Wednesday, August 18, 2004

During fSAE tonight, we needed to go to the Home Depot to get parts for (making) a flow bench

During fSAE tonight, we needed to go to the Home Depot to get parts for (making) a flow bench. While we stopped, on the way, at a traffic light in the Kettering University EVC truck, I spied a Corvette C6 sitting in the driveway of a business. We didn't pull over because we didn't know when the Home Depot closed. When we drove back by, the Corvette was gone.

That episode reminds me of what I saw this morning. Today was Daimler Chrysler Day at Kettering. Several Chrysler cars were there. I saw a third generation Dodge Viper and what seemed to be a Chrysler Crossfire.

Both of the sports car sightings I had today were my first near-range-in-person impressions of the cars. The Viper was very much more good looking than it came across in photos. The Corvette looked exactly as I expected, though I didn't recieve a (touching distance) close look at it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Last night was spent working on a fuel cell systems lab report

Last night was spent working on a fuel cell systems lab report. That took until about 2:30 AM.

I woke up in time to meet Eric (a rec instructor) at the rec for the "Getting Stronger" class. We worked on chest. I don't remember the numbers and the sets, but I worked with ~155 lb and did three sets of ~8 for each exercise (incline, flat, and decline). He introducted me to two exercises on the cable machine. One looks like a flex a bodybuilder would do if he or she were trying to look like a cave person. The other looks like a person leaning forward and punching downward with both fists in a crossing motion. The second of these is especially effective. I also did some tricep dips.

Lunch with Shaleen, Raj, and others was good.

I went to Fuel Cell Systems and to Vehicle System Dynamics. VSD moves very quickly. Today, among other things, we reviewed state space equations and the linear time invariant matrix formulation for a system.

I went to an abdominal workout class at the rec after VSD . It was great. Afterwards, my unit Resident Assistant offered me leftover chicken from the unit event in BJ's Lounge. Warm KFC tastes good.

Seth was in the SAE garage, so I helped/watched him reassemble the valve springs/valve stems/valve seats and then head on the Honda motorcycle engine for the 2005 fSAE car.

After that I came here, to my room. I wanted Hormel chilli with beans, but couldn't find my can opener. After calling Anthony (possibly stole it for laughs) and Shaleen (possibly borrowed it), I asked the people in the study lounge if they knew where my can opener was. Ted spoke up; he had forgotten to return it after borrowing it from me ~ a week ago.

Oh yeah, I spent a while reading bloglines. ;o

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Today was really mild, sunny, and beautiful. Too bad...

Today was really mild, sunny, and beautiful. Too bad; I slept until about 3:30 pm due to staying up late last night. I wish I could take pictures, but I "lost" my camera oh, so long ago, at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party last Fall :[

I'm currently processing four loads of laundry. Three loads would have been overfull, plus this configuration allows color separation and the use of bleach on my whites. Later, I will go to the library and print out part of Baumert's thesis.

What I think my workout (today) was (in chronological order)

  • 20 minutes on a rowing machine at an average power of 80 Watts (lame)

  • Biceps

    • Curls

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 10 30
      2 10 30
      3 7 30
      3 3 25
    • Reverse Curls

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 10 25
      2 10 30
      3 7 30
      3 3 25
    • Hammer Curls

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 10 25
      2 10 30
      3 10 30
  • Rows

    • Seated Rows

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 10 80
      2 10 90
      3 10 100
    • Seated Rows

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 10 70
      2 10 70
      3 10 70
  • Pull-ups (split between the pull up bar and the pull down machine in an alternating fashion - pathetic, I know)

    • Normal Overhand

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      1 3 self
      1 7 80
    • Underhand

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      2 2 self
      2 8 90
    • Wide Grip Overhand

      Set Number Reps Weight (lbm)
      3 0.5 self
      3 10 80

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Monday, August 2, 2004

My' fortune cookie from Hong Da's stated the following

My' fortune cookie from Hong Da's stated the following: “You are never selfish with your advice or your help.” That's totally untrue unless one adds “, in bed.” I kid!

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Yesterday, I woke up to the sound of the fire alarm

Yesterday, I woke up to the sound of the fire alarm. I mistakenly thought it was the tornado warning alarm. I was cursing the school for its stupid tornado warning policy/alarm because that meant I wouldn't be able to get brunch, in addition to forcing me to wake up 30 min early.

After much swearing and a conversation with my suitemate Shaleen and his friend Raj, I discovered that it was actually the fire alarm. Things were much better then, because I could go eat brunch. No, there probably was not a fire yesterday given that it's been a day, I saw no smoke, and no one has mentioned a fire.

Today, I printed off (1 page short of) half the pages of R.M. Baumert's thesis on PEMFCs from the microfiche slides from Queens University (Ontario, Canada. It actually seems like a verbose (and earlier) version of the paper that J.C. Amphlett submitted to the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Amphlett was, I believe, an advisor to Baumert. Interesting.