Snow Day

We’re in the process of getting a foot or two of snow here in northern Maine, and the University has responded with the – I am assured – quite rare step of canceling classes for the day.  This would not normally hurt my feelings at all, what with my general distaste for crashing into ditches and freezing to death, except that this is the very last Monday of the semester.

There’s nothing very much doing in ECE101 today, since regular classes ended last week and we’re just doing recitations now, and missing the last of the ECE100 seminars isn’t really a big deal since all we were doing was filling out the course evaluation and receiving some parting remarks.  I am annoyed, though, about two things:

1) I was scheduled to deliver my last speech in CMJ 103 today.  Speeches are scheduled tightly enough that there won’t be time before the end of the semester to reschedule the five of us who should’ve spoken today into other class time, because there are only two days left (Wednesday and Friday) and they’re both full already.  I checked with the instructor and she’s not sure what that means for us, though I suspect it means we’ll have to come in during the time next week when the class’s final exam would be happening if it had one.  What kind of audience we can expect for that I’m not sure.  Possibly the whole class will have to go in, which is a bit extreme.

2) I had hoped to get into the ECE lab this afternoon and see if I could figure out why our robot isn’t working.  The robot competition’s preliminary round is Wednesday and the final is Friday, and right now ours doesn’t do anything.  The software we had in it last Wednesday was not complete and it wouldn’t have worked properly as regards navigating the maze, but it should have done something, and it just sat there inert.  The probability is some kind of hardware problem.  I was hoping to put the image of our code on the production test robot and see if it works.  I won’t have time to do this tomorrow because of workstudy, and Wednesday is go day, so… well.  Not sure what happens to my grade and Let’s Call Him Matt’s if our robot doesn’t work…

I find myself curiously engaged by the problem of programming the robot.  I don’t enjoy programming, and I particularly don’t enjoy programming in C, but trying to get the robot to work is less painful and more interesting than most of the purely abstract tasks put to me in the actual programming courses I’ve attempted in the past.  Mind you, I haven’t got it working, and Let’s Call Him Matt doesn’t seem too jazzed by it (which is odd, since he’s changed his major to computer science and you’d think he’d be more up for it than me), but it’s a refreshing change from the simple tedium this kind of thing normally evokes for me.

  1. Jonathan Lennox
    December 7, 2010 at 00:13

    As a general rule, programming is *much* more interesting when you actually care about what the program is trying to do.

  2. Satya
    December 15, 2010 at 12:01

    “something about a test unit failing
    some kind of synchronization with some absurdly small success rate,”

    I think you need a new pilot.

    (Yeah, sorry, not helpful)

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