Alierak (alierak) wrote,

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voting and stuff

Ok, so I don't remember where to go vote tomorrow, having not lived in Somerville very long, and I also wanted to see a sample ballot, right? Well, Sec. Galvin sends out little pamphlets called "Information for Voters" that are practically devoid of information, and I had one on my desk. I flipped through it and found no list of polling places or candidates, but a URL: Too bad its nameservers are completely unresponsive.

Anyway, if you're like me and want to see sample ballots and such at this hour, check your town's website. Over here, the city of Somerville has an excellent website with all the necessary info. There's also the state elections site and probably some phone numbers you can call.

In other news, I turned in a 20-page paper today for the phase two writing requirement, which will hopefully not lead to lack of graduation. Eee. I was like, at the last minute, looking for a stapler with actual staples in it and stuff. I ended up wandering into John Wroclawski's office to borrow his stapler after I heard the characteristic sound of successful stapling coming from that direction... Then I was like, gee, I'd better head straight for the basement to turn this in, so I just hit B on the elevator instead of wandering around to the stairs as usual. Except it seems like the Stata Center has two completely disconnected basements, and the one I was in didn't contain the writing office. Instead it seemed to contain spanish-speaking food preparation people who were trying to point me to some closed-off stairs. But anyway, after running around a bit I did get the paper turned in, though as usual the person who's supposed to deal with it wasn't there. I have no idea what's supposed to happen to the paper, but I left my contact info all over the cover letter so hopefully I will find out.

This was also the last regular class meeting of 6.170 -- with a couple of exceptions, we're just supposed to be meeting in small groups and working on the final project for the next month. The project is an RSS reader, exactly as I predicted. This won't be a total breeze, because they will change the requirements halfway through, but it's going to be a fun way to finish up at MIT. I have a team of random people to work with and that's just fine with me. Oddly, this now means the only thing I have on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a while is the squash class. That means I don't have to take my laptop with me to gym class since I can leave it at home instead. Yay.

Oh, and while I was browsing around for info on my incumbent state rep, I came upon an interesting issue for Camberville that I hadn't known about: MBTA proposal to sell development rights for the airspace above the Porter Square commuter rail station. I.E, housing and/or commercial space directly over the train tracks in front of our apartment. That area is a wonderful specimen of urban decay, so I guess I'd better go photograph it while it lasts. They actually had a developer lined up to work on it this year, but the developer backed out when Lesley University wasn't going along with them.
Tags: mit, politics

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