Evidently hell is in the oxygen minimum zone. We started class with a recap of the previous day's lab. There was then an introduction of today's lab. We were taught about how to use an oscilloscope. We next watched a movie about an astrophysicist from Penn. In it, he attached a device to a balloon. The device captured various data about the universe. It had to be in a balloon to get it above most of the atmosphere, because the atmosphere was water in it. Water can absorb microwaves, one of the things the device collects data on. The balloon was launched in Antartica, because there are very regular, circular wind patterns there. Upon landing, the parachute did not detach, and it blew across the frozen landscape. The hard drive came detached, and so they had to find it. It was an interesting movie.
|The vampire squid.|
After class, I programmed in my room. I was working on multithreading a game I am working on. I am having it generate the path from Point A to Point B in a separate thread, which means that the computer is able to do this at the same time as it does other things in the game. I had done most of the work last night. The tricky part is that which thread the path algorithm is evaluated in has to be switched mid-function for it to interact with the obstacles it is pathing around correctly. I eventually got the thing to work, but unfortunately every time it switches threads, it has to wait a frame. This means that, after receiving an order, the things that are supposed to path sit there for a while before moving. I decided to take a break from programming by programming some more. The side project was working on good searching algorithms. I then had dinner, then programmed some more.