Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A day of rest

After falling sick decided that i needed a bit of a rest. So today i slept to my hearts content and rested the whole day.

My Heart and Body feels rested and rejunevated. I am ready to punch my way through the next half of the semester with all i have.

1 day of taekwondo, 1 day of cardio workout and one day of karate training will be all i can manage into my next half semester.

David Vs Goliath at the kyokushin 1991 world open tournament

Monday, October 26, 2009

Game on

Kinda eventful day. OR spot test it was the same given to the mech people , so got through it easy.

At the 3-5 protection tutorial my cough worsened into a wheez, so i drank some cough syrup -actifed (may b a overdose) i feel dazed and stoned.
Cough seems to persist though, so hopefully no practicals on wednesday 4 me 2 b at home.
caught the discussion of the OR argumnet on video. will upload it later.

cntr:2341

Sunday, October 25, 2009

i am back

guyz im back. It was a hectic week. No time to update the blog. But hope to later.

End Of speak olympiad 4 with lots of fond memories.

Caught a cold on 22 nd october. It was The day of Speak Olympiad finals too. Fell sick after a long long time.
missed karate practice on 24th as i was down with the cold. Couldn't go for IEEExtreme programming competition as well. Bloody bad time to fall sick. Two mid exams next week too. :)
Next week is a hectic week.



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Saturday, October 17, 2009

CC 2500 rf transceiver design plan by yasitha

IESL Robogames

Week 4

Woke at 5.30am. Went to the grounds at 6.15 . Did a complete workout as there was no hurry to go. No lectures the whole day.

Studied Power slectronics , pretty slow progress, very frustrating.Funny thing is i can't remember anything done in Level 2
. And power electronics is at a standstill till we master fourier series. Put up the gavel Speak olympiad finals hoarding at the front. Came home at 6.15. From UC got a 183 double decker bus, that was the first time i had seen a decker in the 183 route.
Sleep at 9.30pm.


15/10/2009

Woke at 6.30 . groggy after last nights excesses. Went to the installlation lecture.
Returened the oil lamp used for Speak Olympiad and retrieved my Uni ID. Studied OR and power electronics. Worked with sanath from 8 on final year project. We borrowed a serial to USB converter and try to configure it to work in sanaths laptop. It failed . Slept at 10.30pm.


14/10/2009

Woke at 5.20am. Went to the grounds with thilina and his Earth friend at 5.55. The earliest i had left hostel. Ran for 6 rounds. then streching and 25 pull ups. 30 knuckle pushups. 40 situps , 20 leg raises. Came to uni and completed the thyristor applications course work. Helped with Speak Olympiad semi finals.
After the event went to the treat given by the finalist. It was frankly not much fun, not even close to the great times we had with dulini , kara and co...
came to hostel at 9.30 pm.

13/10/2009

7 hours of lectures at a stretch is not much fun to speak of. All the subjects are processor intensive and hardcore, no room for errors. Couldnt concentarte 100% on power systems and power system protection.
Decision trees in engineering economics was confusing too.Started work on the thyristor coursework and did it till 9.00 . Loaned the robot of polpitiya malli.
12/10/2009
Woke at 6. Insu;ation coordination was a success for the first time. I feel that we need to put much more efffort for

our studies. Seeing how Prof. Lucas is striving to teach us all the difficult concepts of HV engineering in the simplest possible manner , i was moved by his commitment to teaching.

Then 10-12 power electronics. Next monday in class test.
1-3 OR. 26th in class test OR. studied dual simplex and thyristor course work. Came to help with the gavel work at 6.15. Supper at 7.15 , went through todays work and revised work for tommorow.
sleep at 9.

11/10/2009

Woke at 6.00 . Went to play football with the guyz at 6.30 . came home at 8.30am. Washed all my cloths and had a bath. Updated my blog , picasa and gavel blog.Spoke to Mrs Gamage reagrding sponsorship for final year project. Taught physics to my sister and her friend. Went to c archi at punchi archis place.
sleep at 9.30 .

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Stochastic Localization Of Mobile robot

first review project proposal and presentation




Friday

09/10/2009
Woke at 5.30am . Didn't drink tea for the first time.went to the grounds at 6.15 .normal workout minus scots. Stomach exercises too had to be cut in half due to lack of time.
4 rounds of running 4 warm ups. 30 pullups. 40 knuckle pushups, 20 palm. 30 + 20 crunches.

I got late for gavel club photo as i had to speak to Dr. Pathirana our project supervisor. It dragged on for over 30 minutes and i got leftout of the official photo. Funny how fate works, i'm the only guy who was with the club from day one, but im not in any official club photo not even in the final photo :( .

