Erin Truesdell, PPJ, Fall Week 10


Thanks, Turkey, and Twisty Cylinders


  • Add “twist” functionality to piano cylinders: 4h
  • Video Shoot: 2h
  • Debugging, Build, Deliverables: 1h

Total Hours: 7h

Positives: Trains were taken. Snow was trekked through. Parades were watched. Side dishes were consumed. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving Break! But that didn’t stop me (or my teammates) from tackling some small, high-value tasks over the past week. In my case, that meant spending some time at home in an Oculus headset, making sure the piano cylinders could be twisted together as we originally intended – the coding went relatively smoothly, and I’m really happy with how the interaction came out! It still needs a little juice, but the twist is there and that’s something I’m thankful for.

Oh, and we had fun shooting our promotional video – a parody of a scene from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” There’s nothing to cap off your last piece of work before break quite like Joe Brown wearing sparkly yellow suspenders.

Also, team communication has improved! This makes for a very happy co-lead 🙂

Negatives: FINALS ARE COMING. With concerts and assignments and presentations, my life is about to catch on fire again. The next few weeks will likely be a slog of problems and debugging as we crawl towards the end of term, but I’m confident that our hard work thus far this term has put us in a great place to stay on schedule.

Looking Ahead:

  • JUICE for the piano cylinders: snapping and sound! These are important from an actual interaction standpoint, so they’re higher on the priority list than regular juice items.
  • MENU! Or at least a draft of it.