So, this past weekend - I baked bread! It didn’t turn out the best, burnt a little bit in the oven.. but I did it! I’ve been wanting to bake bread for a while. My mom gave me a the Sono Baking Company cookbook a while ago, and I read all the way through it last week and found so many recipes that I want to bake… I feel like in a second life I would have been a baker. I love baking - I love the small parts that come together. I love the order and organization. And I love eating what you make at the end!
Wanted to get a quick post out there since it’s been a while. Over Thanksgiving I helped out with baking some of the pies for our meal, and decided instead of doing a full pecan pie that we should try to do minis! We used a recipe from the Food Network for the filling, and used a premade crust. I used a large goblet wine glass that my parents have to cut circles in the pie crust, then placed them in the bottom of a muffin tin to shape them into little pies.
I’ve been feeling an unfamiliar sensation lately. I felt it when I was in college, but since I’ve left the academic setting I haven’t felt it in a while. I feel excited about programming! I think that although I haven’t been blogging every night, I’ve really been enjoying working on my programming skills outside (and sometimes inside) of work.
I don’t have posts for the past two days - I’ve been really busy and don’t have anything to really write about for those days. I think to fix this I’ll write two extra blog posts at the end of my 30 days, so in total there will still be 30 posts, just over a little more than 30 days.
Yesterday and today at work have been exciting because I’ve been working on a project that is really interesting! We needed to find all combinations of a list of 62 terms and do some formatting to be able to create output files that we could use in our scripts later on.
Tonight was one of my favorite nights of the month - Boston Girl Geek Dinner! Every month there’s a night at a different tech company in Boston for female geeks to get together. I’ve been going every month since I moved to Boston a year ago (except for the past two months unfortunately).
I don’t have too much to talk about tonight, other than that I played on my keyboard. I have a Yamaha YPT 230 which I love and now that I live in an apartment with better storage I can actually keep it with me! My friend Rachel and I jammed before she left, and tonight I wanted to play.
I set up a flickr account yesterday, and added photos from my trip to Europe this summer! I also added other albums with examples of photos I’ve taken. I want to take some more photos because I love photography, so maybe one of these days I’ll add a new album.
Tonight I’ve been teaching myself more about Python and the many things it can do. The first thing I worked on was just writing a quick linked list program to reacquainted with the language and the data structure. I got it working with just a few glances at stack overflow, mostly because I haven’t looked at it in a long time.
I think in general it’s just really good for me to get back in the zone and get my brain working and thinking like a software engineer, regardless of if/when I get into the field. I’ve been googling a lot of resources to try to get back in the swing of Big O and other Computer Science topics that I haven’t looked at in a long time.
I recently found Dropplets, which is a neat blogging platform that allows you to simply copy and paste files onto any server. Using Dropplets allowed me to host my blog on my own domain as opposed to hosting it on Wordpress. It has a clean file structure that makes it easy to customize and update on your own server. All I have to do is add Markdown files to the posts directory that is created for you, and they’re up on the page as long as they’re published.
Recently, I’ve been working on a lot of blankets. It’s been a really easy way to remember how to crochet and knit. I’ve created a few granny square blankets and I just finished a simple knit blanket. Nothing too fancy. With all of those projects completed, I bought some really nice Baby Alpaca yarn and set off determined to make a circle scarf.
For my senior seminar project, I chose to create an iOS app. I created an app similar to the existing app that my parents have for their company. I wanted to try to do a redesign to see what I could do, and I also had never written anything in Objective-C before, so learning that syntax was another goal.
On Saturday, I graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. I can’t believe it’s over! I wanted to write thank you notes for my professors, advisors and friends, and I wanted to make them really personalized. So, I took some nice paper that I had (some of it seen in my papercraft Maker Corps box project) and designed a few thank you cards to show and tell them how much I appreciate their support throughout these years.
For the Makey Makey project for Maker Corps, I decided to create something that allows you to play Simon Says online! Instead of clicking the colors, I remapped the buttons of the Makey Makey (directions here: https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/388) to allow me to click on R, G, B or Y.
I haven’t knit (knitted?) in a long time, and after the FiberSpace’s open house last week I decided to relearn! I bought some nice green yarn from Michael’s, got started and it came back really quickly. Soon I’m going to try to purl again, but for right now the regular stitches are working fine.
For the first assignment for Maker Corps was to use Squishy Circuits to build something. I created a stop light (although it doesn’t really look like one) that blinks green, red and yellow. I’m hoping that I can make the dough from the directions that they gave us so that I can make it look a lot more like a real traffic light. I used Play-Doh as the conductive dough, and hooked up an Arduino to control the LEDs.
I designed a shelving unit for external hard drives, initially which could hold 4 separate hard drives in one unit. The designs were created to be printed on our lab’s Makerbot Replicator, but the conversion from SketchUp files to the Makerbot hasn’t worked perfectly yet. More prints and edits will hopefully fix it and it should be doable.
I’ve designed business cards for The Link, which is the project I work on marketing for in the SAIL office at Wheaton. We’re giving out carabiners to increase involvement, so I decided to make cards to staple onto the carabiner bags with information. There are three different cards: