Wazzup, it's Ryan!
Today was not unlike when you finish the outside of a 100-piece puzzle and the pieces begin falling like crazy. We were able to make very tangible progress and the picture of the puzzle is starting to show. *Terrible metaphor ending now, moving to summary mode followed by the most in-depth interviews of our PUC members in the history of all blog posts of all time ever*
Gettin’ Ready to Distribute
We got so much done today on the distribution. It was wiiilllddd!! Our dear friend, Tian, was back at it again and teaching us the ways of the masonry (a la Miyagi.) We started the day by placing the sinks in a technique taught to us by our local concrete expert (Tian.) Rather than laying the sinks in a big bed of mortar (which we might have done on our own), we placed the sinks directly on the stucco’d blocks (to be discussed below) and filled in the backs of the sinks with mortar for support. It was exciting to be taught in a unique masonry style and be given such insight from an expert in the field.
The “stucco” that I mentioned before was also a critical accomplishment for the day. This is a process of placing a thin layer of cement on the rough blocks and continually smoothing the edges to give it a nice finish. We used the “slap n’ smooth” method with a long, flat straightening tool to touch up the edges. To finish up our work on the station today, we touched up our concrete sinks as there were a few air bubbles that had formed as the concrete was setting. They made a special cement paste and used their level 99 dexterity they filled in all of the craters formed from the air bubbles on the surface. Our station is starting to come together and we are anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s work that will bring us that much closer to our grand opening!
A Welcome Surprise
Right as our team was wrapping up our morning work, we were hit with a surprise visit from a very special guest! The Dean of ICT at Mahidol, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jarernsri L. Mitrpanont came down to check on the progress we’d made. She had just arrived back in Thailand from her trip to the United States and we were very happy to show her around and have her for lunch. She told us that she was excited for us to give a presentation to the president of Mahidol and for us to man our booth at the Computer Olympics when we return to Bangkok on Monday. Our team is very excited to be able to show off our work!
Clean Water Bound
Our treatment contractor, Wichan, was back today to finish up all of the connections within the water treatment system. He opened up his never-ending toolkit and went to town. We then tested out our pump and piping connections by running water all the way from the treatment system to the pipe coming up from the slab in our distribution station.
Patrick, Sarah, and I had to run to the store to get him all of the equipment he needed (and some that we would need for the piping inside the distribution station over the next two days.) On the way back from the piping store, we decided to stop by a local florist shop. We each picked out a flower and a Patrick picked out a tree. (The flowers Khem picked out are called "khem" in Thai, which means needle!)
We will be planting these plants on top of the discharge from our system (where the water that misses the users mouths/water bottles go) during our grand opening as a ceremonial symbol showing a positive use of waste-water.
We will be moving on to fully pressure-testing our piping tomorrow and ensuring that everything is good to go for the community members to get some refreshing water after a hard day’s work (or for the kids, a hard day’s play.)
We ended our day today by going out into the community and away from our engineering work to have direct communications with the people who will potentially benefit from this project. We went door to door, meeting the people living in the area. We introduced ourselves then gave them a flyer, personally inviting them to our grand opening this Saturday. It was very exciting and we are looking forward to seeing them this weekend and tell them about the work we’ve been doing and how it can benefit their lives!
Hard-Hitting Interviews: Do you really know our PUC members? Find out below as I sit down one on one with each member of our PUC Thailand team. The transcripts from these interviews below are written as spoken (with an occasional unintentional paraphrase)
Ryan: If you were to design a festival revolving around one single item what would it be?
Savannah: Goat festival. Have you seen the goat yoga?
S: It would be like goat yoga. Another station would be like goat’s king of the hill. What else can you do with goats Oh, there would be competitions for how well-groomed your goat is or how small your goat is, like there would be tricks, or how quick your goat is. Eating competition, you know how goats eat everything? Would be like how much they can eat. That’s all I can think of. Haha, wait. There would be educational stations on how to keep goats healthy and happy. Not just physical health, you have to keep the goats happy. You know how you have to have multiple goats when you have goats because just one goat would get too sad.
**late edition** add live music and good food and drinks. I think it was a given but I wanted to explicitly say it.
Ryan; What is your ideal day?
