JPBeat photographs an only-at-MIT happening:
In addition to great bike-paths, the MIT campus provides generous right-of way for freight trains. My son and I watched this CSX engine 6241 pull a load of shredded scrap metal and refrigeration cars through the campus last weekend. A few cars, including a police cruiser, ignored the flashing Railroad Crossing lights and bell. ...
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... Read more
Leslie Turek reports she worked with one of the original card counters (she was his supervisor, in fact):
... We all knew about his sideline - in fact, he often used our conference room after hours for card counting training and practice sessions. ... My favorite story is the day I walked into my office and found a clean-shaven stranger sitting there waiting for... Read more
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."
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.
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... Read more
... 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... Read more
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. ...
Sure, the South End will soon have some of the world's deadliest pathogens, but only Cambridge has an urban nuclear reactor.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Julia Reischel at the Dig has more.