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? […]Read more "Second thoughts on a dream deferred"
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 […]Read more "Why reading fiction helps your science:"
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 […]Read more "No More Maybe"
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.  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 […]Read more "Thoughts on Machine Learning and Bulk Data Processing"
The importance of a national American identity cannot be forgotten. Such an idea has been put aside, relegated as an archaic remnant of the 1800’s. However, such an idea is critical to the mentality of the nation as a whole and is a reason why having a respectable president leading our nation is just as […]Read more "Random Thoughts on National Identity and Healthcare*"
There are a few times in life where you know that you stand on the point of a needle, where one step can take you to safety or off the edge of a cliff. Right now, I stand at such a point. The figurative crossroad and many possible directions my life can take, are laid […]Read more "A Turning Point"
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 […]Read more "Life Update and a Personal Take on “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (An American Slave)”"
Marcus Aurelius’s primer to Stoicism is good. Like really, really good. Somewhere between philosophy and psychology, Meditations is a recommendation to a lifestyle of productivity and internal peace. I’ll give you an example of one my favorite quotes: “How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbor says or […]Read more "Meditations"
Here’s my youtube channel: [Youtube link] For all you GBO students, the video will be up by tomorrow morning. 🙂 Your friend, JosephRead more "Check out my Youtube Channel!"
Brassica oleracea. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens… they all pay homage to their ancestor Brassica oleracea.  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 […]Read more "In Pursuit of the Perfect Cabbage"