25 Jul 07

Jul 25 2007

Today, I began work in earnest on my new project at RC/STS: RCVA. It’s a desktop, instruments-only flight simulator aimed at small training facilities. We build an application that contains all the panels you’d find on a given aircraft (throttle, airspeed, etc.), and sell it off.

The application development process involves copying a lot of files, running various scripts to build everything together, and lots and lots of fiddling with the instruments to make sure everything works. This is what worries me. I don’t know aircraft. I haven’t spent a lot of time in trainers. My mentor on this project—a great guy named Jonas—assures me that that won’t be a problem; I can ask him for help, and I’ll learn as I go. Still. I don’t like this kind of uncertainty.

So, I spent the day installing and running the tools. Which didn’t work; turns out I need access to a remote folder, which I don’t have access to. So it may be a few days before I can actually build anything. :sigh:

I took a breather around noon and spent an hour with a fellow anime lover, assembling Gundam model kits. If you’ve never had the pleasure, imagine a Lego set that builds a detailed, poseable giant robot. Great fun, and completely absorbing.

Back home. Tired. Lazed around for a bit, then read a bit more of Michael York’s great little book Are My Blinkers Showing, then took care of a few nagging projects: mending a shirt, re-reading notes for a series of Bible messages I’ll be teaching in AWANA this year, putting up a recycle bin; that sort of thing.

Oh. Recycling. That may surprise a few people. I haven’t recycled up to now; recycling an aluminum can requires more energy that manufacturing one, so I’ve heard. But it’s not just about energy; it’s also about physical resources. I believe Earth has plenty of resources left, but…eh, I’d like to help out a bit.

Plus, I’ve established a goal: one bag of trash a month. The caveat is that I’ll recycle.

Which gets to the real reason I’m recycling: a flyer came in the mail a few days ago, explaining that we can dump everything into one recycle bin and leave it out every Wednesday. No sorting. That’s easy enough to get me to do it. I just need two trash cans. So I set up the recycling one, and I’m good to go.

But will I keep it up?

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