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Pluto replies by Laura N. '09 rocks my effing socks.

So I was wandering around facebook today and I discovered this new group called “When I was your age, Pluto was a planet,” which I found excessively amusing. The creator of the group asked the group members to post better photos of Pluto, and I started to look through them.

One of the images was captioned “ThinkGeek to the rescue:”

ThinkGeek provides Pluto’s response.


(My birthday is January 10th.)

Right now I’m supposed to be doing a 2.003 pset, and it really isn’t a lot of fun. Adelaide and I have been working on it for hours upon hours. Basically that means we worked hard on problem one for 15 minutes, and then spent hours and hours gossiping, telling funny and awkward stories, and trying to solve physics trick questions with the various people who have come by the suite.

2.003 is basically just advanced physics, you study things that move. Right now we’re working on reference frames, which are annoying. As far as I can tell, they only make the problem more complicated than it ever needs to be. For example, one problem describes the motion of a curveball towards home plate and asks you to describe the acceleration of one point on the ball at a certain point in its trajectory. This really isn’t hard, at all. But then the question goes on to describe three different frames of reference for the ball, without telling you…what the point of that is. Sigh. It’s one of the obnoxiously less satisfying questions you get on psets.

Don’t think I’m crazy, I mean the first problem we solved was a little tricky, but we got that awesome “aha!” moment when we figured it out. This one is just gross. I am looking forward to problem 4, because aside from being the end of the pset, it involves Captain Jack Sparrow falling off a cliff and seeing the trajectory of a spear being thrown at him by an island native. Hee. =)

Responses to Questions:
Shannon asked: How much time does a sport at MIT really take up? I’m sure you’ve talked about this before, but did you talk to the coach first before applying to MIT or what? Just curious.
The hours between 5 and 7 are reserved for athletics- so no classes/office hours/whatever can be scheduled during that time. So that means two hours of practice time each day (except for crew, which I believe may have extra practices since it’s a Division I sport, but I don’t really know). Of course, games involve a lot more time, especially when they’re away games and involve travel. I’d say I probably spend maybe 15-20 hours per week on field hockey (including travel and such). And I don’t think I talked to the coach before applying. I may have sent in one of those little response cards asking if I was interested in a varsity sport, but I definitely didn’t speak to the coach until CPW. Trust me, athletics won’t make or break your acceptance to MIT.

Karne asked: Oh! Here’s a really stupid question…but I want to know the answer. Does MIT have official colors? I can’t tell, because the My MIT page is all multicolored. Sorry this is so lame.

Fermion helped me out: To answer your question, Karen, their colors are red and grey. I’ve linked my name below to an image of the MIT logo which uses the exact shades of red and grey. :)

Thanks Fermion!

If your question hasn’t been answered here, it was probably lost in the transfer to the new site. Apologies! Just post again and I’ll get right on it.

8 responses to “Pluto replies”

  1. Evan Broder says:

    I’m proud to say that I was a part of that distraction smile.

    But the problem with Captain Jack was pretty cool.

    Anyway, MIT maintains a site with information about protecting MIT’s graphic identity – check out

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m part of that group too! It makes me feel old. haha.

  3. Karen says:

    Thanks for officially answering my question! I feel important. Of course, now I feel entitled to ask another question. grin

    When I visited, my tour guide told us you could have cats in the dorms. I’m really curious about this. I like pets, but I wonder how hard it is to keep a pet at college. Do you have a pet? If not, do you know of any other blogger that’s written about having a pet? I’ve looked, but I couldn’t find any blog entries regarding this.

  4. Evan Broder says:

    Whoops, actually, I missed the page on color completely. They talk specifically about color on – Pantone values and everything.

  5. Karen –
    It makes me feel important to help answer questions, and it also makes a great excuse to not to work. Mostly, though, it just makes me feel important. Here goes:

    There are only four “cat-friendly” dorms: East Campus, Senior Haus, Bexley Hall, and Random Hall, and only certain sections of those allow cats.

    The official cat policy is spelled out at, and Jessie and Anthony are the only bloggers in those dorms.

    Burton-Conner, on the other hand, is not cat friendly, and we’ve even received e-mails telling us to not let the neighborhood strays into the dorm.

  6. Ruth '07 says:

    I’ve been told that are colors are “blood on concrete,” which is surprisingly accurate.
    Hey Laura, all the grad students in my urban planning classes want to know: what are MIT’s parties like? Jeff, from New Orleans, saw a bunch of guy on Mass Ave pummeling a station wagon. What’s up?

  7. Kiran says:

    Hey, Laura, about that shirt, if you can draw, or model, or paint, or whatever it on the computer (actually, you could just paint it, and scan it), there are a bunch of craft shops selling transfer paper. There’s Michaels over here in Cali, but I don’t know about Boston.
    Anyway, if you have a printer, you can print it onto the transfer paper, then iron it on a black shirt. It comes out pretty well.
    price of transfer paper= $10 for a 10-pack
    black t-shirt= $5 at Target

    price of t-shirt online= $16.99

    Plus, you should have a bunch of paper left over for other shirts you want to personalize…

    so, anyways, I’m curious, how important are extra-curricular activities for MIT? I mean, does it really matter if you don’t play sports or anything, if you want to get in?

  8. Kiran says:

    personalized t-shirts= priceless

    sorry, sounds lame, but couldn’t resist. =P