It’s only to be expected, considering that I’ll be doing my test for that class tonight. I don’t think that I’m missing a lot of the class information, but I do wish I could ask questions to my professors in person. I don’t think I’m really grasping all the ML classifiers and algorithms- I can kind of describe naive Bayes Classifiers, but not to the depth/extent that I want. Doing classwork and this REU has been more difficult that I originally anticipated, but I think the idiom “you made your own bed, now go lie in it,” is really applicable to me right now. Speaking of beds… I really can’t wait until I can sleep at reasonable times (hopefully in a week from now… but at worst, two weeks from now). My roommates still haven’t arrived, but I enjoy having the apartment to myself.
Looking at the VR HMD’s reminded me of my work-study job at Northwestern. I initially came to this REU with the intention of learning more about VR (that’s what I told my manager, who wrote the rec to get me here), but I’m wondering if I should do something different. When Vijay described the costs of running the C6, I found myself incredibly skeptical of the value of VR- sure it’s a cool technology, but I don’t know if VR is worth quite that much. I think exorbitant costs are just a part of research, though. In a couple of years, there’ll probably another C6 that costs a fraction of the cost to operate.