Goals and victories review (Oct 09)


(Recreation and fitness)

  • Blue belt done
  • Green belt done
  • Brown belt done
  • Climb an Adirondack high peak done x 2
  • Complete my electronics project (the WSG)


  • Rewrite polarimeter software 
  • Complete next experiment (HAPPEX-III) done


  • Organize shed done
  • Repair house exterior


  • Reduce debt y y n n y n n y? n y – – / N
    (y(n) means we did (did not) meet my specific debt reduction goal in the given month; final Y(N) means we have (have not) met my goal cumulatively in the months so far)


  • Purple belt second tip
  • Blue belt
  • Rewrote Compton polarimeter decoder software
  • Blue belt first tip
  • Recovered from pneumonia
  • Performed at Gilbertsville, Syracuse May Day, Cortland May Day, Oneida Plant a Row for the Hungry garden, Sudz tour in CT/MA, Saugerties Garlic Festival
  • Got rid of Stairway to Nowhere and much other trash and yard waste
  • Blue belt second tip
  • Green belt
  • Replaced basement door
  • Cleared brush growth near Bilco door
  • Polarization measurement with new electron detector
  • Finished removal of concrete hazard to navigation
  • Green belt first tip
  • Climbed two Adirondack high peaks
  • Organized shed
  • Run Coordinator for our experiment
  • Started learning to play ukulele
  • Green belt red and blue tips
  • Semi successful polarization analysis for incoming data
  • Green belt white tip
  • Brown belt
  • Completed HAPPEX-III data taking
  • Painted walls and baseboard moldings of study

Quoting myself again, “Once again, higher priorities have put the electron detector software rewrite on hold. Priorities like actually taking data, and getting the photon detector analysis working.” We completed data taking on HAPPEX-III, which is pretty much what I meant when I set the goal of “completing” the experiment; of course it’s not really complete until we’ve analyzed the data and published the results.

And again, “Not much work done on the house. Study is … painted.” Mostly. The “…” was “still half”, but I finished painting the walls and baseboard moldings. Ceiling, doors, bookshelves, and remaining windows and trim will wait until open-window weather returns.

We were able to make a big credit card payment this month, so we much more than met this month’s goal, though we’re still behind on where I wanted to be for the year. Still, debt’s down by a good deal and I can’t complain.

The other big victory for the month is brown belt. Funny, it seems a bigger step up than it really is. It didn’t feel weird to be a green belt last May, but it feels a little weird to be a brown belt now. Weird like, hey, why do I have one of these?

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