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12:22 am - If I were to emigrate to the USA...
If I were to emigrate to the USA, it would be most likely to be to the Greater Boston, MA area. I have more friends in that neck of the woods than anywhere else in the lower 48, mostly board gamers who I don't think have LiveJournals.

Also, they have the Massachusetts Institute of Technology there, which may not be generally thought of as the best university in the US, but is possibly the most wacky, "out-there", geekycool one. (I hear Caltech is the west coast's equivalent challenger.) Not only do they have the famous MIT Mystery Hunt, probably the most famous and extreme puzzle hunt of them all and the likewise famous gallery of hacks, their AI labs organise an annual Olympics event, which splits the lab inhabitants up into four teams and plays a series of team games for a couple of weeks, for no better purpose than general fun.

The event descriptions suggest that the events have a capacity of approximately 1.7 imperial Barrels of Laughs, with the scoring schemes designed to reward participation at least as highly as actual success. They say the family that plays together stays together, so maybe it's something to encourage as a once-a-year jolly in wider industry.

Keep an eye on MIT. They do things differently there. I'm very impressed.

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From:calliaume
Date:August 8th, 2002 07:42 pm (UTC)

Immigration Man

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The Boston area may be one of the most expensive areas in which to live in the whole country; I think only San Francisco is more expensive. (New York is right up there as well.)

Harvard is also in the area; they're supposed to be pretty good as well (tongue planted firmly in cheek). I went to Cornell, a middle-level Ivy League school (the other five schools that aren't Harvard, Yale, or Princeton); most of my engineer friends were rejected by MIT.

I've only been to Boston once. It wasn't a very good weekend for reasons beyond the city's control, but the city seemed nice, and I'd like to go back sometime. (Given the rest of my family lives two hours away, there seem to be few excuses.) My own choices for places to live would be in or near Woodstock, NY (close enough to NYC almost to commute, but in the mountains), Manhattan (nothing like it in the world), and the Baltimore-Washington area. Although we do like Chicagoland (where we are now).

Now, as for where we'd like to live in Great Britain, that's a different question altogether.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 8th, 2002 08:05 pm (UTC)

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That costly? Urgh. Never mind, 'twas a nice idea. I always thought that Silicon Valley was said to be the most expensive place to live in the US - I know that's near San Fran, though I don't know just how near. Oh well, there's always Los Angeles and the remarkably well-connected LA.t.g-s posse. Jealous, jealous, jealous! :-)

Isn't going to a middle-level Ivy League school like winning one of the less prestigious Nobel Prizes?

To be fair, I probably should have expected the Boston-ish area to be mighty costly. By comparison, Oxford is pretty ridiculously pricy and I dare say Cambridge is too. The house prices (both purchase and rental) are especially bad, but other costs-of-living expenses are wayyy up there too.

Where would you like to live in the UK? Now you ask the question, I'm quite curious to know!
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From:calliaume
Date:August 8th, 2002 08:31 pm (UTC)

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I am married to an Anglophile who is standing over my shoulder as I write this...

- Bath would be Karen's first choice. It would be okay with me (there's a printer nearby I've worked with), and it's rather nice.
- Yorkshire was wonderful when we went, despite my experience with the York Minster (bad for someone who's both acrophobic and claustrophobic).
- London, of course.
- Cotswolds were gorgeous.

We have to go back some time. I believe you were actually in the U.S. at a GSC when we were there, ironically.
From:rialtus
Date:August 9th, 2002 09:36 am (UTC)
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Seriously, you might want to look at CalTech. The cost of things are going to be cheaper than in Mass. The school is absolutely gorgeous and will give you a great education. Remember, such people as Richard Feynman taught at CalTech. =)

Oh yea, and you'd be closer to the LA.t.g.s posse and be ineligible for all kinds of game shows. (Anything on GSN, Pyramid, Squares, etc.)
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From:lambertman
Date:August 11th, 2002 11:03 am (UTC)
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When I win the PowerBall, I'm sending Solomon enough cash to retire on so he'll quit getting employment on all these shows I wanna play :P
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 11th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
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No, no, when you win the PowerBall, you're going to buy out the production companies and make sure they put you on those shows, which will be broadcast on CL!N (All Chri$ L!, all the time!)
From:rialtus
Date:August 12th, 2002 09:18 am (UTC)

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*LOL* Might as well pay off the pimp-daddy too. That would be one Mr. David Hammett, who pimps himself out to any show for fun it seems. While his name may not appear in the credits (a la Russian Roulette), he has been working on many shows in some sort of mathematical nature (a la Lingo).

Oh, and I'm friends of theirs, so you need to pay me off to. =)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 12th, 2002 09:31 am (UTC)

Who's your daddy?

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Mr. D. Hammett Esq. is a lovely, kind gentleman who I would be very pleased to meet again some day and the world of game shows is far richer for his existence. I wish him all the luck in the world and any show could benefit considerably from his knowledge and experience.

However, in no way, shape or form would I associate him with the expression "pimp daddy".

Sorry.
From:rialtus
Date:August 12th, 2002 10:45 am (UTC)

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I was wondering who would be the first person to comment on that would be... I've told both Aaron and David that they are pimping themselves out, so this is just a natural extension of the term...

Side note: One day when Jen and I were at Jen's parents, I made some sort of smark aleck comment in retort to Jen. I followed it up with a "Who's your daddy?" She simply pointed and said "He is.". er.... yeah.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 12th, 2002 10:50 am (UTC)

D'oh!

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*splutter*

Very funny indeed :-)
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From:ringbark
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)

I found this very old page

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I wonder if you have anything to add, change or delete.

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