Sunday, October 17, 2004

Definition of relationship

When you say you have a relationship with someone. Which of the following definition do you mean?:

1. The condition or fact of being related; connection or association.
2. Connection by blood or marriage; kinship.
3. A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other: has a close relationship with his siblings.
4. A romantic or sexual involvement.

My friend claims it usually means number 4, and I say number 1 or 3. My argument is that numbers 1 and 3 are sufficiently general. Whereas number 4 is too specific.

Greater Boston Invitational Songfest

It was truly a delightful evening. The MIT Muses, my favorite, all gorgeous women dressed in black was fabulous as usual. Too bad I didn't have my camera with me to record the event:
Welcome to the annual Greater Boston Invitational Songfest, or MIT Family Weekend Concert, where all of MIT’s a cappella groups come together and use their voices to bring beautiful music to all the wonderful parents and students of MIT. We hope you all enjoy the songs and hilarious skits that each group presents, and come to appreciate what a cappella brings to MIT!

MIT/Wellesley Toons
The MiT! Wellesley Toons are 14 sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses that comprise MIT and Wellesley’s only co-ed a cappella group. They make their distinctive mark on both the MIT and Wellesley campuses by singing pieces from Disney cartoons, along with songs by. artists as diverse as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dido, and John Mayer. The Toons are noted for their “refined” taste in sport coats as well as super-silly skits that have allowed audiences to refer to them as “that funny group.” Watch out for the MIT/Wellesley Toons at their annual Fall Concert on November 20th at MIT!

Cross Products
The MIT Cross Products is MIT’s co-ed Christian a cappella group. Their goal is to glorify God through music, often singing where college a cappella has never gone before, from homeless shelters to churches to backyards. They’ve been shown so much grace at the Cross of Jesus Christ that they can’t help but sing about it. Check out their super exciting Fall Concert on December 4th in 54-101 at 5:00pm!

Founded in 1949, the MIT Logarhythms, one of the nation’s oldest and strongest a cappella performance groups, have sustained a tradition deep-rooted in musical excellence and quality performance. The Lags have entertained across the country and abroad for audiences of all ages and cultures. In the past years, the group has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, a Los Angeles Lakers Game at the Staples Center, Julia Child’s Mount Auburn Fundraiser, Disneyland, and many more. The Logarhythms deliver high-energy performances packed with tight musical harmony and lots of laughs. Their repertoire includes modern pop, hip hop, classic rock and barbershop tunes, and also features hilarious comic skits. The Logs like to keep audiences on the edges of their seats and guarantee an exciting a cappella expeience.

The Chorallaries of MIT is the Institute’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, at 27 years. The Chorallaries are a burst of energy and excitement, a strong foundation in chorale-like blending and breakout soloists. We rehearse twice a week, and have a blast! We record CDs, go on tour, and win competitions. We frequently appear at well-known events on campus and in Boston, including singing our arrangement of the MIT Alma Mater at graduation each year. Our repertoire ranges from the serious to the whimsical, from brand-new hits to unforgettable oldies. We only sing songs arranged by our own members, which include MIT’s notorious “Engineers’ Drinking Song.” Breaking from the ordinary, the Chorallaries also put on an annual Concert in Bad Taste, for which fans are willing to wait up to 72 hours in line! The group was the overall winner at one of the Northeast Region quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, garnering recognition for best soloist, duet and arrangement. The Chorallaries advanced to the national semifinals and were awarded bestrrangement.

As MIT’s premier all-female a cappella group, the Muses make it their job to be Super Hot. Always on the move, they are constantly battling distractions of swconing guest. groups and infection fans. Dressed up in their signature all black attire, these angels are often caught serenading professors, performing at school events, or just giving MIT a taste of their invigorating presence. Their scope, however, goes far beyond the confines of this campus; they’ve sung on sidewalks, subways, Faneufi Hall, the Empire State Building, and made appearances on the “Today Show.” These fourteen stylish ladies will go far beyond the call of duty because fans just can’t seem to get enough of the fearless Muses. Check out sexy videos (of their concerts of course) online at

The Resonance of MIT is MIT’s newest a cappella group (circa February 3,2001). They are co-ed, secular, and open to all MIT students. They’ve come together out of a desire to give more people at MIT a chance to sing and have a lot of fun doing it. They are happy that many of their members take part in a range of activities at MIT, and strive make it possible to sing a cappella while participating in other things they enjoy. Enjoy the show!

Techiya is the “only co-ed Jewish a cappella group at MIT.” They sing both traditional and modern Jewish pieces, and adapt songs to their repertoire that may not be Jewish when they start, but are when they finish. Techiya was founded in 1994, and they’ve been having fun ever since. They’ve successfully operated with as few as 4 members, and as many as 14. but always carry a big schtick. They have a new CD out: “Half-Life.” To order your copy for $12 +S/H, contact

Techiya is unavailable to perform tonight.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

No, not the movie, but the the third kind as described by Niccolo Machiavelli:

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli: Chapter 22:
There are three different kinds of brains, the one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor wil the expanations of others. The first kind is most excellent, the second is also excellent, but the third useless.
It seems I've encountered more than my fair share this week.