Ok but…VR is like really cool…
- Deeper Dive Day 1
- Journal Club
To be updated later tonight…
Am I early???
- Simple Fix
- A portion of the group went to Simple Fix at Hy-vee yesterday. There, we split into groups and made meals for every one of the recipe we were at. It was pretty fun and we also got eight bags of food for our apartment out of it!
- Non-Alcoholic Mock Sangria
- Decided to finally mix my mock sangria drink for people to try. Turned out as a hit! Glad everyone enjoyed it.
- We also had a little accident with the dishwasher last night…(not my doing)
- Luncheon Lecture – Dr. Mark Mba-Wright
- Craft of Research
- Mentor Meeting
Minimaps are cool
- Moar Unity!
- HCI Colloquium
- Deeper Dive Choices!
- Today we got to finally ‘choose’ (we picked from 1-3) our Deeper Dive topics. I choose and got the “Unity Immersive” course.
I slept for 12 hours last night…
- Refine Timeline
- Re-Complete IRB stuff
- Own Time
- Complete LaTeX document for my mentor
- Figure out VirtualBox with Ubuntu
- Do some modeling with Blender (similar to Maya but I prefer it)
Today Consisted of…
- IRB redo
- Since we missed a few points on our previous IRB submission we had to take another day to update it. However, one of the IRB members did a pre-evaluation of it and found some points that we should look at and edit. This made the process much smoother and now we only have to wait for the updates from our research mentors.
- Luncheon Lecture w/ “Birdie” Shirtcliff
- Today’s Lecture was a super interesting insight into the world of Epigenetics. Dr. Shirtcliff discussed how so-called “squishy” feelings can affect real biomarkers such as cortisol, a key steroid hormones that is often known as the “stress hormone”. Dr. Shirtcliff involves studying how environmental factors can lead to changes in these levels and how these levels can affect the person’s psychology in the far future (many years).
- A lot of it…
Listening to rain in the car…
This weekend I went home. While at home I tried to enjoy the company of my family, girlfriend, friends, and pets. However, I didn’t succeed In my main goal of my trip, to see my grandmother get released from continuing care. Due to a series of complications and insurance being as cold-hearted as it needs to be her release was put off. I’m hoping she’ll get better soon and finally get a real chance to enjoy her retirement.
Today’s Course, Unity
- Today we began training in using Unity! I had a little bit of prior experience with Unity due to participating in the Game Development Club here at Iowa State but I am excited nonetheless! In fact, I have plans to use Unity soon to create something both my friends and I can play and enjoy.
- Problem Statement Edits
- Last week we completed a draft of our problem statement/paragraph and sent it off to be evaluated by our graduate mentor. Today we received some feedback on it and need to so some more work on it. We might have to work a bit harder but I don’t think this puts us too far behind schedule.
- Time to chose a web framework & begin our main sprint
- For our current timeline, we are aiming to try to get a prototype of the web framework roughed out by the end of the week. We need to detail what still needs to go into this and thus this brings me to my next point
- Gantt Charts
- It’s time to fully detail out the tasks we need to accomplish and so we are using Asana with Instagantt to meet our requirements. So far there have been only minor problems with the software and the UI is quite pretty so I enjoy it.
Some research can be kinda sketchy… 😕
- Journal Club
- Journal Club today was interesting, for a couple reasons. Firstly, I decided not to actually print this paper off this time and instead use my computer. However my laptop had other plans, like updating for 40 mins…then running out of battery…then freezing…
- However, actual Journal Club was interesting. I learned quite a few new terms like p-hacking(Aka data dredging), the File drawer(Publication bias), and the Cronbach’s alpha.
- Solidworks day today! Here are some examples of what I did…
- I’m not too sure I love Solidworks but its kinda nice to have exact measurements for the part. I’m not sure I’ll use it too much outside of this program unless I’m required to…or I decide to take up 3D printing.
- Going Home
- This weekend I’m headed back home. My grandma should be soon released from continuing care in Ceder Rapids and I’d be nice if I were there to help. So hopefully they can find a place for her this weekend. Additionally, it will be very nice to see my family, my girlfriend, and my pets again.
