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More Classic Literature

Now that summer is finally here, I have a little bit more time on my hands. I am continuing my quest to finish my list of 100 books. In that regard I finally finished A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens a while back. I thought it was a reasonably well written book, although it still wasn't on the same level of Great Expectations.   I also just finished Wuthering Heights. It wasn't a bad book although it was rather depressing. At least the last chapter closed on a somewhat happy ending.   I'm

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A LEGO Wedding Cake

This will sort of be my end of year wrap-up, since I really haven't done much blogging lately. I just want to cover the highlights of the year, along with a few pictures.   Right away in January I started my co-op in Manufacturing Engineering with Bobcat Company in Bismarck, ND. It was significant in more ways than one. Primarily, I mark this is the point where I officially moved out from my parents house. I had been gone at college since the fall of 2011 and had an apartment with 2-3 other guys

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Maybe I'm Back?

After being gone for another 10 months without checking in, I'm finally back again. I guess I'm not getting emails about blog comments, because I had one from January that was still sitting there unapproved. I switched it so everything should auto approve again.   I'm back in school again this semester. The co-op with Bobcat was successful. I had fun, made a little money, and gained a lot of valuable experience. If you are going into an engineering field, I would strongly suggest taking semester

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Winter Break

I finished my last final of the semester yesterday around 3 PM which means that winter break is finally here. This past semester was crazy busy and it didn't give a lot of time to do much of anything besides school work. Grades won't be in for another week, but I feel like I did pretty well in most of my classes this semester. The grades may not be quite as good as the previous few semesters, but at this point I'm not hugely concerned.   Now that classes are done I have a little bit of time to r

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Summer

Well, It likes I haven't updated for a while.   School is finished for the summer. I'm not sure if the past sememster was easy or not, but I enjoyed it. It's wierd knowing I'm a junior now. A lot of the friends I made when I first got to college were juniors, so either they've graduated now, or will be graduating in December. I guess my girlfriend is the exception though, since she'll graduate next May. It's wierd knowing I'm already half done with college.   I'm spending this summer working at

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SEEK 2013

I'm going to the National FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Conference, SEEK 2013 in January. I just thought I would throw that out in case there is someone else who is going to be there. I know ChocolateFrogs went to a regional conference a while back, but maybe there's someone else who is going to be there.   In other news, I'm finally finished with my third semester. All my classes went well, but we'll see what I ended up getting on my Thermodynamics final since right now tha

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Fall Semester

Summer has come to an end and that can only mean school is starting.   I thought this semester would be easier then the last two semesters, but it's turning out as being almost as packed as last spring. I'm only taking 12 credits this semester but none of those are easy. I'm also working quite a bit. Although really, I'm enjoying stuff a lot more now though, after working 40 hours a week this summer.   Classes for this fall are Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Intro to Engineering Proc

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Pine Cones And Sumac

We had a Boy Scout hike recently, which meant I was able to pull out my camera and take a few pictures. Just to note, the seconded was tweaked a little bit, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.    

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My Head Hurts

Currently taking dynamics and general plane motion of a rigid body makes my head hurt. I want my particle kinematics back.   These last two and a half weeks of the semester are going to be a nightmare too. For some reason last semester wasn't nearly as bad this semester.  

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Goodbye Stranger

"It was an early morning yesterday I was up before the dawn And I really have enjoyed my stay But I must be moving on"   I guess had to come to this at some point. Over the last semester my free time had continually dwindled down until there was barely enough left for me to do a lot of the stuff I wanted to do. I finally hit a wall this semester as I've started working at my college's tutoring center. That combined with two of the more challenging and/or time consuming classes in my college's

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Winter Break

First week of classes finished up on Friday. This is probably going to be a fun semester, but it is also going to be more difficult than the last. It will probably work out though, since I always seem to adjust to whatever the workload happens to be.   I did a few fun things over break in addition to work 40 hours over the three weeks. I got to hang out with a few friends from Knowledge Bowl and another guy I knew from Cross Country/Track, so that was pretty fun. We also had an Alumni Knowle

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19

Let's just say over sleeping is not a good way to start your birthday. I wanted to show up for work at 8 AM, but we I set my alarm the night before I neglected to make sure it was turned on. I rolled out of bed at about 7:45 in a huge panic. So, yeah that wasn't a great start.   As for my birthday, I didn't do anything exciting at all. Most of my birthday's have been pretty low key these last few years. I'll probably have to change that at some point. I didn't really expect anything big for

