it was in my best interest to find a place to stay and wait for the sun... quick research indicated the switch probably burnt up, a common problem... the headlights still worked though... that was checked before i left... maybe i can swap parts with the n/a... just have to limit driving it to the day till i get it fixed... the inverse vampire of a car...

it makes a shiat load of noise... that's one of the things i'll address quickly stupid ebay fart can welded on there... i dunno what i'm going to replace it with... i just don't want it so farking loud...

she seems very eager... i can't get on her for 2500 miles though... i have to take it easy... she's begging to rev though...

stuff to fix... in order of importance

1. running/dash lights
2. driver door handle
3. fuel cut defender(needs to be installed before i start boosting, prevent detonation at high rpms to prolong engine life)
4. muffler
5. fix the sunroof, if possible
6. scratches and dents

still needs lots of work... but she's got a fresh motor and runs fine, so i have motivation... when the thing didn't run, working on anything else seemed pointless to me...

probably another hour and a half to my grandma's... i feel bad not being able to make it tonight... and i need to do a couple more car things... get an out of state inspection.. most car dealers can do this... i think i'll stop and have this done once i get into town... then take the form i get there to the clerk of courts and get the pennsylvania title turned into an ohio title... i'll ask if i have to register in my home county or if the local registrar could hook me up, if so i'd feel best if i could get that done too...since i'm far from legal right now...

uhhg... i don't even remember what else happened today... i'm ready for bed... at least the hotel has wifi...

8.22.2006

after much thought the title is "turbo salmon"...

it was a pretty slow day... last one for awhile probably...

had my picture taken today so it can be posted on the wall in the engineering building... yay grad students...

ran some errands... got some sand paper for making something fit into something else... wen to sames, got a 32 pack of bottled water... it's pretty cheap there... also got some salmon, pretzels, deodorant and a bottle of pinot grigio...

took hal out to ice cream for her birthday... seemed like a nice thing to do...

my rx-7 is ready to be picked up.. i didn't find out till this evening... i need to make sure hal can still run me down to indiana to pick it up tomorrow... i certainly hope so... things get hairy if i can't get it tomorrow... but i didn't want to bother them tonight, they were going out for a birthday supper and i'm sure they wanted their alone time...

for supper i had some of the salmon, a baked potato, and had a couple glasses of the pinot grig... i tried a creamy dill sauce i found online with the salmon... it was ok but i don't think i'll do it again... it made way too much sauce and the flavour didn't exactly agree with me, too mustardy... next time i think i'll just do lemon juice or something simple... i love me the salmon...

covenant has me completely captivated right now... just makes the anticipation for the show that much more... this verse in particular from the song "Call the Ships to Port" really speaks to me right now... i guess i'm going soft...

"a single spark of passion
can change a man forever
a moment in a lifetime
is all it takes to break him"


arrgh, i'm too anxious to sleep...

8.21.2006

north for the winter...

been awhile... i shouldn't let myself slip like that... it leads to month long gaps...

i'm done working for the summer and i returned to the state i just can't seem to stay away from... i haven't even been here 24 hours yet... but i'm glad to be away from dayton... i was sick of the incessant drama... now i'm the only crazy person i have to deal with at home...

i vacuumed... i need to dust... i cleaned up the counter, i need to run the dish washer...there's black mold or something growing under my fridge... i need to attend to that... it's pretty disgusting...

I've been getting magazines with someone else's name on them... it's a she and she's a doctor... once i get the rest of my mail from phil i'll take them all to the apartment office...

i have my schedule figured out and approved by my advisor for the rest of my master's career... this fall should be the roughest in regards to number and difficulty of classes...

friday night went out to the local goth club... wee... i enjoy most of the music there... one DJ's set friday was probably the best I'd ever heard there... it's fun to pretend one can dance... its pointless to talk to me there though.. my ears don't work well for people voices when there's loud music... my limited experiences with the clubs in detroit, is that they are far better... so i may venture over there some this fall, julia is game sometimes... there are none in lansing which is a shame.. because i really do enjoy hearing my music played somewhere other than my car or apartment...

