rigging up some fun

I’m working on a geology&geochemistry post and getting ready for some hydrogeology field work! In the meantime, I wanted to show you this video. 😀 Imagine the middle aged white dude is me in about a week! #riglife By the way… the featured picture is a wellhead I took at a site in Texas. The […]

drinking recycled poopwater

You say EW, I say YUM Let’s talk about drinking poopwater! One of the biggest hurdles with implementing a recycled water system isn’t the high-end technology or the stringent regulations… Judging by your face as you read the words “drinking poopwater”, you know exactly what the hurdle is. It’s the public reaction. The super official term we […]

All’s Well That Ends…Properly Cemented

How did it all go so wrong? It’s the day before. We’re out in the Texan countryside, enjoying the 100+ heat index and watching roadrunners dance by the drill rig (such cute little guys!). I’ve expertly navigated the field truck around the mesquite thorn trees…well truthfully, we didn’t get a flat tire so I’d call that […]

on the surface (podcast & commentary)

Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water in the world and in the US, about 70-80%. References here and here. It’s no wonder that there’s been a lot of media surrounding the California drought and over-pumping of the groundwater. As you all might know, I LOVE podcasts. I love listening to them when I […]

bullet journaling techniques

About a year ago, I was trying to figure out organizational tips to help beat anxiety. Since then, bullet journaling has exploded and evolved into a many headed beast. As there’s been a significant increase in interest over the last few months, I wanted to share the tips that work for me. That’s not to say […]

bullet journaling & stress

Folks, I am shedding my fur for winter. I am worse than zanzamittens at this point. There are hundreds of hair strands on the floor around my desk….and that’s not a hyperbole. I can narrow it down to one of two reasons: (1) aging, or the most probable, (2) stress. More research is needed at this […]

staying home with computational fluid dynamics

One of the many perks of my job is that I don’t absolutely have to go into the office every day. I’m sure I *should* especially being the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) on projects, coordinating with project managers, and working on interdisciplinary teams… But…. If I can swing not putting on pants and working with a disgruntled […]

bugs & wastewater bugs

Today I’ve calculated both the weir loading rates and surface overflow loading rates for the secondary clarifiers. Since I’ve never really explained what these clarifier things are: basically the plant speeds up a process that would happen naturally overtime in the environment. It breaks down organics (aka poop). By the time the large particles are […]