the last tango in cambridge.
thank you, thank you, for always being there to catch me.
hey... too tired to write. just going to post some pictures representative of my fabulous intersession so far. captions pending, promise.
last night, in a celebratory spirit to commemorate the termination of all my exams (yaya!), i treated myself to a film at the harvard film archive. exotic and independent films alike convene in that cozy space in the basement of the carpenter center; i've seldom gone to watch films there on my own initiative, with the exception of last spring when i experienced the surrealism cine series featured in conjuction with my literature and arts core with professor susan rubin suleiman. right now, the archive is in the midst of a european film extravaganza, featuring the newest and best imports from across the atlantic. i'm the sort of person enthralled with italian for beginners or mostly martha, so understandably, i'm psyched. bring on the subtitles, i say!
yesterday i indulged a little bit in the mit mystery hunt. it's basically a glorified (not to mention horrifically intricate) puzzle, reminiscent of a scavenger hunt. you solve countless mind-bending brainteasers that the 'headquarters' (the winners of last year's hunt who wrote this year's puzzles) send you every 3 hours around the clock from friday afternoon to sunday (so, no sleep; lots of stockpiled food and sleepingbags), and although your immediate goals are to solve the puzzles quickly, ultimately the main main goal is to be the first to find a coin on campus. (yikes!) i believe it's more difficult than your most layered nightmare. anyway, jim and i were only there for 3 hrs or so with one team (math camp alumni), but we (and i'm really proud because i, among all the smarties, had the correct inspiration which led to the solution) solved a puzzle (the only puzzle out of six solved in the timespan we were there)! seriously, all my years doing crosswords and word games and things really played a part. the puzzle is a bit complicated to explain, so i've provided a photo (and evidence of solution!) of the puzzle. the difficulty mainly lies in the fact that there isn't an explicit question for an explicit answer. all we get is the little blurb at the top and these sets of jumbled words. that's all. it's up to the players to figure out what exactly is to be done. once you see how you're supposed to manipulate the words, it's not that bad, but up to then it's just a fearless struggle to figure out what exactly is going on. anyway, it was amazing :) :) :) :) i was so excited that i was yelling and jumping up and down and stuff when we kept solving more parts of the puzzle. i haven't felt that way in a long time, this creative rush of seeing through the mess to find clarity. through a process full of hysterics and unix thesauri, we worked together to the finish. it was the best feeling. it's incredibly geeky, getting so excited about a puzzle! (by the way, the final solution, after hours of manipulating the words, is CHALET. isn't that crazy???)
portfolio update: hro posters are finally up. (yippee!) more portfolio-related stuff should be uploaded for your perusal pleasures in the next week or so.
i have just spent over an hour, lying in my bed, tangled amongst lavender sheets and consciously imagining every minute as it descended upon me and left. my mind is as white and shiny as the walls.
gold sparkles, foamed milk, and suede.
i've just realized we're all the same. we all make the same mistakes, have the same fears, cause identical pains for others that in turn strike us deeply from another direction. cyclical. memoryless. pull on this string, because you will never be caught with the short end.
i cannot believe this. my entire entry has been whisked to the depths of infinite disappearance. how can i forgive you, you unstable, unpredictable, balky blogging tool?
he tells me