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   12.21.05 || Yay!

Hey Folks, I wont be able to update my site for a little while, but believe me, once I can I'll have a lot of cool stuff.

Oh, and I got a job offer today! Well, letter with the details is in the mail, but they left a message today letting me know it was coming. :)

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   12.16.05 || PC Crap

Unfortunatly this is becoming true.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! and Happy New Year!

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   12.12.05 || The Big Day

So yesterday was the big day, the day I'm finally out of NIU. My commencement started at 2 PM, and out of more than a thousand graduates, I was the 32nd bachelors graduate to receive my diploma cover (not diploma’s, they are mailed in February). So after the Ph.D, and Masters got their recognition the Electrical Engineers went first, then us Mechanical Engineers, and I was fourth in our group of 16 ME’s. Pretty exciting time as you probably can imagine, lots of college memories (and pictures).

Just so happens Krissy walked today also at the 9 AM commencement. She was really done back in June, and graduated this summer, but because NIU decided to cancel summer commencement this fall was the time she could walk. So as you all know, click the picture below for more of my commencement.

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   12.10.05 || Interesting Email

You may not know this but many nonliving things have a gender.

1) Ziploc Bags are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

2) Copiers are Female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.

3) A Tire is Male, because it goes bald and it's often over-inflated.

4) A Hot Air Balloon is Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there's the hot air part.

5) Sponges are Female, because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.

6) A Web Page is Female, because it's always getting hit on.

7) A Subway is Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

8) An Hourglass is Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

9) A Hammer is Male, because it hasn't changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.

10) A Remote Control is Female. Ha! (You thought it'd be male, didn't you?) But consider this - it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying!

Pass these on to both male and female friends of yours so that they can have a chuckle too!

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   12.05.05 || Christmas Light Show

This little video intrigued me, I had to do a little searching on how this was done. Its stated on snopes.com that “Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio, electrical engineer spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular (from Christmas 2004). His 2005 display includes over 25,000 lights that he spent nearly two months hooking up. So that the Williams' neighbors aren't disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment.”

So I followed links on that site and looked up the Light-O-Rama equipment, and its going to run like $900 just for the computer hardware to control the lighting. So maybe in a few years when I have my own house, I’ll be able to do something like that. Probably won’t matter at that point, it’ll be old news, but that kind of stuff interests me. Lots of sites online have people commenting on ‘someone has too much time on their hands’; well it really doesn’t take that long if you have the right equipment and know how. He is an electrical engineer, I'm mechanical, but I bet I could figure it out.

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