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Respect Santa Clara County’s Authoritah!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I took the photo above about an hour ago, while passing through Roble. Apparently, Eric Cartman Gary Flagg, Santa Clara County building inspector, noticed, a month ago, that Stanford is turning Roble Gym into a theatre.* Gary wants to put a stop to it. Naughty, naughty Stanford!

Too bad that Roble has been a theatre for years, huh? And too bad that Gary is evidently on crack. Maybe he proposes to make Stanford turn it back into a gym?

People, particularly people who have never had to deal with bureaucracies for a living or been constantly harassed by idiot cops, sometimes wonder why I have a problem with authority. And my answer is this: authority is composed of a bunch of driveling mouth-breathers to whom some fool has given power. Sometimes they even have guns. (It’s a miracle more of the idiots don’t shoot themselves in the foot.)

Although… maybe this is a good thing. This may be the way to get rid of businesses that piss you off. Like, that one yuppie bike store on University Avenue was really snotty to me when I went in looking for a rain-proof bike light. (Apparently, a waterproof headlight costs $200. If, that is, you’re a gullible .commer with too much money to burn.) Perhaps I should give Gary a call and report them for existing, then he’ll come in and order them to stop.

* And a theatre with a stage, no less!

Hidden Treasures: Arizona Cactus Garden

Friday, July 16th, 2010

While Andrea is busy doing nothing in her cubicle this summer, I’ll be taking over her Hidden Treasures posts with a few of my personal favorites. And now that we’re almost halfway through the quarter (!), it’s the perfect time to explore the Arizona Cactus Garden. Yes, on campus. Not in Arizona.

"That's not a cactus, that's my-"

A panoramic view from the northeastern side of the garden.

The garden was first planted in the early 1880s by architect Rudolf Ulrich and was originally part of a much larger design (including, ironically, an artificial lake) that never came to be. In it’s heyday (i.e. such a long time ago that there was still such a thing as dating at Stanford) the garden was considered to be quite the place for “courting”: an old song goes, “Down by the cactus so silent and still/The Junior has come to the question at last/And love him? The maiden has promised she will/Until the long fever called living is past.” Awwww.

Pretty flower!

Sweet-lookin' flower.

Being a tour guide has its advantages, among them the ability to (get paid to) go on tours of places like MemChu and the Cactus Garden to ‘enhance our knowledge of campus.’ Our tour guide was Christy Smith, who coordinates and helps maintain the garden with a staff of volunteers. She took us around the garden and explained how it had evolved over the years, especially its relatively recent restoration after being effectively abandoned during WWII. She showed us a pretty stunning variety of cacti, from plants that are used to derive itching powder to a cluster of flowers covered in self-manufactured white powder to protect them from the sun. I’m no bio major, but plants that make their own sunscreen is pretty freakin’ cool.

and Megan Moroney!

Arizona Garden Coordinator Christy Smith

The moral of the story is that if you haven’t been to the Cactus Garden, go. Seriously. Right now. There’s no reason not to. Unless it’s nighttime and you’re scared (pansy…). It’s a truly beautiful place that looks unlike almost anything else I’ve seen. You can find a map of the garden here, as well as a campus map highlighting its location here. I’ve uploaded all of the photos I took to a Flickr page here.

If you’re interested in checking out other cool nature resources on campus, try these links:  treesbirdsgroundskeeping , Jasper Ridge, and other horticultural points of interest (see also the TUSB post about fruit and nut trees on campus, though it’s somewhat inaccurate).  If you’d like to volunteer at the Cactus Garden, contact Christy Smith.

Double rainbow, all the way...

