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Title: A week of broken electronics...
Date: 2014-10-08 03:15
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: electronics, pebble
Slug: a-week-of-broken-electronics
Status: published
I sent an RMA request for my pebble a few days ago because its screen has been acting up, and today my Nook Simple Touch decided it didn't want to have a functional screen. It is way out of warranty, and getting a new screen seems to cost about the same as a full one. Perhaps I can find a better android e-book reader (e-ink, with a back/front light) around the same price...

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Title: Apperently I am bad at consistantly writing things
Date: 2015-01-26 16:29
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: FRC, kobo, Robotics
Slug: apperently-i-am-bad-at-consistantly-writing-things
Status: published
Sooooo... Robotics (FRC) started on the 3rd, and a lot has happened there. I am lead-programmer(ish) this year, so that is interesting.
I switched both of my computers (Surface Pro (1) and Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 15", the one that I accidentally wiped the Linux Mint partion of (see [my previous post]({filename}/articles/note-to-self-do-not-format-hard-drives-while-sleepy-or-at-least-make-a-backup.md))) to Arch Linux, and am loving it. I also switched to using Syncthing (network of peers) instead of Seafile (server-client) for file syncing. It seems to use more CPU time, but other than that I really like it.
I finally got a new eReader, (a Kobo Aura HD), and have been using [koreader](https://github.com/koreader/koreader) instead of the default reader. Since I got it, I (finally) finished *Cryptonomicon* and *Ao No Exorcist*, read all of *Little Brother*, and started *Snow Crash* and *Hacking the Xbox*. For reading manga more easily, I was working on [this bug/feature request](https://github.com/koreader/koreader/issues/1235), and wrote up [a really terrible version](https://github.com/ad1217/koreader/tree/nextBook) that I hope to work on more at some point.
Mostly I have been watching anime, reading manga, working on Robotics, and failing miserably to work on English papers. Also, I applied to all of the colleges I plan to apply to except WPI, since it both had a later deadline (2015.02.01) and also required an essay.
Tomorrow is a snow day (apperently only the second one in seven years), so I don't really have anything due tomorrow.

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Title: Blag Update
Date: 2016-04-03 02:36
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Status: published
So I finally updated this site. I am no longer using Wordpress, as it was really overkill, and not really what I wanted. I am now using [Pelican](http://getpelican.com), which is a Python based static site generator. So that's nice. I'll probably be fiddling with it for a while.

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Title: Break, and things since.
Date: 2014-11-04 22:17
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: leap, programming, rift, sailing
Slug: break
Status: published
There was a break a week ago, and I stopped updating for a bit. So here are some new things: <!--more-->
### Programming
- We got a Leap Motion, which is pretty cool. It is like a Kinect, but built specifically for measuring hands, meaning it is much more accurate. We plan to integrate this into some Rift stuff later
- I started learning OpenGL! I haven't done anything interesting yet, though I do have some integration with the Leap SDK. I will post a link to the repository at some point
- ARChon (running android apps in chrome on x86) suddenly started working! Hopefully I can find some useful apps that will work nicely on my Surface Pro
- I switched to XFCE-panel instead of mate-panel. It is a little more glitchy, but I like the config better, and more people seem to develop for it.
### Sports
- Sailing is finally over (as of either today or tomorrow), meaning robotics starts soon!
- I got first in our home regatta (vs Brewster), and last in our away regatta (at Brewster). I blame the change in crew, as I was with the one whom I had sailed with a lot for the home one, but with someone I rarely sailed with for the away one. (But really, I was probably just less enthusiastic for the second one.)
### Other
- Astronomy Club went on a field trip to Harvard yesterday! I will probably write more about this later.
- I brought my Othermill back to school with me, and have it set up in the woodshop. I will probably make some cool stuff and post the pictures at some point.
- On a related note, Mr. Cox (my CS teacher) told me that we (some other students, him, and me) are planning to build a larger CNC mill for robotics. That should also be pretty cool.
- At home, we got furniture (tables and cabinets) for the basement electronics area, and build most of the big stuff. I will probably put up a picture once I get back home and all the drawers/shelves are assembled and installed.

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Title: New Pebble!
Date: 2014-10-14 20:51
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: pebble
Slug: new-pebble
Status: published
I had to RMA my Kickstarter Pebble, so they shipped me a new one. Here are some pictures of the two: <!--more-->
![Fronts]({attach}IMG_20141014_201524-e1413332786872.jpg)
![Backs]({attach}IMG_20141014_201449-e1413332655124.jpg)
I am using [PebbleBits](http://pebblebits.com/) firmware with all firmware watchfaces as well the music and watchfaces apps disabled. With new QuickLaunch shortcuts and PebbleBits' BackLaunchBank14, I can run all of my apps without entering the menu (except alarms, notifications, and settings, which are now at the top).
In terms of hardware, the new one has much better feeling buttons, and has torx screws in the back. A bit of research reveals that while there is still some glue, the screen is now actually replaceable! I would start using it now, but I need to get another screen protector first.
While I rather like the new hardware, I am sad to see the old one go (they asked me to return it :( )...

