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I'm so glad to see this continuing! +Martijn Stevenson​ and +Christopher DiBiasio​ and I had a blast building the ramp in 2005 - and it's awesome to see it going strong 10 years later. :-)
 
Dropping a donated, no-longer-functioning, and irreparable piano off of Baker House has become an annual MIT tradition, marking the last day students can drop a class. Yesterday's double-piano drop did not disappoint! Watch: http://mitsha.re/1JyYAS7

Photo / video courtesy of the Division of Student Life. #MIT   #onlyatMIT  
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Wow, I didn't know you guys knew each other, nor that you started this tradition. Small world!
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Fun game - watch a late showing of "It Follows", then walk through a foggy evening in Hell's Kitchen.

Is that person walking towards you an implacable, unstoppable force of evil? Or just a tourist? You decide! ;-)
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It could be something really scary, like the IRS.
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This is a fantastic little bit of interactive "fiction". As I played through it, I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. :-)

I can't tell you how many times I've sat in almost identical meetings over the years. The words change, the faces change, but... 
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New York City is a strange place, sometimes. On my way in to work this morning, I walked past/rode a subway with: 5 nuns, 2 Catholic priests in full cassock and collar (not traveling with the nuns!), a monk in full robes, some Jehovah's Witnesses, and a large group of Hassidic Jews.

I feel like I walked through the setup for the world's strangest "walk into a bar" joke, and somehow missed the punchline. ;-)
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Yesterday, I managed to acquire a bottle of Pappy 15. So I figured I'd invite some friends over to do a high-end bourbon tasting. I can't think if a better way to spend a Sunday evening. :-)

From left to right, the bourbons are:
* Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B - 12 years old
* Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve - 15 years old
* Lost Prophet - 22 years old
* Four Roses LESMB 2013 125th Anniversary - NAS
* George T Stagg 2014 - NAS

We did a double-blind tasting here, with no one person knowing the final mapping. Our goals were to both identify the bourbons and to rank them by favorites. To be clear - there's no bad bourbon in this batch! All of these are amazing - the decisions were really hard.

The results were fascinating. 2 of the 4 of us ranked the VWSR first - beating out the older Pappy! And the Lost Prophet showed extremely well in this exalted company. It was actually my personal favorite.

For what it's worth, I correctly identified 3 of the 5 bourbons, only transposing the LP and FR. Here were my personal rankings:
1) Lost Prophet
2) Stagg
3) Pappy 15
4) Four Roses
5) Van Winkle Special Reserve

This was a ton of fun to try! Thanks to my amazing friends +Radhika Jagannathan+Adam Samet​ and +Derek Parham​ for a wonderful evening. We'll have to do another tasting here soon. :-)
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+Tom Wilson​, I was able to find a bottle of Lost Prophet in Mpls. and so brought that up to Canada! Thanks for the heads up on that series!
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Big year for the baseball Hall of Fame. Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz all pretty clearly deserved first ballot inductions. And Biggio is another one that's very hard to argue.

The headlines this year are all about the fact that it's been 60 years since we last saw four simultaneous inductions. That's a cool fact, but it covers up the really strange thing about this year's ballot - Aaron F*ing Boone.

Yes, that's right - Aaron F*ing Boone was on this year's HoF ballot. More mysteriously - he received two votes.

What the hell? I don't even... just... no. Who is voting for Aaron Boone? I think that should be grounds for immediate expulsion from the voting pool. :-P
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The +Tribeca Film Festival held a screening last night to honor the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I got to watch Holy Grail in a beautiful theater, followed by a Q&A with the 5 surviving Pythons!!

Watching an awesome movie with a ton of fans was a huge blast - but the real highlight was obviously the Q&A. It turns out that John Oliver was the host, which was pretty awesome!

Because this is Monty Python you're talking about, the panel quickly degenerated into "Let's troll John Oliver". John Cleese at one point walked off stage and started doing shadow puppets. The Pythons pulled their chairs into a circle around Oliver, or turned backwards in their seats.

And then, after leaving the stage to thunderous applause, the final slide projected on screen - "Piss Off". How very Pythonesque. :-)
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+Radhika Jagannathan​ and I are watching Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy) at Madison Square Garden tonight. Crazy! I remember when he was opening at the Wild 94 Comedy Jams in the Bay Area.

+Debby Chang​ - thanks for setting those up, all those years ago! :-)
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Holy crap, what a game! Today was the first Red Sox/Yankees game of the season - and it was epic. 19 freaking innings, with the Sox winning 6 to 5. 6 hours and 46 minutes, with a power outage adding 16 minutes of delay.

What a way to kick off MLB 2015! And of course, the best part - the +Boston Red Sox​ won. ;-)
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Saw this, and thought of you, +Irene Chung and +Debby Chang  :-)
One UK artist, inspired by last year's Simpsons Lego set, has taken it upon himself to craft brick likenesses of your favorite denizens of the land of Ooo.
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I have a Gunther!!!
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My life is strange some times. I'm playing three games simultaneously on three different devices. While fixing a broken build. And drinking a glass of scotch. I'm running out of hands! ;-)
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At the NYC Video Games Live concert with +Adam Samet​ and +Adam Juda​. Woo!

I now have the Tetris theme stuck in my head. ;-)
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Any other highlights?
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