Sunday, March 26, 2017

KGSP - Stack Overflow

Man this week has been, a week. We're well into the semester at this point and despite only taking like, one a half classes only, classwork is already being a pain. The full class I'm taking has like a project due every month with presentations every week relating to that.

Normally that wouldn't be that bad, but that takes a lot of time. And time is one of those things that I'm really limited in right now. Surprisingly enough I do have energy (for the most part), but I'm finding that I'm running out of hours in the day to do my work.

Our lab recently got a coffee grinder and it's been a good source of energy.

My thesis project has taken up the most amount of my time. I have a presentation on Tuesday so I spent the week just taking videos and pictures, and trying to present my project in the best way as possible.

Taking the videos for my project has actually been kinda fun though. I'm making an augmented reality application and most of the videos allowed me to actually play with the system in random places so it was kinda nice to just jump around and do stuff.

The worst part about AR is the need to photoshop stuff onto every picture not taken from the device.

So yea, school is taking up a lot of my time. But additionally, I've been trying to deal with other stuff too like looking for jobs and figuring out what to do with my life after graduation, so it's really just taking more processing power away from my brain too.

To make matters worse apparently my phone died today. It suddenly shut off and I couldn't get it back on again, no matter which battery I used. It just gets stuck on the boot screen and I found out that apparently bootlooping is a thing that happens with my phone.

The last picture taken on my phone.

Oh, and I'm kinda sick too. It's really turning into spring now so that also means the air is getting bad again. Woke today feeling super dehydrated with a small headache that's lasted the entire day. Essentially I just feel hungover without even having any alcohol. Wonderful.

But this week had some high points too. Apparently there's a new flavour of chips out now in Korea, which is Montblanc flavoured chips. Yes, cake flavoured chips. Those were ok. But the best news this week actually came today, StarCraft Remastered.

Where were you when StarCraft Remastered was announced? I was in the lab, like always.

So yea, this week has been rough. But hey, I'll have some new (old) StarCraft to play in the summer!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

KGSP - Progress and Outcomes

So this week wasn't very eventful. It was more time working on my thesis project. Originally, I was supposed to have a progress presentation this week but it got delayed to the week after. This was actually kinda welcome because it means I have more time to prepare.

So essentially this week was just getting as much done as possible for my thesis project and making the presentation materials. Since I have an extra week I have even more time to do stuff for that. Even though I only started a month ago, the project is coming together.

Spent the day photoshopping rocks and spooky stuff into pictures.

Probably the most interesting thing this week was actually my salted eggs. Readers of my blog may remember that about a month ago I decided I had some extra eggs and a lot of excess salt, so I decided to brew it all together and make some salted eggs.

Well, it's been just over a month actually, so they were ready to for some eating. I was actually kinda worried because it's literally a bunch of eggs sitting in some weird broth in a jar on my fridge for a month. Like, what if they all just went bad?

Impossible to tell the result from this.

So I was a bit hesitant, but I went and cooked the egg and broke it open. It smelt ok. Like it didn't smell bad, so that was a good sign. I ate some of it, and well, it was actually pretty good. I used chicken eggs instead of duck eggs, so the texture is different, but the taste was fine.

The yolk was salty, but it could be a bit saltier so I decided to leave the remaining eggs in the salt mixture. The whites were already a bit on the salty side, so I didn't finish eating it. But it's ok because the yolk is the best part anyways.

I gotta work on my egg opening skills.

So yea, I made a bunch of salted eggs about a month ago and they taste it. It's kinda a coincidence too because I also started my thesis project about a month ago. So hey, if these eggs turned out ok, I guess my thesis can too. Right?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

KGSP - A Historic Weekend

So this week was quite interesting. The weekdays were fairly normal, just more work in the lab. I have my second thesis presentation in a week and a half, so I need to get a working prototype of my project done.

That said, I went to Seoul this weekend. It's like, really bad timing and I probably shouldn't have, but I did anyways. I had some friends from Canada come over to Korea and it's been a long time since I went to Seoul, so I figured I could just get all my Seoul meetings done in one go.

My weekend was better than uh, some other people's.


It was a pretty nice weekend. It's been a while since I left Daejeon so it was a good break. On Friday I met one of my high school friends who came to Korea for vacation. Then, I went and met a bunch of my friends that I met when I was in Daegu.

Finally, today I met one of my university friends who came to Korea to teach English. I haven't seen that guy in a few years too, so it was kinda neat to see him in Korea. So overall it was a pretty fun weekend that pulled in people from the last.. wow, 11 years of my life?

Oh also the president of South Korea got impeached.

So yea it was pretty fun. Tiring, but fun. But now that that's done, it's time to start really focusing on my work. I got some solid progress on my thesis project done the last week, but there is much more to be done. Especially since classes have started too.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

KGSP - The Fourth Semester

My fourth semester started this week. It was a bit weird of a week though because March 1st was Korea's Independence day so there was a random day off in the middle of the week. This threw the entire week off because it just made it feel weird.

I have one and a half classes this semester. So while like every other student in my cohort is class free, I still have to take stuff because the additional three undergraduate classes I had to take took up a lot of my time. That, and my lab work.

Speaking of the lab, one of the new students gave me a candle.

And my half a class is this random seminar class. Once a month they invite speakers to the department so we just have to attend those talks. We had our first "class" today where the professor just explained that to us.

That initial class was only like literally three minutes. Which made it all the funnier because a lab mate of mine had a meeting with our professor which ran a bit late, so he ended up missing his first class of the semester.

Weather is getting a bit warmer too, and people are still playing Pokemon Go.

This week also had some surprisingly good food. Wednesday was also Ash Wednesday so I abstained from meat, as is the custom. I ended up making this broccoli and imitation crab meat dish my mom makes sometimes. In hindsight it was pretty easy to make, but it was nice.

But the meal of the week was definitely what I had on Tuesday. I was sick of eating at the cafeteria all the time, and didn't really want to eat in the usual restaurants I go to, so me and my girlfriend decided to head to the old downtown area for some better food.

Looobsteeer.

That was a nice meal. I wasn't planning on getting lobster since it's expensive but I saw it on the menu and I was like. When was the last time I had lobster. And considering how I spent all of February slaving away in the lab, I figured I could spend a bit extra on food.

I don't think I'll be eating anything like that again anytime soon though. The thesising continues.