Today I learned a valuable lesson in logistics in the city. Time flies in New York, not because things move fast here, but rather because it takes forever to get anything done. New York is like a time murdering ninja, it sneaks up on you and kills all of your time. With transit time and the locations of the things I generally need being spread out just enough to eat up my time coupled with the hidden minutes standing on the subway platform waiting for the train or at crosswalks waiting for traffic lights to change, time just really just runs away from you. In a New York minute as they say.
I started today off pretty well finishing up on some ICM work that I wanted to get done while I was at work. Like a normal Tuesday I get off with just enough time to walk over to the applications class, which ends about 6:30pm. I started to walk back to the ITP floor and begin work on my pcomp lab that involves serial connection to motors. A lab that I need to complete my cooking with sound midterm.
I got all the way to my locker and remembered that I need to go to tinkersphere to buy the motors that I am going to use for that project which I need to do the pomp lab. I have tried several times this week to get over to tinkersphere to buy these and never seem to get there when they are open this coupled with general forgetfulness is another problem (LISTS in MY FUTURE). I am not used to doing things this way. Ben Light said a couple of weeks ago, “It’s like you’re cooking in someone else’s kitchen.” An analogy that he meant for the floor shop, but I have begun to realize it is the city as a whole for me. Thirty minutes wasted going up to the floor and I am on my way to tinkersphere.
It takes about 20 minutes to walk to tinkersphere and on the walk I look up the hours for tinker sphere to double check since I have somehow missed them last two times I have tried to go there (Sunday : Closed, Monday, class until 9pm so again Closed). I have a little more than an hour to get there and buy the supplies (oh yeah… I haven’t eaten since noon, gotta pick up some food on the way back).
Once there, I received lots of helpful information from the girl who was working about the motors I intended to use, and she recommended for my purposes that I use a particular servo instead since it would likely provide the rpm I am looking for. (Retool the illustrator template to accommodate servos instead of motors … good thing I haven’t cut that acrylic yet) I picked up two of those and several other items that I needed for other projects, and 9v batteries that I will need to power the servos independently of the arduino that will run the project. At the checkout counter, I looked at the battery holders and thought to myself, “ the school has these so I will save a little money.” A decision I would later pay for.
All checked out, I remembered that I needed to go to Micheal’s to see if they had felt balls that I could use for ringers in the project and I looked them up on the old Google Maps and realized that it is about 40 minutes away from where I am. I walk to the subway and head up to Micheal’s and go in to take a look to see if they have what I need. Took a look at pom poms, the type that are used for craft projects, and they did not look like they would work. So I picked up some wood beads and some felt and I will make them myself. I grabbed a few other things I needed from there and with that I checked out and headed back to the school 25 minutes away.
Once there, 10pm, I start going through the stuff I bought and began pulling out the pcomp toolbox to begin working on the lab. Oh yeah… one more thing… I need to get those battery holders off the supply shelf. NOPE. There aren’t any left and tinkersphere is now closed. I have a battery connector for my arduino that came in my kit but I don’t want to sacrifice it to do this lab as I will need that part later for the project itself to power the board itself.
So I spend about 30 to 45 more minutes trying to see if there was a way for me to pull something together, but I was so deflated, that nothing was coming to me. So I decided to write a blog post to remind myself:
In the future:
Make a list of materials early, this list will inform the list of places that you need to go so you can make another list to schedule the time to go there.
Order the materials online, its cheaper in TIME, money, and you never have to wait on the subway platform wishing you could be working on the project so you can go home and sleep.
Again… DO NOT RELY ON THE SUPPLIES AT THE SCHOOL it will burn you every time.
Here’s to spending tomorrow afternoon doing the pcomp lab that should have been done today.