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Title: Note to self: Do not format hard drives while sleepy (or at least make a backup)
Date: 2014-11-16 14:26
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: computer, linux, stupid
Slug: note-to-self-do-not-format-hard-drives-while-sleepy-or-at-least-make-a-backup
Status: published
Sooo... I was installing Arch Linux, and resized my Linux Mint partition with `parted` (which is apparently not good at shrinking partitions). <!--more--> This lead to an issue where the partition thought it was bigger than it was. In trying to fix this, I ended up accidentally
reformatting the partition, and can't seem to recover it.
This is why I should probably back things up. Luckily, the only things on that partition that are not redundant or easily replaceable are video game saves, a project I was working on in Advanced Computer Programming,
and some pictures (or at least I hope that's all).
My plan now is to back up the whole drive, and continue trying from there, while just moving on with this one. I suspect that I might be able to get the pictures with some other software (PhotoRec), but I have little hope for most everything else.
I really wish I would stop doing thing that are likely to destructive right before important events (like, for instance, exams this week)...

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Title: Oculus Rift DK2s are here!
Date: 2014-10-05 20:47
Author: adam
Category: Programming
Tags: games, oculus, programming, rift, vr
Slug: oculus-rift-dk2s-are-here
Status: published
We got our DK2s last week, and I have been messing with demos and setting up the SDK for development on my macbook.<!--more--> I have to use OSX becuase there is no Linux support yet :( (Hopefully coming Soon^tm^). So far, the best demo was either [Senza Peso](http://senzapeso.com/) or [SightLine: The Chair](http://sightlinevr.com/index.html). Both are mostly passive: Senza Peso just moves you through the environment while you look around, while SightLine is based on head movement. However, there doesn't appear to be any effect on the outcome/course of the demo. Sound is very important to the experience for both of them, but more so for Senza Peso, as it is an opera.
The best game was, by far, [Elite: Dangerous](http://elitedangerous.com/). For controls, we used the two Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joysticks from Robotics season (which caused some issues because ED thought they were the same device. I filed a bug report, but I don't know if it will be fixed). I haven't been able to play very much because other people want to try out the Rift (it is quite entertaining to see people's first reactions), and I was having problems that took about an hour to solve. In terms of gameplay, some of the smaller text is a bit hard to read, but otherwise it works rather well. There is some stuttering in more complicated environments, but that should be fixed when we get a new graphics card (hopefully on Monday (tomorrow!)). We tried to play Star Citizen, but with the wimpy graphics card we have, it was far too laggy to play.
More updates to come!

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Title: Sailing Rant
Date: 2014-10-11 00:01
Author: adam
Category: Sailing
Tags: rant, sailing, sports
Slug: sailing-rant
Status: published
Up until this year, sailing at my high school was fun.<!--more--> We had the same partner and boat most of the time, so we could refine our skills together. I was with a good friend, so we could always talk about something (mostly recent developments in technology), and he was good enough as a crew that I didn't have to pay constant attention to how he was doing his job.
This year, however, has not been very fun. We switch partners and boats every day, meaning that we never really develop skills together. I teach the same things to whoever I am with every day, yet regardless of how well they understand it, I know that the next day I will have to teach it to someone else all over again. By the time I get any of them again, they tend to have forgotten whatever it was. Since I need to constantly play attention to what my crew is doing and continually correct them, I can't focus on things that I need to practice, such as starts, or fun things, such as using the rules to mess with people.
In addition to the pairing changes, our head coach is being increasingly insistent on longer practices. Since it takes 10-15 minutes to walk down to (and back from) the boathouse every day, our practices are already about 20-30 minutes longer than most. We also tend to not get out quite on time since we don't go in with enough time to de-rig and take off our drysuits. In addition to this, we also have an extra half hour on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the reasoning being that most sports have games then.
I would be mostly okay with the extra time, except that this year, sailing has been the event I least look forward to. This is a major change from previous years, when it was my favorite part of the day. It is so bad that it is even worse than my English class, which is traditionally my least favorite part of the day. Obviously, something is very, very wrong.

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Title: SATs today
Date: 2014-11-08 18:14
Author: adam
Category: School
Slug: sats-today
Status: published
I took the SATs today. They went much better than last time I took them, probably due to actually getting to sleep last night! Also, during the test, I knocked my phone off of the little pile of stuff under my desk, and the screen cracked... :(

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Title: Showing off the DK2s
Date: 2014-10-12 14:14
Author: adam
Category: School
Tags: community, games, oculus, rift, vr
Slug: showing-off-the-dk2s
Status: published
We're showing off the Oculus Rift DK2s today. It's really fun to see people's reactions to SightLine: The Chair. 7 people have come through so far!<!--more-->
Earlier this week, we got a GTX 970, so games are actually playable! Elite: Dangerous is still the best game. Star Citizen has much better graphics (which now run smoothly), but Elite is much more complete. I tried Half-Life 2, which works pretty well, though guns are a bit glitchy, and the control scheme is a bit weird.

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Title: Snow Day!
Date: 2015-01-27 17:10
Author: adam
Category: Uncategorized
Slug: snow-day
Status: published
Today was a snow day, appently the first in 7 years. The whole dorm transported a pile of wood up the ski hill next to my dorm to the tiny house. That was rather a lot of work, so I am quite tired, and my shoes are soaked. At noon I shoveled around the dorm, which I will be doing again at 5:30. I went to Robotics around 13:00 and finished mounting most of the electronics.
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