packbat: Leaning on a chain-link fence, looking to my left (your right) with a neutral expression. (spectator)
Ah, the disorganized list. What greater bloggoriffic staple could there be?

  • Our house has a heat pump for both winter and summer ... and it's dead. Capacitor's blown, and wires of the condenser fused together. Whole new unit's needed, and won't arrive before, well:
    * PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW.
    
    * ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 18 TO 24 INCHES.
    
    * TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN MID-MORNING FRIDAY...AND WILL
      CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE
      RAPIDLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON...WITH HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRING
      BETWEEN SUNSET FRIDAY TO SUNRISE SATURDAY. THE MOST HAZARDOUS
      WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT.
    
    * VISIBILITIES...THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS
      WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE...PRODUCING
      NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY
      SATURDAY MORNING.
    
    * TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S FRIDAY. TEMPERATURES
      WILL BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.
    
    * WINDS...BECOMING NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH FRIDAY WITH GUSTS TO
      30 MPH FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.

    Joy to the world.
  • I got a lucky break (alluded to in the prior post) with respect to a presentation I am to deliver; I now have a fair bit of time to actually produce that which I must present.
  • The slide of the zipper on my leather jacket is brokened. However, the buttons on my blue slacks are fixted.
  • I would be interested in purchasing this tee-shirt, should it ever be for sale.
  • I am once again a TA for Heat Transfer Transfer Processes! (So called because the processes can transfer mass, as well ... and I have now taught you the entire mass-transfer curriculum of the course.) I come better equipped this time, as I have Asked A Professor For Advice On Running Discussion Sections. (Also, my student guide on the solution of nonlinear algebraic equations is much improved!)
  • Prof. Orzel gave a talk today on campus!
  • I reread The Moonstone (excellent! --although Ms. Clack danced a merry jig on one of my berserk buttons) and read for the first time World War Z, which my mom kindly lent me after I bought it for her (rollicking zombie fun!). I also read The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly, and am now jonesing for the #2 in the series.


I fear I may pass out before finishing, s
packbat: Coming into the finish line after a mile race - the announcer can be seen behind me. (running)
I swear, there is no conceivable explanation for how I can be as stupidly lucky as I have been my entire life.

I am seriously tempted to start invoking absurd excuses for this.

In other news, hello! Don't follow those links if you value your time!
packbat: Leaning on a chain-link fence, looking to my left (your right) with a neutral expression. (spectator)
From a couple people:

You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.




first name: Robin. I, like my siblings, have a gender-neutral name, and like (at least one of) my siblings, that means occasionally getting mail with the 'wrong' honorific. (As you can see by my scare quotes, I 'care' about this. For the record, the correct honorific is "Mr".)

age: 770 Ms - or about 24 years 5 months, if you like the merely standard units of measure.

location: Near DC on the Maryland side - convenient to the bus lines and Metrorail, which explains why I don't have a driver's license. (Which explains why I have disposable income - can you say "car insurance"?)

occupation: Graduate research assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, doing research in two-phase cooling for power electronic systems. From the back forward: "power electronic systems" are, for example, the thing that turns your AC into DC or vice-versa; "cooling" is taking the waste heat off the device (it's not 100% efficient) so that it may be dumped into (probably) the air somewhere else; and "two-phase cooling" means doing the above by making a liquid boil, later to be condensed elsewhere. This is something which is an active area of research because it's kind of a messy problem (like turbulence in fluid flow) and the best solutions are of the plus-or-minus-30% strength. Which works in steam power plants, but not in microelectronics.

partner: Romantic? None so far.

kids: In light of the previous question, I am quite glad that the answer here is "none" as well.

brothers/sisters: One each. The sister is a twin, and yes, I've been asked if we're identical. I don't get it either. (The brother is older, and makes me look boring.)

pets: None. My parents had a guinea pig when I was young, and my sister had a rabbit some time later, but I've never been responsible for another living being. (I did quite poorly just caring for a plant!)

3-5 biggest things going on in your life: Largest is the research project, presumably, and second is my schoolwork. (I'm actually pretty stressed these days thanks to an incomplete from last semester I'm having trouble tying up. The class I'm in now is pretty chill.) There on down, it gets pretty minor-scale - the novel I started for Nanowrimo is the biggest thing, and I'm ... not really diligent about working on it.

parents: Both living, and both with a Web presence. I'll mention my father's (done!), as he comments on this blog from time to time. Oh, and is a fierce blogger himself. Pretend that I said that when I mentioned him.

some of your closest friends: There are a couple from my Scout troop that I've been absolute rubbish keeping in touch with (K and W), and then there's several from school with whom I'll banter in the ASME lounge, exchange books, and occasionally play board games (particularly J, J, and T). Other than that, I get on decently with my parents, hang out with my brother, and exchange communications with quite a few people on the Web of Lies (as my mum would call it).




I believe that's better than one-word answers, anyway! Toodles!
packbat: Leaning on a chain-link fence, looking to my left (your right) with a neutral expression. (spectator)

Have you ever participated in a seance? If not, would you consider it? What spirit would you summon and what question would you ask them? Do you believe we can get messages from the dead?

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I haven't - I might attend one as a favor for a close friend if they wanted me there. If I did, though, I wouldn't be planning on trying to summon any spirit at all, or expect to get any message from the dead. I'm fairly sure that death is the end.

That said, I wouldn't object having a chance to have a real conversation with my maternal grandfather. I just think it's impossible.

Comics!

May. 2nd, 2009 11:40 pm
packbat: One-quarter view of the back of my head. (Bumper)
Today was a fun day! In between eating Greek with my dad and sis, playing tennis with my brother, and playing Left 4 Dead ... with my brother, I had a chance to drop by the comic shop near campus for Free Comic Book Day! Besides the first trade paperback of Transmetropolitan and the next in sequence of Powers, I got a half-dozen even sample comics, and read them all.

(I also go Book 1 of The Essential Starchild in the mail, but I haven't read it yet.)

Going down the list in order - first, the trades:

Transmetropolitan 1 )

Powers 5: Anarchy )

Then the free samples:

Gold Digger #101 )

Owly and Friends! )

[entry truncated for lateness of hour - remaining four tomorrow.]
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What is your favorite old-school video game?

Submitted By [livejournal.com profile] 2hated2care

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Mega Man 9!

Okay, okay, I'll choose a real one: Mega Man 2. Or, if I have to choose something Older Than The NES (warning: TVTropes), Moria.
packbat: One-quarter view of the back of my head. (internet)
Bookmarks!

(The aforementioned Stainless is the last bookmark added.)
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Do you think people deserve second chances?

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Yes. Sometimes right away, sometimes not for a long time, but should they live long enough to learn how they erred and learn better, I would give as many chances as are in the world.
packbat: One-quarter view of the back of my head. (Earth:Harmless/WikiGuide)
You know that Writer's Block from last year, "What piece of advice do you wish you could take?" I noticed it was tagged with the tag, "take my advice", and I realized that I had other advice to give.

Some of it is tagged, now, if you're curious.

Laters!
packbat: One-quarter view of the back of my head. (music)
Totally bookmarks (doesn't include tags, though).

Oh, and a little music video for you (if you happen to have never bought a racing videogame in the past five years):

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