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Recent graduate of Kettering University with a BS in Applied Physics. My interests lie within Sports Engineering, more specifically hockey sticks and hockey protective equipment. On my blog you will find many bits about sports and science with a little of my life mixed in. Feel free to contribute. My teams: Michigan Wolverines Detroit Red Wings Detroit Tigers Atlanta Braves New England Patriots Detroit Lions

The College Football Scene

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the 1/3 way point of the season already.  I protest!

The surprises:

  • No one has stood out as the best team/teams in America.
    • Ohio has looked meh, MSU has outplayed them but both teams won very close games this weekend to Indiana and Purdue respectively (for the record, both IU and Purdue give Ohio and MSU tough times every year for some reason).
    • Ole Miss lost to Florida so I am not sure who stands out in the SEC.  TCU has not played very well until this week against Texas.
    • Baylor looks good I guess but until Texas Tech (sort-of), who have they played?
    • The Pac-12… they are overrated (I will touch on that later)
  • Michigan.  Yes this is a homer pick, but who honestly expected what they have done.  I think looking at the schedule we are exactly where we were supposed to be, but we just completed 2 straight shutouts for the first time since 2000 (mid-Lloys Carr era).  Also, we have given up just 7 points in 15 quarters and other than the opener against Utah, we have given up just 14 points in 4 games.  They’ve had more INT by one player this season than they did as a team last season!  THIS is Michigan defense.  But did anyone expect this to happen?  I knew our D was good, but I did not expect to see it this way.  The only thing missing is a dominant offense.  Ruddock has come a long way, but still has a ways to go to get Michigan competing at a top level.
  • Utah:  Yup, Michigan’s loss is not looking so bad for us!  They absolutely dismantled Oregon in Eugene!  That just does not happen!
  • The Pac-12.  Did anyone expect them to be as awful as they appear?  I think we expected Oregon to fall off and they have.
    • But Stanford lost to NW but they are now looking like a wrecking ball.
    • For some reason the “Experts” were high on USC but they got beat badly against Stanford at home.
    • Arizona State has 2 loses (AT Texas A&M and home against USC but managed to beat UCLA in Pasedena
    • UCLA lost to AZ State and has a true freshman QB but they dismantled Arizona (who is not that good…. Rich Rod)
    • The Pac-12 may be settled by the winner of the Utah-Stanford game because none of the south teams seem too great
QB Clayton Thorson of Northwestern

My top 10:
OK I am going to get on the Northwestern train for just a moment.  I want Northwestern in the top teams of football talk. Week 1 they destroyed Stanford. I mean, if you watched the game, Stanford looked like a high school JV team. Now Stanford is running around the Pac 12 killing everyone in sight. So you could say that Northwestern is better than the Pac 12. There are other non-first degree connections I could say about the Pac 12, but I’ll stay on point. Northwestern beat Minnesota this week, again badly. Not only was Minnesota supposed to be the team to beat in the West, they played TCU tough. I’d love to see Northwestern’s defense vs Baylor or TCU’s offense. Actually, the game I would love to see isn’t on the schedule. I think Northwestern could beat Ohio, convincingly. Perhaps even Michigan State.  If Northwestern gets past Michigan next week in Ann Arbor, I think they will come out of the B1G West and get that matchup with MSU (I think MSU will win the head-to-head against Ohio) in the title game.  The schedule NW has left is pretty easy.  I think Michigan and Iowa will be the two tough games left for them.

So if I were giving my top 5, it will be this:

  1. Baylor
  2. Utah
  3. Northwestern
  4. TCU
  5. MSU

I promise, you will NEVER see this Top 5 anywhere else.

What say you?

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10

My brother is guest-writing this blog today as he upgraded from 7 to 10.  Obviously, there were some things that I covered in previous entries that could have helped him, but here is his assessment.  Enjoy!

As a Windows 7 user, I had a different experience in upgrading to 10.  I ran into a few issues during the process.  First was dual monitors; I connected to my Roommate’s TV via an HDMI cable which tricked my PC into thinking the TV was my main monitor as HDMI is somehow more default than a 16-pin connector….?