saturday i cleaned my car and packed... got some clothes and sat around...i did want to see snakes on a plane... but i wanted to go with someone who would appreciate its stupidity... and my sister was working both nights... now i'm not sure if it's worth seeing, since the crowd participation will not be very high any longer, and from what i've read that may be it's only saving grace... hehe...

clothes... i love neutrals... white, black, gray, sometimes brown... colours are slowly being phased out of my wardrobe... i like vertical line pattern and simple square patterns on shirts... i dislike horizontal lines... a lot...

sunday, church, lunch, drive, shop, sleep... i got a six pack and was carded... the cashier was kind enough to tell me i was in her opinion one of the few people that look really good with short hair... then she mentioned her husband had thinning hair too...

hal woke me up with this morning with breakfast which was nice and completely unexpected... she called twice i didn't answer i still mostly asleep then she was knock started knocking... i stopped by the research building said hi to a few people there... none of my professor's were around... i called my advisor and we set up a meeting for 1 to discuss my class schedule...

have not seen apt. 1 yet... plant still in window, floor mat still in place... is that creepy?

i need to go back to school now and get some funding straightened out and then attend a grad student orientation which is not done in the winter, but i was encouraged to attend... at the very least i'll get to meet the new students, and making a shining first impression having not shaved in a week, go me...

8.15.2006

that's right, music...

just a few more days till i get to go back north... everyday i'm more and more ready for it... dayton's gone sour the last couple weeks... when i get home headaches start...

my nomad... i still love it and would be stupid to trade it in for anything else... but it has one odd behavior since the beginning... sometimes, the right channel becomes plagued with static... i'll cycle power and the static will be gone... it confuses me... but other than that it's been a great player... it's survived many drops included flying off a seat during an airplane landing...

today was my mom's birthday... we went out to a nice place to eat and had cake and gave gifts... wee! my sister and i got her a card with cartoon dog alluding he was so excited about the birthday that he pissed himself...

the card turns out to be appropriate since he's having problems pissing outside... my dad goes apeshit when this happens... i don't need all the drama over little things like this...

first weekend in october is going to be marvelous fun, thrusday i'm planning on going to a covenant and rotersand concert in detroit with julia, then friday back to detroit for a kmfdm and combichrist concert with julia and randy... 3 of the 4 bands i really want to see, and it won't even be a chore making it through kmfdm...

the engine is back in the car, they're waiting on the new injectors to arrive which should be tomorrow... if all goes well i should be able to pick it up early next week... then i'll have time to get it inspected and get some temporary tags for it...

8.13.2006

merchant...

i put my old headphones on ebay... also put a couple other things... i like buying used stuff cause it doesn't drop in price very much and you get sick of it and sell it again and maybe only take a hit of a few dollars...

since my senns are going away i'm gong to get an extension cable because the 10' plus cable was nice at times and the shure's don't offer that... but it's an easy fix...

i need a new starter for the n/a 7... it's flaky it works fine some times other times it doesn't... and the connections are all fine... so it just needs replaced... which isn't a big deal just need to find a decent used starter... i bought one last summer but it was junk... i twisted off a stud trying to get a nut off of it... i'll see if banzai racing has one to sell me i'll pick it up when i get my car....

i'm a little more social today...

one week left of work... wee... then a week of crazy running around in two if not three states... i'm very ready to go back... the drama at home has escalated in the past few weeks...

