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Army Thu, Jun 23, 2005
Sometimes, when I think back to how I got to where I am right now at work, I wonder if I could've made some different choices.  When I interviewed for my current job, I interviewed for 5 different positions in 5 different organizations.  I remember my second choice (I think), which had something to do with management.  I remember that my interviewer persuaded me because he said it would be a good career move and I could move up quickly.  I'm glad I didn't go with that.  Management is retarded.  A few of the other positions had something to do with manufacturing and quality, which I really didn't want to get in to.  So I chose optics because I had some [some is an exaggeration] experience from my work at Thorlabs.  But when I think about it, I'm glad I am where I am.  I would say I support the war, but I'm not too fond of killing.  The organization I work for designs optics, which make guns more accurate.  This makes it so that a gun will hit its target, and it won't hit anything else.  This cuts down on accidental casualties and stuff like that.  Plus, we design optics that protect our soldiers from eye damage, thus reducing our own army's casualties.  In a way, this is me trying to justify working for the army.  But in another way, it's the truth.  Yes I work for the army, that big killing and fighting machine.  But I work to try to make things more accurate and safe.  Eh? #politics

Never done Thu, Jun 23, 2005
Those of you who read my blog and visit my site (probably about 2 people) might notice that stuff keeps changing.  The content doesn't really change, just the formatting.  Here's why:  a website is never "done".  It's only "ready for viewing".  That's what's cool about CSS and PHP/SQL.  You can change the look of your entire site just by changing a few things in a single CSS file or in a few PHP includes.  Plus, with SQL (not that I know much about it), information is stored in a database and accessed by the PHP files.  All I have to do is change the PHP files to display it differently. #technology

Thin Mints Thu, Jun 23, 2005
Thin Mints are probably one of the best foods ever created.  Fresh minty goodness covered by sweet chocolate.  Oh yes.  I have some in my desk.  Their website says, "Thin chocolate wafers dipped in a rich chocolaty coating with a burst of pure peppermint oil."  Peppermint oil.  That sounds weird.  I like my description better. #food

Brake Thu, Jun 23, 2005
So it turns out that I have a problem with people who overuse their brakes while driving.  [I know, I know.  Am I happy with anything?]  I don't see the point in slowing down if there's really no reason to slow down other than to obey the speed limit, especially when gravity will cause you to slow down anyway.  For example, there's a hill on Route 10 near Ledgewood that's pretty steep.  The speed limit is 50 mph.  Coasting down the hill usually brings me to about 65 mph.  At the bottom of the hill, the car begins to slow back down to normal speed.  Yet people insist on wasting their brakes by maintaining a steady 50 mph all the way down the hill.  Here's my justification for not braking:  by not applying my brakes, I'm saving brake fluid and other related car parts.  In addition, I'm saving some ever-increasingly-expensive gasoline by eliminating the need to accelerate once I've reached the bottom of the hill.  By using the speed gained from going down that hill, I can coast for miles.  Think of how much gas could be saved by using energy generated by momentum.  Uh oh...random math proof:  let's say I can coast for a solid (1) mile with the momentum gained from coasting down the hill.  Let's say my car gets 25 miles per gallon.  Let's also assume that my car uses no gas when coasting (this is obviously not true, but it is true for hybrid cars).  So if I coast for that 1 mile without using the gas pedal, I will have saved 1/25 (0.04) gallons of gas.  Let's assume gas is $2 per gallon.  That's a savings of $0.08.  Not too much.  Now apply that to rush hour traffic.  Let's say 100 cars do this exact thing.  That's a savings of 4 gallons of gas, which amounts to $8.  To make it even more realistic, let's say that 500 cars do this exact thing every day for 1 month.  That's 500 cars x 30 days x 0.04 gallons, which is 600 gallons of gas, which amounts to $1200.  Now we're talking. #math