TUGDUAL

EPFL, Masters 2nd year Computer Architecture

ALL THE PASTA

I want to eat all the different types of pasta Barilla has to propose. I sent them a message asking if they could send me the list of all the different numbers of pasta but they apparently don't have one ! I guess I'll do it myself then. Scrapping the website, filtering out the pesto and miscellaneous products, I finally (6 hours later 🤡) obtain a list of all different pasta numbers ! To better visualise where I can find them, I built a small website where I will be keeping track of the pasta types I've bought, tasted and an overall score. My adventures will be logged on a telegram channel for those who wish to partake in the adventure !

BANC

We wanted to get a bench for the house as there isn't really a place to put the shoes and coats back in the apartment. I thought it would be a great excuse to try learning to weld as the design we chose was only right angle welds. Bought some steel, cut it up after having modelled it on Fusion360 and then learned to weld ! Six hours later and after a lot of learning, I got a bench ! Now we learned what primer is for after seeing rust appear during the painting process, so we had to do a second round. Finally, some time later I found a good piece of wood to sand down and luster up to place on the steel, completing this great learning experience ! We can finally put our socks on while sitting down 🎉.

GATĂ”

I decided during new years that I would do a cake everyday for a year. It's been a wild ride but we've reached the 100 day mark and I can safely say that I believe this to be a fantastic success. This bizarre challenge has pushed me to do random things such as ask people in a train if they could host me for the night and if I could bake a cake in their oven, or simply try out recipes that shouldn't exist. The channel on which I would post everyday is available here. A fantastic way to learn also about what perseverance can do. More cake will come do not fear.

USER EXPERIENCE

Nous avons eu un cours de "Design thinking" ou le but était d'apprendre à attaquer des problèmes avec différentes "Frameworks" pour y trouver des solutions. Pour illustrer nos solutions nous avons exploité Midjourney pour produire des images des produits qu'on propose. Le dossier complet est disponible ici, montrant l'utilisation de Chat-GPT pour le développement du site.

TRANSPAL PAINTING

AGEPoly possède moulte transpalettes et des cargos, ainsi que plein d'autre matériel. Dans un but de créer une identité visible j'ai proposé au comité de repeindre le matériel dans la couleur des pulls, un sorte de turquoise. Après discussion avec le SKIL je suis parti sur de la peinture 2 composant d'une carrosserie puis hop ! Quelques heures de pris et même le vieux transpal dinosaur avait l'air neuf !

AUTOSTOP

Cet été, j'ai commencé à faire du stop, car aller de Lausanne à Barcelone, ça coûte trop cher sinon. Cela a lancé une grande passion pour ce mode de transport où on peut rencontrer tout type de personne : complotiste, couples, ingénieurs pour le secteur électrique néerlandais, teufeurs bretons, chef de secteur chez BOBST, chef d'hôpital, peintre polonais qui roule à 240 km/h sur l'autobahn... Au menu niveau voitures : Ford Fiesta, VW Golf, Tesla, Porsche Cayenne et Audi S7. De loin, une des meilleures découvertes cette année (Merci Bastien pour l'idée :)). Total de 3250km et 41h15 de voiture !

LETTRE

Un bon ami à moi part en voyage pendant un an sur un batô. Je j'apprécie énormément et j'ai décidé de lui écrire une lettre afin qu'il le sache ! Papier 300g/m2 trouvé dans une partagère et image de bateau et oiseau trouvé en ligne, je l'ai laser découpé afin de créer une découpure puis mis dans un autre papier jaune comme enveloppe en vitesse.

BOB

Decided to make a bob to learn how to use the sowing machine. Using my aunts experience we cut out the shapes and measured my head to get the correct dimensions. A good 4h later we obtained the final product after having cutout the pattern, chosen the textile and used my grandma's Bernina that still works like new after 40 years of heavy use !

