Friday, August 21, 2009

The End

So I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted. The last few days we spent running Jeff on the Yarbus to get some last-minute presentation videos, and then we practiced our presentation 3 times on thursday. It went really well on friday too.
Thanks everyone! All you readers of my blog out there, thanks for paying attention.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


We went out to Wegmans for lunch and then returned to get in Jeff's little Mini and then we drove around for another hour while Jeff had on the tracker. After going thru a car wash and driving around, I think we'll have all the eye videos we need. And we talked to Joe about our presentation and made sure we could use Jeff's laptop for the presentation. And also discovered that if Joe was still an Air Force colonel, picking up a receipt with my name on it off his desk would NOT fly.


We showed Jeff our presentation and he suggested some valuable additions to our presentation. Now I need to make sure I am able to explain the concept of a color histogram to a big crowd and I should be golden. It was hot out today, and the Ritz was closed but the room above it was open so it's all good.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday (oh what a day)

Soo....where to start. The morning began with Jeff testing out his new work on the camera. Unfortunately there was still a bit of an issue as it still thought there wasn't anything plugged in. Then he fixed it again, after lunch, and we ran first Vince, then me on the Nexus along with a portable eyetracker. Our stimuli were interesting and I discovered that if you whack your hand on a door it works as a stimulus. Also we went to the Pita Pit for lunch and I met Katie's parents, who are pretty cool people. And so are the Pita Pit workers. Lastly I think that the Nexus' GSR sensor sucks the will to live. Either that or Duygu put something in her pop tart.


This morning I worked a little more on our final presentation and then I helped Jeff with some of his camera ideas and troubles. After we ran Beth on the Nexus and the eye camera cut out, he took a camera home and soldered it so it wouldn't do that, but some of the connections were wrong.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I worked on my presentation after doing a bit more "segmenting" on the Procter and Gamble images for Thomas. I worked on my presentation for a long time in the PC lab. It's coming along well, but there's a lot more on basic visual perception that on what I'm actually doing, becase right now I think that for people to understand what me and Vince have been doing they need to understand the basics of how people see.

Monday (but really Tuesday, even though it felt like Monday)

It was my first Tuesday without having to go to the class. Thomas gave me something to do with the Procter and Gamble images and Jeff came in early to help me find a faster way to process them. I finished with that so then I went back and tried to get more shampoo images so that Thomas' program would have a bit more success in finding matches, or in this case, a bit less.

Friday, August 7, 2009


The poster session in the morning was cool. A few people from my lab had their posters up early and there were a few other interesting ones, one about a technology I'd never heard of called a "green wall," which is a wall with plants in it to make the air cleaner. Or that's what it looked like they were for. Anyway, I went to the Ritz for lunch and had some fish, good fish too.


The class today was pretty cool, it was about motion pictures and then we tested the kinematics equations using a water balloon. Then I came back to the lab, got some more pictures for Thomas then went with Vince to see what the Optics people were working on and took a peek at the hologram session in the darkroom.

Wednesday (a bit late)

I worked on Thomas' project a bit today, and then went to a picnic with FREE FOOD! After that, we prepared the Tobii and then ran the dean of sciences on it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I wasn't in the lab much yesterday, the class took a while and then I had my doctor's appointment so I went out to lunch before it. Helped Thomas a bit more with the product pictures but today (Wednesday) I should be able to do a lot more of that.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A monday in LASERS!!!

U of R was pretty cool, even if the tour guide was a bit less than knowledgeable. But it was pretty cool to be able to stump a Ph. D student with just a few questions, and it wasn't as if he couldn't explain where they got their spiderwebs.

Monday, August 3, 2009

ITT and the Stink-Van

So, ITT is a pretty cool company. Apparently they make the world's best optics, and Dave wasn't even paid to say that. They had a bunch of huge apparatusses (apparati?) for making sure that their lenses are perfectly smooth. Personally I thought that the pressurized water jet that cut through glass was the coolest one. Plus, there is such a thing as a free lunch. And Duygu and Katie M need more printer training.