After fixing that issue, the download and update process took about 2 hours to complete, during which I did some cleaning and cooking.  I’m not sure at what time, but when I came back 2 hours after starting, I had a prompt for my Razer Synapse program (for Razer products) to install the program and drivers.  The prompt showed up during the Driver Installation step.

More boring spiny circles, and Windows 10 fires up, tells me ‘Hi’ and ‘We’re updating’.  The desktop loads in 1024 resolution.  This was solved by restarting.  All of my settings, default browsers, and the like were remembered from Windows 7, though I was prompted to use the Edge browser.

On the over-all layout of Windows 10, it seems clean, though there are some on-screen redundancies, such as the “Task View”.  I’ll use Alt+tab, thank you.  Unlike Ugly, I did try Cortana, using my hotmail account.  Cortana is a program that, if I had a windows phone, I’d use more.  On a PC, I can make 3 key strokes and get to google faster.

My biggest gripes:
I immediately noticed that the search function in the start menu is gone.  No more searching for obscure programs quickly, that I can tell.

During the startup process, after the windows logo appeared on screen doing the phase of start up, there was a minute where the screen was black, leading me to think it crashed on start up, resulting in the frantic pushing of keys to see if I could get a safe-mode or into the BIOS.  I was relieved when it started normally.

And my final gripe; it prompted me to log in using my Microsoft account password, which we shall call XYZ.  During the Cortana setup, I was prompted to change my password from ABC, by using my hotmail password, LMN.  I thought I had to use XYZ to log in, but, no, it was LMN.  So that was confusing….

In conclusion, with any major changes to something one has become accustomed to there will be growing pains, there will be somethings I’ll wonder how I ever lived with out, and things that will make me question the logic of the developers.

Windows 10 First Impressions

This is a collection of thoughts about Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge: This is the new browser that is default to Microsoft and I have to admit, it does not suck, and I am liking it so far!  It is fast.  I think once I get Win10 on my Surface, I will love that I can “write on the web”.  One thing I did have difficulty with is setting google as my default search, because I don’t care how Edge is, Bing is not a search engine!  The trick here is to go to from Edge and search anything.  Once you do that, you can go into settings and make google default.  One negative I see with Edge is that there is no AdBlock add-on yet.  I guess this is to be expected as Windows 10 is brand new, but for me this may be a reason to not use it.  I cannot remember the last time I watched a youtube video with ads, or saw annoying popups.  And did you know ESPN has lots of adds?!

Task View: This is very Linux-like.  Either by pressing the second icon to the right of start or hitting Win+Tab, you enter this mode.  It allows you to switch windows, but also create a new desktop.  I am not sure what the purpose of creating a new desktop is, but there is an option to!

Cortana: Like Siri for apple or OK Google for Android, as far as I can tell.  It integrates with Edge which is an additional incentive to use Edge.  But here is the thing, you need to have an address to use this.  Not only does it force you into an address, it wants to use that for logging into the computer.  NO THANKS!  I have not found a way around this so I suppose Cortana is not in my future.  I went ahead and hid the search button.

Dual screen different backgrounds: I knew they couldn’t have taken this feature out!  The secret is less obvious.  Going into a directory, chose the 2 pictures you want , right click and tell it set as desktop wallpaper.  I am not sure yet how to tell it which goes on which one or what to do if the photos are in 2 different places.  Stay tuned.

Start menu: Next up was making the start menu useful.  Most of the apps they have on the right, I do not use, so I removed them (right click, remove) and replaced them with useful ones to me.  Much like the old Windows 8/8.1 you can reposition and resize the icons.

The Phone companion: I have Android so obviously I clicked on that link.  I think the 2 coolest would be Photos and Music, but I did not take the time to set it up yet.  I think I will wait until the music functionality works with Android.  But I will not uninstall this app yet.

Mail/Calendar: THEY SUPPORT GOOGLE!  YES!  I cannot decide if I will use it as default email or keep using the gmail website (I like Gmail).  But I have live tiles in my start menu with calendar and email details.

