We watched this canon advertisement in my fluid mechanics class. I thought it was pretty rad, so figured I share it with whoever happens to look at this site…
When I found out that my stream ecology class was going to have two Saturday field trips, I was extremely bitter. Our first one was yesterday, and we all had to meet at the INSTAAR parking lot by 5:30am. Running on about 3 hours of sleep, I was not feeling too hot yesterday morning. I tried to grab some breakfast at Safeway, but after walking in and pulling some things off the shelves, I was told they weren’t actually open. How annoying. So I met up with the rest of the class, and we headed off. Luckily we did stop at a Starbucks in Golden so I could get some overpriced munchies, and then we continued on until we got to the Upper Snake River, a spot beyond Keystone at about 10,500 feet elevation.
etal precipates. The first thing we did was measure temperature, pH, and conductivity across the width. The temperature was around 6 degrees C. The pH and the conductivity ranged across the width due to the two waters mixing, but in general the pH was around 3-4. Pretty acidic water. Next up was measuring flow rate.
Overall, the fieldtrip was pretty awesome. I complained and complained about it before, but it was so nice to get outside up in the mountains and do a little fieldwork. After the trip, though, I was completely wiped out. We didn’t get back to Boulder around 6pm. I picked up a board from Glen, drove home and relaxed. Forget Saturday night…
(I took all the photos with my blackberry… and tried to oversaturate the color to make them a little more pleasant to look at. Still can’t wait to get my camera back… )
I think it’s been over 90 every single day. Joy. I really miss Matunuck. Every morning I wake up and keep straining to hear some waves crashing and to know I can just roll out of bed and into the ocean. But no… I just roll out of bed in my bedroom which is easily 90 degrees all the time now and rely on the shower to wake me up. And to make things even better, I woke up feeling like crap with a nice summer cold Monday morning.
Most of my time and energy this week has been dedicated to teaching the Engineering Projects Class for the GoldShirts Summer Bridge, which is a bridge program for an incoming cohort of freshman engineering students to CU. I was a little nervous to work with some older students after working with middle school students all year, but it’s been great. It reminds me of my teaching experience in Baltimore and makes me miss all those students even more. Here are some of my students for this week and next:
Their second day was a challenge… within the 2 hour class, they were given some materials (including 2 pizza boxes, aluminum foil, black poster paper, bubble wrap, cotton balls, a plastic bag and some tape), 25 minutes to design, and about 50 minutes to build a solar oven prototype and clean up. Here’s a few of the results:
Originally, I planned to close myself off from the world starting this weekend so that there could be a chance I would get some work done and survive the last two weeks of school. Nothing big, just 3 problem sets, a presentation with a final report, 2 final exams, and 10-page research paper. Ugh. I can’t wait to get through it… or can I? Even now I’m writing stories just to avoid getting anything done… and this past weekend was no different.
At the last minute, I decided to go riding at Copper Mountain on Saturday since my friend LP offered me a free ticket voucher. I knew I probably shouldn’t, but it was closing weekend, it would be free, and Copper would be my 7th mountain of the season. So, I woke up around 6am on Saturday to print out the free coupon and realized it was only good for Monday through Friday. There goes that plan…
So instead, I went on a class fieldtrip… which was awesome! We went to St. Malo, right by Mt. Meeker, where one of the students from our class lives. Our goal was to plan out a micro-hydro power thingy (I forget what it’s called – some engineer I am), although our teacher had already done most of the work. We just worked on determine velocity and flow rate at a few different locations. Besides that, we got some free lunch, got to check out some cool architecture on site from early 1900s, and got to hang out with one of coolest dogs ever! Here’s an arrange of photos from my nikon, my crackberry, and from one of my teachers:
In the end, I was so glad I came on the fieldtrip. Even with the rain and cold weather, it was really cool to get out in the mountains and see some classmates outside of school.
Once I got back to Boulder, I was supposed to do work. Of course. So what did I do? Went out, obviously! The night started with watching the Nuggets dominate at the Attic and ended with actually dancing (like crazy) at Round Midnight. Great times.
Now all my work was left for Sunday… but it was such an amazing day. So, instead I went skating. I met up with Jason, Neil, and Dave Fuller at the basketball ledges and moved on to the Boulder ditch…