School

Days of Class Left

4

It’s almost hard to believe that one week from today, I’ll be done with classes. Two weeks from today, I’ll be done with school. Four weeks from today, I should be back in Seattle.

Still though, a lot of work a head. And not a lot of time.

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Days of Class Left

5

For a moment this afternoon, I thought today was Friday and I was really excited. But then I realized it was Wednesday. The good news is that there’s no more homework due this week. The bad news is that I still have five days of school left.

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Days of Class Left

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6

The sun is out. The smell of freshly cut grass is in the air. Baseball is on the radio. And I’m stuck inside doing school work. I’m unmotivated, disinclined, uninterested, sleep deprived, tired, ready to be done and move on. Do these next 6 days really matter?

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Days of Class Left

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7

…and so begins my last regular week of school. I had my last regular exam today1. Two homework assignments due tomorrow. Another on Wednesday, and the following Wednesday. Two big projects to finish up (each with a report) and two labs (each also with a report). And then I’m done with regular class work. So tangible, yet so unbelievable.

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  1. before finals, that is 

Days of Class Left

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8

…that’s two weeks. This time on April 30th, I’ll be done with class. Forever1.

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  1. at least for my undergraduate work 

E-Days 2009: Diamond AnnivarsarE-Days Fireworks

Before the Chaos
12.0 mm || 1/15 || f/4.0 || ISO800 || NIKON D90
Golden, Colorado, United States

DSC_7385
12.0 mm || 9.6 sec || f/16.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

Fireworks on Field
12.0 mm || 8 sec || f/11.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

DSC_7423
12.0 mm || 6 sec || f/16.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

As is usually the case, be sure to check out the rest of the amazing fireworks pictures (and video!) on Flickr: E-Days 2009 – Fireworks

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My Faith Journey

I wrote this at the beginning of the year for a missionary organization that I was applying to. I ended up withdrawing my application for other reasons, however, I thought this was worth sharing. And what better day to share than Easter? He is Risen.

I’ve never really been sure how to best answer this question. I do not believe there is a single identifiable point in time where I became a Christian. I was raised in a loving Christian home, as both my parents are Christian’s. My faith has been, and continues to be, a wonderful journey of understanding. Along the way, I have developed a relationship with the Lord that I can call my own. My goal is to seek Him, incessantly. I can, however, identify some critical points in my journey.

High school was a time when a lot of my faith flourished. I went on student trip to Lake Shasta through my church and an organization called Sonshine Ministries. I became part of an amazing Bible study that, even after high school ended, still stays in contact with each other regularly.

College has been hard though. I attended Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus Crusade for Christ for a little while my freshman year, but it was radically different from what I was used to and I soon stopped going. Sophomore year, I tried going to a variety of different churches around my school. Toward the end of my sophomore year, I thought I had finally found a church: First Presbyterian Church of Golden. I went for the remainder of sophomore year and the start of my junior year. However, it just wasn’t sticking. I found the sermons uninteresting and inapplicable in my life. The audience was also predominately older couples and children, there were practically no college age students. So I gave up and coasted for a while, going to church only when I was back in Seattle.

When I was back this last summer, I was talking with our senior pastor, Earl Palmer, and some friends from my Bible Study. One question came up about how to find another church away from home. Part of what I got out of the that discussion is that I was missing something when I was trying to find a church in the past: the community.

When I got back to school this past fall, I called up a friend, Matt, and asked if he wanted to go this church I’d heard about, Flatirons Community Church. As it turned out, he was already planning on carpooling up with another mutual friend, so we all carpooled together. After church, Matt introduced me to his community at church. This is when I stopped coasting in my faith. I had found community within a church; which is the part I had been missing previously. And it has been an absolute blessing to be in this community.

I have been enjoying going to Flatirons. I’ve also been going to The Annex (a college ministry run by First Presbyterian Boulder) on Tuesdays and I recently volunteered to drive freshmen from their dorms to The Annex and back.

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EDays 2009: Diamond AnnivarsarE-Days Videos

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This is going to be the first of many posts over the next few weeks as I slowly process and upload over 24GB of data. Today, videos! In High-Definition! For free!

I did something odd and posted them in two places. Why on earth would you do that? you ask? Because I’m trying to keep most of the stuff on Flickr, however they have a 150MB/90sec limit. I keep this value in mind when I shooting. However, some clips are several minutes long and/or several hundred megabytes in size1, and those went on YouTube.

Enjoy the video’s. I’d suggest you watch all the Fireworks ones (because they were that awesome this year). Also make sure that you watch all the videos in HD. On Flickr, click the “HD” icon in the bottom right corner. On YouTube, you’ll need to click the play button before the “HD” button will come up in the bottom right corner.

Click for: EDays 2009 Videos on Flickr – Part 1
Click for: EDays 2009 Videos on YouTube – Part 2
Remember, there’s different content on each site!

Some highlights:

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  1. my thanks goes to Academic Computing and Networking, who unknowingly facilitated my 6GB of video uploading 

Order of the Engineer

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I am an Engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations.

Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity’s benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer, in humility and with the need for Divine guidance, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

I’m now a member of the Order of the Engineer. By the way, my pinkie finger is a size 7.

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