november

Returning from the Land of the Dead (Wasilla, Alaska) alvin November 30, 2018 - 9:20am

Phew, I’m glad to be back from the Land of the Dead. Just took some chocolates to the nurses who helped me recover. Looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend.

~ A Facebook post from November 30, 2010. I was living in Wasilla, Alaska at the time, had my gallbladder removed, then got an infection that made for ten of the worst days of my life. But the nurses were very helpful.

Purdue University 2018 engineering gift guide

From their website: “The 2018 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University is filled with fun toys, games, books, and applications to engage girls and boys ages 3-18 in engineering thinking and design. Researchers looked for toys that would promote engineering practices ranging from coding and spatial reasoning to problem solving and critical thinking.”

Looking at what makes a baseball move alvin November 29, 2018 - 7:33am

Back in my day, aerospace engineering undergrad students had very little time to work in the wind tunnels at Texas A&M, but in the limited time I had I tried to look at what makes a knuckleball move erratically. Barton Smith at Utah State University did the same thing (presumably with much more wind tunnel time) looking at a baseball’s spin rate, spin axis, and orientation of the ball.

Amazon Fire 10 HD: 33% off on Black Friday, 2018

I need a new tablet, and I just might bite the bullet on the Amazon Fire 10 HD today (Black Friday, 2018). For my Android development I don’t like that it’s based on Android 5, but $100 (33% off its regular price) for a tablet with decent performance is hard to pass up for my current needs.

Some people come into your life and change it forever alvin November 19, 2018 - 10:16am

Some people come into your life and even if they don’t stay in it for long, they make an impact that changes you forever. Happy birthday to two people this month, one who made my life miserable, and another who made it wonderful.