April 24th, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

more work on the stencils, and my take on alternate history novels. Why do I like them?

Had a pretty good day, and as I usually do, I'm capping it off with a journal entry and then scripture study. I really need to move scripture study earlier, but I get caught up reading novels, and then, magically, I'm too tired to read scriptures. I do go to classes every day, so technically, I study scriptures daily, but I don't read them every day. This is something I need to work with.

Went to Bell today and worked on connecting up the new stencils up using the simulator. This is the whole point of the stencils, but continues to pose problems, which I hope to work out with the Vislab people tomorrow. I swear, we're amassing a varitable museum of different iterations of these stencils, all of which are getting us closer to a final product. I did get to use the huge ol' screen today doing productive work, and it was nice to have so much space to work with. As it is now, I'll be able, and those who don't understand this don't worry (this is more for my future reference), to put about 30 unit ops or parts of a chemical plant on a sheet at once. This is much better than the ten or so I could put on the smaller (12 inch) screen, and makes my life a lot easier, and makes chemical plant design more fun. Will I doing this my whole life? I don't know. what I do know is that I continue to look at options of what I might do with my life, and still don't hae a strong idea of what exactly I will do.
One of the things I'm going to do tomorrow is look at getting apartments organized for Fayetteville for when I come back up. I think this will be a good thing, mostly so I will have a place to live when I return, and so I won't have to beg someone to let me stay with them for a while. I will have to get furniture, but I might as well do this now rather than waiting. One thing that I didn't see happening was that I would get furniture to go to Oak Ridge. For three months? Not happening.

It was such a pretty day that I decided to walk back with Fiona from Bell to the quad. On the way I stopped in the coffee shop, a dangerous thing for me sometimes, and got a very very tasty cherry Italian soda. If I tell them correctly, (lots of flavoring and a little cream) they can make a pretty tasty drink. And, it only cost me $2.52, a much better price than $4.00 or so for my grande mocha with an exra shot (or two).

Well, that's about all. Started reading 1634: The Baltic War by David Weber and Eric Flint today. It's a continuation of a series by them, and since I just finished 1633 a while back, this is the sequel to that book. There are other books, but they happen after the events in this one, so the backfill that people on Baen's web site talk about isn't a big deal for me. This series is getting more expansive by the year, and with eight books out now (I think) plus a magazine that has ten issues now, I don't think I'll ever run out of material. The 1632 universe is based on a town in West Virginia getting transported in a really weird temporal shift from the 21st century to Germany, in the middle of the Thirty Years War. I never knew how violent this war was back in the 1630s. As you might guess, lots changes with the town's new technology being sent to that time and place, so all bets are off as to what this version of history might be like. That's why I like alternative history, you never know how the history that you're reading about will turn out. Then, as I read the alternative "what if" novel, I want to read about what has actually happened. I'm really liking history more because of it, for sure.

That's all, more soon.