Settings: In the start menu under settings looks like a good place to get access to all settings.  Some notes here: under devices, you can turn autocorrect on or off.  I did off since that could get annoying and I have access to a real mouse and keyboard so no problem.  Windows Update: THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT.  Chose Advanced Options, Chose How updates are delivered, and slide the slider to OFF!  You do not want one computer on a network updating others.  That is asking for trouble.

File History is something that I would like to explore more: may be an auto-backup option…

File Explorer: The left hand side is getting rather cluttered.  And it also displays recent files in each folder.  Annoying!  Good thing my right-clicking skills are wonderful!  If you find these as annoying as me, go into Folder options and in the General tab, un-check the Show recently used files in quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick access.  This should get it more manageable. Also, if you are like me and use the Win+E button to get to the “My computer” folder, you will want to change to “This PC” in that same window under “Open File Explorer to”.  I have not figured out how to rearrange the sections of the navigation pane.

Well, that’s it… First couple hours playing with Windows 10.  Way less annoying than Windows 8/8.1, but jury is still out on some things.  For now, Windows 7 remains my favorite OS, but ask me again about Windows 10 after I have used it more.

Installing Windows 10

Today is the day I have been waiting for since I got my desktop equipped with Windows 8:  Windows 10’s release!

The main point of this entry is to share with the many folks who I promised I would be the guinea pig and let you know my experiences without having to repeat this 80 times.

First thing:

How did I know I got the upgrade?  Well it was easy, a little box opened up on the bottom left of my screen.  But do not worry, if you miss out on that, just click the Windows icon on your task tray (where you reserved your copy) and it will be the same thing.


Before beginning:

BACK YOUR COMPUTER UP!  Everything!  Files, bookmarks, Quicken data files (dad), etc.  There is a small chance that this screws up your computer.  I have not read it doing so, but the opportunity is there.  I will not take responsibility for lost files.  Also, do yourself a solid and unplug the external HDD before beginning.  Also you may want to print the instructions or at least give them a read all the way through as you will obviously lose your browser once it begins.

Getting started:

The upgrade is fairly straight forward.  To begin, click the little icon and then “OK, let’s continue”.  The first thing it does is searches for updates.  It’s a pretty boring process and I would advise just letting it go and grabbing a coke/coffee/whatever to drink.  For me, this took about 5-10 minutes.  Then it checks to make sure your PC meets the minimum specs.  Once all of the computing is done, it pops up and says “Ready to install”.  Verify that both “Install Windows 10 Home” and “Keep personal files and apps” are checked.  I am not sure if it will install Win 10 Pro if you currently have a pro system or not…

The installation:

Once you are ready to make the jump, go ahead and click Install.  It opens a full screen window and says “Installing Windows 10”.  Really, that is all there is to it.  Take a sip of your beverage (if you did this before, you did not follow instructions… I told you to fetch it, not sip it… your installation may fail).  Once it restarts, you know you are in for a treat.  The status page is completely new and if you are like me, this is when you got really excited!  Have no fear, in another 30-45 minutes, Windows 10 is revealed! (Actual time depends on what you have already on your computer)


The setup:

I started my installation pretty late on a Friday night so I was just going to go to bed before the installation was complete but decided against it.  Once it starts up, it prompts you to login using your current password (presuming you have one setup).

On the first screen, I chose to customize settings – it says you can go back and change them later, but why redo (and have to find) what you can do the correct way the first time?  I turned all of the settings off (sending data to places) because I am not into others having my info.  The next page is Browser and Connectivity settings; again I turned this all off.

Next up is default apps – there are apparently new ones for Win10.  I like some of my programs to handle files so I went into custom and chose them.  But after this, you are done!  It sets up and then Windows 10 is ready for action!  While you wait, finish that beverage and then wash out the container and put it away/dispose of it correctly.

Welcome to Windows 10!


Windows 10 first impressions:

Literally the first thing I did was pushed “Start” because I have missed having a start menu.  Oh how wonderful it is to be back!  The new start menu is probably less of a change for me since I am coming from Windows 8.1, but to users who never had 8/8.1, it will still be a shock!  Also, the power button is back!  No more is it “hmmmm, how do I turn this thing off!”

