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08
Mar
17

ASU Class Review – BSEE

Backstory: I went to DeVry Phoenix from 2001 to 2004. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and have since realized that this is not the degree that I want. So a decade later I’ve decided that I need to go back to school and get a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering like I should have done from the very beginning. My end goal is to get a MSEE.

I know that a BSEET degree and a BSEE degree seem similar but they are not. DeVry may sell it as the same, but I assure you that they are not the same. The BSEET is probably closer to a technical degree than an engineering degree. You cannot transfer between a BSEET program and a BSEE program due to the differences in class, which in a nutshell BSEET classes are geared towards working with your hands (i.e. building circuits with your hands, using test equipment, etc) and a BSEE degree is geared towards using your mind (i.e. designing new products from scratch).

Another way to put it is – someone with a BSEE degree can probably do the job of a BSEET degree but a BSEET degree cannot always do the job of a BSEE degree.

Goal: I just want to document my journey in going back to school and giving my own unfiltered review of the classes I take. Maybe it will help someone know what to expect.

LEGEND:

  • DeVry Credit – Credit from my BSEET degree transferred to my BSEE. Do not have to retake if I don’t want.
  • ASU Credit – Took only at ASU.
  • ASU Audit – Audit credit awarded. Have a DeVry transfer credit but want to refresh before moving onto harder courses.
  • Completed – Completed either by applying transfer credit, auditing, or taking class for first time.
  • Heavy – I consider this class to be a heavy class. Meaning, it seemed more than the credit-hour indicated, either due to difficulty of material, professor, or organization.
  • Light – I consider this class to be a light class. Meaning, it seemed less than the credit-hour indicated.

FRESHMAN (9/12 complete):

  • ASU101 (The ASU Experience) ASU Credit Completed Light
    This was as easy as a class as one can get. One paper, the rest were just writing blog posts. It was actually fairly enjoyable tough. (Spring 2017, Susan Zapia & Philip Regier)
  • CHM114 (General Chemistry for Engineers) ASU Credit Completed Heavy
    Good class overall, albeit difficult and intense. I took AP chemistry in high school and this class went way beyond what I learned there. I had great class participation on the boards from students, TA, and the professor so that really helped. Be ready to put a lot of hours into this class and be fairly confused at times. (Spring 2016, Pamela Marks)
  • CSE100 DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • EEE120 (Digital Design Fundamentals) ASU Credit Completed Light
    Pretty fun class. It was one of those classes where I walked away telling myself that I could see myself directly using the skills learned in the class to make something for fun at home. (Spring 2016, Shamala Chickamenahalli)
  • ENG101 DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • ENG102 DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • FSE100 (Introduction to Engineering) ASU Credit Completed Heavy
    This was by far my least favorite class of all time. The entire class is one giant group project, which if you are like me generally bring forth painful memories. To make matters worse the group project’s main objective was to have you build a musical instrument. I felt that teaching me about making an instrument was kind of misguided. And to top all of that off – the class was severely disorganized. (Kristen Ward & Anoop Grewal, Spring 2017)
  • HU DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • MAT265 (Calculus for Engineers I) DeVry Credit ASU Audit Completed
    Seriously awesome class. Super laid out class that was easy to follow and had just the right amount of homework that let you learn it, but didn’t try to bury you in it. This class was so well put together that I actually reconsidered my original plan of going to a community college to take MAT266. (Ruowen Liu, Spring 2017)
  • MAT266 (Calculus for Engineers II) DeVry Credit ASU Audit
  • PHY121 (Univ Physics I: Mechanics) DeVry Credit ASU Audit
  • PHY122 (University Physics Lab I) DeVry Credit ASU Audit

SOPHOMORE (1/10 complete):

  • EEE202
  • EEE203
  • EEE241
  • HU DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • MAT267
  • MAT274/5
  • MAT342/3
  • PHY131 DeVry Credit ASU Audit
  • PHY132 DeVry Credit ASU Audit
  • PHY241

JUNIOR (1/8 complete):

  • Area Pathway
  • Area Pathway
  • Area Pathway
  • Area Pathway
  • ECN211/2 DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • EEE230
  • EEE334
  • EEE350

SENIOR (1/10 complete):

  • 300/400 BIO/CHM/PHY/MAT/ENG
  • EEE488
  • EEE489
  • HU/SB DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • SB DeVry Credit Completed Transfer credit
  • Tech Elective
  • Tech Elective
  • Tech Elective
  • Tech Elective
  • Tech Elective

Those of you who are fond of details will notice that only 13 classes transferred from DeVry. Of those 13 classes only 6 of them could be construed as core classes (Math, Engineering, Physics) with the rest being english and humanities classes. Kind of sad.

