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MIT student blogger Sam M. '07

Not in our stars, but in ourselves by Sam M. '07

Or in ourselves not to see our stars... or something.

I just came back from watching MIThenge, a celestial phenomenon wherein the sun lines up perfectly along the infinite corridor. Having seen it a year and a half ago, I knew that the best place to check it out was at the far end of the infinite on the third floor of Building 8. So, along with Javier ’08, I got to the far end of the infinite around 4:02 PM (18 minutes early) and headed up to the third floor to check out the action, as recommended.

Unfortunately, everybody else must have gotten the memo too.


Now, if you’re going to a biannual event involving an unobstructed view down the third floor of the infinite corridor, you’d think that you would walk down the corridor on the first floor and then go up the stairs once you get to the end of the hallway. Unfortunately, this concept seemed to elude most of the latecomers who showed up on the third floor at 4:18 PM and strolled down the hallway, blissfully unaware that they were almost totally obstructing our view at the other end. Even after somebody yelled down the hallway and instructed them to move to either side, they seemed to have trouble deciding which side of the hallway offered the better view, and spent most the crucial period from 4:20 to 4:22 PM jumping from side to side. To their credit, they did so quickly, but in great enough number as to eclipse any view of the sun that the day might have otherwise afforded.

Two quotes that entered my mind shortly after this disappointing, but still slightly breathtaking occasion:

“Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” –Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

“Stupid people.” –Shii Ann, Survivor Season 5

Oh well, there’s always IAP.

2 responses to “Not in our stars, but in ourselves”

  1. Mitra says:

    That was my senior yearbook quotation

  2. Adelaide says:

    I’m so jealous! I’d read about it somewhere a few weeks ago, and thought it would be just about the coolest MIT event to take my sister to during her weekend here. Star Wars the musical, and MIThenge — the full nerd experience. Alas, we were busy, and couldn’t make it back in time… Good to see someone got to watch it, though!