university of santa barbara

Southern California Gothic
  • "It will rain." they say. They say that every day. And every day, you wait. How long have you waited? You don't know anymore.
  • You stop at a dusty intersection. At all corners, there are people with fruit stands. The cherries are 2 dollars a pound. You see the sign saying no stands. You look to the police. They have one too. The strawberries are a dollar a basket.
  • You're walking in LA along Hollywood Boulevard. You walk along the stars. It feels like forever. So many and yet so many still. You eventually find your own name on one for film. You have never been in a movie. Or so you think.
  • "Let's go to In-N-Out," says your friend. Which one? There are no other burger places around. There is only In-N-Out. There is always only In-N-Out.
  • You walk past a person in a Dodgers hat. Not uncommon. Everyone owns one. Everyone you walk past wears one. You reach up onto your head. You are one of them.
  • You go to a restaurant with a friend. Everything is gluten free. You don't mind. Everything is. What even is gluten? You don't know, but you are horrified by it.
  • The beach is nice in the summer. The beach is nice in spring. The beach is nice. The beach is your friend, your overlord. You must respect it. Bow to it before stepping on its sandy shores.
  • You get onto the 405. Siri says you only go 5 miles before getting off on the exit ramp. It has been decades since she said that last. Your hands are old and wrinkled as they grip the wheel. Siri says you have 4 miles to go. It's faster than usual.
  • You park your car on the side of the road and get out. The beach. You look at the top of your car to find a surfboard. You don't own a surfboard. You do now and have accepted it as your new way of life. You go to put on your wetsuit.
  • Your friend says she has tickets to the next concert. You ask where. She laughs. It is everywhere. The Bowl. The Forum. Staples Center. It is everywhere at once. All concerts are.
  • You debate on where to go for summer vacation. The fight ensues. Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Disneyland. They fight for your affection and your money for when summer comes. This happens every year.
  • The palm tree outside your window waves at you in the wind. The palm trees are your ever present, looming protector. They are always watching.
  • You hear the chiming of the elotero's cart. You grab your money and run out the door. There is no elotero. The bell still rings. It always rings.
tips for choosing a college

This is a really exciting time for high school seniors/transfer students who are getting accepted to universities! But now it’s time for the most stressful part: deciding which school to go to. I was in the exact same place last year that you are in right now and I thought I would share some tips for making this difficult (but exciting!) decision.

Research, research, research. Online resources are the best. On the school’s official website, look at their course catalogs and major requirement sheets. If you’re coming in undeclared, look at their list of majors and see if you think they have enough options you’re interested in exploring. 

Also think about what it will be like to be a student at that school. Don’t only focus on the practical stuff like rankings and academics.  Look at the student orgs, events, and student resources. Follow their social media accounts (especially Instagram and Snapchat) to get a sense of the school’s vibe. You can even creep a lil and look at current students’ posts to see the campus through their eyes. Search for YouTube videos as well. There might be some vloggers who go to the school you’re interested in and you can see the day in the life of a student.

Take tours! Attend any admitted student days or come to campus for a regular tour. This is soooo important. You will get to learn about the school from an actual student and they will tell you more than you could ever find online. At the very least, walk around the campus yourself a little bit to get a feel for it. If for whatever reason you can’t go to campus before you have to choose, contact the admissions office and ask for some extra info. They might even put you in contact with a student who is in your major who you can talk to.  

Once you have narrowed it down to a couple schools, ask people which one they think you should go to. I did this and realized that whenever they told me a different school than UCSB (which I ended up going to) I would feel disappointed. I would always be like, “But why not UCSB?” You could also do the same thing by pulling names out of a hat. Think that whichever one you pick out, you will go to and see how you feel about it. While choosing a school should definitely be about academic opportunities and other practical factors such as financial aid, I think your gut feeling should play a role as well.

Do not worry about what other people will think. Everyone has an idea of what certain schools are like. It might have to do with rankings or other reputations that the school might have, but try to disregard that as much as possible and form your own opinions. Don’t worry if people don’t think the school is good enough or anything like that. After all, you are the one who will be going there for years, not them. 