Whatever the prep talk i got from Dr.Pathirana reallyput me in high spirits.

Met lokuthatha who had come to pick my cousin from the tennis tournament. She represented University of colombo, seems that our girls were beaten by them, what a shame!

Went to vimukthis hostel room to checkout their robo for the robogames, sadly they are running out of time :) . learnt a lot after staying at their romm for 3 hours.
came home at 7.15pm . sleep ta 11.30pm

Thursday

Woke at 6. Went to the installation lecture at 8. Modified the presentation again. Rehearsed it with meeya. Went to the hostel had a wash and came back at 1.
Went for the final yr first project presentation.
Our presentation became a mess.
The earlier group had disconnected the desktop that we rehearsed with and connected their laptop to use the phone as a remote.
Our presentor meeya had used that laptop for the presentation.
The picture that we had cut from pdfs and pasted to the slides showed with very little contrast , so much so that it was almost not visible. This gave way to the presentation being interrupted and our group being blamed of plagiarism. And the presentor being weak in communication skills got stuck and made a mess of it. But after completion of presentation at the questioning session we were able to prove that we did not do so.
What a nightmare.!

We being the most hardworking group , having started work weeks before others, being made to be publicly humiliated.
After the presentation we got together and had a nice chat. We decided to
  1. To keep wednesdaay as project day
  2. to invest any amount without hesitation on project
  3. to multi thread the duties
  4. to loan a platform from iesl robogames participants to test our system and to get an idea about what to buy for our robot

Went to the lab and searched about RF communication unit , found a quite a bit of literature, seems it wont be that much of a big deal.

We will jump start the project from this week.

Went to hostel and did some work on the thyristor coursework.

Honoring the lecturers




The award ceremony was organized by the 07 electrical batch and was a major success. Well done guyz!

Wednesday

07/10/2009

Woke at 5.30 . Went to the grounds. Did 35 pull ups, 40 knuckle pushups , 20 palm push ups and 50*2 crunches.

Did a complete (hard) stretching workout after a about 2 weeks after doing a 2km run for warm ups. I feel my cardio endurance is decreasing. Need to work on it. Good work out. I felt it in my bones.No lectures today. We went to give the the final presentation to supervisor. He showed us some places to correct.
Worked on them timm 12.30 and corrected them.
Went to escort namal to deposit the gavel strategic sponsor cheque at the sampath bank. Came to uni again at 2.00pm .Tried studying fault analysis but progress was so very slow. Very frustrating seems my basics have weakened by a mile. Will have to start again from the beginning and master the basics.
Todays efficiency was very very low. Im not happy about what I achieved today, a total wash out. Sleep at 10.

Tuesday

06/10/2009

Today was a special day in the sense that I missed the first lecture for this academic year. Hopefully the first and the last lecture that I will ever have to cut.
Today we had the Speak Olympiad preliminaries. It was a great show and a success in every sense. Their were a record number (37) of competitors. The sponsorship money earned for this gavel year was unbelievable. Great job people.
After concluding the event we went to KFC to celebrate it! Thanks harinda and malaka was the nice treat. We had a great time , infact though I hate extreme ends be it eating or fun, being together with such a set of diverse, dynamic set of individuals is a great social experience in itself.
Infact an important question arose at this occasion about my blogging and why I do that?
It’s a way to exspress my ideas and experiences so at others can learn from my mistakes and take the short path rather than re-inventing the wheel.
It gives a way to keep a tab on what I am doing and to see if im deviating from my objectives and priorities.
These are the frank ideas that flow through the head of a electrical engineering final year undergraduate. Why should I let them go to waste rather than post to the blog space for others to learn from my mistakes and strengths.
The gavel club has been the main avenue of my university lifeto get updated with the society and feel the changes. Rather than being bogged down in my normal world filled with nerds or half nerds.
Sleep at 11.

Monday

05/10/2009

Woke up at 6. Came to uni at 8. Was very sleepy in the morning. Our juniors organized a teachers (lecturers) day at 12.00 . Went to that. Only me and hello were there from level 4. It was a great idea and was superbly executed, even the dean of engineering faculty attended. At the ceremony all the students present including me honoured the lecturers by worshipping them. As handshake is done to appreciate someone in the west, this part of the world we appreciate their services by worshipping.

Then I worked with my friends on the first project presentation and worked late to completely finish it.

The presentation looks pretty cool. Im extremely satisfied with the result. Dictated what to be said at the presentation to my friend who is presenting it on Thursday.