(Forgot to hit publish…)
I really wanted some morning coffee…
I kind of missed blogging yesterday so I’ll just highlight certain parts
- Luncheon Lecture with Dr. Adarsh Krishnamurthy
- We began the day with a Luncheon lecture with Dr. Adarsh Krishnamurthy. The research was really fascinating. Despite not having a background in Biology he was doing work on modeling the human heart for individuals. As of now, it takes about two weeks to create a model with the requisite data (e.g. the game of medical scans) but it seems the goal is to improve that so scientists will be able to understand why certain individual reject certain treatments. Specifically, now he is working with understanding why approximately 40% of patients implanted with a pacemaker fail to respond. The crazy thing is that he already had a pinpointed factor correlating with those parents that rejected the pacemaker! Research is such a crazy field and it kind of makes me want to be a part of it. Ya know, contribute to something bigger, that will positively affect…evereyone(?).
- Research Meeting
- During the day we had our second full team meeting about CooL:SLiCE. Things are ramping up a little bit and we need to get our schedule and IRB form together soon. However, I’m still confident that we can complete everything on time.
- Intro to HCI Course
- We had a new course also with a new presenter. It was all about the into to HCI and its past, present, and possible future. I think I’m really enjoying the HCI program and just how interdisciplinary it is. Oh and for anyone reading this that in the program, don’t forget to be on the lookout for bad design girl!
- Light Painting
- After work, we took some time to experiment with light painting. It was a blast! We used our phones as light sources and Paul set his camera for a long (~20 second) exposure time. It worked brilliantly! As we got more familiar with “painting” our designs became more and more complex. Groups started interacting and soon we got stuff like this…
(pic of light painting)
- Overall it was a lot of fun and I’d be willing to try to make some even crazier designs again sometime.
- IRB Approval Form Draft
- Late last night we attempted to buckle down and finish a good draft of the IRB approval form. After a couple hours of hammering away at it with some joke breaks, we finished what we could and sent it to be reviewed.
- Late Walmart Run w/ Kate
- So Kate’s apartment is having some ant problems. After our group meeting about completing IRB stuff, we went to Walmart to pick up some bug spray. As all Walmart shopping trips tend to go we ended up getting a bunch more than just the spray. Mostly we just limited it to cooking utensils but I also picked up this weird looking hollow chocolate with something inside, I have yet to see what’s inside…
- Breakfast Puffs – Recipe Complements of Sushi
- I made some pastries stuffed with peppers, tomatoes, onions, and ham! I’m really enjoying them.
- Filling (You can alter depending on your tastes)
- Red Pepper
- Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
- Egg Wash
- Set oven to 400° F
- Dice filling ingredients
- Saute ingredients in pan [I added some salt to taste]
- Flatten biscuits on pan [dont forget to greese]
- brush egg wash on edges of bottom biscuit
- place filling on bottom biscuit
- cover with top biscuit
- use fork to crimp edges
- cut holes in top biscuit[get creative here 🙂 ]
- brush whole creation with egg wash
- place in oven, let bake for ~15 mins or until golden brown
- Filling (You can alter depending on your tastes)
(pic of food)
- Biking in the Rain
- It was rainy out this morning but I still decided it would be alright to bike to work (aka I would’ve been late if I tried to take the bus or walk). It wasn’t too bad but splashing through puddles was slightly unpleasant. I need to remember to bring my bike seat inside with me so I won’t get a wet butt next time I unwittingly sit down on it.
- Final Maya Course
- Today we had our final Maya course. My final thoughts on it: I’ll probably stick with Blender unless it specifically required to use Maya. From what I’ve seen, Maya is prone to crashing, difficult to find specific tools, and seems to have a much less…open and friendly(?) community. I’m going to attribute to it being used widely in industry and Blender being widely used by many b/c freeware. But this is all my own limited opinion
My monitor is stuck on its lowest height…
…and Sushi fixed it.
