Hey Locavores

I’ll be giving several talks over the next few months on the Real Vegan Cheese project. I’m doing some of my own background research to supplement what I have from the group and I came across this interesting paper: Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States The finding from…


Orangutan Games

I have seen several articles recently about orangutans using iPads to communicate (1 2 3).  This is awesome.  One point brought up in at least one of the articles though is that the apes can’t actually hold the iPads as the would break them.  This got me to thinking that if someone built a tablet…


Duck-Footed Space Ship

I had a dream last night that several of my friends had built working intergalactic space ships.  It was unclear if people would fit in them or not.  They were supposed to be passenger ships but several people were holding the working vehicles in their hands.  All of the ships were fully functional except they…


Multi OS booting USB drive with full disk encryption?

I am trying to figure out how to implement this scheme: Two persistent linux installations with full disk encryption on a USB drive. I want this to appear to be a single encrypted volume (i.e. use a hidden volume for one of the installations) for plausible deniability. I would probably use Tails for the OS…


Calling Shenanigans on Nuclear Instruments and Methods, a “Peer Reviewed” Journal

UPDATE at end of post   Original Post- The journal Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, or NIM for short, is published by Elsevier and is peer reviewed. Or so I thought. A few months ago several co-workers and I submitted a paper on a Friday…


Music

I used to play guitar, keyboards and do a lot of sampling and sequencing.  It has been far too long since I’ve recorded any new music (played a little here and there though).  I’m not sure when I’ll have time again unfortunately.  For now I’ve been listening to some of the stuff I recorded over…


Biography of O. Hai

I was curious about the authors of the paper I mentioned yesterday.  After looking around the web for a while I was able to find the following biography for O. Hai.   O. Hai was born to a single mother on the same day as two siblings and took an early interest in physical sciences….


A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

My favorite journal, Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, has just published an interesting article.  The authors, O. Hai and I. B. Hakkenshit, describe a synthesis of pseudoephedrine from readily available crystal meth.  Pseudoephedrine is the decongestant in Sudafed, which used to be out on stores shelves.  Now if you want to buy it you have to…


I believe that this was meant to be farce, not a suggestion of how to run a government.  Interactions with the state of California lead me to believe that many of our politicians didn’t get that distinction. The Trial  


Scientific publications

In general when a scientific paper is published through one of the major publishing houses, the publishers require a transfer of copyright.  The terms transfer almost all rights to the publisher, but most of the agreements include a clause allowing the authors to share the work through their personal websites. I don’t have the HTML…