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August 30, 2012

Last week was like other weeks, I need to wrap up everything and finish my project here. So I spent a lot of time on lab and tried to install open virtual switch on ESX hypervisors. For this reason, I needed to install 2 hypervisors and make a physical connection among them, after that I used a windows machine to manage these hypervisors. After installing OS on VMs, I had difficulties to give internet access to these VMs but after several hours of working, I just used my laptop as a bridge and passed firewalls.

I was working really hard and I got tired. On Saturday, I just slept for 12 hours for recovery. 

What I really miss about Raleigh is the great nature of North Carolina. This place is best for camping and enjoys jungles.


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In last week, I was working hard to make a final note on possible changes in VCL code to get a confirmation from people who are working on VCL at NCSU before leaving. So I spent like 10-12 hours per day on working, but the problem was the lack of coffee. I work at NCSU engineering building and unfortunately there is just one coffee store around this building which closes at 3 pm. So it was hard for me to work after 6 pm and I was so sleepy.

On Friday, I had a meeting with Doctor Vouk and Doctor Wright about my project and he told me to do some experiment on tunneling side and configure a network topology manually. So, last two days I was working on this side and tried to make a connection among these virtual machines. I hope to finish experiments by end of this week and start coding at first days of the next week.

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July 07, 2012

Thought I'd something more to say...


Admittedly I was sorely tempted to just end my blog there, but I think I'd get yelled at. Plus that only would've been funny to me and maybe one other person (let me put it this way, if you don't get why that would be funny, that joke wasn't meant for you).

So this is my last day in Barcelona. Again. Hence this entry is a day early (tomorrow I get to travel for 10 hours, yay). I'm not particularly sentimental about it this time, partly because of an active effort on my part and partly because I know this won't be my last time here. Well, I have a strong feeling about it anyway. And even if it is my last time here by myself, I'm at peace with it. My one regret in that scenario would be not taking my husband here, but he's got a bunch of places he wants to show me in Europe as well so we'll probably just add Barcelona onto that trip. But as far as my own personal experience of Barcelona, I've had it. I've enjoyed it. And barring actually living here for some reason I don't need to experience much more. Plus I'm too excited about this coming week. I get to see my husband again, we get to see Roger Waters perform The Wall on Tuesday, and then Thursday we get our own little mini-vacation. Plus I get to do tons of writing and paperwork! Whee!

So in no particular order, here are some things I will (and will not) miss about Barcelona.

I will miss...

-The food (making sure to get myself some paella later)

-The architecture, mainly the unusualness

-Being so close to the water

-The weather (I'll be going from "pleasent summer warm" to "triple digits hot")

-The MTG, and by extension being surrounded by MIR geeks (not that I mind being surrounded by normal geeks either)

-Being so close to mountains

I will not miss...

-The general lack of air conditioning

-Not hearing my own language

-Being able to constantly hear all my neighbors

-Being away from everyone I care about 

-Google automatically giving me results in Spanish

-Teenagers being way more disgusting with their PDA 

So that last bit of reminiscing/kvetching out of the way, I say farewell. To those of you that I'm actually friends with, if I don't talk to you today I will talk to you once I'm stateside. To those of you that I don't know who randomly read this, I hope you enjoyed reading.

Hasta luego! 

Keywords: Weekly update

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July 02, 2012

Most of the time I was working on my project from my place. Sometimes I go to university to do some experiments in the network lab.

There are not many people in the university and most of the time; I am alone in the middle of engineering building. But there is one small café around this building which has some good foods and also there are some people over there.  

In last week I just go out for watching football game. It was Europe championships and my favorite team is Italy which has arrived to the final game. For the final game, I and some of my friends went to the Irish pub in Glenwood Avenue. Most of the bars and clubs of Raleigh are located in this avenue. If you come to Raleigh, I would suggest you to go and visit this avenue.

