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Piano Squall

Meet Michael Gluck

Michael “Piano Squall” Gluck performs video game/anime music piano concerts to fundraise for charity.

Since 2003, Michael has given concerts in seventeen states to benefit organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Race for the Cure, Baltimore Reads, the Maryland Food Bank, the Matthew Foster Foundation, and Tsunami Relief. He has been a musical guest at thirty-one anime conventions, including Otakon ’05, A-Kon ’06, and Sakura-Con ’07. In 2008, Michael toured Brazil as part of the orchestral game music concert series Video Games Live, with performances in Brasilia, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro.

In 2007, Michael released his debut charity album, entitled GAME, which became the first video game/anime piano solo CD to be published by an independent musician. Proceeds from GAME benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Michael’s music has been featured by IGN, MTV, Newtype Magazine, GamesRadar, GameDaily, The Otaku, Destructoid, VGMusic, RPGamer, RPGFan, The Armchair Empire, SquareSound, QJ, and Music4Games.

On his website, PianoSquall.com, Michael makes the sheet music of his original arrangements available for free download, with the option to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mission

On May 22, 2006, Betty Schifter died in her sleep. At age 44, Betty first began to lose the ability to walk, and her condition deteriorated gradually until she lost all use of her legs. At first, she was able to move the wheelchair with her arms, but she eventually lost the use of them both. For the last ten years of her life, Betty sat in a chair completely unable to move. She required around-the-clock nurse care to be fed, bathed, and transferred between her chair and her bed. For forty years Betty Schifter had battled Multiple Sclerosis, a devastating disease that destroys the nerves of the body.

Betty Schifter was the most wonderful grandmother I could have asked for. Her most significant characteristic was her generosity—she was an endless giver both of her possessions and her love. Although my grandmother existed in dead body, her remarkable intellect and sense of humor stayed with her to the very end, which made her deterioration all the more frustrating and unbearable to witness.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit organization fighting to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. If you know someone who is living with MS or has been destroyed by it, or if you simply wish to learn more about this worthy cause, you can visit National Multiple Sclerosis Society to get involved.

Thank you for reading.

~Michael Gluck

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Smoot

Smoot
“364.4 SMOOTS ± 1 EAR” painted on the Harvard Bridge sidewalk
General information
Named afterOliver R. Smoot
Conversions
1 smoot in …… is equal to …
   imperial/US units   5 ft 7 in
   SI units   1.702 m

The smoot /ˈsmuːt/ is a nonstandard, humorous unit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank. It is named after Oliver R. Smoot, a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 lay down repeatedly on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts) so that his fraternity brothers could use his height to measure the length of the bridge.[1]

Contents

Unit description[edit]

One smoot is equal to Oliver Smoot’s height at the time of the prank, 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m).[2] The bridge’s length was measured to be 364.4 smoots (2,035 ft; 620.1 m) plus or minus one ear, with the “plus or minus” intended to express uncertainty of measurement.[3] Over the years the “or minus” portion has gone astray in many citations, including the markings at the site itself, but is recorded on a plaque by Smoot’s college class.[4]

History[edit]

Smoot

Harvard Bridge plaque on the history of the Smoot

To implement his use as a unit of measure, Oliver Smoot repeatedly lay down on the bridge, let his companions mark his new position in chalk or paint, and then got up again. Eventually, he got tired from all this exercise and was carried thereafter by the fraternity brothers to each new position.[5][6]

Oliver Smoot graduated from MIT with the class of 1962, became a lawyer, and later became chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI, 2001–02)[7] and then, president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, 2003–04).[8] He is the cousin of Nobel Prize winner George Smoot. The prank’s fiftieth anniversary was commemorated on October 4, 2008 as Smoot Celebration Day at MIT, which Smoot attended.[6]

In 2011, “smoot” was one of the 10,000 new words added to the fifth edition of the American Heritage Dictionary.[9][10]

On May 7, 2016, Oliver Smoot served as Grand Marshal of the alumni parade across the bridge, celebrating the 100th anniversary of MIT’s move from Boston to Cambridge.[11]

Practical use[edit]

Smoot

100-smoot mark with the Charles River and Cambridge in the background

The bridge is marked with painted markings indicating how many smoots there are from where the sidewalk begins on the Boston river bank. The marks are repainted each semester by the incoming associate member class (similar to pledge class) of Lambda Chi Alpha.[12]

Markings typically appear every 10 smoots, but additional marks appear at other numbers in between. For example, the 70-smoot mark is accompanied by a mark for 69. The 182.2-smoot mark is accompanied by the words “Halfway to Hell” and an arrow pointing towards MIT. Each class also paints a special mark for their graduating year.[citation needed]

The markings have become well accepted by the public, to the degree that during the bridge renovations that occurred in the 1980s, the Cambridge Police department requested that the markings be restored, as they were used routinely in police reports to identify locations on the bridge. The renovators at the Massachusetts Highway Department went one better, scoring the concrete surface of the sidewalk on the bridge at 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) intervals instead of the conventional 6 feet (1.8 m).[13] The Lambda Zeta (MIT) chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, which created the smoot markings, continues to repaint the markings once or twice per year.[14]

Google Calculator also incorporates smoots, which it reckons at exactly 67 inches (170.18 cm).[2] Google also used the smoot as an optional unit of measurement in their Google Earth software and Google Maps distance measurement tool.[15] In 2014, Google introduced a new Maps interface with a measurement tool that gives distances only in feet/miles and meters/kilometers.

MIT’s student-run college radio station, WMBR, broadcasts at a wavelength of 2 smoots (88.1 MHz).[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curran, Susan. “Spotlight: A salute to Smoot”. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  2. Jump up to:a b Google: “1 smoot in meters”
  3. ^ Tavernor, Robert (2007). “Preface”. Smoot’s Ear: The Measure of Humanity. Yale University Press. pp. xi–xviISBN 978-0-300-12492-7.
  4. ^ “Smoot in Stone”MIT News. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. June 4, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010. Specifically noting the bridge’s length of 364.4 Smoots (+/- 1 ear), the plaque, a gift of the MIT Class of 1962, honors the prank’s 50th anniversary.
  5. ^ Kostoulas, Andy (October 12, 1999). “This Month In MIT History”The Tech. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  6. Jump up to:a b Smoot Day on October 4, 2008
  7. ^ Oliver R. Smoot
  8. ^ MIT – a salute to Smoot Archived June 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Cornish, Audie (November 13, 2011). “Looking Up Words In A Book Not So Strange Yet”. National Public Radio. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  10. ^ “American Heritage Dictionary entry”American Heritage Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  11. ^ Fleming, Nicole (May 7, 2016). “By land and by water, MIT celebrates 100 years in Cambridge”Boston Globe. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) (1987). Harvard Bridge, Spanning Charles River at Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Suffolk County, MA. Philadelphia: Department of the Interior. p. 5. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.ma1293. Retrieved May 12,2009.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Fahrenthold, David A. “The Measure of This Man Is in the Smoot”The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  14. ^ Keyser describes his top five hacks – MIT News Office
  15. ^ Google Maps distance measurement tool
  16. ^ Wolfram|Alpha Can’t, June 13, 2017
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