Times, trials, and turbulence.
Everything except time.
It’s been a little crowded lately for that, it seems. Yesterday and today have just been crowded with assignments and studying, so progress on my article and website just haven’t happened yet. To be honest, I’m still working myself over the initial “getting started” hurdle on the article. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to cover, but that first pen-to-paper moment is always the hardest. This weekend isn’t too heavy in terms of school workload, so I’m going to push to get the draft written tomorrow. That’ll just leave revision and demo-writing before it’s good to go. I’ve also been learning some various tricks in regards to web design from a friend, but I’ll jump into that pool of piranhas later!
Jobs jobs jobs
My first interview(s) has been scheduled, thank goodness. They’re combining my interview for being a CS125 and CS134 Tutor together, which means a little less time I’ll be stuck on campus wearing nice dress pants and a fancy-dancy shirt. Sheesh. 🙂
CS125 and CS134 are both first-year intro-to-programming courses that use Java to teach programming concepts. 125 is the “totally new to programming” course, while 134 assumes you have a basic understanding of the ideas behind programming. I was pretty sure that I would get interviews for these, so the tutoring jobs will (assuming the interview goes well!) effectively be my “back up jobs” if I don’t manage to snare a more alluring position elsewhere. Not to suggest anything detrimental to being a Tutor — on the contrary, I think it would be a fantastic learning experience. It’s win-win all around.
Phong Illumination Model
Jon has been tinkering away at yet another game development article, this time focusing on a the more theoretical side of graphics programming. His article talks about the ideas and basic implementation of the Phong Illumination Model. If you’ve ever been interested in raytracing, he’s planning on following the start he’s making with this into a full-fledged series on the topic. Keep an eye on his journal.