[Noisebridge-discuss] global hackerspace cupcake competition

Jonathan Foote jtfoote at ieee.org
Thu Jan 6 16:14:42 PST 2011


Aren't there all kinds of crazy exothermic reactions -- like NaOH +
H2O -- that the military uses to heat prepackaged food and such?
Likely too reactive to ship without hazmat status, but...?

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM, Sean Cusack <sean.p.cusack at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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