Friday, January 25, 2008

One More Reason I <3 xkcd

As you hopefully already know, xkcd is undeniably awesome.

Portal is also indubitably awesome.

xkcd and Portal together is ineffably awesome.

In other news, the brothers liked the pledge project. Hell yes.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

why am i still up?

...oh yeah, Mystery Hunt.

I have no idea if our team getting owned or doing average, but at least I'm having fun, which really is the most important part. I ended up spending about six hours on a single puzzle that involved running around basically all of Main Campus, but ultimately my group and I prevailed to find the solution! So that made me happy.

Now I'm stuck on a poker-related puzzle. Which you'd think would be right up my alley, but it's so ridiculous that I have no idea where to start (and the puzzle's flavor text seems to be no help at all). I'll share more details later (since the liveblog side of things seems to be pretty adequately covered, I'll probably just end up putting one big post with photos, commentary, and quotes after the Hunt ends), but for now I am heading to bed.

Yeah, I know, sleep is for weaklings; but I love it so much. That being said, part of the fun really is staying up ridiculously late (I consider 3:30 pretty ridiculous anyway though), so huge props to all the solvers, on my team and elsewhere, who are dedicated (or masochistic) enough to keep solving through the darkest hours of night and morning.

Update @ 5:30 - I'm not sure whether to be proud or deeply, deeply ashamed of the fact that I stayed up two more hours looking up titles of B-rated horror movies. Clearly, when an MIT student says he's going to bed...don't believe him!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Guess what showed up in my inbox today?

From: Melissa Martin-Greene
Subject: Your IAP Credit UROP
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:59:43 -0500


I'm pleased to inform you that your IAP credit UROP has been approved. In order to receive this credit, please be sure that you have registered this credit with the Registrar using WebSIS. WebSIS will be open for changes in your IAP subject selections up until the end of the day today, January 17, 2008.

If you are unsure about the subject number for which you should register or have other questions, do let us know. We are happy provide the proper subject number for your IAP UROP if you are unsure what it should be.

With all best wishes for productive research,

Melissa Martin-Greene
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Pre-reg, you say? No problem!

I am officially going to receive credit for my research these past few weeks. This makes me very happy. See? Happy: =)

(And Mystery Hunt starts tomorrow!)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sooner or later...

...I will actually tell you what I got for Christmas.

Sorry for the lack of updates here, but as I told Star a few days ago, I had three different entries I wanted to finish for the MITblogs - and happily, I completed all of them. I consider that a good weekend. ^_^

Okay, off to the lab. Too bad there's a foot of snow on the ground now. Good thing I have my boots.