29 posts Posts by Edana

Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

There are more fun times happening at the French Farm! At work, I was taught how to use the lathe so that I wasn’t completely reliant on others to fabricate parts. I still ask many questions, but I can handle the drill press, band saw, lathe, mill, grinder and a wee bit of welding. Today I made this shaft for a drive I’m building. I just hope everything fits together has planned! And also, here’s …

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Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

So, I know, I’m a mechanical engineer, but I have taken my first steps in to a much larger electronics world. This is Stampy, my mircocontroller. He’s small, but he packs a punch. He does everything I ask him to (as long as I ask him the right way, of course). This set-up is fun. I have two push buttons wired up to two I/O pins. When Stampy sees them pressed, he stores a 1 …

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Peace is Every Step, ya’ll

Peace is Every Step, ya’ll

I finally got to fulfill a nagging wish tonight. It’s not earth-shattering; it’s not even a super hard thing to do. But, well, I’m a fairly lazy person. I’ll admit it. For reals. I joined Greenpeace! Some amazing-ness: they helped end nuclear testing, ban globally dumping radioactive waste at sea, initiate an international moratorium on commercial whale hunting, protect 16 million acres in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest and so much more. Sigh. Plus, they …

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Some Firsts!

Some Firsts!

I’ve learned that being a touch nosy can pay off. This week at work, while working on a project, I really needed to have slots instead of holes in my piece. Easy, right? Sure, if you know a mill. I know what you’re saying, “you’re a mechanical engineer and you don’t know how to use a mill?” Yes, that is correct. I asked a co-worker and he gave me a very good tutorial on how …

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Sometimes Dead Trees are Good Things

Sometimes Dead Trees are Good Things

We have no shortage of amazing books to read here! But, it is hard to know where to start. Robot is in the thick of reading Iberia (and I’m pushing him because I want to read it next). My new Arabic book is quite alluring to me. And then there’s Out of the Night, which I’m fairly sure will be featured in a book review here in the near future. In other, cat related news. …

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Work, Life and Adventures

Work, Life and Adventures

Big events are happening in my part of the forest. I came back from Oregon to take on an engineering position at a company in Flagstaff. I work quite a bit, but I love my job so far. I’m definitely challenged by the work! That’s why it’s called work, right? Being employed and with a fairly predictable schedule (no weekends so far!), I’m free to pursue other personal interests. I’m reading whatever I want to …

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Pictures from the 45th Parallel

Pictures from the 45th Parallel

In the neighborhood of the 45th Parallel, it stays light out very late into the evening. This shot, taken about four weeks ago, shows us just the tail end of twilight. Note that my dash clock says it’s 8:45. I don’t generally have dinner until after dark, so I eat late. I recently visited Astoria, OR and the northern Oregonian coast. I of course found a sweet bookshop. I mean, how is it possible that …

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Spicy Books? Maybe

Spicy Books? Maybe

In southeast Portland, there is a non-descript grocery store next to a booming Trader Joe’s. Don’t go into “TJ’s”; they haven’t got what the other store has: a wall with 700 spices and herbs. Seriously. Chili? Yup. Tea and chai? Yup. Bebere? Yup. Nigella seeds? Yup. Asafoetida? Yup. Oh and they have salt too: 6 kinds of it. This, my friends, is perhaps the nicest library I’ve seen, aside from Penn State’s (which has mythological …

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Snapshots from Stumptown

Snapshots from Stumptown

I found Cool Cottons on Hawthorne and SE 27th yesterday. I bought some reddish cotton for a new shirt I’m making. The store is spacious, warm and friendly. The prices weren’t too steep either! The fabric is currently being washed and I’m very excited to be getting back into my sewing. This is a random shot of an art gallery I walked passed last night. It’s on NW 12th near-ish to Glisan. It’s great that …

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Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

So, rumor has it, I’m graduation from engineering school. In 2 days! Here’s a quick snap shot of the outfit I’ll wear. I’m a Tau Bate and I earned Latin honors, so I’ll look extra spiffy. I’m sad my Oregon/Washington loved ones won’t make the celebration, but I know everyone is so happy I’m finally done. My last final is today. Where does one pick up with life after so many late nights and cups …

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