Think about distance! I definitely underestimated how important this was for me. Consider how often you plan on going home. If you’re going to go home every weekend, a local school will probably work best in the long run. If you’re the total opposite and plan on rarely going home, a school much farther away will probably work out well for you. 

Talk to current students if you can. Reach out to alumni from your high school or community college who currently go there. If you do stop at the school for a visit, feel free to stop some students for directions then ask how they like going to school there. Check if there are any studyblrs who go to the schools you were admitted to (me if you were admitted to UCSB) and ask them any questions you have. 

So those are all the tips I can think of right now. Enjoy this time in your life because it is so exciting and you have so many options. If you have any questions about college or UCSB feel free to send me an ask! Good luck, and congratulations!

1. Maybe they should stop writing fan fiction. Arguably, Moffat should have stopped after the debacle of Jekyll back in 2007, but it was low budget and people can learn from their mistakes. He went on to make something of a mess in Dr. Who. Now S4 of Sherlock was a bit of a mess. He’s going through the classics, because they know these will sell. That impacts us as an audience, and it impacts the public that funds BBC programs.

2. Dracula is already part of the homoerotic literature tradition. I just posted a series of scholarly articles about it, but this is the best non-fiction book on the topic of vampirism and media of which I am aware. I took a course from this man in university, and it’s amazing. The Vampire Lectures by Laurence Rickels.

“Bela Lugosi may – as the eighties gothic rock band Bauhaus sang – be dead, but the vampire lives on. A nightmarish figure dwelling somewhere between genuine terror and high camp, a morbid repository for the psychic projections of diverse cultures, an endlessly recyclable mass-media icon, the vampire is an enduring object of fascination, fear, ridicule, and reverence. In The Vampire Lectures, Laurence A. Rickels sifts through the rich mythology of vampirism, from medieval folklore to Marilyn Manson, to explore the profound and unconscious appeal of the undead.Based on the course Rickels has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for several years (a course that is itself a cult phenomenon on campus), The Vampire Lectures reflects Rickels’s unique lecture style and provides a lively history of vampirism in legend, literature, and film. Rickels unearths a trove that includes eyewitness accounts of vampire attacks; burial rituals and sexual taboos devised to keep vampirism at bay; Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory’s use of girls’ blood in her sadistic beauty regimen; Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with its turn-of-the-century media technologies; F. W. Murnau’s haunting Nosferatu; and crude, though intense, straight-to-video horror films such as Subspecies. He makes intuitive, often unexpected connections among these sometimes wildly disparate sources.More than simply a compilation of vampire lore, however, The Vampire Lectures makes an original and intellectually rigorous contribution to literary and psychoanalytic theory, identifying the subconscious meanings, complex symbolism, and philosophical arguments – particularly those of Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche – embeddedin vampirism and gothic literature.“

3. I’ve been collecting vampire content since I was nine, and I know some of us are glad that Carmilla isn’t being touched, but…there is enough to queerbait with in Dracula. BBC is supposedly trying to work on their representation numbers, and only funding new shows that show they will work toward that goal, but the decision on that came pre S4 of Sherlock.

@tania-grey @yorkiepug @conan-doyles-carnations @wssh-watson @leaastf

Virtual College Visits!

Thanks to a lot of lovely people, Virtual College Visits can officially start!

What is this post?

This post is a way to connect students who are unable to visit a certain college with someone who has visited that college.

Why?

There are so many things about a college that can’t be learned by looking at their website, or comparing statistics. Yet, at the same time, it is impossible for most students to visit every college that they’re interested in. This is a tool that will hopefully help bridge that gap!

How do I use this?

Think of a school that you’re interested in that you probably won’t be able to visit. Then, scan this (alphabetical) list of schools to see if it’s listed. If it is, congrats! The url(s) listed next to it belong to a person/people who have visited that school. They have contacted me saying that they are willing to talk about their experience at that school with other potential students. Feel free to shoot them a message explaining that you saw their url on this post and want to learn about x school (You should probably specify what school because most of the contributors have visited more than one school).

This is cool! Can I contribute?

Absolutely! Send me (appblrgirl) a message with the schools you would be willing to talk about with others. I will continue to update this post periodically.

Unfortunately because of school and various life things, I won’t be making any more updates to this post for the foreseeable future.

The school I want to visit isn’t on this list!

