This week has been a very eventful on Thursday we celebrated one of the interns birthday. Even tho I didn’t play bowling with majority of the interns I did play in the arcade and lost in almost every game. All except for one skee ball and air hockey match with two interns.
On Friday one of the interns and I began designing a shooting game for VR and we made some good progress. After work all of the interns and I had a pizza dinner for one of the other interns. It was an enjoyable moment.
Today I rode my bike all the way to the farmers market only for it to begin closing so I was low key mad, but I went to Reiman’s Garden afterwards for free and it was pleasant. I liked all the futuristic gray chrome object thingies they have scattered around the garden. After that we went inside the stadium and walked around.
After wards later in the night I went stargazing since the temperatures were cool and looking at space puts in a very tranquil state of being. I noticed that you can see Jupiter even tho it looks like a Star in the sky.
A very late at night and might be short blog, but I enjoyed today a lot because we got assigned our deeper dive project. I got placed with Immersive Virtual Reality which is what I wanted since I’ve been here. The first meeting we got to go over what immersion is and talk a little about the platforms we’ll build the application/game for. That’s about it but I’m excited for our lecture speaker tomorrow everyone says she’s amazing at interview and public speaking which is two skills I can definitely improve on.
(My daily blogs are underneath this post of today.
Fun fact: Today is Juneteenth or known as Freedom Day. It’s an American holiday that commemorates the abolishment of slavery in Texas & the remaining confederate states. It’s recognized as a special holiday in 45 states and celebrated mainly by African Americans and Mascogos( descendants of black seminoles in Coahuila, Mexico). It’s usually celebrated with cook outs, fairs, rodeos, historical re-enactments, parties etc. Texas was also the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.
On Saturday I went to hangout at the mall and I got a ton of stuff at a cheap price due to sales.
On Sunday I went hiking in a park right next to our apartments. Most of the trails were muddy and I saw a group of teens diving from the bridge into a really dirty river. I almost fainted from heat exhaustion because I forgot how hot it would be that day and didn’t bring water. Other than that it was enjoyable a lot of quietness and peace.
On Monday we finally began to learn Unity which I loved since I want to become a game developer in programming, art, & creative directing. I’ve been waiting for us to start Unity for so long.
Today we had an luncheon lecture that was about hyperreality and I LOVED it. The whole concept and study was very interesting to me of what is real, digitally altered, and digitally created. Later on today we’re going to be designing T-shirt’s for the REU so I’m excited for that.
Today’s rating: 11 / 10
Today was probably my favorite work day so far of this REU. My biosensor team got confirmation that our part we made worked perfectly on the first try.
After that we all ate out with our two grad students at Jeff’s Pizza. It was a really good time like the slices were so huge and we got to watch part of the World Cup it was Spain vs Portugal. So I enjoyed that a lot we also are going to make two more parts on Monday when we have access to solidworks again.
We finished our Maya course and I learned SO MUCH to help me understand how this program works. I’ll hopefully be able to transfer what I know into using Blender for games, but here is the scene I made using Maya.
The final pic was a prototype UFO until I learned how materials work. But nevertheless I think I did a good job.
I also went to hang out with 3 of the other interns and we saw The Incredibles 2. A fantastic movie I would rate it a perfect 10 and it’s soundtrack was so suave and good. I recommend Frozone’s theme as a short listen you won’t regret it.
And that’s all I have for my blog today see you soon!
Good afternoon you dashing beautiful people.
Today’s rating I would say is 9.3/10.
We made a lot more progress recently in our project after I presented the idea for a viscous biosensor. Aiden and I developed a part using solidworks so that it can be 3D printed for testing. The part is a helix and it’s meant to be inside a tiny box structure so that fluids can go through it and by velocity and centripetal force we’ll be able to measure the changes of the environment with bacteria.
Our group also finished our problem area paragraph and we made rough drafts before eventually having our grad mentor review over it.
