Coding, Projects, and more Star Wars

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted something. Things are picking up, and I’ve had more things to do. We wrapped up C++ last week and are now venturing into 3D modeling with SolidWorks and Blender. So far I’ve enjoyed these sessions significantly more for a couple reasons. I am a visual learner, which means that I need to physically see what I am learning. I love lots of examples and step by step tutorials. In SolidWorks, compared to C++, I can see exactly what I am doing which is incredibly helpful. Also, the interface is very intuitive. The buttons tell me exactly what they do, and I can view my project from any angle. I really liked working through the tutorials because they were descriptive and slowed down the course to going your own pace. We have just started Blender, and I am quite intrigued. It looks like it has more cosmetic features than SolidWorks, so that will be fun to explore.

Our team’s project is progressing well. We have a meeting later today where we will start focusing more on the VR component and do some headset testing. Us interns have a new project as well: t-shirt designing. I won’t say much yet, but I am very excited about our designs so far. Our team bonding for the week has consisted of visiting Ada Hayden for a nice stroll, a debate on the definition of a sandwich (is a phone technically a sandwich?), and taking the scenic (read: way too long) route on the bus back from lunch (my bad, guys).

At this point, I feel obligated to mention Star Wars. Ever since the movie night, Star Wars fans have come out among the blog posts, and I must keep the momentum going. I, myself, am a proud Star Wars fan. I have watched all the shows and movies (expect for Bad Batch season 2, still need to catch up there), played some of the games (Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga, Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars, and Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga…see the theme yet?), and I would like to get into the books soon (the Thrawn series has been highly recommended due to the upcoming Ahsoka tv series). The prequels era is my favorite, and it’s nice to see some of the other interns are fans as well. Might I recommend the Revenge of the Sith 4 hour Super Cut? A complete documentation of Order 66 and the Siege of Mandalore cobbled together from clips from ROTS, deleted scenes, the 2003 Clone Wars animated series, and the newer Clone Wars series, this movie will leave you emotionally destroyed. You have been warned.

To wrap up with some food for thought for you Star Wars nerds: what order should the series be watched in? Do you start with the Originals? Prequels? Do you count Rogue One and Solo? Are the Sequels dead to you and don’t deserve the attention? That is up to you. More Star Wars musings to follow.

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