Cambridge, MA, photos 1

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:27 pm
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I took all of the photos over the weekend; it was cloudy Wednesday through Friday. I stayed at the cheapest hotel for the conference, a Hyatt that managed to be close to nothing yet still in a city.
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The exterior is neat, but inside it was the 1980s, still: dark brown carpet and upholstery and beige wallpaper.

The ~half-mile walk to the conference took me past MIT's athletic fields; I didn't even realize that MIT has athletics. Their mascot is the Engineer, which is represented by a surprisingly ominous cartoon of a beaver:
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At first I thought the cartoon was of a profile of a weirdly shaped baseball hat.
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One of the many cool buildings on campus. I think this is a dorm or residence hall; it's across the street from the athletic fields.
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This is also part of the athletic complex.
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An enormous brick building in pristine condition. I wonder what it's used for.
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The conference was held in the dome-shaped building behind the white tent (which was set up on the last day of the conference).
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This sculpture, not far from the conference site, was a popular place for photos
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I think this building houses the nuclear reactor.
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I'm not sure whether these buildings are owned by MIT; there's no clear border between campus and non. They're near the area where I'd usually get lunch.
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One of my co-workers said that MIT has a lot of modern architecture, but it wasn't as widespread as she had made it sound. This stretch of buildings was pretty cool.
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More sculpture
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I am a terrible person, because the idea of something for future children made me giggle.
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Greetings from Cambridge, MA

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:59 pm
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I arrived about 24 hours ago. The humidity has been above 70% the entire time. During dinner (at local chain Area Four) , even I could hear the rattle of thunder above the cacophony of a packed restaurant. I had wedged myself into the last empty seat at the bar and watched the rain fall in sheets while I enjoyed the perfect beer and pizza (white with ricotta, parm, squash blossoms, zucchini, garlic, and lemon) pairing. It was still pouring when I finished eating, so I ordered a pint of cider for dessert. When the rain was merely steady and no longer deafening, I headed out without an umbrella (fortunately I always carry a waterproof case for my hearing aids). I had to walk about half a mile to the nearby Marriott hotel to drop off a form that they wanted faxed back (neither I nor my employer has a fax machine). I thought it would be easier just to hand it over in person, and it was, except for the rain. Then I had to walk slightly more than a mile back to my own hotel. Good thing I had all that booze--it kept me warm after I was thoroughly soaked. I think the men in the elevator were snickering about my bedraggled appearance, but I didn't have my hearing aids in.

I'm here for various robotics events, leaving Monday evening. Brent arrives in an hour or so and leaves Sunday night. He wasn't interested in my working dinner that evening, for some odd reason. Come to think of it, neither am I. All the people at the dinner I will see Monday in an all-day meeting. The number of people I can spend a day with is quite short (Brent, high school friends, VillageCharm, Furious_Mold) and does not include anyone from work.

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