This afternoon, as I was walking past the Center for Ultracold Atoms on my way to biology recitation, I was stabbed by a deep, instinctive urge to blog about my shoes. Understand, reader, that I had journeyed by foot through many a congested intersection to the Cambridgeside Galleria in order to obtain a pair of shoes on a tax holiday (Columbus would have approved), and so this was somewhat significant. It turned out that someone in our wide, mysterious world was once compelled to design a pair of shoes exhibiting the minimum amount of traction possible, and so it happened that these were the shoes I bought. As I enjoyed the feeling of near-zero friction against the floor tiles, it became pretty clear that the bottom of my shoes at room temperature had properties usually associated with superconductors near absolute zero, thus qualifying them as a matter of interest to the Center for Ultracold Atoms. Here at MIT, everything is interrelated.
Biology recitation began, and I kept thinking about blogging and shoes and how much energy I wasted today by walking on non-carpeted surfaces. Next thing that happened, someone was handing out a surprise quiz while my logical faculties were still on coffee break, and after plowing through a gigantic mental lapse, I barely managed to finish in time. It occurred to me that this was probably a more exciting thing to write about, since nearly every great story in the history of humankind is basically about people almost failing. By “every great story,” it’s entirely possible that I mean just Star Wars.
So essentially, the fact that I was thinking about the subject of a blog caused an event that could have become the subject of a blog. And the fact that I was thinking about how thinking about the subject of a blog could cause an event that becomes the subject of a blog itself sort of became the subject of this blog.
Pre-freshmen, here’s where you come in: to ensure that this type of gnarly recursive situation never again inspires sentences like the one above, comment and suggest some blog topics that are less likely to generate self-reference loops and create a singularity. Since I’m an extra-helpful person today, here’s some suggestions for what you should suggest:
1.Living with a roommate
2.Roommate living with you
3.Why the Physical Education Lottery despises me
4.How to assert your domination over the Physical Education Lottery, which hates you. By “you,” I mean “me.”
5.The Random Hall Phone Experiment
6.Collecting junk @ MIT (it’s classier than it sounds, I swear)
7.Intro to Solid-state Chemistry (it’s a chem class with a minor identity confusion disorder!)
8.Going to office hours
10.Course websites, they’re actually functional in college (unlike in high school)
11.Why I’m actually a senior in high school right now, at least according to every college that keeps sending me mail.
12.How to get into MIT . . . literally. As in which doors to use and how to open them.
Go forth! Suggest my suggestions! Or any other things!