Civil Service update

I know this blog is sort of fractured between posting strange things and personal updates. No longer having access to my grand mother’s attique I have less to do with the former now and more of the latter. Of course my cycens are gone, so that removes that source of blog fodder.

I have it in words, though not writing that I have been hired by the State to be an engineer. Come next week I will report and have work to do and be able to sign papers (I9 and W4). After about 2 years of trying to get to this stage, I’m happy.

As a side note, I will try and keep blogging and noting things that happen (if I can talk about them without violating state policy or confidentiality), but I may be too tired after work to do so. We shall see.

Chicken Heat Transfer

I have a theory. We all know about “chicken math1, but I suspect there are other suppositious chicken Laws. So:

  1. Happiness is a warm cycen
  2. The warmer the cycen feels to you, the happier you are, unless it is overheating or you are freezing it.
  3. So, as you are heated by it, really it is generating happiness in you, fed by the heat.
  4. A dirty warm cycen is not happiness to most people, though it might be.
  5. The dirt on a cycen must be accounted for by a fouling factor somehow. It is essentially how dirty the cycen would make your hands/face if you touched it.

Of course, the only works if you like chickens, otherwise they may annoy you.


  1. I have no connexion with that site or company. 

Gutenbergery: Pick the odd one out

While I’m still OCRing a Google PDF of a public domain book, I thought I’d provide this little piece of Gutenbergery.

From “The Study of Elementary Electricity and Magnetism by Experiment” by Thomas M. St. John, we have this description of the value of electricity under human control:

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The telephone Bell goes “click!”

I have an old rotary dial telephone sitting on top of my PC. Not only does it ring REALLY LOUDLY (because I set it that way) and makes me anxious, I can tell when someone else is on the line!

For example, someone starts dialing a number on another extension, I can hear the clapper in mine click out the numbers. This requires the other extension to also be a dial phone. Also, when someone picks up other extensions (dial or touch tone) I can hear this one go “click!”

If I wanted to I could offencively spy on everything going on around here. (:<