Circuits in the Sun

Dr. Inan teaches Circuits in the SunWhiteboard

Today was a very sunny day, and so Dr. Inan decided to hold class out on the steps of Franz, facing the quad. He is my new favorite professor.

Unfortunately, at web-friendly resolutions, the whiteboard is illegible, so I present it separately. I found myself wondering during class, “What would a random person think of this diagram? It makes perfect sense to me.

Hydro Ceramic Technician

Ok, now even I say it’s gone too far.

We’ve all heard of trash collectors being called “Sanitation Engineers,” and have long known that there were many other job titles out there that were like that.

I was browsing the job listings on campus today, and noticed that there was a listing for a “Hydro Ceramic Technician.” See if you can guess what it is before I tell you the job description.






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Responsibilities: Help out with keeping all of the dishes clean.

Up Late

Stayed up until 5 am to see Sheena R. off to the airport on her way to Salzburg. She’ll be over there all year. A long night, but well worth it. And I don’t have class until 11:30, so I’ll still get a decent ammount of sleep.

Finally, a post!

I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time now, but haven’t managed to take the time to do so yet. All in all I’ve been quite busy, what with moving in, serving on Saturday, organizing the room, meeting the new people (as well as some returners that I never met), going to classes, and actually starting on homework, and getting the tech situation all figured out.

I guess I’ll start from the top. I got here Saturday morning, and looked for somewhere to check in. No-one knew where for me to go, so I just went ahead and moved in, as I knew that I was cleared to do so, and Cean was already there, so I had access to the room. Later I went to get the key, and Tommy (the new hall director) went to see what information he had. I saw him checking e-mail, and on the phone, but I finally got my key. Apparently while Fr. Brad had gotten word from res-life that I was cleared for move-in, something wasn’t finished on their end, and the Hall Director never heard about that.

But in the end, all was good. I served the mass, and that evening, Cean and I spent the better part of two hours moving furniture, over and over, trying to determine which layout worked best. I’d brought a boockase he didn’t know about, and we have the couch that my RA Jake had last year, as he now has a futon. So the arrangement Cean had done beforehand had to be scrapped, but we eventually found a layout that really seems to work well. We have bunked beds, and the desks arranged in an L shape, under the window.

I’ve been slowly adding on to this post for the lasst few days, but in the interest of actually posting something, I think I’ll cut my chronological narritive short and just jump to the more interesting stuff.

I’d been planning to work on campus a bit this year, but I’m not too sure that’s going to happen. I applied at the front desk here in Villa, and found out today that (big surprise) I hadn’t gotten the job. I found out about the time they were conducting interviews that the way the quotas for freshmen versus returning students worked out, and how many of last year’s workers were coming back, I was somewhere around one of 18 applying for 2 positions. And I don’t have federal work study, so that was a strike against me to start with.

I got an offer to peer lead the calculus portion of the integrated Calc-Phys, and have responded with interest for that. I talked to the professor who teaches the class, (coincidentally, my Diff EQ teacher as well) and he said that they had already selected one leader, but would see if they had the need/funds for two. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that I’m out there as well.

So now I need to assess if I want to work anywhere, if so where, and see if anyone is still hiring, of if it is all done with. But off to bed, in time for my Diff EQ class. I just love math at 9:15 in the morning.

The Countdown continues

I’m down to one night. The room is beginning to look pretty bare, as I have packed up most of the stuff that I’m taking, which is a lot of the stuff that’s been on the floor for so long. I still have a bit to pack up, and will be working on it until this evening.

Once I finish writing this post, I’m packing the computer until I arrive at UP, and get a chance to set it back up and use it. Could be a day or two, but likely only until Saturday evening. Cean’s already there, and called last night to let me know that I needed to bring an ethernet cord, as they were not provided this year. Last year they were. He was also checking to see if I had any ideas on how to organize the room, or if I minded if he went ahead and worked on it. I’ll see how it worked out when I get there.

I hear dinner being started, and I’ve been on longer than I intended to, so that’s all until I get back to school.


Two days

I can’t believe it–there’s only two days left until I go back to UP! I’ve been packing the last few days, but haven’t really accomplished much, other than moving things from one place to another. I intend to make serous progress packing clothes today, and maybe the worst of the mess will start to go a way and I can see what is left to pack. I’ve packed next to nothing of my computer stuff, but maybe I should start doing that, too.

I’m moving in earlier than most returning students by one day. I’m serving at the opening mass, which is on Saturday evening, for the freshmen. Because normal students don’t move in until Sunday, and they needed servers, I got an exemption to move in early. I e-mailed my roommate, but the campus e-mail is being upgraded this week, and so I’m not sure he got the e-mail, and even if he did, I wouldn’t get his reply back. I’d try and call him, but there’s no phone in the room, as I’m bringing it, so I guess I’m going to have to try and raise him on his cell phone.

I’m posting this post via e-mail, to see if I’ve fixed the issues with e-mail posts. If not, I’ll post this the normal way.

My sister got her braces off for the second time today. She had them at a really young age, and got them off somewhere around the 4th or 5th grade. But for a reason that I can’t quite remember right now, but one I’m pretty sure had something to do with getting a tooth pulled and things shifting out of alignment, she had to get them again. She got them off a week before her Senior year, this time.

I ought to get to packing again, so on with the testing.


As I was coming in to work this morning, there was a bit of road construction. Actually, it turned out to be a crew painting the crosswalks. I had come in about 45 minutes early in order to enter vegetables for my mom at the county fair, which occurs Thursday through Sunday. At any rate, they were painting the crosswalk of Rock Creek Drive, which I wanted to turn onto. The flagger had his sign turned to SLOW, so I began to make my right turn. About that time, I noticed that there was another car coming my way, in my lane. So I stopped, the flagger looked at me rather strangely for not stopping sooner, and then all of a sudden, looked at his sign, and spun it around to read STOP.

I had suspected that he might be wrong, because the closure was so short, and I could see the other end, where the other flagger’s sign was also on slow (I could see the Stop side), so I was going very slow, and hadn’t gotten too close. The flagger got on his radio, and I was cleared to pass through as soon as the other car was out of the way.

Speaking of the fair, I work all those days, as we will be very busy at the store, what with everyone in town. The Sunday of fair is one week before my move-in date, and consequently my last day at work.