So, here is a general catch-all entry for the past few weeks.
Starting with the Ig Nobels. The Burton-Conner student government allocates money every year to an IFAF to try and encourage interfloor bonding. Floors are allowed to get together and do stuff, and the dorm will pay for it. The activities are also known as IFAFs.
This year, one of our IFAFs was attending the Ig Nobel Prize Award Ceremony with Conner 2.
I don’t have photos, but suffice it to say that we had a good time. Highlights included an appearance by Benoît Mandelbrot, a spokesperson from the IAEA and 5 or 6 Nobel laureates demonstrating the sound of nails across a chalkboard, and a paper airplane hitting one of the Ig Nobel recipients in the head (throwing paper airplanes onto the stage is a traditional part of the ceremony).
Another fun thing from a while back: famous people tend to come to MIT for various reasons. For example, Steve Wozniak came to promote a new book, and I got a signed copy of said book. Now I just have to find time to read it. The founder of Pandora was also here.
Also, The Mythbusters are coming in about a week and a half, and some friends and I are going to go see them. Honestly, we’re not even sure why they’re coming, but it should be fun.
In addition, there are multiple recruitment sessions every week from big name companies, like Google or EA. And they usually bring food and/or swag.
For a brief excursion on classes…
I realized today that one of my
We also had our first test in there last Wednesday. However, I completely accidentally slept through my recitation section on Friday, so I haven’t gotten the test back yet. I should tomorrow.
We just got to Faraday’s Law of Induction in
We’re covering techniques for using recombinant DNA in
And that’s schoolwork.
Like I mentioned earlier, a few friends and I travelled down to New York for Columbus Day weekend.
We went into town on Sunday, planning to see a Broadway play that night. However, the interesting piece is that we are college students, so we were looking for tickets that were less than about $35-$40 or so, and finding tickets in that range is just not easy for Broadway. In fact, we quite literally walked from 42nd Street to 52nd Street, stopping at every theater we saw, and couldn’t find tickets that we liked. We checked the TKTS booth, too—the selection was really bad.
In hindsight, showing up in NYC on a holiday weekend was probably not the wisest idea, but at least we learned something. We took a regional train out to where Becky lives and basically relaxed for the evening (although not before working on homework for a little while).
On Monday, I had this theory that we would be able to get tickets for a Daily Show taping for that night. I requested the tickets about a week and a half in advance.
In hindsight, maybe I should live tickets to someone else in the future, because I seem to have bad luck with them.
So, we ended up caving, raising our ticket price cap, and getting tickets for Avenue Q. They were center of the very back row of the balcony, but the seats are very steeply sloped, so the view was great. And basically, it was amazing. One of the best parts was that Rick Lyon was on Broadway again. He created the roles of Nicky and Trekkie Monster, and he does them both very, very well.
And with that said, it’s really late, and I have class really early tomorrow, so I’ll finish bringing you up to date later. But probably soon.