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Introduction:

There are some great resources about Yuri Gagarin, the first Human into space. I provide some links and highlights to the best parts of the various resources I found. I also provide a link to the film First Orbit, which is a free documentary about Yuri Gagarin’s famous flight around the globe which lasted only slight over an hour. This is an incredible story and I strongly recommend checking out the links, specifically this one, First Orbit, which is a free hour and 40 minute documentary about the flight.

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This week we had a special sprint, sprint 4, which is the exchange projects sprint. It’s a short sprint, just one week, and we exchange projects to design, document and implement an achievement system for the other team’s game. I’ll also comment a bit on contribution.

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Rain GL – Part Two

Introduction:

Check here for Part 1 or Part 3

Last time, in part-one, we established the assumptions that we are going to make about our raindrops. These assumptions included the shape, the different rays we will consider, refraction, reflection, total internal reflection and also the Fresnel effect. This time we will discuss our first approach to solving the problem.

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This week we have the end of sprint three and in turn have a version of the game to play. Today I will report on working on course projects and my thoughts on the game industry in general.

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There is a big difference between software engineerig and programming, and the products created by these two fields speak for themselves. Now not all construction jobs need a civil engineer just like not all software needs a software engineer, but those are the projects that keep people coming back.

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Rain GL – Part One

Introduction:

Click Here for Part 2 or Part 3

While I was at Hiroshima University from 2007 to 2009, I worked with a friend, Marcos Slomp, who was a Brazilian PhD student. My research was on rendering raindrops, which was an extension of Dr. Kaneda’s raindrops on a front glass research. We experimented with a couple of interesting ideas before we discovered the method which would work for us, and I find it to be an interesting and intriguing story about discovery, the development of ideas, and over-coming a difficult challenge. I also find this story particularly interesting because it shows that we didn’t just wake up one day with the solution but it was necessary to attack the problem iteratively,  step by step, from a variety of different directions.

So for this story, I am going to make three parts, part one is today and I will show you where we started and what types of results we derived. Next I will discuss part two, how we changed our approach and tried a new idea, that also failed to work. Last, I will conclude with part three that shows the final solution.

I like this story because it is from real life and because for me it does such an excellent job of capturing the nature of research, from start to finish. While our results answer some questions, including our primary task, it, as with most good research, poses its fair share of new questions which have yet to be answered.

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Introduction:

Well week eleven here, with not a whole lot to report. The restructuring and the re-grouping has revitalized some of our drive to get together and start really pushing hard on the project. Documentation continues to be the primary focus of the course, though we need to start getting some elements of the game together into a cohesive playable experience. Some new external stipulations assigned make for a slightly annoying and reduced productivity situation.

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Introduction:

This is the end of Sprint two and the work is catching up with us. There are a number of lessons to learn when dealing with a brand new fresh team, working on a project that none of us have a lot of experience. This week I’ll talk Team Dynamics, issues with projects in graduate school, i.e. unique features of group work in school compared to business, and end with the latest sprint-product.

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yEd Graph Editor

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yWorks is an outstanding graph-layout solution to a number of problems, including incorporating UML diagrams in your Javadocs through Netbeans. However that is not the only excellent service provided by the wonderful folks at yWorks. They also produce another tool, the yEd Graph Editor, which allows you to make your own graphs through an easy to use GUI then combined with the top-quality layout algorithms included in the yFiles library, you get yourself an awesome an powerful tool, great for making beautiful looking graph diagrams.

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There are a number of social sites / services out there and each provides a different function. LinkedIn is supposed to provide a means of connecting employers to employees and provide insights to users about social connections. Facebook lets a family share pictures or other content with friends. Other social sites let you share other content. However it is Twitter that is best of all.

The Argument:

In most social sites, the primary function is essentially creating and sharing content to show others aspects about yourself. For example, a LinkedIn account might show skills, previous companies or whatever else. Youtube allows one to make and share videos with others, typically the most costly social site, as generating good video content isn’t cheap. Twitter however is magnificent and by far my favorite. This appreciation for twitter comes from a few sources. The first, now that I’m a father, a PhD student, searching for work and involved in a million and a half other tasks, activities, projects and hobbies I no longer have the time to provide expensive content. My most valuable resource is time, and Youtube or even Facebook have become too costly in order for me to generate content that I would like to share, I do however produce this blog-site and that isn’t cheap either but its become a hobby of mine. Twitter of course avoids this cost by limited the content you can provide, which for busy people is +1 for Twitter.

Next, my experience with Twitter has proved to be significantly more meaningful and helpful to me, than any of the other social sites, and is best illustrated by a short story.

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