Posted on : 23-04-2012 | By : John | In : Event, local
The Cambridge Science Festival is happening right now! Tomorrow (Tuesday April 24) The Story Collider, a sort of oral history meets particle physics project, will be doing a presentation at MIT. They sponsored a fantastic show at NECCS last Friday with 6 prominent skeptics telling brief personal stories of they journey to skepticism. Tuesday’s edition will feature 7 local scientists and science journalists. Free.
Don’t forget Mary Roach on Wednesday.
On Saturday May 5th, our own Todd W will be running for his life, pursued by ravenous Zombies, all to promote vaccine research. Help support this worthy cause.
Posted on : 06-03-2012 | By : John | In : Event, local
Wednesday, March 14 is Pi Approximation Day.
Mathematics is a dirty business, but somebody has to do, preferably while covered with a sticky mass of Pie Filling! (The volume of a pie is 4⁄3×π×((Rt+Rb)⁄2)²×h, where Rt is the radius of the top of the pie, and Rb is the radius of the bottom of the pie and h is the thickness of the pie.)
Armed and dangerous
Join us for our annual pie fight on Cambridge Common (one block north of Harvard Square) on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM. Bring a pie and scuzzy clothes.
A map, maybe.
The weather forecast is for clear with a high of 56, so be prepared for freezing drizzle or heat and humidity.
Update: Bad Geometry! I forgot to multiply by the depth of the pie. Also, the Greek letter lowercase pi looks really awful in the default font. Sort of like a poorly drawn lowercase “n”. I said math is a dirty business; there’s your proof.
Posted on : 02-12-2008 | By : Rebecca | In : Event
Spotted over on Bostonist, where Kerry writes:
Battle of the Tech Bands 2
7pm, January 22, 2009
(Entry deadline December 12)
Xconomy Boston, one of the Globe’s top 64 websites in Boston, is holding its second annual Battle of the Tech Bands in January—and it needs your help (provided you’re a techie band member). Up to six bands can compete in the battle, and at least one member of each band must work for a New England-area technology or life sciences company or a venture-capital or private-equity firm that invests in technology. The top geek groups will receive prizes, including free service from Nimbit, a Framingham-based music marketing platform.
If you’re in a band with a member who qualifies you for the competition, you can enter by emailing techbands at xconomy.com. Include the name of your band, the name of the qualifying company at which one of your members works, the names and musical roles of everyone in the band, contact information for your lead member, at least one MP3 of a song, and a link to your band’s website or MySpace. You must email by midnight on Friday, December 12, 2008, to be considered for the contest.
For more information, check Xconomy’s post on the battle. And even if you’re not in a band, you may want to attend the event: you could meet someone to make turtle nerd babies with. Rock on.
Turtle nerd babies? Count me in!