Turned 21 yesterday. I guess most people do something special for the occasion, but I’m refreshingly busy interning for SpaceX in California; all of next week, I’ll be at a cyclotron facility in Indiana to do radiation testing, and the week after that will be spent hopefully playing with a flight control computer and designing a test data visualization and hardware control system (à la DRL, but for a rocket this time), highlighted by another SpaceX launch during the weekend.
The inside surface of my rims slopes upwards all the way up to the rim wall, so I had a hard time pumping up the Maxxis Ardent on the first few tries. I modified and finalized my taping strategy while pumping up the Specialized tire for the first time, so I don’t know if the Specialized tire would’ve been easier or not. Regardless, I was able to leisurely pump up both tires, without sealant, with just a floor pump and a bit of soapy water on the tire beads.
Per instructions on the bottle, I added 100 mL of sealant to both tires through the valves (with core removed). Small leaks at the valve stems were fixed by tightening the nut with a pair of pliers.
Gorilla tape nearly tore the skin off my hands. That stuff is really sticky.
Recently I’ve been forgetting what it feels like to be working on something I’m excited about.
Today I helped a friend put together a simple circuit involving op-amps, and I had a blast learning about different uses for op-amps, particularly the inverting amplifier and deriving the gain equation myself.
Given my current state of overcommitment, a new project is the last thing I need. Even so, I need another year-long project.