Today I did more work on my presentation and layout. I changed the design so it was less distracting and I added pictures and slides to the whole thing. Unfortunately I couldn’t get enough done to meet with Gabe today but I did schedule a meeting with him tomorrow to go over what I have so far in my presentation. Right now it is confusing me because the presentations are almost designed for experiment type of work (although the work doesn’t have to have been an experiment). Thus to me it makes since to present on the predictive tendencies of the hand. However, the majority of the time that I worked, I worked on the Vizard tool: of which only one slide is dedicated to currently. So, I don’t know if I should expand on the Vizard tool or if I should just continue with the predictions. ‘Guess I’ll figure that out tomorrow.
Today I finally realized how quickly the end of the internship is approaching 😦 … thus how quickly the presentation deadline is approaching. I’m not ready at all. I’ve barely made an impact on my presentation so I should get started on that today. Today I finished commenting my code for now (until I add more stuff). I also added to new GUI features to the project, a next button and a previous button: to move between trials more easily. And that was about it… It felt more productive when I was living it but hey, some days just aren’t meant to be. But I didn’t get a headache today 🙂
Today I did not do all that much work because I worked on my abstract almost all day. Although I commented my code a little, I ended up traveling to a couple lab groups to try and get advice for my abstract. I also had a tiny meeting with Gabe to discuss the new graphing situation where the graph appears semi transparent instead of in a separate window and to talk about how much my code should be commented and other details like those mentioned. I also went to Crossroads for lunch (no free food today 😦 ) and noticed that high sugar stuff like candy and soda may be accentuating my headaches. These headaches have actually come quite often with the one yesterday taking the prize for the worst. It could be sleep related but now I actually think it is CVS related- Computer Vision Syndrome- basically staring at a computer for too long. Tomorrow I will try turning down my brightness (it’s on 100% now) and maybe taking more mini breaks.
Now there are only two weeks left and unfortunately I seem to still have a lot of work to do. Especially since next week I was hoping to concentrate on my presentation. Although, I guess that could get boring if I do that all week. At least I still have work to do unlike a lot of my comrades who seem to be already finishing up. Last week I make a post-it checklist to help me remember what needs to get done and in what order I should do it in. When I left Friday there were eight things I needed to get done. Just this morning I was able to complete 3 of them (apparently cinnamon toast crunch is the way to go!): change from the Action Path to just using .setPosition, making the progress bar move like in a YouTube video, and adjusting the ball’s position as the user scrolls in time with the progress bar. However I also did things like adding the amount of time shown and total time in the progress bar and adjusting it as it plays, adding the total number of trials there are, and putting out what trial is the current trial: small problems that add to the quality and user friendliness. Finally this afternoon I began to work on a larger problem: the graph(s). To start I will only use one graph but hope that I’ll be able to add the second as time continues. I had to use a different system than what I originally planned because now the graph is not in a separate window but as a semi-transparent texture inside the Vizard window. I ran out of time before I could get it to move like in the example I found at:
To comment or not to comment that is the question.
As was my question today. Because I still have so many attributes to fix and add to the Vizard program, I was not sure if I wanted to comment my code today or leave it until next week when the code would be further along. So, for now I compromised. I commented all of the old, non-Vizard code because that would probably not be changing much. However, the Vizard code will be left to the end of next week the project should be finishing up. Today was also the “bring your friend to the internship” day. Of the 15 interns, only about 4 brought a friend for even part of the day. I could not because of the friends I thought might be interested, they were all busy. We also had our last barbecue today as next week is the REU symposium and the week after is the intern symposium 😦 . Next week my plan is to get though as much of the program as possible.
Today I worked on the algorithm more. Although it probably wasn’t the most important thing for me to do right now, especially since Gabe already has an algorithm in Matlab but does not have the recreation in Vizard or in anything. It took pretty much all day but it works much better now. I haven’t seen a lot of the trials considering there are 230 of them but of the first 30 trials only about 4-7 are incorrect, what Gabe says is reasonable number. Now I am continuing with Vizard and using timers to move the ball instead of the Action Path because there are too many holdups with the action path.
Today started out well as I began to work on Algorithm that understands predictive movements as before it work on 2-3 of about 30 graphs. I didn’t get to finish this before the day ran out but sometimes it is good to take a step back anyway. I also created a list of post-its that I stuck on the wall by my desk that say everything that should be done by the time the internship ends. Right now there are 8 items but that could change as I think of more problems. These include changing the Action Path, fixing the Algorithm, Making the progress bar move with the timer. Making the ball move with the progress bar adjustments, adding graphs to Vizard, making the graphs draw as the ball moves, add Gaze velocity and commenting the code. These may not be in the correct order of what will be accomplished first. The interns were also going to play soccer today but just as we got outside it began to rain. Some of the boys stayed but most people left (understandably). I also did tests for the DIY camera people and the Visual Perception people.