Boston trip

by Peter Rojas

boston_biggie.jpgJust got back yesterday from my trip to Boston and Cambridge, my first in nearly five years.

Ryan and I were in town for a conference, but we figured since we were so rarely in the same place at the same time that it made sense to hold an Engadget Reader Meetup. Something like 400 or 500 people showed up at Jillian's this past Thursday -- stay tuned for a big post about the event on my "other" blog.

olddorm.jpg The next day Jill and I trekked around Harvard Square to visit some old haunts, including my old dorm. Amazingly enough, it turned out this kid Sean Li who came to the event lives next door to my old room!

inyourear.jpg Next up was a trip to In Your Ear records (a very High Fidelity-esque record store where I used to work - best job I ever had), and then to WHRB, the college radio station where I DJ'd and worked first as the general manager and then as music director.

HollHall.jpg Later that afternoon we took the T to Kendall Square to meet up with Jamie Zigelbaum, who gave us a tour of the MIT Media Lab. We got a sneak peek at some of the crazy new stuff they're working on, but since it was just an informal visit I wasn't allowed to blog anything. We spent the rest of the afternoon geeking out with MIT comp-sci professor Erik Demaine, who showed us around the new-ish Frank Gehry building where he works and then took us to see that dorm Steven Holl designed. There's a good chance you've read about Erik. Besides being one of the nicest, smartest, most interesting persons I've ever met, Erik's also the youngest professor in MIT history (he landed the job at the ripe old age of 20) and the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant. He's also an OQO user, so you can guess why we got along.