Our luncheon lecture was also very informative as we were discussing about Big Data and one of the Ph.D students who taught us C++ was showing us her research. Luckily as CS major and Math minor I took both Stats and Database so I was able to mostly follow along with ease of her charts and graphs. She’s a very cool person to get to know since she shared us her stories about ice fishing in Minnesota. I also tried Jeff’s Pizza for the first time and I can say I never knew pizza and baked potato would taste good together but it did.
I was too burnt out from reading more research papers so I practiced more on using Maya and made this thing.
I named him a Fancy Boi.
Later on tonight I’m going to try and learn more about GameMaker 2, Unity, and Maya so I’ll be ready for next week’s courses.
That’s all I have for today see you all soon!
Today’s rating: 10 / 10
The world is beautifully made out of atoms and so is this next blog. I travelled all across the edges of Iowa to find inspiration for my next post. I present to you this post.
Today I FINALLY made significant progress on our research. In the next meeting I’ll be suggesting the concept of a viscous based biosensor. I’m hoping that if we make a biosensor that detects the changes of density in a viscous solution by endotoxins released by salmonella. I also am going to suggest to use a meat batter since it’s a viscous liquid that the biosensor can use.
The past few days were also very exciting since E3 a major video game conference was going on.
We also started learning Solidworks and Maya. They’re confusing at first but the more I use it the more I get used it and it becomes easier.
The past weekend we also did a ropes course and biking repair both of which were a lots of fun. I’m glad I went on it because it was valuable team building. Before I came to Iowa this was really hoping that I’ll be able to befriend the other interns and I wouldn’t be like an outcast or distant, and that hasn’t happened yet. All the interns have been awesome and makes me even more grateful I got accepted to this REU.
Here are some photos from the past weekend.
That concludes my post.
This is absolutely horrendous and tragic. Only half of the page is used and all the links look like they’ll take you to a bad gateway that will give your computer a virus. Dusty… It’s only saving grace is the baby blue background that has a pleasant view to the eye. I rate this 3.0/10 pure ugly… and pure bad UI…
Now THIS is ugly 🤢🤢🤢 it does right with putting the breaking news in a very noticeable spot but that’s because every other placement of news is trash. It’s so badly designed that it makes the screen lag when you scroll down… disgraceful. I give this site 2.0/10 utter ugliness.
La note du jour: 8.4/10
Today we finished our final course of C++. I decided to find a bunch of assignments online to test my new gained skills so I created a Celsius/Fahrenheit converter and a triangle identifier.
I finished the one hour training so now I’m on to the final training and then I’ll finally be able to enter the lab to do the biology half of my research on biosensors so that’s awesome!
This weekend is gonna be pretty busy because on Saturday we’re having a rope course and on Sunday I’ll be repairing some bikes and receiving one for the summer. So I’m excited it’s going to be a pretty tiresome weekend end but I’ll pull through.
(This post was meant to be up yesterday)
Today’s rating: 8.0/10
For our biosensor group today was a lot of online training, but good thing is we’re almost done with it by like one or two courses.
We also had a luncheon lecture that was meant to help direct us to a more clear path in going to grad school. The speaker also answered a few of my questions of grad school in Europe since I eventually want to live in either London and/or Paris since those are hotspots for the career I want to pursue.
Later on in the day we also had a team building game day that was tons of fun to do!
Today’s rating: 8.9/10
IT’S PAYDAY THE WORLD HAS BLESSED ME!!!!!
Also, we begun our day continuing our C++ course where we went over functions, arrays, loops, File I/O, and constructors. I feel like my C++ has gotten better and it’s a good basis for us to move over to the next course with Maya and Unity.
However, my teammates and I are wondering if this C++ and our research project will be enough for us to get to a highly competitive grad school. I’m optimistic the future courses will and I hope I can find a way to fully use my CS/Math major to max this REU.
I’ve also been doing the lab training and it’s a whole lot of biology and chemistry which I wasn’t expecting to cover in this particular research assignment, but our grad mentors had assured us that there’s a heavy programming emphasis in it.