My university work has started once more, with all manner of cool things like VDHL, embedded systems, micro-controllers and C programming. For the latter, we’re using super-fast ARM Cortex-M4s (well, pretty fast for an embedded CPU anyway):
Makes quite a nice change from the old 8051 chips we were using last year! Those lights will be used in our first task of making a Morse-code signalling program, that can be tested by decoding via an Apple or Android app.
Just like last year we’ll get to grips with some of the functions and at the end of it all, create a DVM (Digital Volt Meter).
Next term I get to work more with C++! But for now, I’ll practice working with it, with a major goal of creating a Chess program with an AI and everything. It looks to be a lot of work, but across the gulf of the internet, hidden gems pop up from time to time.
Should I be able to get the program finished within the next 18-20 months or so, it’ll make for a cool final year project. If not, I’ll have my placement to think over what project I want to make instead (just because an idea sounds cool, doesn’t mean the uni will let you make it -_-). One of last year’s FYPs looks pretty amazing, and the uni even payed to keep it!
The placement will need a good amount of planning in itself, so I’ve also got to make a cracking C.V. and covering letter. Some mock interviews wouldn’t hurt either…
The Python course by Rice University has started over on Coursera, so get it whilst it’s new. Perfect for complete novices like myself too!
TermiSoc, well…TermiSoc. It’s hard to say at present what the fuck’s going on there, so I’ll just ignore it for now. Our first LAN happened last Saturday, and some good games were had over all. Totally went off without a hitch as well…(sobs into keyboard).
NerfSocPlym looked to be a bit shaky at the start of the year, but they’ve pulled their socks up and have started events including the brand new Tinker Tuesdays that Sean the Chairman and I will be starting tonight! I’m still pretty new to the whole modding scene, but I know enough to impart my learnings onto others. Also on Sunday, we got to play around with two of these beasts:
The Nerf MEGA Centurion. A stock sniper that doesn’t suck? Mein Gott! I want one so bad just to mod it, but I do like how the air restrictor makes it feel like a catapult every time it fires! I may also take Stewart’s Longstrike CS-6 off his hands; the rifle that looks so cool but turns out to be a piece of ass because the plunger’s so short. Nothing a little modding can’t fix…
uCollective had their birthday livestream, Hosted by 2xAA and Troggs on Sunday too. Managed to catch a good few hours of wonderful chiptune music before succumbing to my bed.
Lastly, another hackathon is on the horizon; Battle Hack promises to be the most challenging event yet, but then I never really go with the intention of winning, more for the fun and the meeting of cool new people. HackSocNotts will be there too, and I will once again be the only bugger present from TermiSoc. :D
Assuming I don’t go mad and start assaulting some seagulls, I’ll see you around.