Sunday, November 29, 2015

KGSP - The Korean Cold

Honestly this week was very similar to the last week. Next week is the week where everything is due so this week was just the same in the sense that I was just working on projects and (attempting to do some) studying for my exam.

Aside from that, the one interesting thing that happened this week was that it started to snow. Last winter it only snowed a handful of times and each time it wasn't much. So it was a really big surprise when I woke up on Thursday and saw this outside my window.

Not bad for a first snow in Korea.

It was an awkward temperature of around 0, so the snow didn't actually stick around on the ground that much, but it snowed a decent amount. I was actually surprised because despite it not accumulating, a lot of it actually fell.

That actually lifted my spirits a bit. Walking to the lab in the snow felt really great actually. Sure, it was kinda cold, but it felt good. Reminded me of home. Lately I've been kinda missing home a bit so the faint reminder was very welcoming.

Fifteen minutes outside.

Guess it's that time of year huh? Similarly to last year when winter started rolling around and holiday season started up I also had a similar feeling of homesickness. Living in Korea has been alright, but sometimes you just want a bit of that life that you were so used to before this whole thing.

As far as school goes I'm still fairly certain I'm screwed for this upcoming exam. The structure of the class and the content of the class don't mix with me. Nothing is sticking and it sucks. Projects are coming along though thankfully. 

Seriously, we even have a cat and some horses.

My other project hit a weird snag because I kept throwing things at it until it became a monstrous idea. It wasn't even very good to be honest so when I had a new, better, idea come to me, I just threw out the original idea and started fresh.

Yea, I scrapped a project and restarted it less than a week before its due. It's that time of year again where there are just zero fucks left to give.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KGSP - Crunch Time: KAIST Edition

So I normally try to write my blog posts on Sundays. Then, I have a pretty bad habit of letting them slip to Mondays when I get busy. But very rarely I have Tuesday posts. I think I've only had one or two in the last fifteen months. But yet here we are with a Tuesday post.

This past week has been pretty busy. Everything kinda just happened at once and all of a sudden everything is due. Guess it's what happens at the end of the semester. I have vivid memories of this from UOIT, but it's been a while.

TFW you get accepted to the Overwatch beta test weekend and only had time to play 10 minutes.

A lab project that we initially expected to be due at the end of December was found out to be actually due at the beginning of December, which is next week. As a result that's been taking up a lot of my time.

It's a pretty interesting project actually. It revolves a lot of moving parts and getting them all integrated into Unity and having them do things. It's pretty nice to work on some development stuff again. Even though I'm tired it's a good time.

Not pictured: an Oculus Rift.

But that isn't really the problem right now. My problem is my three courses that also require time from me. Each one of them have a project that have weekly checkups and additional homework so I've been trying to balance all the deadlines and get the work done.

Hate to say it but I feel like I've been slipping a bit in my coursework haha. I'm fine with doing projects. I'm used to that. But what I'm not fine with is doing projects and then having to deal with random homework.

Don't have a related picture so here's a picture of cats on a car.

Already  kinda giving up on marks this semester haha. Just waiting for the semester to end so I have more time and energy for interesting stuff like lab projects and personal projects.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

KGSP - GSTAR 2015

Second year in Korea, second year of going to GSTAR, Korea's biggest game convention. Last year was a lot of fun. Me and two friends went to Busan for the day and enjoyed some good StarCraft and checked out some other games before heading back to Daegu for the day.

But this year was different. The same two friends I went with now live in different cities as me. One in Seoul, one in Daegu, and of course myself in Daejeon. Plus with everyone's schedules different as well it made coordinating a lot more difficult this year.

But one thing that doesn't change is this stupid line up to buy tickets.

We were so hyped from last year that we told ourselves that this year we would go for the weekend instead of a day and just make it epic. Unfortunately that didn't pan out because of scheduling differences.

As a result, one of my friends ended up going alone on Friday. I had class on Friday so I couldn't join him, but it has been a while so I wanted to see him anyways, so after class I took the train to Busan to grab dinner with him.

I don't have a picture of our dinner, but this was my breakfast the next morning. Literally potatoes, bread and cheese.

I only got to see my friend for about an hour and a half because he had to get back to Daegu, so afterwards I went to a PC Bang to finish the night off with some StarCraft. Legacy of the Void just came out so I played some co-op missions and team missions with a friend back in Canada.

That was fun, but when it came time to sleep I wandered over to the Hotel Aqua Palace by Gwangalli Beach. Since it was a pretty YOLO trip to begin with I didn't have any accommodations booked so I just slept in the Jjimjilbang there.

My standards have dropped, but this is still probably the nicest Jjimjilbang in the area.

See, it would be nice if I didn't realize upon walking in there that since it is a "nicer" one that it attracts more people, specifically families. And man, crying babies are absolutely the worst. Yea sure the view is nice, but it doesn't matter when you just want to sleep. And those lights man.

