Despite how those two things in the title might seem related, they are not in any way related in this post.
Starting with the positives, I finally made a thing in unity. Its nothing super complex or even much of a game, but I like it anyways. It’s basically just a grid of blocks, but what you can’t see in the picture is that I got the blocks to slowly float up and down giving it that video gamey effect. I would make it into something interactive later, but unfortunately I didn’t save the file after building it, so we’ll have to see if I get the encouragement again. Its basically a 50/50.
We also started our “Deeper Dives” which is essentially just a way for us to learn and design a project in a topic we’re interested in, but might not have much experience with. I chose 3D printing because of my experience with it in the past also it’s the coolest topic. I figured if I learned enough, I might actually be able to make it relevant as an engineer one day.
And now onto the sad part. I’ve literally been trying to get the ethernet port in my bedroom activated for this entire week. I called IT on Monday and they said there was no problem, they just needed the MAC Address. Unfortunately I didn’t have it at the time and they were about to close so I called again Tuesday. Tuesday a different operator said he had no idea what that other dude was talking about and that I had to contact Housing to get my Access Account activated and then active the ethernet from there, but unfortunately Housing closed 2 hours prior, so now it’s Wednesday.
Wednesday I call housing early in the day this time and they tell me I have to call another number to get my problem fixed. And guess who it was… I’ll give you a minute to think… IT the people who told me to call housing!!! So now I’m called IT again frustrated, talking to another man from there department who has no idea what to do and he says he’ll ask around and send me an email. Got an email shortly afterwards saying now all they need is my ethernet jack number, which of course, I can’t get until after work, after they close. So I sent the port information today, probably to the fourth person from IT who is probably very confused, and I’m waiting for them to get back to me. All this work and effort just to get an Xbox online is starting to get a bit frustrating.
The comic from last post would have perfect for today, but since I already used it here’s another as thanks for sitting through that rant.
Well now that that’s out the way lets get into the blog.
I attempted to be social with my REU mates yesterday despite my inherent urges to hide away like a hermit. Me, Gabriel, Ahmed, and Mary kinda Aidan too played some Jackbox and I would say had a pretty good time Everyone except for Aidan I suppose. For those of you who don’t know, Jackbox is a video game with a bunch of mini-games you can play with a group of people, some trivia and similar stuff.
I also didn’t do most of the stuff I said I would yesterday, but I ate a whole can of green beans, so that’s something.
My research group got to talk to our PI and grad student and undergrad student, Dr. Stone, Tom, and Kevin respectively. We got some further clarity on our tasks and action items for the week as well as a timeline on some of our goals. I appreciate how much Dr. Stone interacts with us,we usually see him at least 3 times a week and I feel like he helps keep everything together.
We also go off on some fun tangents during conversations, so I never dread going into meetings with him. Just a few topics we’ve discussed during our meetings include. ‘Best actor portrayal of Batman’ Adam West Obviously, ‘If Nearly Headless Nick died on Hogwarts Premises’ Harry Potter reference, ‘Is Sharknado 1 or 2 the best movie of all time’ Jury’s still out on that one, and most recently ‘Bitcoin’s nefarious uses’ Tamer conversation than usual. If it wasn’t clear I really like my group.
Today we also had a luncheon lecture from PhD Candidate Sherry Berghefer, she talked a lot about her research in hyper-realism. She shared a lot about how she studies how easily people are deceived by fake images that have been modified or are fully computer generated or modified. One of the coolest things she showed was this ipad finger drawing of Morgan Freeman that looks more realistic to me than a real picture of Morgan Freeman. To be clear, ALL of these pictures are drawings from the same person, even the last one which is crazy.
And now for the comic of the day.
It was a fun streak while it lasted. Back to irregularly scheduled posts.
Guess I have a few days I need to catch ya’ll up on.
Friday, we finished with 3D modeling in Maya. I really wasn’t feeling that program so I was pretty happy about that. It felt really unintuitive and I think I just prefer the preciseness you get with Solidworks or AutoCAD. That’s probably the engineer in me. That weird green one is Maya, I’m much prouder of the one to the bottom from solidworks. I had to do a lot of work to set constraints and mates to make it look and move naturally. That doesn’t really show in picture well, but take my word for it its pretty cool.
This weekend I did some of the tasks I’ve been putting off But there are still so many more.
We’ve been struggling in our project getting a program to work for our video feed. I’ve tried downloading probably 8 thing on my computer that all have different tasks of building, compiling, etc. And my laptop’s starting to feel the strain. It was already slow, but now its basically crawling begging for relief.
We’ve got so much to figure out, and this is suppose to be the easy part because were really just using code that’s already out there on the internet. But this setup is proving quite difficult. I might have to leave it to the more capable members of my group who have more capable laptops. Here’s a video of the drone running though from a laptop which was pretty cool to do.
I also bought that TV I was talking about. Its already so much better than that projector I had and its literally half the price of that other hunk of junk. Only thing no is the wifi doesn’t seem fast enough for the games I’m trying to run so I have to get the ethernet set up in my room. There’s suppose to be a way to do it online, but i couldn’t find the form so I guess I’ll email someone about it after I put this post up.