SAVON

La savonnerie du Fer à Cheval vends des blocs de 10kg de savon de Marseille. Je trouvais cela drôle d'aller en acheter en vélo depuis Lausanne. Départ samedi à 9h45 depuis chez moi pour une arrivé 45h et 600km plus tard à Marseille en passant par Genève, Valence, Avignon et en dormant un total de 4h ! Arrivé à 5h40, j'ai plus de fesses ! Au final j'en ai acheté deux.

SIROLOC

Suite à une idée d'Elior, la colocation Siroloc est née - un des buts est de collectionner tous les sirops Morands disponibles ! Plein d'aventures en découlent: des cadeaux, une visite de l'entreprise impromptu (Où on nous a gracieusement offert une avant-première au sirop Diana des bois qui s'apprêtait à sortir), la mise en place d'un site siroloc.ch pour informer les visiteurs des sirops qu'on possède et plus récemment la création d'une étagère pour les mettre en avant !

NFC RING

Pendant les vacances de février, j'ai tenté de transformer ma carte d'accès au campus de l'EPFL en annaux que je pouvais porter sur mon doigt. La carte est fait de PCB et se dissout à l'acetone pour ne laisser que le fil qui sert de transceiver et d'inducteur afin d'alimenter une petite puce caché au sein de la carte. Après quelques essais, je suis capable de maintenant ouvrir comme avec une carte normale les portes des batiments, payer et utiliser les imprimantes ! Le fil reste très fragile, j'aimerais fabriquer une version plus solide et capable d'être détécté de plus loin.

CLARIFY

In 2019 I took a train to go to STARTHack St Gallen. One of the competitions was axed around helping people in need. We worked on a proof of concept showing that people that have difficulty articulating could benefit off a device that improves the articulation so as to render the disabled person more independent with everyday activities, especially phone calls.

SUPERBoard

Lors d'une fin de soirée nous sommes tombées sur des SMARTBoards aux encombrants avec Olivier. Un peu de motivation et quelques grammes m'aident à le ramener à la maison. Il s'avère que c'est un trackpad, je peux donc définir diverses actions selon des zones différentes du tableau. Par exemple, créer un clavier pour inciter l'impression d'étiquettes marrantes, interfacé avec une RaspberryPi entre le SMARTBoard et l'étiqueteuse Brother (Reuf)

AUTOPOST

La poste suisse à un service qui propose l'envoi d'une carte postale gratuite tout le jours. C'est un service incroyable mais il est pas possible de programmer l'envoi donc j'oublie souvent d'ouvrir l'application de manière journalière. Heureusement, la poste propose aussi un API. Avec un script python, tout le jours, une image est prise d'un dossier dédié et envoyé par la poste vers mon addresse. Il me suffit maintenant de simplement placer les images que je souhaite envoyer dans ce fichier, le reste ce fait automatiquement !

MALEVICH

Mom and Foulques came to EPFL for a few days. She loves art, and one of the goals in her classroom is to make the kids interact more with different creations of artists. Before, I had already created a frame based of Mondrian, now this time the goal was to make humans based off the art of Kazimir Malevich. Mom drew the outline, then we vectorized the picture and adjusted the fine details by editing the nodes of the outline. Result: 16 humans to play with.

CHAMPIGNONS

Dimanche j'ai suivi Kuba dans la forêt pour aller à la chasse aux champignons. C'est comme Pokémon GO mais mieux - il faut traverser de la broussaille pour tomber sur des champignons plus ou moins rares. L'expertise de Kuba était utile pour ne pas mourir en prenant le mauvais champignon. Résultat des courses: des cèpes, girolles et trompettes de la mort ainsi que des lactaires délicieux. Problème: Je connais maintenant beaucoup de noms de champignons mais en polonais.

