Louis Gudema watched people jumping into the Charles from the Weeks Bridge at sunset this evening.
The Harvard Gazette reports:
For the next week, Daniel Chester French’s iconic work will be animated by the faces, voices, and gestures of Harvard students as part of “John Harvard Projection,” a video installation created by artist and Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Will snapped the big truck stuck in a snowbank on JFK Street in Harvard Square around 9:45 p.m.
Oh, look, another GPS user drove into the Harvard Square bus tunnel tonight.
UPDATE, 7 p.m. Boston Fire reports no body found.
State Police have shut the Anderson Bridge between JFK Street in Cambridge and North Harvard Street in Allston so firefighters can comb the Charles for somebody a 911 caller said jumped into the river around 5 p.m.
The Harvard Gazette reports on an effort to scan in old ornithology journals using crowdsourcing to convert the hand-written journals into text and then gaming software to verify the accuracy of that transcription - critical when you're talking about possibly obscure scientific names:
First versions of the video games should be ready by early next year, Flanagan said. One is aimed at the more altruistic volunteer, who will want a minimum of gameplay features. The second will have more of those features, such as the ability to track progress, gain points for correct transcriptions, and lose them for incorrect ones.
The challenge, according to Flanagan and TiltFactor game designer Max Seidman, is to create gameplay that is interesting enough to stand by itself and even attract players who might not be interested in natural history, birds, or the broader societal benefit of their high scores.
Protesters started at Tufts University, blocked up Davis Square, where the T shut down the subway station, then moved down Mass. Ave. to Porter and onto Harvard, where a large contingent of T cops blocked the portal into the busway and then had the gates to the main pedestrian entrance to the station locked. As protesters moved down JFK Street, the entrance was re-opened.
Around 6:25 p.m., the vanguard of protesters was approaching Central Square.
The squirrel's dilemma: put on weight for winter or stay nimble enough to avoid becoming something's lunch?
Around 4:40 p.m., Ben Johnson entered the upper busway at Harvard Square T stop to this scene.
Actually, we have no idea why this guy is just standing in Harvard Square, but we suspect his name isn't Clarence and he's not looking for George Bailey, so a lost bet makes sense to us. Nikki, who snapped his photo at 2:30 p.m., reports:
Won't say what he's up to but hasn't moved in at least 20 mins.
The Crimson reports on a faculty meeting got a little testy when professors wanted to know why the world's greatest university was surveilling them and students. A muckymuck said it was part of a study by one group of researchers on student class attendance.
Prior to beginning the study, Bol said, he was given approval by Harvard’s Institutional Review Board, a federally mandated body that assesses academic research. According to Bol, members of that committee said that his work “did not constitute human subjects research,” and, as such, did not require notification or permission of those involved.
Right outside the CVS. Medical examiner and police, who covered the body with a sheet, now on scene.
UPDATE: Cambridge Police report the state medical examiner is now investigating the "sudden death" of the woman whose body was found there.
Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge resident on charges he started an unprovoked attack on a man on a Red Line train, then followed him out of the train into Harvard Square station and punched him in the head.
Christopher Hicks, 26, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a shod foot - police say.
The Crimson provides an overview of what's going on with all the buildings that Gerald Chan has snapped up of late.
The Crimson reports on the connection between the weekend death threats and months' worth of more peaceful - but equally ungrammatical - requests for Facebook followers.