Well, it’s official. I have a job again, but this time thankfully it’s something a lot different than dealing with annoying customers at a retail store. I’m now a physics lab assistant! I have a ton of work to do in the labs and help the physics professor out, but tasks include maintaining science equipment, taking care of the observatory among other things. It’s a ton of work, and first thing was getting the workstation actually working and online! So a shot of accomplishment at the end of the day’s work after that.

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I’m sorry I didn’t get a whole picture as the lab has cameras and they don’t like disturbances, but this is how it looks where I typically access the computer when I’m at Walters State. All my deviantART uploads, browsing the Internet, checking e-mail, using Myspace; you know, the usual. Things I don’t get to do when I’m at home as dumb as that sounds. I pretty much visit here every time I get to campus to catch up with things.

 

While the headphones are dumb, I sometimes use my own; but the computer is a whole lot better than that 850Mhz Windows Me machine I use. So there’s that, I guess.

 

If things change in the future, I hopefully don’t have to spend so much time here.

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So I decided to get a smaller tank for my room, mainly that I can put some different fish that wouldn’t fit in a community tank; I always liked bettas and gouramis, but while I’ve had success with them in the past, they seem to be better off apart from community-friendly fish. This was partially an experiment in that direction.

 

I already did the shakedown and cycle with it, so my first three residents is a cleaner shrimp, a freshwater mussel and a pearl gourami (male with the red fin). I named him Guti, after the character in my sci-fi stories I write who is a sentient fish that causes a lot of mayhem.

 

I really like this 5-gallon tank because of the bio-wheel filter system, it’s certainly a lot different than the cartridge thing I use on other tanks! While it as a bit tricky to find appropriate other equipment such as a tank heater, it was worth the trouble I think.

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I’ve had some people asking me about Orion’s interior, specifically the inside. So I decided to grab this shot before I headed out; considering it’s Monday and all. So what’s going on here?

 

Well first, you get quad power outlets, leather boot for the shifter, pedal plates, steering wheel cover, rubber liner for the handbrake well and while it’s not visible, a temperature/compass/clock on the floor of the console. I also have a neck brace on the seat belt to make it more comfortable when driving long distance.

 

Upper section you get to see my radar detector (which works better as a scanner for everything else BUT police radar), a notepad to jot down something quick and an dolphin amulet I had bought from Pigeon Forge a few years ago.

 

The blue switch does light up, and controls the runner lights on the windshield sprayer nozzles; they’re a bright blue, and illegal to drive with in Tennessee. So I have a manual switch to control them separately from the main lights. The hole to the left of it was for another switch that toggles with a nice green light, and is supposed to be setup for a pair of fog lights in the near future.

 

So yes, my cockpit ladies and gentlemen. Now you know what it’s like to be at Orion’s helm.

 

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Sorry if the desk is a little messy, but I figured that someone would like to see what my computer is for all that I currently do, such as deviantART and the like. Meet the Millenium Mainframe.

 

This is an HP xl847. Windows Me OS (hence the name “Millenium”), 40GB hard drive and two optical drives, one being a DVD-R. Graphics card is an HP Vanta 16, and has 128MB of RAM. Optional equipment is the yoke on the bottom, sometimes for flight games.

 

Also I know fishie’s tank has low later, I’m giving it a cleaning in a bit.

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As far as I know, this was the first time I actually started taking pictures of my food. It wasn’t something I did very often then, but more as a historical kind of documenting moment. I don’t have a lot of photos showing what I did in my teen years, so anything that exists is almost a big peek into my past; even if it’s an insignificant thing as what I ate.

 

Here, we have fried chicken, mac and cheese and a cup of water. Usually paid about $2 for all of this, and bought it during my 15-minute break. The only time I wouldn’t buy this is if the deli was closed, which was after 5PM. In that case I’d revert back to candy or something else.

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This was my favorite building out of the entire WSCC campus besides the library. It always had a science feel to it. It also didn’t quite help that this is where I was taking my astronomy classes either. In fact, this photo was taken before I went into the lecture hall, trying to snack on Cheetos and wondering if I’d go eat at Ryans or Golden Dragon that night.

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I ran into this dude at the Morristown Mall, while my Mom was taking me clothes shopping for my first semester at Walters State. Typically these things have blank faces or they’re extruded without paint, but this literally looked it was scribbled on with markers. My sister just made up her face when I showed it to her.

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**Backdated for historical purposes**

 

Remember that spiffy game called Descent? With the ship flying around in the cavern shooting robots? I got a whiff of it and thought it was intoxicating. While I couldn’t play it at home, the memory stuck with me long after. And while I had barely been drawing things in MSPaint, one night I did drum this up on my parent’s IBM 65sx PS/2 system, and had forgotten about it till a diskette dump I did in 2014; a BMP fanart of Descent.

 

I had seen the game briefly in action at a relative’s house in Charlotte. And while I would die within ten minutes of starting Level 1, those gray hallways and that Spider Bot in the menu always stuck to me. While I’m pretty sure I might’ve drawn something on paper, I apparently did this in MSPaint as well. Why, I don’t know; but I did, and I did write and save it to a floppy disk to uncover all these years later.

 

As you can see, the imagination of a kid holds a lot of potential. They can remember certain things very well and vividly in those times. The cockpit may be well off, but I certainly remembered that double ring HUD. And I even got the ship design right in the shield window to some degree. Looking back at it decades later, I can’t believe it myself that I did ‘fanart’.

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