That sucks. Keep checking back as the list gets updated, you never know when your potential school will show up!

You can also message me with additional questions if you have any.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and good luck to all of you!

P.S. To avoid a large number of schools in the ‘U’ section, any schools starting with ‘University of’ have been reformatted. e.g. Virginia, University of


American University - success mess, biochemstudy

Amherst College - stickynotestudies, successmess, mxifu, irblr, cornelldiary, thecollegecollage

Anna Maria University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Arizona State University - cancerbiophd

Arizona, University of - cancerbiophd, justhitthosebooks

Arkansas, University of - arkansassy-girl

Assumption College - serendipityinboston

Auburn University - drivenstudy

Austin College - college-journey, nap-or-study

Baltimore Rowan University - biochemstudy

Barnard College - rightwingrepublican, firstyearviolet, momochrissy, graduationbound, thecollegecollage

Bath, University of - pigrescuer

Baylor University - college-journey

Binghamton University - cornelldiary

Boston College - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, betting-onyou, pensandtea, prepared4theworst

Boston University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles​, stickynotestudies, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, morpheusorpheus

Bowdoin College - assof2016

Brandeis University - pensandtea

Brigham Young University at Provo - academicsandperformingarts

British Columbia, University of - perdurabimus

Brock University - thecanadianundergrad

Brown University - university miracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams , studylikewillowrosenberg, skyclarke, cornelldiary, serendipityinboston, fiendishly-nerdy, graduationbound

Bryn Mawr College - thecollegesearch, success mess, blaizedzabini, doctortatertot

Bucknell University - bos-bound

California at Berkley, University of - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, claryjsimmons, collegeappadventure, resarciating, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, messin-w-the-message-man

California at Davis, University of - resarciating, thecollegecollage, superminino

California at Irvine, University of - thecollegecollage

California at Los Angeles, University of - chasingcollegedreams, acca-demic, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, study-blurry

California at Riverside, University of - booksmrts

California at San Diego, University of - last-constellation, cornelldiary, resarciating, pcrkjimin, tyffanyblews

California at Santa Barbara - embues, studyprn

California at Santa Cruz, University of - resarciating, tyffanyblews

California Institute of Technology - chasingcollegedreams, mocha-study

California Polytechnic State University - redlipstickpremed, classical scientist​, coffeeforstudiers

California State University at Northridge - redlipstickpremed, spunkylittlebookworm

California State University at San Diego - redlipstickpremed

California State University at San Francisco - redlipstickpremed

California State University at Stanislaus - redlipstickpremed

Cambridge University - study crush

Canisius College - gallyd

Capital University - dontworryjuststudy

Carleton College - mraemb

Carleton University - pencilcandy, crimandcoffee

Case Western Reserve University - firstyearviolet

Carnegie Mellon University - drowninginmediocrity, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, mvths

Central Connecticut State University - czardex

Central Florida, University of - itscassielouwho

Centre College - theoryofbelle

Chicago, University of - future collegiate, the-college-quest, skyclarke, tyffanyblews

Clark University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Clemson University - asaprocket

Colgate University - cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds

College of the Holy Cross - serendipityinboston

College of William & Mary - thecollegesearch, success mess, theoryofbelle, worldaccordingto

Colorado College - tumblr-illiterate

Columbia University - studylongandprosper, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, appblrsandoranges, skyclarke, cornelldiary, momochrissy, thecollegecollage

Connecticut College - last-constellation

Connecticut, University of - london-elephant, foreverayoungblood

Cornell University - cornelldiary, bos-bound, alistaircriesduringsex 

Curry College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Dartmouth College - brinkerhadleyapologist, neildegrassetyson, collegemania

Davidson College - thecollegesearch, pensandtea

Denison University - ready-aim-study, dontworryjuststudy

DePaul University - pineappletroye

DePauw University - theoryofbelle

Dickinson College - thecollegesearch, darbysdiamonds

Drexel University - drowninginmediocrity, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, sleepswithtextbooks

