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I thought it was about time I read some fiction so I picked up The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty from my local library and set to it. Rather than learning and extracting valuable lessons like non-fiction this was more of an adventure that had me laughing from start to finish. This novel was an absolute delight to read and has rekindled my desire for fiction.

This story follows the journey of Gunnar Kauffman as his mother moves his family to the Los Angeles suburb of Hillside after he and his sisters refuse to go on an all-black summer…


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Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other is a thought-provoking book by Sherry Turkle that explores how technology has changed how we interact with each other and how that can lead to us being isolated in a connected world. Turkle doesn’t advocate going back to a time before modern technology took hold, instead, she intends to illustrate how technology has become entwined in almost every interaction in our lives and how this has affected us. Below are the key ideas I took from reading.

Technology exploits vulnerabilities

Turkle states that technology is seductive when it meets the…


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The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr is a thought provoking book about how the internet is changing the way we think as well as how we process information. Carr is not advocating returning to a pre-internet era, instead he intends to make readers aware of how the internet is shaping us and what that means for how we think.

Concentration

Unsurprisingly the internet is not great for our concentration. I’m finding it harder to read books that I have before due to the numerous flashy distractions such as my smartphone, laptop, or Nintendo Switch…


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Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday is a great examination of Machiavellian tactics in the context of a lawsuit against media giant Gawker by Hulk Hogan over the website unlawfully publishing his sex tape. Hulk Hogan was bankrolled by billionaire Peter Thiel who Gawker had outed as gay in 2007. After years of planning, plotting, and coordination Hogan was successful in 2016 at a Florida Federal court, obtaining a ruling that would bankrupt Gawker.

Holiday details why this conspiracy was able to succeed and how it required so much more than just…


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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less by Greg McKeown is a novel which provides valuable lessons about how we make decisions in our lives. This post will identify some of the key lessons McKeown highlights. For more in-depth analysis I would recommend that you read Essentialism.

Saying Yes

The key issue that McKeown identifies is that we are spreading ourselves too thin over many activities and that results in our commitment to those activities being shallow, rather than just focusing on less activities/projects and achieving more in those areas. I think that this happens because we are presented with so many exciting…


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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is a confronting yet fantastic book. As the books subtitle states, Gawande discusses illness, medicine, and what matters in the end. The overall theme of Being Mortal is that instead of focusing on patient longevity with treatment, we should allow for patients to live fulfilling lives.

Gawande delves into how with the huge arsenal of medicine we have in modern healthcare, we still choose solutions which don’t match what patients want. Particularly when it comes to aging patients who will continue to decline despite the wonders of medicine. One of the examples Gawande used is…


This week I began working on the Synesthesia project. I came up with some ideas about how all the data will need to be processed and what algorithms may be required in order to satisfy the requirements.

One of my constraints in this project is that I use OpenCV and C++ to implement all of the features needed. I have worked with C++ and the OpenCV libraries before but errors and bugs can be very odd, often you’ll find yourself trawling through stack exchange posts where people will have the same issue as you but no solution. …


Tasks Completed

  • Prototyping with Chris
  • Trying out different camera mounts + configurations
  • Taking photos for Tobias
  • Discussing synesthesia project with Tobias

Summary

This week I was back to class and I am now blessed with a mountain of readings I have to do at the time of writing. This week was good in continuing prototyping with the glasses. Chris and I made the most of the little spare time we have and came up with a good solution to the camera mounting issue. Before where we were mounting the cameras was putting far too much pressure on the ribbon and the circuit board…


Tasks Completed

  • Taking measurements and correspondence with Chris
  • Mounting cameras to the glasses and evaluating prototype
  • Putting the Epson back together

Summary

This week has been very light on work as I’ve been busy trying to get out of my flat lease and get someone else to claim the property. As of writing I think I have been successful as the listing is no longer on the property company website. I’m still awaiting confirmation but I’m hopeful that someone else can now live there. So then I don’t have to take time to do more viewings and wait around for people who tend…


Tasks Completed

  • Prototyping for glasses
  • Trying out the HoloLens and investigating how it works
  • Comparing the HoloLens with the Epson glasses
  • Using solve space and taking measurements with Chris

Disclaimer

Aaron from post Tobias meeting on Thursday here. The below explanation for the HoloLens is kind of correct but not really. I haven’t had time to rewrite it properly but the important part is that the HoloLens isn’t really producing holograms in front of your eyes as it can only be seen from one perspective. The HoloLens uses the grating within the lenses to produce a static hologram in front of the user…

Aaron Anderson

Studying Information Science | Developer | Dedicated Runner | Loves a good boogie | https://aanderson.xyz/

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