By - 4/25/08 - 7:17 pm

Maria Varmazis is liveblogging ROFLCon, the laffcon at MIT.

And taking photos, too.

By - 4/22/08 - 6:57 pm

Silber Knocks New Architecture in Book, Built Junk at Boston U.

One guess what the author of that review of John Silber's harangue about new buildings at MIT and Harvard thinks about former BU strongman Silber's own fleet of new buildings across the river.

... Is he angry that his 13 million square feet have risked nothing, aspired to nothing and achieved no glory for the institution he led for so long?

He ought to be.

Via Geoff Edgers.

By - 4/11/08 - 5:39 pm
By - 3/29/08 - 12:01 am

Leslie Turek reports she worked with one of the original card counters (she was his supervisor, in fact):

By - 3/24/08 - 4:42 pm

Dave Alpert requests the city of Cambridge get its act together and figure out how many lanes go in which direction on Mass. Ave. near the Charles before somebody fails "this MENSA field sobriety test."

By - 3/21/08 - 8:48 am

The Tech quotes school officials on the difference between their program and a Harvard Harvard women-only period at a gym: It had nothing to do with religion, it's done after regular hours and men are offered their own hour, as well.

By - 3/21/08 - 8:23 am

UPDATE: Judge continued case to May 23; see comments below.

An East Boston District Court judge is expected to rule today on a request by Star Simpson to dismiss those Logan bomb-scare charges, the Suffolk County DA's office advises.

By - 2/20/08 - 8:16 am

Nate Phillips admires it, but says you have to go inside the 48 Mass. Ave. building for the full effect since the outside is basically a completely uninviting windowless brick cylinder.

... Inside, there is a spectacular use of natural lighting, created by a larger circular skylight. A tall sculpture created by Harry Bertoia dangles metal shards from the skylight and further emphasizes the light from above, creating an eerie effect. ...

By - 1/18/08 - 11:09 am

Once a year, Alyssa Boehm's husband leaves her for a weekend to try to find a coin hidden at MIT. She describes her hubby-less life:

... Usually I hang out at home, catch up on E! and go to the movies. This year I'm planning a double or triple-feature of films to be determined. I call friends for dinner. I might get a pedicure. And I suppose I should clean the bathroom. ...

By - 12/7/07 - 11:09 am

Overmatter writes up a candidate for the most annoying sound in the world:

An M.I.T. student chewing a chocolate chip cookie with his mouth open, to the beat of the weird-ass klezmer music in the coffee shop. ...

By - 11/9/07 - 7:56 am

You know, the Seussian place at MIT now the subject of a bit of litigation. Philip Greenspun posts one worker's report that explains why:

The Stata Center sux big hairy green rocks from the coast of Maine. ...

By - 10/23/07 - 9:43 pm

Sure, the South End will soon have some of the world's deadliest pathogens, but only Cambridge has an urban nuclear reactor.

By - 9/26/07 - 1:29 pm

Oh, those scamps at MIT

Via Bostonist.

The photo led us to a Tech story about MIT students protesting what they consider the school administration delivering Star Simpson and sodium droppers to the cavalier hands of the media. The story includes a quote from MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay that suggests students aren't the only ones with some difficulties dealing with the non-geek world:

By - 9/22/07 - 11:35 pm

Suddenly, the outside world cares a lot about it because of Star Simpson.

Chris Csikszentmihalyi, who directs the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab, discusses that culture, how Star Simpson fits in and what, exactly, that circuit-boardish thing she was wearing is (it wasn't a circuit board, to start). He also photographs some Fox News reporters who were hounding people on the MIT campus Friday.

By - 9/21/07 - 12:24 pm

So this college student goes up to a counter at Logan with a blinking circuit board strapped to her chest and a blob of unidentifiable material ...

"She claims that it was just art and she was proud of the art and wanted to display it. I am not sure why she had the Play-Doh in her hands. She could not explain that," Pare said.

Channel 4 has more:

Simpson was "extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used," Pare said. "She's lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue."

Except she wasn't wearing a hoax bomb. Joshua Glenn explains how she was basically wearing a light-up sweatshirt. The DA's office, of course, begs to differ.

Bonus: She's an MIT student who, according to her overloaded Web site (thanks, Google Cache) lets us know:

... I love to build things and I love crazy ideas. ... I lived for a long time in Hawaii, while traveling the world and saving the planet from evil villains with my delivered-just-in-time gadgets.

More on what she likes to build.

Simpson was released on $750 bail this morning after her arraignment in East Boston District Court on a single count of "possession of a hoax device." The Suffolk County District Attorney's office had asked bail be set at $5,000. She's due to return to court Oct. 29 for a pre-trial hearing.

There's got to be more to this story, though, right?

By - 9/18/07 - 4:43 pm

Makes $6,000 donation toward the cost of cleaning up the cleanup boat on which volunteers and EMTs suffered burns from some sodium floating in the Charles.

Julia Reischel at the Dig has more.

By - 9/11/07 - 9:24 pm

The group whose cleanup boat was contaminated by that exploding sodium says decontamination is so expensive the whole effort might be scuttled. One volunteer writes:

The real problem is the financial cost of the chemical decontamination carried out after the incident. This is an unexpected cost that must be paid by a small nonprofit that does not have any extra funds. Unfortunately, the Cleanup Boat may be forced to stop operating unless more funds are found to pay for the decontamination.

By - 9/11/07 - 6:04 am

In these times what are the aims?..., current accomplishments?... and current achievements?... of the SIPB Student Information Processing Board

Around the time of the founding of the SIPB Student Information Processing Board one aim was to develop what was not available elsewhere, hints, tips and pointers with respect to how to use hardware and software more effectively.