Tuesday Afternoon Food Time

Aliases: TAFT, Tasty Tuesdays, Tired Ass Fking Tea

Every Tuesday afternoon in the school year, between 3:30 and 4:00, donuts/bagels/muffins/something better are deposited in the lounge by a volunteer in an effort to incentivize interactions between hungry grad students, post docs, and professors.


An email is sent out every Tuesday when the food arrives; keep an eye out and come grab a snack when it does! At the beginning of each semester, the current TAFT Czar (a grad student job) will put out a call for volunteers (please sign up!). If you are the current week's volunteer, you'll get a reminder email from the friendly TAFT Robot with all details. After TAFT, you can get reimbursed up to $15 by submitting an entertainment reimbursement form (available in the main office).

TAFT Robot

The TAFT Robot is a combination CRON job and Python script, and it must be updated each semester with the new volunteers. The code (as of Fall 2013) lives at /o/ishivvers/taft, feel free to go in and poke your nose around.

The current cronjob lives on lupus, and the command looks like this:

  # crontab entry for the TAFT email bot; script runs every Monday & Tuesday during the school months
  30 8 * 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,12 1,2 python /o/ishivvers/taft/taft_mail.py > /dev/null