Thursday, August 19, 2010
So today were all the final presentations given by the interns and I must say that I'm pretty impressed!! All of the other groups did some pretty complicated stuff! All this talk of gadolinium and DIRSIG really made me stop and think. It also made me realize that Helen and I have had it pretty easy working for the color and ophthalmology labs here at RIT. I mean all we did w2as take pictures and analyze them while other people were out building bridges and actual stars! This internship was a lot of fun and now that I realize just how much intensive work that we could have been put through, I really cherish all of the fun, easy going tasks that we were given to do. I really don't want to have to go out and get an actual job with actual manual labor...
Oh the number of times that phrase left Joe Pow's mouth upon seeing our presentation for the first time... I can't believe that he was so cacophonous when choosing such harsh words to describe our pride and joy!! Slide after slide his reaction was that people just don't care about fancy screen shots of all of the hard work Helen and I did this summer. He even put up a challenge that we should present first tomorrow to see if we can actually explain all of content of our slides! but it's okay, I like our presentation and I'm pretty sure no one else will even understand any of our presentation so if people don't care then why change it? I'm pretty sure the only person who really cares about what I do up there, since both Joel and Christye won't be there, is my mother who knows absolutely nothing about science so I'd say that we're pretty good...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Things here at CIS are becoming slower and slower as our time here slowly runs out. Again, today Helen and I worked amazingly hard on our final presentation that we will present on friday and I just hope to God that everything work out okay and that Joe Pow will like it (but I wont keep my fingers crossed on that...) Only three more days left!!!
Monday, August 16, 2010
It's hard to believe that I've been here for 30 days this summer; It feels like this internship just started a couple of weeks ago!! Anyway, things at work are starting to wind down since this is the final week :( Helen and I worked on our presentation while correcting all of the delta E's that were affected by our miscalculation of our blue sample that we did earlier. I hope that this week will last longer but I highly doubt that the way things have been going...
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Today Helen and I went to go fix the problem of incorrectly measuring the spectral reflectances of our blue sample (whose name is sapphire sparkle) so we could correctly measure how much different the cameras read the colors. By the end of the day Helen and I had finished up most of our presentation so now it is just time to practice!
So today was our last field trip, which we took to the Eastman house to look at old photographs called daguerrotypes. It all seemed to be pretty interesting, but I was quite distracted by a full bladder the whole time caused by the numerous diet cokes I chugged while cooking for the COS picnic. The whole photographs of Lincoln were pretty cool and I was surprised that an actual bug could get into one of the pictures and cause so much damage. Anyway, Joel made up barbecue for all of his female friends and all of the other interns for the first half of the day so it was a pretty easy work day today...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
So after finally exporting all of our images that we have taken on our fundus, today marked our last day of collecting data. We have run all of our pictures through IDL and now all we have to do is compare the data we've collected over time and finish our presentation!
Monday, August 9, 2010
So Helen and I came across a fatal error in our experiment. When we measured the spectral reflectances of all of the colors, for some reason our blue came up with the same LAB values as the color white as opposed to blue. This threw off our whole data making us think that the cameras were terrible at taking pictures of our blue sample when really someone must have measured the sample wrong in the first place. I won't mention names but I know it wasn't me for I have no clue how to work the photospectrometer...
Friday, August 6, 2010
Today was a pretty eventful day for it being a friday. I guess the most exciting thing was getting a 3d image of me taken for a movie in the afternoon. But another extremely exciting thing that happened was that today our beloved Macbeth actually decided to work! Yay!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Today Helen and I were bestowed with one simple task: To make a movie for our final presentation. Seems pretty simple right? If anything we should have assumed that it would go about the same as the last movie we made for CIS which did not bode well. It turns out that only one computer on this whole campus could support our movie files and could translate them into a movie. Trust me, we looked ALL over campus (color, 76, building 9) in a search for a computer that had a compatible imovie we could use. The computer we found, however, was located in a very populated computer lab in 76 which was a problem since we wanted to create voiceovers for our movie. It took about six hours, but I am proud to say that at 4:08 we finally have a completed movie about our beloved fundus cameras
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Today we tried to use the above mentioned machine (which I guess is really the true name of our beloved macbeth) but yet again we were locked outside of the building with no Joel to let us in (such a bad boss I know...). Since we were denied, we thought it fit to make a video of us using the fundus cameras for our final presentations to find that they had waxed the floors and moved all of the cameras into different positions. Who knew a microscope could weigh so much? After finally rearranging all of the cameras we took a good 200 pictures of our samples using the Canon and Topcon which we will have the pleasure of running through IDL tomorrow.I hope it won't take as long as it sounds...
Monday, August 2, 2010
So it was bound to happen... Helen and I had pretty much the most torturous day that we could possibly imagine. For me I knew my day was doomed from the start as I awoke at 2:30 am to a bat flying around my ceiling and my untimeliness when it came to me getting ready. But now back to work... The first setback that we endured was that our precious Macbeth machine (whose real scientific name I do not know) failed to recognize a white sample, and so we could not compare any of our data to a standard. After that Helen and I found it fitting to treat ourselves to some Cheesecake Factory for lunch, but sadly this turned out to be more of a jinx than a relaxation technique. Upon returning back to campus it was time for Helen and I to experiment with our laser show which meant one thing: MATLAB!!The adorable Rodney showed us how to use the equipment but unfortunately none of what he showed us actually worked and had an impact on the lights. So what was Joel's bright idea to help us? Strand us ALONE in a dark cave with a giant computer screen until we figured out just what we were supposed to be doing. Things at first actually worked out well for two girls who aren't too tech savvy but things quickly went downhill. The lights started to change randomly to the point which we felt that we would have to resuscitate each other from seizures. We had finally figured out how to make 8 out of 9 lights turn to black to alleviate our crushing headaches after THREE hours, but we just could not figure out how to change that one last red light to black. We decided to give up but by then the affects of that one dastardly red light had already set in. It was as if the lights were spewing laughing gas, or something else which I will not mention, as Helen and I could not control our laughter and our vocabulary. Soon we had given up and just decided to take a nap and hoped by some chance the light would be gone by the time we woke up. Needless to say that did not happen and our eyes were so desperate to close due to staring at a single red light for what seemed like all of eternity. It took us a good twenty minutes just for Helen and I to walk back to 76 from the color building, which is normally a 7 minute walk. I am totally dreading actually trying to make this project work after going through what I went through today...