Friday, December 09, 2005

My Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather’s Tall Tale

Let me tell you a tale that was told to me by my father, and he heard it from my grandfather. My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was the best hunter that ever lived. He was even better than Daniel Boone and Davy Croquett combined. It all started one day when he asked my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather to go hunting.
After pleading with his dad for a week, my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was given permission to go hunting. Now, the rifle that my family own at that time was given to my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather by the king for his service in the war. The rifle was a beautiful specimen with a hand carved mahogany stock, silver etched barrel, and a diamond tipped ramrod that was the most treasured part of the gun. After getting some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother--peanut butter and jelly has been around from the time of Adam and Eve--he went out to and sat down on a small island in the middle of the river.
He sat there for the first day and the first night slowly and deliberately packing the gun powered. The more one packs the gun powered the better the gun will fire, so he just sat there packing. The second day and the second night pass as does the third, the fourth, and the fifth. As the sixth night draws near, he finishes eating his last peanut butter and jelly sandwich and decides to stay for tomorrow’s morning hunt and then return home.
That morning he was awaken from lying down to the sound of ducks quaking to his right. To his right were fifty ducks straight in a row swimming up stream. He set his sites on the first duck and begins to squeeze the triggered when he hears honking to his left. Looking to his left, he sees forty geese swim down stream straight in a row. Now, he is in a quandary, what should he shoot duck or geese as he swings his gun back and forth. Then he hears the sound that pierces through night and day to one’s heart.
The sound of rattle of rattle snake greeted his ears and heart with fear as he looked down. There lying in his lap was a rattle snake coiled up and poised to strike. As he moved his gun to shoot, it another ominous sound greeted his ear. The sound of a mad bear, disturbed from eating, raising its towering body over him rumbled into his ears. As his mind is in a panic, his eye catches the movement of a bush of a bush across the river.
There before him was the largest whitetail deer that ever lived. The antlers were the bushes he though he was seeing at first with more points than a class of kindergartners could count. He quickly makes the choice to die as a legend by killing the largest deer existed. He raised his gun and squeezed the trigger.
As he came to, he sat up taking in the surroundings. There to his right were fifty dead ducks floating and the same to his left were the forty geese. The rattle snake body was withering about in his lap with no head. The bear lay on the ground dead. There in front him, lying on the ground was the deer. The gun had exploded in his arms; the barrel had split in two, half of the barrel flew to the right killing the ducks and the other half flew to the left killing the geese. The trigger guard flew down and beheaded the snake. The butt passed over his shoulder striking the bear in the head killing it. The ram rod, which was left in the barrel causing the explosion, passed straight through the heart of the deer.
Every time he clamored back on the shore from gathering the ducks and geese, he had to empty his waders of all the pan fish that lapped in over the lip of his waders onto the growing pile of fish on the river bank. After gathering the ducks and geese, he crossed the river to admire his prize kill. As he was examining it, he remembered the ram rod realizing that it had passed through the deer. Looking up, he saw a beach tree split in two and another passed it and another. After following the split trees for two miles, he found the ramrod. The ramrod was embedded in the largest oak with five quail skewered on it.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Is this True

You are a

Social Conservative
(36% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(61% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Skookum Post

In my mind I do have random thoughts and questions that surface through the layers of Dex’s math and the plethora of equations.

Why does ramen noddles taste better when I eat it with chop sticks?

And then I find those words that are striking and when they come in pairs it is a English wonder. Take for example ‘Anathema Maranatha’. When the situation calls for I could say "Anathema Maranatha" but I would get in trouble if they knew what it meant.

Just some random thoughts.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

PPC Conceptual Design Report

Here is the outline of the report the PPC team has finished and it is due Friday the 28. The final report is 65 pages, has over 15400 words, and is more than 4 mb in size. Now I am going to get some much and over due rest.

Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary

1.1 Purpose for the Project
1.2 Problem to be Addressed
1.3 Criteria for the Solution
1.4 Solution to the Problem
1.5 Means to meet the Criteria
1.6 Team Arrangement
1.7 Funding
1.8 Layout of the Report

2. Flight Components
2.1 Parachute Selection
2.1.1 Design Requirements
2.1.2 Design Parameters
2.1.3 Parachute Types Rectangular Parachutes Elliptical Parachutes
2.1.4 Considered Options
2.1.5 Conclusion
2.2 Propeller Selection
2.2.1 Propeller Selection Priorities
2.2.2 Power and Thrust Requirements Regulatory Requirements Customer Requirements Climb Power Calculations Cruise Power Calculations
2.2.3 Propeller Efficiency
2.2.4 Propeller Size
2.2.5 Number of Blades
2.2.6 Models under Consideration Powerfin Warpdrive Conclusion
2.3 Flight Controls
2.3.1 Requirements
2.3.2 Throttle
2.3.3 Steering controls Pedals Steering bars
2.3.4 Conclusion
2.4 Instrumentation
2.4.1 Instrumentation Requirements Engine Information Flight Information
2.4.2 Instrumentation Options