- Ropes Course
- I had a lot of fun with this! We went to Williamsburg, IA to do a team building ropes course for the whole REU team last Saturday. Over the course of the day, we completed different activities that progressively got more difficult combination in climbing a huge tower(we had people who belayed for the climber).
- Food Shopping!
- I finally broke down and went food shopping at Aldi’s. I started out now wanting to buy much but slowly got the point where I bought the ingredients for spaghetti. Along with that I finally got myself some skim milk! You don’t know how much I love me some skim milk.
- Bike Repair
- I slept in on Sunday, however, when I woke up Sofia had messaged me asking if I was going to do more bike repair at the shop. I figured why not and ended up spending a couple hours there working on a bike. I find it rather fun tinkering with the bikes until I can get them just right(or even close enough).
- Homemade Spaghetti
- Sunday night I decided it was time to make the Spaghetti. I wasn’t quite sure how much to make so naturally I made wayyyyyy too much. Even splitting it in half I felt terrible that I ate it all in one sitting. However, it was super good!
(pic of Spaghetti)
- Finally paid off my parking tickets
- Instead of going straight to lunch I went to the Armory to pay off my parking tickets I incurred prior to putting my parking permit on. Luckily, it went quickly enough that I didn’t have to skip lunch entirely! However, in my rush to eat enough I was much looser on counting how much I was eating and definitely overate. 🙁
- Today we’re learning Maya the 3D CAD industry standard tool. Luckily for me, I had already done some work in Blender (to create models for Unity) and was able to mostly jump right in. Maya seems quite similar to Blender, just different ways of going about things. Once again excited to learn something new!
//TODO: Actually write this…
Nightmares don’t last forever, eventually you wake up.
Today was a rather difficult, but fun day.
I started out by driving out to the ISU dairy farm with Kate and Alfredo where they graciously provided us with breakfast donuts.
Then we rushed to work where we began by celebrating Alfredo’s birthday (with cake)
(pic of cake)
Following that we started our final C++ day. This day was much more difficult than the others, it really started to diverge from Java. Despite struggling for a while with understanding it I made some progress and learned some stuff. If nothing else I now have a solid base for future classes.
We then went to Journal club…TBC
The rest of the day consisted of making research project plans, struggling with C++ and MVC coding structure, and giving a small tour of the library.
After getting back I thought about going to the small get together everyone was having for Alfredo’s birthday but I fell asleep and stayed asleep until 7:30 the next morning…
Why are there monkeys on the vent?
I had a very early night yesterday and yet I’m somehow very tired still.
After work, I went to Cover (building) and did some work for my NSBE mentor. While there I discovered a much nicer solution to creating, editing, and sharing LaTeX documents, ShareLaTeX. In my opinion, it is much simpler to use and they have plenty of tutorals, examples, and templates to get started with.
- Luncheon Lecture w/ Dr. Sherry Berghefer
- Our luncheon lecture today was focused on Hyperreality and the impact of that on future advertising and human interaction with media. It’s a bit scary to think that in her study she showed that her participants could only distinguish altered images about 40% of the time (real images and created images were distinguished drastically less).
- I attempted to find her paper so I could link it but couldn’t in a short amount of time, if anyone else can find it let me know, please 🙂
- New Terms
- Digital Native
- A person who has grown up learning and being connected to technology, specifically computers, and the internet
- Digital Immigrant
- A person (usually someone who grew up before the internet existed) who was previously unfamiliar with the technology, computers, and the internet and are now using technology skills.
- Digital Native
- Craft of Research #2
- Today we discussed IRB things that may be relevant for us to know for our current/future research pursuits.
- We also reviewed plagiarism in research and how to avoid it. My favorite was
- Ropes Course Wavers
- Had to fill out the waiver for the Ropes course that was going to this Saturday, kinda regretting forgetting my tennis shoes now…
- There was a part that mentioned a swing that may induce stress and it worried me a little too.
Wandering alone is nice sometimes
I can’t believe that were over a week in now. It’s not because of a lack of progress or anything but it just flew by.
