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Dec 31 2017

Thoughts for the New Year

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

I was reading through my old blog posts and realized that it’s been a while (read: the entire semester) since I’ve blogged about my thoughts and feelings on things, so in honor of New Year’s Eve, I decided to reflect on the sidequests I planned at the beginning of the year.

Sidequest 1: Learn the building numbers. I would still consider this one incomplete because I’ve had to sheepishly check the MIT map saved on my phone more recently and more frequently than I’d like to admit. For the most part, though, I generally know the number of the building that I happen to be standing in.

Sidequest 2: Get my Pirate Certificate. Technically, this is only 25% complete because I only got through the fencing PE class. However, I am now on the varsity fencing team, and that’s arguably cooler than getting a Pirate Certificate (at least, that’s what I tell myself).

Sidequest 3: Collect 60 free t-shirts. I have a bare minimum of 10 free t-shirts, and that’s only counting the ones that I wear... read the post »

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Dec 4 2017

Lambda Tea

Posted in: Miscellaneous

There are times when I feel incredibly lucky to exist in close proximity to so many creative and amazing individuals, and right now is one of them.

I present to you: A BOBA MACHINE LOOK AT THIS MIRACLE THAT HAS DESCENDED TO EARTH
 

The machine is the brainchild of MIT’s very own startup Lambda Tea, and the three wonderful human beings responsible for its creation are Catherine Zeng ‘20, Robert Henning ‘20, and Jingwei Ma ‘20 (pictured below from left to right).
 

When Jingwei invited me to Lambda Tea’s grand opening, my second reaction was, “Wow, a boba machine is literally the most useful thing ever, why hasn’t anybody thought of that?” (My first reaction was, of course, “HOLY CRAP BOBA MACHINE”) So after their grand opening and some debugging, I asked them some questions about how and why they decided to create basically the best thing ever.

The Lambda Tea team originally received funding from Sandbox (an MIT seed-funding initiative for its students) for another idea... read the post »

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Nov 14 2017

C-Sail

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

This might look like a regular old picture of the Stata Center on a cloudy morning...but wait, there's more.

Do you see what I see?

Take a closer look at that sail!

Looks to me like a sail with a C on it...a C-Sail...

It's a C-Sail on CSAIL!

(For those of you who still don't get it: the Stata Center houses the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, aka CSAIL. Most people pronounce this sea-sail, hence the punny hack.)

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Nov 13 2017

Blogger Fam Takes the MFA

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Occasionally, we bloggers get together and do cool things that are off the internet. Today was one of those instances. And by today I mean Sunday, because even though I'm writing this at 4:45 AM, tomorrow isn't until 6 AM by MIT rules.

Elizabeth was kind enough to organize a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for us. It happened to be somewhat early (granted, my sleep schedule is messed up enough that I classify 11 AM as somewhat early) and a large proportion of the bloggers were probably still asleep, but Petey, Elizabeth, Afeefah, Danny, and I went anyways and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We also took MANY pictures. You have been warned.

We started off with an exhibit with art by Takashi Murakami, a modern Japanese artists whose works fall very much into my aesthetic of basically anything Japanese.

I usually don't like modern art, but this is just too dang cute.

I have no idea what this is, but it looks straight out of Plants vs. Zombies.

 

There were... read the post »

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Nov 5 2017

More Cool Data Stuff, ft. Immersion

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I emerge from three weeks of being fairly hosed WITH MORE COOL DATA STUFF GUYS WOOOO.

This time, though, I cannot take any credit for the tear-inducingly beautiful data visualization that you are about to see. The Media Lab is much better at this sort of stuff than I am, after all.

I present to you: immersion.media.mit.edu.
 

The Collective Learning group at the Media Lab put together a VERY COOL THING (that seems to be pretty dated at this point, even though my friends and I just discovered it) that allows you to visualize who you correspond with through email. It’s also LITERALLY MY FAVORITE THING ON THE INTERNET AHHHH.

Basically, it’s a node graph that shows you who sends you emails and who sends emails to you. If we look at my graph, we can pick out three big blobs that correspond to certain groups. The green area is the blogger fam (the very large green blob is Petey, naturally), the conglomerate of blue, red, and brown blobs is comprised almost entirely of East... read the post »

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