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Outside is so beautiful that….

… if it weren’t already outside, I’d take it outside and marry it! I’m a huge Tina Fey and a Mega 30 Rock fan! But it is truly beautiful outside today… I couldn’t stop swaying while riding, and I had to share it with you… Hope the photos do a little justice to the reality… The song of my life is Beautiful Day by U2.. and it’s all I could hear rocking in my mind….

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This arcade of trees.. nice yeh?!

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Another shot..

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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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I find these buildings here EXTREMELY ugly! it’s kinda depressing and sad passing through here… Terrible!

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Koch Institute on the right…

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Waiting at the traffic light…

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My snack basket… now occupied by a sweater…

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STATA

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Green Building… on which they did the cool Tetris hack (see previous post)..

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Look at the green, the flowers… the air…

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I just wanted to share the day with you all..

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Had to go back to school later that night to try to accomplish something….

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I hope today is a beautiful one for you!

Carpe Diem!!!

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Patriots’ Day & the Boston Marathon

Today was Patriots’ day in Massachusetts.. which is also the day on which the Boston Marathon is held. Unfortunately I didn’t get to look at this this year, but I hope to in 2013. I was up until 5am working on an assignment so that it could be cut and tested later on the evening.. Sorry Boston Marathoners…. Congrats to the Kenyans! it was a very hot day today, a beautiful day!! Just beautiful!! I could not stop smiling… grinning in fact. I had plans to meet a friend of mine for lunch today… Life could not be sweeter..

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I cam outside and was in love with the breeze, the sun, the trees, the calm, the sounds of the birds, the doggies, and my faithful bicycle always ready, and waiting to be ridden.

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Ain’t that a beaut!

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Harvard Square… everyone is out, happy, smelling good, and enjoying the weather.. My friend and I head to a restaurant and order our lunch…

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Mel had a salad (beautiful isn’t it!)… bright, healthy colors.

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I had a sandwich.. I can’t remember what it was called… the corn threw me off… reminded me of school lunch or something, but it was delicious… There was corn, avocado, grilled chicken, on a nicely grilled bread… it was quite enjoyable. I am hardly ever able to finish my meals, and always have food leftover… to enjoy a couple hours later..

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View from the park… green as green could be!

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As I go thru the photos that I take, I realize for every photo, there are probably 10 that I forgot to take.. but that’s alright, it means I was pay attention to what I should have been paying attention to..

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Some places in Cambridge reminds me of my good old stomping ground DC at times.. I miss DC!

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This street called out to me… It’s lovely!

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We went into this cafe for a smoothie… I enjoyed the very brightly colored the paintings on the wall… I had a berry smoothie… delish! Good to keep us cool while sauntering back to Central Sq.

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I forgot to take a photo of  my Smoothie!

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The colors of Spring and Summer… Mmmmm…

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I saw this courtyard as we were walking..

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Wow! That was quick, we’re on Prospect already!

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Just a few shots of Central Square.. it is a nice place to be..

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After such a wonderful afternoon, I went home to catch up some things before heading to school to cut my control study..

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My study, exploration and search…

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Finished – Mockup of design system complete for my team..

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Working out a structural system for the main structure..

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Using my mockup to inform what we do for the main Structure..

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One of 4 or 5 systems we made that night… went home after midnight as usual… see you tomorrow.. PS. I have another day off tomorrow!! Yeehah!!!!

Have a great day!!

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China Day at MIT

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It’s almost time for my class this morning and here I am hoping to try to read and write a paper… I know it won’t happen…. but I HOPE..

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It didn’t happen… I have to do this paper ..

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Crossing Mass. Ave. to get lunch at the Student Center… It is quite a sunny day, but still a bit cold.

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China Day?.. ok.. cool!

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Writing students’ names in Chinese..

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He is writing my name in Chinese… they had to think a little bit to get my name right…

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Finished!

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If anyone understands this, feel free to let me know if it’s correct.. 😉

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Very correct analysis I will say….

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Paintings… nice!

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Is it going to eat me?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Whew! Someone is in there.. I almost died for a minute…

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Awesome sword!

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Perfume bottle.. but the coolest thing ever is that the artwork you see there… is actually ON THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLE. Great right?!

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Wedding gown that is worn by the Chinese bride

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Clothing donned by the Chinese groom..

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Back to my office…

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AHHHHH!!!! more dragons!!!!

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What I bought for lunch… Stuffed shells (tasted like manicotti), and meatballs… I didn’t get time to cook.. so….

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I didn’t get the opportunity to take much photos today… it is already night time. This is a result of an experiment I tried… using Grasshopper to try programming.. unsuccessful as we see… I will try something else again…

Have a wonderful day!!

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View of Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, MA

This is my painting of the Kresge Auditorium on MIT‘s Campus in Cambridge, MA, designed by Eero Saarinen. I did this sketch in September and only recently painted it. Cambridge officially snowed for the first time last night… so here is a nice memory of green grasses, leafy trees, and beautiful colors.

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The auditorium is defined by an elegant thin-shell structure of reinforced concrete, one-eighth of a sphere rising to a height of 50 feet, and sliced away by sheer glass curtain walls so that it comes to earth on only three points. Thin-shelled concrete technology was innovative for the times. The dome weighs only 1200 tons and is currently clad with copper. It was originally covered with smooth, bright, orastone was then replaced with lead sheeting attached with stainless steel wires. In 1980, cracks were found in the supporting structure and the auditorium was closed immediately for repairs. Copper replaced the lead at that time.