We had another C++ course this morning. I’m not actually finding it that difficult to transfer my skills from Java and C to C++. Although I need to pay better attention to directions that in the code.
After lunch, we had an hour to take pictures.
Perfect view of the Kung Fu Panda Poster
Yesterday, after finishing work I had to go to a meeting with my mentor. Although I learned a lot I would have liked to go the pool. At the same time, I also needed to go grocery shopping…It sucks when events line up so you have to choose only one. Ok I know I can go grocery shopping at any point but that doesn’t help my point now much doesn’t it?
The highlight of yesterday was definitely the impromptu viewing party for Hamilton. I brought my computer out of my room so we could try out some games I have. However, we pulled up a Hamilton video to check if it was working and before we knew it we had watched all of the musical. Definitely worth it though.
Today seemed like a very productive day. Some of the things we accomplished were.
- Progress was made in understanding the project during our meeting with our graduate mentor meeting
- I learned how to multiply matrices! Super important for this project
- We reached out to contact Wayne state to gather information on
- We made the first steps into thinking about the study we want to perform to evaluate the usability of the current S-PASS system.
Also, I had a delicious caramel latte from Caribou Coffee
Now for the Game Night!
After Game Night I ended up joining Brittney and Sofia going to the gym. Today ended up being another leg day. Oh well. There we found Alfredo also working out. After using a couple different leg machines for about an hour we all walked back to our apartments.
Also, here are some pretty pictures I got of the C6…
Drawing…I should do more of that
Yesterday was physically exhausting for multiple reasons, one being the fact that I basically didn’t eat food until the Welcome Picnic at 4:30… I really need to buy some groceries.
- Bike Repair
- I woke up around 10 am to prepare to drive myself and some others to the Reliable St bike repair shop. Once there we worked on bikes for 3 – 4 hours! I lost track of the time and at the end, I didn’t even have my own bike fixed. Oh well, I’ll probably be going next weekend as well to help others get bikes.
- REU Welcome Picnic
- When we went to the REU picnic I ended up driving as many people as my car could safely hold. The picnic started with an extremely tasty meal from Hickory Park. I was pleasantly surprised by the mashed potatoes and the beans. It’s kinda hard eating right this summer with all this good food around. Then, Devi, Chris, and I proceeded to throw a frisbee around for a bit. By the time we were done it was about time to pack up and leave.
- Leg Day
- For the final part of my day, I went to the gym with both Masashi and Alfredo for a squat day. Along with the squats, we did an abs workout the end of the night. I knew that it would be very tough for me to walk the day after (and it is).
- Early Night
- I turned it in early at night being exhausted from the lack of early food and very physical day.
- This morning we started our first course on C++. So far it’s not nearly as bad as I had anticipated it would be. For some reason I was thinking, much like C, C++ didn’t have a concept of Strings. However, I was pleasantly surprised it did along with many other concepts I am already familiar with.
- I’m finding it very difficult to keep up my calorie restriction now. I need to stay disciplined otherwise it will end much like any of the other times, a full stomach of regret.
Sticky Tack…I need some
Yesterday(and night) were awesome! Yesternight??? Whatever…
The day consisted of
- VRAC Tech Tour
- It’s so exciting to see all the technology available at the VRAC. The more I saw the more I thought Iowa State was much more impressive than I ever gave them credit. I am more proud of ISU now than any sports victory could make me feel.
- Journal Club
- My group was assigned to go fourth on reviewing a paper
- Seminar-style classes seem weird but I’m interested to compare them with my existing knowledge of Lecture style classes
- Meyers-Briggs Stuff
- Take the test again here
- I’m an INFP
- Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving
INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.
INFP children often exhibit this in a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates (as with Anne of Green Gables’s “bookcase girlfriend”–her own reflection) and whose stuffed animals come to life like the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse:
INFPs have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything. Even for the most unlovable the INFP is wont to have pity.
Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response:
Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., performance of duty for the greater cause. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil. Luke Skywalker in Star Wars depicts this conflict in his struggle between the two sides of “The Force.” Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.
