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TUSGraph: Abs or Labs?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

A little explanation-

The distances represent how the bike rides, not how the crow flies.

I measured using a ruler, but tried to take curves and shortcuts into account.

I measured to the nearest 1/48th of a mile.

I am sorry if your residence or favorite place on campus didn’t show up, but I had to be economical about it.

TUSGraph: Election Time

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

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TUSGraph: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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Stanford topped some more lists according to the Princeton Review.  It is quite an achievement, although maybe the comparison to Kix is a misrepresentation – Kix got soggy quickly, and weren’t so exciting during Spring Quarter.

TUSGraph: Blank Space

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Boring people tend to live in boring rooms. Don’t be boring – buy some posters, or even better, go out and get a unicycle. Its conversations-started-versus-volume ratio is quite high. Then again, its utility-versus-cost ratio isn’t as stellar. Maybe just start with a poster…

TUSGraph: No Graph This Time

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t quite have time for a graph this week. Instead, in honor of dead week and procrastination and all of that good stuff, I’ve provided you with a great way to waste some time perusing the work of “dvdp” on his blog. These are a few of my favorites from what I’ve seen so far:
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TUSGraph: Even My Stomach Knows e = 2.718…

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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I just can’t ever seem to get full here. Spring break needs to hurry up and get here so I can enjoy some food made from quality ingredients. I keep thinking eating more breadsticks might help fill me up, but I swear those things could be compressed to the size of a crouton. In fact, most of the food in dining halls seems to be made the same way as growing dinosaurs transform.

TUSGraph: GER’s Make Me Go GRRRR

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

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No, really. Which is more likely to happen to a Stanford graduate: accidentally drowning because they didn’t know how to swim, or or accidentally dying because they weren’t forced to read “The Fire Next Time” in IHUM (I picked this book because it is quite literally the worst book I have ever read). I recognize that the humanities are important in life, but the thought of someone graduating without understanding projectile motion or gravity is much more appalling than someone graduating without understanding what Nietzsche wrote.
I have one GER left, and it has to be one of the Education for Citizenship ones. Any suggestions for classes?

TUSGraph: Happy Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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Even though people often think the opposite:

Love is complicated, but math is beautiful.

(equation courtesy of Wolfram)

TUSGraph: Do Grades Matter?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Lab classes have made me realize that the more effort I put in to a class, the less I care about the grade. This obviously has some pros and cons.
For one, it’s not that I won’t be hugely disappointed putting a lot of time in to a class and not getting the grade I was expecting, but I think at some point we all have to realize that we gave it our best shot, and putting in even more time wouldn’t have helped very much.
Also, I’ve found that when it comes to ‘easy’ classes at Stanford, what drives me to do well is the fear of embarrassment over a subpar grade. I guess this goes against the concept of Stanford being very laid back about school, but maybe I’m just going about it all wrong.
Most important of all, though, it is clear to me now that this relationship is due to the fact that the harder I try for a class, the more rewarding I find it. In other words, my satisfaction is already guaranteed before I receive my grade. Because of this, I feel I am very rarely motivated by just the grades I will receive at the end of the quarter. I’m lucky enough to have found a subject that I really enjoy learning about, and I think that is really what Stanford is about. Let’s just hope I can keep caring about grades enough to keep from failing out.

TUSGraph: Lady Gaga’s Music is at y=0

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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I was ecstatic to find that my new next door neighbor has fantastic taste in music, but it got me thinking about music on campus. Why is it that bands like The xx are only getting played on headphones by audiophiles, while the sonic refuse played at weekend parties seems to only come with the volume set to 11? Just because the beer is ordered in bulk, I don’t see why the music has to be of similar quality.
My strategy is to continue ignoring the fact that music taste is a matter of opinion, continue considering my loud music as a form of public service, and continue raising the volume until I get some serious complaints from the neighbors. It’s worked out well so far, except for the fact that everyone else has the same strategy.
On a related note, kudos to Stern Dining who have recently switched up their music for a huge improvement. It was the worst freshman year, when it was impossible to fully cook a waffle without hearing “Soulja Boy.”

TUSGraph: Grinding Gears

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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Ah, the things four years at college can do. As we grind out psets and papers, we are filled with wisdom; as our bikes grind their cogs and chains, they are filled with wear.
By graduation, our bikes are useless and when pedaling, more effort goes into the grinding noises than kinetic energy. For me, it’s justified, though. Our bikes might enter college as the well oiled machines, but our minds emerge that way.

TUSGraph: A Status Report on the Declaration of Independence

Monday, January 18th, 2010


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
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Living in the Stanford bubble, it’s easy to forget what we have a right to, and what we are just lucky to have. People often claim they have the ‘right’ to do something, but the cliché has devalued the essential rights given to man.
Being human doesn’t give us the right to an education. It doesn’t give us the right to be able to afford college. It doesn’t give us the right to eat good dining hall food. It doesn’t give us the right to choose what we want to learn.
Realizing what we are actually entitled to as humans, not as Stanford students, is important for two reasons: comprehending our unbelievably good fortune to have the individual freedoms we do, and comprehending the unbelievable suffering caused when even those most basic human rights are taken away from others.
I hope this last weekend gave everyone a chance to contemplate not only the rights taken away from those affected by the Haitian earthquake, but also the rights returned to Americans by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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TUSGraph: Late Nite

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Kudos to my roommate, Thomas Fu, for pointing this out.
Late nite staff are sitting on a pot of gold and they don’t even realize it. They have achieved nearly absolute randomness in the sequence of orders called out; their system surely beats any current random number generators because I have stood staring at my receipt, perplexed, unsuccessfully attempting to decipher a pattern from the numbers being called.
The only pattern I have been able to discern is that the drunk customers always seem to get their orders immediately. Either alcohol gives you the subconscious ability to solve for Late Nite’s random order number generator, or they just take any food that looks tasty.
And, of course, I couldn’t miss a chance to make fun of IHUM grades.

TUSGraph: Is joy a bacteria or a virus?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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I love being back at school, but I swear in class today all four people around me were coughing simultaneously. Stanford dorm life after a break is like some sick medical experiment. I appreciate how many different countries Stanford students come from, but it means we’re exposed to the worst diseases from all over the world.
As you might have inferred, I’m suggesting a one week quarantine period, where classes and all social events are conducted via Skype. Until then, if you worked with diseased cattle in Kazakhstan or something, do me a favor and STAY AWAY FROM ME.

TUSGraph: TOBY

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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1. OK, so Burr was the better duelist, but Hamilton was clearly the better Founding Father.
2. Peace Prize, not presidency.
3. Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, or Magic Johnson.
4. According to my roommate.
5. According to Kanye.
6. Most battles pre-Waterloo, and their dubious defeat of Ireland in World Cup qualification.
We all know who really deserved the Heisman, Toby. Good work this season!

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