"Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself."

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014 (via researchdevelopblog)

LOL well if that isn’t the MIT education right there.

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This is so MIT *facepalm*

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Just finished my first fellowship interview. It was okay, but I definitely feel I could have answered some questions in a more personalized way? Agh. I should know by the end of this week if I get it or not. Also, abstract for the department retreat is due this Friday and I get my take home test next Monday. Oh yeah, said retreat is next Thursday and Friday. Of course, I have made no progress on my thesis project for the last month. Aghhhhhhh.

As a side note, one of the interviewers said my CV was really strong? I think it’s worse than my other peers >.>

Rurouni Kenshin Manga to Live Action
Chapter 56: May 14, 1878: Morning
Chapter 57: May 14, 1878: Afternoon


Also Takei Emi and Satou Takeru were already cute in the first movie, so I don’t expect a decrease in chemistry between them.

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Failed Weekend

Welp, ended up feeling really sick after grocery shopping yesterday so didn’t go to see alpacas and llamas like I planned. Today, I’m in lab longer than I expected because my rescue experiment didn’t work, which is sort of a big deal, so I am troubleshooting (checking protein expression levels, etc.).  Feeling a bit sad.

Honestly, like another fellow grad student said, “Data is a drug.” When we get good data, we’re like “YAY,” but when we get bad data, it’s like “Oh shit, what now…”

Sigh. And I was making such good progress for 2 months :<

Spring mix with bleu cheese, almonds, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette. I literally eat this almost every day.

Spring mix with bleu cheese, almonds, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette. I literally eat this almost every day.

Going to see Alpacas and Llamas This Weekend!

I’m not dead, just busy! I had my advisory committee meeting last week, so was totally buried under that. Today I’m doing some pretty important experiments for my thesis, so focusing on that.  Also, recently I’ve been feeling really sleepy all the time (not like physically tired, just really sleepy). I’m thinking it might be side effects from my medication, so I need to check with my doctor about that as well.

However, it’s rodeo season and my weekend is like, relatively light in lab so I want to go see the llama and alpaca exhibitions!!!!!!! I really want to pet some :<

Applying For a Fellowship Due Friday

Found out about it yesterday morning and wasn’t sure I was even eligible. Now I scrambling to gather the necessary documents + write a terrible essay, which I hope is halfway decent, and talk about a high risk project that I’m still not sure exactly what it is yet (current thesis project is not high risk, thank god).






First of all, that first statement is an overgeneralization. Not every Chinese person is going to be skilled at math of course. It’s ignorant to go into these stereotypes. 

But try this:


Read them out loud to yourself. Now look away, and spend twenty seconds memorizing that sequence before saying them out loud again.

If you speak English, you have about a 50 percent chance of remembering that sequence perfectly If you’re Chinese, though, you’re almost certain to get it right every time. 

Why is this? 

One explanation is because the Chinese language allows them to read numbers faster. 

Chinese number words are remarkably brief. Most of them can be said in less than 1/4th of a second (for instance, 4 is ‘si’ and 7 ‘qi’)

Their English equivalents—”four,” “seven”—are longer: pronouncing them takes about 1/3 of a second. 

The English number system is also VERY illogical. 

For example, right after the word 10, instead of saying one-ten, two-ten, three-ten we have different words like 11,12. 

Not so in China, Japan and Korea. They have a logical counting system. Eleven is ten one. Twelve is ten two. Twenty-four is two ten four, and so on.

That difference means that Asian children learn to count much faster. Four year old Chinese children can count, on average, up to forty. American children, at that age, can only count to fifteen, and don’t reach forty until they’re 5 years old.

The regularity of their number systems also means that Asian children can perform basic functions—like addition—far more easily.

Ask an English seven-year-old to add thirty-seven plus twenty two, in her head, and she has to convert the words to numbers (37 + 22).

 Ask an Asian child to add three-tens-seven and two tens-two, and no translation is necessary. 



Huh. That’s really interesting!

This makes so much more sense than the racist bullshit people come up with.

fucking THANK YOU

I learned math from Chinese textbooks my mom got mailed from her relatives in China, so uh, I don’t know how representative that is? Also, the elementary school I started in before we moved in 3rd grade was a charter school so they taught division in first grade.

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Berry crumb bars, still cooling. Thankfully they turned out well.

Berry crumb bars, still cooling. Thankfully they turned out well.