Category Archives: Personal

I am a College Graduate!

On Saturday, May 19th, 2012, I received a Diploma for my Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering Physics Degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of interesting and fascinating topics, and now I am ready to move on to the working world and gain some industry experience! :D

Last Month of the Semester

Las Vegas was fun; I am either stuck in vacation mode or I’ve started losing my drive for school this semester. I blame a complete lack of electrical engineering classes. Luckily, the next two semesters of school will be practically nothing but EE classes! Incidentally, they will also (hopefully) be the /last/ two semesters of school for me for a while.

I need a job soon.

Life is good, but I’m finding that I’ve lost the ability to relax again; I lost it similarly last year around this time, so I think I’m seeing a pattern develop. I seriously need this next summer semester off of classes, or I’m going to start losing mental stability. I’m not exaggerating here, I seriously think that my ability to function is entirely dependent on me not taking any classes this summer.

I’ve been working on a few side projects lately; the synthesizer is pretty much complete, but I need to do a complete redesign of the sequencer (everything else is working flawlessly). I also have a birthday present for my sister (which would have been appropriate to have done for her birthday, which was last month) that has been met with some delays, and I probably won’t have that done for her until almost 6 weeks after her birthday; it is a kind of cool little LED matrix box with some knobs to control some cool patterns on it. Another thing I have is the restoration of an early-1960’s Baldwin electric organ; I got it around Christmas, but, unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to work on it since January. Since then, Kim’s brother has been living on our living room couch, so I haven’t had much of a desire to work on the organ with him around (making a mess of the place and leaving his shit everywhere).

I’m taking a Matlab course this semester, and I may get a chance to do some cool things for an extra project later this semester. Should be fun! :D

I am Officially Engaged Now!

Kim and I are officially engaged for marriage now! :D

We went out for sushi and teppanyaki, as it was our 5th year anniversary of being together. She had put together a ton of gifts into a bag for me, and it started with a very heartwarming card; after I read it aloud, I felt it was the best moment to ask her if she would marry me. From my pocket, I pulled out the lens cloth which held the ring I made for her, and she said yes! We have talked about it before, but are now having to look more into it; we will eventually be getting married at the Texas Renaissance Festival, as Kim has always wanted to do that (and I think it sounds pretty awesome, too).

Kim still has a lot of studying and board exams to push through over the next few months, and I still have 2.5 more semesters of school left to get through, so we’re still not sure if the wedding will be able to happen this Fall. Whenever it does happen, I look forward to it and hope that it will be a wonderful memory to keep for the rest of my life. I look forward to spending the rest of my time on this planet with a woman that I love and love to be with; I am so incredibly happy right now. We’ve got a lot of travel planned over the next month (My sister and I are even driving to Las Vegas to visit some family over Spring Break!), but I know that school will just etch away at this gloss of good-tidings over the next few weeks. >.<

For Consideration (I forgot to repost this one)

I have not yet come to terms with my loss. I lost it all recently; every last bit (pun intended) of my personal, educational, and just plain random work saved on my computer was lost and is unlikely to be recovered. For more information, see here:Stuck at GRUB stage1.5 on RAID10 Array After Casual Reboot

Nonetheless, I was fortunate enough to have a few of the tracks I’ve made over the course of the past 2 years uploaded to this server, so here they are. I no longer have the source sequencing, samples, or code that helped create them, nor do I have any desire to try to figure it out again; there is no point, really:

Proton Decay:

Triplet Decay Operator:

Trivial Diffeomorphism:

RossCooper?:

Nearly 10 years of musical, visual, and literal work have been lost; up to this point, I quite literally had every bit of work I have ever done with a computer since the beginning of High School in 2000. Several hours of music and auditory experimentation, billions of pixels worth of artwork and photography, and hundreds of hours of thinking, researching, and typing for school; all lost. It is very hard for me to let this all go. I could care less about the 100+GB worth of other peoples’ music that I had on my computer, although a lot of that was probably just as unique as my own music; I had a lot of online friends who sent me music over the years and have since disappeared from this world!

Of course, I have many decades of life left to live and to use to produce much more creativity and understanding, so all is not lost. I still have my mind and body in good spirits, and I look forward to whatever else I choose to do with my life! :D