Author Archive - Chris

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Unfulfillment and SMIF

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Two emails have been making the circuits lately, and both highlight interesting aspects of the Stanford community/experience.
The first is an invitation to an event with that intends to address the 1 in 4 depression rate at Stanford by “just good old venting and problem-solving” by those feeling the effects of an inexplicable drear just below the surface of each day. Thursday, November 12 at 9:00 pm in Old Union 216C. (See below for the complete email and my brief opinion).
The second is certainly more frivolous. It’s a blog in the vein of FML where the catch phrase has been altered to: SMIF (Saving Money Is Fun!). The blog is the project of the ASES frosh intern team (whatever that is) and was designed to compete in the Global Innovation Tournament, which asks its entrants to find innovative ways to making saving money fun. SMIF Blog
(Read more below the jump)


Claw To Get New Innards

Friday, November 6th, 2009

If you’ve been in White Plaza lately, you may have noticed that its centerpiece, The Claw, has been dry. The fountain is normally a repository for pennies and toes on a warm day, but without water, it resembles something out of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Why? Ted Tucholski, grounds manager at Stanford, explains: “The fountain has been off due to renovation and installation of a new filtration system . It is now off so that the piping to the bubblers in the sculptural part can be replaced . This is being done to increase the efficiency of the fountain and to conserve water.”
So there you go. The rigging of a more efficient filtration system seems like a pretty good reason for a temporarily waterless fountain to me.

Parkour To Class Day

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

This popped up recently:
Parkour To Class Day
Imagine all us nerds running, vaulting over benches, somersaulting, jumping off the second floor of Meyer, and doing backflips off of palm tree trunks on our mundane way to class. Date has been set for Thursday, November 5.
If you’ve never heard of parkour, check the wikipedia article.

Motorized Bicycles

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I’m pretty sure that there’s not much controversy here, but in the vain hope that the unaware motorized biker will read this, I’ll address it anyway. You may have seen (or more likely, heard) one of these demonic baby pocket rockets around campus. The other day I was walking down the thoroughfare on the Green Library side of the Quad, when I heard a buzz-roar coming ever nearer. A motorized bicycle. I was confounded and angry by the time it passed.