Today’s (and the weekend’s) Rating: 6
On Friday our research team made good progress. We met with the operator of the 1/4 million dollar 3D printer in the basement and discussed printing several parts. We are going to try, as I mentioned previously, various printing methods. I am more hopeful for some designs than others. For example, the helical patters have some hope for cleaning; especially those cut into pieces. However, a part that was designed by one of the other grad students (non-SPIRE) I predict will be impossible to clean. That is, assuming that we will be able to print channels 1-2mm thick to begin with. Anywho, the person in charge said that she would swap out the regular plastic for our fancy clear plastic so that we may print on Monday. Cicero just came by with a few extra parts to print. I estimate all of this printing will cost less than $10, which is pretty wild.
On Saturday, a large number of the interns went to the Ames mall. Although transit was a bit of a struggle, someone wanted to come the day of and we had met our rented cars’ limits. In short, there was some squishing and sore backs. As well as quite an amazing feat of slumber. In what had to be one of the most uncomfortable positions, while listening to music, Inshira was able to fall so deep into sleep as to begin snoring. See pic below:
I don’t usually go to the mall. When I do I like to explore spontaneously but methodically. Once I have decided I am done with a store, I move on to the next. If I see someone that interests me, I will enter a new store. Otherwise I will continue walking around until I have seen everything. The result of this was that I only stayed with the other interns for a brief time. I did however, end up going to the bookstore and reading the beginning of several books. I’ve never had much luck finding books that I enjoy. Either the plots are too slow, the scenery dry, or the language uninteresting. I am aware that sounds pretentious, yet there remains little I can do about it. I enjoyed Name of the Rose, Anathem, and a book whose name I cannot place at the moment. Finding books like these at your average book store proved difficult. So I instead decided to take another chance with a book, hoping that I’ll enjoy it. The first chapter was tense, and I very much hope that the other chapters will relate.
On Sunday while others were having the Hackathon, I enjoyed a day of solitude. I did laundry, read, went for a bike ride, spoke to almost nobody, and overall just enjoyed the company of myself. Such is the life of an introvert. I feel much better afterwards. Towards the end I noticed a few of the interns celebrating Mary’s birthday by watching Sharknado. I did not stick around however.
Speaking of, happy celebration for the day of your creation Mary.
I look forward to the last two weeks of this program.
We hope you’ll tune in next time,