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July 01, 2012

Well Folks, this journey is coming quickly to a close and it is the last weekend before the submission deadline for the conference we are submitting our work to ( http://www.icmla-conference.org/icmla12/ ). 5 weeks seemed to really fly by, so just really trying to finalize the publication and wrap up our final experiments so we may include the results. We only took some short walks around the town this weekend, sipped some espressos, watching all the tourists do "touristie" things, but no lengthy, exciting tours as time is pretty short.

I just wanted to take this last part (in my last blog for this trip) to thank everyone involved in our collaboration, both 'home-side' and 'Parisien', for my experience here, for including me in activities normally not meant for 'outsiders' and trying to make me feel comfortable and at home (plus you can't beat having an office space with a view of the Eiffel tower!). I really appreciate everything, even those times when it may have seemed as though I did not (as I'm sure you now understand that, for me, work is the first priority and 'fun stuff' comes somewhere thereafter, iff time permits). I think that this trip really added new perspective to my character and helped me grow both as an individual and student, and for this I am extremely grateful!

Maybe the next 'European Vacation Collaboration' will be more along the lines of that Chevy Chase movie, doing the Moonwalk out of that trendy shop, sporting some new duds and stuck driving in a roundabout saying 'look kids, its Big Ben and Parliament', but as for now, with only three full days remaining before my departure, and a pocket full of new experience, its on with the work...

Until the next time...Merci Beaucoup! Au revoir et bon voyage! <- wow Osman, I learned some French! Cool

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This next week will be my last week in Barcelona. Honestly, as much as I still love it here I'm pretty ready to be home. I miss my husband, my family and friends, and genrally just the life I have back home. Apparently 6 weeks is my "I wanna go home" cracking-up point.

Work-wise, most of the actual data analysis I have to do (training classifiers, clustering data) will have to wait until I get home and have access to more powerful computers than my laptop. That means this week and next week are all about writing for my proposal. I'm still planing to propose later August, so I'll have time once I get back to do all the data analysis stuff.

Yesterday I saw something else I had been meaning to see while I was here: Olympic Stadium. I guess this means this is the second Olympic location I've ever been to (the first being Atlanta, GA during the 96 games). Considering its been a decade since the Barcelona games I suppose its appropriate I get to see the stadium now. My first observation (aside from "holy crap, there's a lot of tourists around here") was that the building seemed older than I expected. I found out once I got in and started reading the signs posted around the stadium that it had actually been built in 1927 for the 1929 Exposition, and would have hosted the 1936 People's Olympiad were it not for the Spanish Civil War.

Below are the more siginifcant pictures I took.







The rest of the pictures from my time in Europe this summer can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100815250897488.2731 

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June 29, 2012

Sunday, what a big day. No, not in the eventful way (well maybe), but in the roads are starting to become filled up with carnival rides and vendor stops. When I say big, I mean the whole town. Everywhere I go, there are hordes of trucks and trailers arriving for the upcoming festival. This is completely different from what I am used to in the states which is a parking lot filled up with a carnival or a farmer's field outside of town. Here, the festival is integrated. I didn't know there could be so many rides in one town. In addition, I believe I have seen the larges transportable ferris wheel in the world. I mean, six stories or so? Huge I tell you.

So, when in, well Darmstadt... my advisor and I finished up and ventured out to catch the 2nd half of the Germany vs Italy match. Wow, even in the rain, the public monitors had considerable crowds around them. These are die hard fans (I bet they were all Cub fans in a previous life). Unfortunately, Germany lost which had everyone head for home. However, this exodus cause a nice benefit for those non-sport fans. No lines at the Crepe vender. MMMMM - Nutella and Banana. So good. I think I might have another today.

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June 26, 2012

Sorry for the lateness of this post, and if it winds up being a little lacking. I couldn't get into the blog all day Sunday, was travelling all day Monday, and today my previous writing got deleted. This is annoying

So I was in Warsaw during this last week. It was a very large jump from Barcelona, and an even larger one from the US. Language-wise, I was utterly lost. Not only did I not speak Polish (aside from some fairly impolite phrases I learned courtesy of my grandfather), its not even based on any sort of language area I'm familiar with so I couldn't even begin to sound out words. So from a language standpoint I was pretty lost, to the point where coming back to Spain and hearing Spanish is a relief (even though I only know the language about 20%, still better than 0%). However I had plenty of people around me to help, between my U.S. advisor (who goes back to Warsaw every summer to teach) and some people from the university I met who were willing to show me around.

