Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Teaching Award

Teaching Award

August 29, 2014 The Fall Semester started off with a bang! During our annual college meeting, representatives from the Association of Former Students give an award to an outstanding member of the faculty. I almost fell out of my chair when they called my name. This was a huge honor because it came from the students – current and former. The framed award also came with a nice little check.... [Read more]


My Battle With CSR

My Battle With CSR

August 21, 2014 Since the summer of 2008, I’ve been living with a condition called Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR). It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. The disease causes fluid to build up under the retina. My first attack resulted in significant vision loss in my right eye for several months. Thankfully, I found a great retinal specialist (Dr. Kuhl) who was able to seal the leak in... [Read more]


Trains and SIGGRAPH 2014

Trains and SIGGRAPH 2014

August 7-17, 2014 Once again, it was that time of the year to make the geek pilgrimage to the ultimate visual-tech computer graphic’s conference known as SIGGRAPH. This year’s gathering took place in Vancouver for the second time. Back in 2011, Ruben accompanied me to the first Vancouver SIGGRAPH. We had a blast back then and I wish he could have accompanied me on this adventure, but he had... [Read more]


Pride Community Picnic 2014

Pride Community Picnic 2014

July 12, 2014 For the past few years, the Brazos Valley Pride Community Center has hosted an Independence/Pride Picnic the weekend following the 4th of July. In addition to lots of food, music and games, the event features a guest speaker who presents a topic related to the gay community. This year, our very own Michael Jackson talked about the process of acquiring and archiving historical artifacts... [Read more]


4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

July 4, 2014 This Fourth of July, Travis, Elsa, Liz and Vann drove up to College Station to enjoy an Independence Day celebration with some of our other friends at the George Bush Presidential Library. The day was filled with plenty of laughs, too much food, and then capped off with a great firework show. This slideshow requires JavaScript. #gallery-13092-2-slideshow .slideshow-slide img { max-height:... [Read more]


Tintype Photography

Tintype Photography

June 30, 2014 Earlier this year, I acquired a Speed Graflex Super D. I purchased this 4×5 film camera with the intent of using it to take tintype photographs. Tintypes were one of the first photographic methods used in the mid 1800s. The look created by this technique has a beautiful and haunting quality to it. After doing a lot of research, I order the necessary chemicals and metal plates..... [Read more]


A New Car

A New Car

June 27, 2014 Now that Ruben was part of the workforce and would be doing a lot of driving, it was time to retire his old Dodge Neon and get a new car! For about a year now, he has been eying the Hyundai Elantra. He did his homework and I was his wing-man while we visited several car dealerships. He looked at different makes and models of cars but eventually decided to buy the car that originally... [Read more]


Father’s Day 2014

Father’s Day 2014

June 15, 2014 I traveled back home to spend time with the family for a Father’s Day get-together. We enjoyed a nice, relaxing afternoon, and like every family gathering there was too much food but we did our best to eat as much as we could.  Read More →


Kayaks

Kayaks

June 14, 2014 Since our first kayaking adventure in 2010, Ruben and I have talked about getting our own boats. We thought it would be fun to go out on the water any time we wanted (weather permitting). This summer, I bought a couple of kayaks…and everything that goes along with them. The first thing I had to do was purchase a luggage rack for my Soul and install it. Then I had to determine... [Read more]