So lots of fun things going on with me this weekend! I've been super busy, so now you get the whole weekend in one big post :)
Thursday night was the fancy MIT dinner for people helping to plan for MIT On the Road in Chicago next summer! It looks like Susan Hockfield is coming along with some professors to talk about her two hot topics, energy and life sciences. It should be a very fun event! The dinner was great and it was nice to meet some MIT alums that I didn't know and hang out with ones I did!
Friday was a day of happy hours :) First to say goodbye to my manager at work which was sad, and then a fun Ivy Leauge Young Alum on at Zella's, which is a very nice beer garden on Clyborn. Highly recommended! My friend Hayden is in town from Boston this weekend, so we got to hang out with a bunch of alums there and then went on an uncuccessful hunt for Thai food with Connie. Oh well, we found a cool bar we might be able to have MIT happy hours at, and it's right by the train station! :)
So yesterday was very cool. We went down to Wired NextFest which is basically this "world's fair" of science and technology. Very very very very awesome! I saw my first cloned animal ever! They had this cloned cat and it was just amazing to see it in real life. I mean, you know that they are cloning animals, but until you see it and you're like, holy crap, they made a clone of this, you don't really get it :) Other highlights were finally getting to play Brainball, my co-thesis advisor's game from when he worked in Sweeden. Basically, it measures brainwaves, and you have to try to be calm..and the person that is the most calm "pushes" a ball towards the un-calm person by being calm...usually making the uncalm person more uncalm :) A very fun game!! And of course Motorola had a huge area set up with PTV and Dynamic Idle and all sorts of other cool things that came out of the labs :) If you haven't gone yet, go today!! It's so worth it!!
And I got to see the part of the "bean" that's polished. That thing will be amazing when it's done!! :) Oh, and funny story from the Art Institute. There was this guy in there that didn't believe that the paintings were real. He kept going up to guards and being like, is that a "real" Picasso, or Monet, or ... And then he'd be like, that's amazing! Anyway, hard to keep from falling over laughing, but I think we did a good job!
So yes, it's been a crazy weekend. Some things did not turn out as I had hoped for...but it's ok in the end. Let's just say it's the difference between a serial approach and a parallel one. Much like a previous situation. Those who know, know what that means.
Does anyone want to see Wicked sometime this summer? I know I'm like the last one to see it, but if anyone wants to go, let me know!! I want to get some tickets soonish!