YOLO Press – My 2018 Summer Internship at Children’s Hospital of LA

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February 1, 2018

Today was another busy day.  In fact it was almost soul-crushing, I felt like giving up.  

Maybe I should give up some things.  As I mentioned before, I way overcommitted this semester.  But I’ve already dropped a class…

Then again, I dropped the class to be on par with the course load I had last semester… and I added another extra-curricular…

Then again, it is just a particularly stressful week.  I’m not “behind” with anything.  Maybe I just need to reset myself this weekend.  Catch up on some readings for class.  Relax.  Do some more “fun” projects.  

I should map it all out tomorrow… yeah that might help.

Also, I booped both foxes at the same time.  No one will understand that statement except for one other person reading this.  You know who you are.

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Completed To Do List – 2018-01-31

Been extremely busy traveling and handling a lot of work and homework and research tasks.  I’ve neglected my regular journaling time.  At least I’ve been productivity.

Adjust flights to return, January 23, 2018 at 08:10AM

As I mentioned about traveling, flew up to the Bay last week.  Traveling is tiring. Especially when there’s a lot of commitments at both place A and B.

Drop 450, January 23, 2018 at 07:55AM

I overcommitted this semester.  I’m already feeling the pain of it and I haven’t even gotten into the thick of things yet.

Function to generate xml for research project, January 23, 2018 at 12:31PM

Exhibit A of things I’ve overcommitted to this semester.  At least I got it done.  It’s not perfect but… hopefully I get better at this sort of thing…

PPT for R&D session, January 24, 2018 at 05:27PM

We had an “R&D” session at work, which is really just an excuse for us to show and tell the most challenging parts of our projects.  My presentation was alright.  I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about it.  Glad it’s over now.

Review research material, January 26, 2018 at 10:44AM

Exhibit B of things I’ve overcommitted to this semester.  Note, this is another research project I’m referring to than Exhibit A.  

Finish and type up CS599 hw, January 31, 2018 at 09:13PM

We’ll see how well I did on this one soon.  It was actually quite easy.  Hopefully I’m not in trouble…

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January 24, 2018Busy day. Got stuff done. Can’t journal properly though because wrist hurts a lot….

January 24, 2018

Busy day. Got stuff done. Can’t journal properly though because wrist hurts a lot. :(.

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Completed To Do List – 2018-01-22

Started writing my journal entry way later than I usually would.  I was feeling so tired that I was thinking of skipping it.  Glad I didn’t.  Don’t want to fall out of a good habit.  (At least I think it’s a good habit.)

Parse ATO file

A simple task that had to get completed for the research project I’m a part of at ISI and it was basically crossed off the same day I added it to my to do list.  I wanted to get it done as soon as possible to move on to more complicated tasks for the project.

Send FSL stuff over

Some ad hoc requests at work.  Again simple tasks that I just wanted to get off my to do list

Get access to lab repo

Finally got access to a git repository for the research project at ISI.  It’s not THE official git repo (the actual git repo we will use hasn’t been set up yet) but it is something to work with so that my project partner and I don’t have to email files back and forth.  Gross.

Meet with PhD research project lead

Talked with the lead of another project I’m interested in at ICT.  This one will hopefully be more research based than software engineering like my project at ISI, so it will be a good variety.  

Fix date issue in Model 2.0

“Model 2.0” is the code name for a project at work.  This issue was left alone for a long time because it was “working okay” as a temporary solution until one day it wasn’t.  Finally got around to fixing it.  Yay.  

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Completed To Do List – 2018-01-18

Think of ideas for project and meet with professor

I have a few different ideas for the final project for my Cyber Physical Systems class.  These include implementing a simple self-driving system for an RC car or drone, or, even more simply, implementing it within a simulator.  The latter would bypass working with hardware which I basically have no experience in (though I bet I could get Rachey to help me… hmmm).  But I think the most “feasible” would be a research paper for creating a CNN to detect street signs, and then convoluting the street signs in some way to see if the CNN is still able to classify them.  I’m partial to this idea, but I still have some time to explore and evaluate options before committing to a project idea.

Set up recurring analysis for [project redacted]

This was an easy enough task, but again today I was distracted by tasks that shouldn’t have taken up more than an hour of my time, and when they did, I just grew frustrated and that wasted even more of my time.  Lame, self.  Do better next time.  I’ll try.

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January 17, 2018

Today was a repeat of Monday where I did a lot of things but completed few of them.  On the bright side, I think I set myself up well for tomorrow.  

And for tomorrow me to have some inspiration, I finally got around to adding the decals I accumulated last year to my laptop 🙂 


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Completed To Do List – 2018-01-16

Book flights for work

After carefully reviewing the syllabi for all my classes I booked all my flights to they Bay in advance.  I may need to reschedule a few of them as they get closer, but hopefully booking them this early should save me a good deal of money.  I spent way too much on flights last semester.  I’m aiming to avoid that this semester and I’m off to a good start.

Rerun old analysis for [PROJECT NAME REDACTED]

This was kind of annoying request.  I was asked to rerun an old model to compare with output of the current version of the model.  The request itself is a fair one (It’s good to evaluate the continuous improvements of your model) but the legacy code was poorly maintained and it was difficult to get it to run with the new inputs.  So I spent a lot of time wrestling with a lot of badly written code, which is no fun at all.  Of course, all of the code was my code, so I have past me to thank for that.

Drop class

Dropped one of my classes.  The actual drop deadline is end of week next week and I may drop my networking class to save on some tuition money.  And to focus on my Cyber Physical Systems class and research.  And work, of course.

Today I also discovered that I get paranoid when I don’t get immediate replies from professors, managers, research PIs, etc.  Which is ridiculous because of course people are busy and not everyone has time to answer my foolish emails.  Get over yourself, self.  Sheesh.

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January 15, 2018

Today I felt like I got nothing done.  I did things, but nothing actually got completed.  Pretty bummed about that.

Today also felt like it was the first real day of work since the year started.  Things are picking up.  And with school and research ramping up as well, I’m a little freaked out.  If I can’t cross of one to do list item on a day like this – which while busy was a cake walk compared to some back breaking days I had last semester – then I’m in deep shit.  

In retrospect, I got too distracted by things that were not critical to completion of an important task I set for myself.  I have to learn to avoid these distractions.  I also didn’t eat lunch on time.  I didn’t really have a balanced breakfast.  And I let myself be cooped up all day in the apartment.  All these things put together probably led to my unproductive ending for the day.

On the bright side, I got some piano practice in, I got some work in for my lab job, I cooked dinner, and I watched Rachel beat Breath of the Wild.  So while it wasn’t the most productive day, I’d still say it was pretty good.  

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