The finale of all season finales!

Of all the finales I watched, I would have to say the Star Trek: Enterprise Finale was the best. The official Star Trek synopsis is:

Aboard Degra’s ship, Archer, Reed and Hoshi work with the Arboreals and Humanoids to chase the Reptilians and stop the Xindi Weapon from decimating Earth. Archer’s plan is to board the weapon and try to overload the power systems, but he’ll need the help of an ailing Hoshi to read the weapon schematics.

Back in the Delphic Expanse, T’Pol leads the NX-01 in an attempt to obliterate Sphere 41 in hopes of disabling the entire network of Spheres. But the crew’s time is limited, as that region of space has a degenerative effect on their bodies, and the furious Sphere-Builders try to tear Enterprise apart.

What they don’t say what happens in the last 15/20 minutes. Archer, with some help from the Andorians (one of them played by Star Trek veteran Jeffery Combs) suceeds in destroying the Xindi Weapon. However, Archer is killed in the blast. It seems as if Paramount has rewritten the rules for what people are okay and not okay to kill off. Anyways, T’Pol and Trip just barely destroy Sphere 41, and not before the Sphere-Builders manage to get on board the ship and cause some chaos.

In recap, Xindi Weapon: Destroyed; Archer: Dead; Sphere’s: Destroyed. The only thing left is to go home. So the NX-01 heads to Sector 001, Earth, Sol System. They arrive and find things are not the way they left them. Earth doesn’t respond to any of their hails. Reed and Mayweather head down in a shuttle pod and they’re attacked by what looked like….P51 Mustang. Yes, that’s right. World War II propeller planes. Of course Paramount isn’t stupid, so what’s become of Archer. He just suffered some burns and is resting in a M*A*S*H unit…a Nazi M*A*S*H unit!! So now I’m like, “Alright, they went back in time or something when they went through the vortex.” Well, I don’t think aliens were fighting hand and hand with the Nazi’s.

So yea…Star Trek: Enterprise definatly wins two prizes. One for Best Season Finale and one for Best Television Comeback. Go Enterprise; whooot, whooot!

Senior Project: (Last Day – 1) && (Last Day)

Thursday we mostly worked on the ME’s Fish Bot. There was a problem with the board they used to program the fish. They could write to RAM and run in debug mode and everything would work fine. They could also flash the ROM, but they couldn’t run out of ROM. After a few hours of testing with the scope, it problem was traced to a malformed 3.3 v wave form. Instead of being a constant 3.3 volts, the fish was getting somewhere between 3 and 3.3 volts. The dip in voltage was attributed to a power converter that could only handle 200mA. The fish nominally uses 300mA. So we added another 200mA power converter and the fish worked! Score one for EE.

Friday was just a massive 7 hour coding spree. The code I wrote is working, sort of. But I have a new idea. So I’m going to pretty much start from scratch next week.

5th Avenue High School Musical Theater Awards 2004

The 5th Avenue Awards is a program that has been designed as a high school version of the Tony Awards. Each year, high school students throughout the Puget Sound area put on quality musical theater entertainment, and we want to recognize their hard work and effort. (From http://www.5thavenuetheatre.org/)

The results from the nominations came in today. Seattle Academy was nominated in 8 categories and had 2 Honorable Mentions. They are:

  • Outstanding Overall Musical Production
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Honorable Mention)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Ensemble Member (Honorable Mention)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Male Ensemble Member
  • Outstanding Chorus
  • Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Outstanding Costume Design
  • Outstanding Hair & Make Up Design
  • Outstanding Lobby Display
  • Outstanding Poster/Program Design

Playing Mr. Toynbee, I guess that means I, along with my fellow cast members, were nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical Production and Outstanding Chorus. I, along with KC Tucker, were nominated for Oustanding Poster/Program Design. The award event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th which means that it conflicts with Graduation night. Poo. I guess there’s always next….oh wait, there’s not. Stay tuned for the results of this award event….but only if we win something…and maybe even if we don’t. Who knows.

Senior Project: Day ??

I’ve given up hope of tying to keep track of how many days I have been working at my senior project. Honestly, there really is no good reasons, except to differentiate one day from the next.

In any event, work still continues on the robot. On Monday and Tuesday I worked on converting an old serial port ISA card into a new serial port ISA card. One might ask what I did to make such an astonishing converstion…other than add the word “new.” All computers need 12 volts to run the serial ports. Older computers accomplished this by actually having a 12 volt feed from the PSU (power supply unit) to the MB (motherboard). New computers don’t have the 12 volt feed on the motherboard. Instead, 10 volts is generated by a MAX232 chip. This prevents the board from having both 12 volts and 5 volts on the board at the same time, a potentially fatal issue. So anyways, instead of dragging 12 volts onto the board, I just removed half the chips (1489’s and 1488’s), resistors, and capacitors on the old serial port ISA card and replace them all with a handful of caps on a MAX232 chip dead-bugged on top of the 8250.

Today we finally got the GPS system working. It required a bit of working because the GPS system wants to accept 9 volts to 36 volts, but we only want to give it 5 volts. Since the electronics inside run at 3.3 volts, we knew there had to be a way to directly input power else where on the board. After some figeting, we finally got it to spew some data. And thus, the GPS worked. I’m currently working on integrating the GPS system into Robocart (that’s the new name I’ve given what used to be called R2 or robot two).

Ubiquitous paradigm shift; AKA: Prom

Ubiquitous paradigm shift is defined as a “constantly encountered” shift in “an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype.” In other words, I had to change my expectations of Prom. This in fact, actually ended up benefiting me. But to completely understand the story, one must begin at the beginning.

