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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.
One smoot is equal to Oliver Smoot’s height at the time of the prank, 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m). 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. 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.
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.
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) and then, president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, 2003–04). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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). The Lambda Zeta (MIT) chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, which created the smoot markings, continues to repaint the markings once or twice per year.
Google Calculator also incorporates smoots, which it reckons at exactly 67 inches (170.18 cm). Google also used the smoot as an optional unit of measurement in their Google Earth software and Google Maps distance measurement tool. In 2014, Google introduced a new Maps interface with a measurement tool that gives distances only in feet/miles and meters/kilometers.
- ^ Curran, Susan. “Spotlight: A salute to Smoot”. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Google: “1 smoot in meters”
- ^ Tavernor, Robert (2007). “Preface”. Smoot’s Ear: The Measure of Humanity. Yale University Press. pp. xi–xvi. ISBN 978-0-300-12492-7.
- ^ “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.
- ^ Kostoulas, Andy (October 12, 1999). “This Month In MIT History”. The Tech. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Smoot Day on October 4, 2008
- ^ Oliver R. Smoot
- ^ MIT – a salute to Smoot Archived June 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Cornish, Audie (November 13, 2011). “Looking Up Words In A Book Not So Strange Yet”. National Public Radio. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
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- ^ Fleming, Nicole (May 7, 2016). “By land and by water, MIT celebrates 100 years in Cambridge”. Boston Globe. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- ^ 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]
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- ^ Keyser describes his top five hacks – MIT News Office
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‘Popol Vuh’ Is A Mayan Text Describing The Origin Of The World
Popol Vuh is a written text dating back to the mid-1500s, and its name translates to “Book of the People.” It is written in the Mayan language K’iche’ and discusses the creation of humans and animals. Two prominent characters are the Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, who ultimately become the sun and the moon. The book was found by a priest in Guatemala in the 1700s.
According to its creation myth, there was only sky and sea until the creators formed the Earth. Their first creatures were animals, then mud men, then wooden men, which did not work out so well. However, they eventually made four men out of corn. Later, while the men slept, the gods created women. The entire creation story can be heard in the video above.
‘The Book Of Soyga’ Is A Manuscript About Magic Of Unknown Origin
The Book of Soyga, also known as Aldaraia, is a book about magic. It is written in Latin and talks of demons, astrology, spells, and angels. Scholar John Dee, who was an advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, had a copy of the book in the 16th century, but it was lost after his passing. However, two copies of the book were found later: one in the British Library and the other in the Bodleian Library.
Dee was unable to figure out several tables contained in the book, and once attempted to talk to angels for help figuring the book out via Edward Kelley, a medium who purported to channel them.
No One Has Ever Decoded The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript was purchased by Polish antique books dealer Wilfrid Voynich in 1912. It is a roughly 250-page book written in some kind of code that no one has ever been able to crack. It is believed to date back to the 15th century and is rife with illustrations of various herbs, animals, people, astrology, and maps.
Some believe the book may have been medicinal in nature. The book currently resides at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Natural Harvest, An inspirational collection of semen-based recipes by Paul “fotie” Photenhauer
The Holovect Mk II is a self-contained laser-based volumetric display system that fits on your lab bench or desktop. It is the perfect companion to a 3D printer and a stand-alone educational or promotional device. The Holovect Mk II is the first commercially available, laser-based desktop “holographic” display, capable of drawing 3D objects in air with light.
Holovect images are NOT holograms but instead volumetric vector images projected onto modified air (i.e. projections in space). This distinction is due to the fact that a hologram is a recording of interference patterns on film or glass plates that contains three-dimensional information about an object (greek root “holo” means whole or complete, and “gram” means record). However, since Holovect images contain three dimensional information and are free-floating objects in air, they are most certainly holographic. They are real 3-D projections.
So how does it work? The principles are simple. When light travels between two different mediums in most cases you get three different effects to some degree: refraction (bending), reflection, and/or diffusion, depending on the different “refractive index” (RI) of the materials. An example of this are mirages, which occur when a portion of air has a different RI than its surroundings, causing light beams to bend and be reflected in unexpected ways. This can happen because of temperature or pressure differences from one region to the next.
With the holovect technology, we have invented how to control air within a box shaped section of space to precisely modify the RI within specific regions to refract and reflect a laser beam. This modification raises the “albedo” which is defined as the proportion of the incident light that is reflected by a surface, as well as the refractive properties at the boundary between the modified and unmodified air. Therefore by simultaneously controlling the aim of the laser and the position of a modified air column, a computer can place a volumetric pixel or voxel of light anywhere in 3D space. Then by keeping a laser beam on as it aims from point A to point B a line is drawn which is a 3D vector, and by joining many vectors in a sequence a holographic vector object can be generated. The Holovect Mk II is capable of drawing a complete image 50 times per second within
a 12cm by 12cm by 12cm cube we call the “drawbox”. Outside of this box things get messy, unpredictable and, in general, not useful.
“Vect” objects are the data-structure developed for the Holovect. Put simply it is a list of 3D coordinates that result in lines drawn in a head-to-tail sequence in space, which are compiled into vect class objects. The files are straightforward and easy to create using a variety of online tools, spreadsheets, or good old pencil and graph paper. Once loaded, vects can be rotated in three axes and moved around within the cubic canvas. These objects can be manipulated using the control knob, preset functions such as spin and move, or used within your own applications.
