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Thursday, 23 April 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Recently my role at work changed, and in order to keep up with the change, I was strongly encouraged to enrol in this educational program. I joked a little saying that I was "volun-told" that this is what I was going to do. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that one is never too old to learn something new. In my case, you could even say that it's hereditary, in that my own mother went back to university to pursue another degree AFTER she was already retired. No rocking chair for her!
While it's all interesting and related to my current job, I have also joked that parts of the text books have helped me cure my insomnia; some parts are simply very dry and boring reading. Still, it's all good. And besides, with my employer picking up the tuition tab, how can I go wrong? Free education can hardly be considered a bad thing, so pressing on is the order of the day.
What kinds of things are involved in becoming a "Fifth Class Power Engineer?" Well I'm glad that you asked. I won't bore you with all the finer details, but the first book is made up of multiple chapters divided into six units. They are: (1) Boiler Details, (2) Boiler Fittings & Controls, (3) Boiler Operation & Maintenance, (4) Fuel & Combustion, (5) Piping & Valves, (6) Thermoil Systems.
Book Three delves even deeper into the legalities, maths and science with such units as: (1) Provincial Acts, Regulations & Adopted Codes, (2) Basic Math, (3) Applied Science, (4) Safety, (5) Electricity, (6) Welding, (7) Water Treatment.
The final text is simply an academic supplement divided into three parts: (1) Steam Tables, (2) Refrigeration Tables, (3) Handbook of Formulae & Constants. So now you understand how some of this course has become my cure for insomnia!
Is there a downside of all this? Only a selfish one, in that instead of fully enjoying my summer this year, I have to stay focussed on the school work. Oh well, as someone has so eloquently said, "This too shall pass."
So, if you're wondering what happened to Will, and why you haven't seen much of him lately, now you know. If you're the praying type, I sure could use some; this has certainly been a bit of a challenge. If all goes according to plan, I will be writing my final exam in late October 2015. Wish me luck!
Finally, if you're having trouble sleeping, send me a note; I'll be happy to loan you a few books. In no time at all, your insomnia will be miraculously cured, just as mine was. How cool is that? (Yes, I'm being facetious).
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Having said that, I found the following illustration interesting and with a strong subliminal message: when there's money to be made by government or the big pharmaceutical companies, or both, something illegal can easily be converted and legally repurposed under the guise of helping the sick get healthy once again. In many cases it does in fact do exactly that; the sick do get better. After all, where would any of us be without a doctor's prescription when we need it? Under a doctor's care, and with some government controls, we all benefit.
Still, every once in a while, the "conspiracy theorist" in me wants to rear its head, and feed on illustrations like this. Is there a conspiracy? With the billions and billions of dollars spent (and earned) on some things, like cancer research, I do wonder sometimes; it is, after all, big business. But in the case of the pot-smoker's quest to legalize his cherished cannabis, I don't really think so ... I think ... maybe ... or then again ... perhaps ... Hmm ... .
Still, I was amused by the suggestion. Peace.
Grafitti Photo Credit: Patrick Harris, Flickr Creative Commons
Medical Marijuana Photo Credit: Unknown (via Facebook)