Sitting on a circular red brick platform, the dome contains a concert hall (with seating for 1226 people), plus a lower level that houses a small theater (seating 204), two rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, offices, bathrooms, and lounges. The main stage is paneled with warm-colored vertical wood elements that echo the vertical glass panels of the building’s facade. The concert hall also contains a Holtkamp acoustic pipe organ, whose pipes visually resonate as a sequence of vertical elements of varying heights. The opening ceremony in 1955 featured that organ, including a piece of music that was commissioned for the event, Aaron Copland’s Canticle of Freedom.

Every seat in the concert hall has an unobstructed view, since there are no interior supports for the overarching dome. Working with renowned acoustical architects Bolt, Beranek and Newman, architect Saarinen employed free-hanging acoustic “clouds” that absorb and direct sound, instead of a traditional plaster ceiling. These clouds also contain lights, loudspeakers, and ventilation.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org

Kresge Auditorium sits on the Kresge Oval, opposite the MIT Chapel, also by Saarinen.

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View across Charles River, Boston, MA

Above is my sketch of the Charles River, Boston, MA. from the Cambridge side looking over to Boston. I drew this in September, but only got the chance to paint it this weekend… I am glad about that.

DCR’s Charles River Reservation is a linear park stretching from Boston Harbor up the river for 20 miles. The lower half of the reservation, from downtown Boston to the Watertown Dam, is the Charles River Basin, which includes the Esplanade on the Boston side. The basin abuts the campuses of MIT, Boston University and Harvard. The Upper Charles River section of the Reservation begins at Watertown Square and meanders to Riverdale Park in West Roxbury. The Reservation has many recreational opportunities for urban dwellers. Whether your interest is walking or birdwatching, canoeing or in-line skating, the Charles River is a wonderful resource.

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This is also my 300th Post today… Woohoo!!!!

A special thanks to all of you who continue to subscribe, comment, and follow Thinking Insomniac! I look forward to many, many more from you…

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Above is a Top 10 list of things to prepare for when doing your final project for the How To Make Almost Anything class at MIT. Hope you enjoy! This is based on my experience this semester… You can see my projects for the class here >>>

Have a great week!

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Above is a Visual Journal of a glassblowing demonstration by one of the coolest, and creative persons I have ever met,  Martin Demaine. Like most creative people Marty understands his materials – in this case glass – respects it, and desires to explore it. He says he may not know ‘what’ he’s doing, but he always knows the next step. This sentiment is shared by many creators and craftspeople. They know they are trying to solve a problem… they know where they are going or have an idea, but they may not be sure how they get there… They let anomalies happen and work with them. This freedom, this ‘dance’ happens when one is familiar, and knows his/ her tools and materials. It’s the same when  I sketch… I know what I want to “say”, what I want to capture, but how that happens I am unsure… and should something unexpected happen along the way… I work with it.

Keep up the great work Marty and I look forward to seeing more great things from you!

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Marty applying colored glass to a piece

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Hey Marty!

Click here for more photos >>>

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how-to-make-input-assignment-smMy post today goes out to fellow mates who made the time to help me… (and others) in an assignment. Students who went beyond the call, when it was not required of them to help others. I saw the difference between “real help” and “fake help.” Fake help wastes your time and is a disservice to those getting it, because they depend on help that never shows up. Real help always shows up, or respect you and your time enough to reply, or explain. Be aware of the help you give, and of the help you get. One wastes your time, and the other enriches it. A big thank you to you… and to everyone today who helps another when they didn’t have to… but did it because it is who they are, or because they want to… The world needs more people like you.

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Laptops during class

I did this sketch yesterday during my How to Make (Almost) Anything Class. The room is monotone (white and grey)… so I thought I would add splashes of color in an abstract manner… I am terrible at drawing people… but I keep trying.

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with yellow....

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yellow and blue...

Have a great day everyone!

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MIT Barton Theater

Last night I went to a presentation by award-winning filmmaker, Lucy Walker who participated in the Fall Lecture Series entitled “Zones of Emergency: Artistic Interventions – Creative Responses to Conflict & Crisis” at MIT’s Barton Theater. This was a remarkable presentation! Lucy was clear, and shared a lot with the audience; the respondent Claude Grunitzky, did a great job too. Lucy showed us clips of her award-winning feature documentaries: Devil’s PlaygroundBlindsightWaste Land ( a documentary about artist Vik Muniz’s collaboration with the self-designated recyclables materials pickers of Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world), and Countdown To Zero.

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Lucy Walker at MIT

She even gave us a sneak peek of her new release, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Her documentaries are very moving. Claude zeroed in quite rightly on the theme of transformation running through her work, the power of transformation. I was very touched by “Waste Land” and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” The latter deals with the disastrous tsunami on March 2011 in Japan. I encourage you to look at the clips. The struggles, moments of pain, the resilience of humans, the human spirit, and the power of giving someone (or yourself) a chance, another chance stood out to me. Thanks for doing and sharing such great work Lucy!

During the discussion I did a sketch of the interior of Barton’s Theater. Hope you enjoy!

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Lucy Walker at MIT

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, is among the eight shortlisted contenders for the 84th Academy Awards’ best Documentary Short Subject category, of which three to five films will earn Oscar nominations.
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