Procrastibaking: baking delicious foods because following instructions to create new products is almost like doing your coding homework, but allows you to put off doing your homework for at least one hour while still feeling productive.
I love procrastibaking :P
Recently I’ve ramped up my baking productivity, perhaps because we are nearing the end of the semester and the urgency of my work deadlines is growing and the irrational desire to procrastinate all of that work is growing proportionally.
I have taken advantage of my brand-new donut pan to bake chocolate donuts! I also discovered something amazing: if you mix maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder together in a 2:1 ratio, you can create a glaze that mimics the Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate glaze almost exactly.
I’ve also discovered that banana bread muffins, made out of overripe bananas from open kitchen, can be a fantastic breakfast alternative to the cereal and fruit in open kitchen that you’ve been eating all year (and also make a great study snack).
Another weird discovery, not related to food: Silicon Valley has been filming on campus! They filmed a few scenes in the student center a couple of months ago, and filmed a big scene in front of the Annenberg Center (the computer science building) last week. Apparently they do all of their filming in LA but the characters are supposed to be visiting Stanford, so they came here to shoot. I spent the entire afternoon that day inside of Annenberg working on my CS122 project, so getting in and out of the building around the camera crews was extremely difficult (especially during live shooting). But seeing actors from one of my favorite shows up close was very cool. I managed to get a creepy photo from my professor’s office during a scene (please don’t judge me).
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.