They say that you can’t be in two places at once. I figured I would start this blog off with how you can be in two places at once and some times even more.
Because of our proximity to LA, one of the things you will run into as a student at Caltech is the film crews. This is kind of fun the first few times they block your way to class, but it gets old when the fake students block your way to class or cut you off as you are dashing to turn in a problem set on time. If you are fans of the show or movie that is getting filmed, you might be able to get autographs and photos with the stars. It all depends on your luck. So the first fun place in Pasadena I’ll be introducing is Caltech itself. So when we say welcome to Caltech, the film crews have already told you “ Welcome to CULA, Berkeley, and Cyprus Rhodes”.
Although the show Numb3rs has become known as THE show that is filmed on campus, visitor’s don’t realize that they have also seen your beautiful campus in Legally Blonde, The OC, and Greek. Most recently Entourage filmed on campus and some students that built an Entourage themed stack for ditch day got some of their t-shirts signed. Yup, turns out, even if you don’t go into LA much, sometimes it comes right to you.
Here are some scenes you might remember from TV and film with their real life campus counter parts
Where it really is: The Gene Pool in front of the Beckman Institute (Where I work!)
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).
I feel like a person’s desk or workspace can tell you a lot about them. So, I’ll reveal my darkest secrets and take you on a tour of my desk at Caltech! To begin, I’ll note that the dorm rooms have varying sizes/types of desks, so not all of them look like this; for example, bunk bed rooms in some houses have a desk as the bottom “bunk”, and so the desk spans the entire length of the bed. In comparison, mine is a standalone desk with some shelves on top of it. Regardless, I think what matters more is what a person chooses to put on/around their desk, so it’s time to show you all the nerdy things I have decorated my desk with.