Yes, I know I need to write about the Boston Marathon, but I'm not going to do that yet... (Except to say: 3:33:55!!)
Instead, I'm bringing you a few adventures in Yanni-Land (aka Kayanna's visit):
Today I opened the door of my room to the soundtrack of sporadic and labored buzzing. The "biggest bumblebee I've ever seen" (in Kayanna's words) had somehow (ok, I know how: the window) found his way into my room and was busily (ha! just kidding, I didn't really want to use that adjective: I wanted to use confusedly) exploring every corner of my room except for the ones containing the window and the door. He kept trying to fly out through the ceiling, and then he tried to set up camp in one of my wool hats. Anyway, after a lot of excited jumping up and down and waving of hands (and pieces of paper) we finally decided to give up and leave and trust that he'd eventually stumble upon the open window. When we came back he was gone, so he either managed to escape or I'll find his hairy dead exoskeleton around here one of these days...
Yesterday Kayanna and I poked our heads into LSC's first "hippie lecture". Here is the official description:
Author Ross Gelbspan gives a talk on global climate change -- in particular, he explains the problems involved and offers a set of three macro-level, global-scale policy solutions to the challenge, as described in his book Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists are Fueling the Climate Crisis -- and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster. Join us for a question-and-answer session after his presentation.
We arrived approximately 1 minute before the talk was supposed to start and were shocked to see...no one. Absolutely no one. Ok, I liked just a little bit. There were two people sitting in the front row who were clearly related to the speaker. But other than that, I say again: no one.
Was it under-publicized? Or does no one at MIT care? Either way, it made us feel sad and uncomfortable, so we left.