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Forget that by Laura N. '09

Or, "Why I won't be posting next week"

On Tuesday night, Diana ’08 baked a cake. Since she borrowed a bunch of my kitchen stuff (bowls and spoons and so on), she promised to save me a piece.

Now, whenever you print something to one of the campus printers (unless you take the action to turn it off), the printer automatically prints what’s called a “header page” before all of your stuff. This page has your MIT username in the top corner, so you can quickly and easily find your printouts in the massive pile of stuff that has been strewn around the printer over the past few days. To make them less wasteful, the header pages always have something useful on them, like graph paper or musical staffs, so that you can actually use them for something, instead of just killing trees. They’re also useful for clothing, as Ruth demonstrated at the Anything But Clothes Party 2 years ago.

Anyway, I had used a header page for scap paper and thrown it into the recycling bin earlier that day, so Diana decided to recycle it again to save my piece of cake for me. People sometimes go by their username as a nickname, and since another Laura moved onto the floor over a year ago, I’ve been trying to get everyone to call me by my username (with very limited success) ever since. I found the slice of cake in the kitchen the next morning, and decided to eat it for part of my lunch right before heading off to my 2.008 exam, which was at 12:30.

Then I noticed the small note below my username:

(text: “For maximum effect, consume after an exam.”)

Well, Diana is an excellent cook, she probably knows best.

So I went and took the 2.008 exam, which SUCKED and was way harder than it ever needed to be, and I certainly didn’t have time to finish. (Although it didn’t seem like anyone else did either, so I guess that’s not so bad.) Then I went to music class and had another test, which was just in major scales but still hard because I suck at music. Also, music is dumb. Intervals are just stupid. I don’t understand them, so they should go away. After that I had another organizational meeting for MassCPR, this huge event that is ruining my life by not planning itself.

So, when I finally returned to the dorm, I walked into my room to find a slice of chocolate cake that literally had my name on it. I poured myself a glass of milk, and enjoyed Diana’s delicious baking. Thanks Diana!

Okay, so an update.

Remember my to-do list from a week ago?

Well, some of them were completely impossible, and some of them I said “screw it, I’ll do it after break.” So I’m not totally superhuman, but after realizing my limits and readjusting, I’d sort of completed everything. Then I sent our technical advisor for MIT-EMS an email, explained to him what he needed to do to complete the event registration form I’d dropped off for him at MIT Medical earlier today, thanked him for being my hero and taking care of this so I could get away from this place without stressing out about whether the CAC would spontaneously call me up the day before to cancel the event that has ruined my life because the paperwork wasn’t filed on time, and took out a big black marker to cross off the last item on the list.

So now all I have to say is:

Forget this place, I’m going to Paris. Oh, and Rome. HA!

21 responses to “Forget that”

  1. Salem says:

    Always a treat to read your blogs. Have fun smile

  2. |Lex! '12 says:

    Chocolate Cake? Coz that’ll lift up any day! First time reading one of your blogs, but I say drop everything and enjoy Rome! :D

  3. I’m with Laura on this one..

    if we recall our blog anecdotes properly, we’ll recall that a certain M. McGann once was known as “madmatt[at]mit[dot]edu” … he now mascquerades as though he were mcgann[at]mit[dot]edu

    also .. dguy, guyd, donaldg .. these all seem rather boring .. they aren’t lively .. like snively


  4. Keeping in mind the fact that people are occasionally called by their Athena names (especially in EC/Random, or so I get the sense)… I’ve been trying to figure one out.

    A couple options for comment from the public:
    1) Phoenix, cause its awesome and I’ve been using it as a s/n for a long time (and admittedly have been called it in person by a couple people). Although, if this is what Ashdown house is going to be renamed or something (basing this on the event on Friday of the CPW schedule), this might be a bad idea
    2) Squeegee, because Rachel F ’12 has started calling me it because she could. It also rhymes with my initials, D(B)G


  5. Paul says:


    By the way, pre-frosh! You should know that cover pages are useful for separating the stuff you print from the stuff everyone else is printing, particularly if you’re using a very busy printer. But if you want to save paper, no one else is using the printer, and/or you want to be mildly more hardcore than the typical Athena user – you actually can stop Athena from printing your cover pages.

    Does that look hard? Yeah, I once thought it did too. It’s really not. You’ll get the hang of it soon enough.

  6. Snively says:

    A scenario for you donaldGuy:

    “Hi, thank you for inviting me to interview for your firm.”

    “Thank you for coming. I’m sorry, I seem to have lost your e-mail address, can you remind me.”

    “Sure, it’s [email protected]


    Try to use something actually related to your name. This is your e-mail address for all four years, you don’t get to change it.

  7. Laura says:

    @ Snively: That’s a good point, but if you’re 1337 enough you can alias it to another, more respectable address…

  8. Snively says:

    I’m not leet.


  9. Steph says:

    Great list (and big!). I should do the same to remember stuff. But I’d probably forget the

    Enjoy Rome.

  10. Paul says:

    Mailing lists are everybody’s friend. Just make one that sounds “respectable,” make sure you’re the only one on it, and use that for your resume. But I have to agree that squeegee is probably not the best idea for an Athena name. Phoenix is pretty awesome though.

    While most user names are somewhat related to their user’s actual name (first name + middle initial + last initial, first initial + last name, first name + last initial, first name + last name, all three or four initials together, just last name, etc.), not all of them are. One of my friends’ Athena names is clyde; her real name is Grace. If there’s a reason for that, she hasn’t told me the story yet. wink Other strange but interesting Athena names I can think of include wings, alcor, and (perhaps my favorite) pyrocide.

    On that note, I kind of wish my Athena name were more interesting (some of you probably know what it is already, it’s not that hard to find anyway); but as Laura said, you can’t change it once you pick it. Oh well, at least it doesn’t confuse anyone.

  11. Derrick says:

    Intervals do kinda suck. My music instructor expects us to recognize 8 different intervals by sound after only practicing them for a week. :/ Sometimes even music classes at MIT are demanding.

  12. Harrison says:

    I like how “Hatred for the UA” made it to the top of your to-do list. Everyone seems to have time for that around here. Have fun in Europe and tell Adelaide/Mason/Rick I said hi!

  13. Snively says:

    Most bloggers use lists instead of their actual e-mail addresses, that way we can set up filters for e-mails from admissions.

    madmatt is probably a list (but it may be that nifty alias thing Laura mentioned.

    Dude, squeegee? No.

  14. Aditi says:

    Paris AND Rome *turns green*
    No, seriously , have fun!

    squeegee =)
    I rather like the sound of that!

  15. Omar '12 says:

    DonaldGuy – Haha. I think Rachel F ’12 has nicknames for all of us now. She calls me “moar” apparently because she has trouble typing my name correctly hehe :-p

  16. Isshak says:

    Squeegee ?
    I dare you to do it ^^’

  17. I’m not a big fan of Squeegee really .. its Rachel’s name for me … though its growing on me a little ..

    still .. I like phoenix .. and I could go back to donaldg .. or whatever

    and Snively, when Matt was a student his email was definitely madmatt.. search “madmatt” on the blog archives


  18. Anonymous says:

    Funny list…I used to put my to-do list on a paper also, but it never works out..nothing can be done at the end

  19. Your list of to do items is crazy. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it.

  20. Ruth '07 says:

    Super hot. Glad to still be crufting up the tubes. Come eat cookies at my house and tell me about Europe.