I was out meeting a friend and some of her friends that I didn’t previously know last night, and the topic of school came up.
(SIDE NOTE: that was the most difficult and awkward sentence I’ve typed in a long time. I think the problem stems from not having a good word for “friend of a friend”. In the interest of furthering the human language, I propose we adopt exponential notation to denote level of friendship. I.e. A “friend”, or “root-level” friend is one that you personally know and like. A “friend^2” would be a friend of a “friend”, a “friend^3” would be a friend of a “friend^2”, etc. That would make things so much easier, for example:
“I was going to go to that convention with my friend, but a lot of friend^2s and friend^3s were there, so I felt like I wouldn’t fit in. Plus I don’t have a pair of cat ears to wear.”
See? Isn’t that so much easier? Not to mention your most special friend, or “friend^0” is “the one”. But I digress.)
Anyway, we’re talking about school and I mention that I go to MIT and one of the girls asks:
“Do you participate in the annual prank?”
Relative frequency and vocabulary aside, I was a bit impressed that this girl knew about our hacks, because she was in an entirely different social sphere than MIT. The rest of the girls were a bit confused, so I explained to them what hacks were and began sharing a few of my favorite hacks throughout history, incuding the (in)famous police car on the dome, and the Caltech Cannon.
Then this morning, I saw this slideshow of some of the more well-known hacks and figured it’d be worth sharing:
(SIDE NOTE: If you’re a web developer, please please please, don’t make slideshows where you have to click to load the next page for a single image. Every time you do, Richard Stallman thinks about doing away with the GPL. Use a gallery.)
Some of my personal favorites that I’ve seen are the music notes on the dome, the solar-powered T car (STILL more reliable than the red-line, even though for the first day it was broken) and of course, the upside-down-lounge.
I can’t wait to see what the hackers will come up with this year!