Tuesday, January 31, 2006

If I were a superhero, I'd have...

~*~Result nr 1~*~

Your power is: Clairvoyance

Explanation: Your power is that you can
look into the future and see what is coming.
How far and long you can look is all
depending on your skill level. This can, as
all powers, be used in both evil and good.
Even if it may seem like a boring ability it
is a huge responsibility for the carrier,
becase they are constantly tempted with doing
the wrongs deeds (e.g. cheat on a test). It
takes high morals to not be brought down with
Therefore you fit with this power quite well.
You take responsibility and do what is the
right thing to do. This does not make you a
saint, since you're only human after all. But
it makes a trustworthy person and you are
loyal to camrades and/or team mates. In
school you were probably a good student. If
you were social varies from person to person,
but most clairvoyant people tend to prefer
their own company or that of close friends
and family. That is because you are wise and
knows how to treasure the reliable in your
life, since you know popularity can be a
false element. You are also not that big on
taking risks and prefer what is already
explored. That is because you don't like
suprises, they can turn out bad and then you
won't be in control.

Negative aspects: Since you're always
doing the right thing and being trustworthy
all the time you can become frustrated. Also,
all that you carry on your shoulders may
stress you out. You need to relax to be in
good mental shape.

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... but I won't be a chick like that in the picture...

posted by ScIoN 5:21 PM |

Sunday, January 29, 2006

When Will the Fun Begin?

I really want to blog about something nice, funny, trivial, etc... but the thing is I have been stucked all the way with acad work. All of my spare time is spent on screen sucking (Thanks Fil for the relatively new term).  Overnights at IML become more frequent as all other requirements from different subjects rush in.  For the record, it had been only 2 nights last week that I was able to sleep in my dorm room.

Last week, I was practically owned by my CoE 113 subject (Computer Architecture).  Monday was our exam, then I did my MP from Monday night to Friday.  Actually, I really have just started with the actual coding on Wednesday night.  The first two nights were spent on the planning of the ALU implementation and the learning of the Verilog syntax.  I'm envious to Elma that she had finished her MP days earlier. As for me, I rushed things out and I'm not happy with the result.  Oh I just hope I can get a decent grade here and in the exams (where I don't feel like reading the solution set uploaded in UVLE).

One thing that bothered me is that I am no longer capable to multitask with my subjects.  I had devoted last week solely to CoE 113 that I was unable to submit a problem set for EEE 107 (Communications).  The hw in EE 275 (Data Communications I) I just copied.  It's just like the feeling of getting old and being incapable of doing things that we were able to do when we were younger.  Come on please... I gotta get hold of myself and finish my last batch of lecture subjects this sem.  I really can't wait for thesis (CoE 198) next sem, well mainly because it would be my only remaining units.

My lust for graduation is not because I think that my life would be easier.  It's just that I think I'm already tired of "surviving" EEE.  I would compare it to a marathon that I would still want to finish even if I would never be first place.  It is still an achievement to finish a marathon; afterwhich, I look forward for the next race to come and maybe this time it would be me who will be on the lead.

posted by ScIoN 1:56 AM |

Thursday, January 26, 2006

What's UP?!

I remember the first time I got my schedule (form 5) during my freshman year.  The number of units printed on it was only 17.  As compared to the school my siblings went to, this is definitely a "light" load.   But, don't forget... this is UP.  We may be just freshies before; but still, difficulty is also relative.
Four years after, I am taking a load which is just a unit higher (18 units).  I'd swear that this is no light load!  In fact, this is just ordinary.  It seems that we have plenty of time studying, but in the end, we realize that there is not much time left for everything.  Somehow, I really can't understand why it is hard here in UP.  Come to think of it, most of us, if not all, excelled greatly during high school and elementary.  What is now the big difference?
I am just an average eng'g student, barely surviving this dreaded EEE life.   I know, that most of us easily think, that if ever we were not enrolled in UP, We'd probably be a cum laude/ dean' s lister in another school. The question maybe, is that would we have exerted the same amount of effort at a different  school?  Who knows?

posted by ScIoN 2:54 AM |

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Weekend Bummer!

I don't know if I really want to shoot myself for slacking away over the weekend.  I guess a justifiable reason would be that I just want to rest in preparation for a whole new "work" week.  I really thought that this sem would be somewhat less taxing, but I was wrong.  I already feel the effects of "thesis" in my schedules.  The main reason why I stay overnight at IML is because of our thesis progress reports.  Even this early (EEE190), thesis have been eating most of my time.  As a result, I had been cramming with my other subjects. This is bad, and not supposed to be.

The Engineering Week, and the Christmas break after somehow developed this lazy feeling. It seems that the momentum of getting serious should start all over again.  Oh please... no more burnouts for me!

posted by ScIoN 11:09 PM |

Friday, January 06, 2006

'Thesis' It!

Ok. This is it! What makes me busy this semester, you ask? Well, for one, it's thesis time! First of all, I would like to congratulate myself for being able to reach this point; actually, I'm still a quarter away from the peak yet. EEE 190, though its course title: Inspection, Trips and Seminars, spells like having fun; it is actually the first step towards a EEE undergraduate's major project, a legacy one would be able to leave behind.

Nothing beats EEE. Unlike that of other UP eng'g courses, proposal is one sem -- full implementation, another. That makes at least a year for an entire project to be due. To propose a topic is not easy to start with. Not with all the outstanding professors you have to deal with. They expect much from us. One may cry out loud for not being able to deliver an MP (CoE 115 maybe?), but your thesis project should be something harder than that in order to get an approval.

I am very thankful for being affiliated with a research lab such as IML [Intel Microprocessors Lab]. I can say with a straight face that I never had regrets in deferring my application in MOBOT. The kind of work done through IML is what I really had dreamed of as being a Computer Engineer.

Every week, we are set to have progress reports regarding our thesis topic. Our topic (yeah, we're 5) deals with the DLX ("deluxe") Microprocessor Architecture, to design it having multi-core capability. So there, my work as Records Committee Head in Inhinyero is about to end as the yearbook has been in its final layout already. Therefore, I could be able to concentrate more on my studies. Too bad that I would extend a sem due to my thesis (as I was not allowed to take 190 a sem earlier), as long as the end would justify the means; then, no problem. My extension would deal with only one subject, and that's 198, so I guess, it's still somewhat justifiable. Aside from that, I am free to take any other subject at my own free will. Perhaps I may pursue more Jap units or maybe basic Accounting courses in prep for MBA. With just a few units at my helm, I could end my very last sem as an undergraduate having fun and being fulfilled.

Appended: This is also one good reason for being in UP, particularly with IML.
UP Readies Electronics Design Curriculum -- inq7.net

posted by ScIoN 9:14 PM |

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Too Late A Post For A New Year

The first post for the new year 2006!

2005 Year-end recap:
- UP Circuit garnered its record top rank #5 in the Engineering Week.
- I won a bronze medal in the UP ACES[Association of Civil Engineering Students]-sponsored lawn tennis tournament [aka Halo-halong Palo]. Being the top-seeded eng'g player, I was given 50 EWOC pts (for Circuit). WTF?!!! Just 50pts?!!!
-Maskipaps 2005: Rain or Shine.

December is basically Engg Week Fever. Last time I had enjoyed the Engg week was in freshman year.

ugh. this post is actually just a filler post. so i shall toss in some quiz results as well then...


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posted by ScIoN 12:51 AM |

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