...anti-social...

i got a decent amount of sleep last night... yay.

the descent, it really took me by suprise... the ads tried to hype up the violence... and i guess there was a fair amount of that... i'm not the person to be a judge of that any more though... it stuck out ot me as just being an amazing movie... it was one of the most intense movies i've ever seen... it also strikes me as weird that all of the main characters are women and it's a horror movie, but there is no nudity... i guess partsof it wre a little blair witchy...

today i was very anti-social... i don't know why, but i felt very hateful most of the afternoon... i spent time mentally and verbally with my sister picking apart certain behaviors i observe that annoy the bejesus out of me... none of them are well founded and i'm trying but i can't describe them now... i'm so fickle about others... my mind has just been off today...

i go the n/a 7 starter fixed... then it flaked on me when had stopped at a friends house before continuing to a party... the driveway was not flat and i was able to pop the clutch in reverse while rolling down the hill to start... so i said i was going to go home and swap cars.. but it was a 30 minute drive each way and my sister needed help getting furniture for her apartment so i never went back... which i don't regret since i was not and still am not in a social mood... the car started again fine when i tried a couple times at home...

i'm having problems getting coherent thoughts down...

i watched chasing amy with my sister... it was the first time i really paid much attention to it... my mind used to drift too much while watching movies... it's a miracle i remember anything sometimes... i enjoyed it, and made me feel sappy and wanting someone to love...

i should just sleep and see what dreams i may have... last night in my dreams the girl who has my interest in apartment one had moved out... when i awoke and realized it was a dream i was very relieved...

8.12.2006

the great descent...

i just got back from seeing "the descent" with my sister... and the movie is just fantastic... i didn't expect much but it is the best movie i've seen in a long long time... i'm still in great of awe...

8.10.2006

two day summary...

i still need more sleep... i don't know where i'll ever find it though...

last nighti wen tout and had some beer with my boss, his partner(business), my advisor, and another one of my professors from the north... and they're all absolutely nuts! makes me think i'm in the right field...

going over to a friends to watch the f1 race from sunday... very glad he DVRed it...

i'm gong to introduce him to wonder showzen... the show is pure genius... i hope it gets picked up for a third season... though i'm not holding my breath...

banzai racing updates a webpage ever night of the progress on my car, its really pretty awesome... check it out... i decided on blue plates and silver housings...

wrapping up work... i should have started a little earlier i think... this report is going to get long... my boss is going to leave me onthe pay roll while i'm at school if i want to make a few extra dollars up north i can...

8.07.2006

looking forward...

mondays... uneventful i guess... improved the scanner a bit more... made an outline for our final report of the summer so my boss known's where our work stands when we leave... we did a report earlier in the summer... it was long enough and comprehensive enough to nearly be another undergrad thesis...

here's a point cloud from our scanner... the clouds are stored in text files with x y z coordinates of each point on each line... then they can be loaded into a cad program and viewed like a 3D model... this was a can of endust on the left and elmers glue on the right... both a front and down at an angle views are shown... of course the points in the model are dependent on the line of sight of the camera...

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i planned out my courses through grad school... i'll be taking all the two standard electromagnetic courses and two of the communication system courses, since it seems to me comm systems are not all the different from radars... plus some grad physics and an undergrad EM course on antennas... i need to run this by my advisor, but he really couldn't care less... he hasn't paid a dime for me yet... in the spring i paid for myself by being a TA and this summer my boss has paid me... and i'm sure he's pleased i've given the group a good reputation with my boss...

assuming i get my thesis finished on time... i'll have my MS next december... i'm not sure what i'm going to do after that... that's where a conflict of interest arises... assuming i prove worthy of grad school, my advisor will want me to stay around for a phd... and my boss will want me to come work for him full time... i don't know what i'll want then... it'll also depend on how things go for the company... if we have money pouring in and plenty of work that'll be a harder call.. if we're still dilly dallying around waiting for our big break i'd stick it out up north... it's impossible to make the call right now... it's pure speculation, not even considering i may be ready to settle down in one state by that point...

i'm not a morning person at all... i'm not very agreeable till one or so in the afternoon... i was ready to strangle my cohort this morning... and it may be creepy i make this parallel but it made me think about how incredibly picky i could be in choosing a partner... certain little things just drive me batshit crazy...

my sister's puppy is growing on me... he's very cute... i find it amazing the variety of animals that are considered dogs... i mean cats are cats to me... at least domesticated ones... sure they vary slightly but it's always pretty obvious they're related... where as dogs can be completely different... i mean if i didn't know better i'd never guess that somwhere somehow dante is related to taylor...

