Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Introduction to Quantum mechanics

Why do i look at these things, I guess for some reason it makes me feel like i could become intelligent, its a cheap way to go back to school and remember what I am missing. I'll blog my progress through the class and we'll see how i do. Its better than watching tv and who knows maybe I can apply it someday. This instructor is quite good and I thought i would jot down a few notes to see If I could still grasp the concept

A concise version of the equation
`hat(H)\Psi = E\Psi`

an example operator function
`hat(H)=-(h^2)/(2m) d^2/dx2`

basically its an eigen type equation
operator function = constant*function

My calculus is abit weak but is comming back to me

Here is a link to the lecture

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Day 2

after a slight vacation. I ran again. My legs seamed really heavy, but for some reason I finished about 4 minutes earlier. It was in the mid 90's in the afternoon. The details are below.

Calories: 451
Time: 31.04
Max HR: 165
Avg HR: 145
Distance: 2.0 miles

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Day 1 Trainning begins

I began training today with the new polar f6 heart rate monitor. I pointed out pretty quickly that I am not in that good of shape. My program today consisted of a 5 minute stretching routine followed by a run. The nice thing about heart training is that it prohibited me from getting weak. The results of the program according to the watch are as follows:

Calories: 509
Time: 34.16
Max HR: 166
Avg HR: 147

The total distance was around 2 miles. I will measure soon on google maps as soon as I make or find a nice measuring tool for grease monkey. I weighed in tonight at 225. Hopefully the pounds will come off.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

So it begins

I have commited to a Triathon traing class. I think I'll blogg about the experience. I should be interesting. The base line is this. I am 35 years old 6'3" and weigh about 220lbs. I haven't been apart of any excersize program in many years. My wife is gonna join me in this challenge. She is in much better shape than I, I am hoping for to feed on some of her energy. Here goes nothing!

$225 - total money spent on this hobby day 1.

Tune in for updates..

Sunday, July 03, 2005


So, this was the first Gruben family vaction and all was a success. We loaded up the truckster and headed to Galveston for a three day excursion at moody gardens The Hotel was very nice. Clean room, comfortable beds and nice service.

Salsa's good mexican food

gaitos ok fine dining experience

swimming the girls loved to swim. Kate was underwater most of the trip

earache. My ear was clogged with wax most of the trip

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Movie:Mr and Mrs Smith

nice flick. Fun but predictable

Book:The Diamond Age

Diamond Age

John Percival Hackworth is a nanotech engineer on the rise when he steals a copy of "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" for his daughter Fiona. The primer is actually a super computer built with
nanotechnology that was designed to educate Lord Finkle-McGraw's daughter and to teach her how to think for herself in the stifling neo-Victorian society. But Hackworth loses the primer before he can give it to Fiona, and now the "book" has fallen into the hands of young Nell, an underprivileged girl whose life is about to change.

Good book overall. Loved the images of the the nano-tech appications. So far I have like Neal's books. But considering the time invested in reading those large paper-weights, his endings are less than stellar.

Book: The Time Travlers Wife

Audrey Niffenegger
Jonathan Cape


Just a few thoughts on the book

developement of a relationship out of time order
clever, yet sappy

Looks like they are gonna make a movie out of it

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Cabbage Diet

day 1 fruit-breakfast pinapple,watermelon lunch-pear soup dinner cantalope and soup
felt great

day 2 veggie- breakfast carrots,lunch soup,dinner yam with butter and soup
slight deminished brain capicty

day 3 fruit-breakfast grapefruid,strawberries,veggie dinner corn,peas,squash no soup
I realized that the peas and corn wasn't exactly on the diet a few hours after consumption.

day 4 banna-milk- breakfast smoothy lunch soup dinner smoothy ran out of soup
was a little weak around 5pm had smoothy at 630 felt much better.

day 5 meat-tomatoes- breakfast turkey breast slices, Lunch soup, Dinner steak and arugula salad

day 6. Weighed in at 212.5. All in all a successful week. I am happy with the results

Monday, June 13, 2005

iPhoto Rocks!

Thank you apple for making a less than talented graphic designer be able to produce such quality work. Combine a weeks worth of vaction photos, couple of bucks on itunes, and hour on iPhoto and iDVD and walla a very nice DVD I can send to the parents a 20 minute documentory on the beauty of their grandkids. Now if I just had an easy way to convert 8mm analog tapes into digital. I am looking into Eyetv. Others options are purchasing a mini-dv camera that provides a pass-through option or a analog-dv converter such as Datavideo DAC-100

Friday, June 10, 2005


Going to the movies last night was a struggle. I was in the mood for a pyscho thriller and there was just nothing showing could feed my hunger for excitment. So i ended up seeing a well made film,Crash. While a bit more reality than I prefer in my entertainment, I left the movie feeling angry that racism exists, but hopeful that my fellow man will strive to see people as individuals and not a sterotypes. Good show and worth seeing

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A new beginning

Today marks my entry into the blogsphere. It is my hope to improve my communication skills and possibly gain a little self discipline by providing daily nuggets of interest that happen to flow through my slow firing synapses.

Today , I think I have decided to dedicate the next 7 days of my life to a diet known as The cabbage soup diet I am moderately overweight and my wife and kids are out of town for the week, so why not loose a few pounds. Wish me luck!