22
May
16

America, What is wrong with the Libertarian platform?

The nominations are not set in stone, but it appears that we will probably have Hillary Clinton as the DNC candidate and Donald Trump as the GOP candidate. As most would agree neither is a very good candidate and have very serious flaws. Which once again makes me wonder why so many hold their noses and chose from either party when there are others.

Take a look at the Austin Peters platform:

Taxes & Spending

1. Reduce economic inequality by lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, licensing, taxation, and fees. Urge congress to adopt the “Penny Plan,” across the board spending cuts of 1% per program. Abolish the existing, complicated tax code that discriminates against the most productive Americans, and replace it with a simple, flat tax at the lowest rate necessary to support the core functions of government. Seek voluntary ways to fund public services where possible, lotteries, tolls, etc.

National Defense & Military

2. Strengthen national security by reducing/ending foreign aid to nations hostile to the USA. Reconsider overseas troop deployments in areas not important to US national security, and audit the Pentagon. Reform the Veteran’s Affairs administration.

The American people have sacrificed enough blood and treasure in the Middle East. No more nation building. Obey the Constitution, and only go to war if it’s declared by congress. Consider constitutional Letters of Marque and Reprisal to deal with terrorists.

Free Trade

3. Lower barriers to trade with foreign nations, and allow American companies the leeway they need to develop domestic energy production, in order to create good paying jobs at home.

Monetary Policy

4. Audit the Federal Reserve first. End it through competition last. Institute a Monetary Commission devoted to studying the implications of replacing central banking with “Free Banking,” and abolishing laws of legal tender. Allow gold and silver to circulate as a currency, removing them from the commodity list, and make precious metal coins free of taxation. Let digital currencies compete against Federal Reserve notes.

Immigration

5. Streamline our immigration system by following updated “Ellis Island” styled protocols. Security check. Disease check. Done.

Constitutional Priorities

6. Work with congress to institute new protocols that will protect national security while placing the balance of weight towards due process and individual rights. Rein in the NSA, and demand accountability in our security agencies so as to protect our 4th Amendment rights.

Crime & Punishment

7. Reclassify the war on drugs as a medical problem, not a criminal problem. Deschedule all drugs at the federal level and end the federal War on Drugs once and for all.

Reforming Entitlements

8. Allow young people to opt out of Social Security.

Restoring Health Freedom

9. Overturn Obamacare. Seek out market alternatives to problems of health and wellness.

Defending Life

10. Encourage a culture of life, and adoption, and educate Americans about the “consistent pro-life ethic,” which also means abolishing the death penalty.

The only thing I am not sure about on that list is the immigration.

24
Aug
14

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race – check out Danny Ray.

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Mesa has a choice this August:

• Do you want to continue building massive debt? The City of Mesa has amassed a total debt of nearly $1.5 BILLION (billion with a B). Since 1984, our debt has increased tenfold. Since just 2003, our debt has nearly doubled with no significant change in population size.

• Do you want your cost of living to keep rising? The cost of city services and taxes (water, sewer, trash, sales tax, and property tax) is rising much faster in Mesa than in neighboring communities. In 2004, Mesa boasted the lowest average cost of living and provided services at less than $1,200 per household. We have since increased to over $1,800 annually, surpassing Chandler, Gilbert, and even Scottsdale. This rapid increase reflects the fact that all city fees have been creeping up to satisfy interest payments on our massive debt.

• Do you want a healthy local economy? Economic vitality comes from free-market principles with a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. It is not within the scope of government to pick winners and losers; rather, government is obligated to treat all businesses equally under the law. This is not the way things currently stand. In addition, red tape created by an inefficient and costly permitting process is driving employers, shops, and services to neighboring communities.

Danny is working to bring attention to these important issues and increase citizen engagement in government. The burden is on us as citizens to fully engage and keep the rights and liberties that our Founding Fathers secured for us. We CAN work together as the people of Mesa to reverse the trend toward more control and less freedom.

Danny’s opponent is for continuing Mesa’s “upward momentum” but Danny believes we can continue to have positive growth and preserve the community we love WITHOUT massive debt.