3. Power Train
3.1 Engine
3.1.1 Engine Parameters
3.1.2 Engine Candidates
3.1.3 Conclusion
3.2 Transmission
3.3 Propeller Drive
3.3.1 Propeller Drive Parameters
3.3.2 Candidates
3.3.3 Conclusion

4. Chassis
4.1 Chassis Design Process
4.1.1 Engine Mounts
4.1.2 Suspension Mounts
4.1.3 Parachute Mounts
4.1.4 Propeller Hub
4.2 Chassis Styles
4.2.1 The Ladder Chassis
4.2.2 The Space Frame
4.2.3 Monocoque Frame
4.3 Chassis Conclusion
4.4 Material Selection 1018 Mild Steel 4130 Normalized 4130 Quenched and Tempered 6061 T0 Aluminum 6061 T6 Aluminum Grade 1 Titanium.
4.4.2 Conclusion

5. Steering and Supension
5.1 Suspension
5.1.1 Problem Definition Types Dependant Independent Selection Overview Definitions/terms Component selection and parameter Parameter Summery
5.1.2 Shock Assembly Purpose Spring Dampers
5.1.3 Shock Selection General Trend Research Normal Inverted Shock A-Arm Dual-Spring
5.2 Steering
5.2.1 Objectives
5.2.2 Available Designs
5.2.3 Common Geometry
5.2.4 Our Choices
5.3 Wheels
5.3.1 Tires Parameters Tire Candidates ITP ATV Tires Goodyear ATV Tires CBC Tires conclusion
5.3.2 Wheel Parameters Douglass Wheels ITP Wheels Conclusion
5.4 Brakes

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pause Button

I want a pause button for life. Not so I can get a head but merely catch up on all the time-consuming tasks I need to do. Now where is that big red button. . .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fall Break Update

First, I should be working on my senior design report but I have not ambition to do that right now. As for being on schedule I fixed my truck Friday night, more on that later, I did not set my alarm clock Saturday morning for the first time in weeks and I was in bed at 1 am, what bliss, and I have been working on my projects through out the week.
As I suspected, the oil pan gasket was leaking in my truck. So Friday evening Keith, the president of the auto society and on the PPC team, and I started working on my truck at 3 pm. A quick over view of what I did: lift the truck, drop the exhaust system, the flywheel cover, remove the start, and then unbolt the oil pan. And then comes the fun part, we had to partially lift the engine out of the truck. We then go to SAGA for dinner and then I snaked my arm through the oil pan and removed the bad one. Buy a new one; Autozone should charge more so one feels justified for all the work it takes to replace the gasket. Install the new on and put everything back together. We finished working on my truck at 10:30. Shower, relax and go to bed.
Saturday was sleep and symphony. The symphony was excellent. Because it was fall break all of the girls that we were plan on escorting were gone and we had plenty of spare tickets. I invited Jake to go with me of which he accepted. It was his first time to attend a symphony and he was not disappointed and we are all making plans to go again in the spring already.
I went to sleep that night and almost fell asleep again in Church Sunday morning. The service was good which was on about how we view Jesus, the irony I remembered that considering I exerting my attention staying awake.
That afternoon I work on the Excel sheet for the Machine design project. It encroached on a 16 mega file. I still have work to do on the file and of which I am expecting to double in size before we are finished. We are measuring the residual stress induced by heat in a sheet of steel. O’ the fun.
My vibration project keeps getting harder and harder as I worked on it today. We are trying to do in a weekend a project on which people have written their dissertations on. The vibrations that are created in a beam from a forcing function become more complicated the more we work on it. Philip is facing a fourth order differential equation with interdependent functions. My part is a little easier. Why do I always get stuck on the some of the hardest projects but I love it.
And that pretty much sums up what I have been doing. I have the opportunity to play some video games. Soul Caliber is the lasted fad on the floor and I am decent and can win most of my matches. And when I am on the top of my game I am nearly unstoppable. But that has probably changed now.
Tomorrow brings its own challenges as I panic to get everything done for the half week of school I have left including a massive report of which you will hear about on a later date. Until then I will continue to work on the report, homework, and projects.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Fall Break is Here

I do not have any class till Wednesday!!!! I am skipping out of my noon class tomorrow to be at a presentation and my last class was canceled. So Fall Break has started for me. I have a full weekend line up already. Friday afternoon attempt to fix my truck. Saturday, if need be continue fixing my truck, but if that is not needed I am sleeping until supper time and going to the symphony. Sunday is Church and I will be working on my vibes project in the afternoon; for dinner, I will try to mooch a free meal somewhere. Monday is already committed to my machine design project team. And last but not least by any means is Tuesday for which I have a 1:30 meeting with the Senior design to work on the report for which I need to have my share of the small book written. And somewhere in this weekend is I am suppose to have fun . . .