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So 2012 approaches, too soon it seems. Why it seems that yesterdy it was summertime, and last week I was in Davis for the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition. Soon enough, we will be at Davis again, and Madera, and then to St. Louis, followed then by my graduation of high school...yes the time does seem to fly.


Nevertheless, let's be thankful for the here and now, and the times we have been able to spend with family and friends and even our enemies, for it is with them where we truly learn and grow. This past week has been both stressful and relaxing, both times of fatigue and energy; I guess that's how life operates. This past Christmas weekend was a very enjoyable one. I was able to see friends I had not seen for awhile. It likely will be another months ar more before I see them again, but fair enough. We went to an amazing Christmas performance at church, followed by delicious dinners and present unwrapping time. I got a bunch of audio equipment, mainly so that I can continue recording music, a mini-multitool, and (my favorite) a laser pointer. And I can't wait to use it in presentations!


Now on to robot and PTC software business. Last week, current UC Berkeley student and 1671 Bird Brains alum Loong-Yi Tan came and introduced himself to newer members of the team and alo gave them a short overview on the basics of robot design. Today, Loong-Yi gave a very compelling lesson to the freshman and sophmore in our CAD group. They seemed to take it in quite well, but we will have to wait till kickoff to see if the information stuck.


Also, over the past few weeks, our team has been working on setting up a license server for PTC's new build of Creo 1. We seemed to make some progress, but lack of school time and team meetings has prevented us from getting things setup and finalized.  With the help of PTC employee Mark Fischer, Schneider Electric employee and team mentor Josh Houser, and CUSD Systems Administrator and Assistant Coach Andrew Nabors, it shouldn't take much longer to get the rest of the requirements into place.


In recent news, I think I have found a bug between the different builds of ProENGINEER or Creo Elements/Pro (same thing really). I was making a robot base and a robot cart, and both assemblies crashed on me. I am guessing it is because of the different software builds I am using on different computers. For more information on the problem click here: http://communities.ptc.com/thread/36698. At first I was going nuts..."What's wrong with my computer?!?!" But when it happen a second time, I sensed the problem. So I guess this is what happens wn you do some late night designing, you find out errors and discover epiphanies....I think I might do this more often!


In any case, once I can start assembling with having software crash on me, I will post pictures of my pending work.


Build Season Counter: Day -11

is some peace (piece? haha) of mind. It's been a pretty good vacation break so far. No waking up early, no school, no need to do homework. It's been nice being able to do fun stuff rather than busy school work. There is still a lot of things to prepare for robotics however, and time is running out. Unfortunately, someting else that I have needed to do is college applications. Most of them are due by New Year's Day, and there is a lot that needs to be done there. Already the first week of winter break is coming to a close, and I have yet to do any homework. Nothing new really, procrastination is the name of the game in high school.


And these thoughts bouncing around my head have gotten me thinking..."Man, I don't want to thnk anymore!" It's a strange feeling, but it's one that I am sure everyone get once in awhile. My problem is right now, I feel like there's always something to do and that I am forgetting something. And quite often that is the case. I just hope that on Sunday, on Christmas, I can have the peace of mind to just relax and chill with family and friends. Until then though, still got lots to do...


Build Season Counter: Day -15


A Series of FIRSTs!

Posted by egiarta1671 Dec 17, 2011

Welcome to my first blog post on my first blog site page! I think the title is nice and fitting, and the topic at hand gives nice contrast to my latest article found here: http://team1671.com. The nice thing about life is that the beginning of an end often marks the beginning of a new beginning. And that's preicely what I am doing here. Today marks the beginning of my first blog and post, the first day of winter vacation, and the countdown of the commencement of the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition!


Today also marks the first time in six or so months that I was able to sleep in back to back sequences. Lately, sleeping has become a combersome, yet luxurious requirement of my life. I love it, but shouldn't do it (too much work to be done), yet have to! With 2011 drawing to a close, and the school going on break time, I will definitely enjoy being able to sleep in the next couple of days.


I also played Assassin's Creed for the first time tonight. Thanks to my good friend Benny Wong and his PS3, I will be able to play it for the next two weeks! The trouble is not getting to addicted to the game. I spent a long time getting off my game obsession. A few years and months back even, I would stay up late on the computer just playing games and neglecting other important things, like homework (and sleep!). I think I am controlling myself well so far: instead of playing PS3 late at night,  I am blogging! (Okay maybe not THAT much of an improvement haha.)


Yesterday, I made my first down payment. Nothing serious I can assure you; I just paid $10 of a $20 recommended donation for Science Olympiad, promising of course to present the other $10 sooner rather than later. Why so excited you might ask? Because whenever I asked teachers, leaders, and other friends if I could give them a down payment, they refused and said just pay in full later. Although that request is more than reasonable, I just think the idea of a down payment is cool!


And to finish off my list of firsts is a little melody I made up a few nights ago. Now to be frank, I have made musical riffs before, I just haven't recorded them with intensions to create a whole song out of it...until now! I got a nice minor chord progression for a verse in the mix, and lyrics for the chorus. Still needs work, but the fact that it is recorded means I won't forget how to play it this time! (I would have had plently of songs by now, if only I could remember all of them!)


I guess I lied. One last "first" announcement, but this one is kind of cheating. Anyway, I am excited to see my sister back on the 21st of December! We will be picking her up along when a secret guest at the airport next Wednesday.


That's the end of my firsts for now. I hope to have more firsts in the days, weeks, and months to come. It would be especially cool if the next one included something about the 1671 Buchanan Bird Brains and the FIRST Robotics Competition...!! But we will see. Be sure, however, that this is not the LAST you will see (or read!) of me. Peace!


Build Season Counter: Day -22