(Yes, this post is multiple weeks overdue. As it turns out, it’s really hard to teach high school students, do summer work, and keep up with the blog at the same time. @_@ )

It’s a Saturday, which means I should have had this post written over three weeks ago or something and scheduled for deployment several mornings ago. But I’ve suddenly found myself with the tiny amount of free time allotted for the three blog posts that will be rolling out this weekend, so for those of you temp’d in the other half of Random Hall, the ones who were shafted these past few weeks and have had to wait nearly a month to hear about where you’ll be living, here’s your informational snippet for the week.

(Those of you waiting for me to lampoon the 290 side for God knows how long, sorry.)

foo: 14x

Having lost much of its resident and community space to the modified kitchen-lounge combo by front desk and the house masters apartment on the other half of its floor, Foo with its three residents hasn’t manifested much in the way of a cohesive floor culture. Aside from the occasional study break and/or big event and/or tooling party at front desk, the massive lounge and kitchen are quiet but for the hum of the a/c in the background.

A few years back the floor split from Destiny in a strange bid for independence — strange because the floor has always only had three people at most and barely stands alone as its own independent floor. Nowadays, Foo’s residents mostly hang out on other floors, returning to Foo only to sleep and eat.

black hole: 23x, 24x

If you asked the average MIT student to describe a stereotypical Randomite, the description you’d get would be a fairly apt description of Black Hole. Residents of this floor play board games, run tabletop role-playing games, dress up in elaborate costumes and hit each other with foam-covered pipes. Black Hole also has the most extensive cruft network out of all the floors — it is not uncommon to run into Black Hole alumni from four or five years back, still attending Black Hole private parties and regaling the youngsters in tales of back in the day, when things were more hardcore.

Since the floor is so close-knit, Black Hole does tend to exist in its own private bubble, however. While like most other floors, Black Hole only has fourteen residents, its list of unofficial residents extends to approximately a fourth of the dorm, who have been known to take rooms on other floors nearby just to have easy access to Black Hole. On one occasion in the past, residents of the floor who did not fit into the mold of the average Black Hole resident have been asked to move off the floor to allow space for those who did, causing some bitterness between the residents.

In recent memory, however, the floor continues to be the most outwardly accepting of floors, taking those of all genders, sexual orientations, preferred relationship styles, etc. Black Hole also has a high concentration of MedLinks and people with experience in physical and psychological matters, making it on the whole supportive and warm, like a really big family that, once you’ve been adopted, you’ll find it hard to leave.

bmf: 33x, 34x

The average resident of BMF is a no-nonsense, strong and independent woman who don’t need no man. Despite the fact that, at any given time, over half of the residents usually have boyfriends and/or significant others who are not female, the floor is overwhelmingly dominated by women (it is an all-female floor, after all), who are very possessive of their space and open the kitchen for regular use practically by invitation only.

Of all the floors in the dorm, BMF has the most diversity, and this occasionally causes conflict between the residents. Living on the floor are people of varying races, majors, and political alignments — and though such discussions regarding such things do not happen, when they do, they are often big affairs that require at least half the floor coming together to discuss how best to respect everyone’s opinions while still being as open and accepting as possible. For the uninitiated, the floor can seem overly-opinionated, unnecessarily sensitive, and perhaps even backwards, for holding more conservative opinions than is the norm in Random Hall.

The women of Random Hall are protective and supportive of their own, however, and while they may not all agree on certain things, they will generally come together if someone on their floor is obviously hurting. Prideful and self-sufficient, the residents of BMF are not overly fluffy or generally concerned about what others may think, and conduct their business however they want, only pausing occasionally to throw out a snarky comment or print another relevant Ryan Gosling meme for the half tongue-in-cheek display of Ryan Gosling memes in the kitchen.

pecker: 43x, 44x

Once upon a time, Pecker held a high concentration of math geniuses and enthusiasts who, had they combined their efforts instead of applying individually, would have soundly beaten the official MIT teams in the annual Putnam Competitions. Nowadays, Peckerites claim to be less genius and more enthusiast, less math and more CS, but the spirit of academia continues with their informal intellectual debates in the kitchen and occasional lectures in the lounge.

Peckerites are a generally friendly bunch, usually found either tooling in the kitchen or arguing about something by the stove. They enjoy wandering to other floors when not in the kitchen, and can occasionally be found on Clam, either playing Tichu or borrowing other things from the board game closet. Almost every Friday, depending on how hosed some Peckerites may be, Pecker hosts Pecker Board Game night, which attracts both Randomites and non-Randomites to Pecker lounge to play board games until ungodly hours of the night. Some months, Pecker lounge also plays host to random undergraduate and/or graduate students, who come by at some predetermined time to give talks on a range of topics from computer science to current research to chemistry to funny linguistic rules.

Aside from the intellectually-stimulating conversations and debates, Peckerites also occasionally host dorm-wide parties and floor dinners. Past examples have included birthday parties for The Milk, the celebration of several Jewish holidays, and something that was tongue-in-cheek lesbian vampire themed.

Once again, standard disclaimer about this post being composed of my own opinions and probably biases. I’ll be writing up two more posts after this and posting them a few days apart to give each some proper attention before the regular scheduled (and final REX-related!) post next Saturday, 8/29.