You know you're working in an interesting industry when the currents of the week push you to spend a couple of late night hours searching for some 'standard' dimensions for humans to try to justify the placement of a datalogger in a certain location on site.
KODA's been getting out and about quite a bit lately. One of my favorite activities is biking along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. I've been recording most of my adventures on my SUUNTO Ambit GPS watch, but haven't been able to do anything with the data as I lost the cable. Every time I get interesting in the data I realize that a replacement cable is a week away via Amazon.com, and I lose interest - well, until last week...
While road tripping across the Southwest of the United States I stumbled across a great podcast by 99% Invisible. 'The Children of the Magenta' discussed the problems which occur with increasing levels of automation in the airline industry. KODA started thinking about how that might relate to the navigation system industry - and where we are headed with that.
It seems a little silly at first – a leap second! I’ve been seeing it everywhere on LinkedIn and Facebook, so inevitably I started thinking about how a second can matter. Those more spiritual than I might see it as time for reflecting on life, the universe and our place in it – instead, KODA starting thinking about circuits, data-loggers, monitoring and navigation systems.
I struck up a great conversation with a friend while we were socializing over the weekend. We were drinking beer and doing what we could to help make some habanero jelly. Making these spicy jellies has become a bit of a hobby for me lately - it's strangely satisfying to see 20 or so new jars of yumminess sitting on the counter after a hour or so of toil. I find it also particularly good and keeping me distracted from all the other things that rattle around in my head... not this time though. Something got planted in there that I couldn't get rid of.
Today was KODA's turn to present its paper on "Multi-Instrument Total Station Monitoring with Advanced Weather Measurements". Not until I had to read the title out at the start of my presentation did I realize how gratuitous I was being with the naming of the paper. Either way, it was nice to reflect on my last (and successful) project before I left the mother country.