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What are you doing this weekend?

This topic is part of a weekly series. It is meant to be a place for users to discuss their weekend.

If you have any plans, things you want to get done, things you have done, things you haven't done, or even if you just want to talk about how you're doing this weekend, this is a place for casual discussion about those things.

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So, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

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  1. DaveJarvis
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    Working on games for a friend's Master's Thesis. The thesis is about increasing the number of input controls for quadriplegics by way of a removable headband. In short, wearing the headband offers...

    Working on games for a friend's Master's Thesis. The thesis is about increasing the number of input controls for quadriplegics by way of a removable headband. In short, wearing the headband offers users four input controls (e.g., up, down, left, right) rather than two (e.g., on, off). In practical terms, it's the difference between toggling a switch versus using a four-way joystick. The headband detects left/right jaw clenches by measuring voltage changes across the forehead. It's frickin' amazing.

    For my part, I'm developing two games that users can play: a spelling game and a racing game (S-slolam and N-curve). Both games use Processing 3 to communicate through the serial communications port; the games are now playable and employ a reusable framework for recording timed trials, including user accuracy and duration. The purpose of the games is to test whether four inputs provides statistically significant improvements over two inputs in terms of speed and accuracy.

    Last night, for the first time, we had an Arduino hooked up to a breadboard with some debounced buttons providing the controls to the racing game. The buttons on the breadboard emulate the experience of using the headband. (That is, the data over the serial port from button presses will have the same values as the headband signals.) That was really cool.

    To get some idea of the race car physics, Emanuele Feronato's top-down car simulation has a Flash game that is fairly similar to what users will experience.

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  2. kfwyre
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    I sent my laptop off to get serviced, which was nervewracking ("Hey, here's the most expensive thing I own. Please protect it, cardboard!"). I won't get it back for probably a week or two, so I'll...

    I sent my laptop off to get serviced, which was nervewracking ("Hey, here's the most expensive thing I own. Please protect it, cardboard!"). I won't get it back for probably a week or two, so I'll be sharing time on my husband's computer until then.

    I really want to start The Witcher 3, which was my Not-So-Secret Santa gift from a generous Tildes user, but I'm going to hold off until I can play it on my own computer. I have no idea if the save would transfer appropriately from my husband's Windows machine to my Linux one.

    Given that I am on a Windows box for the first time in a long time, I might start up some games of interest that Proton can't run, probably starting with the Shenmue remaster.

    Outside of gaming, I plan to read a good amount and relax with my dog and the hubby. We just finished with busy holiday plans and returns to work, so this weekend is a good chance for us to chill and decompress.

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  3. aphoenix
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    On Saturday me and my immediate family will head to my parent's house for board games and spending time together. I'm hoping that we can convince my wife to play a new board game. She's really...

    On Saturday me and my immediate family will head to my parent's house for board games and spending time together.

    I'm hoping that we can convince my wife to play a new board game. She's really into about three games, and they're starting to wear a bit thin.

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  4. Duke
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    On Saturday have to head to my university to go check some papers (am working as a TA). And then after that will probably start watching The Wire and start doing a course on Django/Javascipt that...

    On Saturday have to head to my university to go check some papers (am working as a TA). And then after that will probably start watching The Wire and start doing a course on Django/Javascipt that I've been eyeing for a while (also watch a few videos of Statistical Rethinking on YouTube). Besides all of this have a huge catalogue of books piled up that Ive been meaning to read for a long time now so will do that too in between breaks

    EDIT: also recently I got the adobe creative cloud, planning on learning lightroom/photoshop/premiere pro/after effects/illustrator, anybody have any tips on which one I should start off with?

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  5. cardigan
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    I have a film score to work on. I also need to send some new year's greetings to friends, and type up the notes I took this week in my notebook.

    I have a film score to work on. I also need to send some new year's greetings to friends, and type up the notes I took this week in my notebook.

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  6. zara
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    I've got Sunday off, which is surprising. I'm gonna just do some routine chores and errands and maybe watch a movie or something (I've been putting off Liz and the Bluebird for a while).

    I've got Sunday off, which is surprising. I'm gonna just do some routine chores and errands and maybe watch a movie or something (I've been putting off Liz and the Bluebird for a while).

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  7. mftrhu
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    Traveling back to Milano, this time via truck. It's going to be a long, unpleasant Sunday.

    Traveling back to Milano, this time via truck. It's going to be a long, unpleasant Sunday.

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  8. hungariantoast
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    Well, I didn't go fishing this weekend. Friend bought a new trolling motor. It arrives Monday. He and I will install it on his boat Monday or Tuesday, and then by fucking god, we will go fishing...

    Well, I didn't go fishing this weekend. Friend bought a new trolling motor. It arrives Monday. He and I will install it on his boat Monday or Tuesday, and then by fucking god, we will go fishing next weekend.

    So I've been sitting at my place all weekend being a lazy fuck. I've been crawling through the basics of Java in anticipation of next semester, which begins in about a week. Other than that, I've been playing video games.

    That's about it.

    I have started keeping a journal again though, and have been writing entries into it throughout the day and wrapping each day up by finishing and formatting that day's entry. I have tried this journaling business before, but didn't stick with it. Now, after making some changes to the stuff I want to record in the journal, I find myself enjoying the process more and think I will keep at it.

    Anyways, needless to say, I have a lot of free time this weekend. I should probably uh, edit OpenStreetMap or something? However, I've been trying to wrap up the game Dishonored, and all of a sudden, after not playing the game for a few months, I'm coming back to awful, terrible frame stutters.

    Like, I can run the game at max settings at two hundred frames per second, easy. Despite that, about every ten or fifteen seconds in game, the frames come crashing down to the twenties and teens. It's awful. I have finally tracked the issue down to the fact that I have two graphics cards, and the frame stutters are being caused by both graphics cards winding down at the same time (instead of splitting frame loads).

    So, I don't know what to do about that. I'm about to pull out my second GPU and see if that is actually the problem. If it isn't, I'm going to cry. If it is, I'll probably write a little blog post about it and (finally) post it to Tildes.

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  9. moocow1452
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    Added Miracast to my desktop with a USB dongle. Not sure if it's actually using it since my computer was connected directly to the router, but using it to play Steam Games on my TV and wireless...

    Added Miracast to my desktop with a USB dongle. Not sure if it's actually using it since my computer was connected directly to the router, but using it to play Steam Games on my TV and wireless controls on the other side of the room is something else.

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