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Public Speaking

I'm normally pretty quiet and shy. Because of that I've never really enjoyed the idea of public speaking. It's not that I'm terrified of it, because I'm not, I just never liked the idea. Due to what is pretty much a universal college general education requirement, I had to take a public speaking course. I feel pretty lucky though, because I get to take the special public speaking course. I am in my school's honors program, so I was able to register for the freshman honors public speaking cou

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Photography (Recent)

The first is from back in September, when I took a walk around the NDSU campus to take a few pictures. The second was at my grandparents cabin earlier in the summer.   I feel like I should make a content block for photography, but then I would have to update the rest of my content blocks and that would require work.  

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Home

After being gone for two months it feels weird to be back at my house. It's nice though, since it does beat spending another weekend stuck in the dorms.   Went for a really good run today. If I didn't know the date, I probably wouldn't be able to guess that it's almost the end of October, the temperature is still really nice out. The low 60's made for some nice running weather.  

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What I've Been Up

It seems like it's been forever since the forums went off-line. I guess I sort of felt like they were never going to come back, but here they are all shiny and brand new.   I'm not going to try to give an update on every single thing I've done in the last 5 months(?), but there are a few somewhat important items. I'll probably miss a few things but what ever.   Probably the biggest thing is that I graduated from high school all the way back in May and I'm now off at college, studying mechanica

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Another Track Meet

Well, I going to say it was a success. My knee hurt a little bit during my warm up, but it wasn't anywhere as bad on Monday. The run went decently with a 2:42. My knee felt fine both during and after the run so that's a relief. It doesn't feel all the way better now, but I'll probably try running during practices again next week. More ice and cross-training this weekend though.   The rest of the meet was also pretty good, one of our freshmen had PR and lettered with a 4:52 in the 1600 M an

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Winter Wonderland

Woke up this morning and it looked like it was winter again. As much as I love snow, I don't want to see after March, and I certainly don't want to see it near the end of April.   I miss last year, it warmed up right after spring break and then it was pretty much nice the rest of track season.  

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My Knee 2

Yeah. I talked to the athletic trainer and I looks like I have tendentious in my knee. I guess I'm going to be doing a lot of cross training over the next couple of weeks and hoping it will get better. I've tried running with it, but that really hasn't worked that well.   I'm probably still going to be running in meets, but this definitely won't help my times, not that were that great before.  

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Knee Injury

Not sure what exactly is wrong, but something happened to my knee during track practice on Monday and it hasn't felt right since. I've been icing it like crazy (relatively speaking) and hopefully it will heal up so I can start running again next week. I tried running yesterday, but that didn't really work out.   Maybe in a weird way this is a good thing, since it's forcing me to rest giving my shins some time heal too.    

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Calculus Class

Some how I don't think my life is ever going to be the same after I finish Calculus 1. I'm still in awe of the power of the derivative. I'm seeing all these connections with the non-calculus based Physics class I took last semester. Physics is going to really fun when I finally get to take a calc based course this fall.   We also got the take home test back that we took last weekend. I guess I did pretty well, but the I was most surprised with the rowing rate problem that was on it. I wasn

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Series 4 Minifigs

I managed to stop into Toys R Us earlier today since I heard that the series four Collectible Minifigs are showing up in stores now. I guess I got lucky since the associate I talked with said they got their shipment of series four the previous day.   I ended up getting a Musketeer, the Hazmat guy, an Artist, the Garden Gnome, and the Soccer Player. I felt almost all of the other figs, but I had to pass on most of them since I didn't want to spend $50. The only ones I didn't find were the Fra

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Indoor Track

The last two weekends were the two indoor track meets that start off the high school track season.   At the first meet I ran the 800 M after the guy who was suppose to run it fell twice during the sprint medley. My time was pretty bad, even for what I've done in past years, 2:47.   At the second meet I led off the 4x800 M since half of the regular 4x800 team was gone. My split was a little better then the previous week, 2:41, but the junior and two freshmen who also ran averaged about 2:30 e

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High School Track

My final year of high school track & field started last Monday. I having a hard time believing that it's really been 3 years since I started. I've certainly made a lot of progress, both with speed and endurance, but this is my last year to really do something.   It looks like I may be able to set a new personal record although I'm not sure if I'll be able to hit my goal time of 2:15 for the 800 M. My dad also wants me to beat his 5:15 mile from when he was in high school, but I'm not sur

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