Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I'm a die hard Top Chef fan and tonight's episode is RESTAURANT WARS!
It's always the BEST episode every season so I'm looking forward to it :)
It always baffle people when I tell them I'm into cooking (I'm specifically interested in molecular gastronomy) but I've had a fascination with food since I was a child.
Anyway I'm super psyched about the episode tonight so I'm blogging..I'll write about it after I watch it!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Soda fizz, CO2, PKD2L1, carbonic anhydrase 4....

The above list of mumbo-jumbo looks like something that can only be defined to be random...BUT I'm here to enlighten you and tell you that it most definitely is NOT random.
So have you ever sipped a soda and felt like you "tasted the fizz?"
I have.
Have you ever wondered why?
If you's the answer:
In short here's the story.
So we're studying the senses in my neuroscience class and right now we're discussing the sense of taste. So I read a Nature paper back from 2006 about a receptor called PKD2L1 that detects sour tastes. Then today I read the link above and realized that the same PKD2L1 receptor that detects sourness also detects fizz. Apparently the fizz, composed of CO2, reacts with carbonic anhydrase 4 (an enzyme that coats the surface of PKD2L1) generating acidity which is then detected/tasted by the PKD2L1 and registered as a taste!
Cool huh?
I thought so.
Well I have a multivariable calc midterm next Monday and I have a stack of homework to finish so I'll round up this blog now.

Monday, October 5, 2009


I built the field for FIRST Tech Challenge yesterday
It took 7hours, an MIT alum, about 4-5 maybe more 3/4" PVC, a couple of bushings, a 45 degree 1/2" (which actually should be called a 135 degree 1/2", a bit of money, two trips to home depot, PVC glue, and some heavy machinary but the final product is PRICELESS.
I met Stu, the MIT alum on Saturday and he let me use the machine shop in his garage to build a portable, disassemblable working ball shoot with ramps and walls - VERY COOL!
I also had my MIT interview yesterday - eek? nahhh it was FUN.
Strange as that might sound my interviewer was pretty awesome and the conversation flowed through and out the inner crannies of our buzzing minds.
He even showed me his BRASS RAT! Can you say AWESOME?
Well I have a stats test to finish studying for so I'll leave my blog at that.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Web design is NOT my forte (hence, I used blogspot for this blog so that I wouldn't have to design a webpage).
As editor in chief of my school newspaper my goal this year was to get The Palette (our newspaper) ONLINE!!
To do so, I realized I had to make a webpage from scratch - crazy idea LOL
My co-editor in chief decided early on that she wasn't going to have anything to do with it (until the idea was approved and the webpage was made) so it's been a one man battle for the past month or so but I think I'm making progress.
I wrote a letter to the administration explaining the pros of having an online school newspaper and I also addressed the cons and logically argued why the pros outweigh the cons.
Thanks to my advisor the letters were distributed and the idea I had last year is FINALLY becoming somewhat of a reality - SO EXCITING!
After receiving the 'go ahead' for the web designing portion of my journey I talked to Brian (a mac application pro) to help me out with i web. I met with him today for 30mins went out to dinner and then came home and started designing.

This is what I have so far....
The photo is small but you get the general idea - the blank spaces are for the video, podcast, and horoscope.
Wish me luck to get this web page OFFICIALLY ONLINE by October!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

3 calculators + 5.5 math/science courses

My class list for the 2009-2010 year goes like this:
Linear Algebra
Calculus with Analytical Geometry (aka Multivariable Calculus @ UCSD)*
Psychology (half science half humanities)
oh and of course I have English, which is always a blast too :)

My courseload reminds me of that warm fuzzy feeling a 'piping roast beef and yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch drizzled with pure beef gravy' gives you on a cold winter's afternoon...YUM! That sounds really good, but not right now since it's hitting the 90sF here in San Diego.

Well as a tribute to my course selection galore I will leave you all with an AWESOME quote from the movie "Stand and Deliver."

"I don't need no math. I got a solar calculator with my dozen donuts. "

- Pancho
* This is for the Fall quarter, in the winter quarter I'll take Intro to Differential Equations and then in the Spring quarter I'll take Vector Calculus :)