Robots n' Volvos Dreaming of electric sheep

Generic Life Update

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.



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 ^.^