Archive for May, 2016

Residency 1 in the bag

So I just finished my first doctoral residency for my current school. I had attended residencies for my previous school, but sadly they do not carry over. In any event, it was an interesting experience. My brain feels mostly like mush after grinding away at my prospectus for almost 5 days straight. It was odd discovering that i was ahead of many of those attending their first residency but I think honestly I was in a better position than they were to absorb the details being provided due to being in that position. I had several of my peers come up to me with blank expressions not understanding large parts of data because it simply wasn’t something that they had encountered in their educational journey yet. I can see how that may make them discouraged, and lead to some of the turnover rate in the program. Just my take, anyway.

In other news I am working on trying to publish a short story I wrote quite a while ago. I have to do some editing to it and I have to put it in the format required by Amazon, but it is my intent to try to clean it up and read like something better than a 5 year old. Don’t know that I will succeed in the last part however, but what the hell might as well try.

I have a lot of travel on the books still to go this year, but such is how it goes yes?

 

Insulating An Duin 2

So the first thing we did was put plastic down in the hallways and anywhere we ran the hose. The idea is to prevent insulation from going throughout the house if the hoses separated at a joint. We also laid plastic down under the attic door, as with a hose you are bound to push some down in to your living space. WP_20160521_08_33_34_Pro WP_20160521_08_34_05_Pro

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Insulating An Duin

So today we have an electrician at An Duin who is finally rewiring the house.

I’m all for do it yourself engineering but there are somethings I much prefer leaving to professionals so I know that they are adhering to local code. Saves me a lot of headaches as well.

Meanwhile once he wraps up it will be time to get dusty with one of the easiest and dirtiest things you can do to help reduce your electric bill: insulation.

We found that a big portion of our attic space was completely void of insulation when we first did our home inspection. We used a broom and kicked some of it around (reducing the overall thickness) to try to make up the difference but that was  band aid. Its time to actually fix the problem.

So here is some information that may help you should you ever decide to do this.

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Whew

So I haven’t added anything in a while mostly because I have been cleaning up storm damage around the home place when I am home. Travel schedule is about to pick up again so expect to see a lot more pictures from my tumblr account.

We had a tree that was in front of our house, about a 40 or 50 foot oak that came out of the ground. We got lucky. Had it went backward it would have crushed our house. It went forward instead. All the rain we have gotten has played hell with us trying to get it cut down to manageable pieces. We finally got it done yesterday…just in time as it is supposed to storm again today.

Have an electrician coming out to check the house today as well. Finally going to have a pro try to fix the wiring now that we have replaced all of the bulbs in the house.

Busy times as always!

Veterans Employment Center terminates service

So yeah.

Amid scrutiny that veterans are having trouble finding jobs through the various veterans program the VEC, or Veterans Employment Center decides they are going to do something about it.

And in typical Veteran, quasi Veteran Administration fashion decide to terminate a program designed to help employers find veterans: the job profile system. Less than 2 years after launching the program.

Here’s whats interesting. There hasn’t been a formal announcement publicly, or if there is I can’t find one.

But the VEC has quietly sent out Emails to veterans whom use their service…and given them what amounts to about 6 days (from today May 5, 2016) to download all of their data before the VEC permanently deletes the veterans personal profile on the system.

Copies of the Email are supplied below the jump, as I received them myself

It really amazes me. People are so self centered…so “It will never happen to me” that today’s veterans such as my self can literally light themselves on fire to commit suicide to bring light to the blight of the mistreatment by our government and people will stand and do nothing.

What will it take, honestly? Before someone decides to stand for whats right instead of whats easy?

Utterly amazing….and disgusting. Until it’s everyone else’s turn. At which point we’ll be on the sidelines, those of us who haven’t died waiting for care snickering “You wanted government healthcare.”

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    Independence Brewing Austin Amber Beer as served in Austin Texas

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    New Glarus Spotted Cow

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    Lake front River West Red Ale

    08/11/17

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