3-D printing pre-visualizer and Applications
Holovect Mk II can be used to visualize CAD models in STL format before 3D printing. This can be done in two ways: importing STL files and convert them to vect format, or visualized directly. Depending on the desired visualization, converting the STL will result in a volumetric wireframe projection, whereas direct STL visualization slices the model into layers which is ideal to inspect for potential manufacturing errors and revise inner structure in hollow parts before printing. This volumetric pre-visualization ability increases design and manufacturing efficiency by saving time and printing material before committing to a long printing process.
Other applications include the visualization of 3D data acquired through a 3D scanner, or a computed tomography scan. Commercial applications could also include advertising and branding.
As the community grows, our open source software philosophy will allow users to create applications that take advantage of Holovect’s glasses-free, touchable volumetric display. Games, tools and art applications are all in the works and should be available to users by shipping time. Moreover, the hardware will accommodate any advancements in 3D image capture and creation.
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Our biggest challenge is producing enough units to keep costs low and maintain a large community of content creators. Your contributions will help our efforts and push this nascent technology further than even our imaginations can predict.
We have spent a year redesigning and streamlining the product and production line. We are ready to put considerable amount of units into the hands of developers, early adopters and enthusiasts. Help us make Holovect the standard of holographic volumetric displays.
Dwarf Fortress (officially called Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress) is a part construction and management simulation, part roguelike, indie video game created by Tarn and Zach Adams. Freeware and in development since 2002, its first alpha version was released in 2006 and it received attention for being a two-member project surviving solely on donations. The primary game mode is set in a procedurally generated fantasy world in which the player indirectly controls a group of dwarves, and attempts to construct a successful and wealthy underground fortress. Critics praised its complex, emergent gameplay but had mixed reactions to its difficulty. The game influenced Minecraft and was selected among other games to be featured in the Museum of Modern Art to show the history of video gaming in 2012.
The game has text-based graphics and is open-ended with no main objectives. Before playing, the player has to set in motion a process which generates worlds with continents, oceans and histories documenting civilizations. The main game mode, Dwarf Fortress, consists of selecting a suitable site from the generated-world, establishing a successful colony or fortress, combating threats like goblin invasions, generating wealth and taking care of the dwarves. Each dwarf is modeled down to its individual personality, has likes or dislikes and possesses specific trainable skills in various labors. The second main game mode, Adventurer, is a turn-based, open-ended roguelike mode where the player starts off as an adventurer in the world and is free to explore, complete quests, or even visit old abandoned fortresses. The combat system is anatomically detailed with combat logs describing events like organs getting pierced, fat getting bruised and limbs getting severed.
Prior to Dwarf Fortress, Tarn Adams was working on a project called Slaves to Armok: God of Blood which was a role-playing game. By 2004, Adams decided to shift from the original Armok to Dwarf Fortress after the former became difficult to maintain. Adams calls it his life’s work and said in 2011 that version 1.0 will not be ready for at least another 20 years, and even after that he would continue to work on it. The game has a cult following and an active online community. As there is no way to win, every fortress, no matter how successful, is usually destroyed somehow. This prompts the official community motto: “Losing is Fun!”
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Roberts House is an important example of the middle class British Colonial Style villa built in the late nineteenth century. It is a National Monument and an exotic immigrant to the Last Outpost of the British Empire nestled in a green oasis of indigenous trees.
The Roberts family’s daughter Esther was born here and grew up to be the first female social anthropologists of the then Colony of Natal. She was well known as a librarian, author of research papers and books dealing with the indigenous population, and as a confidant and friend of Killie Campbell one of the doyens of Africana collectors in the country. Her large collection and library is now linked to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Most importantly Esther stood many-a-day silently outside the city hall with her solidarity group called the Black Sash,lamenting injustices endured by the non-white population.
She died here more than ten years before South Africa was liberated. In the new democratic South Africa, the road was named after her.
On the perimeter of the property are the offices of Architects and Planners who all subscribe and contribute to the museum. Shared spaces are used for talks, lectures and exhibitions.
In a recent study by a team of researchers at MIT, self driving cars are being programmed to identify the social personalities of other drivers in an effort to predict their future actions and drive safer on roads.
It’s already been made evident that autonomous vehicles lack social awareness. Drivers around a car are regarded as obstacles rather than human beings, which can hinder the automata’s ability to identify motivations and intentions, potential signifiers to future actions. Because of this, self-driving cars often cause bottlenecks at four-way stops and other intersections, perhaps explaining why the majority of traffic accidents involve them getting rear-ended by impatient drivers.
The research taps into social value orientation, a concept from social psychology that classifies a person from selfish (“egoistic”) to altruistic and cooperative (“prosocial”). The system uses this classification to create real-time driving trajectories for other cars based on a small snippet of their motion. For instance, cars that merge more often are deemed as more competitive than other cars.
When testing the algorithms on tasks involving merging lanes and making unprotected left turns, the behavioral predictions were shown to improve by a factor of 25%. In a left-turn simulation, the automata was able to wait until the approaching car had a more prosocial driver.
Even outside of self-driving cars, the research could help human drivers predict the actions of other drivers around them.
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