I bought canned vegetables and fruit and boxed mash potatoes so I finally had a decent meal for the first time in weeks I could hear my body thanking me. It takes a little more time to make but not too bad so I’m gonna start some good habits. That reminds me I’m gonna go to the gym today, try to get a schedule of at least a few times a week not like I have much else to do after work.
And to close here’s another one of those comics that I love. Got a real gutbuster for today.
Welcome back to the twilight zone,
I’m doing pretty well at this post a day thing so hopefully I won’t mention it in every post for much longer. So congrats to us for 3 days straight.
I’ve been trying to think about what I want this blog to be other than just my boring experiences so I thought of an “exciting” way to end all my posts more on that later.
So my favorite game in the world is super smash bros and the new one was just announced and I’m super hype to get it when it comes out. Found out some other people here like smash too, but unfortunately none of us brought any consoles to play the game so… (tear face).
I bought this projector to start getting back into playing my xbox, but man, this might top my list on worst purchases ever right behind that $150 controller I bought. I think I’m gonna return it and take my chances transporting a TV back to Delaware from here… I should probably get a cheap TV.
In work related news, I’m less help than I expected in the coding stuff, but more than I expected in the writing/communication stuff, so hopefully that works out for a while.
If anybody has some advice on some easy healthy food to prepare I’m all ears because my diet is officially as bad as it could be and I’m starting to feel it every time I move.
And to end this post I will now introduce my “random meme of the day”. Totally stole this idea from a previous REU year.
Here’s a couple bones I have to pick with ISU’s bus system interface.
Case A. This door, I was stuck behind it for 2 very awkward minutes waiting for the driver to open it. Someone had to tell me you have to wave to open it. I’ve never felt like more of an idiot cause it technically does say that right on the door. But I’m going to blame poor design rather than myself.
Case B. This bus sign. No way of identifying which buses come past here, hat times said buses arrive or even if it’s the north south west or east route. I was almost late to work because of one of these things.
“What is today, but yesterdays tomorrow?” – Eugene Harold Krabs.
If you are wondering why I posted 3 days after saying I would post tomorrow, here is a quote for you to reflect upon.
Onto other topics welcome back, I feel like so much as happened and I’ve taken so few pictures. Here’s some I’m “borrowing” from some of my peers.
Here’s a picture of us all at the ropes course. I believe I was eating a airhead in this picture thus that weird pose.
Here’s me acting like I’m fixing a bike The bike was never broken.
Here’s the fire department that came by Howe that one day the fire alarm went off.
And here’s a picture of Terry Crews that makes me smile.
Speaking of terry Crews, he’s gonna be in this new video game Crackdown 3 that I’m really looking forward to. And E3 just started so I might have alot more to say about video games in the near future.
Well, just a quick update and I’ll be sure to get back with all of you “tomorrow”.
Well here we are again nice to see you.
I see that some people do read the blogs, It’s good to know I’m not talking to an empty room. Hopefully that’ll encourage me to start doing this daily like I’m suppose to.
But anyways quick update
- I broke the drone so maybe no pictures of that for a while. I wont be taking one of those home again.
- Tornadoes are real and I want to record one, no matter the cost
- Doing simple stuff in C++ is easy, Error validation, almost impossible. In my case absolutely impossible.
- Professors and Graduates seem to really like ISU. Maybe I’ll understand why one day.
I’ve also attached a video of the storm I was in so have fun watching my misery, Only if you’re on an Iphone; sorry everyone else.
Thanks for sticking around. We’ll catch up tomorrow.https://projects.vrac.iastate.edu/REU2018/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/img_3544.mov
Back again, once again
Just a heads up not a big picture taker. I like to live in the moment.
But we just got a drone that can takes pictures and videos so maybe expect some of that sometime soon.
On that note my group has now gotten together several times and we are getting a better idea of what our summer project will be like. It seems that Dr. Stone is giving us a lot of freedom to do something that interests us, but I can tell were having a had time figuring out what that is.
Chances are we’ll just go back to what the idea that was originally pitched to us being developing a algorithm for drone control in a clearing operation for a fleet of drones to be used by law enforcement. And then deciding what type of user interface is best for that. I’m looking forward to trying VR.
But yea, what else is happening… Living situation is nice, lot to clean, but I don’t mind too much. Eating habits are getting poorer everyday… lots of ramen and cereal but it tastes good so not complaining.
I wonder if any of my peers in the REU read these things. I know I haven’t read any yet.
If any of you are comment your favorite food. I’m just generally curious.
Hello World again,
Nice to meet you, my names Stephan Terry and I’m looking forward to blogging with you today.
A little about myself, (thanks for asking), I am a student geting my bachelors in Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Class of 2020. Im currently at the SPIRE-EIT REU in Iowa State (you probably already knew that last part), and this summer my research project is titled Human Performance Extension via Drones (more on that another day).
I’m not as much of a talker as I act like I am so this might be a shorter post. Maybe I’ll give some highlights of the things I enjoyed and learned during the day.
1. Myer Briggs is cool but fake
2. Databases are useful and complicated
3. The C6 has an operating cost of $300 per hour. totally worth it
4. VR and AR make for really fun video games. probably other stuff too
5. If you go to Fuzzy Tacos, just buy the chips and queso, its unlimited and like $4, plus if you get a courtesy cup they’ll never know if there’s Sprite in it so dont spend extra on their fancy hard plastic cups.