Thursday, March 16, 2017

1) Reading more about President Trump's plan for a wall on the Mexican border, I was surprised to remember a phone conversation I had in 1992. That autumn a student was murdered on Memorial Drive at MIT, the very first time there had ever been a murder on campus. I took a call from a woman, mother of one or two current students (I don't remember) from Virginia or West Virginia (I don't remember) who was calling the Institute administration and state leadership to insist that a wall be built around the MIT campus. She did not want to hear any objections or other opinions, and of course I said I'd pass on her message. But obviously walling in an urban campus that incorporates several major roadways is an impracticality - nor does it solve the problem of preventing violence.

1a) Getting invested in only one solution to a problem isn't a far-sighted strategy.

2) Forgot to pick up a green carnation this evening for tomorrow.

3) Lately my sleep rhythms are off. I come home from work absolutely depleted, go to bed early, and am then awake or fitful from 2:30 - 5:00 AM. This must stop.