Out of the frying pan and into the fire

April 16, 2008 – 4:14 pm

The Frying Pan
I just finished two of my major projects that have been ongoing this semester.

First, my position as a GRA this semester was to mentor and guide a few of the teams that were participating in the IMS Research Competition. It was a demanding task with lots of frustration and banging of my head into various (fire)walls but I’m glad I did it. I was lucky enough to guide two very talented teams that ended up winning 1st place in Contextual Usage ($10,000) and Honorable mention in Innovation which makes me way more proud than I have any right to be. Anyway, so that’s done… sort of. We have a lot of planning to do for next semester’s class and the next competition. It’s going to be awesome though and everybody should compete, the projects are interesting and it garners a lot of industry attention (as well as, potentially, one of the internships they’re offering).

The second thing that I finished last week (read, yesterday) was my Advanced Internet Application Development project which my team also turned in to Google’s Android Developer Challenge. The ADC deadline was Monday @ 3AM EST but we were done and ready by about 10PM except for a semi-important bug I happened to find at 2:15 Monday morning (which we were able to fix before they stopped accepting entries).

The Fire
I have a paper I’m trying to get written for MobiVirt ’08 and I think I have a good paper floating around in my head I’m struggling with a feeling that I don’t have the appropriate background to say what I’m going to say. Mostly psychological but causing a pretty significant problem none the less.

I also just found out today which project I’m gonig to be working on over my summer internship at VMware. It’s going to mean working with three technologies none of which I have any prior knowledge (in addition to all their internal APIs). Add into the mix that this will likely leverage C++ as the primary language and that leaves me a nervous (but excited) puppy.

Oh, and I still have an AI final and one last AI project to do that I haven’t had a chance to even look at yet.

Work Work Work. Sometimes I wish I could just go back to industry… but I don’t like pagers, even at 80k/year. Besides, I’m having a blast.

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