- The Robots.
Today twice; last Saturday once; last Sunday once. None tomorrow, Friday maybe, hopefully. Getting there. :-)
Here are the most recent. 87! Running out of things to rent!
Slowly closing on 100. Been off on a Noir tangent lately, especially Otto Preminger.
One painting this week so far. Another half constructed. One of these days I will get the colors to work as I expect.
I am thinking of trying to stay up all night, one night per week. This was tried as a cure for depression some time ago, and though it fell short, it might help me to recalibrate my internal clock. I can try this over summer, as my schedule is flexible enough to allow me to be goofy the following day.
The only problem is I might get a headache.
Huge list of ones and zeros describing an individual unit. About 100 individual units being observed/measured, perhaps 100,000 ones and zeros per unit. Need a soft modeling approach to use these 100,000 ones and zeros and 100 individual units to predict a set of measured (i.e. real) numbers (also from the 100 individuals).
Now that is a problem.
Coming via UPS: a Rancilio Rocky (doserless) coffee grinder and an Expobar Office Lever. It is very expensive, but worth it. My kitchen will be as well equipped as some cafes. :-)
...is leading me to spend more time drawing. I think drawing really is the basis. I have got to get into the habit of drawing at least one thing every day. Or at least doing some exercises. The Natural Way to Draw is a good workbook though lacking the goal of “making drawings” and focusing on technique so exclusively is hard for me. I want recognizable pictures now! :-)
I made my first acrylic painting today. It sucks. But I like the medium, actually. I had originally gotten put off of working with paint because of bad watercolor experiences, but acrylic is nice. I like the fast drying aspect. I need to work with the gloss to cut the paint and make it more luminous as well as to improve the mixing, but it is a nice medium.
All the water and washing drys my hands out, though. :-)
This is a complex topic. My boss may decide to take a sabbatical in one year, starting at the beginning of next summer. If he does, it will be about 16 straight months before he returns. This is of great concern to me. I don’t feel that I can really be completely done by the beginning of next summer, but I do have to be out completely (that is out of school completely) by June 2010.
Now, if my boss splits at the beginning of summer 2008 and comes back just before Fall of the following year (late September/early October 2009) that will kind of leave me in a strange situation. While I am well on my way and don’t need a lot from him for specifics of research, it is unsafe to be in graduate school without someone who is looking out for you. (even small technical points like who do I go to in order to sign up for thesis credits? Who defends me at the department discussions of grad students? Who keeps the money flowing and the floorspace available?)
More concerning than that is how will the laboratory be managed during his absence? I am not technically the senior grad student in the lab, although I am usually treated as such. I have no authority to run things, nor does anyone else. To make matters worse, other people need to use our laboratory resources periodically. Who handles that?
What is weird here is that both my wife and I want to do this and yet it still does not happen as much as we’d like. Gotta figure that out.
Man this is hard. I have got to try something new here!
Gotta start with the Golden Rule and go from there.
My goal is a commercial or semi-commercial machine. Not one that is fully plumbed in, but one that passes the NSF standards for use in a restaurant. Looking at 1.8 litre boiler with heat exchanger and a grinder that handles it—Rancillo Rocky or MDF, possibly a Mazzer.
I have an old machine that is made for home use. I worked the hell out of it to get a good cup and finally did it! Now I am putting it on the shelf…I gotta get a more powerful machine!
Well, I guess I now understand some of the basics of PLS (partial least-squares regression) but I am not sure if there is a point in learning all the details. I had a theory about how it related to other methods, but now it seems that the work is done or wrong. :-(
Need to look for something else or see something I am not seeing yet.
This is going to be harder than I thought!
Having done both online and in person teaching I truly believe that the former is just not working. At least not with present technology. We need to put it on the shelf for a while, until we get things sorted.
Today I bought some acrylics. I have done drawing, tried photography (not too bad at that!), and watercolors before. I want to try them, I like opaque better than transparent as a way to work.
I am also learning the basics of playing a kid’s accordion! :-)