Weekly Weblog 11/18/2017

Quite a week for ISR I would say. Finally, an up and running laser printer media from all over the world coming to the elab and a mint plant plotting world domination. Hydroponics has been doing very well, the drip systems will be up and running after Thanksgiving but I do worry about the size of the mint plant. They grow up so fast and also I think he might be going down the wrong path. It's just a hunch but also I keep getting threatening emails from him so maybe I should invest in a weedwhacker, we will see.

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Daily Weblog 11/17/2017

Today in ISR a bit of a slow day. Most of the class comprised of watching the new Tesla advertisement on semi-trucks and sports cars. Tesla has once again outdone themselves. We also were able to speak about future plans and the media that would be attending a meeting at the elab after school. They are coming especially for international students to see what can be done to make Hawaii more of an educational destination.
Ec 2.0

Temp 76

pH 7.6

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Daily Weblog 11/14/2017

An amazing class today. I have to thank Dr. Bill again for the amazing opportunities and tools he has afforded us. Work today was more of a fun venture putting up the many posters we acquired today. The smaller ones in the mon lab and the larger ones in the conference/space room which has now more than earned its name.With each glance, those images inspire me and I hope they will allow us to take the Ames project into the stars.
Ec 1.6 to 2.3

Temp 76

pH 7.6

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Weekly Weblog 11/12/2017

A week with a few ups and downs. Struggling to keep people on track with Amnes as with all these quantum gizmos being tossed around everyone's mind is in two different states. A will say that the Laser cutter setup nearing completion is a welcome sight. I can't wait to mess with that thing. ( I mean respectfully and thoughtfully use the 23000 dollar piece of equipment.) For hydroponics the drip systems are looking to be built however I just need to get my hands on some prettier buckets.

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Daily Weblog 11/09/2017

So Lasers are pretty cool but when you use them to cut stuff results in fumes and dust that aren't usually good for you. Today was spent watching Dr. Bill and Mr. H put together to two turbine-like fans we got to ventilate the workshop for the new laser cutters. An interesting procedure especially with Oliver running around. I do believe after much research that Dr. Bill was right in suggesting that the unit that measures the sound of fans is in fact called a Sameer.
Ec 1.9 to 2.3
Temp 73
pH 7.4

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Daily Weblog 11/08/2017

So a bit of a frustrating class today. I as anyone in my position would have a love for quantum physics. However, as we currently have a NASA competition in the works that we are aiming to win I do believe that it takes priority over other things. So this is probably why I cannot fathom why Oliver and Brianna want to build a neutrino detector at this point in time. Nevertheless, I shall persist and aid them in there efforts for if I do not they may get sidetracked again and we end up with half a particle accelerator.

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Daily Weblog 11/07/2017

Today in ISR we went over each of our projects for midquarter reports. I have yet to work with Oliver on Automation and I need to get on that as I forget to fill the resevoir sometimes. I will begin pestering him about it at once. Some of the cucumbers have gone mising from the vine. I wonder what happened to them ?
Ec 2.1
Temperature 68 degrees

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Weekly Weblog 11/04/2017

This week in ISR we had some visitors for two of our classes. The first being Ms. Tiare who had the usual school board questions for us relating to our projects. In the other class, however, we met some students and teachers from Punahou who flew over to tour HPA. With the energy lab being the culmination of it. After meeting with them we had a chance to go work on our projects individually and the guests could decide who they wished to pursue further. The final class just in time for the end of Haloween and the beginning of the Christmas season we cleaned and decorated the conference which is now dubbed the space lab, May all who enter bask in the beauty of the universe.

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Daily Weblog 11/03/2017

A pretty productive ISR today for NASA stuff. Besides somehow acquiring a hundred dollars worth of space posters (THANKS, Dr. Bill) we cleaned out the conference room and claimed it as our den of for any and all things space. We hope to add unique decorations and store visual indicators of our progress on the NASA amnes project. I also attempted to get the MSI up and running again as George killed it with Ubuntu. For Hydroponics:
Ec 1.8 up to 2.0

Temp 78 degrees

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Daily Weblog 11/01/2017

Today in ISR we spent the majority of class discussing our projects with Ms. Tiare who came to visit us. After I had some time to work on hydroponics. The container was a bit low on water so I filled it with an extra gallon or so. As I added more water the Ec went down so 50g of fertilizer was added. I also tried to clean some of the algae from the container but this proved more difficult than I hoped as I only had my hands. Perhaps a pool skimmer will be useful.
Ec 1.4 to 2.0

