Print Story How was your National Engineer's Week?
By georgeha (Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:31:35 AM EST) brewing, hexity goodness, taxes (all tags)
Plus, VDay wrapup, early taxes, underwhelming homebrew, and the adventures of twelve year old in the big apple.

Poll: Favorite engineer?

Apparently it's National Engineers Week. I didn't get the memo in time to find myself a pocket protector, and I didn't get invited to any swell parties. I did take three days off, since the kids were out of school, and ended up running a lot of errands. I even have to leave early today, since the school break stopped our usual Friday kidwatching plans. How was your National Engineer's Week?

For Vday, I celebrated by making heart shaped toast for seven year old, using a heart shaped cookie cutter. I also got a card and a scratch off Lotto ticket for Mrs. Ha, and she did the same for me. We didn't get lucky.

I finished our taxes on Monday, I think that's a record for me, I often wait until March. I was even able to efile the Federal for free, finally our government is getting into the 20th century. We're getting about $1300 back on taxes, maybe we'll be able to rent a cottage somewhere this summer. To celebrate, I stopped that local beer megamart on the way home, bought a six of Magic Hat's Roxy Rolles, and more brewing supplies. The Roxy Rolles is almost too hoppy, but it works as a winter ale.

Speaking of brewing, I tapped my Czech Pilsner, and am underwhelmed, it has a musty woody taste. I'm hoping more carbonation and being colder helps. I'm not sure what I did wrong.

Tuesday was inspection (MOT) day for the Tercel, it only cost $200. I was hoping for $50, but $200 is doable. My windshield broke a few weeks earlier, it was during the thaw and I suspect ice and snow slid off the roof, onto my windshield. I've spent over $400 on that car this month, it's really put a hurt on my February budget.

Wednesday was daddy daughters day, first I got up at 5:00 in the morning to drive twelve year to the bus for her Girl Scout trip to New York City, and picked up doughnuts for seven year old and me on the way home. Later, seven year old and I drove all over looking for Disney fairy toys, trying Toys'r'us, Walmart, Target and Kohl's, and finally finding a few in a KMart all the way up in a distant northern suburb.

After that, seven year old just wanted to play with them and watch TV, so I got some gaming in, Scenario 31 of Panzer Grenadier: Secret Weapons: Bitter Woods. It's an alt-history one in June 1945, assuming the Nazis were able to field the X-7 anti-tank wired guided missile (they may have been tried a few times in Hungary in 1945, records are contradictory, or missing).

The Girl Scouts went to the Today show Thursday, I saw twelve year old's bff in the crowd shots, but not twelve year old. It's DVR'ed, so twelve year old can review at her leisure. She's coming home Saturday evening, we'll see if that affects the monthly gaming meet.

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How was your National Engineer's Week? | 28 comments (28 topical, 0 hidden)
Wha ? by Phage (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:35:02 AM EST
No Scotty ?

Dang, that is a terrible lapse on my part by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:44:46 AM EST

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 07:21:41 AM EST
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

He seems to be more of a pilot/writer by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:13:49 AM EST
but he's been added.

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(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:03:13 AM EST

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Those Indians are wacky by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:08:06 AM EST
I could see a famous athlete being named Farokh SuperStar, or Farokh MVP, but not Farokh Engineer.

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Electrical by garlic (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 09:31:06 AM EST
Or perhaps Faraday if he counts... He's probably more of a scientist than an engineer though. 

shoot, I forgot all about them, and I even took by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 09:42:46 AM EST
a few EE classes for fun (I did much better in digital than analog, pdq's took a long time for me to grasp).

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Henry Maudslay by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:23:53 AM EST
He invented the screw cutting lathe, which let people make interchangeable nuts and bolts. Imagine  what an ordeal it was prior to that, when nuts and bolts came in pairs and you had to avoid muddling them up.

I bet it was common to have a plate held on with four nuts and bolts that were nearly identical so that nut-2 fitted on bolt-1, slighly loose but not so you notice, nut-3 fits on bolt-2, a little over size if you are feeling really picky, nut-4 fits on bolt-3, just fine, well actually a little loose, but nothing really, and finally nut-1 is way too small for bolt-4, oh shit, how did that happen, now I have to take it all to pieces and start over again.

Excellent choice by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 12:13:50 PM EST

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``We didn't get lucky'' by lm (4.00 / 1) #12 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 03:38:38 PM EST
You're married. What did you expect?

