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Nov 14 2017

C-Sail

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

This might look like a regular old picture of the Stata Center on a cloudy morning...but wait, there's more.

Do you see what I see?

Take a closer look at that sail!

Looks to me like a sail with a C on it...a C-Sail...

It's a C-Sail on CSAIL!

(For those of you who still don't get it: the Stata Center houses the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, aka CSAIL. Most people pronounce this sea-sail, hence the punny hack.)

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Nov 13 2017

Blogger Fam Takes the MFA

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Occasionally, we bloggers get together and do cool things that are off the internet. Today was one of those instances. And by today I mean Sunday, because even though I'm writing this at 4:45 AM, tomorrow isn't until 6 AM by MIT rules.

Elizabeth was kind enough to organize a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for us. It happened to be somewhat early (granted, my sleep schedule is messed up enough that I classify 11 AM as somewhat early) and a large proportion of the bloggers were probably still asleep, but Petey, Elizabeth, Afeefah, Danny, and I went anyways and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We also took MANY pictures. You have been warned.

We started off with an exhibit with art by Takashi Murakami, a modern Japanese artists whose works fall very much into my aesthetic of basically anything Japanese.

I usually don't like modern art, but this is just too dang cute.

I have no idea what this is, but it looks straight out of Plants vs. Zombies.

 

There were... read the post »

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Nov 5 2017

More Cool Data Stuff, ft. Immersion

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I emerge from three weeks of being fairly hosed WITH MORE COOL DATA STUFF GUYS WOOOO.

This time, though, I cannot take any credit for the tear-inducingly beautiful data visualization that you are about to see. The Media Lab is much better at this sort of stuff than I am, after all.

I present to you: immersion.media.mit.edu.
 

The Collective Learning group at the Media Lab put together a VERY COOL THING (that seems to be pretty dated at this point, even though my friends and I just discovered it) that allows you to visualize who you correspond with through email. It’s also LITERALLY MY FAVORITE THING ON THE INTERNET AHHHH.

Basically, it’s a node graph that shows you who sends you emails and who sends emails to you. If we look at my graph, we can pick out three big blobs that correspond to certain groups. The green area is the blogger fam (the very large green blob is Petey, naturally), the conglomerate of blue, red, and brown blobs is comprised almost entirely of East... read the post »

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Oct 16 2017

A Comprehensive Guide to Crying on Campus

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

You trudge out of Walker after your third midterm this week, disheartened and hoping that the test will be ridiculously curved - it couldn’t just have been you who did bad, right? You want to sleep, preferably for around 24 hours to catch up with all the sleep you’ve missed this week. Seriously, when’s the last time you went to bed before 5 AM? But alas, your wish is to go unfulfilled. You have another midterm tomorrow morning at 9 AM, a pset due at noon, and a lab due at 5 PM. You haven’t started working on any of them, and it’s already around 9:45 PM.

If you’re like me, you’re probably undergoing what I like to call This Is Fine Syndrome, a condition in which the sole symptom is verbal/mental repetition of the phrase, “This is fine”, when in reality, stuff probably looks a little more like this:

I imagine everybody here has felt like this some time in the past two weeks, and it’s definitely a normal thing to feel. MIT is hard, and some days are harder than others. There are... read the post »

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Oct 2 2017

A Comprehensive Guide to Vending Machines at MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous

On Wednesday evening, right before the first 8.01 midterm, I had an inexplicable desire to drink soda. As in, I had to drink soda immediately or I would fail my test even harder than I was already going to fail it. I usually never drink soda, but I didn’t want to steal from my hall fridge. So naturally, I set out for the nearest and most convenient source of soda available to student-kind: the friendly neighborhood vending machine.


But alas, for whatever reason, the cash only soda machine in building 66 didn’t accept my friend’s 5-dollar bill. A normal person probably would have given up there, but since I am a solidly abnormal person, I dragged my friend along with me to find another vending machine. We also had no idea where any of the vending machines at MIT were, so we wound up walking up the Infinite, down the Infinite, and back around to building 14 before we finally found another cluster. I ended up getting coffee instead of soda and also managed to pass my physics test,... read the post »

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