Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Part-time Bum

I feel like I'm just taking up summer classes. In fact, I believe summer classes are better since you get to go to school everyday. Having been enrolled in only 1 subject this semester, my tf 4-530 classes are the only "break times" for a daily schedule of bumming around.

I still have my post as the IEEE Philippines webmaster though. It should keep me busy since I should update the website in preparation for upcoming events. The posting of results of the MADC is already overdue. Another IEEE event which is the E2C2ECon (formerly ECE Conference) would commence this thursday. It's just hard to continue the website when my dorm connection becomes unreliable most of the time. I'm really not accustomed to slow connections.

As posted earlier, my thesis group is also preparing for our presentation for the conference. We're hopeful to get the best paper award despite having tough competition from 3 other entries. Notably, one entry was a Master's thesis of a current PhD candidate. ファイト!

Lately, I've been bumming around just so to feed my boredom. I had already watched half of the anime series Ouran Host Club (a token coming from my learning partner in Jap12-13 last semester. I was able to copy some movies from Gordon's ipod (i.e. The Longest Yard - I really like american football). I am to watch seasons 3 & 4 of the Charmed series. I got to play ff7 (I'm in the near end of disk1!), and still I already have a game ready to be installed (Elder Scrolls : Morrowind). Geez, with these activities, I am practically glued in front of my laptop.

At times when I no longer want screen sucking, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is always ready (I'm at chapter 4). *Sigh* I'm so bummed. Not to mention the upcoming Engineering week, making us forget academics for the meantime. Just too bad there is no lawn tennis tournament in this year's Eng'g week events. To think I'm the defending Eng'g champion :( Still, Tennis UP would be having a tournament of its own this Dec 9-10.

I almost forgot, level 4 JLPT is set on December 3 already!! I should be studying! Good thing Weng-sensei is kind enough to sponsor free jlpt reviews. I hope I could review well, especially since the exam comes after the ECE Conference.

posted by ScIoN 12:15 AM |

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dual- Core Capable DLX Microprocessor: Candidate for Best Paper at ECE Conference 2006

Our 1.25 grade in our thesis does not stop there. Our Dual-Core Capable 32-Bit DLX Microprocessor was recently chosen as a candidate for the ECE Conference 2006's Best Paper. We will be presenting our paper on Nov 30, pitting ours against 3 others. Whether we win or lose, whoever would present our paper (we are 5 in the group), I am already happy that our thesis project had already been duly recognized as having potential.

Even at the start of our thesis proposals (1st sem, 06-07), who would think that our group would deliver such a good output. Look at us, an all-male cast who had dominated the IML for the past 2 semesters. We are naturally rowdy as a group. I remember one time for our proposal progress reports, our powerpoint background was that of an illustrated body with a bikini. Our last slide even had Xmas tunes in it. We thought we were cool until we saw the faces of our 2 lady advisers. Of course we were scolded because of that. For sure, our advisers thought we are going to be a pain in the ass for them.

Despite acting up as cool guys of IML, we still worked diligently with our thesis. Overnights at IML were usually just like camping out. But for our group, it was our playground-bedroom-workplace. We were like dogs who had marked their territory by pissing on it.

Our group is composed of different characters:
Dean is the geek-o who just turned on to his real self because of people like me and Allan. He used to be a bit reserved and mostly thinks academic. Now, he feels like a nigger or some cool latino.
Eugene is our thesis "main-man". He is 100% reliable as a groupmate. He places pictures of Korean actresses on his desktop as inspiration. Just give him a chance to play SNES ROMs and/or DoTA in between sessions and it would perk him up in finishing the thesis :P.
Allan had never changed ever since first year. He and Eugene were my bloc mates. He is a loud-mouthed happy-go-lucky-guy. Despite being the king of rowdiness, he is skilled in programming so at times, he really is useful and productive.
As for me, I have been always at the supporting role. I'm like the QA guy of the team. I also got to be the one extracting the data for the power, timing, etc of our microprocessor.
For our other groupmate, we may have had problems with him (or is it the opposite?), but I guess we just have to leave everything behind. That's what reality is all about. Nothing can be perfect.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAXINE - Nov23! (see previous post)

Filonila (Nov 24)
and Kelly (Nov 28)


posted by ScIoN 9:48 AM |

Saturday, November 18, 2006

My First Professional Job Exam || Vote for Maxine!

I was absent in my one and ONLY subject for this semester. I got a text message early morning inviting me to take Canon's qualifying exam - 230pm at UP Engg's P&G room. My class starts at 4pm and since the exam was to be taken within 3 hours, I had to skip class. I hope my teacher wouldn't make a big deal over 'our' absence. We are hopeful graduating students in need of a future job anyway.

Technically, this is my very first professional job exam. This is the real deal, unlike that of what I took last summer for a call center job. Not that I look down on call center jobs; it's just that I am setting myself straight for me to pursue a career that makes good use of what I have learned in college -- in or out the lecture halls.

I was texted to bring only a pen and my resume. I thought it would be just a typical aptitude exam. It turned out to be something like a diagnostic test, testing our memories for topics coming from CoE115, EEE41, and EEE21. I really have to put some oil in my rusty brain. At least answers were in multiple choices.

I really don't expect to be absorbed in CiTech since they screen for the A1 students. But, if ever I am to be accepted, why not?! It's an ideal workplace to apply what I have learned in EEE.


Maxine is a "Miss FTV Philippines" finalist. She was UP Beta Epsilon's fraternity sweetheart in 2004-2005, BE's 75th year. She is currently a 3rd year UP student from the College of Mass Communications, majoring in Film.

You can visit this website in order to vote: "click - www.ftv.com.ph/missftv/"


YOu can also text her name MAXINE and send to 09186101866

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posted by ScIoN 12:22 AM |

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Back with a Vengeance

Finally! I'm breathing online again. Sad to say, my vacation was only limited to the 2 sem-ender outings I had joined before going home to Baguio. I went home the day before All Saints' Day. As usual, we had our mini-family reunion/picnic at the cemetery for my Macau grandfather. I guess this is the only time of the year we get to do some Chinese traditions.

The next day, I had the fever which rose my temperature to 40C. I already have the flu as it was my Manila pasalubong. I guess the sudden change of temperature aggravated the situation. As my fever had subsided that night, then came my nauseousness. I got hit with a 2-hit combo (puke and shit), that drained most of my fluids. I got admitted at the hospital for rehydration. Wasn't it a fun vacation at the city of Pines?

I'm back and now blogging. I am once again internet savvy and currently bumming around while waiting for my class every Tuesdays-Fridays at 4-530pm. In the meantime, I am sort of a jobhunter. Funny thing is, I get to be picky with jobs since I should consider my academic load. Call center jobs are a no for me. Most likely I might end up in IT. If ever I do, I will pick the one wherein I'd be a programmer trainee. I would like to learn new stuffs anyway, especially since I am still a student. I can also continue what I have learned through BitMicro, though I just don't know if their schedule would fit me. They are known to have long working hours anyway. I'll just keep my fingers crossed and let's see what will happen.

posted by ScIoN 12:48 PM |

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