Wednesday, October 31, 2007

the inefficiency has to stop

looking back on today, i am not pleased by the amount of work (or serious lack there of) i accomplished. this has to stop immediately. there is too much work to be done before Christmas and before spring. i am EXTREMELY frustrated as a result of having some difficulties this afternoon, and i know i probably am being overly critical because of it. i could care less though. i should have gotten more work done today, been more focused, and everything else that i did wrong today....PERIOD. the time is trying to pass by before my eyes, but i must remain aware of this and not let 2 months go by without me knowing or having any work accomplished to show for it. that's the resolve. now, i just have to make it happen.

Monday, October 29, 2007

keeping the intensity

n. - exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.

the struggle begins to maintain the motivation and focus to get this work done. this morning when i woke up, i definitely had the familiar signs of sadness and mild depression of being back in england. the reason: i went to london this past weekend to a party and to the giants/dolphins game....and everything was just so mediocre. if it wasn't for friends...............i tell you. there's got to be more entertaining outlets SOMEWHERE. this is the worst of the worst.

p.s. - i'm glad genarlow wilson is FINALLY free.

Friday, October 26, 2007

the potential is there

my planning phase continues, but after today's conversations, i feel more confident that i am making the best use of my time and experiments will get underway soon. i must be honest though and say that i hope my foresight is complete, and i am not overlooking anything that could cause major hang-ups. after my experiments last year and my internship this past summer, i have more experience in setting up tests, and i feel much more confident that i know what to do and how to code it. with this confidence, i plan to make my life easier in that i know how to automate the experimental process. this should make things faster and much more efficient and error-free. this means less baby-sitting experiments and more multi-tasking to help make the progress that i need to this year.

p.s. - if this isn't katrina all over again, i don't know what is

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

trying to get my experiments underway

as eager as i am to begin new experiments, i must learn to be patient and plan properly to avoid repeating experiments due to incomplete testing scenarios. i am still in the planning stages now, and i feel like i am wasting time for some reason. as i type this, i am becoming more at ease with not just jumping in blindly, as i know, if i do things right the first time, it will save me a great deal of time in the end. and that is the main goal: do things right the first time!!! the last few days have been full of planning and thought as i prepare for the grunt of the work for my degree. i have set some pretty lofty, but attainable, goals for the next year and a half, and it all starts now. it's very motivating but still VERY intimidating at the same time. i am guessing the feeling of intimidation will subside once i begin to see results and me learning/doing/accomplishing things that i am unsure about at present. i hope everything works out. if not, you'll definitely know about it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

back to the grind

if friday was just a warm up, then today was the real deal. i naively came into the office today thinking i had made sure everything was in good working order on friday and over the weekend. haha.....what was i thinking? the problems picked up right where they left off back in june, but luckily i was able to fix everything. now, i can definitely say with a bit more confidence that i am ready to start more tests tomorrow and the next few weeks. i do need to run my ideas by a few people to make sure i have not overlooked anything. we'll see.

p.s. - comcast back in the news, and once again, it's negative press...but what else is new
interesting story about the motion picture association of america (MPAA)

Friday, October 19, 2007

back at cambridge

after a very successful and worthwhile internship with ibm this summer, i finally made it back to cambridge yesterday. i was torn between wanting to stay (in new york at ibm) and wanting to come back to school (the sooner i get back, the faster i finish, and motivation was at an all-time high following my internship). it was a really weird feeling to say the least. i probably could have used one more day to relax at home with my parents, but, i know next time. i am still getting my body clock back adjusted to the uk timezone. i hope to hit the ground running come monday. i had not planned to come in to the office today, but i am extremely glad that i did. it appears that my testing machine's hard drive failed on me today, and i had to get a new one and re-install linux. i am so glad i could finish this today as opposed to dealing with it on monday. i was able to complete a slew of other small things to make everything as smooth as possible for picking up where i left off. now that my computers and test equipment are ready to roll, i need to sit down and put the pen to paper and come up with a plan of action to maximize my time. there's a lot on the horizon. i am really excited.

p.s. - i had a similar (but obviously not as severe) complaint with comcast last summer