Getting unmotivated in writing these blog posts daily. I’ll try to do better next week.
Friday: Learned more about shaders. Learning mostly entailed copying code, so I’m not entirely sure how much I actually learned (I did realize that I type rather inaccurately- wondering if it would be better to just copy and paste the code instead of typing it out). I should look into shaders when I have the time and motivation (but when will that be?) For the drone project, I’m still having so much difficulty! Often, the people at the VRAC who could answer my networking/data-streaming questions are gone from the office, and so I struggle alone. I’m so frustrated that I might switch out one of my CS classes for Intro to Networking next quarter (far too late in the context of this project, but at least I’ll know some of the answers for the questions I have, now). We have so much work left to do. I’m getting very nervous by how little we’ve accomplished and how much needs to be done. Also, shout-out to Tom, who apparently reads these blog posts. We had a good-bye dinner for Ohana; I hope she’s doing okay.
Saturday: Went to Reiman Gardens with a couple other interns. I love botantical gardens- the Garfield Conservatory is my favorite spot in Chicago. I drew a lot of plants. A baby came up to me and handed me his parents’ car keys. Another kid complimented my drawings. Another person complimented my outfit. It was a good time. I got my first milkshake from Freddy’s- it was pretty good, but not exactly outstanding. After that, I worked a little bit.
Sunday: Continued working, but I haven’t done nearly as much as I wanted to accomplish this weekend. I had a long conversation with my sister about her grad-student research in Zambia (she always laughs when I mention Iowa) and what we want in the future. I keep wondering why I place myself in situations that bring me closer to being a CS professional instead of using my time to involve myself with the art world. I also wonder why I continuously overload myself with tasks- it seems like my entire workload next year will be the same as the workload I had earlier in this program, when I was simultaneously doing my final projects and this REU stuff. Essentially, it’s going to be a bad time. I don’t get homesick, but today, I really miss my dog.
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