Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Race Across the Outback: Solar Car Takes on the World Solar Challenge

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Xenith, Stanford's current car, proves that solar can be sexy - and FAST!

When’s the last time you traversed an entire continent?  Better yet, when’s the last time you traversed an entire continent using only the power of the sun?

Enter the intrepid members of the Stanford Solar Car Project, who are currently battling it out against the top engineering schools and companies from around the globe in this year’s World Solar Challenge.  Each new Stanford solar car represents two years’ hard work  and thousands of hours of designing, development and testing by this dedicated student-run group operating out of Stanford’s Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory.  At this moment, team leader Nathan Hall-Snyder and his team of Stanford’s best and brightest engineers are traversing the Australian continent from south to north against teams from all over the world using state-of-the-art solar technology.

The race is going on right now, so don’t miss the opportunity to follow this exciting event!  Check out these links to follow and support the team from afar:

Go Stanford Solar Car!!  Go Cardinal!!

 

Interview with Chris Rurik, Student Author and Creator of All of 100

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Chris Rurik, contributor and friend of TUSB and current Stanford senior, has been working for nearly two years on a daily blog called All of 100 along with friends Wyatt Roy ’11 and Lara Ortiz-Luis ’11. All of 100 has only one rule: you post exactly 100 words each day. Any format, any style, and any subject are fair game. Recently, they compiled their favorite posts and self-published a book, also called All of 100; the three will be hosting a release party for the book today (Monday 10/4) at French House at 8pm.

I sat down with Chris to talk about writing, the blog, and how the book came to be.

TUSB: What inspired you to make the book?
CR: The book came later; originally, one day I realized wanted to consider myself a writer yet I never really did anything about it. If I wanted to be a great basketball player, I’d shoot free throws everyday to become a good free throw shooter. So I decided I’d make an arbitrary rule to get myself writing every day and not worry about it too much. Something simple that wouldn’t be great literature. So I said, “Ok—100 words every day.” And I told [co-authors Wyatt Roy and Lara Ortiz-Luis], “Can I email what I write to you every day?” And they said, “Yeah sure…Wait, actually this is a cool idea—can we join?”

We created the blog so we could share with each other what we were writing each day. And then really interesting things started happening: since the only restriction is exactly 100 words it’s open to so much interpretation, and because you’re doing it every day you can try a new approach every day . So eventually we realized, “Wow–some of these are really awesome, we’d like to polish them and collect them.” And that’s where the idea for the book came. That started about last September; it’s been about a yearlong process getting it together.

TUSB: Have you edited the pieces at all?
CR: For all of the pieces in the book, we took what we originally wrote and edited them several times, both each other’s and our own.
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