I’m scheduled to take the GRE examination this upcoming Friday, and to be perfectly honest, have not studied a whole lot for it. I’ve realized that I need to learn a few hundred words to fair as well as I would like on the verbal section, and that probably isn’t going to happen in time. Regardless of the test, it has gotten me quite interested in expanding my vocabulary. I would be keen to see if anyone has suggestions of what to read that would be both entertaining and instructive. Currently, I’m tearing through Stephen Hawking’s “The Grand Design,” but since I already have quite a technical background, you could imagine it’s more fun than benefitting to my vocabulary.
How do you learn words? Do you watch TED Talks? Read the New Yorker? Write music/poetry? It’s become my mission – one of many – to start expanding my vocabulary dramatically. The GRE may not be far enough away for my results to reflect it, but it’s motivated me anyways.
So I’ve got two Arduino UNOs, a Raspberry Pi (potentially more on the way), a couple of wheels and motor driver boards, and a bunch of electronic components. Issue, I don’t know what to make! I mentioned on one of the project pages that I am hoping to make a home computer system with the Raspberry Pi, but that will certainly take a while to be up and running with any physical interactions such a servos on my light switches. In the mean time, I would love to come up with a project that would allow me to practice interfacing the two, with potentially some cool outcome. I am thinking that controlling my Arduino with the Raspberry Pi to drive around a small car might be fun, though not sure if I’ll go through with that. Ideas?
I’ve recently been playing around with the Raspberry Pi, and my current issue is I need to use my single set of speakers for both my Pi and my computer. Naturally, I looked for such a switch that would allow this to happen online, and found that they were virtually non existent.
Solution: Make a switch box myself. I’ve started making the box, and technically finished once. Due to my ignorance in the store, I seem to have overlooked the fact that the jacks I purchased were mono! That was a fun test, turning it on only to realize it works perfectly with the exception of, you know, half the sound. Waiting for a store to restock on stereo inputs, then I’ll finish it up and maybe publish a little DIY guide in the projects section.
Going onto year 3 of my website, and it’s time for that pesky annual redesign. The first year, when I had no prior web development experience, I found a template online and customized it for my content… Nothing fancy at all. Last year, I decided to make a website from scratch. So, from the ground up, my website was made and I added to it quite frequently. I added a couple of cool features including a file directory where I would let my friends and students who I’d TA access my old labs, assignments, textbooks, exams… The whole she-bang! Now, I’ve decided to not reinvent the wheel, but try out the popular technology that is WordPress.
I guess we’ll see how this goes!