Sunday, September 13, 2015

KGSP - Wires and Roots

Now that we're reaching the actual content for my courses, things have been getting a bit more interesting. I still don't have a research project yet, so my amount of work has yet to increase, which I guess is good in a way, but I get bored sometimes.

My most interesting course right now is my Interaction Design course. Unfortunately it's an undergraduate course so it feels a bit weird, but I like it. It's about physical computing and since I don't have much experience with hardware, it's cool.

Also I learned to solder, that was fun.

So we've been dealing with circuitry and micro-controllers in that class. The programming portions of it are really simple right now so I've blown past that quickly. The hardware stuff on the other hand is really interesting.

I had a good time just figuring out the wiring and getting stuff to work. The kit I bought is fairly limited so I don't have much to work with, but I had some LEDs and buttons so I figured I could try to make a basic game out of it.

Aww yea making a real thing.

First thing that came into my mind was a Simon Says type game. It was funny because I was talking to a friend of mine who tried to make a similar game back in high school. Back then I couldn't figure out how to do it properly either so we couldn't do it.

Didn't think much about it when I was doing it, but I managed to do the wiring for the physical components and the software programming for it in under an hour and a half. It was a fun little exercise that got my hands wet into building stuff like this.

There's a input error near the end there, but that can be fixed easily.

Outside of class I spent some time with my friends on the weekend. On Saturday we went to a pretty cool park called Ppuri Park. It's a pretty unique park because from far away it looks kinda like a cemetery because there are these stone monuments scattered throughout the park.

But what it is is actually pretty cool. Each monuments represents a person, who then represents a Korean last name. By finding the monument for your last name, you can read about the history about your lineage essentially.

Apparently 뿌리 means roots. I learned a thing.

Despite not being Korean, I still found the monument for my last name. Same Chinese character, so it was still kinda really cool seeing like, a fork in history I guess. If I was Korean this monument could be about my people.

The park itself was also just pretty nice in general. It was a nice day too which really helped so it was just a really relaxing walk through it. The weather is actually pretty nice now. It's not as hot anymore so it's nice and refreshing to go outside. Fall is coming.

Pretty psyched for not hot weather.

I'm hoping to get started on a project soon though, and as the semester progresses classes will get busier and busier too so I guess I should try to enjoy this lull.

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