Thursday, February 28, 2013

None shall pass

The Biomedical Engineering group at Riverside Research just finished a large lab space expansion. As part of the renovation, they installed what I call "scientist viewing windows" where you can watch (cue David Attenborough narration) "scientists in their natural habitat." In any case, they had this sign up during the construction:
In spite of the sign, the construction was completed amazingly fast.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Truth in marketing

Check out this fancy-looking dessert they sell at Costco:

And then see what it looks like when you open the box:

Or try and cut and extract a piece:

For what it's worth, it still tastes good, though.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bookcase standing desk

The other day I got really excited about a few things and I didn't feel like sitting at my desk anymore while doing work ... so I walked over to my bookcase and worked there instead!

After a week or so I became completely used to standing while working and so I moved my monitor and my docking station to the bookcase as you can see below:

It is so far going really well, feels great and when people come in my office I interact with them at eye level in a really casual way.
I had actually tried doing using a standing desk at home but it didn't work. You really need to have a lot of energy for it the be effective. I thought I would use it to make myself more productive (why would I waste time while standing?) but in reality only the most addictive web surfing could get me to stand.
In addition, at home I supported my keyboard and mouse on some boxes and my monitor on a rickety stand. This made it wobbly enough to be a little uncomfortable to use for long periods.

To conclude this post I want to give a shoutout to my friend Austin who is having some fun using his amazing treadmill desk.

Also if you are looking to put actual old fashioned books on the shelves then "When the President Poops" is a great option. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Old donuts

In case you ever wondered what happens to all those leftover donuts that aren't sold every day:
Check out that black metal steel drum outside this Dunkin' Donuts at a gas station:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Boston NEMO 2013

We got quite a bit snow last weekend, here are some pictures.

My favorite group the mysteriosos organized a snow-playing event.

These guys were doing a science experiment kind of cross section.

My friend Eric took this incredible video of ... you will see

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Hot choke late

Check out this sign outside the little newsstand inside my office building:
The crazy thing, is that a Google search for "hot choke late" actually returns results for "hot chocolate". It also shows that I missed being the first person to post this to the Internet by one week.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

What to do with extra business cards

I will eventually hang this on the ceiling with some fishing line.
Here are the instructions to make the box.