Georgia on my Mind

Hi every one!

I’m sorry I haven’t updated this site in the last few weeks, but I was pretty busy settling in at my new town.

Let’s do this in a chronological way. After doing my thesis-presentation, I had three days left to get my bags packed. With a little overweight, I left from Stuttgart airport, boarding a direct flight to Atlanta, GA.
As I had slept pretty bad the night before, and just had a few short naps on the plane, I was pretty worn out by the time I arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson. The long immigration procedure and the double checks of my luggage didn’t really relax me either.
After I picked up my rental-car outside the airport, I made it to Kristi’s place rather easily, meeting her again after three years. She had invited me to stay at her place for the first few days, which was soooo helpful! (Thanks so much Kristi!)
flight Atlanta Skyline
During this first week I managed to find a nice shared flat, just about five minutes away from my new workplace, Engineous, Inc.
My new flatmates, Zack Zach and Ben, are two really friendly, laid back Americans, both from South Carolina. Ben works as a webdesigner while Zack Zach studies epidemiology. We share a nice kitchen connected to a well equipped livingroom (Cable, XBox, RC-Heli,Stereo) and two bathrooms. Amongst the amenities are a washer, a dryer, a mircowave, an ice-cube-making fridge and a really nice “Lean-Mean-Fat-Reducing-Grilling-Machine”. In the appartment block we also got a swimming-pool, a tennis-court and barbecues in the garden.
livingroom1 livingroom2
my room grilling machine
ben with beer and helicopter burrito

My workplace at Engineous is really nice as well, a small professional team and I got my own cliche cubicle! 😉
The last few days I was pretty immobile, as I had returned my rental car. To get to work, Ben gave me a ride in the mornings and in the evnings. As America is really organised around cars (drive-thru-everything), I was looking for a used car. Last weekend Zack Zach and I were driving around the area, looking at some offers I had found on craigslist. In the end we found a 2000 Toyota Corolla, which is said to be one of the most reliable cars over here. As I didn’t have an insurance yet, Paul (another friend), whose insurance would cover any car he’s driving in, brought the car to my place, where it sat the last days, as I was waiting for my insurance to kick in. After getting all the needed paperwork together, I took “Heart-of-Gold” (her name) for a ride and got my the registration plates just today!
cubicle appartments
Heart-of-Gold tennis-court

Actually I just came back from a round of tennis with Ben, though I lost 0:4 it went way better than I had expected after a break of ten years or more!

Well, so far for now, I’ll try to keep the updates coming more regularly.
Cheers, Tim.

long due update

Hi everyone …

As I haven’t written much in a while, I’ll just give a brief overview of the last events.

As the new version of Ubuntu was released this month, I organised a small release party in Stuttgart. Though this was quite spontaneous, we ended up with a group of six Ubuntu interested people.
dapper release party

A few days later Kathi and I randomly got to watch a pre-worldcup soccer theatre performance in front of the new castle in Stuttgart. Especially the pyrotechnics were really impressive!
performance performance

I also started working on my assignment, focussing on evolutionary optimisation of rule based designs. Ask me in person if you want a more detailed description of this. 😉

So far for this update, cheers …

non-destructive testing

Hey there …

To let you know what I’m doing at the uni, I posted a few pictures of the laboratories for non-destructive testing.

me in infrared
This is me, pictured by an infraredcamera; I guess those structures at the side of my forehead are veins.

my mobile in x-ray
These are the inner structures of my mobile-phone, x-rayed from behind.

nosepart of a wing - normal nosepart of a wing - ULT
The left picture shows a standard photo of the nosepart of some wing. The right shows the same part in ultrasound exited thermography, where the defect (a small crack between two rivets) shows up in white because it radiates heat.

Aside this we are preparing for the final presentation of our airliner-design and the last few days I started preparing for the tests coming up in the next months.

G’day everyone,

finally a new monitor

Hey everyone …

Lately I managed to decide on a new monitor. After reading quite a few tests, I chose to order a Hyundai L90D+
Hyundai L90D+
replacing my old blurry Eizo T662 tube, which I had bought used three or four years ago.
Eizo T662
It’s amazing how well logistics can work! It took less than 24 hours from clicking the “buy” button till the delivery guy rang at my door.

Aside that not much new to tell, my friends and I finished the work at the airliner design contest and handed in a report of 160 pages. After the final presentation I will put the paper online, for those interested in our work.

So far, have a good time!

the exams are over!

After over two months of exams, quite a bit of ink spent and plenty of black gold (aka coffee) it’s all done for this semester.
Now there are two weeks of pure lazyness laying ahead of me! (Well, actually not totally pure, as there are some things in my flat I want to take care of.)

the ink spent

exams closing in

Hi everyone (Hey Domme, jetzt haste was aktuelleres zu lesen)

Once again there are exams to be written, so I’m sitting at my kitchen-table, learning for Space Systems at the moment.
Fluid Dynamics, Flight Mechanics/Flight Control and Thermodynamics will follow later.
A nice thing this semester: there will be 2 1/2 FREE weeks between the last exam and the next semester!

Cheers everybody!