Upon entering MIT, every freshman gets a list of “101 Things To Do Before You Graduate”, which varies a slightly by academic year (for example: 2011 and 2008.) On the Class of 2016’s list, number 82 tells you to Hack Something, following the proper etiquette (Hacker’s Code of Ethics) which is:
- Be Safe – Your safety, the safety of others, and the safety of anyone you hack should never be compromised.
- Be Subtle – Leave no evidence that you were ever there.
- Leave things as you found them – or better.
- If you find something broken call F-IXIT.
- Leave no damage.
- Do not steal anything.
- Brute force is the last resort of the incompetent.
- Do not hack while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Do not drop things off (a building) without a ground crew.
- Do not hack alone.
- Above all exercise some common sense.
And so, walking back to my new dorm Simmons (I just moved, again), I noticed something floating in the air:
It’s a hack! The Olympic Rings appeared today over Brigg’s field, and upon closer inspection, they were made of plastic tubes hanging from a line connecting the roofs of MacGregor and Simmons. How did they do it?
Woooo Sochi 2014!
(pssssst, hey 2016’s! We only have 2.5 years to do #82! Let’s go let’s go let’s go)
edit: I recieved an anonymous email with photographs of when the hack was higher up before it was taken down. Was it from a hacker him/herself? ;) Regardless, here are the rings in all their glory!