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I don't know what this is supposed to be.

I don't know what this is supposed to be.

The end of the quarter has arrived. And with it the inevitable season of the final.

Oddly I prefer in class finals to any of the other alternatives (except no final). Take home finals results in hours slaving over every bit to get it perfect, projects are similar but with the potential of having a critical flaw in the concept and the most feared is the group project.

Reflecting on the available options I think I have a good mix this quarter. I have two in class finals, two classes without finals and one class with a project. The project is for digital electronics and to get an A we need to get it to work. Once the electronics work adding the A material is quite easy. Unfortunately for me my project has no intermediary working steps. Essentially I am building a driver to connect a camera phone camera to a VGA display using an FPGA board. It will either work or fail. There is one middle step in which it outputs in image in false color.

The work I am putting into this makes me greatly appreciate the ability to plug a semi random device into a computer and expect it to work without problems. The biggest issue I am having is the translation of color space. The camera outputs millions of colors to the FPGA board but the board can only output a maximum of 512 colors. I have to find a way to translate one color space to another followed by a transfer to display through VGA. All in all I might just go with a false color scheme.

After this project is done I just have two finals; compared to the project they will be easy.

Strangely I find finals week to be one of the more relaxing weeks of the quarter.

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Quarter End

A tower on the Santa Barbara Mission.

A tower on the Santa Barbara Mission.

The end of Winter quarter is approaching; approaching too fast for my taste.

With the end very near my sights I see how much I need to do – the projects, the reports, the presentations – and worry.

Based on my workload I should have no spare time to do anything, yet I find myself being pulled in by distraction and procrastination; the vices of collegiate activities.

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