SPARTAN

Lors d'une soirée on me propose de participer a une spartan le lendemain. Je me retrouve en guelle de bois le lendemain a être en train de courir un 5km avec 20 obstacles et 450m de dénivlé. Experience 10/10, vu sur les montagnes du Valais avec un ciel bleu. Would do again

BOB ROSS

After about a year I finally took out the two frames I had and with Jeanne we followed a sacred Bob Ross ™️ tutorial. It took around 2 hours and surprisingly no paint fell on the floor or table 🌚. I think it is by far one of my most prized memories with Jeanne <3

BRODERIE

Decided to learn to sow on the most basic level, asked grandma for some help to make some little patterns using 3 different colors of string. With the help of aida cloth which allows easy cross-stitch embroidery. Was a great experience. Mom came to give us extra tips and tricks on being more efficient when making lines of cross-stitches.

CHAINSAW

Après un rachat un peu foireux de matériel de bricolage sur Facebook Market place je me suis retrouvée avec une tronçonneuse en ma possession, qui fonctionnait pas. 1h de démontage m'as permis de trouver le problème: Le frein moteur s'était fondu dans le plastique. Un coup de dremelle sur le plastique et hop ! La tronçonneuse fonctionne de nouveau, bien que sans une pièce de sécurité un peu cruciale ;)

RADĂ–

When walking behind the student bar of our school I noticed that the plastic keykegs were being loaded into a truck. Apparently they are recycled when empty. With the help of a very large metal frame that was laying around we decided to make a raft with some friends. We then went to the lake to test it out. There was enough buoyancy for a total of 7 people on it! Doors of metal lockers were used without much efficiency to paddle around. An overall success :)

TREBUCHET

Bored during the summer holidays with two friends we decided it would be a good time to build a weapon of mass destruction. We took some wood from grandpa and got to work building the medieval potato launcher that would be this project. The hardest part was finding a good counterweight, but thankfully grandpa saved the day by giving us a car battery. We also ended up in the regional news paper.

CADRE

Both of my grandparents live near the sea. Using 3mm medium density fiberboard and some tinted black plexiglass I decided to make them some maps of their area. I used snazzymaps.com to create a black and white theme of their cities with the roads. One of the frames was done with wood from a waste disposal and the other adapted from an old frame to fit the map.

PotAGEP

Avec Marie nous avons amenagee le terrain devant le local de l'AGEPoly pour la deuxieme annee de suite. Nous y avons plantee: 2 courgettes, 2 concombres, des haricots grimpants, 6 plants de tomates et un oeillet d'inde qui repousse les nématodes pour les tomates, des radis, des carottes, 2 basilics, 24 salades, de la ciboulette, un groseillier, 2 framboisiers, un piment, du thym, et du persil. Cout total: ~100 CHF de plantons et graines.

TRANSPALETTE

Dimanche matin je suis tombé sur une annonce pour un transpalette sur Facebook marketplace pour 80 CHF. J'ai pris la décision de louer une voiture et aller le chercher, puis dans les prochains jours le poncer et repeindre. La peinture m'aura coûté 30 CHF en plus.

LAMP

Our flat in which I live with 3 other people had a lot to improve on. One of the main problems was lighting, which initially was provided by one poor light. Poor lighting makes it hard to work and stay concentrated. With Jeanne I decided it was time for a change. Went to OBI (The hardware store) a total of 5 times to finally obtain all the necessary things to build the lamp. It took a total of 15h to wire up and sand everything and finally obtain a product that lit of the room in a more uniform and brighter fashion!

SJOELBAK

Back From Paques, an event organized by AGEPoly (Association for the students of EPFL) budgeted 150 CHF for me to build this famous dutch shuffleboard. Measurements were taken rapidly from this site. The wood cost ~70 CHF and the varnish another 10. The little peices of wood were made out of truck flooring plywood and a CNC. A dark varnish allowed the material to look more authentic

MUN SIGN

During the vacation of 2019 I used the SKIL to create a new Sign Plate for MUN, in our entrance of our headquarters CO116 it is composed of two PMMA, one white for the background and a transparent one with a combination of a black and red vinyl stickers cut out with a Silhouette 3.

THE WHEEL

During this summer I got the idea of downloading the dataset of all the units at EPFL and representing them with D3.js, a javascript library for data visualisation. This project allowed me to better understand how this language works, and what typical coding parterns are used in it. In the future I would like to add the option to see the people in each unit, optimise it so it doesn't slow down computers too much and make a version with history in mind.

