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Two months later…

授業終わったけど宿題がまだ1つ・・・

So, classes are done, project is over with, and there’s no more homework (except one).
Free from having up to 6 deliverable assignments each week.
Free from having at least one midterm a week (though near the end I started questioning the reason we call them midterms when only a fraction of them happen ± a week of the halfway point…).
All I have now are finals that will decide almost half of my total grade (and one assignment due after my first two midterms).

量子力学入門、 電気力学入門、動的システムとカオス、システム制御、 微分方程式の適応、工学者用経済学、プロジェクト。(自分で翻訳したもんで間違ってるかもしれません)
今学期はほぼ全部理論系で適応系の授業はなかったな〜。
一番使えそうなのは経済学かな?

This term there were two courses that were bothersome.
One took up a lot of time and the other was frustrating (not that all the other courses aren’t frustrating).
The project took up all time not spent on homework, attending lecture, studying, or doing martial arts (the one exception to studying).
In the end we got stuff done (not what we said we’d do at the beginning, but we got stuff done).
Hopefully the next group will now be better equipped to produce a product like the sponsor wanted this time.

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Our paper lamp by the end. (A prototype product, completely self folding, and it lights up!)

微分方程式はなんというか・・・
教授が書くことには間違いがいっぱい入ってるし宿題を提出して戻ってきたら意味不明なところで点数切られてるし・・・
とにかくいろいろ面倒だったのさ。
そうして残る1つの宿題がこれ。
何で学期末試験期間まで持ち込むかな?

Anyway, to celebrate finishing classes my roommates and I had salmon yesterday.

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So much salmon...

Smoked salmon and sashimi grade salmon sliced up by yours truly.
It comes apart very nicely if you cut along the grains of the meat just like you would cut along the grains of the wood if you were cutting wood.
It’s all gone now though. Three people were more than enough to finish it in two days.

さて、今のうちに休んでおいて明日から試験勉強しよう。
あ、でもプロジェクトの締めくくりをしないと。
あ、袴も縫わないと・・・
税金を・・・
日本のはどうしたらいいんだろう・・・?
いろいろやることがあったな・・・

Reading break

実家から拠点へと戻ってきた次の朝:

It’s Tuesday but I have no classes because it’s reading week.
Should be time to relax but there’s assignments and project work to do.

まぁ、前回以降から行こうか。
まずは兄弟と父とランチ。

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The burger platter from Naan, a nearby vegetarian restaurant. Quite good and filling because of how big it is.

それから中間試験・・・
物理はうまく行ったけど経済学の方はいまいち・・・
思ったより細かいこと聞いてきたり、むぅ・・・

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Electrodynamics, I like to study by writing up everything i need to know and making a formula/information sheet even if one is not required or allowed for the exam. Helps me put my thoughts together. Probably should have done this for Engineering Economics too...

ずっと筒抜けだったリビングと自分の部屋の間を仕切りました。これでちょっとぐらいのプライバシーが出来ました。

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A pair of shower curtains on a curtain rod strung across the room. Total cost was less than $40.

また別の安上がりホワイトボード。
今回はビニールのシャワーカーテン:$2以下。

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Cheap cheap shower curtain liner. Works fine as whiteboard material. Now i just need to figure out a way to paste it flush to a surface. Or maybe a white one would work better? It actually works better than the $40 melamine board for erasing.

ちょっと実家へ帰ってからまたバンクーバーへと蜻蛉返り。
雪がすごかった・・・
でも久しぶりにいい雪が見れてよかった。

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So much snow! Or rather, do much good snow. It was dumping snow on the way there. So much so that there was a multi vehicle accident and we had to wait in the snow for a while...

そして母のカフェでちょっとコーヒー。

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I knew she worked at am eatery/cafe but didn't know she basically owned it.

最後にりんごブルーベリーピーチパイ。

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A parting gift from mom.

And now that I’m back home I should really do stuff.
Like study, homework, etc.
But motivation is very low…
I’ll get around to it.
Maybe after I get home from training today…

Progress! (In lots of things)

二週間、前回の投稿から二週間しか立ってないのか!?:

So, a lot has happened in these last two weeks.
So much that it hardly feels like two weeks.
I feel like it’s the middle of the term already…
Probably because it is…
Two midterms next week…

進んだことがいろいろあって結構いい二週間だったような気がします。
ネットワーキングイベントに行ったり友達の誕生日の晩ご飯に出かけたり。
仕事が見つかったりプロジェクトが進んだり進まなかったり。
いろいろありましたが結果的には色々進んだのでいいと思います。

So where do I start?
Might as well start on the 26th or the day after.
(I’ve decided to take pictures of almost everything meaningful that happens, else I tend to forget…)

Pickles I made from carrot, daikon, cucumber, ginger, and garlic in vinegar, sake, soy sauce, and mirin.

Pickles I made from carrot, daikon, cucumber, ginger, and garlic in vinegar, sake, soy sauce, and mirin.

Why is it always food…?

Dessert after dinner at the Pan Pacific hotel during the Think Engineering 2014 networking event. It was interesting meeting so many people and hearing stories from the side of those who hire.

Dessert after dinner at the Pan Pacific hotel during the Think Engineering 2014 networking event. It was interesting meeting so many people and hearing stories from the side of those who hire.

そうしてプロジェクトに関するものいくつか。

A second version of the paper lamp. This time with some curl to the wings. Still not as I would like it... Wonder what kind of fold pattern on the wings would make it curl nicely?

A second version of the paper lamp. This time with some curl to the wings. Still not as I would like it… Wonder what kind of fold pattern on the wings would make it curl nicely?

A stand we made for the soldering iron on the cutter machine. It is now capable of automatically soldering paper to polymer.

A stand we made for the soldering iron on the cutter machine. It is now capable of automatically soldering paper to polymer.

A collection of the things we made for the lamp. Still working on it...

A collection of the things we made for the lamp. Still working on it…

Other than that, it was mainly school.
Homework, studying, etc.
Which I should honestly be doing right now.
Anyway, also got a job for my next work term starting May.
A very small company which is working in conjunction with Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering UBC to develop ideas for a smart home.
It works in the areas of machine vision, sensor systems, and embedded systems.
The company name is NZ Technologies and I will be a Embedded Systems Research Engineer there starting May.
The project I’ll be working on is the People and Planet Friendly Home Initiative.
Looks interesting and I look forward to what I’ll be tasked with!

そうして最後には今日出来たこと;

A large melamine coated sheet of 1/2 in board. Quite a good whiteboard for $40.

A large melamine coated sheet of 1/2 in board. Quite a good whiteboard for $40.


個人的にはこういうやつで宿題とかをするのが好きなんだよね。
大きく書いたほうがわかりやすいしこれのほうがマークを消すのに手間取らない。
よし、じゃあ宿題するか。
ちょっと休んでから・・・

ギリギリ宿題とその他今週

Heading home from a day of working in the lab after a morning of training:

やっと週末が来たような気がしました。
でも今日一日潰れたので週末は一日。
しかも週末は宿題漬け。
しょうがないか、先週みたいなのは嫌だし。
前日の夜眠い思いをして宿題やったり当日の朝にカバーレター書いたり・・・
今週は宿題を週末にやって平日はもうちょっと優雅に過ごそう。
あ、料理も週末のうちにしておかにゃ。
先週はほとんどずっと昼ごはんを買ったりしてたから結構金使ったんだろうな・・・

Besides homework and learning new things in some of my classes (like writing Maxwell’s equations using four dimensional notation,  superposition of wave functions and solving said wave functions in an infinite and finite square well, pitchfork bifurcations, solving quasi linear first order partial differential equations, using the state variable model to find the transfer function of a system, and balance sheets) the most interesting thing that happened this week was getting back on track and making some proper progress on the project.
My partner, AP, and I went to talk to three project lab manager about some problems we were facing.
As we were explaining the problems to him we slowly discovered the we weren’t in as deep a hole as we thought we were (thankfully).
Amazing how people who you feel are credible can put your mind at ease about things you panic over.
The day after taking to him we built some stuff (physical progress!).

今日は稽古の後に実験室に行って作ったものの最終調整やこれからの方針を決めていきました。
最初にちょっとしたサンプル品を作ろうかなと思っているのでそれを紹介します。
簡単に言うと紙で出来たランプ的なもの。
もちろん自動畳み機能付き。
どちらかというと機械の機能や自分たちの想像力を焚き上げ始めるためのもの。
はて、人々はこのようなものを欲しがるのであろうか?
読んでくれる皆様の意見を聞いてみたいものである。

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Version 1 of the lamp. The arms are a bit to thin in my opinion.