After my angels singing moment, I noticed that my desktop wallpaper had been changed.  It was still my awesome car, but not the one i had chosen.  Oh well, I will fix that later. [UPDATE: One thing I already miss from Win8 is the ability to have 2 different background images when running dual displays]

The start menu still works in the same way as Win 7 and 8/8.1 in that you can just start typing and it will search programs, files and control panel prompts.  This is great news for those of us who rely on it and also for those still getting used to where to click.  Just type Excel and up comes Excel!

Well that is all for tonight, I am exhausted.  I will write another post about Windows 10 once I get a chance to use it more.  But for now, check out the Gidzmo page.  It seems to be rather comprehensive.

[8/1/2015 Update: First day impressions found here]
[8/3/2015 Update: Windows 7 to Windows 10 found here]

The question I have for other readers: how does Windows 10 run on a Surface Pro 3?  Anyone have experience?  I have heard good things about the early release running on it, but I am a little more hesitant to mess up my Surface.  I have no problem screwing up my desktop.  Let me know!


I have not written in a while and read a post by a professor at school and figured I would give my attempt to the questions posed…

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were:
Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

I think my biggest struggle is allowing myself to relax and rest.  I feel like I can never just stop and rest.  I need to be doing 8 things at once.  If I am not completely busy I get lost.  I think that overcoming fears by facing them head on is what comes easy to me.  I cannot say many things scare me.  They worry me, but not scare me.  And I would not say that the worry prevents me from doing anything.

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?

I think I would put it in my pocket.  I cannot think of anything I NEED today.

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet…which ‘trip’ have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.

Probably round trip.  I have been traveling a ton in the past year.

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?

Oh, this is hard.  There are many skills I would like to master, but if it has to be physical, not educational, I would say be better with machine shop/power tools.  I like saws, drills and such, but when they get complicated, I do not feel very comfortable around them.

5. As July draws to a close, let’s take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you…been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?

Been swimming: yes but not as often as I would like
Enjoyed an ice cream cone: Well I do not enjoy cones, so no.  But I have consumed ice cream
Seen a summer blockbuster: Nope.  No intent to either.  I do not like going to the movies
Camped: Nope, never done that in my life
Eaten corn on the cob: Of course!
Gardened: Yes and the big gardening weekend is coming up where I am replacing all the dirt in my back yard with dirt that allows things to grow!
Deliberately unplugged: Nope, unfortunately not
Watched a ball game: Yes!  Almost daily!
Picked fruit off a vine: Nope, my strawberries died
Taken a road trip: Does all the China/Taiwan driving count?
Read a book: Yes, several.  I read American Sniper, The Mark Sava Spy series and currently am reading The Martian
I definitely want to do more swimming/beach before the summer is up!

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What’s your question?

Oh, I have no questions!  

7. What’s your most listened to song so far this summer?

I think it is safe to say “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.  It is so catchy.  I cannot help but put my windows down and jam to it!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The internet is a depressing place recently… Professor Bell died rather unexpectedly last week, my favorite morning show lost a DJ due to the giant corporations, found out my dad is selling the jetskies that we have owned since I was like 13 (I expected it was coming, but still sad).  BUT!  It is almost time for College Football and that is the best time of the year!

Travel stats

I have flown a lot in my life and I obviously do not remember all of it, but I decided to get Excel out tonight and do some “stats” on my travels this year since my jetlag does not think it is sleep time.  The results have blown my mind.

I have been on 28 airplanes this year
I have been in hotels/other places for 42 days of the year (that equates to 23% of the year so far)
I have flown 33761 miles this year so far (which is 1.4 times around the planet)
I have been to 14 states (not including CA) and 21 cities
The last time I worked 2 consecutive full (5 day) weeks in the office was the end of March and before that, it was January!

China/Taiwan Day 8

They saved the best factory for last, that is for sure!

Spoiler alert, I am home, slept and am sitting on the couch watching Sports Center.  Life is good!

Our last morning started later than usual as we did not need to leave until 9:00.  The fancy hotel lived up to the hype.  It was comfortable and the AC actually got the room cold enough to make me happy.

