Dec 31

It seems like it was just the other day that I was preparing a year end reflection for 2012 – and now it’s time for me to do the same for 2013. These years fly by… and they only accelerate as time goes on. I still vividly remember my late night chat into the wee hours of the morning on January 1st, 2013. That was a good night, and I still smile thinking back to it.

It’s hard to believe another year is in the books. Every year since 2010, I’ve compared the concluding year to the year before. It has seemed that since 2009, every year has been exponentially better than the previous. Well, that is if you can quantify “better”. But let’s not do a quantitative analysis…

Here we are at the threshold to 2014, and as I look back upon 2013 and recall the adventures, the good times, the bad times, and the changes the year brought upon me professionally and personally.

Travel wise, I had the privilege of joining IGNITE on their first annual IGNITE Abroad trip to Hong Kong. After the trip, I was able to connect with David and Yoselin from high school and give my friends from ERAU a tour of San Francisco.

Also, my family established a presence in Phoenix, AZ enabling me to spend more time in that metro area. I turned 21 in 2013, and I spent my birthday in PHX with my friend Jonathan and my family, and it was definitely a fun time.

I had the pleasure of attending the AAAE annual conference this year in Reno, NV, and was able to develop a friendship with the other student from my school, William, who attended the conference with me. Ever since then, he has become one of my best friends at ERAU. Speaking of airports, who can forget our tour of MIA (including the American Airlines 777, and the infamous Howard Johnson Experience) or my amazing internship with the San Diego Airport over the summer?

I also had the opportunity to meet Jessica, who up until April did not even believe I existed. Apparently, I was the “Elusive Eric Harmatz” whose presence was only tweeted about. Through Jessica, I met Jeremy and together with Paul (and Jacob, in December) we were able to explore the San Diego craft beer scene.

2013 also brought a lot of career hunting, which ramped up as I filed my intention to graduate in the Spring. After careful consideration and traveling across the country to interviews, I have accepted a position in Atlanta, GA starting in Summer 2014!

It’s definitely going to be different – relocating from SAN to ATL (by means of DAB). But it’s a journey I’m excited to be making.

As we get ready to begin 2014, and my final semester in college, it’s important to realize that these days are limited. My New Years Resolution is to enjoy the present more, and not to get too caught up in the past or too scared of the future.

Who knows what 2014 will have in store. But let’s take it one day at a time. In just 365 days, I’ll have a report on 2014. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

Thanks to my amazing friends for making 2013 awesome. I look forward to seeing you all in 2014.

Onward and Upwards into the New Year,



Oct 15

Advisory Olympics was cool. It was a good bonding experience, and allowed me to get to know my advisory more. Shelma and I are the only Seniors in our advisory and we only have two Juniors so it was nice to formally do team building with the freshman and sophomores.

They got rid of the duck fetus event, and Charlotte was counting on me for that. Ohh well we still had fun…

My favorite part was when we were against Darren’s advisory and for the rock/paper/scissors-esque game I told my advisory I thought it would be funny just to charge at them at the count of three instead of showing our symbol. Haha, they actually went through with it. We caught Darren’s advisory off guard, it was great (take that for owning us at Dodge Ball).

Sep 14

Just so you can see… here is my Honor’s Timeline for engineering. It is gonna be a long Semester!

Honors Timeline
Semester 1


Week 1 8/31 – 9/4:

Back to school

Regroup after MASEI

Week 2 9/7 – 9/11:

Assist in ordering parts for senior project, eBay, etc.

Week 3 9/14 – 9/18:

Google Site Optimization
Google Apps Accounts for Honors Student/Student Mentors

Week 4 9/21 – 9/25:

Google Site Optimization
Buffalo Check-In (organization)

Week 5 9/28 – 10/02:

Senior Retreat (no internet access)

Week 6 10/5 – 10/09:

Evaluate GoogleAdsense for

Work on the backend to (FTP accounts, subdomain settings)

Buffalo Check-In (RAID Check/Organization)

Week 7 10/12 – 10/16:

Joomla Reinstallation

Reread Joomla Manual

Week 8 10/19 – 10/23:

Set up Joomla Backend

Week 9 10/26 – 10/30:

Set up Joomla Backend

Week 10 11/2 – 11/6:
Populate Joomla Site

Buffalo Check-In (Organization)

Week 11 11/9 – 11/13:
Joomla Site Population

Week 12 11/16 – 11/20:
Joomla Site Population

Google Apps Refinement for Semester 2

Buffalo Refinement for Semester 2

Thanksgiving Break

Week 13 11/30 – 12/4:
Joomla Site Population (if necessary)

Refresher Training to Karl on using Joomla

Week 14 12/7 – 12/11:

“Book of Passwords”

Assist students with updating Google Site

Week 15 12/13 – 12/18:

Assist students with updating Google Site

Senior Exhibition IT

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Sep 03

Enginnering is starting off interesting. Basically I have 10 weeks to build an autonomous radio controlled plane and program it so it flys by itself. Flys by itself…. And it needs to have an altimeter and proximity sensors and all that fun stuff and the onboard computer needs to know what to do with that information.

Interesting… This will be an interesting first semester. Ohh well, at least it’s a plane! :)

I’m staying optimistic. At least for now. Kelvin and I can do this.

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Aug 29

Ahh yes, today was the party at Cherish’s house. It was her sweet 16. Of course, I didn’t know about it until I actually picked Shanna up, so I got her a 7-Eleven gift card. Luckily, she loves 7-Eleven. Score :D

Anyways today was long, and it’s not over. I went down to Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado to get a price adjustment on this netbook I got my mom last week. $50.

Then I went around and about town when it was about 105 degrees out, picked up Shanna, thought I was gonna die going the wrong way on a freeway offramp, and then we went to the party. Fun times with people who I haven’t actually met in real life, such as Saul. I also met other cool people. Fun times.

Anyways, then we went to Madison’s house because Shanna wanted to so I went with her after getting lost around South Park. So it’s like 9:30 and I don’t know where the hell I am. Ohh well.

Anyways tonight is gonna be my last good sleep before school starts. Better make it long enough to be well rested :)

Ohh well, tomorrow I have nothing to do so I’m just gonna chill, install Snow Leopard (I won’t put it off!) and just relax around the house in the air conditioning.

I’m gonna take a shower, and then I have to pick my mom up around midnight from a house on Ellingham. That’s all I know. Should be interesting.

Then I’m getting some sleep.

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Aug 26

Yup, I’m happy to announce that I have been “reassigned” to:

Period 1: Dave

Period 2: Karl

Period 3: Karl

Period 4: Rachel

Period 5: Rachel

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May 13

America is a society that has become victimized by genericized trademarks, as certain brands are more prevalent than others in our commercialistic society.

Asprin is still a trademark in about 80 countries, but is generic in USA
Xerox is used a verb (example: Please Xerox this for me) even though it is a brand.
“Xerox has used “trademark awareness” advertisements to prevent the brand from becoming a generic noun or verb, including such statements as “You can’t make a Xerox.”

More will be added soon.

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