|End of an era
||[Jun. 26th, 2003|02:45 pm]
Today was my last day in labs.
While many of the other Part IIs haven't made it into labs since handing in, I've been in on 5 ocassions. Firstly, there was the matter of my hard disk being in my machine. Since our machines only had 40gb disks in, and I ended up generating about 160gb of data (took 30 dvds to back it all up, once I'd compressed it), I opted to buy a disk for my machine. I've spent the last 2 weeks burning all that data out onto DVDs, so I could take the disk out. Today, I finished writing the dvds, and took out the disk.
Then there was the matter of interest. I was interested in my results, and one or two things weren't quite as conclusive as I'd have liked, but where quite close. So, I did two more runs on my ScCl3 system. When I analysed them, it did help clear up matters, so that was good. Yesterday I added all that data to my graphs, printed out new copies of the graphs, and slung a "pictures updated" version of my thesis onto my website. I've got copies of the new graphs at the back of my thesis, and another set to give the examiners in the viva. Hopefully they'll approve...
Finally, we have the pretty pretty pictures. I did lots of runs, and some of them showed interesting things. By prodding a bit, I was able to get PovRay to render my images, and then use MEncoder (from the mplayer package) to turn these into movies.
My first shot was on a cavitated system, as these are quite interesting. Worked fine, got some nice images and movies, and put them on my website. With this under my belt, I went on to do a non cavitated system, which looked not quite as good, but not bad. Finally, today, I started work on rendering the ScCl3 system, as that has interesting long range order. Should find out soon if that actually worked well, but whatever happens there'll be more pretty pictures soon...
Now to go to Bournemouth, run a beach competition, come back to Oxford, and start work. 10am on Monday, that's the start time
The end of my University era, and the start of my working one. Should be good :-)