The first stop we made was a new (to us) injection mold vendor.  It was alright.  My initial impression of them was negative because we walked into the building and it was overwhelmingly smelling of cigarettes!  At some point in all of the talking (none in English of course), I had time to think – I like factories much more than these vendor trips.  The prior evening, we visited a graphics vendor and it was much of the same.  Not my idea of fun.

After that one, we trekked 2 hours to the very southern end of Taiwan to visit the factory where our bat factory gets our extruded aluminum to make bats.  Like I said in the opening, they saved the best for last!  This factory is owned by the same people who own our bat factories so we got a pretty VIP tour.  About a year and a half ago, this extrusion factory was 1 building large.  In essentially 10 months, they bought more land and built 2 more buildings bringing the total to 3.  Now, yes Easton makes a boatload of bats, but the increase in capacity was not for us.  They make the aluminum on the iphone 6 and apple watch!  You are welcome, Apple!  It was cool to see the insanity that Apple requires of them in terms of QC.  There are some processes that they require 100% inspection.  But, that was not the cool part of the factory.  We got to see how aluminum is made.  Basically it is this molten concoction that they “poor” into long rods that are 8″-12″ in diameter.  Each long rod is cut down to about 18″ long.  These billets, while looking manageable, cannot be picked up by people as they are still really heavy.  Each billet is then essentially smushed against a die and extruded into like 25′ length parts.  For bats, they are just cylinders.  For phones, they are flat plates with some features.  But it was wild.  This giant billet goes through something that is about 4″ x 1/2″.  The amount of force behind the ram is giant.  I forget if they told us if it was 2,500 tons or 25,000 tons, but either way, woah!  If you are interested in learning more about aluminum extrusion, definitely hit up google.  No pics were permitted so I have nothing to share there.  The only negative about this place was the heat!  Imagine a giant factory where there is molten aluminum and the heat generated buy the hydrollic presses to extrude the aluminum.  It gave a whole new meaning to sweating your ass off!

After that we boarded the high speed train and two hours later, we were at the Taipei airport, ready to come home.  Next stop America!  For those keeping track at home, we began the day in Taiching, went to Tainan and then headed up Taipei to fly out.  Talk about the tour of Taiwan, right?  Have a look at a map of Taiwan to see what we did.

I accidentally slept most of the flight, but I blame it on Ian for not waking me up.  I intended to just sleep through dinner then wake up and stay awake for the rest of it.  Instead, I slept the first 8 hours, woke up for 2.5 and then slept again for the last bit.  I was tired I guess.  When we got to LA, LAX did not disappoint.  There was no gate so they shuttled us for 20 minutes to the terminal.  Good job!  Clearing customs was a breeze and we headed out and home.

Tuesday was 39 hours long and we landed in LA 3 hours before we left Taiwan.  Without the extra time, there is no way we would have gotten all that done.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the China adventure.  It seems like so long ago the trip began.  It was an interesting experience seeing how the factory works and everything but I am glad to live in America.

Ian had to get rice hats for one of his daughters... it seemed odd to me, but alrighty then.  I thought he ought to wear them on the plane
Ian had to get rice hats for one of his daughters… it seemed odd to me, but alrighty then. I thought he ought to wear them on the plane

China/Taiwan Day 7


This morning we headed on our long adventure to Taiwan.  We were picked up at the normal time, headed to the factory to let Kelsen and Robin off and pick up Book and Lynn.  Then we sat in the car for an hour to Makau.  Apparently it is a resort town and apparently it looks exactly like Vegas.  So, if you have been to Vegas, no need to go to China! JKJK.  The name of the game today was customs!  You cannot cross provinces in China technically if you are a Chinese national without a permit.  So when we left the part we were in and got to Macau, we had to “Leave China” and get out passport stamped.  Then a 5 minute shuttle ride to do customs to get into Macau.  Then we had lunch at the Venetian (yes, it is Vegas 2.0) and headed to the airport.  We had to show passports to prove we were leaving Macau.  For those at home keeping track, that is 3 times so far.  The flight was uneventful as I slept the entire duration.  When we arrived in Taiwan, we had to clear customs once again.  Hopefully the next time I have to deal with customs officials is in the US, though I fear we will need to “check out” of Taiwan.

