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Is it possible to remember 9/11 and appropriately honor those directly affected and yet look for a new ways to respond, ways that seek healing instead of vengeance? I hope so.
I just started my first class on Coursera.1 When I attempted the first homework assignment, I pulled out the tools I typically use at work: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, blank photocopier paper, and the calculator on my Android phone.
Nope! That just wasn’t going to cut it.
Off to the office supplies store I went and got the real stuff: 0.5mm mechanical pencil, an eraser in a holder, engineering paper, a D-ring binder, and enough dividers. When I got home, I retrieved my HP calculator.
And although those tools got me through college, it wasn’t going to be enough now. I had to get my reading glasses, too.
Now I’m ready.2 :-)
- It’s Introduction to Power Electronics from the University of Colorado. The tools my team designs and builds help our customers validate their voltage regulator designs. This class will help me understand a little better what our customers go through. ↩
- And I’m having fun. And I hate to admit it, but I’m working hard. Where are my college buddies so I can relax with a game of hearts? ;–) ↩
Labor Day afternoon, we kayaked the Willamette, embarking at Willamette Park. The river was lower than the last time.1 The northern dock wasn’t in the water until its end and we weren’t able to go between Hardtack and East islands. Instead, we crossed closer to the floating houses and went father around the islands before deciding to turn around. Along the way, we watched the other paddlers, the bicyclists on the river path, and the train. We heard those at Oaks Parks screaming as their rides swung around.2
I’m even more convinced than ever that I need my own kayak.
This afternoon, we went downtown Portland for Art in the Pearl. So many different ways to make art! Here are a few of my favorite artists from the show:
- Marty Hulsebos, warm-toned black and white photography
- Jeffrey Zachmann, really cool kinetic sculpture, most appropriate for wall mounting
- Two Tone Studios, contemporary glass design
- Renee Hartig, contemporary landscape oil painting
- Nick Wroblewski, woodcut prints
- HarmstonArts, original hand-pulled serigraphs
- Chris Dahlquist, photography
I’m looking forward to visiting again next year.
My lunch ride today was along the Rock Creek Trail underneath some impressive power lines. Out came my camera.
Power poles have incredible variety. Every pole solves a different problem of topography, relationship to adjacent poles and need for lateral bracing, wires to nearby poles and to the ground, and wireless antennas.
So many poles, so little time. :-)