[Noisebridge-discuss] global hackerspace cupcake competition

Sean Cusack sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 14:00:04 PST 2011


I was actually just talking over this idea with the other chemists at lunch,
and I think it would be unlikely that we'll be able to generate enough heat
out of these without using a retarded amount - like about 100 or so (damn
you thermodynamics!). We could maybe build a super-insulated box with a
thermocouple in it to see how hot one of them gets, and then try to scale
it...

Sean

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM, Lilia Markham <liliakai at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a surplus of hand warming packets that i can bring if anyone wants
> to experiment with them...
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Sean Cusack <sean.p.cusack at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> I'm down with doing the freezing stuff on the 15th. I can arrange to get
>> the cold shit over to noisebridge.
>>
>> Sean
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM, meredith scheff <satiredun at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Now we're getting into Shipyard style packing :)
>>> Seems we have a battle of Hot Ideas and Cold Ideas.
>>> I like the handwarmer idea on principle, but two things:
>>> They never get anywhere near 350
>>> icing is important!
>>> I really like the freeze the fuck out of it solution.
>>> When is the day? the 15th? I vote we make as many ideas as possible.
>>> mer
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:08 PM, Michael Shiloh <
>>> michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Is it possible to cook rapidly by using some sort of explosion? Can this
>>>> be controlled sufficiently for cooking?
>>>>
>>>> On 01/06/2011 12:03 PM, Lilia Markham wrote:
>>>> > If we can just prevent the receiving hackerspace from ever opening the
>>>> > package, our cupcake would occupy a superposition of all possible
>>>> > cupcake states. We can decorate it with a little icing cat face.
>>>> >
>>>> > On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:05 AM, Sean Cusack <sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
>>>> > <mailto:sean.p.cusack at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >     The handwarmers thing could totally work, right? We don't need it
>>>> to
>>>> >     stay hot for hours, just 350 - 400 for like 30 minutes! If we do a
>>>> >     good enough job with the insulation, the UPS guy shouldn't even
>>>> know
>>>> >     anything happened. Worst case, if DHS confiscates out
>>>> cupcake...I'd
>>>> >     laugh my ass off. The terrorcake strikes again!!!!!
>>>> >
>>>> >     I think the kicker would be activating the handwarmers at the
>>>> right
>>>> >     time, and only the right time. I think the handwarmers activate
>>>> upon
>>>> >     touching air, right? I wonder if we could open a bunch of them in
>>>> a
>>>> >     glovebox and put them into an inert box with the ready to bake
>>>> >     cupcake. The inert box would have a little door on it that could
>>>> >     open when an Arduino uses some craaazy GPS wizardry thingy to
>>>> >     determine when the UPS guy is almost at the destination.
>>>> >
>>>> >     What do people think? Is this reasonable? We don't do anything air
>>>> >     sensitive enough in my lab to warrant a glovebox though. Anyone
>>>> have
>>>> >     access to something like that?
>>>> >
>>>> >     Sean
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >     On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Lilia Markham <liliakai at gmail.com
>>>> >     <mailto:liliakai at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >         If we deliberately make the package look like a bomb, will it
>>>> >         receive more delicate handling??
>>>> >
>>>> >         public archive disclaimer: the above question is intended to
>>>> be
>>>> >         farcical and humorous. I do not in any way condone sending
>>>> >         suspicious looking things through the us postal service. also
>>>> i
>>>> >         love my country and all the federal agents reading my email
>>>> and
>>>> >         their families.
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >         On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM, Patrick Keys
>>>> >         <citizenkeys at gmail.com <mailto:citizenkeys at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >             Is this a cupcake or a bomb? Our cupcake "package" is
>>>> going
>>>> >             to get
>>>> >             confiscated by Homeland Security and never arrive at its
>>>> >             destination.
>>>> >             The unabomber of cupcakes.
>>>> >             :-)
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >             Patrick
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >             On 1/5/2011 6:18 PM, Liz Henry wrote:
>>>> >              > On 1/5/11 5:42 PM, Lilia Markham wrote:
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >> I liked the idea of a self-baking cupcake. In fact I
>>>> >             have had multiple
>>>> >              >> conversations theorizing portable, self-baking cakes
>>>> and
>>>> >             cookies in the
>>>> >              >> past. They would be great for camping, picnics...car
>>>> >             eaters? (We're gonna be
>>>> >              >> so rich!) Sadly, I fear that the only way to generate
>>>> >             the necessary heat  is
>>>> >              >> to include some form of auto-igniting flammable
>>>> >             materials or questionable
>>>> >              >> chemicals. The post office just loves when you send
>>>> that
>>>> >             kind of stuff
>>>> >              >> through the mail. :-\
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              > I wonder if a cupcake could bake very very slowly using
>>>> those
>>>> >              > handwarmers you can buy in a drugstore? Or for skiing?
>>>> >               They don't get
>>>> >              > very hot. But maybe they could be rigged up to break
>>>> when
>>>> >             a box is
>>>> >              > opened, and then the cooking device would open up based
>>>> >             on a timer.
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              > Or, ship a cupcake positioned inside an EZ-bake oven,
>>>> >             maybe just by
>>>> >              > being completely encased in foil, with a power source
>>>> >             connected to the
>>>> >              > EZ Bake Oven, with a switch that is turned on by
>>>> opening
>>>> >             the box.  The
>>>> >              > sugary topping could be ... uh that is where I lose it.
>>>> >               Sugary topping.
>>>> >              > Hmmm.
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              > - Liz
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >
>>>> >              >
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