AUTOMATIC POSTING

People don't regularly visit websites anymore without having notifications. If only RSS was still something people used! Although in the future I plan on adding it for now I wanted to be able to avoid doing redundant work by being able to post what I do on Telegram but also automatically post it on my website. Now whenever a post appears on t.me/tugdualupdates it is automatically added to my website as well!

STICKER DETECTION

For my semester project of my EPFL Bachelors, I decided to rebuild my dinosaur detector but generalize it to being able to detect any sticker in my area. This used Facebook's python library Detectron2 and an implementation of Few-Shot papers by Oscar Knagg. Overall the project was a success and I wish to spend more time on it later on.

BARNABE

The headquarters of the Sysmic association have a projector and really apreciate listening to music on youtube through it. Unfortunately there is always the need to be connected to the HDMI cable. Thanks to a RPI B+ and some simple python code I am able to have a bot which will respond to @barnab on a specific group, suggest youtube songs and respond. One can click on pause/play, next, previous and increase or lower the volume of the projector all from the bot.

MY NAME ON MARS

For the Perseverance rover it was possible to add our name onto an engraved plate that would go with it on its launch in July 2020 onboard the Atlas V 541 rocket, along with a cool 10 million other people!

FREE REMOTE FOR PRESENTATIONS

Instead of studying ProbaStat for my exams, I procrasinated by giving myself a remote to present my Semester Project, but without having to spend 100$ on some random remote. This bot simply recreates the keyboard presses I typically use for my presentations (Space, left, right...). This project took around ~15 minutes to complete, from start to finish! New record :^)

CALVIN AND HOBBES

On a whim when back from EPFL to vacation for Easter with the family I asked my Mom if she could teach me how to paint. I had already painted, but a long time ago and I feel like I have a sort of helplessness associated with just not knowing where to start for things a simple as painting. This also applies in Sowing, Woodworking, Car reperations and, probably forever seeing as how complex the field is, Computer Science.

SUGAR ROCKETS

Once again bored during quarantine and having completed the DARPA Potato Canon, I wanted to go a little further. The obvious answer is building rockets, so after a little research and the wonderfully documented blog of Richard Nakka, I decided to go for the classic potassium nitrate (KNO3) + sugar rockets. Just like your car, your rocket needs oxygen and a fuel. Instead of using petrol we will use sugar, and instead of using the oxygen of the atmosphere we will grab them from the potassium nitrate. We grabbed some sodium nitrate from the gardening store and some potassium chloride from the pharmacy (A common replacement for salt). Did a double displacement reaction and ended up with our long awaited for potassium nitrate. Some tests reveal flamboyant success, and, don't tell mom but when mixing another batch later on it exploded and my hair burt to a crisp. Thankfully I was wearing goggles and a mask, so my moustache is intact.

WOODEN ELEMENTS

I absolutely love chemistry, and thus I decided it would be awesome to laser cut some periodic table of elements with a collectable like feeling to them (Basically make them look cute). To acheive this I used a multitude of programs and loopholes so as to automatise the process of editing each name. I started by downloading a csv with all the elements and their numbers, then designing the basic template token in inkscape, then using a python program to copy paste and change the number, symbol and name and paste the elements one next to another. I then transform it using SVG to DXF

MUN SITE

For the MUN association of at EPFL we wanted to improve the site as the current one simply wasn't attractive enough. This was part of a bigger initiative to have a clearer and more consistent image of MUN EPFL, as the last years it had been with defracted. Using simple HTML and CSS we were able to build a clean and readble website the perfect amount of information

SPONGEBOB AT EPFL

When I learned that there was a way to print my own plastic cards using a machine at EPFL I decided it was time to sign spongebob up for EPFL. I spent around 2-3h working on copying pixel for pixel the camipro standard, and then changing the information and picture on it for spongebob. Doing this, I learned a few things in the domain of printers (How to register them, send jobs etc) as well as the standards used in plastic cards (Such as that they are 86mm x 54mm)

AUTOMATÉ

Lors d'un cours d'archord, avec Elior on a eu l'idee fantastique de creer une machine qui automatiserais la vente de club mates, des boissons remplies de caffeine. Apres quelques dessins de design, nous avons commencee a construire la boite dans laquelle une personne se mettrais et donnerait un mate a ceux qui vennait appuyer sur un bouton. Malheureusement le projet ne s'est jamais acheve.

