10,000 EV Miles

I reached 10,000 miles on my Nis­san LEAF this past Sun­day evening. It’s prob­a­bly a lot less than nor­mal dri­ving for about 22 months, but just goes to show that an ev is a per­fect fit for me. I just don’t real­ly dri­ve that far.

10,000 EV Miles

Hit 10,000 miles in my LEAF while dri­ving to pick up Chipo­tle, which was a high­ly like­ly cir­cum­stance know­ing our fam­i­ly.

Department of Engineering Science

Department of Engineering Science

This is an old mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing hand­book that was giv­en to me by a pro­fes­sor upon his retire­ment from my under­grad uni­ver­si­ty. I believe he res­cued it from as it was being retired from the uni­ver­si­ty library. When he was clean­ing out his office, he asked a few stu­dents to come in, indi­vid­u­al­ly, and select two or three books out of his pro­fes­sion­al library. He’d got­ten all the books he wished to keep and want­ed to see the rest be put to some use. Though I think he was­n’t entire­ly sure of all of my selec­tions were so wise (name­ly, this par­tic­u­lar book, as I recall — due to it being sore­ly out­dat­ed by mod­ern exper­i­men­ta­tion tech­niques), he let me part with some books that I did indeed find use­ful.

More impor­tant­ly, I think, he sent me with a wealth of wis­dom about what it means to be a good engi­neer. The bits of advice he would pass on felt to me like true pages of secret wis­dom that had been lost on my gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers. Whether it was prop­er hand­writ­ing tech­nique or that an engi­neer should main­tain a per­son­al library, he knew that teach­ing stu­dents was even more than the tech­ni­cal fun­da­men­tals. Being a pro­fes­sion­al goes far beyond run­ning a set of num­bers.

Congrats to Kevin

Just a brief con­grat­u­la­tions to my pal Kevin O’ for hav­ing a pho­to of his select­ed by the edi­tors at Wired mag­a­zine as one of their picks for best self por­trait. Of course, you’d nev­er know it was Kevin in the pho­to… maybe that’s why they liked it? Any­way, it’s a cool pic­ture and I’m glad they rec­og­nized it.

Flickr and Creative Commons

I’ve nev­er giv­en it much thought as I’ve tried to be con­sis­tent, but Flickr allows users to switch back and forth between Cre­ative Com­mons licens­es and tra­di­tion­al copy­right, despite this being in vio­la­tion of the CC license itself. Most of my work has been pub­lished under a Attri­bu­tion- Non­com­mer­i­cal, Share-alike CC license since I first learned about copy­left sev­er­al years ago. And though I’ve nev­er real­ly con­sid­ered degrad­ing the license back to full copy­right, appar­ent­ly oth­er peo­ple have done so. I don’t know of any legal fights over this (yet), but it seems like it would be a near­ly impos­si­ble posi­tion to defend.