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TUSGraph: QUADratic Equations

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Matlab code to trace out the main quad arcade (please no comments on my coding style…):

arch2 = 1.21;
arch3 = 16/9;
t1 = -1:.01:1;
litarch = .5+sqrt(1-t1.^2)./2;
medarch = real((.5+sqrt(arch2).*(sqrt((arch2-((-sqrt(arch2):.01/sqrt(arch2):sqrt(arch2))).^2)))./2));
bigarch = real((.5+sqrt(arch3).*(sqrt((arch3-((-sqrt(arch3):.01/sqrt(arch3):0)).^2)))./2));
small_col = zeros(1,ceil(length(litarch)/20*6));
half_col = zeros(1,ceil(length(litarch)/20));
big_col = zeros(1,ceil(length(litarch)/2));
x2 = [half_col litarch half_col];
x3 = [x2 x2 x2 x2 x2 x2 x2];
x8 = [x3 x3 big_col x2 big_col x2 big_col big_col half_col medarch half_col half_col small_col bigarch];
x10 = [x8 fliplr(x8)];
t10 = (0:1:length(x10)-1)./length(x10);
hold on;
midsize = 2.75;
roof = 1.5.*ones(1,length(x10-1));
dim = max(t10/length(t1)*length(t10));
scale = t10/length(t1)*length(t10);
slantx = (dim/2-midsize:(t10(2)-t10(1)):dim/2);
slant = 1.5 + (slantx-dim/2+midsize).*(2.5-1.5)/midsize;
roof1 = scale*(dim/2 – midsize)/dim;
roof2 = dim-((scale*(dim/2 – midsize)/dim));
slant1 = dim/2 – midsize + scale*(5)/dim;
axis off;
hold off;
print quad;

A History of the Sky

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

This video of “A History of the Sky” was taking from the roof of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and is comprised of 126 days of time elapse photography spaced 10 seconds apart.  It’s not only cool how cloudy and sunny days appear like a calendar of weather, but also how the sunrises and sunsets fade across the screen as the days get shorter, transitioning from summer to winter of 2009. It’s probably a good thing the video doesn’t yet include January or February because the camera would be covered in water drops every day. The plan is to eventually have a constantly-updated display showing the most recent 365 days.

For a video about the project, and more information, check here.


Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Last quarter I worked with three other students to study Y2E2 as a case study of built environments.  Here are some photos I took for the project.

study rooms.

study rooms.


SIEPR before my camera ran out of batteries.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Public Policy Program and Stanford In Washington have a new home.



More pictures after the jump.

Riders Hard at Work

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Riders Hard at Work

Upon entering Green library, I noticed no fewer than six skateboards stashed behind the information desk. You can imagine the librarian’s quizzical expression when I asked if I could move her chair and snap a photo of the line-up. Nevertheless, the display captured the spirit of Dead Week better than the drone of a hundred creaky chairs or late-night burger runs with Chevy (though those burgers were terrific).
I’m back off to work. Best of luck to everybody with the upcoming week.

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Stanford from Above

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Palm Drive.JPG I went flying last Sunday with a friend of mine and was able to snap a couple of aerial shots of Stanford. It’s striking to see what our campus looks like in relation to the world surrounding it. Stanford looks more than small: it appears luscious, prosperous, surreal. The impression can certainly be misleading, but that does not reduce its importance. The sky lends clarity to our earthly pursuits. Ironically enough, the happiest I have felt to be here might’ve been when I was up there.

Hoover Tower.JPG

Men’s Swim Team Beats Cal!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010



Check out the rest of the set here or click here to view the slideshow.

Stanford like you’ve never seen it before.

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Check out these awe-inspiring photos taken by HDR-photography guru Trey Ratcliff and a group of talented Stanford photographers. I can’t believe I’ve been rushing through the quad each week without stopping to appreciate how gorgeous our campus truly is.
EDIT: Some of the photos were taken by Ralph Nguyen, who has graciously contributed his artistic vision to TUSB with galleries for Snowchella and the WBC protests. Dude, your stuff is amazing.

Check out these pics from Snowchella!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Hey all. I took shots from Snowchella. It was probably the most fun I have had this quarter! Check out the whole set here.
Once again, the full set of 100+ pictures is here.
And if you see yourself in there, you can tag yourself in my Facebook album.

Photos from the Westboro Baptist Church Protest(s)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Ralph Nguyen ’12 was on location with a camera, and he snapped some great shots. As expected, the protesters and anti/counter/not-counter-but-pro-tolerance protesters ran the gamut of serious to angry to punny to color-coordinated. Check out the whole collection here:
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