... 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.
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... Read more
In these times what are the aims?..., current accomplishments?... and current achievements?... of the SIPB Student Information Processing Board http://www.google.com/search?q=sipb
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.... Read more
Update: Even though I recently got a new eyeglass prescription, I obviously can't see well, because I missed the fact that Halle wrote his plea 10 YEARS AGO, rather than as a reaction to the recent burning of five people by sodium (watch this year's MIT sodium drop). But that says something as well ...
Michael W. Halle writes in the MIT Tech... Read more
Oh, those wacky MIT kids. Seems every year, they steal a bar of sodium from the school chemistry labs so they can drop it in the Charles and watch it explode.
Only this year, the bar didn't totally dissolve and now we have five people with burns on the other side of the river.
If Mayor Menino were to get outraged about this,... Read more
The Grammar Vandal has a fan at MIT - and he's armed with a marker.
We got a warning on Monday morning's news that there was an extremely high danger of brush fire in the area. I wouldn't have believed it given the torrential rains that had flooded us just recently, and the continued drizzle and showers that hung on all last week. But I believed it big time when our building began to fill with choking... Read more
Could you hum a few bars? In any case, Suzie reports beginning to feel just a bit more like a Bostonian: Sure, she got lost on the way to a meeting at the Dr. Seuss building, but on the way back to the T, somebody else asked her if she knew where the building was:
... I couldn't help my excitement at actually being... Read more
For more than 20 years, small theater groups have "borrowed" rooms at MIT for rehersals (specifically, at 50 Vassar Street). But when a group of MIT students reported feeling threatened by one of the ensembles, which allegedly refused to give up space the students had reserved, MIT police cracked down. Big hoo-hah in the local theater community now.
Philip Greenspun notes that the main gym at MIT re-opened this week, and that the men's locker room has a new scale - registering up to 500 pounds.