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Colors! by Snively '11

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It seems as though the more work one has, the more time one finds to blog. Some of my most prolific blogging streaks are when I’m actually the busiest here. What’s making me busy now?


PSETS, while not exactly fun, aren’t usually malicious. I have this nagging feeling that my 2.005 (Thermal-Fluids Engineering I) PSET (Problem Set (Weekly homework)) is going to be evil. Why? Here’s what it looks like.

Problem 1/ a — s
Problem 2/ a — c
Problem 3/ a — f
Problem 4/ a — l

That’s right, you’re reading it correctly, A through S. 19 parts! In addition to the other parts it comes out to 40 parts. 4 questions? I think not!

So, instead of beginning this monster, I’ve decided to share happiness with the world, in the form of pictures that show colorful things that have been happening around Conner 2 (The floor on whichith I liveth). Well, the first isn’t colorful, but the rest are!

1) Ethernet Jack
Burton-Conner is getting an Internet overhaul, meaning they’re rewiring the entire dorm and installing 100 gigabit 802.11n routers. This makes me happy. Very. Very. Happy. They’ve also been installing new Ethernet jacks in all of the rooms — at least we thought it was just in the rooms. The other day I was caught by surprise when I saw this in the hallway.

As exciting as it is to have an Ethernet jack in the hallway, um, why? Why is it there, why is it up by the light switch, and why is it withing 15 feet of TWO different 802.11n routers? I just can’t see somebody stopping for a quick wired internet break during their trip down the hall, but who knows, I could be mistaken.

2) Lava Lamp and Duff
Newbury Comics was having a 30% off sale the other day so a bunch of us wandered into Boston to check it out. While I didn’t purchase anything that was on sale, I did buy a lava lamp! I had a lava lamp back home but I didn’t bring it to college, so this little guy will make a great addition to our room. Also, sitting below the counter at the store, was an awesome supply of energy drinks, one of which I felt inclined to purchase. As a self-proclaimed energy drink connoisseur, I simply had to try “Duff.” Seriously, it’s from The Simpsons, how can you not buy it?

Impressions? A very good energy drink. It didn’t have that nasty, harsh flavor that Rockstar and Monster have, but it wasn’t sickeningly sweet like Red Bull. It tasted almost like a fruit Sprite. Plus, it kept me up until 3:30 AM, so that’s a plus as well.

3) My room
I’ve been meaning to get an entry up about painting my room, but until then, I’d like to at least share what it looks like.

Dan ’11’s half

My half

4) My Mural
They recently removed all the wood paneling in our hallway, replacing it with drywall and painting everything white. That means it’s time to paint murals! The mural I’m working on is a scene from the end of the first Mario level, with a little added flair thrown in. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that Conner 2 is English House, so an English themed mural seemed appropriate. Here it is in one of its early stages.

And with the flag finished

And now, with the castle currently being worked on.

If you’ll look at how I’m doing the castle, you can get a sense for the technique I’m using to make an 8-bit mural. It involves a lot of blue tape stencils. When I’m all done I may make an instructable about it, but at this point it’s still a work in progress. I’ll also make sure to share with y’all when I’m done.

5) My Tube
The new Kaplan Newsweek “How to Get Into College” magazine is now on shelves, and features various MIT goodies all over the place, a testament to how awesome this place actually is. Of particular note is page 36, which is called “On-Campus Confidential — The latest trends in applying, achieving, and learning about life at your dream college prove there’s a place for every student.” One of the stories in that article is called “More Than An Envelope” and is all about MIT’s tube.

Well, kind of. Most of the article is about Shannon (a blogger for a week and already in Newsweek!) but check out that picture of the tube at the bottom. Guess who’s tube that is. That’s right, that’s my tube! Check out this PDF

Click, ~8Mb

and if you look carefully at the name on the acceptance letter you’ll see “Michael Snively.” Yay, I’m officially kind of in a national publication!

That’s all for now, until later, I’ll be doing 2.005.

29 responses to “Colors!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Darn! the picture is too blurry for us to stalk you when you are not on campus.

  2. Ahana says:

    Wow Snively, you’re famous. Like you weren’t already.

    PS: The room’s a.w.e.s.o.m.e. Just the mess as I like it.

    PS again: I want a tube!

  3. ternus says:

    It’s a phone jack, the kind used for dorm phones.

    MIT Resnet uses 8P8C (RJ-45) connectors for phones on campus. Look at the plate in your photo – it’s got two little connectors on the top and bottom to hang a phone from.

