Second thoughts on a dream deferred

Recently, I stumbled back on a piece of poetry that made me think about the idea of a postponed dream. The poem is from Langston Hughe's Harlem and I had previously totally forgot about it. It goes like this: "What happens to a dream deferred?       Does it dry up       like a raisin in the sun? … Continue reading Second thoughts on a dream deferred

No More Maybe

I've just finished reading a piece in the New Yorker titled, "No More Maybe" by Gish Jen. It's a fiction piece written on a soon-to-be mother, who immigrated from China to the US with her husband. It starts off by immediately throwing you into a first person narrative, where the narrator details her experiences meeting … Continue reading No More Maybe

Why reading fiction helps your science:

Reading fiction isn’t the best way to improve your science, but it’s a darned fun way to spend an evening. Exciting, imaginative, and chronologically driven, reading fiction and specifically fantasy, is a great way to entertain the mind. Firstly, great fantasy writing generally utilizes fantastic world-building. While I don’t claim that reading fantasy will help … Continue reading Why reading fiction helps your science:

Thoughts on Machine Learning and Bulk Data Processing

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've published on here, but I've had some thoughts I wanted to share on learning speed, machine learning, and microfluidic processing. [1] To give some background information, when I learn, I try to connect new information I've learned to old information that I already understand in an attempt to be … Continue reading Thoughts on Machine Learning and Bulk Data Processing

Life Update and a Personal Take on “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (An American Slave)”

Hi everyone, Joseph here: How are y'all doing? It's been a hectic start to the beginning of the year here @ Berkeley and finding time to write, like always, is a challenging undertaking. However, I have neglected the blog for far too long and I appreciate Ryann (Shoutout to Ryann Madden - AWESOME undergrad advisor … Continue reading Life Update and a Personal Take on “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (An American Slave)”

In Pursuit of the Perfect Cabbage

Brassica oleracea. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens... they all pay homage to their ancestor Brassica oleracea. [1] Cultivated broadly throughout history, from the plains of Mesopotamia, to the fertile expanses of the Nile, the humble cabbage has stolen the hearts of travelers through history. The root, Oleracea, ties together her children, all the plentiful cultivars of Brassica oleracea. You might … Continue reading In Pursuit of the Perfect Cabbage