Friday, July 23, 2010
Gravel roads, NSF, dumpster diving, IGERT students.
A few photos from today's work.
Little River Research & Design is on a roll. Like the kind I remember
on gravel roads in Arkansas way back, mostly great fun but with seriously unpleasant jolts.
Bumps like a rejection from NSF last week. And very cool stuff (the
wind in your hair and pine trees whipping by) like nearing the end of a six-month project to completely redesign the Emriver Em2.
Orders for the new models, from the coolest organizations, are piling up.
Today I gave a talk to SIUC's IGERT grad students.
After a week of working with three collaborators on electronics and software for a new Em2 pump controller, I was mentally fried.
I apologized to the students for this, started my talk, and then a chair leg broke and I landed on the floor. Lily laughed hard.
A couple of days ago she contributed a bump in the gravel road by leaving a valve open and flooding the lab.
Good thing she laughed, the students didn't know what to do.
The chair leg failure was oddly like our NSF rejection, a superficially embarrassing event having little to do with our accomplishments and capabilities.
Not a bit embarrased. Get up, be patient and keep doing good things.
My wife Kate and Lily insisted on a reenactment of the fall, so here you go. The chair is a beautiful 1960's laminated wood thing I dumpster dived and repaired. My favorite chair ever.
Fixable with patience and skill.