Duke University - future collegiate, pensandtea

Elon University - iwhaleyouva

Emory University - mxifu, caffeinatedsuccess

Florida State University - collegedreamss, iwhaleyouva, studyingsamantha

Florida, University of - collegedreamss, fruity-tuna

Fordham University - rightwingrepublican, appblrsandoranges

Fort Lewis College - andstraight-on-tilmorning

Franklin & Marshall College - thecollegesearch

George Mason University - studyingsamantha

Georgetown University - success mess, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, pensandtea, thecollegecollage

George Washington University - successmess

Georgia Institute of Technology - mxifu, study hacked, iwhaleyouva

Georgia, University of - mxifu, polyglotdawg

Gettysburg College - thecollegesearch

Glasgow, University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

Grinnell College - strawberryshortcakemurder

Grove City College - yourguidetostudy

Hamilton College - cornelldiary

Harvard University - studylongandprosper, universitymiracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage

Hawaii, University of - memorizing-microbio

Hollins University - firstyearviolet

Ithaca College - cornelldiary, bos-bound

Illinois at Urbana-Champain, University of - the-college-quest, eashmere

Iowa, University of - university miracles, chasingcollegedreams, karalee-untersucht, 2016studies

Indiana University - pineappletroye

James Madison University - desperatesammy

Johns Hopkins University - collegeapps2016

Juniata College - theoryofbelle

Kent State University - studyinguntil5am

Kenyon College - starsfallover

King’s College - pigrescuer

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - studysesh

Lake Superior State University - prepre-nursing

La Salle University - gotocollegebutnevergrowup

Lawrence University - mraemb

Lehigh University - london-elephant

Lock Haven University - bos-bound

Loyola Marymount University - thecollegecollage

Loyola University Chicago - acca-demic, biochemstudy

Lubbock Christian University - arkansassy-girl

Marist College - darbysdiamonds

Marquette University - imawhiteblankpage

Maryland Baltimore, University of - biochemstudy

Maryland, University of - sleepswithtextbooks

Mary Washington, University of - thecollegesearch

Massachusetts Amherst, University of - sarahblogsaboutstuff, universityofsassachusetts, the-man-and-the-mouse, eatsleepsciencerepeat, bos-bound

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, skyclarke

Meredith College - firstyearviolet

Miami University - future collegiate, morganstudies

Miami, University of - music studying, hella–bella

McGill University - pencilcandy, theoryofbelle

Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of - the-college-quest, therunningfox, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, monochromeonsienna

Michigan State University - studying-with-bri, college mania​, pineappletroye

Michigan, University of - study hacked​, cardiolotea, sleepswithtextbooks, collegemania

Mills College - tyffanyblews

Minnesota, University of - 2016studies

Missouri at Columbia, University of - messin-w-the-message-man

Montclair State University - unafraid–eponine

Mount Holyoke College - rightwingrepublican, last-constellation

Mount Ida College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Mount St. Mary’s University - biochemstudy

Muhlenberg College - thecollegesearch, studylikewillowrosenberg

New Jersey Institute of Technology - fire-on-the-girl, doctortatertot

New York, State University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

New York University - stickynotestudies, firstyearviolet, appblrsandoranges, momochrissy, sleepswithtextbooks, yungblkfem

New York University at Abu Dhabi - mraemb

North Carolina at Asheville, University of - firstyearviolet

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of - london-elephant, pensandtea

Northeastern University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles, success mess​, applestoappblrs, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, espressoprep

Northwestern University - future collegiate​, stickynotestudies, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, assof2016

Northern Arizona University - justhitthosebooks

Notre Dame, University of - appblrsandoranges

Ohio State University - messin-w-the-message-man, systemsandsewing

Ohio University - engineeringmyowninsanity

Oregon State University - chasingcollegedreams

Orgeon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

Ottowa, University of - pencil candy

Oxford Brookes University - thescienceofracing

Pacific Lutheran University - emucat95

Pennsylvania State University - pensandtea, prepared4theworst, bullshitsandbravery, borasayshi

Pennsylvania, University of - studylongandprosper, drowninginmediocrity, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, applestoappblrs, privateschoolstudent, the-college-quest, bos-bound

Pittsburgh Technical Institute - mvths

Pittsburgh, University of - drowninginmediocrity, studylikewillowrosenberg

Portland State University - gunplagirl

Princeton University - stickynotestudies, the-ivyprep, cardiolotea, cornelldiary, universitize-me, thecollegecollage

