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Allan K. '17

Feb 15 2017

three things i made recently

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

the semester just started, but it hardly feels like school's really in session yet. the snow's only just turned to rain and we've had two snow days in the last week, which meant lots of indoors time. it's kind of nice, really: mario kart in the lounge outside, teasing the hall cats, camping out in the kitchen warmth. everyone raiding the fridges for food. 

i found a cookie recipe over the weekend that's really working for me (it tastes like autumn), so here it is (mostly based on this betty crocker recipe):


1.5 cups granulated sugar

1.5 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups cinnamon applesauce

4 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 package of semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix the sugars, vanilla, eggs, and applesauce in a big bowl until it's homogenous and goopy. It'll be pretty runny.

Add the baking soda and salt, then mix in the flour as well. Mix... read the post »


Jan 29 2017


Posted in: Miscellaneous

received this email from mit administration sometime yesterday:

To the members of the MIT community:

The Executive Order President Trump signed yesterday restricting individuals from seven countries from entering the United States is already having an impact on members of our community.

While we are very troubled by this situation, our first concern is for those of our international students and scholars who are directly affected. We are working closely with them to offer every support we can.

We are also keeping close watch on the overall situation and exploring the best options to help and respond.

If you have specific questions, please contact David Elwell, associate dean and director of the International Students Office or Penny Rosser, director of the International Scholars Office.

Martin A. Schmidt
Cynthia Barnhart
Maria T. Zuber

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got this updated letter this morning:

To the... read the post »


Jan 13 2017

a few things from civic media

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

in case you didn't know, it's currently independent activities period (IAP) at MIT -- between the fall and spring semesters, students get a little one-month term to do pretty much whatever they feel like. lots of people take "externships" (short one-month internships) in industry or research. still others take the opportunity to travel through MIT MISTI. some people stay on campus and take classes or work on UROPs. some people just take the month to catch up on sleep, work on personal projects (or bad ideas), and hang out with friends. 

so there's a lot going on, but campus still feels a lot more relaxed than it does during the school year. most of the dining halls are closed because so many people are away from MIT. and maybe people are staying indoors more because it's january and it finally started snowing.

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i'm excited to report that two things i've been helping with through my UROP at the center for civic media recently got published online. the first is this... read the post »


Dec 29 2016

semester wrap-up

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

one year ago i was living in an apartment in seattle while on leave from mit. the apartment looked like this:


this past semester i was an mit student again. i took four and a half classes and worked a lot. i helped design an airplane in 16.82, one of the capstone options for the aero/astro degree. here is a part of that airplane (i worked on the software/communications/avionics subteam):


i learned a little about digital electronics:


i helped present some research i contributed to in my urop at the center for civic media:


i did some things away from mit too. that's important--getting away from mit. even when you're not on leave.

i went to a documentary play about race in education and the school-to-prison pipeline, called notes from the field. it was at the american repertory theater in harvard square.


i volunteered in a door-to-door get-out-the-vote campaign in newport news, virginia, the weekend before election day. i knocked on doors... read the post »


Dec 11 2016

to boldly go…

Posted in: Miscellaneous

our showerhead broke



happy last week of classes