Elevating My Travel Trailer

I raised my trailer 3 1/2 inches further above the axle. This raises the black and grey water dump pipe to an acceptable 18 inches off the ground. It rode pretty low before. There were a couple of other clearance uncertainties that I had for dirt road driving and now they are all answered. I […]

A Gloomy Concept of Models In Today’s World

Engineers routinely use mathematical models or discrete simulations to decide the details when designing and building something. They observe how a system works and interacts, how it can break and the signs that presage a breakdown, and most important, where the behavior goes non-linear and what parameters drove it into unpredictability and/or a breakdown. When […]

2 Weeks and 2 Days Later…

Don’t worry, I’m feeling pretty good. I still need naps. I’m on a strong course of antibiotics and so far, no side effects. I had a blood test and a CT scan on Wednesday and the news was good on all counts. My white blood cell count is still too low but has significantly recovered […]

Day 3 in the hospital

This is all trickle down effects of the chemo. I still don’t feel any cancer, which is fine with me. As far as we can tell the cancer is under enough control that we can afford to liberally spend our time on dealing with my infection, and it was effects from the infection that put […]

Infections on the liver are no fun

On Monday morning I got severe shivers and strong nausea. If you’ve been reading all these post you’ll know about the events I’ve called “sugar crashes”, and this was just like any of the others, I ate an orange to build up some sugar, and then nibbled on a fried egg and cheese sandwich to […]

Don’t confuse your POC with a real MVP or else you may end up SOL with a POS

Do I have your attention? I was at an all-hands meeting for work. One of the presentations was a review of a successful project that encouraged employee participation and hopefully taught them something along the way. During the presentation the product owner noted that the project was a Proof Of Concept, testing several things about […]

We’ve got it on the run!

I got my latest chemo infusion on Thursday. So far I’ve got the side effects under control. Not only that but my CA19-9 marker is still dropping and with the Thursday CT scan, the tumor is still shrinking. We’re going to let this bet ride for a few more weeks ’till the next CT scan […]

Yeah, Starliner failed, but that’s what’s supposed to happen before using it

Boeing and NASA are going to run a full code review on the “Starliner” after uncovering some terrifying embedded problems with the spacecraft’s operational code. Most people tend to think of code as some monolithic thing, put together by a sharp team whose embers know what each other is doing. Nothing could be further from […]