Providence College - serendipityinboston

Puget Sound, University of - last-constellation

Purdue University - cupcakehinch, pineappletroye

Queens University - freshstudythoughts

Ramapo College - unafraid–eponine

Reed College - fiendishly-nerdy

Regent University - iluthientinuvielfan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - cupcakehinch

Rhode Island College - withloveandstrength

Rhode Island, University of - espressoprep

Rice University - appblrsandoranges, fiendishly-nerdy, thehenchmansociety

Richmond, University of - pensandtea

Rochester, University of - drowninginmediocrity, heartbeats-becoming-slow, darbysdiamonds, aestudyblr

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - ahlltimelow

Rutgers University at Camden - doctortatertot, starkbannr

Rutgers University at New Brunswick - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, callmeglados, doctortatertot

Salve Regina University - serendipityinboston

Scranton, University of - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, pleasegivemealcoholanddiamonds

Scripps College - mraemb

Simmons College - stickynotestudies

Southeastern Louisiana University - studyingsamantha

Southern California, University of - study-blurry

Southern Oregon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

South Florida, University of - fruity-tuna

South Carolina, University of - jwuuuu

Smith College - rightwingrepublican, success mess, fiendishly-nerdy, cranberry geese, inkdrunk

Stanford University - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, collegeappadventure, graduation bound, messin-w-the-message-man

St. Andrews, University of - iwhaleyouva

State University of New York at Geneseo - half-neversure

St. Bonaventure University - briel

St. Edwards University - thehenchmansociety

Stephens College - studylittleliongirl

Stevens Institute of Technology - biochemstudy, doctortatertot

Stevenson University - biochemstudy

Stonehill College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Swarthmore College - chasingcollegedreams, privateschoolstudent

Texas A&M at Corpus Christi - arkansassy-girl

Texas A&M University - universitymiracles, arkansassy-girl, college-journey, theoryofbelle

Texas at Arlington, University of - appblrsandoranges

Texas at Austin, University of - studylongandprosper, university miracles, appblrsandoranges, college-journey, asaprocket, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Dallas, University of - theoryofbelle, thehenchmansociety

Texas at San Antonio, University of - university miracles, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Tyler, University of - arkansassy-girl

Texas Christian University - asaprocket, thehenchmansociety, mighty-bull-discovers-universe

Toronto, University of - pencilcandy

Trent University - pencilcandy

Truman State University - thealphapigeon

Tufts University - rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, success mess​, applestoappblrs, pensandtea, graduationbound, espressoprep

Ursinus College - thecollegesearch, panicqueerstudies

Utah, University of - graynger

Vanderbilt University - pyetromaximoff, asaprocket

Vassar College - successmess, cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Villanova University - darbysdiamonds, b0rnglamorous, lordvoidemort

Virginia Polytechnic Institute - desperatesammy

Virginia, University of - thecollegesearch, collegedreamss, keyykey, messofa-daydreamer, pensandtea, iwhaleyouva

Washington and Lee University - pensandtea

Waterloo, University of - its-a-cs-life

Washington University in St. Louis - the-college-quest, cardiolotea, collegeappadventure, pineappletroye

Washington at Bothell, University of - exhaustion drain

Webster University - collegemania

Wellesley College - hermionesharrypotteressays, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, successmess, fiendishly-nerdy, espressoprep

Wells College - blissfulstudies

Wesleyan University - applestoappblrs, last-constellation, thecollegecollage

West Chester University of Pennsylvania - studylikewillowrosenberg

Western Washington University - commandercatbug, katie-studies-science, frugalstudies

Williams College - darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Wisconsin at Madison, University of - the-college-quest, monochromeonsienna, studydud

Wisconsin at Superior, University of - itsliz104

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - sarahblogsaboutstuff, ahlltimelow, cupcakehinch

Yale University - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, skyclarke, irblr, cornelldiary, fiendishly-nerdy, thecollegecollage

York University - pencilcandy

Engineers design a robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

Right now, about 500,000 pieces of human-made debris are whizzing around space, orbiting our planet at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour. This debris poses a threat to satellites, space vehicles and astronauts aboard those vehicles.

