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Post-apocalyptic New Orleans...



Updated: 2017-11-12T19:39:23.541-06:00

 



Welldeck, USS Arlington

2017-11-12T19:39:23.548-06:00




Thoughts on the end of Graduate School

2017-11-12T08:47:41.976-06:00

Is this thing still on?  So, I've been a wee bit busy lately, with work and school and family.The good news is that I'm finally done with my Master's. It's been a long, difficult journey, but I'm glad I did it. I've also been blessed with tons of support from my family. I got a Master's in a different engineering discipline (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering), so it's taken much longer to get through, but the extra challenge was worth it. When I started in 2011, there were many reasons I wanted to go to graduate school. In no particular order:* I was disappointed in how things ended at Tulane. Working through your senior year in the Katrina aftermath with your professors getting laid off was no fun.* More and more, a M.S. is the expected background for a professional engineer, especially if you're going to work on the most challenging project. See also the BS+30 possible pending requirement from ABET ( http://www.nspe.org/resources/blogs/pe-licensing-blog/why-it-important-raise-educational-bar-future-engineering ).* In case the oil patch went to hell. All industries today are cyclical (except maybe the undertakers), but the oil patch is far more cyclical than most.  Boom times are really, really good and bust times are really, really bad. Feast or famine. In Fall 2011, oil was right at ~$100/bbl (WTI). Now, it's under $40/bbl. * Naval Architecture is just damned interesting and I've always had a fascination with the sea.There were some semesters that were really tough. I'd be working 2-3 days a week down at a shipyard in Morgan City, the other days working in the CBD, then driving to UNO to take 2 graduate classes. Lots of running around!There were also some annoyances. Problems getting advising  (4000 vs 6000 level classes). UNO still had some minor damage from Katrina (K+6 years and still no working water fountains at first). The state trying everything possible to screw with the school (axing the incredibly popular Tim Ryan, then being rudderless for years, then hiring Fos, who was OK, but no Ryan, then canning Fos...). Tuition, but especially fees skyrocketing every semester.  My total out of pocket went up >10% per year each year. UNO used to be an absolute bargain, but now it's merely affordable. Some of the cool little things:* Taking classes beside my regulators. I got to work with folks from the USCG and MMS/BSEE. * Learning a new discipline and also taking classes in completely new things (I took a geology class for instance). ABET rigidly dictates undergraduate curricula, but is hands off at the M.S. level, so I had a lot of freedom to pick my own way through. * Labs are one of the things that a brick and mortar school still has over online programs. * Chevron had a little program where they would kick some money to UNO in order to offer 1 Petroleum Engineering class per semester. UNO has wanted to start a full department, but LSU always said 'Hell No!'. Anyway, most of the course was taught by an old drilling engineer who taught from a wheelchair. The crown block on a rig fell on him when he was younger. When he talked about safety, you listened. I also tend to deal with the 'Christmas Tree' & Up at work, so learning a little about the 'Downhole Stuff' (more colorful term is commonly used) was different. * After having to do a Lines Plan by hand, I have much more respect for the older draftsmen & engineers. Not an easy task.* Probably my single favorite class the whole way through was Ocean & Coastal Engineering. Old professor who's very popular with the students, lots of Army Corps of Engineers manuals, and lots of jumping around. Also lots of lab work looking at modeling wave action in the small scale and Froude scaling to full scale.Anyway, I loved it. I got out of my comfort zone, I was challenged to think, I'm glad I did it, and now I'm glad I don't have to go to class after work anymore. [...]



Hull

2017-09-29T15:22:41.974-06:00

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Eclipse Camera Obscura

2017-08-26T08:23:20.323-06:00




Lunch at the shipyard cafeteria

2017-08-19T13:23:33.207-06:00

Fried fish, rice, sauce, kimchi daikon radish, Cole slaw, and clear soup.




Geoje-do

2017-08-19T13:19:48.022-06:00




The infamous button-riffic toilet

2017-08-19T13:04:23.530-06:00

In Tokyo. Yes, I figured it out (after a little while).




