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In a surprising turn of events, a fair amount of significant stuff has been occurring recently. But first, here are the pictures from Seth's wedding earlier this month.
Among things that have been happening, I am applying to the graduate school at Georgia Tech to get my Master's in Aerospace Engineering via their distance learning program, so I can continue to work here full time. I've been out of school over a year, which has been nice since I've been working full time, but it seems like as good a time as any to get back in and get a further degree.
And speaking of work, I found out today that I have been named as "principal investigator" for a new contract we received. I'm not sure quite what that entails, but it should be good. Also work-related, I will be going to Hawaii towards the end of next month for a conference at which we will be presenting a paper from radiation environment software I was working on previously. I'll be there the weekends surrounding the conference, so that will give me some time to see the area.
And finally, since I have been living here almost a year now, my apartment lease is set to expire soon. So a guy from work and a guy from church and I are planning to rent a place together, which should be fun. We considered buying a house, but houses in this area are amazingly expensive, and the few affordable ones are in bad areas.
As has become my habit of late, I haven't posted recently because not much happens frequently. However, in recent weeks a couple interesting things have happened: I went to the Chino Air Show (lots of nice, big pictures!), and I went to my cousin Seth's wedding.
The air show was quite fun. It was sponsored by a historical planes museum, so it was primarily propeller planes from the WWII era, but they also had a couple modern jets, the F-18 and F-15E. I like the roar when they do a fast, low pass. Unfortunately, it took me the first half of the show to figure out how to take pictures properly with my new camera, since it doesn't have an actual viewfinder, just an LCD. The trouble with LCDs is that they are hard to see in the bright sunlight, and they lag a little behind what's actually going on, so if you actually see a plane, it's probably already gone by the time you can press the shutter button. But I eventually found that by zooming all the way out, I could generally find the plane, and then I could zoom in while following it until it got to where I wanted to take the picture. That was still hard to do on the fast jets, though.
For the wedding, I took a few days off work, and flew to Chicago, and then drove out to Pennsylvania with my parents. It was fun to see my cousins there, since I see them only about once every two years. I took pictures, which I will post later (perhaps even soon!). Also while I was away, it seems some punk decided it would be fun to throw a terra cotta planter pot through my sliding glass doors, so when I got back into cell phone coverage in Chicago, I found a couple messages from my apartment manager saying someone had broken the door. So I wasn't sure if someone had actually broken in, or just broken the door. But when I got back a couple days later, I found everything in place, nothing missing or broken, and lots of shattered glass all over the floor.
Lastly, I upgraded the RAM in my laptop to 2 GB. I just got that installed a few hours ago, so I haven't really had a chance to put it through its paces, but the start up time was noticeably faster. It actually started up pretty quickly before, but opening all my applications at the beginning used to take a minute or two, now it's much faster.