Monday, March 9, 2009

Stuff I See at MIT

This week's topic: stuff I see at MIT.

In a nearby lab . . .

(This was sketched off-hours)

Stuff that's written on the blackboards in the hallways...

And for the next bit, you have to be a little familiar with the movie "Good Will Hunting". Basically, Matt Damon stars as Will Hunting, a troubled youth who is a genius at mathematics. The title character works as a janitor at MIT, where he goes around solving complex math problems left on hallway boards.

You can watch the big scene here:

Or watch the first 30 seconds of this clip to get the idea.

(By the way, why so many people are all madly dashing across that particular lawn is beyond me. The lawn is not anywhere near a major parking lot or T station; you have to kind of go out of your way to end up running across the lawn like that. Unless you illegally parked on the Mass Ave bridge... or just crawled out of the Charles River, and ran across four lanes of traffic...)

Anway, to go on a tangent, here's how mathematicians reacted to the movie:

And here's how MIT reacted to the movie.
(Photos taken a few weeks ago.)

Some close-ups.

To the right of this, someone else wrote:

And, finally . . .

Well... first, MIT has a very commendable spirit of community, as this sign demonstrates. And it's true, people really do need to wash their hands, but -- okay I'm just going to show this poster.

The mouth.

Normally I don't give much mind to this sort of thing. But for weeks, every time I walk into a restroom, this.... weird mouth greeted me. This two-mouthed school mascot.

One day, it finally got to be too much. I had to do something.

And that about wraps things up for now.

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