Went to help the gavel Speak Olympiad, but the project chairs had all under control. Good job guyz

Came to the hostel at 7.30 . Revised work done today and went through the stuff coming tomorrow. Sleep at 10.45pm.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kyokushin kihon extreme training

Came home at 4.15. I was weary after hours of walking around, but had my lunch and immediately went for karate practices. Messed up the time , thought class starts at 5 when it actually starts at 5.30pm

Today was the most demanding day in my 4 years of kyokushin. Shihan took the class. All started with lots of punches.He emphasized on learning how to make a fist and performing a punch properly . Then in order to strenthen the fist in between sets of punches, 20 knuckle pushup sets were done. Well after ever so many sets of knuckles we had to do finger pushups 20. Then it was sets of 50 punches in kiba dachi! it was very very painful and took every bit of physical as well as internal ki energy we had.

After that he asked us to do maegiri, beleive me i couldn't count the number, may be about 400 or 600 without a break . It just went on and on! at the end my eyes were almost closed and i did it in a state of half consciousness. What a workout, it took our last bit of external internal and mind energy and we had to go on doing it with nothing to draw energy from. I don't think lot of men have experienced that sensation. Very extreme mind power at work, and astonishingly i was able to cope well given that i still am recovring from the injuries sustained in a fight 2 months ago. I could feel my internal strength expanding and filling the void. And to feel it you need to go to ur extreme, and then keep on going an equal distance to what u have travelled till that point, and not many can do that without quitting because the pain and difficu;ty increases exponentially per each rep!

That was not the end, then come the yummy part. 500 continous scots. It was indeed a day for the mind to get going. I was past exhaustion after completing 150 and each rep afterwards was done with the internal ki energy (my voice is hoarse after yelling kiai , i can feel blood in my throat)

Well that was not the end too!!!!

Then we did 10 mts normal fighting techniques , i did it as if in a dream, half sleep half awake, i was that tired! kyokushin is really the hardest karate by far! "We will train our hearts and bodies , for a firm unshaking spirit"
I was so very tired physically but very revives and energized mentally. After finishing the class shihan told us , about the "kyokushin nite" organized on november 21st which is incidentally my Bday.

When the going gets tough the tough gets going

Today i woke at 5.45 . Couldn't go to the katina perahera as my cousin didnt answer his phone. What a mess. Went to the temple and gave the fruits mom had promised.

Went to techno to get the details for our robot and to get ideas/contacts for our independent study. Pancha came with me , so it was fun.
We went to each and every stall and had a gala time. What a well of knowledge it was!

Watched IESL robogames, so many participants from different backgrounds, from unis, ousl to HNDE!

We got an idea about the required parts and configurations, Samitha malli promised give us there platform for testing! one headache has got solved! mission success.

Came home at 4.15. I was weary after hours of walking around, but had my lunch and immediately went for karate practices. Messed up the time , thought class starts at 5 when it actually starts at 5.30pm

Today was the most demanding day in my 4 years of kyokushin. Shihan took the class. All started with lots of punches.He emphasized on learning how to make a fist and performing a punch properly . Then in order to strenthen the fis,t inbetween sets of punches 20 knuckle pushup sets were done. Well after ever so many sets of knuckles we had to do finger pushups 20. Then it was sets of 50 punches in kiba dachi! it was very very painful and took every bit of physical as well as internal ki energy we had.

After that he asked us to do maegiri, beleive me i couldn't count the number, may be about 400 or 600 without a break . It just went on and on! at the end my eyes were almost closed and i did it in a state of half consciousness. I only woke up when i hit the bottom of the hot chick who was in front of me. What a workout, it took our last bit of external internal and mind energy and we had to go on doing it with nothing to draw energy from. I don't think lot of men have experienced that sensation. Very extreme mind power at work, and astonishingly i was able to cope well given that i still am recovring from the injuries sustained in a fight 2 months ago. I could feel my internal strength expanding and filling the void. And to feel it you need to go to ur extreme, and then keep on going an equal distance to what u have travelled till that point, and not many can do that without quitting because the pain and difficu;ty increases exponentially per each rep!

That was not the end, then come the yummy part. 500 continous scots. It was indeed a day for the mind to get going. I was past exhaustion after completing 150 and each rep afterwards was done with the internal ki energy (my voice is hoarse after yelling kiai , i can feel blood in my throat)

Well that was not the end too!!!!

Then we did 10 mts normal fighting techniques , i did it as if in a dream, half sleep half awake, i was that tired!
I was so very tired physically but very revives and energized mentally. It was indeed one of the biggest and hardest workout i had ever done in my life! After finishing the class shihan told us seniors, about the "kyokushin nite" organized on november 21st which is incidentally my Bday.


need to fill in the blog for the week ending 2day.
Came home at 8. Sleep at 11.45pm .

