MIT 9/11 Hack

The fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001 was much more respectful than I expected. It seemed that most people remembered the day with a somber reverence that was personal to their experience. One memorial that struck a chord in me took place at MIT:

MIT Hack
MIT 9/11 Hack: fire truck on the Great Dome (photo François Proulx)

In a manner only possible on MIT’s campus, and probably only relevant to the greater MIT community, someone stuck a firetruck atop the Great Dome. I received a few emails on mailing lists today about a hack, but it wasn’t until I checked my flickr stream that I realized what was going on. To be honest, I didn’t even get it for a few moments. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

Conspiracy? Vee don’t need no steenking conspiracy!

After seeing the pentagon conspiracy argument, I was unconvinced. CNN did a pretty unexceptional job of clearing things up with recent security footage released by the government. Why do they zoom out when showing the detail frame of the footage? And how can it be coming in nearly on the ground, at a 45° angle? If they’re trying to seed a conspiracy theory, they’re doing a pretty good job.