My laundry is all folded and put away. I did all the dishes. It’s that kind of week. I woke up early yesterday to start a procedure in lab. We wanted to make the job take 1 day instead of the usual 2. (The deal was that I go in early and leave a little early and my coworker goes in at the normal time and stays to the normal time.) I like operating on a regular sleeping schedule, but I’m willing to shift things around to make the magic happen.
It’s been a long week, so last night, I was too exhausted when I got off work at 4 pm. I slept hard until 6 pm, and then a friend asked if I wanted to go to Chipotle. I really didn’t feel like it, but I put on a weather-inappropriate hoodie to go with my PJ pants and went. I started feeling better about halfway through my burrito.
I still didn’t feel like biking or doing anything very demanding, so I put on fuzzy pink socks and poured myself a glass of club soda in my T.S. Eliot mug.
I'm pretty sure my socks are from here: https://www.amazon.com/Plush-Multi-Color-Thick-Striped/dp/B0062PIR8Y/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1406225598&sr=8-13&keywords=fuzzy+socks
I highly recommend the socks.
My mug is from the Barnes and Noble in my hometown, but it's also available here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-jeff-fisher-ts-eliot-quote-mug/23720135
What ought one do after one has donned comfy socks and outfitted oneself with a soothing beverage?
I haven't played any computer game since my senior year of high school. (Back then I was playing Portal and Starcraft Wings of Liberty.) I do enjoy them, but I am usually more likely to curl up with a book. I started playing Mini Ninja, a cute casual game I got fromHumble Bundle. I found it pretty relaxing. It took a while to get it working on my laptop, which just runs Linux right now. I used to dual boot Windows, but found switching too tiresome. I use Wine software to run any Windows programs I want, and PlayOnLinux is apparently pretty good for playing games on Steam.
I needed yesterday night to recharge my batteries a little. I find working in a biology lab to be really exhausting at times, but it is rewarding.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.