August 17, 2005

Short to ground.

I've been sitting here "lurking" blogs all evening. It's been an enjoyable experience as it always is, but a random thought flitted across my synapses, and I just had to persue it. I'm very interested in exactly how the new elevator controller's work. I had a conversation with my coworker today about the "SCR Drive", and it intrigued me. He "allowed" that he didn't know the specific's of how it works, but he knew that it was a Silicon Controlled Rectifier. People, Google is your friend at times like these. I now have a basic idea of how this damn thing provides the proper voltages (at the proper times) to ensure a smooth transition from fast (500 feet per minute) to slow (10 feet per minute) operation. This stuff is quite neato.

I don't know why it is, but I am the type of person that does better with a machine when I know the how and why of what makes it work. Electrical circuits have beena weak point for me for some time, however, I am gradually experiencing new ideas and concepts that make it easier for me to learn. The introduction of new ideas is my lifeblood. Thank goodness for this day.

On another note, I went outside to take a leak just a few minutes ago (Yes I live in a subdivision...So what? I'll piss where I want, when I want.) and off in the distance, I see a thunderstorm brewing. The noise is very understated, and the lights aren't very bright, but I see it heading my way.

I've always enjoyed a good ThunderBoomer. It reminds me that nature is stronger than anything that man can conceive. It is something that we cannot control, and the Lightning Storm is a prime example of that. Sure, we understand the principles of what makes a lightning strike happen, and we can even utilize that knowledge to make our own machines work, but we cannot determine where lightning will strike. With all that we know about the basic theory of how lightning works, we can't make it strike where and when we wish it to. Even with a lightning rod etending a hundred feet from the Earth, it will still do what it does.

this is a very base reasoning for religion. "I don't understand it, therefore it must be derived from the Gods." This attitude evolved into "We understand how it works, but we cannot control it, therefore it must be derived from the Gods."

It's not. But I'm happy to enjoy a series of "Shorts to Ground". Especially when it isn't destroying the brains of my elevators.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at August 17, 2005 11:49 PM | TrackBack

.. dude... you were sitting at home googling that instead of shooting pool with ME?.... I'm, now that I think about it, quite crushed...

Posted by: Eric at August 18, 2005 06:52 PM

Sorry Big Guy. In my defense, in the interim between my arrival home, and this post, I went and had dinner with the roommate's to celebrate the little one's Birthday, and I replaced two wheel studs on the right front tire of my van.

I really, REALLY would rather have been hanging out with you guys.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at August 18, 2005 07:20 PM

"Shorts to ground..."

Depending on the wearer of the shorts, it's a good thing.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at August 20, 2005 03:53 PM
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