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Instructables Build Day at MIT CPW Answered

Couldn't make it to the last Instructables Show & Tell, Build Night, or Maker Faire? Host your own - it's easy!
I just got a note from Amanda at Simmons Hall at MIT, who held an Instructables build day during Campus Preview Weekend. It looks like they had fun, and made some awesome stuff!

Here's what Amanda has to say:
A few weeks ago the Simmons Hall dormitory hosted an Instructables event at MIT geared towards welcoming the incoming class of 2012. As part of Campus Preview Weekend, we wanted to communicate the culture at MIT and my co-chair Marcella and I thought doing some instructables would be a great way to show that. We enjoy doing really hands-on and creative things in our spare time that span a huge range of talents and knowledge, and this knowledge is communal and we want to share it!

We set up a few stations in our dining hall for a few different instructables, including bleach design tees and packing tape decals, and we had a great turn out... We've been getting really positive feedback from the original event and we're going to be doing it again during Orientation in late August.

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Goodhart (author)2008-05-19

Ok, I get the other shirt, but that first one, I have this odd and disturbing feeling I SHOULD know what that is......but it is eluding me.....*frustrated and tired* :-)

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westfw (author)Goodhart2008-05-19

I think it's still MIT. It's more obvious in the 5th picture on the phone, and I'm not sure about that tail on the probably "T", but ....

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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-05-20

MIT is where Technology "enters" or comes in? *shrug*

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Patrik (author)Goodhart2008-05-20

It's just the MIT logo, except with a downwards arrow on the T. Dunno what the arrow is for, but I assume it has some meaning...

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Goodhart (author)Patrik2008-05-20

Ack! Thanks ! I wonder if the arrow is an inverted "enter" (keyboard symbol) key? *shrug*

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zjharva (author)2008-05-17

MY BROTHERS LG CHOCOLATE AND NIKON COOLPIX ARE IN THE THE FOURTH PICTURE!!!! yeah he was there and he is going to MIT! he also brought back an instructables t-shirt for me!

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canida (author)zjharva2008-05-19

Sweet! Tell him to put up pictures of his stuff in the comments here so we can see how they wear over time. Hope you liked the shirt. ;)

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zjharva (author)canida2008-05-20

yup i'll tell him to. i do like the shirt a lot

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zjharva (author)zjharva2008-05-17
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zjharva (author)2008-05-17

hey canida! my bro wasthere and had a great time with his girlfriend!

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westfw (author)2008-05-13

I like the (E/C2) (sqrt(-1)) (PV/NR) shirts...
But... Wow, that's geekier than all my T-shirts. (well, um, MOST of my T-shirts...)

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westfw (author)westfw2008-05-15

Explanation, for people who are curious and haven't figured it out.
Start with E=MC2, the famous equivalence of matter and energy from Physics. Algebraically solve for M: M=E/C2

sqrt(-1) is called i, by convention in mathematics.. Your basic "imaginary number", though it's not really. (EE's call it j, cause i was already in use.)

The last part is from the "ideal gas equation" that you usually learn in high school chemistry (and occasionally in SCUBA lessons) PV=nRT; rearrange THAT to get T=PV/nR

So, (E/C2)(sqrt(-1))(PV/nR) = (M)(I)(T), or MIT

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KentsOkay (author)westfw2008-05-15

Damn, I thought it wound up telling the meaning of life...

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KentsOkay (author)westfw2008-05-14

Wait wuh?
Energy divided by the speed of light squared multiplied by... I don't get it.. :P

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Patrik (author)KentsOkay2008-05-15

And you call yourself a rocket scientist? :-P

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Patrik (author)westfw2008-05-14

Doh - I just figured it out... <blush>

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westfw (author)Patrik2008-05-14

Uh huh. Not hard, but enough to puzzle most people. sqrt(-1) helps give it away. Only GRADUATES think it's j ":-)

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CameronSS (author)westfw2008-05-14

Wow...I was making it way too difficult. For anyone who hasn't gotten it yet, each section does not represent a whole word.

Clever! PV/RT was nice-I like gas laws, they're easier than equilibrium equations.

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Patrik (author)westfw2008-05-14

Well - you have to realize it's a puzzle first! After that, it's easy. :-D

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Patrik2008-05-14

They actually sell those @ the COOP... too bad they were all out of them by the time I got there v_v

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westfw (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-14

It's interesting, sort of, that the least mathematically complex piece is probably the one least likely to be commonly recognizable. I mean, EVERYONE has heard of E=MC2, and a lot of people have heard of i (sqrt(-1)), even if only as a passing curiosity in some math class. But PV=nRT is like, actual science!

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westfw (author)westfw2008-05-14

WE had T-shirts that said "Not Penn State, Not Pre-med" :-( Apparently schools get more respected retroactively, though!

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canida (author)westfw2008-05-14

Well, it's pretty densely geeky. ;)

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-05-14

AWESOME! I'm glad they're having another one, because I didn't get to go to the one @ CPW (I was unpacking my things across the charles and didn't realize what time it was).

I was planning to have a revamped version of my LED t-shirt done by CPW, but I couldn't find a sewing machine. But now I have one, so I can sew my 14X7 matrix on =). I'll also try to finish my devil duckie mood lamp, and maybe even fix the cotton candy machine! OOH this is going to be fun!

Gah I'm so excited for orientation! Have you seen the new EC I3 video?!

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-05-13

I think Josh (T3h_Muffinator) told me about this...

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bumpus (author)2008-05-13