Saturday, March 31, 2007
On Thursday I had to present my Sr. Project to a group of judges students and faculty. The presentation went great. Although I still have a little bit to go on my project (Because the mechanical engineering students with whom I am working don't have to finish for a couple of more weeks), it was very nice to get this over with. If you really are interested in my presentation, you can check out my slides here.
Here is my abstract that was published in the Open House Guide:
Tyler Squire, DJ Burton, Jason England, Justin McKinnon, Justin Prince (Angela Rasmussen (Electrical and Computer Engineering), A. K. Balaji (Mechanical Engineering)), EFI Electronics,
The Titan 40W testing cell redesign project was to automate the rigorous testing procedure that each unit undergoes. The Titan 40W is a high-voltage three-phase, surge suppression device. It is designed and manufactured at EFI Electronics, which is a part of Square D. A voltage surge of 1300 V is used to test whether the unit suppresses the voltage correctly. Another test is a full power test in order to verify that the unit functions properly and that the LEDs on the front of the unit light up when the device is working. Previously this test was done by hand and required the full attention of the employee at the test station. The automation was done by using a programmable logic controller (
Friday, March 30, 2007
While it would have been cool to meet some of the players, it was still fun to have a free dinner - which was very nice. The coaches spoke for a few minutes and answered questions from attendees. The most interesting thing that we learned was that Matt Harpring is not a morning person.
The highlight of the evening was meeting the coaches and getting our picture taken with them. We also had them sign a Jazz season calendar.
*** I'd also like to grant a Happy Birthday wish to Coach Sloan who turned 65 on Wednesday.***
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Look at how that speedometer is redlining.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Two years ago in Tucson he did eat 16 hot dogs though. Here is a little video of this now 'World Famous' attempt.
Video: Scott's 16 Hot Dogs
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
*UPDATE (from Abby): She let me know that this video is actually Japanese and not Chinese - oops.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
One of the best parts of these trips has to be the food. Below is a picture of a 2 x 4 (2 meat patties, 4 slices of cheese) from In-N-Out that I had before the first games. By the third time that we went to In-N-Out on our trip, I had upped the ante to a 3 x 3 burger animal style. Check here for a peek at In-N-Out's "secret menu".
NCAA men's basketball tournament
By Blair Anthony Robertson - Bee Staff Writer
In the adjacent section of the parking lot, four guys who flew in from Utah sat on a patch of grass and devoured In-N-Out burgers and french fries. Hitting the tournament -- and digging into the food -- has become an annual tradition.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
It is almost as if once education became attainable for the lower and middle classes, society saw a need to price them out of it - in order to keep education for the bourgeosie, of course. At least I've only got one more year of this nonsense but if rates continue to climb like they have for the last 6 years (8.11%), when Ada is in school she will be paying:
It's a runaway train with no signs of stopping. Ada will have to get a job when she's 10 to even have a chance at paying for school.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
1. Visit http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage and either log on or create a free account.
2. Search for the group: 'The Juice Bar' (without the apostrophes) and enter the password: utah.
3. Invite anybody else that you think would like to play, including spouses, family, friends, etc.
There is no prize for the winner, unless somebody wants to pony up for some loot. If you want to keep track at home, I have created an Excel spreadsheet from an MS template that you can download here. It may give you security warnings and errors but there are no macros left in the spreadsheet so it is perfectly safe.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I've visited 9 of the world's countries which is only 4% of the total. The good news is that I've been to countries that comprise 26.6% of the world's landmass.
Looks like I've got a little traveling to do ;).
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I had been trying to use technorati.com to read the blogs that I follow but it never updated the blogs that I read. After reading Ben's convincing post on Google Reader, I have been using it and just love it. As much as I try and use products made by companies other than Google, they always just seem to be a step ahead of the game.
Google Reader allows you to "subscribe" to a blog or other frequently updated webpage. When a new post or article is posted on that site then it is also posted in your Google Reader viewing pane. Therefore, if you check for updates on 10 blogs everyday, but some are infrequently updated, this tool saves you time. Mr. Google is a genius.
Monday, March 05, 2007
It's a picture (scanned from the newspaper - hence the poor quality), that appeared in the Deseret News in January 2005. The picture is of former Utah Governor Olene Walker obviuosly having a blast... On New Year's Eve 2004, I 'met' Olene at the Fiesta Bowl party. We were slowly making our way through a crowd and I ended up squished against her so I placed my arm around her and said "hello Olene" and "Go Utes." Those were the days!