Monday, April 25, 2011

Week IV

For the most part, the general flow of this internship is pretty similar week to week. I'd love to be able to be a little more profound, but one of the necessities of a scheduled blog is that it must (perhaps often?) delve into the mundane.

One of the more interesting aspects of this week has been the move into a more "knowledge solicitation" role. I enjoy production (and design) as a general act, but the nature of the NFA project is one that piques my interest particularly. Having grown up in a military family, there's something exciting about the heavily organized nature of military procedure, especially when it involves such cool machines. In that vein, I got to spend a lot of time this week talking about the performance of these machines in a context that was relevant to what they need to do for the NFA and what they would actually have to do in their respective fields of operation. I've been advised that learning how to solicit knowledge well is a good skill to nurture, and it's one I'll be more than happy to pursue, especially when it's as fun as it is for this project.

This next week is actually our week-long Spring Break, and so I'll be working on the project minimally, if at all. I'd like to be able to nail down some design specifics if I get the chance, because I know that even if I'm not working full-time, there are still a handful of our dev team that is. I'd like to be able to support them as best as I can. I got a real break in moving forward in the design this weekend, though, and I hope that will propel me to get in some of these basics I want to do.

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