44 Hours of Darkness

The past two times I slept, I slept from approximately 7 AM to approximately 4:30 PM, sleeping before sunrise and waking up after sunset. Thus, I am currently experiencing the first hour of the sky actually being blue (actually, a Bostonian cloudy grey) outside while I’m awake after 44 consecutive awake-hours of a black sky.

I love the color black, I love the night, and I loved that experience. There is a weird impression of disorientedness I get that I think is probably induced by a lifetime of not doing this, but the wonderful feeling of living nocturnal was well worth it. MIT is already starkly empty over the winter break, and this emptiness is magnified at night; there’s an awesome grand feeling about prowling through a near-silent landscape, being so much with the night, and being with so much of the night.

From here, I will probably try to extend my awake-time a bit later each awake-day such that I’ll slowly spiral back into a normal sleep schedule. Even if someday I may take a job in which I will maintain nocturnality for an extended time period, soon will not be a reasonable time to do so.

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Map Context Checklist

Here’s a list of items to check as for the date and perspective of a map you come across.

Bold items are very macroscopic points, and probably noticeable first.
Italicized items are very microscopic differences, and might not be distinguishable on global scales.

Note: these lists are nowhere near exclusive, just a sampling of items to check.

A) Is it outdated?
0) Is South Sudan part of Sudan?
1) Does it have the Soviet Union?
2) Does it have Yugoslavia? And is it the big Yugoslavia or the small one?
3) Does it have Czechoslovakia?
4) Are West Germany and East Germany split?
5) Are North Yemen and South Yemen split?
6) Are North Vietnam and South Vietnam split?
7) Is Bangladesh called East Pakistan?
8) Is East Timor part of Indonesia?
9) Is Montenegro part of Serbia?
10) Is Namibia part of South Africa?
11) Is Papua New Guinea part of Australia?
12) Is Egypt the United Arab Republic?
13) Is Syria the United Arab Republic?
14) Is the United Arab Emirates the Trucial Coast?
15) Is there a Zaire?
16) Do the Cooch-Behar enclaves exist?
17) Is Kiribati united?
18) Is Hong Kong part of the United Kingdom?
19) Is Macau part of Portugal?
20) Is Tanzania united?

B) Whose perspective is it from?
0) Is there a People’s Republic of China (“China”), a Republic of China (“Taiwan”), or both?
0a) Is Tibet part of a China?
0b) Is Mongolia part of a China?
0c) Which China is Kinmen in?
0d) Which China is Lienchiang in?
1a) Is Hong Kong part of a China?
1b) Is Macau part of a China?
2) Is there a Republic of Korea, a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or both?
3a) Is Jammu and Kashmir part of India or Pakistan?
3b) Is Azad Kashmir part of Pakistan or India?
3c) Is Gilgit-Baltistan part of Pakistan or India?
3d) Is the Shaksgam part of Pakistan, a China, or India?
3e) Is Aksai Chin part of a China or India?
3f) Is Arunachal Pradesh part of India or a China?
4) Is there an Israel, a Palestine, or both?
4a) Where’s the boundaries between Israel and Palestine?
5) Is Golan Heights part of Syria or Israel?
6a) Is Crimea part of Russia or Ukraine?
6b) Is Donetsk part of Ukraine or Russia?
6c) Is Luhansk part of Ukraine or Russia?
7) Is Kosovo part of Serbia?
8) Is Abkhazia part of Georgia?
9) Is South Ossetia part of Georgia?
10) Is Nagorno-Karabakh part of Azerbaijan?
11) Is Transnistria part of Moldova?
12) Does Armenia exist?
13) Is there one Cyprus or two?
13a) Is the entire island of Cyprus part of a Cyprus?
14) Is the Hala’ib Triangle part of Egypt or Sudan?
15) Is Abyei part of Sudan or South Sudan?
16) Is Somaliland part of Somalia?
17) Is Socotra part of Somalia or Yemen?
18) Is all, some, or none of Quebec part of Canada?
19) Is French Guiana part of France?
20) How are claims in Antarctica distributed?
21) Is Mayotte part of France or Comoros?
22) Is Abu Musa part of Iran or the United Arab Emirates?
23) Is Ambalat part of Malaysia or Indonesia?
24) Are the Paracel Islands part of a China or Vietnam?
25) Are the Spratly Islands part of a China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, or Brunei?
26) Is Dokdo part of a Korea or Japan?
27) Is Diaoyu part of a China or Japan?
28) Are the South Kuril Islands part of Russia or Japan?
29) Is Olivenza part of Spain or Portugal?
30) Is Šarengrad part of Croatia or Serbia?
31) How is Macedonia recognized?
32) Is Navassa Island part of Haiti or the United States?
33) Is Serranilla Bank part of Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, or the United States?
34) Is Bajo Nuevo part of the Colombia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, or the United States?
35) Is Earth a colony of a foreign galactic power?

