Friday Tea

Every Friday at the Media Lab at 4:00pm there is ‘tea.’ It’s a fun, stress relief effort to get the building to socialize. It’s called tea, but there’s food, cup cakes, drinks, etc.

Tea is held on the 6th floor. There is an observation deck that overlooks the city of Boston (Charles River).

MIT Media Lab!

School officially started for me on the 9th of September! It took some time to start this blog, as there were so many misc tasks to complete. I will back-post the stories as I have a chance to write them. This is a journal for anyone interested in the Media Lab. I will post all of the technical portions, demos, etc. of my actual projects on media.mit.edu/~birago.

Where do I begin?

Every time I have a conversation about what I’m doing at MIT, I find myself repeating the same or similar narrative. That’s because it’s easier to repeat myself, then gush about how amazing this place really is. It’s too easy to come off sounding egotistical, privileged, and arrogant.  Actually, I’m humbled by the creative talent, and apprecitive for the opportunity to be here. Every day is cool. Extremely cool!

The Media Lab is a kindergarten for adults with a focus on imaginative technologies.

This semester I’m taking two classes. Common Sense Reasoning and Tangible Interfaces. The rest of my time is spent as a Research Assistant, meaning I spend my time learning and building things.

The first week I was here my laptop started having problems, so now I’m getting an Apple Mac Book Pro. I’ve never been an Apple fan, but the Media Lab is pro-Apple and I’m just eager to start programming.

Most importantly, the other students – my peer group. They are awesome!  I’m constantly inspired by them. It’s great to be here!

Here are some pictures from the Media Lab:

During the Media Lab orientation tour, I asked what was the elephant for? The response, “What elephant?” I wanted to poke a hole in it, let the air out, then respond, “Oh you’re right!”

Hello world!

Welcome to my personal blog!

This my attempt to be digitally-social (again)! For me, facebook isn’t working for a number of reasons. While anyone could argue that it is easier to keep track of your friends, I don’t find it as the right sounding board. If I post something about beer, tons of response. I post about my music or radio show – nothing. It’s not really the fault of facebook, but rather my own expectations that people care about what I’m doing professionally. People do, just not my friends. LOL!

Anyway, no rants today. It’s beautiful outside and I have good health.

B 🙂