November 19, 2004 by Allen George
Sit Back. Relax.
There’s something extremely gratifying about being able to say “I’m done”. Perhaps this feeling is more pronounced in my case, but I’ve always preferred a…conclusion. A point at which I can draw a line and say: “This ended here”.
Earlier this week I didn’t know if we’d meet our internal goals for the 427 project in time for the weekend. That worried me. I’d wanted to free up the entire weekend and I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it if I’d left ‘unfinished’ business behind. As late as yesterday afternoon the situation looked bleak.
And then…yes. Then it happened.
In ECE 355 I had a revelation. Staring through the 12 sheets of VHDL and completely ignoring what was being said, I realized I could optimize away quite a few registers and logic. The more code I wrote down, the more I was absolutely convinced it could work. It had to happen.
Thankfully Paul was there with his laptop. Literally seizing it from his hands, I proceeded to write the code as fast as I could.
Meeting the target was…wow. Don’t know why I was so fired up either. Thinking back, I attribute it to something I saw. A way I could make a difference. I felt this way during OS and I felt it again yesterday.
I wonder why I don’t feel that way about my work more often.
Thankfully however, I can now enjoy the weekend knowing that I’m not leaving while our group is in the lurch. Now, to finish off 318 and take a look at what Sartre’s theories are. I’ve left that too long.