Scuba snacks

2009/11/05

So… headed to Hawaii over Christmas vacation and it has me thinking I’d like to finally do something I’ve “considered” doing for a decade now.  Start the diving certification track.

The two major options in the U.S. are PADI and SSI.  I’ve been talking to some people I know who have done one or the other and comparing their requirements/offerings.  Many will say SSI is better because it requires you to be affiliated with a dive supply shop that is affiliated with SSI which seems somewhat fallacious to me.  Many other places say the PADI/SSI are really about the same “requirements” wise and that really who cares because what really matters is how good of an instructor you get.  Those outside the U.S. are often of the opinion that it doesn’t matter at all, some of the more localized options in Europe are the only real “step above” due to their knowledge requirements.

PADI

SSI

PADI E-Learning for Open Water Diver

Any input from people I haven’t talked to here, or anyone interested in also pursuing this?

I’m currently thinking the online PADI online knowledge course followed by  pool diving time.  Not sure


*GONG*

2009/08/11

Five minutes ago I completed and submitted the last of my coursework for my masters degree.  Today would mark the classroom end of the journey towards my masters degree.

I believe I’m going to try and walk in the fall graduation ceremony, that is of course assuming I get all of the remaining program papers turned in and take the comprehensive exam covering all courses taken so far, and all pre-requisite courses that I skipped.

Its over and this moment is so good I’d buy it a drink and maybe go home with it.


Potential Desktop Parts v Seth

2009/01/19

With Mike making his post on potential mATX parts I thought I’d reopen my parts wish list that I made back around christmas.  It has a slightly different goal at this point but same components.

The purpose is would be to get rid of my old(semi-broken) dell optiplex linux desktop, and windows home server(amd 3400+ from around 2005) and consolidate them on a machine nice enough that I could make these VMs,  do work’ish stuff, and play some non cutting edge games.

Now that I’m looking more into server 2008 I will have to confirm what hardware works best with hyper-v though.

One PC to Replace them All: