Thursday, August 23, 2012

Penultimate day

Powerpoint is thoroughly edited, as have been the notecards. I am done! Practicing presenting is going to be fun (sarcasm) and I'm sooooo looking forward to presenting tomorrow (more sarcasm). Nerves nerves go away, come again some other day.

Final Wednesday

Powerpoint complete!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Final Tuesday

I talked to Joel and finished up basically everything for my projects I can, as well as my powerpoint. Now to work on making sure I can do it all in 10 minutes....

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Last Monday

Today I finished up my project and powerpoint! As much as I can without talking to Joel at least.... tbc tomorrow!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Penultimate Friday

I finished up my powerpoint and only have  few slids to go! Woot! Otherwise the cook out was great but I left early so I not much else to mention

Penultimate Thursday

I finished all the pictures to find out that I have somehow missed some.... and that I should also look into getting images from the famous Hubble telescope and seeing what these have to offer. Other than that, I finished up the majority of my powerpoint, though I have to finish finding the images and find the proper table to reference before I can truly be done.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Penultimate Wednesday

Well, I would like to be able to say I worked on my powerpoint today, but alas, I forgot my flashdrive. So I was unable to do anything productive for that! But on the flip side, I finished setting up all my wise comparisons! Still think the images are amazing, just sayin'.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I give up on counting the days...

Up to date again! Well, today I worked more on my powerpoint (having to reword and cut down a bit because I realized it was far too in depth and too long). I also started setting up WISE comparisons for the nebulae images that I downloaded. But for the majority of the day I helped Bethany out with her group of VERY young camp children. They got to be quite loud, hyper, and easily distracted, but ultimately they were relatively pleasant and well behaved. Some of the stuff Bethany showed them I myself had actually never seen before and thought was pretty cool. We took apart their film one-use cameras, part of the process being to discharge the capacitor. I (of course), not realizing anything significant would happen when I did so, was the first to touch the metal screwdriver to the capacitor outlet (I can't remember what they're called...). This resulted in a VERY loud shock and quite a few sparks. Most certainly more fun to watch when other people did it than when it gave me a heart attack. Overall a pretty successful day I say!

Day Twentyfive!

(or {again} what should've been)

(...or maybe not, I'm pretty sure last friday should've been day twentyfive....... my title numbers are messed up, oh well)

So! Monday the 13th I finished downloading all the images (Yaaaaay)! I also got a good chunk of my powerpoint for our final presentation on the 24th done. THAT, is scary thing. What's more, the star that we thought contained a central star infrared excess (which would be cool since it is understudied and not well understood), did not show up in further (longer) wavelengths, meaning it far more likely there's just a bunch of hot dust around the star that happens to display IR excess. But once I start looking through this next batch of stars it's very possible I'll find another! I must admit, I still can't get over how cool it is to be the one looking at these images instead of simply getting pictures whenever my grandpa sends me an email about something NASA published. Good stuff!

Day Twenty Four

(or what should've been day twentyfour.)

Though I was out of town this day I was asked to post my answer to challenge number three: Electronically prove your hybridized identity.
Here it is!
Once upon a time...
Just kidding.
Well I'll admit, we certainly started off completely clueless. For the longest time I honestly didn't even know what the goal was. This lead to completely random searches and evidently interesting videos, like such: Fascinating as this was, we were prettyyyy sure that was not the solution. Deciding to take the fact that we needed info from the last challenge in mind, we thought maybe we would use third eye for another watermark. With this in mind, we went to the CIS website. Having already figured out that sailvu topcreepin was clearly visual perception, we searched such in the link. The internet hated that, and nothing appeared for whatever reason. So instead, we tried just perception. Lo and behold! We found the page:! This was clearly the end of the challenge, once we made the image that is. When we went to make sure photoshop was an okay program to use, however, we were informed that we had beat the system! Alas, this in itself was not impressive enough, so we proceeded to attempt to figure out how we were SUPPOSED to get there. Ice mark, the blatant hint, lead us to another watermark program! (this was after the discovery of a random physicsist mountain climber author of course). Oddly enough, finding the image was the hardest park. We had attempted to use the hybrid Bethany-Bob, but it didn't work. With the gracious help of Bethany, however, we realized this was because we weren't creative enough with the settings on the left. Seeing that a key may be necessary, and knowing that we were probably looking for the URL to the page we accidentaly found, I switched the setting to text and tried a few different passwords, butterface and icycle included. Then I realized we had yet to (properly) use the visual perception hint. Excitment making hearts race and adrenaline pumping, my fingers flew over keys to pound in the 17 characters, everyone staring at the screen in anticipation....VIOLA! The key appeared! We had beat the system AND followed the rules to complete the challenge!
It was then cake to use photoshop to make the image, a high pass filter was applied to Maddie's face and a gaussian blur to mine. The high pass filter was also set as an overlay, and then merged on top of the gaussian image, creating the beauty that I have attatched for you.
And that is the thrilling and exciting tale of how we completed the challenge.
Also Sadie helped a lot.
The end!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day Twenty Three

Today I basically redid everything I did the few days before, because I found the CORRECT radii I was looking for.... yay! aha but it's moving along pretty quickly and I should be done with gathering all these images relatively son. Far more exciting is the discovery from one of my previous infrared images of the rare understudied subjects of excess IR emitting Central Plaentary Nebula Star. This is very cool and previous papers said that due to noise and background bleeds they were unable to take a closer look at xray emissions and whatnot, which shall be my next task because my lab believes they're just pessimists. Cool stuff right there!

Day Twenty Three, täitma!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day Twentytwo

Finished up fitting the radii for the nebulae today, and started downloading all the WISE images. Not really sure that just looking at the pictures and guesstimating the radius was the way I was supposed to do it, but it's a start, we'll see how they come out I guess!
Plus the Mees observatory last night was AMAZING! We got to look at M 57, which is one of the previous nebulae I already downloaded and compared the WISE infrared images for--soo cool!!!!
Day Twentytwo, pabeigt!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Day Twenty One

I finished up the graphs and tables in whatnot for this set of Planetary nebulae, and discovered that there's around 30 more that I will be doing such for. More pretty pictures? I think yes!
Mees observatory tonight, EXTREMELY excited! I've never really used a telescope, let alone a big fancy observatory. Can't wait!

Day twenty one, (nearly) tamamlamak!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Day Twenty

Today I finished lining up the images and taking screen shots; yay pretty pictures! I also made a table of all sorts of lovely data. Good stuff

Day Twenty, completar!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Day Ninteen

I finished downloading images! Yayy! Except some of them are messed up and I have to do them again. Besides that, I'm lining up the 4 WISE bands next to the DSS image and comparing them. Exciting stuff.

Day Ninteen, zakończyć!