What makes tidying up especially challenging is that the debris exists in space. Suction cups don’t work in a vacuum. Traditional sticky substances, like tape, are largely useless because the chemicals they rely on can’t withstand the extreme temperature swings. Magnets only work on objects that are magnetic. Most proposed solutions, including debris harpoons, either require or cause forceful interaction with the debris, which could push those objects in unintended, unpredictable directions.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Month: Why a career in science?

“I’ve always wanted to pursue new ideas, and science has been a great place to do that. I’ve considered a lot of career options throughout high school and college, but the ability to pursue my curiosities while still doing meaningful work has made science a great place to be.”

– Aaron James Dy, MIT


“I am from a mixed family with very different beliefs and cultures, so I got interested in neuroscience because I found it fascinating that people can have the same basic anatomy, yet are so extremely diverse.”

– Sarah Health, Columbia University


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New type of soft, growing robot created

Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the mass of stones and dirt, like a fast-climbing vine. A camera at the tip of the tendril gives rescuers a view of the otherwise unreachable places beneath the rubble.

This is just one possible application of a new type of robot created by mechanical engineers at Stanford University, detailed in a June 19 Science Robotics paper. Inspired by natural organisms that cover distance by growing – such as vines, fungi and nerve cells – the researchers have made a proof of concept of their soft, growing robot and have run it through some challenging tests.

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Homes: Schindler House
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Schindler House


The L.A. designer Pamela Shamshiri recently brought her own historic R. M. Schindler house back to its original glory.

The architect, the most bohemian of Frank Lloyd Wright’s acolytes, known for his cresting wave of dark hair and poet’s white middy blouse, built the place for a client named Richard Lechner and his wife in 1947. The house — at 3,500 square feet one of Schindler’s largest — hugs the land’s contours like a giant V, the angle nestled into rock. With long treetop views through walls of glass, seemingly endless sources of natural light from clerestory windows and a warm, human scale emphasized by humble plywood interiors, it is a classic example of the architect’s postwar “space” oeuvre, an Expressionist cliff dwelling for the modern era.

Pamela Shamshiri knew the house would complicate her life, almost unbearably, when the realtor first took her there in 2008. She was raising two children and was buried in projects for Commune, the design firm behind the Ace Hotels in Palm Springs and L.A., as well as boutiques for Irene Neuwirth and Opening Ceremony. As a result of her work with that in-­demand collective (co-founded by Shamshiri and her brother, Ramin, along with Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht), she was well positioned to understand the challenges inherent in bringing the house back to its original glory.

Lechner eventually lost the place in a divorce in the ’50s, and eight owners later, it had gone from majestic to mundane, a fate common to many works by Schindler, as well as his two great Los Angeles-based midcentury peers — fellow Viennese émigré Richard Neutra and John Lautner. The walls and the bold, angular, stainless-steel fireplace were covered in Sheetrock (the brick columns that flanked the hearth had been sheathed in black granite), and Schindler’s purposefully plain, hardware-free windows had been replaced with big-box-store-grade metal ones. The architect’s understated mirror-top bar and built-in pullout table were gone from the great room, and there were incongruously cheery mosaic tiles in the kitchen. Some of the outdoor spaces on the two levels had been enclosed — not necessarily a bad idea, but the work had been done shabbily. “It was heartbreaking,” Shamshiri says. “The spirit was gone.”

And yet, it haunted her. At the time, ­Shamshiri and her then-husband were living in another significant structure, a radically deconstructed ’80s Frank Gehry in Venice Beach. But the idea of “saving something that was really worth it, that you know means something to history,” was too tempting to resist.

Eight years later, the house is not merely a Schindler brought back from the near-dead, but a reflection of Shamshiri’s own unique ­aesthetic, streamlined late-20th-century California cool studded with primitive, organic touches and high-low wit, showcased now in her work with Studio Shamshiri, co-­founded with Ramin this year. The renovation also represents an ongoing dialectic with Schindler, whose unconventionality and purity of vision are inescapable in Southern California, not only in his houses for clients, but in the Kings Road house. Now a museum in West Hollywood, it was originally built in 1922 as a studio-cum-commune for himself, his wife, Pauline, and another couple. (Neutra and his wife lived there with the Schindlers for a time, until they had a falling out.)