tay is doing better today but still a little put out...

i rode my bike today... just down to one end of my street to the other its about 4 miles round trip... it took 20 minutes... i found our old bike carrier... maybe later this week i'll make a trek to the bike path... or i could start running that four miles... i'll have to work my way up to that though... heh...

i tried a new place for lunch today... chow's asian bistro... i wasn't impressed... it was more expensive and lower quality than my usual chinese place, i may go back to try their sushi some time... but for chinese never again...

i have to choose a colour scheme for my motor... i can't decide... i want either black and blue, black and silver, or blue and silver... then i have to decide on the order... some pictures are here... the car is black... so it can pull off any colour... my first hunch was black and blue... but i love my lack of colour so black and silver is attractive to me... then blue and silver also was appealing to me... so i dunno i still have some time to decide... but i can't, i need help! if i get silver i can have him install neato silver vacuum lines...

i'm thirsty...

8.06.2006

'lil bow wow

my sister is moving into an apartment alone for her sophomore year... and she wanted a puppy... my dad lieks the idea so she won't be completely alone... so tonight she got a miniature schnauzer... his name is dante... within the past two weeks we've watched both clerks... so i found this choice of a name amusing, though she assures me all clerks did was remind her that things could be named Dante... i guess he's cute.. he's not a breed i'd personally want... i like my doggies to look more wolf like i guess...

Taylor seems upset by his presense... she snifted him out and now she won't go near him... and for awile she wouldn't let me pet her for very long, she'd get up and walk away... so i'm giving her a lot of attention now... when she lets me... if it doesn't work out atleast she only has to suffer for another few weeks...

Toby we're afraid will accidentally hurt Dante... he wants to do the normal male dominance thing.. so he's doinghte lay paw at him... except Dante is only a few months old and still very small...

zoom-zoom...

uhg... time to go back to work... i'll get to sleep in... i love getting to show up at 9... 9 is a great time... i won't sleep much later than 8 anyways... so it works out perfectly...

got the car dropped off... i'm glad i didn't do any work on the car, the guy went thorugh syaing how everything was so terrible... hehe i would have felt terrible... but now i just feel i took it to the right guy... him and his wife were really nice, and assuming everything goes as expected i'll be taking my car there whenever something goes seriusly wrong with it... i just have good feeling about it, doesn't really mean anything but it's there... and i'll get to drive my turbo seven in a month or so... i'm thrilled...

today was the brickyard... it was silly hot outside... and i'm beat... i still can't get into nascar... too many drivers... the cars are boring... the races are too long for my short attention span... too much passing... its fun to go and have the experience... but i can't follow it...

tried using the shure's and a spilter with my dad's radio... i could hear too well... when the volume was enough for my dad to hear in his headphones it was entirely too loud for me to use... my ears begged for the roar of the engines...

formula one.. sounded like it was an excited grand prix in hungary... the track was wet so all flavours of craziness were present... jenson button got his first win after 113 starts... i'm happy to see him finally get one, it was also a win for honda which i wanted to see for some reason... and David Coulthard got some more poitns for team red bull... that also made me happy... kimi crashed... his teammate got second though...so 3 of the four teams i root for got points... not a bad day...

i'm not sure if i'm sun burnt yet... my shower didn't hurt but my face feels a bit weird... but not sore...

i need to get the old 7 fixed so i can sell her... it's just the starter not cranking... it died at work... i put her in neutral and rolled downa d slight hill, popped the clutch in reverse and she started up... so i know everything else of significnace works... and i've known i've needed to take care of the starter for a good long time... its just too hot... i'm not excited about laying on blacktop when it's 90+ degrees out...

i'm going ot get a bike carrier so i can tak emy biek up to MI... bike no fit in sunfire... also i coudl take the biekto the bike trail here... which would make me more comfy then riding on the street... i'm a pansy... a tired pansy... hopefully i can get to bed before midnight...

