Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MATLAB and Simulink tutorial...in Spanish

This morning at work we had a MATLAB and Simulink tutorial. For those of you who don't know, they are basically mathematical analysis and simulation tools, and if you're really interested, here's the website: http://www.mathworks.com/. I had been planning to skip it, since I already know MATLAB pretty well, and to be honest I don't think the way to learn Simulink is to go to a presentation about it. But my supervisor encouraged me to go, and I figured it was probably best to go along with what he suggested. Turned out, no.

The whole presentation was in Spanish, at varying speeds. The woman who introduced everything spoke slowly and clearly enough that I could understand her, but the second guy, who did the vast majority of the presentation, spoke very quickly, using a lot of technical jargon (I think). It was pretty much hopeless. I struggled to stay awake, but it didn't really matter, because I probably would have understood about the same amount if I were asleep.

Then was the best part: a coffee break, or in my case, a juice and snacks break. Then we resumed the presentation with a third guy presenting, who spoke at an intermediate speed. I got some of what he was saying, but I probably would have learned more just messing around with Simulink for the same amount of time. Oh well.

After the presentation it was time for lunch, of course. No rain today, and some people from another company who had been there for the tutorial joined us. I'm not sure what company they were from, and they sat at the other end of the table from me, so I didn't get to talk to them. I guess that's not that interesting.

The rest of the day went pretty much as usual, I went to the grocery store after work, and then I sat out on the balcony eating strawberries while I finished reading my second book. All in all, a lovely evening. I'm going to try to get to sleep early tonight so I can stock up on sleep before Paris!


  1. Wow, you've already read two books? I guess one of them was probably Blink. What was the other? And what will you read next?

    Sounds like you're having fun. I hope you stay awake for Paris! Love you,

  2. Caroline!
    I suppose at least now when you spend 30 minutes playing around with Simulink to figure out how it works your boss can't yell at you. Did the rest of the people at the tutorial speak Spanish as their primary language?
    Have fun in Paris!

  3. Hey Caroline! Guess where I'm going to be later today? If you guessed Los Angeles, you're right. It'll be nice to drive down the 405 again (but it will also be nice to leave after 2 days :D) I haven't really been able to read your blog because of this solar car road trip, but I will actually be reading it when we get back. Miss you!