Thursday, February 9, 2017

Revisionist History

We are working hard on tackling the comments from reviewers so that we can keep a seat on HASP. At first blush the comments looked pretty simple and some of them were even complimentary! However, now that we're up to our elbows in this, it's a different story. 

We had to remove our biologic experiment and cut out anything related to that. This meant that the biggest engineering challenge of our payload was also sliced out. We also had a request to add some new gas sensors which has opened up another set of tasks to program and wire those. While we aren't entirely rewriting the application from scratch, we're changing so much that it almost seems like it would be easier to do it that way.

Ian and Emes have succumbed to the flu and Gramma has been diagnosed with walking pneumonia so Abandoned is...once up to his nickname. 

We have decided to reward ourselves with skeeball if this is ever finished.

 On Tuesday Memes and I were starving to death, delirious with hunger, mumbling and grunting to each other and yelling at Jimmy about wiring over Jimmy sent a pizza to us in the lab and was basically a hero. It was a glorious moment when Dan and I realized we could use complete sentences again.

The geology lab has seen some stuff over the years! It makes me happy when all of the kids from the different NASA projects wander in and set up their work. I like having a space with huge tables that is an inviting place for folks to work.

Yesterday I went to the atmo lab at NCCU to help Jimmy measure Ogawa Samplers.

And then Seth came by to show off something he had 3D printed for the FLOW project.

Last night we had a wonderful conference call with the Wizard Kings all clustered in the NCSU library, icons coming and going in the app, Gchat off the chain, and everyone working to refine what we have. It's a lot of work but it is so cool to see it coming together. I was lucky that Dr. Easson, Dr. Panhorst and Dr. Augenbaugh found opportunities for me to participate in undergraduate research and I'm happy to see what a positive impact it is having on all of these students.

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