Archive for the ‘Picture of the Day’ category

Scooter parking

June 2, 2009

I was walking through the square the other day and happened to catch this. Couldn’t help but snap a photo.

parking ticket

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NBA Championship Trophy – Not that impressive

May 20, 2009

So the 2008 NBA Championship Trophy showed up at MIT yesterday for a few hours and I got to see it. It’s actually not that impressive. I’ve always seen pictures of these trophies and they seem so glamorous and amazing, but when you’re looking at one in person, it leaves a lot to be desired. The trophy is a couple of feet tall and is kind of shiny, but doesn’t totally wow you. I’m sure they shine it up a lot more when they give it to the champion at the end of the playoffs and I’m sure it is much more overwhelming to get it when you have tens of thousands of fans screaming in celebration, but it didn’t strike me as something that is worthy of spending years training and competing for.

I think I’d much rather win a trophy like Lord Stanley’s Cup. I think that it has a more intriguing story and I also think it’s bigger.

The (not overwhelmingly amazing) 2008 NBA Championship Trophy

The (not overwhelmingly amazing) 2008 NBA Championship Trophy

Window to the Sky

June 29, 2006

denver broncos fan

I took this one day in Canyonlands National Park.

A Giant Meteor Hitting the Earth

June 27, 2006

In case you haven’t seen it yet, a Japanese group made an animation of what would happen if a giant meteor hit the Earth. It’s 7.5 minutes long, but I think it’s worth watching. Click on the image below for the link to the video. It’s important to emphasize that this meteor is not some little 3 mile rock. The group who made the video describe the meteor as having a diameter roughly the breadth of the island of Honshu, which, according to Wikipedia ranges from 50 to 230 km wide. Basically, it’s huge. Huge enough that Bruce, Billy Bob, and Ben aren’t going to save us, no matter how hot Liv is. My advice is to not worry about the odds of this happening to us and enjoy the video.

meteor

One more comment/question:

If this did happen, would you rather be:

1) Right in the impact zone of the meteor, so that you were crushed by the big rock instantaneously (after getting to see the coolest eclipse ever),

2) On the total opposite side of the Earth so that you get roughly 6 minutes to live and then get to see the biggest fire ever (i.e. buildings burning and oceans evaporating),

or

3) An astronaut on the spacestation, where you’d get to see the whole thing for real, and then know that you were totally hosed because you can’t ever go home?

Along this line, do astronauts get cyanide pills or do they just open the door to space and start floating away? Because if I were an astronaut up at Mir with Lance Bass and Dennis Tito with no hope of going home, I think I’d take the longest walk ever rather than try to restart society on the moon with them.

In-N-Out Burger for Dinner

June 4, 2006

Too bad for all of you who don't live in California because you can't stop here and get dinner on your way home…

in and out drive through

Old School In-N-Out on Walnut Street in Pasadena

Fountain in Copenhagen

May 3, 2006

Fountain in front of copenhagen palace

Skiing with Primates in Jackson Hole

March 28, 2006

If this doesn't make you want to put on an ape suit and strap on some planks, then nothing will…

walking ape 2walking apejumping ape

Photos courtesy Sean Stauth