HEADPHONES

The MDR-1000X headphones that I bought cost 250 Euro, but unfortunately broke (Probably because of the cold...). I looked online and noticed that I wasn't the only one that had this problem. A few prints later after having found 3-4 potential models I was able to print a 3d piece that managed to fit but wasn't too feeble. Problem solved!

LE CHURROS

EPFL decided to install this weird ass sculpture on the diagonale, a popular walkway. Seeing as there was no name on it, with the inspiration of a friend we decided to baptise it Le churros, 1999, (Not edible) The actual name of the structure is Beton, made in the 70s.

LASER DINOSAUR

At SKIL at EPFL, for the project of the hidden dinosaurs I decided to create a small gift for those who would be able to find all of them. After some experimenting I came up with a design of 4 layers so as to give it depth, and using the eyes as an anchor point for the layers.

SHYPOOPER

Finally, a web application that's capable of accumulating the fine knowledge of which bathrooms are the best at EPFL. Thanks to this site coded using OpenLayers, MongoDB and Express one can check the quality of a variety of bathrooms at EPFL

LAUSANNE TO LILLE

With Augustin decided it would be a good idea to bike all the way back from Lausanne to Lille by bike. Took a sore ass, 4 days of biking and one afternoon of traversing the Jura hungover to acheive this dumb idea. Left with just a backpack, no sleeping bag nor tent. Used WarmShowers to find splaces to sleep.

TYPING SPEED

After reseting my computer because I had accidentaly corrupted my Ubuntu, I was presented with the option to select a keyboard layout. I decided to go with Colemak, which had been specificaly designed to be more efficient at typing compared to Qwerty. Over the course of 2 weeks I went from 0 wpm to 50! I am currenty working on punctuation and coding, as those also rely on muscle memory.

DARPA POTATO GUN

Bored on a saturday morning with Charles and Come, we decide that it is time we made a potato gun. Ingredients: Potato, PVC and lighter. Surprisingly powerful, especially given that less fuel gives a more potent explosion (Ratio of Oxygen?)

ANKI ELEMENTS

The second deck I chose to work on after the World countries one is dedicated to the periodic table of elements, namely the name, atomic number and symbol. It took me 1 month to learn, 10 minutes a day. This confirmed the efficiency of Anki which I since then use to store notes about classes and programming. This also introduced me to the art of memory as it used small images associated to each element so as to help the learning process.

THIS WEBSITE

The day after making the blender space ship I decided it was time to make a terrible website on which I would be able to log all the projects I enjoy investing time in. The result is this sort of deck of cards, each one describing something I find worth of sharing. It took a full day for me to make the cards, animate and modularise them, without ever having touched Javascript before. Quite satisfied.

BLENDER SPEEDRUN

Drew some perspective drawing 2 days ago, wanted to see how it would look in Blender. Then spent the next day on learning how to use the application. Really intuitive, got a good grasp thanks to this fellow on YouTube: Imphenzia. I then decided to see if I could preview it on a github page I had recently created (This one). After a solid day of work my shitty 3D model is viewable on a website from anywhere around the world!

ANKI WORLD

Using the opensource application ANKI, I was able in the span of a month, 20 minutes a day, to memorise all countries, capitals, geolocations and flags. This totaled to around 10 hours of work. It also allowed me to realise the potential of Anki. I have used it since to memorize a multitude of other subjects that you can find in other cards. As a side note, I chose to also memorise the cantons of Switzerland, their capital and coat of arms, as well as the regions of France.