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Ask Nutty B

By Nutty B

Nutty B is currently a graduate student at MIT, and this is his first attempt to be (or pretending to be) an advice columnist. Please e-mail him with whatever question you would like someone to listen to, and help him have an excuse to procrastinate at 3:00 a.m. Please send all questions to

Dear Nutty B,

I think I am fat. I have been running three miles everyday but every time I look into the mirror the only thing I see is this fat person I don’t want to see. I have been on different diets and nothing has seemed to work. What should I do?


Dear Fatty,

I really don’t think I can help you with this, actually. You see, I go to the gym almost everyday (although mostly to watch TV and to socialize) and watch what I eat, but somehow I still get this nickname “Mr. Chub” from my friendly labmates.

Every time I come back from the gym all I hear is “You don’t look any less chubby. What did you do at the gym?”

So if you want to compare the mental torture both of us suffer, you still have a long way to catch up!

I have never been a big fan of any diet, except those that urge you to reduce fat and to increase fiber intake and to increase the amount of exercise. If you are really concerned with your weight, perhaps you should make an appointment with your doctor and discuss it with him/her.

Don’t just go to a bookstore and blindly follow some diet instruction book. I have some friends who did that and ended up being cranky and emotionally unstable. Yes, an unbalanced food diet may result in emotional damage!

Finally, I am no expert in medicine, but I can tell you that you are who you are. Physical appearance is only a part of the package. People often appreciate what’s in your brain and heart more than what’s on your scale. I just don’t see the point putting much emphasis on your weight if you are already a nice and bright person!

Dear Nutty B,

I’ve come across a potentially embarrassing run in with my professor over an e-mail that unintentionally went to him when in fact it was supposed to go to my boyfriend (I won’t get into HOW that happened, but suffice it to say, they share the first name).

To get to the point, while not delving into the contents of the e-mail, it would be sufficient to say the e-mail had absolutely no pertinence to research (well, maybe on an extremely superficial level, but let’s forget about that). What do I do?

--Stressed Out Sally

Dear Stressed Out Sally,

What’s in your e-mail anyway? Any juicy e-mail you can share with the ever-curious Nutty B? Well, let’s just say if your advisor is not as nice and understanding as mine, then you are doomed!

It’s no big deal, really! It’s not your fault that there are so many Mikes, Tims, or Chrises around, and the auto-complete feature of Eudora sometimes can act against us.

Just send an e-mail to your advisor and explain this forgivable mistake to him/her and I am sure anyone would understand. After all, everyone makes silly mistakes sometimes, and I am sure you are still a very lovable person. Good luck!