This has been the best summer yet. Not only because of the experience and memories but also because of the amount I got to learn over the past eight weeks.
First off, the project has been a success. I got above what I aimed for at the start of the internship. This past Thursday, I presented my project to a crowd of around 70 people at Harvard Law. People loved the fusion of art history and technology and I received really good feedback on it. There are two aspects of the project that make me happy. One being that not only I was able to make a terminal-based version of my project but also host the entire thing online using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Second aspect relates much more to the art side, I was able to make predictions about any input image and render which lesser-known artist might have painted that. In this manner, it serves as an art exploratory tool for not only myself, but for every art enthusiast out there. Here is my project, curate: http://curate-env.pwfuqy2wzu.us-west-2.elasticbeanstalk.com/. As I have had some issues with AWS when updating my application, I get new URL every time I update my application. This get out-dated sometime soon if I update my application but the latest link will always be available from ‘About’ page of the website. The slides I used for the presentation are hosted here: bit.ly/curate-slides
Apart from the amazing internship project, I had a great experience because of my two fellow interns: Michelle and Julian (and they too made some really good projects). I also had a great weekend trip to NYC, where I went to MoMA and Guggenheim, the latter turned out to be the best art museum visit I have ever made. Capping off things I learned this summer, I was able to learn to restart my reading habit and complete The President is Missing, Another Country (Baldwin), Man’s Search for Meaning, and When Breath Becomes Air. I plan to finish The Glass Castle and We Should All be Feminists before the end of my internship. I also made my initial steps into world of cooking and learned to make wide array of sandwiches (including NYC inspired Bagel ones) and burritos, a massive shout-out to Michelle and Julian for the motivation and help. Among other things, I got my hair colored and received diverse set of reviews on them and got thrown popcorn at during Red Sox game because of cheering for Mariners. I am also back on twitter @satvik_sh
Big thanks to everyone at Library Innovation Lab for the help and feedback on curate.
Looking forward to the last couple of weeks and then heading back to India for a month worth of family, food, friends, and adventures.