Skiwalker nearly finished
Tomorrow will be the first day of the final semester of my Mechanical Engineering degree! 5th year has been alright, but I am desperate to end the cycle of exams then lectures and start working on something that “matters”. That something has not been decided yet but something in research and development would probably suit me best.
One of the most likely possibilities is a PhD with my fourth year dissertation supervisor, Dr Biggs. I’d like a mixture of simulation and physical experiments (that’s why I enjoy robots so much!). I have a few other options so I suppose I’ll find out what I’ll be doing by the end of the academic year (at least I hope I will!).
I’ve had a few days of free time since the exams finished. The first day I went mountain unicycling at Mugdock Country Park. It was a stark reminder how little exercise I have done in recent months but it was, nonetheless, very enjoyable. “Winter wonderland” would be an apt description of the conditions. The freezing temperatures did mean there was no time for long breaks, I ate my lunch at lighting speed. 2013 is hopefully the year I venture further afield with my unicycle. I would like to discover more of Scotland on it and meet more unicyclists.
For the rest of my post-exam free time I have been fixing up some of my old projects that really need finished. At the top-right is the newly rewired Skiwalker. It still needs optimising, I’d like it to go a bit faster but it sure looks neater. Finally, I rewired a long running project, the Procrastination Illustration Machine (PIM). I need to work on the software side (generating coordinates) and I might even look at making a mechanism to bring the pen off the page. I don’t believe it’s reached it’s full potential yet, there are many more drawings that need to be drawn!
I’ve also been jotting down some ideas for possible projects to start in 2013. Hopefully some of them will be achieved! Updating this website wouldn’t be a bad idea either…