Week 6, Post 3

Believe it or not, three weeks have passed since we did our last blog post! During these three weeks, what I found is that schedules are hard to follow. Everything going on, like homework and events that just pops up, seem to make me completely forget about my schedule. I had a meeting with my mentor last week, and it is when he asked me about what I did in the period between our meetings that I realized: I haven’t done a lot. Because of a miscommunication between my dad and I (I thought he said to keep a log), I started to record all my significant progress on a random website that I made with WordPress in the summer, so now you can go on there to see some of my progress, and I won’t document my progress in these posts anymore. (If that’s inconvenient Ms.Mulder just comment on it) The exact link is here, to my posts, but you can also type in tony.szmba.com or tonysun.win to go to the home page. (the .win one has some weird bugs)

For our journey to a beautiful mind, which we are currently trying to be interesting and know how to respond, here are my reports:

  1. How to be interesting

    • Image courtesy of wisegeek.com Just on/off (digital) VS. 0 to 100% dimmer light switch (analog)

      Using the phrase “Now that’s interesting” is like the easiest thing to do so far. My mentor would often bring up points that I have never heard or thought of before. Like when we were talking about analog (-∞-∞) and digital (1 or 0) and resisters in circuits, my mentor pointed out (literally pointed) that those dimming light switches on my wall have a resister that can change in their resistance. So when I turn the light brighter, the dial makes the resistance smaller and when I turn the light dimmer, the dial will make the resistance bigger so there will be less voltage, etc. and there will be less light. I never thought of that before, so I said “The Phrase” and was then able to make other connections in using the resistor. I also tried to find interesting points in a lot of things, so basically everything that he said which I did not know, I commented and made connections to other things.  Because I didn’t record my conversation, I can’t exactly tell you what I used “what ifs” for, but I remember that once when I asked about what would happen if a LED has received too high a voltage and whether stuff will catch on fire if there is more electricity than it is designed for.

  2. How to respond:

    • Ah, asking for clarification is me every minute. For my conversation with my mentor, basically when I ask a question, my mentor would respond, and before he finishes, I would be bursting with another question. He would answer me again, but I would have another question by the time he finishes. This is also something I need to improve on, since I will have a question while my mentor is speaking, and as a result, I usually lose track of what he has to say, and sometimes I would even interrupt. I did supported some of the points that my mentor made and improved some of his points, but that is because I was searching on the internet the same time he is and I found a better way to assemble the ultrasonic sensor than the method he found. I guess that still counts as responding.

Anyways, that is all I have to say for now, it is getting late and I am really tired, probably because I got my shots today. So this is it for now…

PS: don’t forget to check my progress on tonysun.win