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About patrick

Master CNC machinist/CNC programmer, entrepreneur, novice writer, and Mensan. -- San Diego Mensa Vice-President 2018, San Diego Mensa Development Officer 2015-2018, San Diego Mensa Scholarship Chair 2015-2017

Passion for books

(Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris 1921)   One of the joys of my life is my passion for books. It was something that kind of happened over time. As digital media became more prevalent, people turned away from the … Continue reading

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What is Time?

Q: What is time? A: Time is movement (distance), divided by intervals (units of measure). Just a thought… Time is a human construct. Time is only the measurement of distance or expansion, as it pertains to the universe. Is time … Continue reading

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Evolution of the Universe

    By figuring out how fast the universe is expanding, scientists can calculate when the Big Bang occurred. The universe was created from a super dense spect of pure energy, the size of a single atom. In a fraction … Continue reading

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Our backyard, our Universe

The heavens have fascinated mankind since the dawn of time… well, at least for the last 240,000 years after man evolved enough to climb down from the trees. But I digress.  This past century has unquestionably added to our knowledge … Continue reading

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Nature vs Nurture

On occasion, I’ve been asked “What is I.Q.?” Is it nature, nurture, or some combination of the two? I make no claim knowing the answer to this question. But, I do think it’s both nature and nurture… mixed in with … Continue reading

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OBDEleven

I’ve been an Audi enthusiast for many years. But, as any Audi guy knows, Audis can be problematic at times. That’s very true when it comes to clearing alarm codes on the more recent models. In my search, I’ve found … Continue reading

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Machining journals

Question: What is a machining journal? Answer: A machining journal is a daily log that records the many aspects of your workday in detail. I’ve used machining journals since the beginning of my career as a machinist. I cannot tell … Continue reading

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Learning to fit in…

Fitting in seems to happen so easily for most people. Me, not so much. As an introvert, I don’t express my emotions with my face. My face tends to look the same if I’m happy or sad. It’s not uncommon … Continue reading

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Matching capabilities to oversight

I’ve been in the machining business for many years. During that time, I’ve worn many ‘hats’ in the industry, from being a machinist operator to owning a CNC machine shop. It has been my experience, that many times, shop supervisors … Continue reading

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Finding common ground

In the world of everyday interactions, it’s commonplace to have misunderstandings in communication. Lacking the social and facial cues that could be gleaned from face-to-face dialogue, emails and texts can be misconstrued depending upon the recipient’s frame of mind while … Continue reading

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