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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Computer Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Computer Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Computer Batteries

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Computer Batteries

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (video)
Computer Batteries

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
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Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (video)
Computer Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Computer Battery

Image by Chris Devers
I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c


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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)

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Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo)
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
Posted via email to ? HoloChromaCinePhotoRamaScope?: cdevers.posterous.com/achievement-unlocked-played-tetris-….

• • • • •

I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

Achievement unlocked: played Tetris on the side of a skyscraper — the Green Building at MIT (photo) http://post.ly/6sHHt
Laptop Battery

Image by Chris Devers
Posted via email to ? HoloChromaCinePhotoRamaScope?: cdevers.posterous.com/achievement-unlocked-played-tetris-….

• • • • •

I wasn’t involved in this, but when I read about it, I drove over to see for myself.

On the southwest(ish) corner of McDermott Court, close to Building 14 / Hayden Memorial Library, they had a black console set up where anyone that walked up could take a turn playing it. The console was about the size of a washing machine or large podium, with the four standard Tetris ? ? ? ? directional buttons, and that was about it.

The game was very responsive. Aside from the fact that the “screen” was almost 300′ tall, the gameplay wasn’t all that different from playing it on an ordinary computer, video game console, smartphone, Game Boy, etc. The main problem was the pixel glitches — some windows were left on, and others weren’t lighting up, so you couldn’t always tell what shape the tiles were until they had moved a couple of levels.

Notably, the console was on a concrete plaza, and there were no wires connected to it. So it had wireless access to the network (not so surprising), and a stable power supply (slightly more surprising). Chances are it was probably just a laptop that started out with a fully-charged battery, and ran until the battery expired.

[That, or the console was over a manhole cover, and there was a Mechanical Turk under it controlling everything, but I think we can dismiss that explanation.]

• • • • •

Quoting from MIT’s Hacks site:

Tetris on the Green Building

• Location: Green Building (Building 54)
• Date: Evening of April 20, 2012.

Hackers turned MIT’s Green Building into a giant, playable, and multi-color Tetris game. A console allowed players to move, rotate, and drop blocks.

The Green Building (Building 54) is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department.

MIT hackers have long considered "Tetris on the Green Building" to be the Holy Grail of hacks, as the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game.

The game started off scrolling the words "TETRIS" and then would start into the first level. As the player progressed, the second level would start with more pale colors, making it harder to identify the type of block. The third level involved the colors shifting on-screen. Upon losing the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.

Additional Information and Photo Credits

More:

• Universal Hub: www.universalhub.com/2012/giant-tetris-mit
• MSNBC: www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/students-pl…
• Hack-a-Day: hackaday.com/2012/04/23/mit-students-take-tetris-to-a-gra…
• Mashable: mashable.com/2012/04/23/tetris-building/
• Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/tetris-building-hack-at-mit/

Same hack in 2006: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKgLp6L55c

AV setup 080303
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Image by PenLlawen
You can see a similar pic of my desk at home here.


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Digital Photo Lab (#46099)

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Digital Photo Lab (#46099)
Computer Batteries

Image by mark sebastian
Here’s a little view of my home/work environment.

Strobist Info: 580EX hidden behind monitor
View notes for more details

If you’d rather see camera porn, you should follow this link (SFW):
www.flickr.com/photos/markjsebastian/1339624593

Update 11/09/08:
www.flickr.com/photos/markjsebastian/3016355677/

add me on facebook: facebook.com/markjsebastian

hide-and-go-seek
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Image by Aaron Edwards
This morning it was my glasses. They had fallen behind the small sofa because of I set them down in a precarious place – again.

I spend far too many minutes searching for things that I misplace. This image details what I can’t find most often; glasses, keys, stylus, any damn pen, rechargeable batteries and nail clippers.

Once, I even lost my mind.

I wear glasses for reading – not all of the time – just when my eyes get weary. When I’m not busy looking for them, I’m usually straining to see through them until my vision is so bad/obstructed that they must be cleaned. I really don’t understand how they get so dirty. I’ve often wanted to record myself while wearing them in front of the computer to see how I manage to get them covered with fingerprints.

I also have a knack for loosing the screws that hold the arms to the frame. I had 3 pair of glasses around the house – 1 pair I cannot find, the second lost a screw as did the pair I am using now. I was able to repair this pair using the remaining screw from the other.

As I write this I realize I also tend to loose buttons, frequently and one sock.

Dinner has arrived!
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Image by headharbourlight
What glue keeps the Head Harbour lighthouse group together? FOOD!!!

I have lots more photos to load, but have to wait for a new computer battery to come in. Only a day or two more for new photos of the seawall work!


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photo bag

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photo bag
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Image by hep
caselogic slrc-205

highly recommend this bag. comfy, fits all my crap, and could fit a lot more crap if i really packed it. more importantly the strap is super fitted right, comfy, WIDE, excellently padded, and the weight distribution is sublime. a+++

Everything I took to study abroad / Todo lo que traje conmigo para estudiar en el extranjero
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Image by Trevor.Huxham
Stuff I should have brought:
* sunscreen with higher SPF, like 50
* a tank top
* TUMS
* advent batteriesure sandals like Chacos or Tevas, or even FiveFingers
* more pens
* more cash
* another carabiner

Stuff I shouldn’t have brought:
* track jacket (my rainjacket was enough)
* 501 Spanish Verbs (the dictionary of the Real Academia Espanola does this online)
* Spanish Bible (available online and on my iPod)
* TOMS shoes (they got wet very easily)
* running shoes (didn’t go running; too scary)
* pencils
* flash drive
* toilet paper (got wet in my backpack)
* SparkNotes flash charts

What’s in your bag?
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LOTS!


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