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 light from above, creating an eerie effect. ...
... 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. ...
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 non-geek world:
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 white smoke and a burning leaf smell. ...