I am sadly lacking in machine shops out here, so I've been entertaining myself in other ways. On my second day on the west coast I trecked from San Francisco up to Mare Island to watch the taping of the new season of Battlebots (go Charles!). I also saw Jaguar, Jume, and other friends up there. No pictures though, because it's all super secret and I forgot to take pictures anyway.
On my first weekend here I acquired a road bike through craigslist. I bought it from a very friendly Google employee who went so far as to grease everything and check all the bolts with a torque wrench before parting with it. Hopefully I won't get too attached to it and can sell it again at the end of the summer.
Went on a nice and foggy memorial day ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and around Hawk Hill.
The next Saturday I met up with Wesley in Orinda, and hiked up and down Mt. Diablo. Wesley was kind enough to not leave me in the dust, but I was pretty wrecked by the end.
Part way up:
At the top, me looking somewhat delirious:
I've done some hanging out in Glen Canyon Park. Pretty cool place in the middle of San Francisco:
Last Saturday I biked to Muir Woods.
Beginning the winding descent to the entrance. Had a minor incident on the way down involving an abrupt and very wet corner, but both my bike and myself came out relatively unscathed:
Big trees. Too many people:
Fortunately the people were quickly escaped.
Here's the only ben katz selfie ever taken. You'll probably never see another one, so enjoy it.
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Hey, it's Ames St!
Other activities of interest:
I turned 21 and went on a coffee-bar crawl with Katie, Yo, and Rodrigo. I had 5 good espressos at 5 different coffee places around the Mission. My mental acuity was relatively uncompromised.
Work at the moment involves 80% doing modeling and data analysis in matlab, and 20% running drive unit (what Tesla calls the inverter, motor, gearbox, and differential assembly) tests in the dynamometer lab. The dyno lab is a pretty cool place. There are dozens of in-house designed 90-kW power supplies, which can source or sink the 90-kW. Most of the dynos use three of these. There are dyno control stations with giant 4k monitors, running kind of derpy NI software. And motors everywhere. Sadly I don't get to touch any of the hardware, as all that work is done by full-time technicians.
I sit right next to the motor design team and across from some motor control folks, so I get to absorb their motor-talk while I work. I don't think I've ever heard the word "flux" with such frequency before.
Until next time!