8.04.2006

two days, two trips to indiana..

two days in a row... so far so good...

the eye guy said my contacts are doing well... a year's supply has been ordered...

at work some more progress was made... our laser scanner is putting out some decent images, and keeps improving in small increments...

i saved data from my boss's dying notebook harddrive... go me...

we got the flat bed trailer and got the turboII loaded and ready to depart to fort wayne bright and early tomorrow... i'm rather excited about this... i hope i get good vibes from this guy tomorrow... from what i can tell from the forums he seems like a great guy... lets hope he can do great things to my car...

spent some wrench time the jeep... there's a light at the end of that tunnel now... the owner was in much higher spirits tonight..

a guy helping us with the jeep knows a guy that used to race lemans for mazda... in fact he has the last 787B around... the four rotor car that won the lemans 24 hour in the early 90's... that was exciting to me...

i'm tired... and i'm not going to get rested up much this weekend either... 8 hours on the road tomorrow dropping the turbo off... then another 4 sunday and a race in indy... on that note good night...

8.03.2006

blowing the dust away

quick test... does this still work?

neat its does...

it's been nearly 8 months since posted here... blogs were rare on myspace.. the interface is absolute shit... posting was a chore... we're going to see if i can keep up here... when posting isn't such a chore...

i've had contacts for two weeks now... the first go round it was terrible.. the didn't correct my astigmatism and i couldn't see well at all... week 2 he gave me ones that corrected it, i'm happy with them... i still like glasses... but certain thing i much prefer the contacts... like working outside and i get sweaty... no sweat dripping on lens...

recently my interest in cars has been rekindled, it was dead since last fall... the turbo 7 goes to Indiana for a rebuild this weekend... i'm excited... i hope this guy can get her up and running for me... if so it'll be worth every penny...

i'm starting to save up for a hefty down payment on a mazda3 next summer... the sunfire will be around 70k then... i don't trust it past that... so late next summer i'll go for an '07 mazda3 after the '08 start arriving... i think i'll go for a titanium gray hatchback... and i'll looking to tinting the windows... the tint just makes the gray so very sexy... in my humble opinion...

last two nights i've been getting greased up helping a friends brother with a lift kit on a jeep... the rust on it is nothing short of amazing.. two nights and we still can't get all the bolts off... ran out of jig saw blades tonight...

i'm eatting healthier, generally... i lost a lot of weight in my first semester of grad school... i was lighter than when i got my driver's license... i've put 5 pounds back on living in dayton for the summer.. they keep too much shit food around the house.. at state i don't keep shit food around and therefore i don't eat shit food... i started using fitday.com to keep track of what i'm eatting.. it helps me seeing the numbers... and also once i get in the habit of eveyrtime i eat i have to go log what i ate makes eatting more of a chore... i also like how it keeps track of the type of calories and the percentages you've had for the day... so i can keep it balanced... i've read 30% or less fat, 20% protein 50% carbs... give or take a bit...oh course i'd assume more protein and carbs would be fine... also i'll be taking my bike up north... if i can find a cous ei feel is safe i'll definitly ride it to school... but busy two lane 55 mph roads scare me on a bike...

i've taken very few photos recently...

still love headphones... got a set of shure e2c's... i love them... so i have a set of hd280's for sale... $40...

i dunno what else... i hate to admit it but the nintendo wii has me in great anticipation of its arrival this fall... colour me geek and give me a preorder...

two more weeks of work left... i've ready to live alone again... i'm not sick of dayton.. just i want to live alone again...i don't mind up north either though... there's a girl in my apartment building i'd like to get to know better... considering i know nothing about her but we say hi and such when we pass each other... wee... the little things i cling to...

work tomorrow... our machinist is over a week late on parts... so we had to redirect our efforts today and we got some good stuff done... then we watched some classic internet videos... it had been years since tunak tunak tun had been seen by my eyes... it was wonderful to see it again...

i guess this is a worthy return post... lets spell check...