Rachel: Um, my ideal day would include learning something that I didn’t know before, doing something that I haven’t done before. And something that gets my adrenaline pumping (ziplining or something) I don’t know where I could possibly go to do those things in one day but that would be ideal.
Ry: What two things could possibly fall in the learn something new and do something you haven’t done before fall?
Ra: I guess…. I want to go skydiving which may hit the third category two (haha) and then learn something… I don’t know because I don’t know it yet. I don’t know if I have an answer.
Ry: Knowledge is the great unknown, is that what you’re saying?
Ra: I guess.
Ryan: You have one meal left to eat, what is it?
Khem: Why it have to be in the blog?
R: The IO said it has to be, what’s your answer?
K: How about stick-rice with taro, roasted, sticky rice with taro
R: That’s what you would eat?
K: Maybe stick rice wrapped with banana leaf, not roasted, grilled.
Ryan; You’re tasked with rescuing the cutest dog in the world from a well-guarded castle, how are you going to save the day?
Mika: Oh ma gahd… *sips water* how am I going to save the day…hmm… Does this need to be realistic..?
M: I think I would go like batman the dark knight style where he parachutes out of a plane into the castle, snap the doggo, and then have a device where I can reconnect with the plane and then… know what I’m talking about?
R: Uhh.. the dark knight?
M: Yeah it’s in the movie, I can think of something else. Okay, I would still parachute into the castle, cause I really want to do that. What’s the security like?
R: Umm, I’m going to say one dragon and 50 guards.
M: Woah, so the dog is just in the tower?
R: No, he’s in the middle but you can try and distract the guards?
M: Yeah, I’m assuming this doggo is pretty important so I would find all of his doggo friends to draw all the guards out. So now it’s just me, the doggo, and the dragon. How would I get past the dragon? If I had some type of treasure, I would bring it as a peace offering or I would have a minion steal some of the treasure so it would go after the minion but then I’d be afraid that the minion wouldn’t get away. I would have a piece of treasure or fake piece of treasure whichever one would work I don’t know I’m not an expert on dragons. That would be my plan and I hope the dragon would accept my treasure and let me by to get the doggo and escape from the castle with the doggo army by my side.
Ryan: If you could exchange all of a certain item in the world for something else, what would it be and why?
Eby: What are the limitations of this?
E: None? That’s a really hard question. There are so many, like, I mean.. I would assume that you would exchange something you don’t like but I don’t even know what I don’t like, that’s so hard. Are you writing this? What I’m saying?
E: This is stream of conscious though? You’re writing that?
E: Okay. I mean, I hate okra but that seems so lame, I don’t hate it that much. I also hate Kevin Bacon, but there’s only one of him. Whatever I’m exchanging I’m going to exchange it with cookies or puppies. Definitely cookies or puppies.
R: Maybe like mosquitos?
E: No…. I don’t like them but I don’t have nearly as many mosquito bites as Sarah, so I don’t hate them that much. Not a living thing, that’s mean. Okra is too healthy, so maybe not okra. Kevin Bacon is a living thing so maybe not him. I can’t believe that’s what I thought of first, I’m trash. Now I’m rethinking the puppies thing, cause where would they all go? There’s already so many without homies. So maybe just cookies. Can I just say useless things and leave it at that?
R: Uh, yeah I guess.
E: Okay, well just replace all of the useless crap with cookies. Cause unless you really don’t like cookies that’s a win. Right? Speaking of cookies, I’m going to get one right now. Cya.
Ryan: You’re a shapeshifter in a major battle but before the battle starts you have to pick the three animals you will shapeshift in to during the battle. What are your three animals and why?
Sarah: Okay.. I can’t even think of animal names right now.. Hmm.. They have to be real animals?
R: Umm… I’ll just say no, whatever you consider an animal.
S: Okay. I want to be a pelican-falcon because…
S: Yup, that’s the name of it. Oh wait, no.. A peregrine falcon.