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Hand folded version 2. They might look prettier of they folded all the way up and curled around on its self.

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No electronics yet, just playing around with paper.
My image is that they be shipped flat, tossed in an oven to fold themselves.
Would anybody want a self folding paper lamp that can be run off of a coin battery?
Sizes can be varied from tiny to bedside lamp (I think, still need to test that).

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七時間稽古

Still cloudy but not as foggy as a few days ago:

昨日は朝くじから五時半まで稽古でした。
アメリカのポートランドから師範が来てくれたのでいつもより長い稽古をすることになりました。
十手を中心とした稽古で間合いの取り方や他の形で似たような技があるものから先にしました。
十手が足りなかったので小具足で代用。

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Everybody gathering in the lobby of the gym after training.

TA shihan was actually the one who taught ST san who taught me the sickle and chain (chain and sickle?).
It was interesting to hear him critique my techniques though he didn’t comment on the differences between his version and what I had done.
Over here, we rarely go out after training since when we end late it’s usually in the middle if the week.
This time however, it’s on a weekend.
So we went out for drinks.

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Mahoney and Son's. One of the pubs on campus.

カナダのパブに行って思いましたが個人的には日本の居酒屋の方が好みです。
第一日本酒が飲める。
そうして日本の居酒屋メニューのほうが好き。
ちょっとちょっとを色々食べれるのがいい。
こっちだと一人1つのメインディッシュのみ。
しかも(今回だけだったのかもしれないが)食べ物が出てくるのが遅い。
日本の居酒屋だとサッサッと出てくるイメージがあるのだがそれも店によるのだろう。
まあ、今度はこの前父と一緒に行ったような居酒屋に行けるといいな〜。

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毎晩遅く寝て毎朝早起き、もっと寝る努力をしましょう:

Besides class, the only interesting thing that happened this week was some progress on the project, some steps backwards on the project, and then some more progress.

具体的には最初にともにプロジェクトをやっている大学院生が不可能だと言っていたことができることを証明した。
ポリマーを紙にくっつけるために半田こてで押し付けているのだがカッター機械にそれをさせるのは無理だと言っていた。
それは機械が一点に刃先を止めることができないからである。
カッターのインプットとなるプログラムに点ではなく小さな小さな円を描くことでほぼ一点にとどまることができた。
これが有効な手法なのかは実際つけてみて試すしかない。
だがその前に治具を作らなければ・・・

Making a jig to hold the iron up and testing out conductive ink methods is probably next on the list of things to do.
Could work on the latter without going to the lab, so maybe I should start with that.
Have homework and job searching for the next co-op term to do first though.
Oh look, my textbooks were delivered but I couldn’t receive them…
Let’s see if I can go get them today.

リッチモンドって遠いなぁ。
今日は無理かな?
やってみるしかないか・・・
早めに手に入れておきたいしね。

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Walking home defeated... Hit a few portals on Broadway though.

What a waste of a day…

あ、眠い。ちゃんと時差ボケ治ってきてる見たい:

I woke up at 10, got up at 11.
Additional grocery shopping was done by noon but laundry didn’t get done because the laundry room door was locked.
(The door has a code lock and we don’t know the code…)
Otherwise, I cooked some soup base, made lunch and dinner, and applied to two jobs.
In short, I really didn’t do anything.
I blame jet lag for this week…

Chicken stock vegetable soup. I add spices and sauces to this in the morning to add more flavour and to have variety.

Chicken stock vegetable soup. I add spices and sauces to this in the morning to add more flavour and to have variety.

でも今眠いから時差ぼけとも言えないんだよね・・・
まあ、来週から頑張るさ。
買い物は朝ご飯用のオートミールとフルーツと野菜と肉。
冷凍しておけばしばらくは肉を買わなくてもよくなる。
ここら辺のスーパーが三つほどあるのだがその中でどこで何を買えば良いのかを見きわめないとね。
一番安く効率よく買える場所・・・
前の所には小さな八百屋見たいなのが徒歩三分もいかない所にあったから良かったんだけど。

Start up shopping

昨日はなにもするきになれなくて何も書かないまま寝てしまいました…:

At the start of moving into a new place you have, almost, nothing.
Just what you brought with you and nothing much else.
So, I needed to go shopping for random stuff I would be much more comfortable having.
For me, this generally starts with my computer and is followed by the kitchen.
My two main workspaces.

