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Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT Paperback – March 11, 2011
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For me, the time they spent on the new stuff wasn't nearly enough to justify buying a whole new book, but on its own and to someone who has never read its predecessor, it is an excellent and entertaining history.
And for those of you lucky enough to have established contact with an MIT student/alum, ask them about the secret that lies within the Institute Historian T. F. Peterson and the "hack" that its right there in front of your eyes. Congratulations, you have been hacked.
Long before the term 'hacking' was associated with computers (and pejoratively by the popular press), it was an MIT institution. MIT undergrads used the term to describe any activity that took their minds off studying and stress. In Nightwork, the best of the best of the history of MIT hacks is documented, photographed, and explained in great detail.
Some of the best (and most visible) hacks at MIT involve The Great Dome. For instance, to celebrate the 2001 release of the movie The Lord of the Rings, MIT hackers made a gold ring around the dome with red Elvish script, "authentically inscribed with Tolkien's text." In the same spirit in 1999, two days before the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the dome was made up to look like R2D2 (pictured below).
Nightwork covers these more obvious hacks as well as the long history of pranks at MIT dating back to the 1940s: Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People. And lest the reader think this is all just mindless fun, a collection of explanitory and philosophical essays is also included.
Even if you're not a hacker or a prankster yourself, hack your bookshelf with Nightwork.
The only lack in the book is in anecdotes of failed pranks. These could surely comprise a much larger text.
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MIT students over the years have done a number of incredible stunts, including putting a police car with lights flashing on top of the Great Dome and "borrowing" an iconic... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. B. Morgan
I understand now why this was not any easy book to get -- it's just okay. So geeks are capable of pranks. So are other college students and faculty. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by OxfordWillows
Lots of history about what was done, but nothing really about how they were done, which is what I really wanted.Published on March 24, 2013 by Kimo
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Arrived quickly, cheaper than the official MIT store, and should be well recieved by the recipients, no qualms with process or price. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Mrs Gillian Gordon