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Archive for May, 2005

Changes

May 31st, 2005, 3:45pm by Mike

As many of you know, my time here at MIT is coming to an end, as I’m following in the footsteps of those great Pyslent bioengineers before me and heading into industry. I’ve accepted a job as a scientist at Genzyme, here in Boston, starting 1 August. My job will be in the Biosurgery division, and will focus on cartilage tissue repair and osteoarthritis applications.
Of course, this is a big change for us, but we’re looking forward to it. On a daily basis, I’ll be starting and ending the day with a commute that’s approximately 25 times longer than my current one, and which will require us to have a car (we’ll be buying my parents’ 1998 Camry at the end of July and driving it up). During the day, I’ll be doing some combination of lab work and overseeing others doing lab work, and we’ll see where that goes.
In other news, there’s quite a bit of time between when I start there and when I finish here, 2 weeks from Friday. In the interim, we’ll be in Rome for a month! We’ve rented an apartment there for the month, and we’ve been buying guide books and language guides in preparation for the big trip (I’ve been listening to Italian lessons on my iPod on my “commute”). I know it’s unlikely, but if anybody’s planning a trip to Europe in July, you’ve got a place to stay in Rome!
It’s all pretty exciting for us — lots changing, and lots staying the same, too. For the time being, we’ll be staying in our place, though we may be looking to move next spring or so — we’ll see how this commuting thing works out.

Most Connected House Of All Time

May 30th, 2005, 4:26pm by Mike

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When we got married a couple of years ago, some dear friends of ours gave us a choice between a DirecTivo and a regular Tivo as a wedding gift. We chose the DirecTivo, only to be thwarted by our landlord at the time, who didn’t want us to put a dish on the building. While we were down in Providence this weekend for our 10 year college reunion, we found our landlord’s nightmare scenario.
In case you lose count, there are 9 dishes on this house, and one on the building directly across the alley.

Damn giant-padres game

May 27th, 2005, 7:15pm by Kelvin


Stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge on my way to pick up the keys to the condo!

New Post Categories

May 26th, 2005, 3:17pm by Mike

Over the last day or two, Jake and I have hashed out a new set of categories to use here at The Board — it turns out that we underestimated how many of our posts would be in the “Technology” category. You’ll see the new categories next time you try to post. The old ones, which you shouldn’t use anymore, now have a “z—” before them (as in “z—Technology”).
Jake and I have also recategorized our old posts into the new categories. To do this relatively quickly, log in, go to Manage Weblog->Edit Entries and click on the “Power Editing Mode” link. This should show you all of your posts, and you can use the pull-down menu to change the categories.
Having all these posts categorized will make it possible for us to have some sort of meaningful category archives, if, for example, you wanted to see all the car-related posts. That will be implemented shortly…

Lost

May 26th, 2005, 1:33am by Jake

Tonight was a humorous adventure in entertainment technology. I’ve been looking forward to watching the season finale of Lost all week. It’s a fun show, and I really enjoy it. Well, I get home at 7:45, 15 minutes before showtime, and find that my electricity has been turned off. Of course, I don’t worry about the lack of lights, my crashed computer, inconvenient networking (thanks Linksys), food in the fridge, or any of that stuff. I just think– oh damn, the TiVo is down! Read on to hear how I solved this dilemna.

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Scion tC

May 25th, 2005, 7:08pm by Kelvin

Anyone in the market for a new car might want to consider a Scion tC. It seems like a pretty fast car for the money, and looks pretty sharp IMO. Most importantly, the 2006 model has very impressive iPod connectivity as an option.

Bringing iPodís legendary experience to the car, a Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit with iPod control is now available as an all-new accessory upgrade for the 2006 Scion tC. The tC is the first car in its class to integrate track, artist and album information from the iPod into a one-line display on the head unitís screen. Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the iPod into a port via a connector cable, providing outstanding sound quality through the carís stereo system and constant power to the iPod. Music is controlled through the head unit and steering wheel buttons.

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I think my brother Ed is getting one. I couldn’t convince him to consider the Mini Cooper, which is at slightly more expensive price point and also doesn’t have the sporty looks he favors (he’s been driving the Elcipse 🙂 ).
As an aside, those of us who have built/bought cars and car stereos around our ipods are pretty committed to the platform– a car is the biggest “lock-in” that Apple could ever ask for!

Book Review: Endurance

May 24th, 2005, 12:24am by Jake

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I just finished reading Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. I seem to reminder buying it in the summer of 2001 at the end of some guy’s garage sale– can’t remember what I paid (or what I was supposed to pay). It really is a pretty amazing story, if you don’t know the details. Shackleton & his crew were attempting to make the 1st crossing of Antarctica as the first World War was kicking into hight gear.

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Podcasting

May 21st, 2005, 2:23pm by Mike

Any of you tried out this whole Podcasting thing? It seems like it has some potential to be cool, particularly in light of Derrick’s issues with dedicating time to loading up his iPod.
The idea is that you get content downloaded from the internet to your portable music player (doesn’t have to be an iPod), so you can listen to your show when you want to. Not that this is that new an idea — the novelty is twofold: (1) The mp3 files come via RSS feed, so you are automatically notified when there’s new content, and (2) various software products for both Mac and PC are available that (at least somewhat) automate the process of getting the content from the net to your music device.
Read on for more.

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Fun with Google

May 20th, 2005, 3:59pm by Jake

This has gotta be the most fun Google search since French military victories. This time, go to Google, and enter “seizure” in the search box, and click on the “I’m feeling lucky” button. Be careful, this is a dangerous one!

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It’s Alive!

May 19th, 2005, 1:43am by Kelvin

Alright, I resurrected my laptop, with the help of this auction. I paid a little more than I’d hoped but it’s a definite upgrade… this screen is much brighter than the old one. Anyway, let this be a lesson to you all– don’t drop your laptops!


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