Some INFPs have a gift for taking technical information and putting it into layman’s terms. Brendan Kehoe’s Zen and the Art of the Internet is one example of this “de-jargoning” talent in action.
- ARG Training
- We finally figured out why Anna had such a fancy tie on, it was to present!
- Downtown Art Walk & Food
- I had a great time exploring the downtown Ames area both on my own and with everyone
- One thing I’ve grown to love to do is supporting small/local artists and craftspeople. So when I saw things I loved I was all over them.
(China set pic)
Additionally, I got some strawberry ginger lemonade that I loved from an art walk ‘store’.
Sharen(I believe was her name) said that they were to be opening a coffee shop in Ames in a few weeks and they would have their own building by the Fall.
If anyone wants to check it out with me in a bit I would like to go again.
- Late Night VR
- Finally, last night we gathered next door to play with Mashishi’s Oculus gear. Somehow everyone started playing this scary game (think Amnesia). Sophia took a turn on it and could barely stop panicking and screaming, hope she’s alright now and didn’t have any nightmares. Someone stopped up to the room to check if everyone was alright b/c of the screams. I took a turn too and was barely able to stand it. The monsters were uncannily similar to Weeping Angels from Dr. Who link(spoilers).
- Interestingly enough I did not get sick or nauseous when strafing in the partially discordant world (joystick movement)
- Wonder Woman out!!
- I kinda wanna see this soon, hopefully, I will. Seems my girlfriend went out last night to see it, Ill probably see what she thinks first.
Why am I awake at 6:30 blogging?!?!
Also, fans of Rick and Morty click here
Run Free!!!Blogging daily will be difficult for me considering my previous attempts at keeping daily data/writing. I always make it about a week in and it tends to take the backburner role in my day. However, I'm glad its required daily as, on my previous attempts, I look back and extremely enjoy reading what I wrote as a different person. I am not the same person I was a month ago, a week ago, a day ago, or even a moment ago. I find it fascinating to understand who I was in the past (even though some memories make me cringe). Time for journal club! (Uploaded late)
Hello to All, Humans or Otherwise
The past couple days have been quite an eventful time for life in the HCI REU. There are a number of things I’d like to record so in the interest of time I’ll try to organize the information and keep it short.
- Project presentations happened (all sounded super exciting and I want to be involved in all…)
- Groups met with their mentors/project leaders
- We discussed expectations, some readings and possible future meeting times.
- This really helped me gain a better grasp on what the project actually is while also exciting me for it more.
- I found my bike (this actually happened the first day but yay)
- I got 2 parking tickets due to not having a parking pass yet (my fault for not arriving in the designated window on the first day)
- Card game party in my apartment with Alfredo, Chris, Devi, Emanuel, and Masashi
- Tour of State Gym
- Only thought was “Wow, State Gym is so much bigger than I thought”
- First Rock Climbing experience
- Overall I found this very enjoyable, Austin helped to show me the basics and I completed one route. I will definitely do that more
- First VR Experence
- Masashi invited people over to try out his Oculus Rift
- I felt like the world was lacking a dimension when I too the HMD off
- It felt wonderfully awesome seeing and controlling virtual hands
- Also, an observation, nearsightedness carries over into VR without corrective glasses. Eventually, I figured a way to wear the HMD that I could have glasses while playing.
- Group Bubble tea followed by shopping at Mayhem
- Liked the Bubble tea at first but then could only finish half of it
- Along with picking up the game Sushi Go I also found a gift for my girlfriend back home. I can’t wait to send it to her!
This past period quite a lot of information and activities but I’m having a lot of fun! Now I just need to work on normalizing my sleep schedule. Here are some pictures from today.
Tomorrow (today I suppose) I’m super excited to go on the VRAC Technology tour and hope to see inside the C6. However, I’m not so excited about needing to lift again tomorrow. Any lifting buddies out there???
Hello HCI LAB
The first days of this program are some of the most exciting I’ve had at Iowa State so far! I am highly anticipating the start of classes and research work.
Time to start the Research Project Parade, will update later.
(Published Slightly Late)