[Noisebridge-discuss] global hackerspace cupcake competition

Sean Cusack sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 08:05:49 UTC 2011

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?


On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Lilia Markham <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>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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