Temperature 74

pH 7.5

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Daily Weblog 10/31/2017

Today in ISR we posted our vision statements for the next semester.For hydroponics, the Mint has grown vines that seem to reach across the courtyard. Must put up biohazard signs to avoid any mint attacks. Still working on hydroponics automation with Oliver but the two of us are a bit preoccupied with space.
Ec 2.1

Temperature 65 degrees (the insulation is working wonders.)

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Semester 1 Summary

Initial Goal: To re-establish the hydroponics installations that were set up last year and begin to automate them.
What has been done: The flood and drain systems are up and running with the first crop ready for harvest.

Issues: Besides the mint that is attempting to take over the elab the nutrient level of the water changes drastically with the constant rain.Initially, the pumps were too strong for the amount of space available and resulted in severe overflow but this was solved with some clever tinkering. Algae has also begun to take over the reservoir and has to be constantly removed to prevent the pump from clogging.

Next Steps: Establish the vertical hydroponic installations and begin possible zero gravity research similar to what Boening attempted on the ISS.

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Weekly Weblog 10/28/2017

Only one ISR this week sadly. However, on that day I was able to install the insulation for the hydroponics as the reservoir keeps heating up. The insulation was tied to the trash can with some parachute cord which has proven to be the best method of holding things up in hydroponics. Meanwhile, for the NASA aim project, we are still working the overview and shape of our station. I hope to be able to simulate the effects of gravity on the space station using universe sandbox on the MSI if possible.

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Daily Weblog 10/26/2017

Great progress today for Hydroponics. Massive cucumbers have sprouted all over the plant and the parachute cord is holding up very nicely. Honestly, the building would need to come down first for the plants to collapse. I have also added some insulating shielding around the reservoir to prevent the water from overheating. Also due to the long weekend, the Ec was a bit low so I topped it up on fertilizer.
Ec 1.3 to 2.5
Temp 71 degrees

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Weekly Weblog 10/21/2017

A bit of a slow week in ISR due to scheduling. However, I am glad to be on the NASA AIM team. After many iterations, we have come up with the name stardust in Native Hawaiian for our project. We are looking to design a unique iteration of the common ring design for the space station and will hopefully begin 3D printing soon.

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Daily Weblog 10/20/2017

Todays ISR was focused on the parents who came. The day was used to showcase each of projects to each and every visitor. No time was left for project work but the Ec for the day was 2.0 so no change was needed.

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Daily Weblog 10/17/2017

First day on the so-called Space Team of ISR. Still in the process of working out a name. We are looking into a Hawaiian name perhaps but translators prove unreliable. We may have to speak to one of the numerous native Hawaiian teachers here. In terms of Hydroponics, No Ec change today as it was still at 2.2 but I had of remove copious amounts of moss to keep the setup from looking like a biohazard experiment.

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Daily Weblog 10/16/2017

So Quarter two has started off with a bang. (maybe like the Big bang). I was told to go big or go home for this quarter so I went straight to space. A competition to design a lunar and LaGrange habit has become the mainstay of the space fans of ISR. I was lucky enough to be offered a place on this team and I hope I can be an invaluable asset to the team.Hydroponics, Ec was really low at 1.0 added 150g to increase to 2.3. The temperature was around 70 degrees and I added about 5 gallons of water to it and increased the outflow on the valve.

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Weekly Weblog 10/14/2017

A quick review of the week. Two guest speakers both deeply intertwined with Hawaii and HPA. One speaker gave us wacky activities while the other told us about how to break into the CS job market. All in all an interesting week but not as productive as I would have liked it to be. For next week I hope to finally see the time-lapse footage of the plants as well as work on the vertical installations.

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Daily Weblog 10/13/2017

Today in ISR we had another guest speaker and HPA alum who has worked in computer science field. Early in his career, he focused on Bitcoin debit cards( a pity George wasn't there). After ISR a wonderful Olin talk occurred where each of us got to present a few of our projects and got to ask questions regarding the college. After to the talk having not known much prior, I am seriously considering Olin as a possible reach for me.

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