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.
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entirely sure of all of my selections were so wise (namely, this particular book, as I recall — due to it being sorely outdated by modern experimentation techniques), he let me part with some books that I did indeed find useful.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.
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.
Lone Bonobo — photo by Jason Coleman. I posted a number of photos from last Saturday’s trip to the San Diego Zoo over at Flickr yesterday. I suggest watching the slideshow to view them.
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.