Jun 24, 2009
Posted in: Life & Culture
I know enough to stay away from trying to describe the different dorms because unless you've lived there, you can't describe it. Sure, I could tell you my impression, but odds are most people would disagree. Even if I described my own dorm, a lot of people would probably disagree. This isn't to say I won't tell you if you ask, but I'll avoid typing it on the admissions website.
What I will do, however, is let the dorms speak for themselves, and our friends over at CalTech have helped us out a bit in that regard. Allow me to introduce, Beaver Scope!
According to the author of Beaver Scope
Almost a year ago I stumbled upon an impressively precise description of MIT's external IPs. Naturally, I saved and stored the file away figuring it would be useful for something one day.
The release of the WikiWatcher suite near pranking season makes for a propitious time for that old data to be put to use. I present Beaver Scope, pinpointing many of Wikipedia-editing Beavers with almost unsettling precision.
That's right, it's a website that breaks down Wikipedia page edits by MIT Building number, letting you see which pages are edited by which dorm. Theoretically, this could be used to generalize the types of people who live there. On the other hand, it may reveal nothing and serve as nothing more than a curiosity. Regardless, I thought it'd be fun to share. Happy stereotyping!
Also, there's a new beta version of MIT's mapping website, which is vastly superior to their old website. Check it out here