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Natnael G. '15

Dec 28 2014

HT@MIT: Department Lectures and Final Presentations

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Hello all, it's been a while since I've done a Hidden Treasures at (and around) MIT so I thought I would bring it back with something I've taken full advantage of this year.

Department Lectures

For anyone that's used the elevators in Stata this is a common sight that's usually ignored. The titles are in another language, the paragraphs of text are incomprehensible and there's a severe lack of the word FOOD in bright red text. To be fair these posters are targeted to professors and graduate students but they present a learning opportunity for undergrads that you can't find in most classes.

The first opportunity is an insight into what's actually happening in the fields that you are interested in. A lot of the research that is being done is years from becoming practical and even longer from being taught in classes. I see it as a glimpse into the future and a look at what you might be working on if you go to grad school.

The second opportunity is through communication... read the post »

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Nov 4 2014

Home Away From Home

Posted in: Miscellaneous

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Panoramic look at my room in Random Hall, let's zoom into some of the more interesting parts!

On top we have a couple of props from my favorite movies/comics.

The first shelf holds the crux of my media collection. It starts off with some classic newspaper comics, Calvin & Hobbes and Dilbert. From there it leads into the defining book of my childhood Squids will be Squids. From there we have a nice split of comics from the big two and independent distributors. Next we hit a series of novels that starts with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, my favorite series of all time. Last is a series of DVDs (and the occassional Wii game) that I've always loved, from A Knight's Tale to Terminator 2.

The second shelf has a pair of blank white cardboard boxes that hold individual comics and various CCG cards. In the back there are a couple of CDs that mean a lot to me (from Regina Spektor's What We Saw From The Cheap Seats to Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below)... read the post »

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Jun 12 2014

What’s Making Me Happy: Week 4

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Week 1 Spider-Man, Nina Yuen, and Sarah Kay

Week 2: TableTop, Net Neutrality, and Complexity Theory

Week 3: Independent Video Games, X-Men, and Interstellar

Hello everyone, sorry for the three week delay on the latest list of things that are making me happy but there were these pesky exams nipping at my heels and it seemed a bit irresponsible to not devote my full attention to them. With that said though, exams have come and gone and I'm back to update you guys with a few things that've made me happy over these past few weeks. The major theme here is the future, robotic arms, space flight, modular apartments and more!

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MIT's Marvel Cosplay Department Makes a Breakthrough

Growing up there wasn't a kid at school who didn't dream of robotic suits and futuristic extensions of the human body, whether it was Doctor Octopus, Apocalypse or Iron Man, we were always left in awe. In this piece of news we have two groups at MIT who are both... read the post »

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May 18 2014

What’s Making Me Happy: Week 3

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Week 1 Spider-Man, Nina Yuen, and Sarah Kay

Week 2: TableTop, Net Neutrality, and Complexity Theory

 

Humble Bundle/Boston Festival of Indie Games

The Humble Bundle, an independent video game "pay what you can" website, is going back and redoing two weeks of bundles, allowing us to reconsider sales we missed. With summer vacation being a short 2-3 weeks away it's a good time to stock up on cheap games! 

The Boston Festival of Indie Games celebrates the games you quite often find in the Humble Bundle and it turns out the 2014 venue is MIT!

 

X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins are no longer canon!

With the new X-Men movie coming out this week a lot of people have been asking what movies are still canon. X-Men 3 has always been the black sheep of the trilogy and fans, myself included, are happy to hear *X3 SPOILERS* the death of Xavier, Cyclops and Jean Gray *END OF SPOILERS* are no longer canon and that we should just "forget about X3 and the first Wolverine". 

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May 9 2014

What’s Making Me Happy: Week 2

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Week 1: Spider-Man, Nina Yuen, and More!

Historical What If - Subreddit

The concept is simple, users ask the question "What if x piece of history was different" and the more historically inclined Redditors construct an argument, with sources, about what would have happened. Here are a few of my favorite questions.

"How would modern American football players fare in an ancient world?"

"What if Afghanistan was never invaded by the United Front and the Taliban regime continued to conquer all of Afghanistan?"

"What would allow the Roman Empire to last until today?"

TableTop Crowdfunds $1m+

A few months back I discovered the Geek And Sundry Youtube series of TableTop and I fell in love. Every week Wil Wheaton would gather a few of his celebrity friends and play a new Board/Card/Role-Playing game. The show was funny, the games were interesting, and it helped kindle a deep love of TableTop gaming. I burnt through all of the episodes in about a week or two and word on the... read the post »

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