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Safety first, then kimwipes.

Safety first, then kimwipes.

It is like herding cats.

The first challenge in coordinating three undergraduate physics majors (2nd, 3rd and 4th years) and one 3rd year biology major is simply getting their schedules. They give you one and then it changes during the first week. Then the second week is spent finalizing schedules and getting their final ones.

With those in hand a table mock up of when they are available with when two can be in lab at the same time is fairly simple. But the challenge is figuring out hours for everyone while trying to consider things like not working with the same person the whole time, time for meals and not assigning random blocks in the middle of their free time (it is better to abut research time to a class).

So I finished a schedule, sent it out thinking it was pretty good.

Three hours later I heard back from one of them, I read what he gave me as time available. It was time he was in class.

By this time my piece of paper with schedules on it has several layers of colors, ink types and notations. If there are any more changes it will require a new weekly calender mock up.

After writing the above I received some more e-mails about the schedule and have scrapped the whole thing and started over. This time I set up four google calenders, one for each person. The calenders are shared between the four of us with each person able to only edit their schedule while viewing the others. The goal is that everyone will put up the hours they will be in lab, choosing times others can be there, and then others will schedule that time as well.

I started by setting up my times so it will be interesting to see how this will go. I also dropped my involvement from ten hours to five hours a week as the stress this was causing is not worth the payoff (which is essentially nothing at this point).

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Serene Summer Schedule



Summer Vacation is tough.

Summer Vacation is tough.


Tomorrow is the end of a three week break in the middle of my greater summer break. Tomorrow I return to work at Think Tank Photo. My Dad works there and the company was looking for summer help organizing stock and taking out the cardboard. A very exciting job. But the hours are not bad, it is a good environment and I get lunch every day. It is also an inside job in an air conditioned building without a cubicle in sight. Three weeks ago I finished most of the jobs I needed to do at the job, so I took the week off (I went to the beach). The following two weeks my Dad was on a business trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam to view the factories and work with employees over there, since my Dad was also my ride to work I took those two weeks off also.

With my part time job back I will have to give up my intense summer schedule that I have developed over the past few weeks:

Wake up at around 8 in the morning, proceed to sit in bed with my laptop for a good hour or so. By the time I am out of my bed everyone else in the house has gone to work or started their day. Eat a healthy breakfast of cold cereal made mostly of sugar while reading headlines from The Wall Street Journal and The Press Democrat. Read or play video games to about 11:30 or so. About this time of day I either eat lunch or go outside and read in the sunlight for an hour. Eyes dazzled by staring at a sunlit page I come inside to scrounge up a lunch from food stuffs trapped in the refrigerator. From this point until about five I usually do any chores on my to do list followed by posting on this here blog. This is usually done from a couch while my brothers girlfriend watches sitcoms on TV. Either people start trickling in for the evening or they are all in busy, in either case I usually check back on the internet around this time (someone has to make sure it is still there) and do more strenuous work such as dealing with unplayed video games. The evening are not so structured since most people are finished with their jobs for the day (I finished mine by making sure no one broke into the house) though most of them have dinner sometime around eight.

It is a stressful and time consuming job not having work to do. On my night stand I have the most recent edition of Cracking the GRE by The Princeton Review. I have yet to crack it open. Well I have until September 20th to enjoy my (potentially) last summer vacation. Next year I might have responsibilities or series to decisions to consider. Until then I plan to enjoy the warm sunlight while I can.

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