Geoje-do, South Korea

2017-08-19T13:02:54.598-06:00




Ramjet

2017-08-16T20:04:17.552-06:00

Inside of the Ramjet of the SR-71. The P&W J-58 could endure sustained speeds of Mach 3.2. The temperature limitations of the skin of the SR-71 was actually what restricted how fast the aircraft could travel.

It's called the Blackbird because black skin color maximized the radiative heat transfer of the aircraft.




It's already well into hurricane season... Are your pumps working?

2017-07-01T18:55:06.527-06:00

Maybe, maybe not.
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Pump station #3 in St. Bernard Parish near Meraux.  Photo dated June 21st 2017.  

It's not like those pumps are important or anything.




It is a mathematical certainty

2017-06-14T19:43:17.843-06:00

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Sometimes engineers have to explain to project managers their ideas don't hold water.




Get well soon

2017-06-14T19:30:02.787-06:00

I sincerely hope my Congressman makes a full and speedy recovery.




Ancien régime.

2017-05-31T06:27:03.287-06:00

“We must admit…that we are …Bourbons.”
Baton Rouge Mayor Leon Jastremski, 1882

He said it as though it was a compliment.

Source (PDF).




Monumental

2017-05-19T20:50:22.619-06:00

"I think it wisest not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the example of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered." - Robert E Lee




View of Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg

2017-04-30T13:22:58.953-06:00

I decided to kind of do a 1 man reenactment of Pickett's Charge. I started near the Virginia monument, walked through the valley of death between Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Hill, then ended up near the Copse of Trees and the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. It's approximately the same route as Lo Armistead.  He was one of the few Confederates who made it to the Angle and through the first of 3 Federal Army lines. There he was fatally wounded. As he lay there bleeding out, he asked the Union officer who captured him how his best friend, General Winfield Scott Hancock was doing. The Union officer happed to be Gen. Hancock's​ Aide-de-camp and informed the dying Confederate officer (erroneously) Hancock had been struck dead. General Armistead expired.

Hancock was wounded and survived and would later become one of the first presidents of the NRA.

What struck me the most on my walk was how exposed I felt. There was no cover whatsoever and high ground everywhere. To attack ~8,000 dug in troops with ~15-20,000 (the later figure includes the artillery) across that ground was a suicide mission. I completely understand why Gen. Longstreet was nearly insubordinate in his attempts to get Robert E. Lee to change his mind.




Unknown

2017-04-28T15:00:11.197-06:00

Gettysburg National Cemetery




Venice

2017-04-02T18:08:34.805-06:00

In Venice Tasso's echoes are no more,
And silent rows the songless gondolier;
Her palaces are crumbling to the shore,
And music meets not always now the ear:
Those days are gone--but Beauty still is here;
States fall, arts fade--but Nature doth not die,
Nor yet forget how Venice once was dear,
The pleasant place of all festivity, The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy!

-Lord Byron.




Peche

2017-03-12T14:33:54.178-06:00

Lately have had a few CBD lunches at Peche. It's been reliably great food, quick service, and a reasonable price. It's in the old American Coffee building.

Their specialty is oysters from certain areas in Louisiana. The areas that are on the saltier side of the brackish scale actually taste briney. It's also one of the few places I know to buy the experimental off bottom oysters the LSU Ag Center is trying.

The shrimp roll is good as are the Brussels sprouts (it's a Link restaurant).




Throw me something Mister

2017-03-12T13:50:19.937-06:00




Bullwinkle

2017-03-16T19:37:06.450-06:00

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Michael Dorn in awesome early 90s clothing.



"I can catch beads at Mardi Gras"

2017-02-11T10:05:40.067-06:00

Krewe du Vieux rolls tonight! See you there!




Nectar of life

2016-12-20T20:52:19.452-06:00

Hot cocoa on a chilly evening.




Go vote!

2016-11-08T05:18:24.816-06:00




Take me out to the ballgame

2016-11-03T19:28:45.345-06:00

https://youtu.be/HnHV5FaqvEs



Coffee!

2016-10-12T04:58:33.176-06:00