Michael C. '16
Dec 8 2013
Welcome to another edition of MIT Students Can Be Artsy™, aka We Do More Than Psets! Really!™, aka Things to Do On Saturday Nights at MIT™!
Aside from a cappella, dance is another big thing at MIT. And the largest dance group on campus is Dance Troupe, a student-run group that puts on a show every semester. Previous shows have had variously amusing/confusing names like 50 Shades of Plié and #DTMF. This year's fall show? DTWERK.
(if you don't know what twerking is, I direct you to the Oxford Online Dictionary. Or maybe innocence is bliss?)
I think the variety of dances speaks to the diversity of MIT's student body. The show ran the gamut from poppy R&B...
...to an Indian folk dance by guest group Bhangra...
...to tap dancing...
...to a rendition of Anna Kendrick's Cups...
P.S. speaking of twerking, here's one of the ornaments on the Simmons Christmas tree:
P.P.S. speaking of Miley Cyrus, here's... read the post »
Nov 22 2013
A cappella is one of those things that is really weird to type. It's one phrase - "a cappella", Italian for "in the manner of the church" (thanks, Wikipedia) - but it's two words. Which means that you get weird phrases like "an a cappella group." Or "many a cappella groups."
(if you're not familiar with a cappella, it's basically singing without instrumental backups. like in Pitch Perfect!)
Anyways, as you may know, a cappella is big at MIT - we've got the Logarhythms, Chorallaries, Toons, Cross Products, Resonance, Ohms, and probably some other groups that I've missed (please direct all complaints to Chris Peterson. thanks)
And what better way to relax after a long week than a free a cappella concert by the always impeccably-dressed Chorallaries?
There was a visiting a cappella group too - SQ, from Tufts! They did a great cover of Macklemore - who, if you recall, I'm a big fan of.
...and there was dancing...
...and group hugs...
...and... read the post »
Nov 16 2013
In spaceflight, “attitude” refers to orientation: which direction your vehicle is pointing relative to the Sun, Earth, and other reference points. If you lose control of your attitude, two things happen: (1) you start to tumble and spin, disorienting everyone on board, and (2) you start straying from your desired course.
In short, controlling attitude is one of the most crucial parts of flying a spacecraft, which is why they’re equipped with suites of sensors and actuators dedicated to monitoring and adjusting orientation.
Life at MIT isn’t so different.
You might get sick during finals week. You might have a midterm and 3 psets due on the same day. These are variables that you have little control over.
What you do have control over is your attitude.
Attitude is really important. It’s what keeps you going through hell weeks, what keeps you going after you bomb a midterm, what keeps you hitting the books when all you want to do is sleep. Because if you don't maintain... read the post »
Sep 30 2013
Posted in: Academics & Research
images courtesy of SENSEable City Lab
It’s the sort of room you’d expect to see in an Ikea catalog, or maybe an industrial design museum – cleanly furnished, with several sleek iMacs perched atop glass tables. Nothing seems out of place as I glance over my prepared questions about unmanned aerial vehicles. At least not until I’m distracted by several small flying objects.
More than several, actually. Seven thousand live crickets are buzzing around in a box on the floor.
What are those for? Oh, they’re just part of an architectural project the lab is doing to address the lack of protein in third world diets, I’m told. And they’re related to the UAV project too, in a roundabout way.
I put aside my prepared questions. Welcome to MIT’s Senseable City Lab.
Makr Shakr, a robotic bartender
In the past few years the SCL has become known for various wacky-yet-thought-provoking projects. To name a few: Makr Shakr, a robotic bartender controlled via smartphone; the New York... read the post »
Sep 5 2013
Posted in: Academics & Research
I know what youre thinking. You're thinking, "hey, you missed an apostrophe!" You're also thinking, "what does a second-year know about being a mechanical engineer anyway?"*
*you're probably not thinking this, but hey it's my blog and I get to put words in your mouth if I want.
That's a good question, which is why I went trekking to Professor Warren Seering (my new advisor)'s office on Tuesday in search for the answers to life, the universe, and also how to navigate the Course 2 roadmap, littered with numbers like 2.671, 2.ThU, 2.009, and 2.087 (which can be replaced by 18.03, if you were wondering).
And after chatting with Professor Seering for 15 minutes or so, I was convinced that he not only is the Best Advisor In the Universe but also might possibly be a magician, because:
In 10 minutes he untangled the unruly tangle of shoelaces that is my
lifeschedule and turned it into a perfect bow tie (where am I going with this metaphor let's just skip to the next point), ... read the post »