For Shamshiri, the key to turning the Lechner house into a contemporary residence was to avoid slavish devotion to Schindler’s original design, while reconstructing his most brilliant touches. She had a few things going for her. Schindler had acted as contractor as well as architect, and all of the plans and details, along with black-and-white photographs, were meticulously archived at the University of California Santa Barbara. Once the Sheetrock was removed, Shamshiri found the original plywood, with Schindler’s own numbers scrawled in pencil in the corners. She replaced the metal windows that so violated the home’s ethos; many of them now push out simply, with minimal hardware, as the architect intended.

From there, Shamshiri strove to improve on the original. To make the flow more organic, and because food culture is now such a part of California living, she broke through the far end of the galley kitchen to connect it to the den behind, adding a Paul McCobb wine rack that looks as though it has always been there. The changes aren’t major, but they’re symbolically significant, proving that the work of great Modernist architects can be made contemporary without diluting their éclat.

Having come from a close, globe-trotting clan — her Iranian father and Roman mother split their time between Iran and Italy — Shamshiri regards family life as a cacophonous work in progress; she had no intention of living in a museum. “I would often say to myself, What would Schindler do if he were alive?” she says. “He updated houses all the time. He didn’t think it was set in stone.”

Source: The New York times Style Magazine

introduction !!

hi!! my name is christina but you can call me chrissy!!! as of this post, i’m an incoming freshman at the university of california, santa barbara. i was accepted as an english major but i plan to major in art history as well!! some facts about me:

  • i’m 18 years old & a pisces
  • i don’t know what i want to do after college yet but i’ll figure it out eventually (i hope)
  • i’m 5′0″
  • i’m half filipino and half italian 
  • i started this studyblr to not only document my journey through undergrad, but to keep myself motivated and disciplined!! 
  • i want to learn brush lettering eventually & start my stationery collection

some blogs that have inspired me:

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure how to say something like this but I think there's only two genders, but if you wanna be non-binary, a gender, gender fluid I'm not gonna say it's wrong or stop you, like my opinion doesn't matter for anyone and they should do what they want and even though I think there's only two, I'd still support someone who's puzzled about having more than one gender, I know humans should be doing that anyway but I felt like saying this idk???

Look, pal. I hate to break this to you but if you’re going to a nonbinary blog and saying “i don’t believe that you are telling the truth about your lived experience” then that makes you a rude person. Nonbinary people exist and we are not making it up just like gay people aren’t pretending to be gay, or binary trans people aren’t pretending to be trans. 

Additionally, many ancient cultures condoned, encouraged, and even admired gender transcendence. Examples of this can be found in many cultures, both historically and fictionally. There are ancient Roman figures who transcend binary gender, namely Tiresias, Hermaphroditus, and Caeneus. Pre-colonial Native American tribes knew there were more than two genders and were known to highly respect people who neither men nor women. Ancient Mesoamerican deities do not ascribe to the concept of gender in the same way humans do, leading modern analysts to think that they would have supported and admired those who also did not ascribe to gender in a traditional way. Additionally, Jewish tradition says there are six genders. Nonbinary genders are as old as humanity itself. 

Sources: 

If you still think there is no such thing as nonbinary genders, then you should probably do some research. It’s out there. Don’t live in ignorance. 

I reiterate: going to a nonbinary blog to say “I feel like you are lying and nonbinary genders are fake” is a pretty rude thing to do. Find what makes you happy and do that. Get a life, seriously. 

