Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Please pray for Madagascar, as it is going through political turmoil that is steadily turning into violence. Also, please pray for my father as he is currently at his house there and in fear for his life. Pray that God brings peace back to Mada and keeps people safe.
Posted by stuff at 10:48 AM
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am still alive, in case any of you were wondering. I have had, and still have, a lot to do.
Anyways, I went home for Easter and had an awesome time with my family. I ate a lot of food and slept a lot. Hung out with Allison a bit, we ended up going out for coffee and then caught the middle of The Ten Commandments at my house.
Oh, and I am still working on that ICS lab...
Posted by stuff at 11:04 AM
Monday, April 6, 2009
DEAR LORD! I am doing an ICS lab in which I must optimize a program to make it run faster. So the story goes that I make a huge optimization that makes my program run 3 times faster than the original. My friend Sean does another optimization that makes it run 3.9 times faster. He helps me and I do his optimization...my program, looking EXACTLY like his now runs only 2.5 times faster........I hate my life. Every optimization I make runs SLOWER that it did before.
Posted by stuff at 8:38 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Well, summer is coming up, and we all know what that means: summer jobs. I am trying to get a job at the college in the physics department. A couple of other engineering majors are trying to get similar jobs and we are hoping to share an apartment. But what happens when you get 3 engineering students stuck in an apartment together over the summer? They plan on building a rail-gun.
What is a rail-gun you ask? Well, the general concept is that you run a couple thousand amps of current through some copper rails and the induced magnetic field fires a conducting ferromagnetic projectile. We are also hoping this can count as our senior projects. However, as I am not a physics engineering major, but actually a computer engineering major, building something mechanical won't count for my project. So I am hoping to build a guidance system for it, so it will hit a target without us having to physically point it at the object. Hehehe.
I already have the capacitors we would use picked out. It has a peak current of 2200 Amps. Just for reference, the wall outlet in your house carries a current of 20 Amps. We plan on using a bunch of these (possibly 10+).
Posted by stuff at 10:42 AM