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Nutty B

By Nutty B

Nutty B is currently a graduate student at MIT. Please e-mail him with whatever question you would like someone to listen to, and help him have an excuse to procrastinate at 3 a.m. Please send all questions to

Dear Nutty B,

I need help! Not that I have a lot of free time, but when I do, I don’t seem to be able to find anything to do. After coming to MIT for two years, I seem to lost all my previous interests and hobbies. Is there a typical thing a sophomore does here? Should I develop a new hobby?

-- Jamie

Dear Jamie,

Um... a typical thing an MIT sophomore does in his or her free time? Getting sleep, perhaps? Is this a trick question? You shouldn’t have any free time to start with. Are you sure you haven’t forgotten to finish your problem sets, design projects, code debugging, or to daydream about ruling the world?

If you really do have some spare time, then let’s see what we can do. What were your previous hobbies and why did you abandon them? Perhaps you would like to go down the memory lane and find them again?

Also, it never hurts to expose yourself to different activities offered around the campus and perhaps among them you will find something new you would like to try.

Join a club to learn a sport or a cult to learn witchcraft. Keep an open mind and explore your interests. That being said, Nutty B is thinking about offering a workshop teaching the techniques of pimping. The number of seats is limited, so be sure to sign up if you are interested.

There is always something to do, but you just have to find it. Don’t do anything you don’t like or dangerous and don’t submit to mere peer pressure. Do what you want to do and use your own judgment.

Hello Nutty B,

I have noticed that the columns around yours are all about sex, especially recently. Sex this and sex that. I wonder why they put your column in the middle all those, and sometimes even at the end of the column section, as I don’t see the relevance of your column to the others.

-- Your most loyal fan

Dear My Most Loyal Fan,

Thank you for your e-mail and it’s always nice to see positive comments from my readers.

As for the location of my column, while the rule of “saving the best for last” sometimes applies, it really just depends on how the layout editor sees the arrangement of the articles fitting the paper best.

Of course, if you would like to organize a protest rally demanding my column to be on the front page of The Tech, I will have no objection.

The columns around mine are all quite entertaining, and sometimes even educational. I am actually quite flattered to have my column to be among the articles written by the other wonderful columnists.

At any rate, thanks again for the nice message.

A special note to another of my devoted fans, “One of Them.” Thank you very much for your numerous messages after my response to your inquiry on Oct. 24. They have all warmed my heart and cheered my soul. However, due to the limited space in the newspaper I won’t run them. Nevertheless, I will be sure to mention them when I am interviewed for my biography by the royal historian.