06
Aug
14

2014 Primary Election: Arizona, CD5, LD17 (Chandler)

It is my duty as a citizen to vote and participate in politics. I consider myself a heavily leaning Conservative Libertarian and these are my initial thoughts on who to vote for in CD5/LD17.

FEDERAL:

REPRESENTATIVE, CD5: Salmon, Matt (no contest)

 

STATE:

GOVERNOR: Frank Riggs

STATE SENATE, LD17: Yarbrough, Steve (no contest)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, LD17 (2): Mesnard, J.D.; Weninger, Jeff

SECRETARY OF STATE: Wil Cardon [1]

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Horne, Tom [2]

STATE TREASURER: DeWit, Jeff

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: Douglas, Diane

STATE MINE INSPECTOR: Hart, Joe (no contest)

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (2): Little, Doug; Forese, Tom [3]

 

COUNTY:

COUNTY ASSESSOR: Petersen, Paul (no contest)

CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Jeanes, Michael (no contest)

 

CITY OF CHANDLER:

MAYOR: Tibshraeny, Jay (no contest)

COUNCILMEMBER (3): Roe, Terry; Hartke, Kevin [4]

 

PROPOSITION:

470: Yes

 

NOTES:

[1] I do not get a warm and fuzzy with anyone for Secretary of State. Reagan seems like Brewer who gave us Common Core. Pierce seems unenthusiastic. And Cardon is the rich-boy. Cardon may be the pretty-boy that doesn’t have any political ties or favors to repay.

[2] This is another toss-up. Nobody here is really pleasant to vote for in GOP. Brnovich Horne are neck-and-neck but neither of them really float my boat. I know that many people will shy away from Horne from his reputation but I personally feel that people enjoy slinging mud at him – none of the accusations have stuck. Is he really good at covering up or did someone paint a target at him that we all haven’t seen? I believe I erad that Brnovich hasn’t bothered practicing in quite some time.

[3] Ah, corporations. They are good… and bad. This seems like one of those positions that it will be hard to get into unless you have some sort of secret back-door money (uh, from corporations). That is the rumor with Little/Forsee but who knows.

[4]  I like Roe and voted for him last time. Hartke also seems like he has done decent. I am allowed three, but I don’t know if I will vote for three.

NOTE: Also to note locally, but out of my area that you may want to consider:

TEMPE: Matt Papke for Tempe City Council

MESA: Danny Rey for Mesa Mayor

LD20: Thurane Auck Khin for State Representative

04
Jul
14

Declaration of Independence

It is important to remember that today isn’t about fireworks, BBQ, and drinking beer – it is about the birth of a nation that wanted to be free. Below is a copy of the text which declared our freedom  – how many complaints of the colonies do you feel are true today in 2014?

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

06
Mar
14

Hasn’t Ron Paul been calling for this for DECADES!?

#CPAC Ted Cruz channels The Princess Bride, demands abolition of #IRS http://tiny.iavian.net/20t7

Didn’t Ron Paul run on this and everyone called him batshit crazy?

I hate when politicians take on issues when they are politically favorable, not when they need to be addressed.

12
Mar
13

The Militia Mentioned In The 2nd Amendment = All The Citizens

America was founded on the idea that every person should be guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that government should not impede their will or political motive on you. At the time this was written in 1776 the idea was novel – previously all people were subjects of the state and the state did as it wished. For the first time in history people were being deemed more powerful than the government.

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As part of that promise the newly founded American government wanted to ensure that it never got out of hand and if it did that it’s citizens would be able to keep it in check. To keep it in check the first right they gave them was the First Amendment. In this right they allowed the people to tell their government that they were being wronged and to petition for a change in government. Secondly they gave the people the Second Amendment. In this right they allowed the people to bear arms equal to the government in so that if it ever got out of control or slipped back into tyranny the people (the real government) could physically fight them and change their government.

The Second Amendment as it was authenticated by the Secretary of State reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The co-author of the Second Amendment, George Mason, at the Convention to ratify the Consitution said, “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” If one knows history the right to bear arms isn’t a state militia but rather an individual having the right to bear arms because an unarmed citizen was what Kings and Queen had – an enslaved subject.

It has now been over 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own governme…nt, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are gua ranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in ‘successfully ridding Australian society of guns….’ You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note Americans, before it’s too late!
Will you be one of the sheep to turn yours in?



Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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