Posted by: Tyler Green | 03/05/2011

Reading Wednesday: Check

I have not been reading a single book on consecutive Wednesdays yet this year. While this sounds like an awkwardly trivial stat to keep track of, it began as I would visit the public library each Wednesday this semester, and each time I would hope to be on a new book.

While I have recently fallen under busy times and library visits have dwindled, the streak has continued. This has been helped by my frequent starting of books on Thursdays to give the maximum reading time, and my absolute singularity of hobbies on the weekends. I will normally read about of quarter of a book during the week, and then absolutely knock it out on Friday and Saturday.

I’m sure my productivity in this area will dwindle sometime, but it has been going fairly strong since the end of October. I may follow up with another post sometime about how this has lead me to develop a singular hobby theory, but I’ll save that for another day. For now, I need to go read some more of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson before bed.

P.S. – If you are interested, check out my reading list at http://www.goodreads.com/tgreen8091.

P.P.S. – As I was composing this on my phone, the bulb on my reading lamp would turn on and off every couple minutes. I noticed that my phone screen dimmed and brightened accordingly after these changes. It took me more than two months to figure out the trend behind these brightness changes, and it came as a result of a failing light bulb. No wonder every great discovery in science and engineering was an accident.

Posted by: Tyler Green | 02/27/2011

Making Memories

I’m sleeping on the floor tonight, and it’s going to be awesome. Maybe not tonight, but in a month or so, it’ll be unbeatable.

This is one of the main things I have learned about my favorite memories – they felt normal at the time. Not to say they weren’t fun experiences, but they didn’t feel as unique as when I look back on them. Only time and changing situations made them look that much better.

I slept on the floor (still on a mattress) for a week back in September, and it was pretty fun. Remembering it now, I don’t think about the homework or tests I had that week, or if I was tired, frustrated, or anxious. I remember being care-free enough to want to change up the sleeping norm. I remember falling asleep thinking about how cool what I was doing was. And with any luck, that us how I’ll look back on tonight.

This is the same fascination I have with traveling. I have so many great memories about being stress-free at some incredible places, memories that I really enjoy reminiscing about. Even though for each one of them, I felt pretty normal at the time, they provide great reflecting points throughout my daily life. These also motivate me to keep traveling to both have a great time, and to create some fantastic memories to keep me going in the future.

So that’s the lesson I’ve learned: if I enjoy it at all now, it’ll feel like the greatest thing ever looking back, and that is worth about anything.

Posted by: Tyler Green | 02/09/2011

How to Get Pumped – John Wall Style

Ever feeling down and need some motivation?  Watch and revel…

Posted by: Tyler Green | 07/14/2010

Stadium Fanatic!

I have been working for the last month on a new stadium-based social network called Stadium Fanatic.  Here is the press release I wrote up for it in third person.  Please excuse the fact that I quoted myself, as it was the only way to sound official.  I hope you’ll check out the site at http://www.stadiumfanatic.com!

Do you love the rush you get as you step from the concourse into the heart of an enormous stadium?  Lexington web developer Tyler Green sure does, and he has created a new social network, Stadium Fanatic, to connect with other sports fans who feel the same.

“I’ve always enjoyed going around to ballparks, taking photos, and just experiencing the atmosphere, so I thought it would be a good idea to develop a place on the web where people could share those feelings,” says Green, whose site allows users to document and share their sports venue experiences.

Visits, comments, and photos are the main components to the social network.  Users are encouraged to mark stadiums in which they have attended an event as ‘Visited’, and watch their name climb the leaderboard as their number of visits increases.  Commenting on venues allows users to share their favorite experiences and offer suggestions for future visitors.  The final feature, sharing photos, Green feels is the highlight of the site.  “I could spend days browsing photos of stadiums.  Every venue is different and I think creating this community will help those who are interested explore them in ways they may not have been able to in the past.”

Outside of the online network, users are encouraged to use the hashtag ‘#AwesomeStadium’ when updating their Twitter accounts from a sports venue to group their updates with those of others.  The use of hashtags creates a live update stream and allows users, who are either at the same park or not, to read about the various stadium experiences occurring at that moment.

You can start connecting with Stadium Fanatics across the country today by visiting http://www.stadiumfanatic.com.

Posted by: Tyler Green | 06/14/2010

Happy Birthday, Lexington Curb Jumpers!

Six years ago today, the Lexington Curb Jumpers were founded by Tyler Green and Drew Eclov.  After more than half a decade of seemingly impossible jumps, heart-warming displays of positive sportsmanship, and blacktop-scraped knees, the future continues to look bright for the club.

No other words can describe the feelings of pure joy I have while acting as co-captain of this wonderful organization.  Even though it was posted not all that long ago, I want to leave you again with this great video.

Posted by: Tyler Green | 05/28/2010

Semester in Review

I know it is slightly belated, but I thought it would be a good idea to give a brief summary of the courses I completed this semester.

