I'm spending time on a dating website, so it's a safe bet that I'm
trying to meet new people and maybe get a date. I'm too shy to be
good at either without help. I have trouble staring a conversion
unless I've got a topic in mind, and I try to be sure the person
I'm talking to is interested in that topic. That makes it hard for
me to talk to anyone I don't know.
On weekdays, I'm a Simulation Engineer; I'm a software developer
working on developing a new simulator. It is intended to train
operators of robots used for underwater maintenance and
construction tasks. They are those ROVs (Remotely Operated
Vehicles) you may have heard about along with the oil spill in the
Gulf. My employer hasn't done anything directly with the spill;
they just make some of tools useful for deep water oil production,
or shipwreck investigations, or laying communications cables.
Personally, I just do software. Maybe I'll write something can help
someone not bump an oil containment cap by accident.
During the weekends, I deal with lawn care, maybe clean my car, and
might have some fun with photography. I sometimes squeeze that in
during the week, too. I like to photograph the flowers, insects,
birds, and cats that I find in my backyard. For last few shuttle
launches, I traveled to spots about 12 to 13 miles away from the
launch pad in an attempt to get good pictures with a zoom lens that
goes to 400mm.
I also try to get better lap times in Wipeout
at least once a month, and
otherwise enjoy life.
There is the occasional odd thing I don't often get to do, like
spend some time talking with engineers about something they work
on. Recently, that was a few people who are involved with NASA's
MPCV (formerly Orion). I have also gone to a late night dinner with
a bunch of astronomers I met only hours before when I found a bunch
people and telescopes in a field while on a hike.