My Desk or How I Work

This is my desk.

The screens starting from the left

  • iPad (1st gen)
  • AOC USB Monitor
  • My laptop
  • AOC 24″ monitor

My laptop is a HP ENVY dv6 behind it is a 4Tb hard drive. I use a Logitech K350 keyboard and mouse set and I have a Logitech F310 wired gamepad.

Other things on my desk are my wireless charge for my Note 4, a cup for water and a cup for tea. I also keep various notepads on my desk for if I need to write a quick note. I also have LED lights on the desk if I need more light. and my Bose QC15 headphones.

The last thing on my desk is one of the more important things on my desk. It is a frog statue, my wife’s nickname was frog so it is a little reminder of her I keep on my desk, like she is watching me to make sure I’m doing my homework.

All Stations Conn, Going Deep

Time to go deep and get back to the grind. I’ve been letting myself get distracted and need to remember why I’m here, why I’m back in school. Originally it was to get my degree and head home to be with her. Well fate has a way of changing plans. So my new one is to get my degree and put these skills to good use and hopefully use the skills I learned as a historian to added use.

In an effort to do that I need to focus at the things right in front of me. Four engineering classes. I need to put them in their place and get through them. If that means going deep and becoming a ghost in the sea, then that is what I need to do.

To quote Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior Drill Instructor  Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair.

And that in a nutshell in engineering at Virginia Tech.

Coming up to Periscope Depth

This has been a pretty busy week. I just finished my first major design project for my Introduction to Computer Engineering class. Then I had a lab for Circuit Analysis, and a test for the Circuit Analysis lecture. I still have homework to do but I left that book on campus so I’ll have to do it tomorrow. So for a little bit tonight I get to catch my breath, relax then start it all over again tomorrow.

My trip to the SWE conference is rapidly approaching I need to start getting my stuff together. I’m going to do some shilling for the Vets@VT while I’m’ there, see if we can interest some companies in some veteran only opportunities in Tech.

Then once that is done and I get back to Blacksburg then it will be time to prep for my Thanksgiving trip up to visit some old friends in New Hampshire.


Well it is almost my bed time and I have to get up early and do some homework.

First Week Down

The first week of classes are over. I worked through part of the homework, and there is still more to do. And the topper is that there I have a Circuit Analysis test next week. Hopefully I can do the homework and make my equation sheet and ace this test.

Also this week I need to start my Circuit Analysis Lab. Hopefully I wont blow up too many circuits 🙂


Almost time for bed, I have three classes in the morning.

Time to Fly

My flight is tonight, I like flying overnight when heading East. this way I can get into Roanoke in the morning then I can take care of business during the day.

As soon as I get back in to Blacksburg I will head down to campus and try to pick up my books and see people I need to see. Then get back to the apartment to get my packages I shipped and ordered from amazon.

On Monday I start the grind hopefully the spirit of my favorite electrical engineer can help me through my EE classes.

How Hard Can They Make it… to Take a Test

I’m taking three online math classes, every other time I’ve taken an online class you can do everything from home. But NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) wants you to go into a testing center. I get it, you want to prevent cheating, but I’m in Los Angeles, an older student, a veteran. Cut me some slack and trust that I’ll take my test with honor.

So one of the options was to find a professor to proctor for me, it is summer can you find a full time professor (yes it had to be a full time professor) I asked my old boss who runs the office in the History department at CSUN to ask and she could do it. She said no problem she would be happy to help me. NOVA said no.

What is the point of online classes when you HAVE TO GO TO THE CAMPUS TO TAKE THE TEST?

So my options were to drop the classes or fly back to Virginia. No community college in Los Angeles are offering the three classes I was taking.

Well after contacting the testing center at CSUN they agreed to proctor me so the crisis is adverted for now.