I was so happy when you smiled
Your smile breaks through the clouds of grey

Far from the sunny days that lie in sleep
Waiting with patience for the spring
When the flowers will bloom renewed again
Knowing there’s more beyond the pain of today

Although the scars of yesterday remain
You can keep on living as much as your heart believes

You can’t be born again
All though you can change
Let’s stay together always

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Romaji English Translation
Totemo ureshikatta yo / kimi ga warai kakede ta
Subete o tokasu chou emi de
I was so happy, you were laughing
With a smile that melts everything away
Haru wa mada tookute / tsumetai tsuchi no naka de
Me fuku toki o matte ta 'n da
Spring is still far away, inside the cold earth,
Waiting for the time to sprout
Tatoeba kurushii kyou da to shite mo
Kinou no kizu o nokoshite ite mo
Shinjitai / kokoro hodo ite yukere to
For instance, even if today is painful
And yesterday's wounds remain
I want to believe that I can free my heart and go on
Umare kawaru koto wa dekinai yo
Dakedo kawatte wa ikeru kara
LET'S STAY TOGETHER / itsu mo
I cannot be reborn 
But I can change as I go on, so
Let's stay together always
Boku dake ni waratte / sono yubi de / nee sawatte
Nozomi bakari ga hateshinaku
Smile only at me and touch me with those fingers
This simple desire is everlasting
Yasashiku shitai yo / mou kuyanu you ni
Nageki no umi mo koete ikou
I want things to be simple
Let's finally get across this sea of mournful sorrow
Tatoe kurushii kyou da to shite mo
Itsu ka atatakana omoide ni naru
Kokoro goto subete nage daseta nara
For instance, even if today is painful
Someday it will become a warm memory
If you leave everything up to your heart
Koko ni ikiteru imi ga wakaru yo
Umare ochita yorokobi o shiru
LET'S STAY TOGETHER / itsu mo
I understand the meaning our living here
It is to know the joy of having been born
Let's stay together always
Tatoeba kurushii kyou da to shite mo
Itsu ka atatakana omoide ni naru
Kokoro goto subete nage daseta nara
For instance, even if today is painful
Someday it will become a warm memory
If you leave everything up to your heart
Koko ni ikiteru imi ga wakaru yo
Umare ochita yorokobi o shiru
LET'S STAY TOGETHER / itsu mo
I understand the meaning our living here
It is to know the joy of having been born
Let's stay together always 

Right Arm Hardware
Right Arm Hardware

For those folks with morbid curiosity who asked to see it, here’s the hardware from my right arm…. Now I should finally be able to make a 100% recovery. It’s been a long journey since May 9th, 2010. Six months or so of conditioning starting next month, and by the three year anniversary I should be 100%.

Illuminated Chevy Logo

You just can’t have too many glowing lights on your car… Tonight I added an illuminated Chevy logo to my Camaro…

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxsHn6Ct-so[/youtube]

After getting the LEDs installed in an emblem it was easy. Just added a fuse tap to the fusebox under the hood for a circuit that is hot when the ignition is on, then added some quick connects to the ground and power lead, with an on off switch in line on the ground. The hardest part was finding a heat resistant tube to run the wires through from the emblem (in front of the radiator) to the fusebox.

Knight Rider Mod

What can I say, I liked Knight Rider when I was a kid (not David Hasselhoff, ugh, the car). Kitt rocked! This is the latest of the mods I have installed in my Camaro…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/sXIfmXdByzI[/youtube]

It wasn’t too hard. Just had to pop out the blastic trim in the “mailslot” on the hood, then cut a small hole to run the wiring through. I used a fusetap on the fusebox under the hood to an always on circuit, with quick connects, and an inline fuse (just cause I am paranoid). I’ve got a remote on my keychain to control it, and also programmed one of the 3 garage door buttons inside the car to act as another on/off switch.

Insight

I laughed out loud today when I saw a friend posted this on facebook with the caption:

This reminds me of Shannon Moon for some reason…

Doctoral Research Proposal Accepted

Doctoral Regalia
Doctoral Regalia

My preliminary dissertation proposal has been accepted! If all goes well, come December 2015 I will be Dr. Shannon Moon, and I will have a nifty hardware and software based aeronautical engineering masterpiece to show for it. Now to scrounge for the $30K for the material, equipment, and gear I will need for the project….

Update May 30th 2012: A friend just commented: “Dr Moon? You do realize there is an evil Dr Moon in DC comics. “expert in gene therapy, psychological controlling and torture”… Hmmm, same person as the hulk comment today, lol.

Armware

Armware
Armware

My left arm hardware (sans the ‘lag’ screws that could not be safely removed). I wonder what this much surgical grade titanium is worth…