Sunday, April 30, 2017

KGSP - Phone Problems Redux

So remember how about a month ago I had issues with my phone? I was eating dinner one time and when I went to check my phone it wouldn't turn on and it was essentially dead. I brought it to the service center and got the main board replaced, which fixed the problem.

Or so I thought. In the last few weeks I had some issues with my phone sometimes where my phone wouldn't be able to connect to the network. So no calling and no data. I thought it might've had something to do with the weather or something cause it would happen for a few hours and be fine.

I'm hoping my fish will be fine too. Been acting weird lately.

But as my luck would have it, a few days ago my phone straight up stopped connecting to the network. After about 48 hours of that, I decided to bring it into the service center again to get it looked at. The guy said that there was a problem with the main board.

But wait a minute. I had the main board fixed a month ago. The guy said that he would replace it again free of charge, so I was like alright fine, I just want to use my phone when I'm not in WiFi range. So he swapped it and off I went.

Not many pictures this week, so here's one of me posing awkwardly next to more fish.

I thought it was ok and I was setting up all my settings again when boom. Phone crashed. Now it doesn't even turn on. Again. So essentially I went from having a working phone with no network connection to no phone at all. Wonderful repair service.

This is again, one of the worst timings for this to happen as well. The first draft of my thesis is due in about a week and a half so I have to make sure I have that done. I don't really have time to go back to the service center, but it's looking like I'll need to since I don't even have an alarm without my phone.

Plus I don't have anything to take pictures with. Which is a problem because now I've gotten so used to doing that. I even have a special edition Hoegaarden cherry in my fridge right now that I haven't drank yet because I couldn't take a picture of it.

But yea, I'm hoping my phone will finally be fixed once and for all. I don't have the time and energy to deal with these constant issues right now. I need to focus on my thesis so I can graduate after all.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

KGSP - KNAIST Workshop

So this week was a bit different compared to previous weeks. Our lab started a partnership with a lab from NAIST, a school in Japan, and we had our first event with them. Some of their professors and students came by to check out our school and participate in a workshop.

The workshop itself wasn't very exciting. It was our first workshop together so we just went through a bunch of ideation sessions. Despite almost finishing my graduate studies in industrial design, I'm still not that great at the ideation structure. It's just not that fun for me.

They brought a lot of sake though. But tbh I'm also not that big of a fan.

It was the first time our lab hosted a workshop though, so we had a lot of stuff to do when preparing and actually hosting the event. I was in charge of guiding them along the lab tours, which was kinda neat because I've been so focused on our lab's projects that I haven't had time to see the other's.

But the tour itself went a bit long so it got boring once you got to the fourth lab. But pretty much the week was just a lot of walking and talking and eating and drinking. Which by itself isn't that bad, but it was physically tiring.

My professor had the idea to do a bit of hiking too.

So overall the workshop was tiring. But the worst part was that since it took up so much time I had zero time to work on my own stuff this week. With my deadlines coming up, I need all the time I can get so that really was the worst part.

That said, it was a pretty fun week. It was nice to just like, socialize and have fun. The last couple months have been too serious so it was nice to just relax and meet new people. The people that came from Japan were quite awesome people to hang out with.

Just gotta stop and smell the [flowers] right?

So yea it was a pretty cool week. At any other point in the year it would've been a great week, but it's hard to really enjoy things with my thesis deadlines looming. But hey, hopefully it'll be over soon.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

KGSP - Spring Studies

This week was actually pretty packed with events. Feels like it's been more than a week but it's only been a week. Last week was the peak of the cherry blossoms, this week was the end of the blossoms. They started falling at the start of the week, and now they're pretty much gone.

The department rescheduled their spring party for the past Tuesday, which ended up being ok because the blossoms were still on the trees. Wasn't at the peak bloom, but at least we had some blossoms on the trees left.

Our lab's theme, Lego.

Like previous weeks, this week has primarily been dominated by my thesis work. This week was important though, because it was the week where I had to do user studies. So this was the first week where I actually had people outside of my lab see and use my system.

It was kinda nerve wracking actually. My last lab project had a bunch of issues when we did user studies, so I was worried that it would happen this time too. But luckily I actually didn't have any major issues and everything went smoothly.

Can't show pictures because of confidentiality so here's a picture of the keyboard I used.

The studies actually went pretty great. A few hiccups of course, but not too bad. The studies also kinda reminded me about something too. I only got into programming because I wanted to make things people wanted to play with.

