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The "Unthrottle-able" week

I started my internship wanting to push myself like nothing else mattered:

"Get seven days of work done in one and you'll be good"

Not counting weekend time (which I spent on stuff other than work!?), I came close clinching the finish of my first assignment plus its projected stretch goals at the end of Day 8 (or beginning of Day 9 ~12:30am?)

Interestingly, I noticed a trend in many of the workdays, where between 11:30am and 3:00pm, my brain would quite literally, shut down, and progress would seem to halt...
Despite my colleagues' and friends' advice, my time spent during the evenings, while perhaps less efficient I still believe I experienced some progress

Although yesterday my mentor really drilled into me that

"Throwing more time at a problem doesn't improve results, in fact, more often the opposite"

Today, after getting good progress with strong, consistent focus throughout the day, I simply was too exhausted to keep my eyes open by 5pm.
In fact, I was so tired I actually began packing up at a normal time, and managed to fit impromptu dinner with a friend also working nearby!

By the time I got home and cycling through the social media I'd missed while at work, I actually mentally recovered and was able to power through and quite efficiently solve problems I felt infinitely stuck on at work!

"Ignore anything, but don't ignore advice #3: Don't overwork"

During the school year I had immense success by scheduling consistent activities at the same time every day (Gym @ 2:30PM) that had lapsed during Q3 midterms/finals and accurately forecasted my lapses in scores...

Perhaps I should begin biking to work -- the morning commute would be longer perhaps by 15-30min max, but the nightly schedule would be about the same while vastly increasing efficiency, productivity, and lifestyle standards.

TL;DR:

Some of my experiments

Some of my experiments

and more...

and more...

Results + Immediate plans

Learning

GStreamer

  • Dynamic Element Control
    • tee``valve
    • input-selector
    • videomix``sink_# property-shorthandzorder, alpha, xpos, ypos
    • videobox
  • Dynamic Property Control
    • capsfilter``videorate, videoscale
    • alpha
  • Interesting notes:
    • Webcam demands priorities
      • Resolution must match hardware
      • Requires priority in pipeline
      • Requires time to re-negotiate and re-render dynamic changes
    • Shorthand capfilter sucks

Python

  • Keylogging
  • Multithreading
    • Reset Timers
  • Lambda Applications

Math

  • Bezier Curves

Computer Building

  • Mounting
    • Motherboard, CPU, GPU, RAM, Power Supply, Fans, Storage
  • PowerHandle incrementally with mountingVGA, SATA, PCI...Misc.
  • Booting
    • Make Bootable USB

TODO:

  • Document demos, keyboard, timer and bezier libraries
  • OpenCV
  • Bike to work and back
Joseph Zhong

Joseph Zhong

“The brick walls give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They stop people who don’t want it badly enough.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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