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The beginning of the beginning, and also the end.

Things have been interesting these last few days. In the wake of the calamitous event that was the late announcement of capstone group assignments I am reminded of the phrase I hear parroted from mouth to mouth, supposedly sourced from military origins of “hurry up and wait”. It is meant to describe the hustle that is put into arranging oneself into a position to best receive the next set of orders… only to sit quietly for an amount of time disproportionate to the effort one made to arrive at the same destination. While I have other projects to distract me, and a shamefully large Steam list to occupy the rest of my time, this has been my capstone experience so far.

I’m not complaining, mind you. I much prefer an abundance of time rather than a deficit. I merely offer that should the dread and severity of that has been described by my senior engineering students of their final year be embellished for the benefit of exaggerating their work ethic, I will be somewhat cross at the stress their testimonies have inflicted upon me in the last few months. The more sensible part of me realizes that this is probably an outcome that I should pray is close tot he truth, as it means that sailing could be somewhat more smooth than I had anticipated. Until then I will opt to take heart their advice and continue to “hurry up and wait.”

Things began when the announcement of group composition was released. I quickly introduced myself and attempted to wrangle my group into a Discord server for collaboration. Our first meeting went swimmingly and concluded with the consensus that we needed to contact our client to further progress in the course. An email later and we were confronted with the reality that a meeting would not occur before the first paper was due. Further attempts to gain feedback resulted in radio silence. We anticipate our first meeting this Monday.

Until then I will do what I can to fulfill the requirements of the course to the satisfaction of whoever is grading my desperate attempt to not completely bullshit. Between you and me though, I’m not confident in my ability to provide quality work given this situation.

In more lighthearted news, the group came to a decision to use Jira for our project management. A small accomplishment, but still possibly amusing to mention. I’m quite satisfied with our group so far. While we haven’t had much of an opportunity to collaborate, at the very least everyone was quick to communicate, and also we all agreed that Discord would make for our main communication platform. An engineer who doesn’t have any interest in gaming is incredibly sketchy, and subject to my suspicion of being a soulless automaton.

The game will change once we get our first meeting on Monday. I am excited to see the vision our client has for the project, as well as further details on what they have planned. Until then I will be a good soldier, hurry up, and wait.

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Life, Introductions, and Everything

If you are wondering what to expect from this blog, believe me, we’re in the same boat. While I have here a hard list of expectations and bullet points handed to me by my instructor like a first grader with a sheet of addition problems, I’d like to attempt to make the task of reading these lines more engaging, and not a monotonous task that unveils my work as a blatant attempt to check all the boxes using the lowest word count possible. Can I guarantee that this will be the most interesting journal ever written by a student assigned the task of blogging? No, probably not. But I will endeavor to ensure that it won’t be the least interesting either.

What’s life without a little uncertainty?

Forewarning forwarded, I can admit there is some practical advantage to following an established format, and much can be accomplished by allocating effort spent to accomplishing predetermined goals. To that end, let’s commence the introductions.

Robot! If you will…

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
  • Current job or internship
  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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Ahh, yes. The path I have taken that has led me to this possible reality is likely straighter than that of others. Like so many of my fellow CS students my interest in software development was tangential to my original passion for games. Even now, I have been enjoying my latest escapades in the world of Amalur with the recent re-release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. (Might builds are best, by the way, and anyone who says otherwise can throw themselves in a bolgan cookpot) It was this software inclination that brought me to my first coding class back in my junior year of highschool. I immediately fell in love with the coding projects that I was given, and found that I was quite skilled at them too. Since then I have pursued a career in software development, and am looking forward to making meaningful contributions to the industry.

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  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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I am not currently employed, though I have worked for several large software firms before. HP is one that most people would recognize. Oddly enough, my attempts to secure employment have been rebuffed the further I progress through my education. I had several internships and contracts in my freshman/sophomore years, and nothing since, despite my many attempts.

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  • Journey with OSU
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  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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I am a fan of anything strikingly innovative. I was fascinated by 3D printing when it was first made a consumer product that anyone could put together. VR simulation is another technology I follow due to it’s applications both in and outside of gaming.

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
  • Current job or internship
  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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The one project that caught my eye is the pilot health monitoring system. The project has connections to aviation and health industries, and I would love to see what it would be like applying my CS skills in those areas.

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
  • Current job or internship
  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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I already mentioned gaming as a hobby of mine. I also enjoy cooking, fantasy novels, long distance running, and tabletop roleplaying games. As for my interests in the field of CS, I find that the best way to describe my tastes is that I enjoy a good puzzle. This is one of the things that caused me to fall in love with coding. I like the process of planning, organizing, and implementing solutions to logical problems in software development. I understand that the answer that most people who ask are looking for is specialties such as front end, back end, networking, security, etc, but I have experienced problems from each, and find few less appealing than the others.

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
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  • Favorite technologies
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  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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OSU has been an interesting experience. I have been able to study a wide variety of subjects from ancient history, to astronomy, and of course, computer science. I’m not sure what else to say on the subject. Maybe if I had been able to experience another university I would be able to contrast the two? I am underwhelmed by it’s outreach programs. It seems like not nearly enough is being done to get students more working experience. I’m not saying that they aren’t doing anything, merely that much more could be done.

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
  • Current job or internship
  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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The most important factor for a project to me is it’s connections to industries outside CS. A complete in-house coding job is great, but what would be better is to be on a CS team working alongside medical professionals, architects, biologists, or some other field that is not related to computers or mechanical engineering. I would love to be the “CS guy” in a company or startup.

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  • What got you started with computers or software?
  • Current job or internship
  • Favorite technologies
  • Favorite listed projects (in this course) and why
  • Current interests
  • Journey with OSU
  • This course and/or the kind of project you would like to work on and why
  • Kids, pets, hobbies, sports, games, activities, etc

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I’ve gone over my hobbies already, so I think I’ll wrap things up here. There will be plenty more references influencing my other posts and I will have much more to say once the projects begin. Until then, I look forward to writing more and keeping the site updated with the latest escapades.

-Curt Haldorson

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