Cool job: Linux, Yeti cups and thermal cameras

I love my job. That is not an unusual thing. I think I have written here on this blog about how Grandpa Milo’s frequently reminded us we might as well love our jobs because we have to go do it whether we love it or not anyway and its corollary with food that we were going to eat it and we were going to like it whether we liked it or not. My current job, however, is not one that is hard to love. Yesterday, one of the VP’s walked into my office (an office with a door!!!) and saw I had one of the old stainless steel cups with the company logo (the one on the left in the photo with the blue top).

He said, “Man, you don’t have a YETI cup yet.”

I did not realize that YETI products were a thing, but I really like the new cup he gave me (the one on the right with the YETI logo at the top). I have to admit I was pretty happy with my original blue-topped cup, but now I am doubly happy.

xubuntu logoAt the bottom of the picture, there is a camouflage thing that looks a lot like a cellphone. That is a Seek thermal camera. It is interesting, fun anddebian logo I get to work with it to do cool stuff in my day to day job. I have not run a Windows computer at my work since I started as everything I develop is for use on a Debian embedded system. I am doing some Windows develop as part of my contribution to the CWRU sickle cell disease diagnosis project, but I do all my development for that project just like I do for my day job, on a Xubuntu box. The sickle cell stuff will eventually go onto a Raspberry Pi so I am doing the development cross platform and building installers for both Windows computers and Ubuntu/Debian computers.

It is truly a gift to love your job and my current job is not like pulling green chain at the mill, I do not have to force myself to do it.

About Dad

Married Christian man with two children, both in graduate school. Oregonian (family arrived in 1846 along the Applegate Trail). Living and working in Texas for awhile (love Texas). Lived in North Carolina for seven years--kids graduated from NCSU, LOVE North Carolina and NCSU). Judo Shodan. Graduate of Oregon State University (B.S. Business Administration, Marketing), Oregon Institute of Techonology (A.E. Computer Systems Engineering Technology), University of Texas at El Paso (M.S. Industrial Engineering). Computer Vision Research Director. Bilingual English/Spanish.

2 thoughts on “Cool job: Linux, Yeti cups and thermal cameras

  1. Hi Ken! Checking in! My husband, John has the exact same Yeti tumbler and he loves it! We are all about Yeti, and Kleen kanteens and Hydroflasks in this family. If you want to learn more about, or purchase more of these great drink containers, here’s an article about their durability. I have a banged up Kleen Kanteen that I have had for over 4 years and it still performs as well as it did when Emma gave it to me. https://www.outsideonline.com/1785831/what-are-best-stainless-steel-insulated-water-bottles?amp

  2. Very cool. I did not know anything about this, but it seems like a TON of people are fans and they are just amazingly durable. I enjoy seeing your kids on social media. It certainly looks like everyone is doing great.

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