醤油でしょみりんでしょ味噌でしょ料理酒、酢、ブラックビーンペースト、煮干し、昆布、しいたけなどなど。
平日の昼ご飯はほとんどスープ系のもの+ご飯にする予定なので出汁が出るものを買いました。
今週の場合以上のどれも使わず鶏ガラでとった出汁を使いました。
肉も色々買ったのでしばらくは肉の買い物をせず野菜だけを買うことになります。
しかし全部揃ったのはいいのですが全部で1万弱・・・
しゃあないか、生活に必要なんだし。
でも来週からは目指せ一週間2千円前後。

Dried stuff apparently makes good soup stock material.

Dried stuff apparently makes good soup stock material.

To get all of this I went down to Richmond.
A couple of friends I was meeting to hand some omiyage over drove me there since they were on their way there as well.
I remembered Richmond being a town of the Chinese but it struck me again how Chinese it was.
There is a supermarket down there called Osaka.
Osaka as in the prefecture of Japan west of Tokyo and just north east of Shikoku.
Decorated in all red and yellow for Chinese New Years, you would assume it was a Chinese store, and not a Japanese one.
Frankly, it is a Chinese store with some Japanese and Korean sections in it.
Interesting how everything gets mixed together here.
I guess that’s just Canadian culture in a way.
Maybe it’s because I just came back from Japan where everything Japanese was so Japanese but it was strange to see something labelled in Japanese be so Chinese.

Chinese Osaka... Don't know how I feel about it but I'll get back to accepting that this is how it is soon enough.

Chinese Osaka… Don’t know how I feel about it but I’ll get back to accepting that this is how it is soon enough.

ちなみにカナダで日本の食品買おうと思ったら高いです。
こんにゃくが$2.50位。
日本では百円だったのに・・・
ダイソーも百円じゃなくって$2になってるし・・・
税金も5%から12%へ増加。
レストランなどにいくときはチップと言って15%払わないといけないし・・・
値段は大して変わらないのに15%上乗せって高い気がする・・・
まあ、それがこっちでは普通だからしょうがないか。
外で食べないモチベーションが一つ増えた。

Lab equipment

週末だ〜、でもやることがいっぱい:

Slept in class again…
But putting that aside, got to learn how to use the main piece of equipment we’ll be using and modifying.
It’s a cutter/creaser that we will modify to write with conductive ink and create patterns to fold potentially marketable stuff (or so the sponsor would like us to do.

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The machine, it's pretty big.

出来るだけのことはやるつもりですが先に仕事環境を整えないと・・・
来週辺り出来るようになるでしょう。
来週が楽しみのようなつかれるような。
今週末はテキストの発注と仕事へのアプリケーションを色々出してみないと。
宿題もあるし忙しくなりそうです。

Meeting the sponsors

雨ばっかりだな〜:

Met with our project sponsors for the self folding origami product project today.
Finally found out why our contract was so incomplete in his replies to us.
It’s because he isn’t directly working on the project and is in a largely supervisory role.
In regards to this project he is, essentially,  management.
The one who should have been our main contact is the graduate student actually working on the project.
Too bad we found this out now…

届いていない買い物はいくつか(全部)あったけどそれらをしなくてもできることはいくらかありそうなのでそれほどの問題点でもありません。
やることは逆に増えました。
我々のプロポーザルとは別にスポンサーさんのやってほしいことがあるらしいのです。
だったらプロポーザルに組み込もうとなぜ何も言ってこない・・・?

We will have to see if we can work both management’s wants and what we said we would to in together so that things work out nicely for us and this project.
Thinking about it now, we might need to do some chemistry in this project as well…
I suppose we could do some chemistry, though neither of us are chemists.
It’s OK, we’re both physicists and chemistry is just applied physics anyway, right? (I’m sorry to any chemists out there that might be offended)

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It's OK, I'm a mathematician too. (http://xkcd.com/435/)

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