Gore sinks back to Le Monde
I am assuredly not the first person to neglect a blog. It’s been over a year and a half since I have publicly posted anything here. I have 37 posts in draft mode awaiting further polishing, but clearly none of them have been a huge priority since many just need less than an hour to be of publishable quality. There were a few other big projects that came to fill my free time, but they are drawing to a close. They are not explicitly cooking related, but encompass curiosity and scientific inquiry so I am going to give a quick overview that should be roughly contiguous with the theme of this blog.
The first is greenhouse related. A series of fortuitous coincidences has prompted me to lead two passive solar greenhouse projects for over the past few years. One at Lehigh University and a NSF-funded greenhouse at a school in Maryland, all in the name of interactive, tangible solar education. But it all started because I wanted to grow a few collard greens on my back porch. The article in Growing Magazine covers the Lehigh project quite well.
The second project, which is kind of way cooler, pertains to human-powered flight. My power-to-weight ratio happened to fit the needs of a team of engineers in University of Maryland’s Aerospace department. I joined team Gamera as a pilot in December of 2010, not knowing what to expect from such a kooky sounding project. Now we’ve set a few world records and are still going. I can leave knowing I’m the 4th person to ever achieve human-powered vertical lift, and currently have made it higher than any other attempt at a whopping 4 feet off the ground. The Atlantic wrote us up, so bonus points for that.
Also, somehow, I am hopefully getting a PhD in materials science amidst all of this. I promise to post more before that happens.
We flew again recently, and I set a new world record for duration, making me the first human to break the 60 second barrier for vertical flight. More excitingly, I got to 8.6 feet in the air! Then crashed….