Computing stuff tied to the physical world

It’s been a while…

In Musings on Sep 1, 2013 at 00:01

… since that last blog post. Time to get back into the fun – and I can’t wait!

This summer was spent in comfort and relaxation, a lot of it in and around the house, as everyone had left Houten, leaving behind a totally calm and quiet village, with lots of really nice summer days. As usual, when things are well, time passes quickly…

From a nice bike-visit to around Zwolle, to a very pleasant stay in Copenhagen with a trip to the splendid Louisiana Museum, we had a delightfully “slow” summer for a change.


I spent days on end reading (eReader/iPad) and also had a great time at the OHM2013 hacker event. Made me feel old and young at the same time… I suppose that’s good :)

With a fantastic new discovery: a presentation and workshop on Molecular Cooking. Some pretty amazing stuff with food, such as spherification – we made “apple-juice caviar”, and a soup which makes one side of the mouth warm and the other side cold! (using fluid gels)

Here are some of the other things you can do with this (from the Mol├ęcule-R site):

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Lots of fun and ideas to try out. It’s a charming mix between exploring original new tastes and playing tricks with the senses. It’s also called food hacking, which could explain why this topic came up at OHM2013 (alongside activism, banking, and fablabs).

A summer of contrasts… from a Hanseatic city to modern gastronomic creativity!

  1. Yay! Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fun time. Did you try any miracle fruit? I don’t know its technical name, but it has the amazing ability to neutralise sharp tastes in your mouth for about 20 minutes, meaning a lemon tastes sweet and rather like an apple! I’ve got to get my hands on some of those!

    It also reminded me of Heston Blumenthal, a British chef who is obviously a frustrated physicist! One of his programme has him trying to produce perfect ice cream, which it appears depends on small ice crystals, so rapid cooling required… Out comes the liquid nitrogen!

  2. Immediately after reading your post I found this: with exactly the same image :-)

    It’s a group deal for molecular cooking kits.


  3. Hi!

    Good to see you back.

    I know how jeenode works with low power radio module but range can be an issue. I came across this radio module the other day which has the range and is fully open source. Could be an interesting project to watch.

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