ESP Biography



CJ QUINES, MIT sophomore, likes math I guess




Major: Mathematics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2023

Picture of CJ Quines

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I’m CJ, and I'm a student from the Philippines. I like math, linguistics, Homestuck, Python (the programming language), Modern Art (the board game), writing (of the blogging kind), music (of the Filipino kind), and ESP (the student organization), not necessarily in that order.

I wish I could have participated in something like this when I was in high school. The next best thing would be to teach in one of these myself. So here I am!

Also, do people actually read this? Ah well.



Past Classes

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P14174: A Herstory of Rupaul's Drag Race Reveals in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
How are the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Rupaul's Drag Race alike? What are reveals and how did they start? And why is a two-second reveal so much more entertaining than a two-minute dance routine? Come watch some thrilling Drag Race clips with us, as we talk about what separates good reveals from bad ones. Content note: Rupaul's Drag Race is rated TV-14. There will be spoilers, as we'll be watching episode endings and season finales.


H14175: Should /r/Shoplifting be banned? and other questions in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
What can be posted? Who decides? The recent months have showed us how much social media can influence elections, incite violence, and increase misinformation. The solution should be moderation. But this often stands at odds with promoting free speech, making moderation unbiased, and commitment to consistency. We'll discuss case studies of how Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit dealing with controversial content, and analyze whether they made the right calls or not.


C14176: An Introduction to Programming Languages in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
From Python and C and Haskell, to Java and Rust and Pascal, to Fortran and Perl and APL, …from declarative and functional, to imperative and intentional, to object-oriented and procedural, …from analyzing and parsing, to syntax and compiling, to semantics and typing, we'll talk about it all. This class is a whirlwind tour of programming languages, their history, how they work, and how they differ from each other.


X14188: Powerpoint Karaoke! in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Imagine that you are the speaker of a presentation, but you don't know what you are presenting on or what slides you are expecting. You have to wing this presentation somehow, but how would you do so? Welcome to powerpoint karaoke, where even nonsense makes sense. Come learn a bit more about how powerpoint karaoke works, including some tips and tricks, and try it out for yourself!


L14219: Introduction to Esperanto in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
What's Esperanto? It's the most widely spoken invented language, actively spoken by around 200,000 people all over the world. It's really easy to learn! You'll learn more Esperanto in this hour than you'd learn German in ten hours. By the end of the class you'll be able to form basic sentences in Esperanto.


X14315: Chess gone Atomic in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
We will be exploring a chess variant: atomic chess! In this variant, whenever a capture happens, all pieces (other than maybe pawns) within a one-square radius gets blown up. In this class, we'll go over the rules in more depth, along with a few pointers to get started (as games can be very volatile, and it's very easily to lose instantly), and then play some games!


E13710: Intro to Soldering in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Ever wanted to learn how to assemble circuits? Come to this class and learn basic through-hole soldering! Circuit boards and electronic components will be provided.


C13722: Sharing Secrets: An Introduction to Cryptography in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Here's three puzzles: 1. I want to find the average age of everyone in a room. But no one wants to tell anyone else their age. Can we still find the average? 2. There's a magic door that opens when you say the password. I want to show you that I know the password, but I don't want to tell you what the password is. Can I still prove to you that I know the password? 3. We're talking over the phone and want to flip a coin. But if I flip the coin and tell you the result, you might not believe me. And if you flip the coin, I might not believe you. Can we still do a fair coin flip? Come learn about cryptography, the amazing science that helps us do seemingly impossible tasks.


X13788: This statement is a lie. in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
A brief guide to some famous paradoxes, and why they might actually become relevant in our real world soon.


X13831: 7.4 Seconds for Every Pokémon in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Come learn a few things about every Pokémon up to Generation 8! You may learn about some that you never knew before, or about some funny descriptions of the more well-known ones.


W13979: Pi Day! in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Come learn about pi while eating pi(e).


L13158: Introduction to Esperanto in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
What's Esperanto? It's the most widely spoken invented language, actively spoken by around 200,000 people all over the world. It's really easy to learn! You'll learn more Esperanto in this hour than you'd learn German in ten hours. By the end of the class you'll be able to form basic sentences in Esperanto.


M13159: 694201 is a prime in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
If we gave you a four-function calculator, how long would it take you to check that 694201 is a prime? In fact, we can do it in five minutes, and we'll show you how. We’ll use this to talk about how computers figure out whether numbers are prime in general, and what makes one method faster than another.


Z13208: How to Read a Law in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
How does a person, unskilled in the profession of law, reasonably imbibe the impenetrable textual information pertaining to our legal system, notwithstanding the construction of complex or compound sentences, when justice so requires? In this class, we'll read statutes, bills, and parts of the constitution, and go over some techniques to make understanding legislation easier.


A13238: Improv Workshop in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Let's play improv games together! Don't know how to improv at all? Want to learn what yes, and means? Want to have more confidence in speaking in front of crowds, or to your local coffee shop owner, without planning twenty different scenarios in your head beforehand? Then come to class and learn the basics of improv! This will be a high-energy, participatory class focusing on the basics of performance and improvisation, and lots of fun.


X13240: relating games in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
we have icebreakers that aren't corny and team-building exercises that don't suck. authentic relating games is the fancy phrase, but we just like to think of it as games. stare into each others eyes! talk about your feelings! experience deeper connections! play some games with us and get to know your classmates.


X13375: Flirting 101 in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Learn to flirt! We'll talk about tips and tricks to smoothly express interest in the person of your dreams. Channel your inner playfulness and have some fun with live demos, audience participation, and social psychology :)


M13492: Estimation Markets in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Learn about financial markets while practicing your Fermi estimation skills in this classic game! Open to anyone with interest in math, science, or finance. Quick thinking and awareness of other players are of utmost importance.


W13506: Find the missing card in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
I give you all the cards of a standard deck except one. You can do whatever you want with the remaining cards. How quickly can you find the missing card? It sounds more fun than you think! Our record is 18 seconds. Can you go faster? What techniques are the fastest? How does this relate to computer science?