COM 101 – Introduction to Communications
Along with Intro to Psychology last fall, one of the best University Studies courses I think is available.  Content was extremely interesting, applicable, and was presented in an enjoyable manner.  The focus was on the content, not useless work.  Studying was necessary for exams, but aside from that, it was pleasant to listen to a fun, enlightening lecture.

EE 280 – Design of Logic Circuits
An absolutely outstanding course.  Introduced the hardware side of computers in an understandable fashion, covering a lot of content at a perfect pace.  Lectures contained a great balance between details to gain to knowledge and a discussion of how the topic fit into the big picture of technological design.

EE 281 – Logical Design Lab
Another outstanding course.  It was a load of work designing labs and writing reports, but the understanding of the logic concepts gained from this repetition was huge.  Provided valuable insight into designing logic through simple hardware and software utilities, and how to decide which is best for a particular situation.

MA 213 – Calculus III
A hodge-podge of topics that aren’t exactly found in layman’s terms.  Three dimensional surfaces, vector functions, and double and triple integrals do have their uses, but they were presented in a kind of shallow form.  Not extremely difficult, but definitely not my most rewarding course.

PHY 231 – General University Physics I
The stereotypical college course.  Covered a chapter every class or two and content was left completely up to the student to comprehend.  Could have been on purpose, but I felt the speed was too extreme to be even marginally effective.  I gained reasonable understanding of basic physics concepts, but as for the harder ideas in the course, I can show you were to find them in the book.

PHY 241 – General University Physics I Lab
Fortunately, not as much as a nightmare as rumored because of my reasonably grading TA.  Had a frustrating setup requiring massive reports, but the labs did provide exposure to analytic scientific comparison.  Each lab didn’t just have a single result, but rather two results for the same value measured using multiple techniques.  Once I learned to overlook the painstaking details, I did take away some error and result analysis skills.

Posted by: Tyler Green | 05/25/2010

Lost in Knowledge

It strikes when I am least expecting it.  Before I know it, I am entirely consumed.  It may not be as intense as the Shark Week or Tornado Week survivor stories on the Discovery or Weather Channels, but “before I knew it I was pulled violently under water” and “it sounded like a train coming straight toward me” aptly describe my experience on Wikipedia.

I will be casually browsing the expansive encyclopedia when, all of a sudden, I realize I have once again ended upon a page of a similar topic.  There are certain parts of its contents that I simply feel I must know everything about and these are the pages on which I always end up.  Like I mentioned about always reading about Triple Crown winners in my previous post, I have several categories that are even worse.

Here is a list of my categories in which I do never-ending personal research:

1. Stadiums – Looking for several key features here: approximate capacity, tenants, and shape (dome, bowl, or horseshoe).  Interestingly enough, I am not nearly as interested in indoor arenas.  I can read about football and baseball stadiums all day long, but after glancing at Rupp Arena and wondering what is up with the new KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, I don’t have must interest in the basketball venues.

2. College Towns – This serves as a sort of always useful trivia.  Someone mentions Ithaca, I say Cornell.  Someone else says BYU, I say Provo.  I make sure I don’t mix up College Park with College Station with State College, and differentiating between University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech is a must.  Commentators love to use this one as an exclamation to end a broadcast during a late-night campus celebration and I make sure they don’t catch me by surprise.

3. World’s Largest

A. Buildings – Tough to keep tabs on because of those engineers in Dubai.  Always interesting to relate to the known world monuments and how today’s new buildings are around 4 times the height of the Washington Monument.

B. Cruise Ships – A naturally desired item combined with amazing engineering feats.  These floating towns are filled with interesting statistics to try and memorize as a new largest ship is christened every two years or so with an extra 1,000 passengers.

4. Sports Franchises – Growing because of the interest in stadiums.  Knowing the approximate history of the Colts in Baltimore, how the Oilers played a season in Memphis, and that nobody has heard of the Nationals or Expos or knows they were actually the same franchise is very rewarding.  It also helps understand the mindset and pastimes throughout history when visiting various cities.

I very well may think of more to add to this list, but these time consumers were all I could come up with for now.  It is also interesting to note that all of these are nouns.  This is fortunate, because if I were reading about ideas, then I probably picked the wrong major.  In the broad sense, in school I am learning how to use problem solving strategies in new ways to make things.  It only makes sense that in my free time I read about the results of others in this process, even when their creation is a town or sports team.  I am not interested in coming up with radically new ideas to be pondered on for centuries, but rather combine those already existing ideas to create fascinating new functions.  My schooling and my hobby represents this, and I am proud to be in engineering.

Until I start school again though, I will probably spend countless cumulative hours perusing pages with these topics.  This may be due to a secret desire to be able to get just one Trivial Pursuit question correct in my lifetime, or it may be just because it interests me.  Either way, once I land on Wikipedia for any reason, these topics better watch out.

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