JoshLyon

I just finished another site for a client at: http://www.ChaseKerlin.com

Chase Kerlin is an Austin, TX based photographer who does events in Austin and the surrounding areas. He is known for his excellent eye for weddings and landscape photography. The website includes an AJAX enabled photo gallery to power his portfolio of images -- just click the Portfolio button at the top of his page to check it out.

Chase is an ex-Marine turned photographer. Photography is not only his profession, but also a passion. His pricing page has a listing of his rates for weddings and more - simply click the link at the top of the page. If you have any further inquiries, dont hesitate to e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 512-627-2757.

For one of my projects at Flowserve, my team decided we needed to go to a plant in Memphis, TN. After building a business case behind our decision to go to memphis and getting buy-in from the plant manager and IT director, we were on our way to the Memphis Pump Facility. Because we bought the plane tickets last minute, the tickets directly to Memphis were almost $900 dollars. We found a cheaper flight ($230) to Little Rock, then rented a vehicle and drove to Memphis -- which is just across the border.

They are working on a lot of cool projects that I sadly cannot tell you all about. But it was exciting just to see all the innovation that is going on within the company right now. Even our team project required some innovation. We were supposed to be there looking at barcoding technologies as a possible way to streamline processes and improve efficiency, but our focus shifted to a whole new type of project.

We had the GM of the plant recommend areas that he felt barcoding could improve the bottom line and increase efficiency, but then realized there were more serious issues at hand. We compiled a list of these inefficiencies and locked ourselves in a conference room and came up with some great ideas.

The whole 2006 IT Intern team took a trip to Sulphur Springs at the beginning of the summer, but this was a whole different kind of trip. We were no longer restriced to following the "safe path" that was outlined in yellow for visitors. We got our steel toed shoes and safety goggles on and we were given hands on time with the whole facility.

The first day included a completely guided tour with an agenda for meeting with various people throughout the day. We started with a general tour of the whole facility with one person giving us a very high-level explanation of what the issues at hand were. Throughout the rest of the day we met with subject matter experts within each area that needed improvement. All-in-All it was a good trip and I we should really be able to make a big impact within the company.

It seems like Coors has come up with yet another great idea -- a mini, mini keg. That's right: Five Liters of Fun. What's nice about this invention is it is just as delicious as beer on tap, but in a portable self contained device. The side of the keg says to chill it for 5 hours before drinking. "It's well worth the wait!" Damn right it's worth the wait... well especially because Tom Thumb did the chilling for us. It's small enough to fit in a fridge or cooler, but big enough to get a couple people toasted.

Travis and I took it to a friends house for game two of the NBA finals -- then took it to the lake the next day. Five Liters of beer is roughly 170 ounces which works out to over 14 twelve ounce beers. The keg cost about $12 with tax. It's more of a novelty than anything. It has a spout that pulls out on the side to serve the beer and a cap at the top to open to get the beer flowing. As I hinted at earlier, the beer can be resealed and finished the next day.

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I think I have found the coolest coffee maker ever. I noticed them the first week I got here for my internship, but I didn't decide to try it out until today. The machine allows you to choose a flavor (from many -- see pic) and make a fast, single cup of coffee (or Tea, Cocoa, etc).

Here's a picture to illustrate:

I'm really tired this morning, which is probably the only reason I decided to make myself a nice cup of French Vanilla (a little sugar/creamer). I'm not usually a big coffee drinker. I've got a meeting in about 20 minutes, so hopefully it will wake me up enough to look over the details and contribute to the meeting.

Anyways... it's a cool coffee maker.

About Me

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Name: Joshua Lyon
Birthday: August 8, 1985
Location: Valley Ranch (Irving), TX
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