I spent my thanks giving with my friend Carter. I met Carter during my freshman year at GT. He came and sat to my table randomly at 7-8pm in the night. That’s how we met. After that night we kept in touch, became roommates for a while and now we are quite good friends. Before thanksgiving, we went to a house party of Carter’s high school friends. In the beginning I was quite shy and silent, there were about 10 strangers and I was in a house that i did not even know where it was. During the 3 years in United States, my social encounters were mainly in GT. I don’t know why but at GT if you stand still in party, and don’t interact with anyone, no one interacts with you or even looks at you. But surprisingly at Carter’s friends’ party EVERYONE CAME AND MET ME. I was incredibly surprised and inspired. After the initial ice breakers, we all talked about everything and anything, ranging from nuclear submarines (there was a navy guy who spent some time in a nuclear submarine), to our high-school flings to english literature to Turkish politics. It was an awesome house party. Sadly I don’t have any pictures from that night, stupid me.
For thanksgiving, we went to Carter’s families’ “Deer Camp”, I believe it was the first time that I left Georgia Tech during Thanks giving break. It was the best thanks giving I have ever had. As usual I had my laptop and one of my drones with me during the trip. I had the chance to try Drone Deploy during thanksgiving.
I created this site scan with the drone deploy app for DJI, sadly I flew too high, thats why the quality of the map is a little low. The drone deploy website just uses the pictures with location data encoded on them to construct the map. You can use other drones than dji as long as you have location and altitude data encoded on the images. I also found some papers about how to create a point cloud using images and their location data, I believe the software that created this map can also be written in couple of months. The whole processing took about 3 hours to complete. I’m interested in creating this software mainly because of the processing time and offline processing. Imagine we had 10 drones that were launched simultaneously, how cool would it be if we could create 3d maps and 2d maps real time and quite fast? I believe this would be priceless for emergency response teams!
Happily I also rode ATVs and socialized with Carter’s family members. I heard lots of interesting stories ranging from NASA/DARPA software engineering to training of bomb sniffing / hunting dogs.
I shot my first clay disk! I managed to shoot the first one and then missed the rest 😀
After thanksgiving I went to a Christmas tree farm with Carter’s family to pick up a Christmas tree! We walked around for about 30 minutes to choose one. That day I also cut my first tree. I was amazed by how seriously people decorated and chose their Christmas trees. In Istanbul we didn’t buy real trees, and decorated it with multiple boxes of ornaments. I remember the last time we decorated a Christmas tree. I believe I was in middle school and we had a plastic tree. We were just decorating it because we saw it in Hollywood movies. It was just a decoration and it also made us feel that New Year’s eve was special. Also we used to put presents under the tree! Ah good old times.
Overall I had an amazing thanks giving break that I probably won’t forget in 10 years.