Monday, August 27, 2007

First (Real) Day at a Real College

Everyone is wearing jeans and T-Shirts.
What's up with that.
I feel incredibly out of place.

Oh!!!
Guess what!
I got to ride in the elevator in an Academic building!
Woo Hoo!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Little Peice of History

I found this on a really old hard drive.

The scout troop was out camping,
And we needed wood for the big campfire.
Typically,
We don't take wood from trees that are still standing.
But this one was obviously dead.
With most of it's branches fallen off.
Those few that remained wouldn't stay up there much longer.
So we proceeded to throw ropes over it and tear the branches off.
This was about the time I stayed making our fires particularly big.
That may be possibly why the guys took to calling me "Sparky" for some time.
Never stuck though.
(Actually, I've never had a nickname stick longer than a few weeks)

Anyway,
Because of these particularly big fires,
And the fact that we had some new lighting techniques we wanted to try,
(Blackpowder, we'll not talk about the amount)
I wanted more wood.
So while every one else went on to play capture the flag or something like that,
I got the troop axe out of the trailer and started working on the rest of the tree.
After about 2 hours,
I had broken the handle.
So the scout master got out his Axe.
A nice double sided one.
I proceeded to work on the tree.
I got about halve way through before I broke that handle.
Well...
By now,
The adults that had been watching me.
Were getting a bit ticked.
(At the tree, not me)

So,
One of them got his F-350 All Wheel Drive Pick diesel pick up truck,
And tied his tow rope to the top of the tree.
This rope was at least 4 inches in diameter.
The rope snapped.

So he got a chain.
And looped the from the tree to his truck.
And tore the tree down.
(It took a while though)

Long story short,
We figured we had put enough effort into tearing that tree down to Brand it with our "T98" brand.
This is a little clip of me doing just that.
(I hear this story continues to be retold at the troop still)



Link

Oh Wait, That was Funny...

So...
My brother and I help in Sunday school for the first service,
So we stay for the second service after the rest of our family goes home.
As we were driving back today,
My brother notices,
"Hey, that old fortune telling place burned down."
With out thinking,
I responded,
"I'll bet they didn't see that coming."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Nightmare

I had a nightmare last night.

...

I was back at USAFA.
(gasp)

They put me through basic again for some reason.
I don't know why.
The other Basics couldn't figure out how I know exactly when every thing was going to happen.
They didn't know I'd been through it before.

the main question here is...
If USAFA was the nightmare,
Why am I trying so hard to get back?
Beats me.

Shuttle Endeavour

NASA says the nicely sized hunk of missing tile in Endeavour's wing poses no significant threat.
They say they have a week of research and testing to back this up.

My memory may be faulty here...
But I think they said the same thing about Columbia.

My memory may be faulty here too...
But I recall spending three days in the field helping pick up the parts from the tragedy that there was little risk of.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Colorado Weather

I decided that all my freinds back in Colorado could use something similar,
So I made one for y'all.
Also still needs some work.

Weather

I was bored one night so I made this overlay for Google Earth that shows all the major weather radar in Texas.
It works in Google Maps too
It still needs a little work though.
Texas Radar

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Thursday, August 2, 2007

All in a day's work...

So…
My brother and I went down to UTA today to register for classes.
Most uneventful.
Until we tried to go home.
The gas gauge was reading 0.

We managed to get the car started after rocking it back and forth.
But then we needed to get more gas.
I knew of a station down the road that had diesel,
So we went there,
Trying to keep the rpms as low as possible.

We finally pulled up next to the pump just as the engine quit on us.
I was excited.
We had just barely made it.
Then I got out to put the fuel in.

Yeah,
You guessed it.
Wrong side.