So funny story from all the bus rides today.  One the first one, Jason told me to get up (Asians are always in a rush and I was still sitting as there were people in front of me).  When we got back on the bus, Jason was already sitting but I told him to sit as I was sliding into the row where I would be sitting.  As I instructed him to sit, I whacked my head and instantly sat down.  Darn Asian buses are NOT intended for people of American height!  Jason and I are still laughing hours later about it.

But as promised… the Taiwan hotel is fancy!  And that is an understatement!  Of course all lights, etc are controlled by a touch screen panel – I got used to this in China.  But there is a TV in the bathroom!  Why?  Just cuz?  Also, there is a printer in the room!  WHAT!?  Also, the room has surround sound so I am currently jamming to Pandora while typing this.  The room is a tad smaller than the one we had in China, but that is OK.  Also, there is a floor to ceiling, wall to wall window in the shower looking outside.  Ummmmm can you say creepy!?  I think the shower tonight is going to be interesting as I cannot exactly figure out how it works.  The one large negative is there is a large door sill to step over to go into the bathroom.  Bets on how many times I trip on that?  I think definitely when I wake up and am still not conscious.  Another odd fact about this hotel is that there is a Bauer Hockey office on the 7th floor.

Well tomorrow is a long but very exciting day.  We are visiting an injection molding vendor in the morning and an aluminum extrusion (among other things) company in the afternoon.  Story says this aluminum factory does a ton for Apple and Apple got a design of one of their products from seeing a process that Easton does to bats.  So all you Apple fans out there, you better thank Easton!!  The exciting bit is what happens at the end of the day… WE ARE GOING HOME!  We leave at about midnight local time and return to LA about 3 hours earlier.  That’s how that works, right? :-p

The fancy hotel bathroom... cuz I know you were all interested
The fancy hotel bathroom… cuz I know you were all interested

China Day 6

Sorry for the tad bit late post but we got back to the hotel a tad late to do much of anything.

Today was our off day in China and it was much needed.  I spent much of the morning sleeping, reading and catching up with people on the computer.  The afternoon we went to a really tall tower called the Canton Tower.  It was cool to be above everything and thankfully it was a clear day so we could see things.  It did blow my mind, however, that they would build this giant tower that served no purpose other than be a tower with an observation tower.  Also, I was excited to see 2 other westerners!

Following that, we went to a circus!  I had never been to one, nor was it on my list of things to do in life, but we went.  I think the most entertaining things for me were figuring out the physics of the ropes, circular ball thing, etc.  I did not enjoy the animal acts at all.  I am no animal rights lover, but animals should not be in circuses! I also found it amusing how genuinely excited and shocked the Chinese people were!  It is like, of course they are going to complete the stunt!  Maybe Americans are less amused?

All in all, it was an acceptable day.  We did not have to go to the factory so I guess we did not have to work!  We head over to Taiwan today… One step closer!!!

Robin and I in the Canton Tower
Robin and I in the Canton Tower

China Day 5

Today was the best day ever.  And let me tell you why!

I slept all the way til 6:30.  I think it was mostly because we were up so late working on specs, but it was nice to “sleep in”.  Breakfast was ordinary and we began the day at the factory with a bang.  It was our last day and we had lots to cover.  Some how we crossed the finish line with time to spare.  Boring ya da ya da details.

We always eat lunch in the factory and some days are better than others.  On the bad days, I stick with rice as I know I will like that no matter what.  But today was a great day… it was CHICKEN WINGS DAY!  I definitely loaded up on wings.  Then, dinner topped that.  We were taken to an authentic Italian restaurant and we had pizza and pasta!  Heaven in China, let me tell you!  This is probably the only meal I left truly full.

Tomorrow is Sunday so it is the day off.  Thankfully we have nothing planned until the afternoon so we can wake up at our leisure and also we can have personal space for at least a little bit.