So, it would be very easy to just pretend that week 8 never happened and pretend that week 9 was actually 8, but in the interest of completeness I shall refrain. Alas, I am doomed to not be able to skip a week. But ‘tis of no consequence.
As always, having fun. Except for the fact that my computer has decided to ignore everything that I want to do and stop working when it wants to do so. I spent two hours yesterday morning just trying to get it to start, after it froze to begin with. (I could blame my not having blogged in a while on my computer, but I’ll save us both some time and dignity and just own up to just forgetting)
Anyway, less complaining…. This week I can sum up into 3 pieces: we went to a John Deere factory for our weekly tour, started learning about the dative case in Russian, and worked more with calculating investments in our Ag Business class.
Firstly, John Deere was a HUGE factory. Probably at least thirty meters high and over have the facility (the whole facility, I think, is7500 m^2) was dedicated to stocking various parts. The other half housed a few assembly lines that we were able to see. I expected a few dark lines full of automated robot welding on pieces like you see in quite a few car commercials… ‘twas not so. What I found were a few lines with stations that had about two workers per station. Each person placed their parts on a machine and then the machine in moved to the next station with people floating in between to finish the previous job. I found it fascinating. (Pictures to follow soon).
Next, the dative case in Russian language class is… interesting. The dative case is all about “to whom?” To whom are you walking pedro? -To Anna’s room, To whom is that letter being written? -To Bob, etc. It’s not very hard to grasp, all you have to do is change the ending, but the more russian I learn the farther I feel from mastery. It’s kinda awesome. i knew Russian would be difficult, but that just makes it that much more rewarding when I advance. At any rate, it feels good to finally be learning something new, but it is going to make listening for it that much harder.
Lastly, Ag business course. On the surface I wasn’t sure what I could get out of this class, because we started off with things I went through in general engineering (unit conversions, etc.). Now, I’ve really been seeing some very useful things in the class. We have been calculating desirability of investments. Meaning that if you have an option of buying a new machine or repairing the one you have, how much does each cost? How long will it last? and what else could you be doing with the money? Very useful for any major, and very important in Ag Engineering. I’ve really been enjoying it.
That is about it for this week, you will all be hearing from me again shortly.