[Noisebridge-discuss] global hackerspace cupcake competition

Sean Cusack sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 16:34:55 PST 2011


Ooh - cupcake in a sealed bottle sounds like an awesome idea too...cuz then
we can label it "In case of snack attack, break glass".

Sean

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM, Patrick Keys <citizenkeys at gmail.com> wrote:

> About the cupcake itself... what will it be made from?
> For keeping it fresh during shipping, it would seem like there should be
> some sort of preservative in the mix.
>
> Also, for holding its shape, maybe we could customize some sort of
> gelatin mold. Like a giant cupcake-shaped pill capsule.  Crunchy Jell-O
> is an option.  Another option is chocolate-based "Magic Shell":
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Shell
>
> "Ship in a bottle" approach might be worth considering.  Start with a
> crunchy see-thru cupcake shell that holds it shape and somehow injection
> mold or craft the cupcake inside the shell.
>
>
> Patrick
>
>
>
> On 1/6/2011 4:14 PM, Jonathan Foote wrote:
> > 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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