streak shooting

one of the professors i had for social psych, prof. Gilovich, is into basketball.  he did an analysis about streak shooting, and showed it was mostly an illusion (at least as far as free throws are concerned).  Fortunately for me, life is not like basketball:

(1) unleashed the speed weaponry on the tuesday night race, and won the climb up snyder hill.
      beat twinkie boy (in the Twinkie the Kid jersey no less) and the other guys

(2) dinner with Carina
      All was so right about this being not the semester to leave ithaca.  when I was in ithaca last time i went out riding and met up with this girl who turned out to be in the tri class.  so on visit 2, i lined up dinner after the tuesday night race.  so meet at 8 at the corner of dryden and college… at 8PM, there she was.  "what do you want for dinner"  "sushi… plum tree"   holy shit, this girl’s awesome!  at the restaurant "I love unagi, my family used to go out for sushi all the time at home"  (just so you know, eel is really good).  so i’ll have to cook some plans up for next week
(3) started my job with US Ergonomics.  first day: field trip to NYC to meet a client… and a tour of the UN (to kill time) and a visit to the herman miller showroom. just so you know, the US is in arrears 350 millon to the general UN budget…

IDSA conference, ithaca visit, and other things

After the SAE conference I went to the IDSA conference in syracuse, which was great fun.  I got reamed out in the portfolio critique session-a human factors specialist against real industrial designers.  In my second critique, i met Andy Ogden, head of graduate studies at Art Center (the best design school [undergrad] on the planet).  he told me the most important thing to sell about myself is "that you make good decisions"  so i’ll have to retool the portfolio and pitch a bit… but that’s what time is for.
I stayed with Nick, my friend Chris Webber’s brother… Nick’s roommates are slobs, and live under the football team… definitely had to use the earplugs to drown out the partying upstairs!!
from syracuse to ithaca, rode with the tri class, saw all the fun people (except Sheila) and unleashed the Speed Weaponry on Alex the old guy who bested me last year.
I finally did the brake lines on the porsche, which is now immobile in the driveway with the intake dismantled.  Whoever assembled the manifold, thank you for using anti-sieze!!

SAE Conference

Just got back from the 2006 SAE Conference.  lots of guys in suits, nowhere near as fun as the HFES conference.
  1. met the president of BMW.  He’s a nice guy "I wish I could have driven a 740 across canada to get here"
  2. had fun with Vicki and Alberto, ate flaming cheese at a greek restaurant.  Be careful when trying this yourself–only you can prevent eyebrow fires
  3. lots of companies are working on IR vision systems.  no one is working on fully immersive augmented-reality environments (like my paper) yet.

Best in show:

3rd place:  e-turbo (technical paper).  turbochargers don’t work very well at low revs, because there isn’t enough exhaust gas to power the turbine effectively.  adding an electric motor to spin the turbo gives boost down to about 1000 r/min.  downsizing the engine and engine start/stop = substantial fuel savings (and weight savings, always a good thing)

2nd place:  Loctite glue stick … no more blue or red messes!  and they gave me one for free


and the winner is: haptic feedback touch screens.  Tap the touchscreen, and it taps back! perfect for those applications where you want tactile feedback but can’t use a real button.  brilliant!

–And they have a an anti-smudge coating, and a filter that de-polarizes the light, so you can see it with your slick polarized sunglasses on!