  4. Snively says:

    Thanks! You learn something new every day.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your room looks so amazing. Perfect combination of colors! Although, I must remark, the entropy seems to be kicking in. =P

  6. Sam says:

    Yay. Ethernet!

    Ugh. The contractors have been breaking into our rooms and messing stuff up; some people on my floor have come home to find broken items shoved onto the ground.

  7. D says:

    Is this the space planning thing you were talking about?

    Do the dorm rooms come with those nifty bunk beds, or did you have to make them yourself?

  8. Stacy says:

    The dorm looks really nice. How long has it taken to do that so far?

  9. Ehsan says:

    With every entry you write, you make me more and more jelous. I would have to hate you if i don’t get acceptef for the class of ’15.

    I WANNA TUBE!!!!

  10. wesh m says:

    Wow , I was wondering whose is the messier half.

    Looks like Dan would win.had to be, he has not got a R2 to do the clean up.

  11. Laura says:

    I got interviewed for a Newsweek story about being a blogger, and they latched onto the stories of my duct tape outfit and the first time I was ever recognized as a blogger (coming out of the shower in a towel) and headlined the feature “The Naked Truth.”

    That was kind of special.

  12. Alex says:

    One question. Are there mosquitoes at MIT? or Boston/Cambridge to be more general? If the answer is no I have another good reason to go to MIT :p. I’m TIRED of the mosquitoes here in Puerto Rico.

    Nice mural Snively but I have to say that those beds worry me a little. They seem too unsecured… Good luck on the PSETs.

  13. Danielle says:

    Talk about RETRO! I’ve never played the original 8 bit SMB, but i do have a 16-bit remake and I’ve been going old schol with SMB3 and SMW. I’m a total video game fanatic.

  14. Ashwathi says:

    Do you ACTUALLY get furnished dorms? I like those bunker beds. They looks comfy and “messable”

  15. Helen says:

    Love the mural & R2D2.
    Have you fallen off the bed while sleeping?

  16. Snively says:

    The lofts are handmade by my roommate and I. Depending on the dorm you live in, you’re allowed to build your own furniture. The rules for lofts are generally that it be free-standing and that you can sit on it without your head touching the ceiling.

    How long has it taken to do the Mario mural? I’d say about a week and a half. Not too terribly long. I’d like to get it finished up in about two weeks.

  17. Brian says:

    why are your beds so high?! all i can do when i look at that is picture myself with a broken neck

  18. yufei says:

    Yeah…that was the question I wanted to ask…Why doesn’t your bed have sideguards?…MIT seems to be a colourful place =)I would loooove to come if I could paint my own dorm!!!

  19. Snively says:

    @Helen and Yufei
    I’ve never fallen out of bed, like, in my entire life. I don’t really think raising my bed off the ground is going to effect that now. At least, I hope not.

    Depending on which dorm you’re in, you most definitely get to paint it. Dorms that don’t allow painting (as far as I know) are Simmons, Next, New, McCormick, MacGregor, and Baker.

    Burton-Conner, East Campus, Bexley, Senior House, and Random Hall all allow painting. As for the new dorm, I’d say no painting but I’m not entirely sure.

  20. Vaibhav says:

    Q.”What happens if you fall off?”
    Ans. – You get up again,quite simple really…:D
    (As for the tube – I wish the same but I’ll be an international applicant too {hoping for Class of 14’} – but just getting there would be a mean feat!!)

    Cool! – Your room’s so messed up (Me likey!)but it looks really nice and cosy for a long day/night’s sitting and getting through psets…
    R2D2 looks awesome – but what is it a robot or something?

  21. Snively says:

    It’s a trash can.


  22. Vaibhav says:

    hahaha – Who would have thought??

  23. Vaibhav says:

    P.S. Managed to get through those psets??

  24. Vaibhav says:

    P.S. Managed to get through those psets??

  25. Vaibhav says:

    P.S. Managed to get through those psets??

  26. Vaibhav says:

    Sorry for that – my PCs acting up…

  27. Banerjee says:

    My gosh, my gosh, my gosh!!! I really want a tube! I mean, I know I won’t get one since I’m an international applicant, but all I want is for MIT to accept me for the Class of ’15.

    By the way, Snively, I love the contrasting colors on your wall. Your bed doesn’t have any sideguards…what happens if you fall off?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Kudos on the tube publication!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    the tube was so awesome. aw man, was it awesome.

    congrats to shannon!