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hectic day

Woke at 7,30am . Slept very restfully.

The whole day was completely spent on writing the project proposal and budget for our final year project.

In the process saw samitha aiyyas (LECO) which was very similar to our one. Also searched the prices of components.

Taught my sister and her friend Physics from 1-3 .

Sleep at 10.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rest Day

woke up at 6.30 . Searched IEEE website and for ideas that the new board can implement. Watched some nice video clips about IEEE. Their was this great movie about power engineering in IEEE.tv . Great propaganda material.

Had a nap in the evening. Didnt go to the temple. Missed it after a long time. Watched UFC ultimate fighter. Awesome fights. Way better than UFC 103. All very exciting.


Thought about what to do for the independent study and the scope.

I will finish the project proposal tomorrow.

sleep at 10.00pm

Is the present engineering education geared to meet the current regional challenges?


Woke up at 6 and went for the seminar with the above topic organized by FEISCA.

Engineer Kishore urged all engineers to support their engineering institutions and thus feisca to rise up strong to the regional challenges.

Dammika Perera, a legend in the financial world and one of the richest men of our country spoke next.
He was introduced very correctly as a person having " The character and the energy of a successfull entrepreneur "

What policies needs to meke retain technology, while meeting present needs. Engineers must serve the society.
According to him
Engineering education must produce

1.Professionals Through qualitative education

2.Large number of personnel with less time and investment to satisfy the growing demands for such personnel. Much though must be given to this.

He spoke in sinhala about the present crisis where the medical students protested the creation of private medical schools.
He said that mathematical know-how and Jealousy must be inversely related as engineers would never protest against their fellow countrymen getting the oppurtunity to get educated in their profession.

21st century the asian miracle.

The next talk was by Professor Ananda Jayawardena the dean of our faculty. His talk stood out amidst all other talks due to simply awesome communication skills of his. He spoke about how he had overcome the problems he faced and gave an insight onto the challenges we face and how we can overcome them in the future. He emphasized on the importance of developing the entrepreneurship skills and innovative thinking. He also talked about student empowerment which i consider to be an extremely important concept. He said that students themselves raise more money than the lecturers by getting sponsorships. He also spoke about mentoring programmes and industry academia collaboration.


Professor Nazrul Islam
He said that Teaching is an art and the teacher is an artist.

Differences between USA and Srilankan undergrads

UK undergrads
They study because they wont to learn
Srilankan undergrads
They study with the only oblective of getting good grades (which doesnt completely coincide with knowledge gathering)
University of moratuwa is accredited under the "Washington accord" in 2007
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The food was GOOD . It was great fun. Met a lot of people.
On the way got down from bamba with isuru and haritha. got an IDE DVDwriter for isuru and a a HS-100 A4tech headset for me. Hope to try out speech recognition using it.
Came home and went for karate practices after a long 13 days rest. injuries are healed and i was coiled like a spring to workout. I gave 150% and felt extremely good at the end. All my stress and tension was swept away and my mind and body feels rested. ready to go out for another week of all out work at the uni. The weekend and the 5 days following tha will be very very busy and cricial in my plans fro the next 4 years.
sleep at 11.
Hope to sleep tommorow at 9.30. Not later than that. I need a good nights sleep.

Busy as a bee4

31/09/2009

Today i'll go home. Went for the installation lecture. No work after that. Started work on the project proposal and project presentation. Decided on the topic for the independent study.

Helped the twins of the gavel club with their speeches at 5 and left for home at 6.30pm.

sleep at 11

Busy as a bee 3

Woke up at 5.20pm . But couldnt go out for a full body workout as kanishka had the key with him and i couldn't get the door opened.
Went to the grnds at 6.20am and did a upper body work out.
38 pull ups including 6 for lats.

I stayed in seiza for 6 minutes. Seems my injuries are now almost healed. Can start trainig from next week. no work today. Studied econ till 1 and studied power systems till 3. Had practicals at 3.
It was applications of thyristors. Studied power systems basic principles and slept at 11.

Busy as a bee 2

29/09/2009

We have 7 hours of lectures at a stretch. Darn difficult to concentrate.
Power systems lecture was good. So was engineering economics. Power sytems analysis was not so. But OR was interesting. They seem to be employing darn pretty lecturers with no difficulty what so ever. The lecturer today was a pretty young thing. And she taught us the simplex method very clearly. Met upuli madam and our final year project supervisor.