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2015 Updates

Wow, 2015 was a busy year! Due to a lot of time commitments and several big projects I wasn’t able to update as often as I wanted to. Luckily, I’m back in Rochester after a wonderful Christmas and New Years break so I figured I’d catch y’all up!

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First off, I’m working on updating all of my pages, on this page and abroad. It’s been a while on some of them, and a lot of information needs to be updated. I’ll post notifications as they get updated but for starters I’ve updated my About Me page. This is a great look at what I’m currently working on as well as some of my upcoming projects.

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Cerberus – the mythical three headed beast.

The last several months have been filled with productivity for my thesis project. As well as making lots of imaging headway, I’ve been able to bring up several websites that point to the project. Each of these updates dynamically as the project is updated, thanks to the merits of rsync and GitHub Pages. The main page for the project can be found here, in the form of a wiki: Senior Thesis Wiki. Also, thanks to GitHub hosting, pages with information about the Cerberus cluster (the computational engine I designed to run my thesis software) have been posted that update as well: Cerberus Cluster Page. All of these pages have been written with simplicity in mind to make it easy to understand regardless of the computational awareness of the reader. I named the project Cerberus because it focuses on the collaboration of multiple ‘heads’ or computational assets to accomplish a singular goal.

That’s all I have for now, but check back soon! I’ve been crunching all of the data that I worked with in 2014 and I’m preparing a pretty cool stats page in order to make that data come alive through infographics. Thanks for reading!

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Summer Updates

Hey everybody!

So, over the last couple of evenings I’ve spent a good deal of time updating the site! I”ve added new content, a couple new pages, and most importantly of all, began posting content from Spring semester! There’s a lot going on here so let me break down all of the updates for you!

 

Third Year MPS Camera Shootout!

So this is the first big one! If you head over to my page under projects, you’ll see the page for the MPS Shootout! This is a whopper and all of the content from the shoots, uncluding b-roll, final analysis and our final video screened for all of RIT’s film school is posted. There’s a lot of information here, and if you’ve followed along at all, it should be pretty exciting. I found it easier to turn it into a whole page, rather than a post so it can house more information as well as be easier to find later as more posts pile up!

Raw & Order Shootout

 

Senior Thesis Project Update #1

The page is finally live! I have some updates to publish tomorrow so stay tuned for those! If you follow the header, it will take you to the landing page for my senior thesis project – this sucker is being researched over the summer and then the completion of research and the beginning stages of engineering will start in the fall! I’m still working on populating the page with information about the initial ideals and concepts of the project but those will be up soon as well!

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GitHub!

As a lot of you know, I’ve recently moved over to doing all of my code versioning and revision tracking via GitHub and I think it’s pretty cool! I’ve started a couple of pages within this site to either pull from Gists that I’m working on or completed that I want to show you or from actual Git hub repos. Basic Gists can be found here and the rest of my stuff can be found on my actual GitHub page for now!

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Thanks for catching up, be sure to check back to the pages as I’m adding more posts!

 

 


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Updates for the Summer!

Hey all,

Well, the semester is finally over which means like the academic semester, my junior year at RIT is complete! It was certainly a busy one! I have a lot of really cool summer plans, which I’ll post here but I wanted to recap the year a little bit and I’ll be spending the next week or two uploading a lot of thework myself and my teammates accomplished over the semester.

For the summer, I’ll be returning to RIT to work as a member of our research computing department. Originally, I had investigated traveling to LA after receiving job offers from SONY and IMAX but after some thinking I decided to stick around ROC and take an innovative position with RIT RC since it catered a bit more to my interests and offered some really valuable opportunities to learn about open source and parallel computing. There I will be maintaining and working to make research advances on 4K video streaming over IP as well as a variety of other tasks that tie into parallel computing, open source computing, global teleconferencing and open source global video delivery to  large tiled displays!

Also, this semester we finished the third year MPS shootout – a deeply analytical camera comparison test designed to pit two cinema grade systems against each other in order to determine which system is better for upperclassmen RIT School of Film and Animation students to produce films on based on a variety of factors. My role for the project was primarily to oversee DIT and technician work as well as programming and analysis. In the next week or so, our final public video will be posted with our results in a video delivery format for easy synopsis of our project. Our team was responsible for the most sophisticated video systems, the Sony FS700 and the Arri Arriflex D-21 and tasked with comparing their RAW workflows.

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Over the course of the semester this was a very common way to find me – peering over the lid of my laptop at any given time.

 

Additionally, my senior thesis project was approved which means research for that will begin and continue throughout the summer, I’ll be posting a lot of updates here (Senior Project Page) with some translations to English as well (not just engineering speak!). As I reach checkpoints and make progress, I’ll make it a point to update this page so any interested parties can follow along!

As always, thanks for reading and look for more content in the coming days – I’m home now and I’ve begun to catch up on some much needed sleep so work should be updated soon!

 

-Jordan