Saturday, December 15, 2012

The 61st thing - I See You :P

Wearing contact lenses for the first time now! Supposed to not wear specs on my brother's wedding so I had to purchase contact lenses :) I had this sorta training to learn to wear them. The optometrist had told me that I had to make sure I had half an hour to spare for training, and then I wondered why anyone would need half an hour!! I took more than 40 mins :P  The trainer first opened a test lens. The lens (the daily disposable one) is in a small plastic case that looks a bit like a large pill case. Its got a plastic cover that should be peeled off and a thin soft lens swimming in a transparent liquid is revealed. The trainer dipped his finger into the liquid and pulled out the lens. He said he'd show me how to use a liquid that comes with the lens as well (the daily disposables don't need to be treated with the liquid, but others do). He took a plastic bottle with a nozzle and poured some transparent liquid into his left palm and placed the lens in it. He pushed the lens about, making sure it got the liquid all over it. He said he's place it on my right eye first. Overcoming your reflex actions is hard. I kept blinking furiously once the lens so much as touched my eye. I was squeamish and he told me not to worry about it :P He made me look to one side, and then stuck the lens onto the white part of the eye ball and made me look left and right until the lens settled comfortably on the pupil. It burned slightly. I still kept blinking, my eye was trying to get the foreign body out. So it teared up slightly. The trainer said that to most people it waters a lot, and for me it was only slight. My vision was different and felt weird cuz the test lens had a power of -6, where as my right eye had a power of -1.75. So it felt like my vision got worse after wearing a lens. Then he asked me to look to one side again, pinched the lens and got it off. He made it seem quite easy. He then put it on to the left eye, which put up a bit of a fight. It blinked more, watered more. Even getting it off from the left eye was a little difficult. He put it on for both the eyes again and this time they seemed to keep jumping off after he put them on! He said, "Ad heg ri madthaidira? Namgu helkodi." It apparently didn't happen to others. Then it was my turn to try.

First of all, I had long nails and this made putting on the lenses and getting them off slightly difficult cuz I could've scratched my eye. I have long nails for my brother's wedding again! The things I'm doing for his wedding! Second, my hair kept getting in the way. The trainer suggested that I cut off the nail for the index finger at least. He looked at my key chain and said, "Hegidru nail cutter thandiralla," and I laughed :D I told him I usually didn't grow my nails but I had to do it for my brother's wedding. He looked very serious and said, "Yake? Jagla kaibeku antha na..," and I was so taken aback! I thought he was very serious and didn't understand how I would want to fight with my brother on his wedding! And he again said seriously, "Yaaranna parchbeku antha idira?". I laughed and said, "Illa nail polish yella haakbekanthe.. adakke.." So I tried to put it on to my right eye first. He taught me how to position my hands again. It was a bit hard but I got it done. Getting it off was much harder. I had to look to one side and push the lens off the pupil and then pinch the lens and get it off. Sliding was easy, pinching and getting it off was difficult due to the length of my nails. But I finally did it after a lot of trying. The trainer was very patient and sometimes used to talk to me about other things so I would be distracted from the discomfort while trying to pull the lens out.
The left again put up a fight. But I was glad when I could finally get them off my myself. I then put on my own lenses. The feeling of seeing without glasses was so exhilarating :P First thing different was when I had to put on my helmet. I instinctively wanted to pull out my glasses before I put on the helmet.

All in all, my eyes are feeling pretty ok now, still slightly uncomfortable, but manageable. I can wear daily disposables for an entire day and even sleep with them on for 3 hours max. I'm not able to read well though. Text is blurred. Apparently it happens and my eyes need to get used to the lenses and this would take about 4 to 5 days.

Today is Jerry's birthday! :D Nandini wants to invite us to her sister's wedding on Feb 1st so I need to go to college at around three. Trying to convince jerry to come too :)
Just came back :) Met Nandini, Jerry, Shashank, Shishira, Karthik, Binds, Sarthak, Vijay, Rathan, Vishnu, Hareesh and Srinidhi (who forgot my name was Arpitha and thought I was Anushree and asked me what Arpitha was doing :P). It was nice seeing them again :) I took off my lenses, they were tiring my eyes out, and thought I'd take a picture of it:

The 60th thing. I'VE MISSED YOU

SO MUCH! IT'S BEEN AGES SINCE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO WRITE ANYTHING HERE! First I was really busy and even when I wanted to write something with the little free time I got, my web browser just wouldn't open the page! I recently reset the modem settings and now my wifi is called Rafa :D

    There are so many things to say. I guess I should start with the earliest things that I can remember. Since it was April since the last time I wrote, the project work was on full swing then. We completed the MATLAB code for object detection and even got started on object recognition. We tried to port to the DM64something processor (god I can't believe I've forgotten, oh yeah! DM642!) so we got working on Simulink for that. Also I suddenly felt Meena ma'am was Shridhar sir's wife and got terribly excited about that but then she wasn't :P We'd even entered ourselves into a project competition and we realized how ill prepared we were. It was a shock that we deserved! And we even set out to write a paper regarding our project (where something truly disappointing happened). Few of the memorable times we've had was when we decided to take a temporary printout to Prof. Bhaktha and while coming back from the xerox shop to Gulduji's car, we got drenched from head to toe. Hated that wet feeling :( and after all that, we caught Prof. B just about to leave and he smiled awkwardly and said he didn't want to see us "coming and drenching" ;) so the next time we met him we were completely dry. I thought writing the report would be easy but it was absolutely painful. I was amazed at how sharp Prof. B's powers of observation were; he noticed tiny things that escaped us and I really liked that he was such a perfectionist. It was a pain and pleasure to comb through the report and try to make sure every letter and paragraph followed the rules. It was exhausting. I think that day we stayed in Anushree's house and tried to finish off the report and also the paper. We decided that Anushree would drop Supreeth and me to coll where I'd left my bike near McD, and then she would get back home. But we kept post-poning the time we had to leave. 8 PM turned to 9, when we forced Chunts to go home on her Hayabusa, to my disbelief 10, and finally to my utter disbelief 11 PM when we finally left her house. Sup drove the car till McD and that's when I took over the car and he rode my gaadi home. Something very strange happened when I was driving. The road I take after Srinivasa's cool corner was a small diversion from the main road and was completely dark. The car's headlights were the only sources of light. I had to slow down at a hump when I thought I saw something slither across to the middle of the road very quickly, and stop right there and look at the incoming car. I was stunned, as I drove right over the thing! Not on the creature but well the car's underbelly would've acted as a ceiling to that thing for a moment. And my imagination kicked in, and I wondered if that thing had intentionally slithered to the middle of the road when it saw the car, waited for the car to pass over it where it would somehow get hooked on to the car and sneak inside. I was a little tensed and thought I had to tell Gulduji about it as soon as I got back home. (I did days later when I remembered about it and she just laughed :P).

I remember when Chunts, Gulduji and I went to college in the morning with the intention of getting the report printed, and we met RH Ma'am who mentioned few formats to us, and we sat in classroom 104 in the classroom block. We still weren't done when it was four or six in the evening and Gulduji had to leave cuz of some errand, and Chunts and I stayed and I was surprised at her determination to see this thing through to the press (or rather the xerox shop). We then went to the xerox shop at around seven or seven thirty and stayed there till our first ever copy was printed. 8 P.M.
I should be updating this post till the present but I don't have the time to right now but I don't want to miss out on the fresh present either so I'm going to continue posting new posts and editing this one at the same time :)