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Oh, $10 would have been nice by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #21 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 09:53:26 AM EST

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Ah, bugger all by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 03:40:40 PM EST
Since I don't post diaries myself, so I will dump in georgheha's diary, even when I should be looking for a hole entry (I've had too much whiskey to be sober).

1. No poll (favorite engineer)? I've seen the Woz live (at Goddard), and have to admire him. I think I'll put Cray at the top, with Kelly Johnson and Jay Miner (who google (and ars!) assures me is the guy behind both the Atari 400/800 and the amiga). Huge props to Clarence Shannon, who seems to be the guy that Bell Labs was built to provide a job for.

Beer diary: Undone. Last year I bought a Mr. Beer for teh huge total of $15. Have to go to Midwest lickours (I seem to have saved Miker2's link) and brew something soon.

Scout Diary: I solemnly swear to find out if Lilly (son of a scout I <singsong voice> promised to "do my best. To do my duty"</singsong voice> and eventually escorted his parents to hear him swear "upon his sacred honor" <madly checks above text due to whiskey>, to find said daughter and buy girl scout cookies.

No car diaries, just wooted (hackable GPS) will now have to integrate GPS with car stereo (recent addition mainly included due to USB input) with GPS.

No big gaming news (who am I kidding... just got the last generation AGP board and cannot withstand the call of oblivion, time to post this comment). Promise to attempt to hike with 5.0 (girl scout mentioned above's little brother, named after the Daddy I escorted to solomonly swear).


PS. I deeply apologize for spellchecking this post. I understand that it is not allowed in drunken posting, but I am not quite drunk, just getting there.

Kelly Johnson by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 03:45:57 PM EST
I'm an ass, I will quickly add him.

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back in college by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:22:52 PM EST
i had this problem where i kept going out on dates with or just sleeping with guys who were chemical engineers.  it was really weird.

finally i broke the cycle by getting hung up on a guy who was a physics grad student.

i hope my son never learns of my past.  i'm such a nerd.

It's probably genetic by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #18 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 04:02:06 AM EST
the dude will be bringing home the geekettes.

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Hoppy Beer by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #16 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 02:54:49 AM EST
Try some of Victory's Hop Devil or Hop Whallop, both are tasty.  Hop Whallop is seasonal and it's on now.  Not sure what the availability is in NW NY as it's brewed about 5 minutes from my house.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
I just had my 1st Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer. by vorheesleatherface (2.00 / 0) #17 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 03:47:00 AM EST
Pleasant hops. haven't had the Victory stuff yet. Rock Art brewery makes some stuff called Vermonster. It's like having your mouth rinsed with a drum of hops oil. y'gotta be in the right mood for that one.

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Engineers' Week? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #19 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 09:32:38 AM EST
I knew there was a reason I got dragged to Disney World this week.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
Laying low, out of town by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 09:37:15 AM EST
until the ooking-cay thing blows over?

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More to escape the ookie-cay thing. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #22 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 10:23:28 AM EST
SWHTL is the coordinator for GS troops around the area. The day after we came home, I had 20 cases of girl scout cookies piled in the living room.

Seriously, though, my grandparents bought a time share years ago, which they can't use anymore and, apparently, all of us grandkids have been too busy to use either. They had a vacation that had to be used by the end of this month or they'd lose the credits anyway, so I said okay. Not thrilled about spending money on plane tickets right now, but I figured that if we waited any longer, Lamb would be too old to enjoy it. As it was, she didn't want her picture taken with any characters, and Troll Jr. simply wandered off on his own each morning and joined back up when it was time to leave.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
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My girls go there every few years by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #23 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 11:25:18 AM EST
not with us, with my parents.

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It's great to go when you can - by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #24 Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 04:25:41 PM EST
for all that Disney is a giant money sucking vacuum cleaner, they are orders of magnitude better at  entertaining children and being nice to people than any other resort I've ever been to.

I've started listening to a podcast called "geekdads" and the one guy is talking about having gone on a Disney cruise with the whole family he and his wife want to do it again, just the two of them, because you can trust Disney to provide a good experience.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
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Favourite Engineer by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #25 Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:53:06 AM EST
Werhner von Braun

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
Anoher terrible lapse by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #26 Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 06:45:02 AM EST

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Well by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #28 Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 04:08:03 AM EST
You had aerospace engineer as an option, maybe he didn't need a specific slot, even though some American aerospace engineers have admitted that they wouldn't have got to the moon ever without him

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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WIPO: WHR by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #27 Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 02:11:18 AM EST
W. Heath Robinson

The English Rube Goldberg by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #29 Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 04:52:31 AM EST
but I'm all out of options.

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