[Noisebridge-discuss] global hackerspace cupcake competition

Joel Jaeggli joelja at bogus.com
Thu Jan 6 17:17:09 PST 2011


On 1/6/11 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...?

I'd avoid packaging it in a toner cartridge...

> 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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