[The Call For Guest Entries has been updated/modified]
Wow, excuse the title, some days I’m just more creative than others. Today isn’t one of my creative days, it’s one of my “I have an entire day of toolage ahead of me” days. A quick break from 2.001 will be good though, and I have a couple of things I need to tell y’all.
First, Blendie (the Rrrrrrr part of the title). I could devote an entire entry just to this, but I’ll spare you and just add it to this entry. I was exploring the Internet the other day and stumbled upon a website that touted a video of “Blendie” as one of the most entertaining things ever filmed that involved a blender. I was a skeptic (how can you beat WillItBlend?) but I decided to watch the video to test my hypothesis. Besides, according to the description it was a video about a blender designed by an MIT student.
While Blendie looks like an ordinary blender, it is in fact a voice activated blender — with a catch. Blenders don’t speak English, so in order to activate it you need to speak blender to it. I could describe it for you all day long, but I think it’d be best if you just watched the video.
CPW is screaming up on us guys! I’m excited, it sounds like you guys are excited, and in a little over a week you will all know just how much fun MIT can be. Being the blogger that I am (willing to spend far too much time blogging and on the internet) I decided last year that I would try to catalogue EVERYTHING! I took my camera, two memory cards, and multiple bottles/cans of caffeine. I ended up taking 384 pictures of CPW, so many that at one point I had to transfer all of the pictures I had taken to a flash drive because my memory cards were both full. When I got home I spent the next 2 months compiling, editing, and creating a massive blog (not entry, blog) that followed my adventures during CPW from start to finish. If you haven’t read it yet and are still curious just what exactly CPW is going to be like, give it a read. It also includes links to other entries written by ’11s about their CPW experience.
One of the really cool parts about CPW was that it gave me my first chance to foray into the land of MIT Admissions Blogging. Bryan ’07 offered all of the prefrosh blog readers a chance to write a guest entry about their CPW experiences, which he posted on the MIT blogs. He’s doing it again this year, working with Paul and me. Here are some of the criteria that I’ll be looking for in the guest entries I publish:
> You have to attend CPW to write an entry
> You must use paragraphs in your entry (personal peeve, I hate writing that is just a continuous block of text)
> Pictures are mucho preferred
> You should have your entry written sometime during the week after CPW
> Go ahead and upload all of the pictures using the blogging software of your choice and just send me a text file containing the HTML code for the entry. I’ll go through it and make sure there are no formatting issues or dead images when I post it.
> Make it awesome! Nobody wants to read a boring blog entry about CPW.
If this sounds like fun or something you’d be interested in then e-mail ALL THREE OF US at snively [at] mit [dot] edu — ask-paul [at] mit [dot] edu — bryanblogs [at] mit [dot] edu and we can work out further details.
Guest entry not enough for you? Want a better record of your CPW? I’d like there to be another blog similar to the one I created last year, something with insane amounts of pictures and that details step-by-step the CPW experience. If you’re up to it, I’d challenge anybody to make one. You won’t regret it, I still go back and read mine from time to time. Let me know if you intend on making one of these blogs, I’ll tip my hat to you and look forward to the end result.
On Sunday we find out who our prefrosh are so expect an e-mail or a phone call shortly thereafter, and then get ready for 4 days of craziness!
Oh, and did I mention that my 2.001 professor moved our test date to Wednesday because of CPW? Prepare for awesome!