S: It’s one of the fastest birds in the world so I’ll be able to fly and go fast. I’m debating between a cockroach and a leaf-cutter ant because they’re pretty invincible and strong animals. A cockroach can survive a nuclear explosion right? So I’d want to be that. Cockroach and peregrine falcon are my first two. I want something that digs for my third. I’m going to pick a badger for my last animal because they can construct complex and long-lasting tunnel network. My whole strategy for this battle is to divert the attention and flee as long as possible. Since I don’t know what I’m fighting against in this battle, the safest bet is to keep a safe distance. If I knew what I was fighting against, I may have different choices. Plus, the badger can make such complex tunnels that it could set up a weak spot in the ground for the enemy to fall through.
Ryan: It’s the year 2200 and all of the technology in the world turns against the human race. How do you save the day?
Nick: Can you describe this technology?
R: Personal assistant with full independent motor capability are as commonplace as iPhones
N: Turning against humans means?
R: They have realized that humankind is inefficient and they are seeking to eradicate.
N: Well, first things first, EMP blasts are pretty damn effective against anything are electronic. I know for a fact that at least 5 or 6 governments have them stuffed in somewhere. Second, we are a very talented breed of monkey and I feel like designing a virus to kill this thing would be doable. I would personally enjoy, however, running in John Wayne style on a horse with and going to town (target practice) on the metalheads. A gun against a blending arm would be skewed in my favor ever so slightly.
R: You have succeeded in your John Wayne revolution, how to rebuild, survivors in the millions across the world.
N: Find the nearby survivors, make a nice community and use our engineering skills to live a sedentary, simple life enjoying those around you. Oh, and I would definitely be wearing a cowboy hat.
**He would also like to add, post-interview that he would most definitely have a sword.
Ryan: If you were to add one limb to the human body what would be its purpose and what would it look like?
Patrick: Okay, definitely an antenna. What would its purpose be..? To swat away flies or any flying things from your face.
R: Anything else that it does?
P: I mean, that’s pretty good already, but… Also, to have the ability to communicate telepathically. Not very good, but that’ll do pig.
R: How would that change our day-to-day lives?
P: First of all, hats would be rendered completely useless. Big hat lobbyists would be against this for sure. I could also talk trash about anyone without them knowing. New hairstyles would also come about from this, using the antennae.
R: Anything else you want to add?
P: Umm, anything? Hi mom, hi dad, I’m still alive. Hello friends, I know you’re not reading this. Hi Julie, we DID NOT ride in the back of a motorcycle…… we rode in the side car 😉
Ryan: You are tasked with the creation of major motion picture from scratch. What’s it about and what is your process going to be? (assuming you have all of the equipment and budget.)
Hannah: I don’t know what it’s about but I would come up with some concept.. some brainstorming session. I would call up some Hollywood homies and some of my funny friends. We would sit in a room until we came up with a funny concept, probably be a comedy. Once the concept is set, I would set up a storyboard and reach out to my Hollywood homies to pick out a dope location and get some big stars. That’s the process.
R: What would it be about?
H: I don’t know… Maybe I’d make it an animated movie because that is easier. Kid’s funny humor you can just do whatever you want and you can add mature jokes that would go over their heads but still be funny. You can add subtle humor which is a fine art. It would be a random movie about some animals that get in trouble or something. Instead of major actors I would get some major animators I guess.
*David brings in a baby gecko interrupting the interview. After we get back to the interview*
H: My movie would be about a gecko. It’s now about a baby gecko who’s lost and the gecko goes on a magical adventure to find the meaning of being a gecko. He felt like really, it’s really cliché, but he thinks that being a gecko is boring and he’s so small, and no one really cares about baby geckos. On this adventure though he finds out that even though he’s just a baby gecko, he’s really important gecko and it’s a life lesson at the end that everyone is important and that it’s okay to be yourself and love yourself. Even if you’re a small gecko, you’re important.
Ryan: You are given a sufficient budget for whatever project of your choice, what project will you undertake and why?
David: *Deep thought for a minute or three or four*…. I assume you want a short answer here..
R: I’ll type whatever
D: Okay, it’s to build a prototype facility that takes orphans into an environment that is based in education and community with guardian families that dispels the basic concept of orphan and focuses on the gifts that each kid has whatever that may be.
R: What would your role be in that community?
D: I would want to teach them how to build. To have the experience of designing and making useful things with their own hands.
R: Why how to build?
D: That’s one of the things that has given me the most satisfaction (outside of my kids and family) but in the physical world that has given me so much joy.
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