  1. How many schools are you applying to? 9 but 15 if you count all the UCs separately
  2. Are you moving away or staying home? moving away but I might end up only a few hours from home
  3. what’s a school that you love but won’t be applying to and why? I’m debating not applying to USC because even though academically I’m right there, I doubt I’ll get enough money to make it work
  4. What is a school you considered but is no longer on your list and why? University of Chicago - wayyyy to intense and I hear thats where you go if you want your social life to die so… 
  5. The biggest advice you’d give your high school freshman self? Take more risks and always give 110% because it’ll pay off
  6. biggest fear about college apps ? Not getting into any of my top schools *knocks on wood*
  7. What are your top 3 schools ? UCLA, USC, and Boston University!!!!
  8. what are 2 majors that sound interesting to you? Business and Psychology 
  9. Have you visited any colleges, if so, which? Boston University, USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Cal Poly SLO, Loyola Marymount, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, NYU, Loyola Chicago
  10. what’s your biggest high school accomplishment ? [ personal, academic etc ] I don’t really have a specific academic accomplishment other than keeping my grades up/getting good test scores, but I think my improvement as a dancer has been huge 
  11. If you could create your ideal college, what three features would it have?  
    1. Big
    2. Pretty campus
    3. Great programs
    4. (oops I’m doing 4) fun student life
  12. Describe the ideal student at your future college in three words or phrases: hard working, fun, creative 
  13. What is a subject/ skill you’d like to study in college that has nothing to do with your field? I want to take dance classes and try minoring in dance! But other than that, taking a film class would be cool 
  14. Small, large or medium sized college? large!
  15. International or local? local, but either in my home state or far away 
  16. One thing your gonna miss about your home/ hometown: my dog :(
  17. Three things you’d like to improve abut yourself in college: I hope to take more risks, be more social, and stop procrastinating 
  18. If you could tell your dream school one random thing or a fact about you, what would you say? That visiting it (my dream school) was the first time I could really see myself living at a university, even after visiting a bunch of other amazing schools. 
  19. what something you’d like to do differently than you did in high school? Expanded my social circle more
  20. ok finally, what college application resource has been your favorite/ most helpful so far? PrepScholar has been helpful to see GPA/SAT/ACT averages! (anyone know how accurate they are tho lol?) 

Decades ago, the Moore’s law predicted that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This prediction was proved to be right in the past few decades, and the quest for ever smaller and more efficient semiconductor devices have been a driving force in breakthroughs in the technology.

With an enduring and increasing need for miniaturization and large-scale integration of photonic components on the silicon platform for data communication and emerging applications in mind, a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of California, Santa Barbara, successfully demonstrated record-small electrically pumped micro-lasers epitaxially grown on industry standard (001) silicon substrates in a recent study. A submilliamp threshold of 0.6 mA, emitting at the near-infrared (1.3?m) was achieved for a micro-laser with a radius of 5 μm. The thresholds and footprints are orders of magnitude smaller than those previously reported lasers epitaxially grown on Si.

Their findings were published in the prestigious journal Optica on August 4, 2017 (doi: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.000940).

“We demonstrated the smallest current injection QD lasers directly grown on industry-standard (001) silicon with low power consumption and high temperature stability,” said Kei May Lau, Fang Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at HKUST.

“The realization of high-performance micron-sized lasers directly grown on Si represents a major step toward utilization of direct III-V/Si epitaxy as an alternate option to wafer-bonding techniques as on-chip silicon light sources with dense integration and low power consumption.”

The two groups have been collaborating and has previously developed continuous-wave (CW) optically-pumped micro-lasers operating at room temperature that were epitaxially grown on silicon with no germanium buffer layer or substrate miscut. This time, they demonstrated record-small electrically pumped QD lasers epitaxially grown on silicon. “Electrical injection of micro-lasers is a much more challenging and daunting task: first, electrode metallization is limited by the micro size cavity, which may increase the device resistance and thermal impedance; second, the whispering gallery mode (WGM) is sensitive to any process imperfection, which may increase the optical loss,” said Yating Wan, a HKUST PhD graduate and now postdoctoral fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Group of UCSB.

“As a promising integration platform, silicon photonics need on-chip laser sources that dramatically improve capability, while trimming size and power dissipation in a cost-effective way for volume manufacturability. The realization of high-performance micron-sized lasers directly grown on Si represents a major step toward utilization of direct III-V/Si epitaxy as an alternate option to wafer-bonding techniques,” said John Bowers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AIM Photonics.

1.3  μm submilliamp threshold quantum dot micro-lasers on Si
Yating Wan, Justin Norman, Qiang Li, M. J. Kennedy, Di Liang, Chong Zhang, Duanni Huang, Zeyu Zhang, Alan Y. Liu, Alfredo Torres, Daehwan Jung, Arthur C. Gossard, Evelyn L. Hu, Kei May Lau, and John E. Bowers
Optica Vol. 4, Issue 8, pp. 940-944 (2017) 
https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.4.000940

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology