Monday, January 29, 2007

Behind and lovin' it

Here we go again! An new semester begins with me staring at the backside of my classmates. After a two weeks trip to California and Maui I returned to class a little behind the gun. It turns out that the first day of class we recieved a comprhensive 220 question take home test. The class was given three weeks to complete it. I have one. So far I have about half of it done and it is due this Wednesday. It's mostly review but we haven't covered some of this stuff for over a year. I just needed a little break from looking at question marks and multiple choices.

It was worth it! Maui was awesome.
Moral of this blog: Only miss the first two weeks of your final term if you get to go to Maui!

Friday, January 05, 2007


I'm not sure just what is available at other institutions but where I go to school at Florida Community College at Jacksonville we have what is called the TIPS program. (Tuition Installment Plan) For my final senmester I used this option to pay for my tution. Again I only recently found out about this program. Basically they break up your tution for the semester into a predetermined number of payments. The earlier that you register for classes and apply for TIPS the more payments they will break it down into. These payments are electronically drafted from an account of your choosing. ( I chose Bill Gates :) ) The electronic drafts will span the time of the semester that you are paying for. So no real long commitments here.
Like I said if you sign up for this early they will break it up into several small payments. The longer you wait the fewer the payments thus the higher the payments. I for example signed up on the last day of registration so my tution of $632 was broken up into two payments of $316. There was also an additional $35 application fee that you must pay that is charged seperately from your tution payments.
Bottom line: If you are not able to pay your full tuition fees up front this may be an option if it is available at your institution.

Disclaimer: These are the facts as I see them and are by no means authoritative. For more detailed information contact you local financial aid office. They will have infromation specific to your area and location. This blog is meant to share observations and information that will lead the reader to do further investigation.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Roentgen Report

Physicists at Argonne National Lab in Illinois are making rainbows from x-ray photons. No small task considering X-ray wavelengths are some 10,000 times shorter than those for visible light. Physics Diagram

PHOENIX - A test of an X-ray security scanner that can see through clothing, even taking clear pictures of the human body along with concealed weapons, has been delayed until early this coming year at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Critics say the high-resolution images are too invasive, and the American Civil Liberties Union has called it a virtual strip search.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- In an unusual collaboration among scientists and humanists, a Cornell University team has demonstrated a novel method for recovering faded text on ancient stone by zapping and mapping 2,000-year-old inscriptions using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging.

Rectifier - X Ray Technologist Blogs.

I have created a new section of links under the heading "Rectifier." No rectifier no x-rays. So I felt it was only fitting to redirect readers and pay homage to other similar blogs. A number of these blogs have executed what I only had good intentions of doing. Namely documenting thier way through the program. So if you really want to get a feel for how the program takes a toll on you I suggest you give these blogs a gander. In fact I have to go back and do some reading myself. One real nice thing about the variety of these blogs is the variety of locations and experience. You will see blogs from various different states written by students and technologists.

or False
  • The rectifier is placed between the step-up transformer and the x-ray tube to change alternaing current to pulsating direct current?