Monday, July 16, 2012

I Live in Iowa: Week 65

What to say? It was a good week? It was a busy week. That's a good description.

I worked 49 hours. It was all interesting. Every different type of finite element structural simulation you can imagine. A dynamic polymer impact simulation, a static polymer simulation with many parts in contact, and a production stop. I also had the opportunity to go to my first physical build. That means a day on the factory floor touching stuff and seeing work happen! The way we do things we typically have a "mule" where we build one of the new thing. Then we test that and make changes and do a physical build with multiple assemblies. Then we test those and hopefully don't make changes but I don't know, we might makes changes. The point is we test and test again before we sell it.

Education is such a critical aspect of life that I feel the need to integrate it into my life continually. (Thus the title of the blog.) My Coding Together class for iPhone and iPad Apps is really good. When I say that I mean I am struggling!  The professor is good, the Piazza help is good, the Apple support is good, the Internet has even more code resources. I am learning quite a bit and tonight after work I created my first app from scratch. You press a button, it's says "I'm working on it." and loads my website. Pretty cool.

I ran, I haven't put the runs in my log but it was probably in the 12-14 mile range for the week. Not much but improvement. I did have feeling in my foot a few times this week. Perhaps 1/10 on the pain scale. The kind of pain that you don't know if it's actually pain or if your mind is creating a feeling there. I bicycled a little over 100 miles including a 31 and 35 mile ride north of Dubuque at 17.5 mph average speeds. For those of you that don't know, it's hilly. Probably a 400 foot hill every four or five miles. Not huge, but an 8% grade is not a cakewalk.

The Tour de France is progressing. Tacks on the road, breakaways, good television. Saturday I went to the Dubuque Duathlon and cheered on some of my friends Saturday morning. Then Saturday evening I went out for supper with a friend and friend of friends. I will tell you what, not all people are equal as 26 year olds. My new friend B, restored some of my hope in my own generation.

Plus! I added some buttons below! Click on something!

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