In the summer of '98 I had the opportunity to present a paper at M.I.T. up in Boston. More importantly, my presentation was scheduled for the first day of a three-day conference. This gave me time to tool around and visit some friends of mine.
Here we have: A few quick facts about the symposium and pictures from
The auditorium where we all symposiumed. During my presentation, the room looked exactly like this,
except I was at the front blah - blah - blahing and the seats were filled with bored people.
The main building on the M.I.T. campus. A dome, some columns, marble steps, an open, grassy quad in front...
it all looks like pretty standard university architecture, but when you look closely at the
Notice that they spelled "Institute" with a "V!" How'd they miss that!?
I went by the next day to make sure I was seeing things right, and sure enough, it wasn't my imagination.
The view out my window by day. I was staying in a dorm room that MIT students
had vacated for the summer. It was pretty small and I shared a bathroom with about 6 other people.
It was like being in college all over again. At least the view was nice. Generally, the weather
was significantly less dreary than this picture would seem to indicate.
The same view as above, this time at night. Taken by setting my camera's self timer and
propping it up on a ledge. Would have come out a lot better if not for the lights at Fenway.
The Constitution was one of the more disappointing sights, I must say. Seeing such a famous warship should
be a lot more awe-inspiring than it was, but unfortunately it's surrounded on 3 sides by
large expanses of concrete. It's hard to even get a view of the ship that includes the waterline.
It's also anchored firmly to the dock by a huge steel ramp. In its current mode of display,
it seems no more a ship than a river boat casino.
Some of the rigging for ol' Ironsides. Talking like a pirate while looking at the constitution is
greatly frowned on, and anachronistic to boot. Arrggh.
Lightning hitting two giant balls. This was part of the Boston Science Museum's Lightning show.
Do not be fooled by the "Electricity" show, which is going on the other half of the time. The Electricity
show involves precious little lightning and lots of bad puns.
Obligatory portrait-oriented street level throw-away shot of downtown [large American city]. Could be any city pretty much, but this happens to be Boston.