One Assignment Down

Hooray! I’ve finished one assignment (the website/automated telephone one for HCI), two more to go.

I did some concept mapping last night but my heart wasn’t really in it. I’ll carry on tonight I think and see how far I get. Then I actually have to go to my HCI lecture tomorrow, which I don’t look forward to.

Moodle day tomorrow, I’ve got two more teachers’ classes to add (I need to write a script to re-enable their passwords if they ae disabled and in that class), then it’s time to work out whether I should put the data from into a MySQL Database or store it as a flat file.

Then I really have to get cracking on my project work on Thursday (if I can’t sort out the bizarre rotation problem then I’ll have to cut down to just cardinal directions). I think I need to compile a static version of Qt to let me do the project. Once I’ve cracked the movement issues I’l be able to reuse it in the other one.

This afternoon I’ve updated some of the components of LispBox 0.7 to newer ones. Emacs (I think) CLisp 2.44 SLIME (24-4-08 edition) I would also like to try and use SBCL as my Lisp in here but I can’t quite get it working. I don’t want to lose my other emacs settings so I need to work out how to reset the HOME variable so that it points to a local .emacs file. I’ll post some instructions if I manage to work out what I’m doing.

I’ve agreed to take part in the Manchester to Blackpool Charity Bike Ride in July (how stupid am I) for Christies. It’s only 60 miles so I’ve spent the last week puffing and panting up hills, luckily I’ve got another 2 1/2 months until we actually do it so I should manage without keeling over dead of a heart-attack. We’re going to be riding as Team Janice in memory of Janice who died last May (23d I think), I’ll try and add a static page with training to this site so I can keep track of how much I’m doing (or not). Off now.

(Post Script: Page added for training log )

It’s My Birthday!

It’s my birthday today, but we’re not doing much to celebrate it as we’ve both got so much work on at the moment.

I’ve finished my website, done a very shoddy write-up and now just need to do the script for the automated telephone service.

Next I’ve got to do the lovely concept maps for the course. It’s tempting to leave out one or two lectures and see if he notices. I have decided to spend tonight and tomorrow doing as many as possible so that I can concentrate on doing as much of my Interim Research Report as possible at the weekend.

I have managed to write a functioning script in CLisp to massage the SIMS data into shape, but it’s littered with globals so I need to refactor it. I’m planning on spending some more time looking at SIMS data using CLisp for scripting.

Plus once Year 11 have gone I’ll have a look at writing a version of DT-Monitor in CLisp using a web framework if I can find one, and PHP with Zend again if not.

At College Again Waiting for my Lecture to Start

I’m sat in the coffee shop again, getting ready for yet another HCI lecture.

This is most definitely not my favourite module. In fact I’m struggling to work out which module would get that honour.

Unlike some of the other contenders for the worst, there’s little wrong with the course or the lecturer it just doesn’t make me feel good, as it’s just too wishy-washy. There isn’t any tangible thing which I need to do/know, its just some airy fairy concepts I need to apply.

I may be getting somewhere with the HCI website assignment, but that means I’ve had to leave the project stuff for now. If I can finish the website and the write up this week then I should be able to move on next week.

Today I’ve been Moodling all day. I managed to upload all of the students onto the site and I’m just working on a script to massage the SIMS output into the correct format. It’s lecture time.


Not Quite as Useless This Time

Well it’s only been five and a half months this time. I’m currently up to my eyes in it with college work. In the next month and a bit I have…

1. A Project Management review to do, with respect to my Final Year Project.

2. An Interim Research Project to write, again for my Final Year Project.

3. A concept map for the whole of my HCI course.

4. A website to design and implement (without the actual functionality) for the HCI course.

5. The exam for HCI. Unfortunately I haven’t known where to start with the Website design until this evenings lecture. Although I have a bit more now, Jackson Structured Diagrams et al.

Time to go back now.