Monthly Views Breakdown by Country

Here are some charts of the numbers of views per month I’ve received from the thirteen countries that most view this blog over the past three and a half years. Versions with views from the United States are taken out because the United States dominates the viewership of this blog to a resolution-squashing scale.





Hmmm…what’s going on with the x-Axis here?

101 Things I Did While at MIT

Near the start of one’s time here at the Institvte, a student is provided a list of 101 things to do before they graduate. I say screw that. Eat ice cream? I’m not going to tempt my food allergies to fulfill the 101 things. And La Verde’s? Are you fucking kidding me?

Fortunately, I have done more than 101 things since I’ve come to MIT. Here are 101 of them.

Disclaimer 1: This list is retroactively chosen. I definitely did not plan these specific 101 things to do when I was a freshman.
Disclaimer 2: These acts are not necessarily good feats to strive for, and I definitely in no way endorse trying to make some of these happen.

I have lived
1) I have lived on the nth floor, for four different integer powers of 2 values of n.
2) I have, over the course of my undergraduacy, lived in 9 different dorm rooms, not a single one of which is on a floor serviced by an elevator.
3) I have done something while living in one of these rooms that left the entire hall the room was in in horror the upcoming semester.
4) I have been the northernmost dorm resident at MIT. I actually moved my bed to a location where I definitely was.
5) Two of the rooms I have lived in have room numbers that are anagrams of each other.
6) Two of the other rooms I have lived in have room numbers that are anagrams of each other except for one letter.
7) I have lived in a dorm room where water leaked from its ceiling.
8) I have lived in a dorm room where water leaked from its ceiling, and through the floor leaking through the ceiling of the room below.
9) I have lived in a dorm room adjacent to that of someone who shares my birthday.
10) I have visited 14 dorms.
11) I have slept in five different public areas in one of the dorms I’ve lived in.
12) I have eaten at each of the five current dining halls.
13) I have boycotted La Verde’s for three years.
14) I have lived in Hell and loved it. Hated it, yes, but also loved it.

I have met
15) I have met a person in each numbered major.
16) I have met a person who changed their major four times.
17) I have met a person who scored 42 on the IMO.
18) I have gotten the autograph of a Nobel Laureate.
19) I have met a person allergic to milk, wheat, and soy.
20) I have met a person with more than one Kerberos username.
21) I have met a person whose Kerberos username has changed.
22) I have met an MIT alum that has a Wikipedia page.
23) I have met an MIT alum in Course 19, from back when Course 19 was Meteorology.
24) I have acquired an autographed sketch of capuchin monkey electroejaculation drawn by Zach Weiner.
25) I have met a person who I got to know in real life and by real name, then by their Kerberos username later, and only weeks after that realized that they were the same person.
26) I have met a person who knew me in real life, knew me by real name, and knew me by Kerberos username, and only later reconciled that all three were the same person.

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