06 May 2018
I almost forgot about this thing. Heheh. I’m soooo lazy.
But d’awww, I was so cute 2 years ago. I still need to do a write up of that stupid freshman year project. I’ll promise myself that I’ll do it after finals :)
Anyways, quick run down of my sad unventful life since my last blog activity.
-Helped the ASME organization with an electric go-kart project during the second half of my freshman year. Attempted to race at NYMF, but encountered steering issues last minute :(. Linkage rods were wayy undersized because a planned reinforcing tube did not get around to be welded in place. I might write a detailed recollection later.
-Finished freshman year and took the time to read about classical control theory and familiarized myself with Eagle PCB design. I designed a small 3-5A dual channel motor controller that used TI DRV8825s with a MPU6050, but I held off on actually assembling it. I might go back and redo a motor controller with discrete mosfets for power stage if I ever feel the urge to.
-College started again and did school things >.>
-Went on a roadtrip with Jamison to Franklin 2018 :)
Super tiring weekend, but it was really fun helping Jamison with his robots. LIRR to NYC > Bus to Boston > Drive to Philly > Drive back to Boston that same Saturday night into Sunday morning > Bus back to NYC > LIRR. All in the span of a weekend, I was so tired I never thought sleeping in a car could feel so good. I must have caught something from Franklin, because I was sick for a month after I got back :(
-Went to Boston for winter break, helped Charles with drone things and lent a hand assembling the new (M)Ass Destruction arena. Thanks Charles for all the arena design quirks that the AA guys had to deal with! I’m glad Fred’s complaining made it funny. Also fell in love with hot hatches after riding in Fred’s Subaru WRX STI.
-Last minute built a beetle undercutter called Mitsuha for MassD. The blade did not stay in the slightest (lol) because I ran out of time and printed an onyx pulley in the hours before MassD. When Charles got back I used his lathe and machined aluminum weapon pulleys. I should really consider not throwing stuff together at the last minute next time.
I’ll definitely drive Mitsuha again for future events! Maybe Dcon 2018….
-Vantrucked with Charles, Bailey and Alex Crease to Motorama 2018
-Popped back up into Boston and crashed in Charles’ evil drone lair again to machine and weld Overhaul together. I never knew tig welding was so fun ^.^ Hazardous things are the best.
-Skipped two weeks of school and flew to LA for the filming of the new season of Battlebots! Oh my god. Cali is amazing <3; I’ll never forget those two weeks. Definitely doing a more detailed write up when I haz time.
-Accepted Adam’s offer to work for kiwi aero at evil drone lair during Battlebots. Big thanks to Rebecca for pointing me towards MIT’s tau epsilon phi chapter as a housing option. I’ll be living at tEp for the summer while I work in Everett :). I really look forward my summer arrangements.
And this brings us to the present day. Classes just ended and gave way to finals week. Trying my best to like, not fail my classes lol ;_;
K. Now time to sleep then study.
29 Jan 2017
I have finally caught myself up to the latest The Grand Tour episode, so I spent the last hours of Lunar New Year thinking about all the other things I could do.
Turns out, there is actually a lot of productive things I could be doing right now.
In the time since my last post, my first semester ended, I went to Boston, and I started my second semester. Since my laptop does not contain any design files for my MechE101 class self balancing robot project, I will save the in depth technical write ups for later.
Here’s the .50 cal ammunition container I bought as my lipo storage solution. I lined the inside with fiberglass sheets and generously slathered epoxy to create the layup.
After trolling through my gphotos stash, I remembered my smattering of photos taken at Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, so I’ll just throw them here. They were all taken during the October-November time period.
From Port Jefferson, you can take this ferry for a shortcut to Connecticut.
A small tea shop nestled at the end of a row of shops, this is probably my favorite place in Port Jeff. :)
And somewhat unexpected in a very republican, trumpey town is a fairly legit japanese ramen place that also (lol) plays weeb music over their sound system.
A stroll around Port Jeff a few days before election day reveals the following:
Aaaaaaand here’s a Northern style casual Chinese food place opened up by the LIRR train station. It’s more expensive than a lot of similar offerings you can find in Flushing, but it provides an escape from the tyranny of on campus food options managed by Sodexo.
AND THEN THERE IS THIS…THIS CANDY WONDERLAND PLACE IN PORT JEFF. Too bad I’m not that into candy :(
The walk from my dorm to the train station gets rather scenic when autumn rolls around.
Hi Charles! During Thanksgiving break I went to Bryant Park to ice skate with a group of my high school friends. Charles was in town that day, as well as Xo :)
We met Cassandra in vanland, and afterwards Xo and I went to flushing for dinner.
It was indeed peppercorn heaven ^.^
Fast forward to December, and I had a robot baby.
It took way too many all nighters, but it turned out alright in the end. It did the thing, albeit without the encoders we planned to use :(.
Before finals week rolled around and my first semester came to a close, I got an offer for a winter internship at Optimus Ride, a MIT spinoff company that deals with self driving cars.
It started out innocently enough, with me cold emailing Optimus Ride asking if they were looking for any interns. Charles previously worked with Optimus Ride, so I namedropped him and waited for a reply. I did not really expect a reply back, but three weeks later, it came.
I was interviewed by Ryan Chin, the CEO of Optimus Ride, as well as with the mechanical and electrical engineers that make up their hardware team. Optimus extended their offer, and asked me to come up to Cambridge for three days after my last final and before Christmas for orientation.
Possibly the cutest thing at MIT
And I finally got the chance to go to Beantown :).
Regrettably, the things I did at Optimus Ride is all under NDA :’(.
But I did get to see Charles’ Everett location, met the real AmaLi, ate at gogocurry a lot, and got to ride in vantruck with Cynthia-senpai <3. I also went hacking and participated in the 2017 MIT Mystery Hunt.
I left MIT on the January 24th to start my second semester at Stony. Goodbye MIT, I’ll miss you :(
I’ll be back for a summer internship with Optimus Ride though ^.^