CS373 Spring 2022: Martin Nguyen

What did you do this past week?

I’ve been doing the basic assignments that I have been assigned to which aren’t that bad, but I expect them to be picking up in the next upcoming weeks, especially when classes return to in-person.

What’s in your way?

I’m coming back up to Austin this weekend so I need to readjust to a new schedule while keeping up with everything that I need to do. Some of the lectures that I attended this past week I wasn’t paying attention well because of zoom fatigue, which should not be a problem going forward hopefully.

What will you do next week?

I will be rewatching some lectures that I didn’t understand in a class, as well as making sure that I can keep up with my assignments and extracurricular activities. Readjusting is always hard, but hopefully, I will manage to do it well.

If you read it, what did you think of Paper #1: Syllabus?

I think the improvement of adding plus/minus grades in the specifications grading will allow people to get better grades with the same amount of effort which was good because before if you messed up something big you could already potentially lose a letter grade.

What were your experiences with assertions and Collatz? (this question will vary, week to week)

Since I took CS371p last semester, I am very familiar with assertions and Collatz considering that it is also their first project. This shouldn’t be as hard for me to do since I know how to optimize and keep it efficient already. The most difficult part would be translating the program into a different language as well as looking for the appropriate data structures in Python that will be able to run fast.

What made you happy this week?

Well, my wisdom teeth removal is going fine which was something I was worried about for a while. Now all I have to do is wait for my bone to regrow from the holes that they drilled into my mouth.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

With Elon Musk offering a teen a measly $5k to shut down a Twitter account that uses a public API to track Musks’s private jet, this shows we can create simple programs using public APIs that can boost our resumes as well as potentially earn money on the side. Good for the creator for upping the offer to $50k because $5k is simply way too little for this kind of thing.

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