Excuses first: the schedule was different on Tuesday so I didn’t do this during the normal block of time for a blog. Anyways, on Monday afternoon, we did some more solidworks, by which point I had a reasonable grasp on the interface and was able to build several objects that they gave us plans for. We went home, and I watched more E3 videos. I made a pseudo-ratatouille(no eggplant, more sauce) to go with some leftover pasta for dinner.
I had decided that I needed to get some eggs, milk, etc., but I didn’t want to make a whole trip to a grocery store, and the community center near us closes at 2pm. So I decided to get up early and go shopping at 7am. I got a breakfast sandwich while I was there.
In the morning there was nothing scheduled, so we worked on our project. There was a lunch lecture about using graphic design to improve outreach to marginalized communities, which was interesting. After that, there was a Craft of Research session where we talked about citations, a necessary but uninteresting thing. Soon after, we met with our grad student to talk about the project, and then floundered for a while, extremely unclear as to how to proceed. At some point Elliot called us all into the conference room to talk about how the program was going generally. As soon as that ended, we went over to another building, where we were meeting Michael(our professor) to talk about the plan for our project before he goes away to Russia for the next 3 weeks. Stephen (Gilbert) was also there, because he’ll be guiding the project in Michael’s absence. I think the impending deadline of Michael leaving pushed us to actually clarify what we’re doing here, and at long last, we have a more concrete plan. I walked home because it was nice out, and Victoria and I ordered Chinese takeout, which was delicious.
Today we had another session on solidworks, where we focused on assembling the parts we’d been creating. For lunch, I got a burrito from a food truck, but it was a weirdly ~artisinal~ burrito, with like, kale in it. It was good, but not what you expect from a food truck burrito. I walked over to the lake, which took a while due to construction detours, and ate by the water, which was relaxing. This afternoon we’ll start looking at Maya, which I’m very excited for, because I’ve used Maya before, but it’s been a pretty long time and I was never amazing, so I’m looking forward to some time to relearn some of that.