LSD with the Cinci Drunk Punx

Sometime around 1991 or 1992 I took a couple hits of acid with Melody and her friend whose name I no longer remember. I have several stories which start this way, but this is the one where we ended up in the back of a car with a bunch of drunk punks. I was in…


Out to Sea

One summer the family of a good friend rented a beach house in North Carolina for a week. I was invited along, the only non-family member staying in the house. This was, if I remember correctly, the summer after 8th grade. The house was on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, near Nags Head. Some…


Creepy… and inspirational

This past weekend I visited the Black Rock Desert, which right now is a lake. The area was beautiful, but I came across something that surprised me. I had no idea that fairy shrimp were there, waiting as dormant cysts just under the surface of the playa, until flood water allowed them grow into the…


Escapism

I’ve been thinking a lot about a childhood fantasy of mine recently. I was convinced at some point in elementary school that I would be able to learn to talk to animals and get them to all work together. I wanted to raise an army of all sorts of animals, united in the goal of…


Common Keyed Bicycle Parts and Lock

As I mentioned here I’m posting some old ideas which I don’t expect to follow up on myself. Here is the transcribed text Common keyed parts Create a system of common-keyed parts for a bicycle + bike lock: – A keyed quick release, works as easily as a regular quick-release for wheels, but has a…


Transparent Conducting Polymer for Organic Electronics

As I mentioned here I’m posting some old ideas which I don’t expect to follow up on myself. Here is the transcribed text (picture to come soon) Hole Transport/Injection Layer, replacements for PEDOT/PSS Picture 1 X = S, Se Y = S, Se R = H, F, Other? Z = -CO2H, -SO3H, -PO3H2, -SH Example:…


Old Notebooks

Off and on for the past few years I have kept detailed notes on ideas which I have thought worth pursuing. I realize that I’m not going to follow up on a lot of these myself so I am going to post photos of the notebook pages here, and eventually post the full text as…


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…