Friday, March 19, 2010

Motivation in the Crapper

After something like 4 weeks of constant work, I feel like I have broken through.  Through what?  I don't know.  Perhaps I have broken through my motivation and now I can't do any work.  I slept in this morning a bit, took some pictures on the way to work, before starting to bike, and got to work at something like 9:30.  Very lazy.  It is now 10:30, and the only thing I have done is check e-mail.  I haven't even changed out of my biking clothes.  Very sad.

Now I am blogging.

Yesterday I feel like I accomplished something (this is unusual for me).  I got my Arduino microprocessor to take measurements from my temperature, humidity, and accelerometer sensors and write the data to a USB stick.  This may sound easy, but it is NOT!  I promise!  I have to get my cameras working today (i.e., the microprocessor has to turn the cameras on, then tell them to take pictures every 10 seconds).  This is all to avoid the real problem of getting the microprocessor to talk to my radios and GPS.  That is going to be problematic.  I am afraid.  Luckily, one of the students in my class is going through the same problem, so I am working with him to solve the communication issues.  See, professors don't just profess, we learn from the students too.  Especially as the students learn.  It is all about education!

I am definitely still having issues with Post Docs.  Large issues.  But, I will probably wait until tomorrow to blog about that.  I promise.  Tomorrow.

Until then, I will will try to motivate myself to put on my pants.


spacecataz said...

I feel like I have broken through
I think you mean broken down. Everyone needs days like this, though. You shouldn't feel too bad about it.

With all of your rapidly expanding instrumentation/electronic skills, have you ever considered doing something like the popular YouTuber, Thunderf00t (aka BeautyintheUniverse)? Specifically, see these two videos:
I'm sure you have plenty of free time to do this sort of thing... ;)

I will will try to motivate myself to put on my pants.
This means that you weren't wearing pants when you wrote this. Oy.

Allison said...

Well, at least you were wearing pants at the faculty meeting ;)