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weekend in Cambridge

Here are my pictures from this past weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts, visiting clahey. On Saturday we rode the T over to Community Boating, a great public sailing facility, and took a Mercury out on the Charles River. I didn't take my camera, lest it get wet, but I wish I could share with everybody how gorgeous it was—sunny and clear with a slight breeze, sailboats scattered about, the sculptured piers of Longfellow Bridge. I wish there was a place like CBI nearby here, on the Chesapeake.

Next: my first taste of geocaching. We found one cache by the river and another—a microcache—by a cannon. It was a lot of fun to find them and see what was in them. I'm seriously considering getting a GPS unit so I can go geocaching myself.

After geocaching and grabbing snacks at a convenience store on MIT's campus (MIT!), we found a field where clahey could fly his new stunt kite. (On the way there we passed the building dubbed February 2004 Eyesore of the Month by James Kunstler. I don't think it's so bad; what he calls a “concrete womb nightmare” I'd call a relaxing-looking room.) Flying a stunt kite takes a lot more setup than flying a regular kite. You can't beat the amount of control it gives you, though. Sometimes the breeze was strong enough to support the kite with the tail attached, which adds an extra degree of awesomeness.

After all that outdoors stuff, it was time to veg out with Trivial Pursuit, pizza, We Love Katamari, and Karaoke Revolution.

On Sunday we went to the MIT Museum. My favorite part was the now-familiar machines by Arthur Ganson. The single most relevant word I can think of to describe his work is delightful. I have a DVD of the machines in action; I've foisted it on many friends, and I intend to continue doing so. :) Other exhibits showed holograms, robots, Harold Edgerton's development of stroboscopy, vintage scientific instruments from labs at MIT, and early computer equipment, including computers that supported space missions like Apollo. At the end were some exhibits on student life; throughout, I wondered whether I should have applied to MIT back in my senior year of high school. I wonder whether I could've gotten in, and if I had, how my life would be different now.

The last stop of the day was at clahey's workplace, Ximian. It's the coolest work environment I've ever seen in person, due in large part to its former dot-com startup identity. Plenty of common areas with bean bag chairs and sofas, a lego star destroyer, a fridge stocked with drinks, a pirate flag hanging over one of the partitions, an inversion table, cutting-edge gadgets, and cute little monkeys all over the place. Alas, I did not learn why Evolution Connector doesn't work right for me, but I guess nobody's perfect. :)


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Oct. 3rd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Simmons Hall did get a pretty awful review from the only person I know who lived there.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
That does sound awful, albeit not necessarily any worse than the dorm I occupied as an undergrad. But then, the latter didn't win any architecture awards.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Cheap GPS
Aldi's just had a Garmin similar to mine on sale for $79....lowest price I've ever seen. I have full sets of highway and topo modules for garmin. If you get one, be sure to get a large memory chip (they are extra, of course) so you can install lots of maps without having to reload all the time. Also be sure to get the requisite cables to connect it to your Vaio. I have a full set of interactive maps ( Delorme ) which should run on the Vaio and scroll along in real time as you move around (in the car or otherwise).

On another of your topics, I think you will find that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation may offer some programs similar to some of the ones you mention in Boston. They used to be written up fairly often in Chesapeake Bay Magazine, which I no longer subscribe to.
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