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.

The student paper at MIT, the Tech, weighs in, says while the sodium may not have come from the annual big Sodium Drop, it might have come from... Read 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

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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.... Read more

By - 9/8/07 - 4:54 pm

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

By - 9/7/07 - 8:49 pm

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

By - 8/26/07 - 8:07 am

The Grammar Vandal has a fan at MIT - and he's armed with a marker.

By - 4/25/07 - 7:54 am

Will reports:

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

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By - 4/4/07 - 10:11 am

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

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By - 2/15/07 - 12:19 pm

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.

Read here, here and ... Read more

By - 12/28/06 - 9:33 pm

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.

By - 7/19/06 - 2:52 pm

Jay Levitt posts the real story behind those feuding neuroscientists.

By - 5/3/06 - 11:18 am

Brandeis cancels an exhibit of art by Palestinians.

Joel Brown: Brandeis looks gutless on this one, and the censorship will fuel the resentment of those hostile to the Israeli cause.

He notes the exhibit might be shown at MIT, which is having some censorship issues of its own.

Dan Kennedy notes the involvement of the Zionist Organization of America in the protest... Read more

By - 2/9/06 - 2:12 pm's co-editor Cory Doctorow is scheduled to speak next week at MIT Monday and Harvard Wednesday.

Looks like there should be some interesting content regarding Hollywood DRM schemes that will soon effect anyone who consumes entertainment. The talk at Harvard is titled "Set Top Cop: Hollywood's Secret War on Your Living Room".

I'll be out of town but sure hope someone... Read more

By - 2/2/06 - 5:14 pm

While Boston struggles to build wireless coverage in a select number of neighborhood commercial districts, MIT and Cambridge are looking at blanketing the entire city of Cambridge with WiFi by the end of the year:

... The initial testing phase and service will be provided by MIT free of charge to Cambridge, Kurt L. Keville '90, a research specialist at the Institute for

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By - 1/10/06 - 10:54 pm

Alyssa's husband went to MIT. Every year, he faithfully returns for the annual three-day MIT Mystery Hunt - in which bands of nerds try to solve a series of puzzles and find a hidden coin. Alyssa writes:

... This year most of the nerds have crossed over from the late 20s into their early 30s. And some of them have been domesticated –

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By - 1/9/06 - 7:51 am

Cienne45 provides Stata Center photos, both the outside shots you've come to expect and photos from inside the Seussian complex.

By - 12/3/05 - 9:13 am

Cynthia says the Stata Center (the Seussian MIT complex) has really grown on her now that she's had to spend some time amidst the dreary slabs that are MIT's Technology Square:

... I am happy and relieved to see a building that stands out as different and individual and reflective of something human among all these huge impersonal dehumanizing concrete facades.

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By - 11/23/05 - 7:59 am

Michael reads the news that that alleged drug lab where MIT graduate Kevin McCormick died was actually set up to make more sophisticated drugs than meth and says it all might just be a continuation of a long tradition at Cambridge colleges:

... We remember, thirty years ago, the organic chemistry departments of Harvard and MIT were locked in thier own intercollegiate space

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By - 11/16/05 - 12:21 pm

His death will probably forever outshadow his life, but Kevin McCormick was a sculptor who worked in an unusual medium: Blinking lights. You can see some of his work online:

Chromodome (scroll down the page a bit)
Corona (scroll down the page a bit).
A piece in the 2005 CyberArts Festival
A work at the 2001 Burning Man (scroll down... Read more

By - 11/16/05 - 10:41 am

Joel predicts:

You just know that at least one "Law & Order" associate producer is cutting and pasting today's Globe and Herald stories about the death of MIT-educated artist Kevin McCormick in lurid circumstances in Fort Point. ...

Michael ponders his death:

... Heard on the radio news on the way to work - HAMSTERS were discovered in the basement of

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