Hiking Mt Cardigan

I went up Mt. Cardigan this morning to try and watch the sunrise. Instead we watched a lot of fog, but as we came off the mountain it all cleared and I saw the valley below.


Back on the Student Grind

Walking to the bus stop on campus, I breathed in the crisp cool air this fine September night. I'm busy and I'm happy. Things are moving and shaking at Northeastern and I am looking forward to the efforts to come. There are neat robots and mechanisms to build. 

My desk is on the 7th floor of the EXP building and I have a good view facing east towards the ocean. 

My colleagues in the Institute of Experimental Robotics will sit nearby and we should have many interesting collaborations to come.

Northeastern needs a full semi truck to restock the Dunkin locations on campus... lots of coffee and donuts for these hoards of learners

Fancy elevator buttons

Let's hope my house's furnace keeps up through the Winter to come

Walking up past Ell hall on campus this past week


The Quest to the West Road Trip


After I found out that I was heading to graduate school, I thought about how I might spend the time leading up to starting school. I considered a trip with two good friends to Australia, but then decided against it as that trip would happen during the first semester at the end of September into October. Not long after that decision, I was thinking about visiting a couple National Parks that turned into a plan for a grand road trip.

The road trip was about 4000 miles over 16 days. I drove from my place in MA to visit family and friends as far as Colorado before turning around and coming back. 

I wrote about this adventure here:

It was a wild time and I am glad to get my travel jitters out.

Today was the first day of in-person classes for me at Northeastern University as a PhD student. It was exciting to get back into the swing of formalized learning.

More updates on being a graduate student to come, I'm honestly still figuring the ropes out.

In the Badlands NP of South Dakota

In Tennessee Now

  On Sunday, I drove down to Tennessee from Lansing, MI. I drove to Oak Ridge, TN, through the fields of Ohio and the hills of Kentucky. I p...