Log in

No account? Create an account
17 January 2012 @ 12:41 pm
I wanted to add my beard hat to Pinterest but apparently it has to already be in a website.  Done and done.

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Calling You--Blue October
02 September 2010 @ 11:30 am
If you remember (I'm SO behind!), July 4th occurred on a Sunday.  On Sunday morning, the worship team set off fireworks INSIDE THE CHURCH!  IT WAS CRAZY!    I'm not sure how they are going to top that next year.  The message was political, which was different.

We spent the afternoon playing volleyball at one park, then went to another park, played card games, listened to the Houston symphony and watched fireworks.  It was a great day!

Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Heartland--George Strait
26 August 2010 @ 11:39 am
For the teaching program in which I'm involved, I had to make a video introducing myself and my research to my students.  Here's the video.  I suggest turning your speakers up if you are watching it.  There is an odd audio quirk in the program I used to edit the videos and all of my spoken clips get quieter as they run.

(I have way too much fun indulging my artistic side!)

Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: Airplanes--B.O.B. and Hayley Williams
16 August 2010 @ 04:21 pm
Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Your Love--Nikki Minaj
11 August 2010 @ 02:53 pm
On May 22 and 23, there was a retreat for all the single young adults at my church.  Think church camp for adults.  We drove out into the boonies and slept in bunkbeds.  The theme of the retreat was "Awkward Silence."  We all assumed that since we were all single adults, most of whom wanted to be married, we would be talking about why God has been silent in this part of lives.  (Think 1 Corinthians 7 when Paul basically says only get married if you can't control yourself sexually.  Otherwise, it's better to be single.) 

The messages ended up being broader than that, concerning themselves on anything that God is being silent about in our lives.  In addition to the main teaching sessions, there was a five your free time in which we could play any of the spots offered at the camp including, basketball, swimming, volleyball, softball and canoeing.  It was ridiculously hot, so I spent most of my time in the pool.  I also watched part of the basketball tournament. On Saturday night there was a Gong Show and a 70s themed dance. 

I was Princess Leia in the Gong Show and maintained the persona through the dance.  The most memorable act of the show was Randy.  Randy painted a face on his chest, played the Andy Griffith theme song, and pretended to whistle the song with his belly button. 

David Dyches, me and Emily Rykken

Randy Giveans
Current Location: Trinity, Texas
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: I Surrender to You--Jeremy Camp
11 August 2010 @ 10:05 am
On May 12, we celebrated my friend Mike Brown's birthday.  We went bowling.  I was coming from another event and had a dress on, so I didn't bowl.  I really good picture of some of my best friends came out of the evening, and that is really what I wanted to post. 

Ric Lorilla, Me, Parnak Charkhchi, Mike Brown and Tony Rivas
Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Top of the World--Mandy Moore
10 August 2010 @ 02:12 pm
On May 8, I went home for my 21st dance recital.  Man am I getting old!  Emily and I put together a jazz routine to "Sparkling Diamonds."  That is the Moulin Rouge version of "Diamond's are a Girl's Best Friend."  It was fun!  Also performing in the recital where my cousins Lauren, Alexa and Sydney.

Me and Emme

Jordan, Emily and Me

Me, Emily, Lauren and Alexa

Me, Sydney and Emily
Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: The Only Exception--Paramore
08 August 2010 @ 04:04 pm
Ok.  Now I'm going to catch up on random events that have happened since April when I quit posting.  First on the list...the Mosaic Lock-In.

My Sunday school class had a lock-in...middle school style, on May 1-2.  I was so conditioned at staying up all night for work/school that I stayed awake no problem.  We had it at the gym at church.  We started out playing sports and then ended up singing kareoke most of the night.  Here are some pics of the madness.

We played a game where ping pong balls were put in a kleenex box and duck taped to our butts.  We then had to shake our butts until the ping pong balls came out.  Here's me and Ric going head to head.

The band.


Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: Hello Goodmorning--Dirty Money, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj
05 August 2010 @ 03:44 pm
For interested parties, here are the basics of my research. 

I'm studying the structural and electrical behavior of fiber reinforced concretes.  The first fiber I'm examining is steel fiber.  Here's a pic.  For a sense of scale, these fibers are 1.2 inches long.

These fibers are mixed in with wet concrete and are randomly dispersed in the concrete when it hardens.  As the concrete cracks, the fibers form little "bridges" across the crack and hold the concrete together. 

In areas of high seismic activity, the code requires a lot of stirrups, which is the steel the runs horizontally up the length of the column.  However, it is very difficult for concrete to flow between these stirrups because they are so close together, and there might be air pockets in the column.

I'm proving through my research that all of the stirrups can be removed and replaced with steel fibers.

The second part of my research is studying carbon nanofibers.  Carbon nanofibers are tiny fibers made, as the name suggests, of carbon.  The diameter of these fibers is one about 150 nanometers.  A nanometer is approximately 1/80,000 the diameter of one of your hairs.  Nanofibers bridge gaps on the nanoscale in the same way that the steel fibers bridge gaps on the macro scale.  (See the picture above.)  The cool thing about carbon nanofibers is that they are very good conductors of electricity.  When carbon nanofibers are added to concrete, there is a direct relationship between the strain in the concrete and the electrical resistance.  Basically, one can tell when the concrete cracks by looking at the electrical readings.  Here is a picture of a clump of fibers sitting on my desk.

Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Better is One Day--Kutless
02 August 2010 @ 10:30 pm
I need to catch up from April...EEEK.  I'm horrible.

So what have I been doing since April that I haven't written?  Research, research and more research.

The teaching program that I'm in isn't supposed to slow one's research down, so I had to graduate by August to prove that it didn't slow me down.  Most of the spring semester, I was just sitting around doing pointless analysis because one of my coworkers was using the equipment I needed to test my specimens.  He had to move back to China at the end of April (this corresponds to my absence of blog entries), and I ended up having to do half of his project plus my own. 

Since the end of April, I have built four concrete columns, performed five column tests (that last six to nine hours each), written a ~150 page thesis and defended my thesis.  I'm getting my Master's this month and becoming a Ph.D. student!

For interested parties, I'll describe my research project in my next entry.  Get excited!  In the mean time, here is a picture of one of my columns being tested.

Current Location: Houston, Texas
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Only One--Yellowcard