21 February 2012

IAP 2012 Recap

What I actually did:
  1. Run two phenomenal events (in one weekend, no less): Battlecode and Techfair. This really did take huge toll on me: for almost 75% of IAP, I felt that I had little to no time for myself because of all the work I needed to do and that every task was incredibly time-sensitive, which added even more stress. However, in the end, I really do have to say that they were worth every minute of early morning Java and sitting in SAO's office waiting for emails.
  2. Work out. I began my strenuous regime last IAP, having diligently gone to the Z center every morning to run and bicep curl. Unfortunately, I've gotten progressively lazier, so I worked out approximately three times each week. The upside was that I worked out with Jennifer, who taught me how to bench, squat, and deadlift, which turned out to be way shorter and more effective than my tedious routine! I'm extremely pleased at my results after one month.
  3. Move to BigRoom. Essentially I created a giant island in the middle of the room with two rows of desks against each other for maximum desk space for lab work and such. However, three monitors eat up quite a bit of space (and so does my uncased hackintosh).
  4. Mystery Hunt. This year's quest was lame because it was a giant mishmash of puzzles instead of having a unifying plot.
  5. Work on scooter. I finally re-ordered a bunch of parts, mainly for the hub motor, which is partially done, after the gruesome experience of creating a cancerous mixture of epoxy to secure the magnets onto the motor can. More on that in another post.
  6. Work on Power Mac G4 case mod. It's almost done! I'm serious! It just needs some blowing because I was a moron and didn't remove the motherboard when I was dremeling, which is now covered in tiny metallic shards.
What I didn't do:
  1. Power Mac G5 case mod. I'm surprised that my [lack of] self confidence is deterring me from mechanical projects since I'm extremely scared I'll make a mistake. It does make a nice base for my hackintosh, though.
  2. Finish projects. Ever since I read Steve Jobs (an incredible read, by the way), my standards for myself skyrocketed. Thus I now have an even harder time to deem a project finished, since it could always use some finer adjustments. 

1 comment:

  1. If it seemed like you had little time for yourself during your IAP, you must have made good use of it. Good job.

    I liked the Steve Jobs bio, but I thought it was too repetitive; like it was made for people who were only going to read selective chapters. I don't think the author knows Steve Jobs fans very well.