So I was so glad that people actually had fun with it. People genuinely had smiles on their faces when they were using my system, and everyone thought that it was really cool and fun to use. And honestly, that makes me feel pretty great. It's been so long since I've made something fun.

Also had a chance to make some booklets too, which turned out great despite being only two pages.

Outside of school, this week was also pretty interesting. There's been some tension on the Korean peninsula because of North Korea and America. Nothing happened obviously, but it got some people thinking and worried. But yea who knows. Just, hope nothing happens while I'm still here.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

KGSP - Blossoms

I don't have a favourite tree. But as a Canadian I have to say it's probably my obligation to consider the maple tree my favourite tree. And for the most part I'd agree. The maple tree is pretty great. Big, strong, cool leaves, and it provides maple syrup. Pretty top tier tree.

But then for one week a year, a different tree manages to take the top spot of my tree rankings. This is a tree that I've never even seen until a few years ago, but that's how fickle my rankings are. We're in the middle of that week right now.

Almost looks like someone photoshopped the leaves white.

Yes, it's cherry blossom season again. For the most part I think that Korea is fairly boring when it comes to nature. Coming from a place that has no mountains, the mountains are cool at first. But then after a while it doesn't really seem that special anymore.

Then, Korea kinda just gets all grey and boring. But for one week in the year, the cherry blossoms all bloom at the same time and all of a sudden things actually kinda look magical. The trees are covered with a white, somewhat pinkish flower and it just really looks special.

Shame they only last a week.

I remember the first time I saw them. I've always associated cherry blossoms with Japan so it didn't even occur to me that Korea would have them too. So when I saw them for the first time I was delightfully surprised.

This is my third time seeing cherry blossoms. And I have to say they still look as awesome as they did when I first saw them. But unfortunately I'm busier now and thus, more tired so I haven't really had a chance to just bask in the springness.

Luckily there's a lot right outside my department, so I can always look out the window.

We're approaching the end of the week now though, which is unfortunate. The department was supposed to have a spring party on Tuesday but that was way too early for the blossoms so they pushed it to the next week, which is looking like way too late for the blossoms.

On my way to the lab each morning and the way home each night I kinda just zone out and look at the blossoms zooming by, and I wonder. Will I see them in bloom again? Where will I see them bloom?

At least when they're gone there will be less people I have to dodge on my bike.

I have no idea.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

KGSP - Crystal Clear

This week as actually pretty full of events. One of the most event filled weeks in a while actually. So as I mentioned last week, my phone died. Well, it stayed dead for a few days because I had to focus on my thesis presentation, which was on Tuesday.

Spent a decent amount of time preparing for it, and it turned out the preparation was all worth it. Everyone else that presented that day got some hard questions or criticism, but I was the only one that didn't actually get anything negative, mostly just recommendations.

I mean, I think it's pretty cool too.

The day after the presentation, I went and got my phone fixed. I thought I'd have to go phoneless for a few days as I got it fixed, but apparently that wasn't the case since I got it fixed within an hour after I got to the service center.

I had to pay a decent amount of money to get it fixed though. Apparently one of the main chips on the main board of my phone cracked, so I had to get the complete board replaced. All that money I saved not doing anything in February and March essentially went to that.

Just in time to take a picture of this soup I made.

But by far the biggest event of the week was yesterday, cause I went to a concert. There's a Japanese band that I listen called Crystal Lake which had a concert in Seoul, but I only found out a few days ago. Regardless, one of my friends wanted to go, so he asked me if I wanted to as well.

Considering I just finished one of my thesis presentations, this was actually great timing because I could actually go. But the fact that I had to fix my phone meant that I was already running low on funds. But, hey, what's money for if you don't spend it right?

So much energy.

I decide that hey, this is the best time for some relaxation and fun, might as well make the most of it. So after lunch yesterday I went to Seoul, bought some stuff, and then went to this concert. It was three hours long, including the supporting band.

It was actually really fun. The energy of the crowd and bands were really nice, so it was just awesome to go and just like, expel energy. It was cool too because afterwards they had a meet and greet event, which I didn't expect.

Aw yea, signed poster.

That was a nice way to cap off the event. Got a chance to briefly talk to the bands, got a picture with the singer of the band I like, and even got a signed poster. So overall pretty fun day, but I had to head back to Daejeon so I rushed back to Seoul station to catch my train.

And man today I am tired. My entire body like aches from the concert haha. Totally worth it though.