Sep 10

My computer’s Hard Drive died. It’s knocking, so data recovery is expensive. About $2500. Honestly, I’d be happier with a new computer because all the data that I don’t have backed up I do have back ups in hard copy forms (maybe I’ll hire a data entry person, heh) and I can just spend a weekend or so doing that.

With that being said… I believe I’ll get a new computer for second semester (I’ll have Marget’s class so I’ll actually need a MacBook Pro). Christmas gift, maybe?

Now to retype up my engineering proposal. Fun…

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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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Sep 02

I am writing personal reflections for college essays/english assignment about someone in history or fiction that has influenced me. I really don’t know of a person in history who has influenced me or a person in fiction. I’m really uninfluenced by fiction.

I’m leaning towards someone in the aviation industry, but I’m really not influenced that much. Isn’t it bad to be influenced by people?

Help?

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Aug 30

Here I am… on the threshold of my senior year. Ready for whatever is to come. Ready to sign my soul away for honors. Ready to get college apps finished. Ready to finalize my plans. Ready to accept what happens; accept failure. Ready to back down when needed to.

I’m ready to finish. But first, I’m ready to… begin.

It begins tomorrow. Whether you are ready or not. It begins…

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Aug 27

So this is the last Thursday in summer. Where has the summer gone? I’m normally asking that around this time every year, but not this year. I packed a lot in my summer and had an awesome time with family, friends, and other people around town. I saw a bunch of hit-release movies, help launch a website for our school’s engineering department, and just chilled.

I logged about 5,000 driving miles this summer. So yeah, I’ve been around and about.

I’m ready to go back to school, but I do love summer. But summer eventually has to end and I think now is a good time. Besides, senior year at HTHMA looks fun, and who knows what we’ll do. I’m also planning for next summer, which should be A-W-E-S-O-M-E if everything can work out. For all I know, next summer might as well be my last summer in San Diego. But we’ll deal with that later, okay?

Today marked the unofficial end of summer. Senior Pictures. I took my senior pictures, went home, and went back again for Yoselin’s. It was really neat seeing 1/10th of the senior class today at Yoselin’s picture session. All in all, I think I’ve seen most of HTHMA 2010 over the summer and for those of you who I haven’t seen I’ll see you Monday :)

I’m sleeping in tomorrow. Then I’m gonna wake up in time to greet the FedEx guy and install my copy of Snow Leopard which is due to arrive tomorrow. (It shipped FedEx Overnight from Ontario,CA) So then I’ll install it, set it up, and then if all goes well I’m off to the beach with friends. It’s the “last hurrah” of summer. Just remember, summer needs to end in order for it to begin again.

This year will be great!

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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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Aug 25

Today was training for student orientation tomorrow. Tomorrow I get to give tours of HTHMA with Jacob Harris. Should be interesting. I’m doing Karl’s advisory, which should be fun. Ahh yes, I remember when I was a freshman during student orientation. We didn’t have a main commons at HTHMA, so we all met as HTHi

We ate pizza and then went up to HTHMA, the first time I had ever been in the building. I got accepted to HTHMA literally five days before school (like a couple of days before orientation, I had already registered with Westview). I remember for some reason I was nervous. I didn’t have an advisor scheduled so Ted just assigned me to Demian since I was in his Physics class.

Ahh, my first year at HTHMA… Fun times.

And now here we are, the last year at HTHMA. I’m gonna make it good!

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Apr 29

Our school has an exhibition in June and we are thinking about what we want to do for our exhibition project. Someone in my class thought that we shoot recreate “Photos that Changed the World” through a photo essay or monument in some sorts.

I would like to examine the effects of September 11th, 2001 on our American Life. I would like to create a 9/11 memorial to the 40+ victims of United Airlines Flight 93. It could be cool to make a monunment in the shape of an airplane.

More ideas will be posted to my blog as we brainstorm.

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Apr 28
United 151 about to impact the World Trade Center

United 175 about to impact the World Trade Center

This photo shows United Airlines Flight 175 with scheduled service from Boston’s Logan Int’l Airport to Los Angeles Int’l Airport on September 11th, 2001. The aircraft was operated in a Boeing 767, and carried a lot of fuel and 65 passengers. The aircraft crashed into the South Tower shortly passed 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time, killing all onboard and leading to the collapse of the South Tower. 17 minutes earlier, American Airlines Flight 11 (also BOS-LAX) impacted the North Tower. Cameras were rolling for coverage of the North Tower impact, and they were able to catch a video of UA175 impacting the South Tower live on television.

When AA11 hit the North Tower, people suspected that it was a random plane crash. It wasn’t until UA175 hit that Americans realized the severity of the day and that the plane crash was not a random plane crash. It became evident that these were hijackings.

This photo is shocking. It brings back memories to where I was on that fateful day, the USS Constellation on a Tiger Cruise from Hawaii to San Diego. I woke up to CNN being played in my dad’s stateroom. I watched CNN all day and realized the severity of the situation when a total of 4 planes were lost before the FAA and NORAD grounded North American flights.

This picture marks the start of a new era. An era where America is at war with terrorism. The airline industry has been negativly affected due to this day. Many airlines have filled either Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankrupcy protection due to the unstability of the industry after 9/11 and due to the unpredicted rise of oil prices that followed.

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Apr 28

Segregated Water Fountains

The above photo that I chose to reflect on is titled “Segregated Water Fountains”. This photo is shocking as it shows how segregation was legal in the 20th century provided it was “equal” to both parties. As you can see from the photo, the “Colored” fountain looks like a subpar urinal compared to the “White” fountain, that looks l uxorious for that time period. How can one even say that those two are equal?

Both water fountains draw their water from the same valve, so the water would be the same for both fountains. The only thing that is segregated is the little nozzle that the water comes out of: one for whites and one for blacks.

In my opinion, this photo shows ignorance as I find it hard to understand why people would go to measures to segregate water fountains based on someone’s color.  I also find it hard to understand how they can pass off those distinctly different water fountains as equal when obviously the only thing they have “equal” is the water valve that both the fountains draw their water from.

I ask myself, why? Why did people segregate based on skin color. Did they think that black people were diseased? The way our society is in the 21st century I could not even imagine this happening. We have so many laws in place regarding discrimination and racial profiling that in our era public segregation is nonexistent.

Looking at the young man in this picture, he doesn’t look sad or mad. He looks like he is just taking a sip of water out of his fountain without thinking twice. He didn’t know any different. The man in this picture doesn’t show any emotion that he knows how wrong this actually is. He doesn’t know…

The white water fountain in the picture reminds me of an old water fountain that might be found around NTC back in the day during it’s use as a Naval Training Center. I can hear the valves of the water fountain humming when the lever is pulled. I can taste the hard water that comes out of the fountain. Even though it tastes horrible, it is gold to those who thirst.

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