I decide that I was going to prom several months ago. The decision stemmed from the fact that A) I had never been to a school dance before; and B) 5 years down the road, prom would have been the think that I would have liked to have gone too. I won’t retell the effort it took to actually find a date to prom. However, I will say that prom was journey, not a destination. For the record, my dates name was Lia DiBiase. We both go to Seattle Academy. There is no romantic interest. We had dinner with Celeste, Alex, Paige, Thomas, Natalie, and Joey (who attends O’Dea) at Thai Kitchen on Queen Anne. Then we proceeded to the Lake Union Cafe for the actually prom event. I would say that over half the population was drunk before they even arrived. There were no alcoholic beverages on the premise…at least that I was aware of, but I do know of several parties that occurred afterwards where such beverages might have been present. I wouldn’t know for sure as dropped my date off at a quarter to one and returned home to work on the Mexico Slide show.

Prom Picture…more to come soon!

Chorus: Well it’s been a long, been a long, been a long, been a long day!

Whew! What a weekend. On Saturday I had the pleasure of waking up at 7am in the morning to film my latest movie, Orion. It’s actually a music video and it’s going to be awesome. Anyways, I filmed until about 5 and then I had to run up to Lynnwood to drop of some equipment. This, and traffic, unfortunately, caused be to be late to the closing night of my musical. I did arrive before the curtain went up, but not before causing mass panic and some chaos.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was a smashing success, to say the least. Quinn remarked, “Quality. It’s worth seeing if you didn’t see it tonight. Lots of good acting and overall a good production. It’s long, but not boring.” Duane remarked that he was “impressed with the high school production.  Better than the drama program was in my high school.” The play was rather long, running in just under three hours. I also cannot give enough praise to the entire cast. Being someone who likes to do whatever I activity I’m engaged in to the best of my ability, I’m often in the company of persons who don’t share that same feeling. This was not the case for this musical. Everybody had something very important invested in this production and everybody wanted the production to succeed…no pun intended. But I digress. Closing night was wonderful. We had a great cast party and later went to IHOP for about an hour. I got back home at 12:30ish and watched some Star Trek until 3am. Gotta’ love the Trek!

On Sunday, I had the esteemed pleasure to give the focus at The Edge. This story actually goes back to Tuesday night. I came home from Dress Rehearsal at about 10 and shortly after I walked in the door, Jeff Towne called me up and asked me to do the focus. I was pretty ecstatic at the time, although I’m not sure if I conveyed that adequately over the phone. Back to Sunday though. I woke up at 1pm and worked on my focus for the rest of the afternoon pretty much.

Monday was a pretty non-eventful.

That brings me to today. I woke up this morning at 6 to help out at the Cascade Land Conservancy. The CLC was having their annual awards banquet at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Seattle and they needed some AV help. I was more than happy to oblige, especially if it meant free food…which it did. Always a sucker for free food. Alec Turnbull was there as well as Nora Johnson. Nora is actually interning CLC for her Senior Project. Alec is interning at a travel agency somewhere Downtown. If you didn’t know, I’m interning at the UW. I should make a Senior Intern page sometime.

The event lasted until about 9am. In addition to breakfast, I also received a bag of coffee from Starbucks, a CLC hat, and, my personal favorite, a name tag with my name on it. The latter part of the morning was filled with more working graduation announcements. This afternoon I went to the Maxillofacialist. For those of you who don’t know what a Maxillofacialist is, they’re the ones responsible for pulling wisdom teeth. Fun stuff. I’m tentatively scscheduled to have surgery on June 10th at 9am.

Daniel Busyhead wanted me to mention him, so now I am. That also reminds me about this so called “Backwards day.” It’s the one where you give an answer to someone they don’t like and then they say, “But today is backwards day so everything you say is just the opposite.” Well, I have news for you. Backwards day cannot logically exist. If one claims that it is backwards day, and it were truly backwards day, that claiming that it was backwards day actually means that it’s not backwards day. If that doesn’t make any sense…well…it shouldn’t make any sense really.

And finally, for those who are wondering what the hell the title of this blog means; it’s a line from one of the songs in How to.

Over the musical hump

I decided to try and not combine blog topics anymore. Today is the 3rd of 4 productions of How to. Last night was a tremendous success. The house was almost packed and it should be packed both tonight and tomorrow night. During “Brother Hood of Man,” the audience really got into the groove and we performed an encore right then and there. Everybody was pretty damn estatic…so was I come to think about it. Tonight should be even better and tomorrow night should just blow everything away.

Senior Project: Day 11

I’ve been working on some finishing touches to the mechanical design of R2. That includes creating a battery rack to house to the two batteries. One battery provides power to the onboard computer (6 volts). They other battery provides power to the linear actuators that control the steering, accelerating, and braking systems (12 volts). It’s not exactly electrical engineering, it’s more mechanical engineering, but that’s why I like EE: it combines Computer Sciences and Mechanical Engineering, plus some other stuff into a nice little bundle of joy. Woo-hoo!

Senior Project: Day 9 & 10 / Lights, Curtain, Action!

I went into the UW on Saturday after rehersals to work on R2 for a few hours. When I got there, Andy and David were outside playing it. Unfortunatly, just before I had arrived, one of the power relays fried and had to be replaced. I replaced the relay and then called it a day.

Today I’ve been working on finishing up the final safety relays. The next task will be to supply 12volts to the GPS unit. And then hopefully I can start writting code tomorrow.

We start our short four day run of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying today. The show runs the next four days @ 7pm. Tickets for today and tomorrow are not quite sold out yet, so there is still time to come!!