Most of the week was working and converting data for use in clustering. which was...work. A lot of work. During the weekend was when I did most of my sightseeing. On Friday I walked with a couple friends around Old Town, the historical area of Warsaw. Although its not actually that historical, considering Old Town was originally destroyed during WWII and rebuilt once the war was over. Also saw markers for the Warsaw Uprising during 1944, as well as some things acknowledging the "November uprising" against the Russians in the early 20th century. Apparently Poland gets itself occupied a lot (and really doesn't like it). First the Russians, then the Germans, then the Russians again (which is part of why the 1944 uprising monument didn't go up for years after the fact, the Russians didn't want it up. Understandable considering part of the reason the Warsaw uprising was so costly was because the Russians dropped the ball in the aid department. Whoopsie). For dinner I had cabbage and pork, which took me back to meals my mom used to make during the winter.

Saturday I took some time to myself to walk up and around Nowy Swiat (New World) street, which my friends described as the Champs Elysses of Warsaw. At the very least that was where most of the people who came to Warasw for Euro cup went to hang out and watch games. Along that road is also Chopin's first apartment, as well as the church where his heart is entombed. I tried to get into that church on Friday and Saturday but it was closed both times. I have no idea why (to quote one of the girls I was with, "Shouldn't a church always be open?"). I suppose I could've started banging on the door yelling "Sanctuary!", but that probably would've caused some problems than I would have preferred.

I did finally manage to get into the church on Sunday, once mass was over. I probably could have gone in before the end of mass, but I would've felt judged. I feel uncomfortable enough being judged by Catholics, I didn't want to deal with being judged in a language I didn't understand. Once I got in though, I saw where Chopin's heart was entombed in one of the pillars of the church. It was an experience, I have to say. This is the first time I've seen any place at all significant to any classical composers, and the feeling is something I can't put into words, but it was meaningful. Particularly as someone who studied music and now works with music data. On that note, I find for my own part that in working with music data its very easy to lose the artistic appreciation. Particularly since I'm trying to measure that quality in music that makes people feel one way or another and translate that to something a computer can understand, I forget sometimes how meaningful those feelings are in the first place. Its like I'm dealing with music using a different side of my brain than I used to, and being around the heart of an artist made me remember how much I miss using the proper side of my brain for music.

Sorry, got a little off-topic there.

After that I went with one of my advisor's PhD students in Warsaw to explore the Royal Lazienki Park where I saw the statue of Chopin and the Palace on the Water (by way of Villanova, due to some confusion as to where exactly it was). Overall, a very nice trip. I can see why people who are from Warsaw (and Poland in general) have such an attachment to the place. Unfortunately I think if I were to stay there for more than a week I'd probably crack up, mainly because of the language issue but also just how far removed it is from anything western. It's just so...unfamiliar, and while I'm glad I saw it that still made it a draining experience. Last week in Warsaw felt about as long as the preceeding three weeks in Barcelona. Like I said though, I'm glad I went.

Some random day-to-day things I discovered about Warsaw:

-The sun comes up ridiculously early. My first night there I thought my watch broke because it said 4:30am while it was completely bright outside. Nope, apparently that's when the sun comes up.

-Getting a bag after you buy groceries is not a thing that happens in Warsaw. You either have to ask for the bag separately, or bring your own. This caused some interestingness when I've had to carry a pile of groceries in my arms. 

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June 25, 2012

WEEK 5.pdf

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June 24, 2012


Last week nothing interested happened to me. Most of the time I was in my room and I was working with VCL sandbox. I could say, I was working about 12 hours per day and I didn’t go out much. Except one day that I left my place for watching Miami Heat game in a Mexican restaurant in Avent Ferry Avenue. It was a great restaurant with good prices and if you have chance to come to Raleigh I would suggest you to go there and try their food.

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