Bryan O. '07
Aug 13 2014
In 1994, one of the most popular TV shows ever began, Friends. In 2004, at the end of the series’ 10-year run, a spinoff began following Matt LeBlanc as Joey. The TV show in fact is older than many of you applying to MIT right now. collectively remove grey hairs
(disclaimer: I actually didn’t believe the math that I did in my head to write the above statement, so I wrote it down, subtracted, and then I had to walk down the hall and back as I started to shed a tear that I’m no longer young.)
In 2004, the MIT admissions blogs began following the lives of Ben, Matt, and Mitra. Soon after, Sam and I got spinoffs. The internet has never been the same since. In 2004, we also got Facebook accounts for the first time.
OK, enough about pre-2007, and what about that VH1 “Where Are They Now?” special that you’ve all been waiting for?
Bryan’s life after the blogs
Big secret: I actually was on the 10-year plan at MIT. It’s secret... read the post »
Sep 8 2009
Posted in: Life & Culture
So I realized that despite not having left MIT, I haven't written on this thing in a really long time. Part of it came from my own thinking that the life of a graduate student is not as exciting as an undergraduate, and the other part came from me forgetting my password, but fortunately, I remembered my password today and given the start of a new school year, I decided I'd stream some consciousness.
First off, an update on my life: I am now a tenured graduate student (passed both halves of my qualifying exams), became a vegetarian, and started training for triathlons. Aside from that, I still live at ZBT as the resident advisor (GRT in disguise...kind of) and still have managed not to pull an all-nighter (for academic reasons). The past two years have been full of excitement from studying, switching from mechanical engineering to a completely different discipline, biking around Boston, traveling, and research.
May 1 2009
Posted in: Visit
Of all the numerous documents bestowed upon prefrosh checking in for Campus Preview Weekend, none is more important than the CPW booklet, a 96-page tome emblazoned "MIT CPW" in bright tangerine and maroon block type. Far from decorational, the gaudy colors make this softcover the ideal test for prefrosh identification - more useful than phenolphtalein or even the flame test.
No CPW-goer would set out for a day's adventures without the booklet as it contains, in addition to useful maps of campus and the Cambridge area, the dates, times, locations, and descriptions for all 620 officially-recognized CPW events. That's enough for one to begin every 7 minutes or - more closely resembling reality - for 8 to begin on every hour of the weekend, causing even the most fervent Course 8 disciples to curse the physical laws restricting them to a single location at a given time. Of course, the most hardcore physics geeks attempt to channel the powers of quantum mechanics to transform themselves... read the post »
Apr 21 2008
Posted in: Visit
by Donald Guy’s Mom
Almost exactly one year ago, on a Junior year college tour trip during Spring Break, we were strolling the gloomy length of the Infinite Corridor, admiring the cracked Terazzo floor and the pipes hanging from the ceiling, when my son looked over with a smile and said “this feels right.” My aesthetic sensibilities were honed amid the mellow brick and expansive green lawns of my and William Barton Rogers’ alma mater (10 points to anyone who knows without looking at the link), so I was somewhat skeptical. But I am nothing if not supportive of my children’s right to choose, so I bought him a “Nerd Pride” shirt at the Coop, went to the MIT Admissions Road Show featuring Bryan Nance when it rolled through town during the summer and, as promised, celebrated his admission in December by running around the yard waving sparklers (thankfully, this hasn't found its way to YouTube). I was impressed by the effort made by the MIT admissions staff: the personal notes, the long... read the post »
Apr 21 2008
Posted in: Visit
We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers,
We can, we can, we can, we can, demolish forty beers,
Drink rum, drink rum, drink rum all day, and come along with us,
'Cause we don't give a damn for any old man who don't give a damn for us!
While at MIT CPW, I had the wonderful opportunity to sample all sorts of auditory goodness. I’m a musician myself, and met several awesome members of the MIT Marching Band and MIT’s vocal groups.
As it turns out, MIT has an active and talented a cappella scene, with many different kinds of music represented. The Chorallaries wow’d the crowd (yeah unintentional rhyme!) with the Engineers’ Drinking Song (see below). The Toons’ (I am biased towards them because they let me sing with them in Lobby 7) Boston was astounding. All other groups were also simply awesome beyond all reason (koodos to Cross Products, muy bueno Muses, first rate Resonance, and of course gotta love the ladie killin’ Logarhythms).
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