December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

American Guild of Organists concert at the Arlington Street Church, part of the 2008 First Night Boston festivities.Today's stair number: 1

December 30, 2007

Boston Library

Ceiling in one of the reading rooms at the Boston Library.Today's stair number: 4

December 29, 2007

WCCV on the Mac

The Webcam computer vision project is now available on Mac OS X. Picture: Haar face detection demo, using Intel OpenCV library, applied to my blog picture.
Today's stair number: 2

December 28, 2007

Spiral Staircase

Spiral staircase dressed up as a spiral array, complete with pitches, key, center of effect and trajectory.Today's stair number: 1

December 27, 2007

Tiramisu and Cappuccino

Back to Caffe Bella Vita. This time, the tiramisu was gone to fast, only the cappuccino was left for a picture.Today's stair number: 1

December 26, 2007

XO Surfing

WPA wireless now works. Web browsing, including Blogger and Gmail, work fine. The controls book-mode configuration do not really work: no way to point and click, and no remapping of buttons in portrait orientation.Today's stair number: 1

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The Harvard Yard is very quiet and peaceful (and cold).Today's stair number: 3

December 24, 2007

Fluffy Snow

Thick on the trees.Today's stair number: 2

December 23, 2007


Our little bench looks like it is sinking in the snow!Today's stair number: 2

December 22, 2007

Proud Banners

Against the crisp blue sky.Today's stair number: 1

December 21, 2007

Winter Wonderland

It is really starting to feel like Christmas in the Cambridge Commons.Today's stair number: 1

December 20, 2007

Let It Snow!

It snowed from the wee hours of the morning, late into the night. Tomorrow, it will look like this (trust me...)Today's stair number: 0

December 19, 2007

Educational Indeed

The XO laptop comes with very little printed documentation out of the box. It took me a while to figure out how to open it without breaking anything. I learnt from the OLPC wiki that I cannot use my WPA encrypted Airport wireless out of the box. I had to get to the office to find a proverbial "linksys" open network in close range, and be able to surf the web and check my email on Gmail. By the way, that worked quite well. Back at home, I had ample time to decipher this somewhat cryptic but undeniably central message, which occupies a whole sheet of paper in the sparse printed documentation, and comes up every time the machine shuts down. I really feel I am being educated...Today's stair number: 1

December 18, 2007

It's Here!

My own XO laptop! I hope the lucky kid who gets the donated one is as excited as I am!Today's stair number: 5

December 17, 2007

Widener Library

The sign reads: "Due to winter conditions please use center steps." (just in case we could not figure it out ourselves...)Today's stair number: 1

December 16, 2007

Harvard Square Cemetery

Harvard Square under a foot of snow and crisp blue skies.Today's stair number: 1

December 15, 2007

Frozen Pond

Fresh Pond partially frozen.Today's stair number: 1

December 14, 2007

The Day After

It's just beautiful. Almost a foot total, and there's more to come!Today's stair number: 1

December 13, 2007

Vous Avez Dit Blizzard?

Almost a foot of snow, and still going strong!Today's stir number: 1

December 12, 2007

December 11, 2007

Club Cafe

Very cool BMOP Club Concert, hosted by, and featuring the work of, fellow Radcliffe Fellow Lisa Bielawa.Today's stair number: 1

December 10, 2007

No Fire...

... just very cold!Today's stair number: 1

December 09, 2007

Natural Glitter

The branches are covered with ice.Today's stair number: 1

December 08, 2007


Wonderful performance by the Harvard Contemporary Dance Ensemble, featuring fellow Radcliffe Fellow Christine Dakin.Today's stair number: 6

December 07, 2007

Peace And Quiet...

...and cold!Today's stair number: 2

December 06, 2007

Proposal Complete!

Proposal complete, uploaded, and ready to submit!Today's stair number: 1

December 05, 2007

More Bunting Quad In The Snow

It seems only yesterday that I took a similar picture on one of our very first few days in Cambridge. In 3 months, we have had only 4 or 5 rainy days, and only recently some freezing temperatures and this beautiful snow!Today's stair number: 2

December 04, 2007

Stock Footage

Too busy working on a proposal to take pictures, so here is a snapshot of the Stormwind Cathedral I took some time ago in World of Warcraft.
Today's stair number: 1

December 03, 2007

Real Snow!

More snow than I have seen in years! Apparently, it's only the beginning, and I hear it gets a old after the first 3 months. But for now, it's just great!Today's stair numebr: 5

December 02, 2007

First Serious Snow

This is the first snow that stays. The streets are white!Today's stair number: 1

December 01, 2007