WELL GEEZ Have I had a crazy week! I believe last time I chatted with you kids it was around when I got my haircut last Saturday. Well I promised I would tell you all about the music festival, so here we go!
So for those of you that really don’t know, this festival was supposedly world wide. However, I’ll give you “version Paris point oh”
So what it is: anyone who wants to give a free little concert to passersby on the street basically tells some guys what their plan is. These guys use this info to assemble a little program that lets all the people in Paris know who’s playing what, where and when.
WHY IT’S AWESOME: no police set up any road blocks. This equals tons of people crowding the streets and cars still being allowed to drive through!!! So basically throughout the day, on almost every little street corner someone is playing something, be it African “tribal” music, rock, opera, Native American music (not even joking), crazy hardcore metal rockers, pop music DJ setups… you name it! And of course huge crowds are amassing around all these musicians (well the good ones at least!).
Anyway that’s some fun from the music festival…
Quite spacious compared to singles at Tech! And only 120 euros a month!!! Thanks French tax payers! :D
Anyway, the move was quite smooth except that I forgot to ask for a receipt from the taxi driver, so I had to call the company and use my weak French skills to try and figure out how to get a freaking receipt. My lab won’t cover the cab if I don’t get the receipt (which of course makes sense) so hopefully the G7 cab company will pull through! The lady that helped me move in, Madame Vigouroux, is EXTREMELY sweet and easy to understand to (some people speak French so fast here I have no idea what they’re saying 99% of the time!).
Coming up: my code works but my data sucks, lab barbeque, international student cocktail party, doctor’s appointment, London… I’ll keep you posted!
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.