Archive for May, 2008

A great new commercial and campaign by Honda emphasizing their fuel efficiency,

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I spent the evening in downtown Brevard, first at the Square Root and then at Jordan Street Cafe. Square root had great drinks like the White Ale I savored with an orange and the brie, apple, pecan appetizer with Jane and her dad. Afterward, we went to Jordan Street where we had an amazing waitress who took care of all our needs and brought us our duck and new zealand lamb shank.

During dinner, I spoke about my day in preparing for the tracking telescope installation on saturday while preparing my lectures for the high school students in a few weeks… until we overheard a doctor next to us complain on the phone, “I found a feather in the veal and the steak was proposterous… the wine tasted terrible.”

The doctor then made the waiter drink the wine to ensure that it tasted good… how pretentious! Then the doctor asked the waiter what he did outside of waiting tables and the waiter said he was in the Religious Studies department at UNCCH. The doctor described how his friend majored in Religious Studies and that resulted in his managing a communal garden. Then the doctor asked if Jesus ever… “got some” and the waiter was a little unsure how to answer. The doctor said, “I bet Mary Magdeline wished she were the answer to ‘What Would Jesus Do'”. Which drew muffled laughter from Jane and I.

Finally, the doctor proclaimed that he and his hot potato (loudly proclaimed nickname for his wife) were headed out.

Haha… what a strange exchange. I hope I never become pretentious and crotchety. But basically, Brevard is a great place to enjoy a fine meal in a relaxing atmosphere with some fun people around. I’m sure I will have many more strange stories to share throughout the summer.

Ahhh… the mountains

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Sometimes I flip past the cable news shows and realize that this would be a better alternative,

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Today, the final draft of my summer objectives were identified. At the end of my time at PARI (around the end of July) I will have ideally completed the following,

1. Completion of the Fiber Optic Switching Circuit which was initially developed last summer

2. Installation and continued development of the Polaris Tracking Telescope

3. Assisting in the science education summer activities at PARI by working with the TIP program and Space Science Camp

4. Troubleshooting of the drive and motor on the 26m east radio telescope and troubleshooting of the command center fire alarm circuit

5. Schematic capture and development of specific electrical systems to begin the creation of a comprehensive circuit diagram of the facilities at PARI using AutoCAD, set standards for future drawing sets

So when people ask me, “Justin, what are you doing in Brevard?” I can answer with these specific items.

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How do these places even stay open? Why would I pay someone to get my own money? I can go to a bank and do all that for free. The Internet Celebrities analyze check cashing places and how they work. It’s all about CONvenience.

[via Freakonomics]

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Older and more Italian than the US Spiderman, this guy knows how to be a superhero,

[via Neatorama]

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In this,

The following ad ran,

LOL! Go 49ers!

[via Ninernation.net]

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Today started out quite hectic as a group of local 9th graders arrived and I had to take pictures of them on their various routes with Ben to the top of the North Ridge where they learned about the continental drift experiment and NASA’s “Radio Jove” which monitored Jupiter, with Mike into the observation plate archive and the radio telescope component fabrication room and finally with Christy through the library, the Smiley telescope and other instrumentation controls.

After lunch I worked with Mike to run ethernet cables under the command center floor boards so that I can finally have internet in my office! This process was much more tedious than we expected as it resulted in an entire re-arranging of the room.

At the end of the day I had a chance to meet with Dave (the director of PARI) to talk about my schedule and it looks like I will be moving back to Charlotte somewhere around July 31st giving me plenty of time before my final semester of classes start on August 25th to score an internship. Should have my concrete objectives set by tomorrow afternoon.

My goal is to take 3 HDR photos of the site a week so that I can get practice with HDR methods. Here is the 2nd one for this week,

Radio Telescope in the Morning

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