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.