But whatever, the next morning I woke up and made it to BEXCO half an hour early. Regardless, two hours in line to buy a ticket. After finally getting in I walked around for a few hours. There was a lot of people so the lineups for everything were hours long.

I think going on a weekday is key. Maybe next year.

There wasn't much I wanted to try anyways. The one thing I wanted to had a two - three hour queue so I said nope to that and just walked around to check things out. A lot of smaller companies and game schools were there with their stuff. Lots of VR stuff going on.

As far as big companies go, Sony had a cool section with their own VR stuff and some demos of their upcoming games. Square Enix had a showing by partnering with LG to showcase Final Fantasy XIV. Not sure what's new with that game, but they had a lot of people interested in it.

But to be fair, they were top 3 in the booth babes ranking though.

They gave out a lot of cool swag at the Final Fantasy area, but unfortunately I didn't get anything. For their quiz I had zero chance of winning anything until they asked who came from the furthest. But Canada doesn't count since I didn't go just for the convention. Although they didn't even ask me.

Overall the event was alright. I feel like last year was better for me. There was a cool StarCraft event and there was more stuff that I was interested in. It was still alright, but kinda tiring. Plus being alone made it not feel as great as last time.

Not as lonely as this Orange Mushroom though.

Hopefully next year I can go again and do it properly. We said this last year and it failed this year, but here's hoping next year will be better.

Monday, November 9, 2015

KGSP - Fanboy Mode Engaged

Another Monday post. Failed yet again! I was really tired over the weekend so despite remembering that I needed to write a blog post, I ended up forgetting after all. This weekend was BlizzCon weekend, so it was pretty hype.

Like last year, I wanted to watch the opening ceremony live. But again, like last year, I'm still in Korea so because of time difference the ceremony was at 4 AM. So after spending the day in the lab and the night with some friends, I went back to the dorm to check out the show.

BlizzCon is a wonderful time.

It was totally worth the hype. Might not have been as hypey as last year, but last year was pretty hype. Despite that, I am totally a Blizzard fanboy so everything they announce is super hype. This year was pretty light on new announcements, but still good.

WarCraft movie trailer, WoW Legion opening cinematic, new footage for Overwatch, new expansion for Hearthstone, and of course new news for StarCraft II as well. Blizzard once again delivers a fantastic string of videos to watch and be amazed about.

I honestly liked this trailer more than the movie one.

The night after the opening ceremony, I woke up early to head to a PC Bang. It just so happened that on Sunday the campus was doing some maintenance so there was no electricity, therefore no Internet either. That's no good.

So I woke up before the electricity got shut off and went to a PC Bang and sat there for four hours watching the WCS Grand Finals for StarCraft II. Super tense and back and forth games. Super exciting and fun to watch.

StarCraft so good.

I was participating in a bracket competition on Team Liquid too. Almost placed into the prizing but the guy I predicted to win didn't win (very close though). Oh well, was a good tournament anyways.

The rest of the week wasn't too exciting. I went and bought the Holiday Box for Magic's Battle for Zendikar so I could store the cards I have in them. It came with five English packs but English packs are boring so I traded them for Russian packs.

At last, sorted by set, language and colour.

It turns out I have a lot of Magic cards.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

KGSP - Moving Labs

This week was tiring. Like, actually tiring. There was a decent amount of work that was due this week, but not too much that it would've been a crazy amount. However, we had to move our lab this week so that took up a lot of my time and energy.

Previously, our lab was on the fourth floor of our department building. As far as I know they've had it for a few years. However this year some older faculty members retired so their rooms vacated. As a result, they were ripe for the taking.

Moving labs, energy brought to you by extremely Korean pizzas.

So since it was vacant, my professor decided to claim it. This was a good opportunity since it meant we could renovate the room however we want to make it newer, more personalized and more functional.

This also meant that once we move out of our lab, our old space could be renovated for our new professor too. So overall it seemed like a good idea. However what is not a good idea is actually moving everything down one floor.

Also I "discovered" this door in the old lab. I like how there are still pictures on it.

That was a pain. Not only did we have renovation issues that caused some delays, but the actual move was such an energy drain. We have a lot of stuff. And worst of all it's not even all properly sorted so I'll have to go organize it next week.

Plus all our furniture. We had some new furniture, but we also had to move a lot of the old stuff too. Extra shout out goes towards the super heavy tables that we have two of for some reason. My arms are still kinda sore and it's been a few days.

New lab with higher (and blue) ceilings.

The new lab is nice though. It's obviously newer and I like it more than the old one. More comfortable work environment. Plus now that we finished the move, we just need to organize and clean things. Once that's done we don't have to deal with this anymore.

It will be nice to just focus on class and lab work again. We're starting some of the programming projects and assignments in my Interaction Design class so that's exciting. Feels a lot better to be doing something in my element.

Also finally had time to finish putting this together.

Overall the week was alright. Tiring, but alright. Weather is getting colder now too, took me kinda off guard.