Silly Starstruck Kid

June 29, 2007

Look at what is number two on the list 🙂

I am proud to have worked with something that Leo Laporte has used. It’s a mixture between starstruck and just pure respect for the guy as a technological advocate.

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Facebook is down? Fo rel yo?!

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Facebook is down? Fo rel yo?!

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June 29, 2007

So not only did the human evolve, but it evolved both male and female? And other species went from asexual to sexually differentiated?

I don’t see the jump.

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Joints and Dampers

June 29, 2007

There is a definite vibration in my car constantly now. This is caused by one of several things (that I believe could be diagnosed)

  1. Old, loose, distorted dynamic damper. As mentioned on Car Talk a few weeks back, sometimes this thing just gets old and oblong and starts to swing freely, sliding around and slapping the CV boot. If this is the case, one can simple hacksaw the piece off, and there really shouldn’t be much problem
  2. Worn, old CV joint. This is most likely the cause, and it is also probably my fault for not getting around to replacing the warped brake rotors sooner. This will set me back about 200 bucks to get it done this weekend so I can get back to Houghton for class next week.
  3. Tire rim may be bent. I doubt it.
  4. Ball joints are bad (not causing vibration, but contributing to issue). Also kinda doubt it, but my car does tend to drift more now. The drift may also be a CV issue.

Not sure. In any case, I am actually taking it to Executive Auto in Midland to get it checked out and fixed up. Hopefully by tomorrow at that.

My loverly is now 21! Let the champagne flow!

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Oh Boy

June 28, 2007

Sleep cycle = Messed up!

Been trying to sleep for the past hour, cant come close. Exam in 6.5 hours.


6:30am – Wake up, showe
6:45am – Begin reading several chapters for Copper Country final
7:55am – Copper Country final
9:30am – Begin last minute studying for Economic Decision Analysis final
12:00pm – Finish MSProject assignment for Project Management
2:00pm – EDA final
3:30pm – Quickly pack and hit the road
11pm-1am – Arrive in Midland. Happy

Episode 2 of the podcast is going up. We’ll be taking up Jon Homan’s offer for hosting and bandwidth shortly I believe. Used Skype for the podcast, worked well, though there are some funky things that go on occasionally (I am recorded earlier than others, so I respond to questions that havent been asked yet, etc).

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June 27, 2007



Please, for the love of Sam Beam’s beard and all that is holy, DO NOT SET THE TIME INSTEAD OF THE ALARM TONIGHT! Failure to comply will result in a 50% reduction in grade in your Copper Country class, and a 25% reduction in grade in your Economic Decision Analysis class. Do not be tempted by the promise of extra sleep. Should you fail these two classes, you will remain on Academic Probation, and that would be a bad, bad thing.

Recommended is that you set your alarm clock now, ensuring that the proper time is set, and setting the alarm for the appropriate time of 6:15am. This will allow you to not only wake up and get ready for the day, but also will allow you to study briefly before your Copper Country final, which is to be held at 8:00am EST. Topics covered shall be the following:

— who came to the Keweenaw, in terms of economic class, age, gender, health

— what was the make up of early frontier society, and how did it change over decades

— how many women were around

— role of women in society, housework, work outside the home

— what did general stores sell in the way of brand name products and clothes

— boys, girls, and child labor

— early doctoring, dentistry on the frontier, plus druggists and hospitals here

— family size and family planning, birth control

— early history of hospitals in U.S.

— how advanced was medical science during frontier era

— what did people do for recreation, including reading, correspondence, pets

— sports on the frontier, team sports, winter sports, summer sports

— holidays and celebrations, professional entertainment

–social order, drinking on the frontier, Civil War conditions

— patent medicines, home remedies, emetics

social safety net, who would likely get help, who not

social safety net, who put up what: local gov., companies, state, federal


-Cornish contract system: as practiced in Cornwall; tutworkers and tributors; what changes were made to the system when brought over to Michigan

–Politics of technological change and conflict: controversial explosives, electric haulage locomotives and mechanized tramming; the one-man drill, its history, implementation, and its role in the 1913-14 strike; different attitudes regarding change among Eastern officers, MI managers, blue collar workers

–Politics of tech. change, consensus: histories of Burleigh and Rand rock drills, initial intro of the Rand piston drill, and why it met no opposition

–Social control: Agassiz and attitudes toward strikes; attitudes about ethnic groups and ethnic discrimination; the co’s right to rule the district; Quincy’s industrial spies; interests in newspapers


–Mine safety: major types of accidents (rock falls, machinery, etc.) and their relative frequencies; measurements of risk; start up of County Mine Inspectors, US bureau of Mines, and Workers’ Compensation; the Safety First movement; the “old time rules,” black powder vs. high explosives; total number of accidents. Legal doctrines and the law of torts. Personal characteristics of victims (age, marital status, etc.) Patrick O’Brien sues the companies; Osceola mine fire. (Know this stuff!)

–1913-14 strike. The WFM and its leadership; operation of the Citizens’ Alliance; strategy and tactics of both sides; C&H leadership at the time (MacNaughton and Shaw); major events during the strike

–company paternalism: what paternalistic programs did the mines practice, from housing, to doctoring, farming, company doctors, company hospitals, and so on

social safety net: who did what? Company activities, treatment of injured, of widows, support of patriarchy. What did the state do? State facilities for the blind, insane, and so on. What did the local counties do with their poorhouses and farms? What did the federal government do?

–Economic conditions: problems facing the industry by 1910; conditions in the 1920s and in subsequent decades, leading up to closure in the 1960s.

–Who’s here—changes in immigration patterns, different ethnic groups; who is here early, who late; how later immigrants differed from earlier ones in terms of origins, traditions, skills; Finns in the labor force and how treated

In addition, make sure to know about the various diaries of early frontiersmen and settlers.

For Economic Decision Analysis, ensure that you know the material covered in Chapter 9 and Chapter 10, and copy any key formulas to your cheat sheet. It may be wise to use the previous exams AS your cheat sheet, as it is allowed.

Follow these steps, and make sure to get a good night’s sleep and a decent breakfast, and you will be outta here in no time!


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June 26, 2007

I’m really jiving to Everlong right now by the Foo Fighters. I have a bit of a theory why I love this song, but I’m wondering if it is because I am fighting my eyelids for control.

I am getting (kinda) back in to a sleep routine. I’ll probably fail this morning, and succeed Wednesday and DEFINITELY on Thursday. Then, next week I will switch over to waking at 10am every day for class beginning at 11 and running til 12:30.

What I have left to do for the week:

Tuesday: Go to class, read up on concepts and get a cheat sheet ready for exams
Wednesday: Go to class, Case paper due in Project Management, possible exam in Economic Decision Analysis. Finish Project Management MSProject assignment. Go home. Read through Copper Country material.
Thursday: Copper Country final at 8am. Hopefully, EDA exam was on Wednesday, and I will be home free to head to Midland to see my lovely!
Friday: Wake up, noticing that Jill is at work. Flock work until she returns, and then take her out for her birthday dinner, followed by drinks at Oscars with Andrew and Alexa.
Saturday: Head out to Saginaw in the morning, and reserve the reception hall! W to the OOT!
Sunday: Assuming my car is working, possibly head back to Houghton. Might stay through Monday if circumstances align properly.

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June 25, 2007

Nasty has to either fix a bunch of stuff up today at his place or the house will be condemned. Uh-oh!

Resultant vector of revelation is curved 😉

Plans for the day just shifted.

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…it’s called “Going to bed before 6am and waking up before 2pm.” I hear some people even get up before 8am!

Let’s see if I can get back in to a good habit…

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