Meatspace 4

Jemin and His Giant Suitcase
Jemin and His Giant Suitcase. Sounds like a Hayao Miyazaki Film. He had two of these, and one weighed 100 pounds.
Prius Flexing
Prius Flexin! I wish it was lifted.
Compilers Whiteboard
This is what studying for Compilers looks like. We used this Parse Table to determine if the grammar can be parsed with an LR(0) machine
Ultrasound Demonstration
Our Project Team visited Philips medical in Bothell and they did a little demo of their newest Ultrasound Machine. It was awesome. The machine could show the direction and velocity of blood flow and even show any blocking in the carotid artery in seconds.

Last day of Class at Seattle U

Today was my last day of class, and to reflect I’ve written down 10 things I’m glad I did. There are many more than 10 things, but these are the first that came to my mind as advice I could give to anyone going in college. Must-do’s are in bold.

  1. Rock Climb
  2. Work on an assignment until 4am with someone (Bonus: Lost Lake Challenge)
  3. Volunteer
  4. Take a class you didn’t know existed, especially if you have to take a field trip (eg. Sound as Art)
  5. Practice introducing yourself and asking for someone’s name/contact info
  6. Go to a house party just to watch
  7. Practice and begin to¬†accept peoples’ differences
  8. Live on campus and off campus if you can
  9. Get a bike
  10. Go to office hours

College is fun.

James O'Donoghue and Gabe Cambell
My buddies James O’Donoghue and Gabe Cambell
Me, Garrett Sketlon, Jemin Shim, and James O'Donoghue
4 Roommates 1Couch

Aging Machines Part 3: Kindle Fire!

Kindle Fire!
Fire!

3 Years of service
3 Years of service

My grandma received an original Kindle fire for Christmas 2011. She didn’t want it. So I adopted it! It was awesome! When the kindle fire first came out it was the first small tablet competitor. Sure the iPad was shiny and apply, but this little plastic slate had a touchscreen for $200. That a good deal, and amazon already had all my books so integrating was easy. I still read on it every night before bed. But that’s it. I hope my grandma gets a paperwhite next Christmas.

Battery
The Battery is amazing, it still lasts for weeks if I leave it off. The sleep mode is really a slumber. When watching netflix, it’ll last at least 2 hours. That’s better than the Macbook Pro. Overall the battery has exceeded expectations.

Good Bottom Clicks
Good arrangement of I/O

Hardware
I put a case on the Kindle as soon as I got it because I wanted a way to prop it up and keep it safe in transit. I put a Marware case on it and it works great, and even has a little slot on the back to put your hand in. The hardware is still working well. It looks good, feels good in the hands, and the charging port and power buttons still give satisfying clicks. However, It’s easy to see the dot matrix on the touchscreen, it’s picked up a couple of scuffs, and the charging light is too bright. Overall the hardware has held up very well.

Unclickable
Why are settings and this pbr ad so close together?

Software
This thing was great out of the box, snappy and easy to use. I was able to reasonably check email and browse the web without wanting to pull out my laptop. Now this thing is nearly unusable, highlighting text is difficult and using the browser stinks. It’s running version 6.3.2. Which in Kindle talk means absolutely nothing to me. There was only one update that I can recall and it didn’t change anything. A couple months ago I factory reset it, and didn’t install any extraneous apps. Netflix, kindle, Facebook, and IMDb. That was it. The thing is still very sluggish and hard to use, which is totally fine. I really like this device, and it’s perfect for an occasional movie and reading every night. It makes me laugh when I have to press on the screen 4 times because I’m not sure if the touchscreen picked up my input, and with the kindle app hiding everything, you have to click on the screen plenty. It’s like a wonder ball you never know what you’re gonna get. Its great. It does exactly what I need and nothing else. Overall the software is barely usable, but that’s okay.

This little device has aged gracefully into its niche. Fire!