Category Archives: Nerdiness

Nerd Love

Normally, we are not huge on Valentine’s Day or cheesiness or big red hearts in general, but we wanted to share few things that we really love, and then how they are so important to our life together, because it’s our blog and we can, so there.

Distance. Science. Spaaaaaaace!

The first part of the “Space” episode of RadioLab, in which Carl Sagan’s widow describes the moment they fell in love. The whole episode is worth listening to, but this story starts at 3:18.  I’m a total ball of mush.

Again, with RadioLab. The beginning of the “Desperately Seeking Symmetry” episode is one of the most lovely things I’ve ever heard, and I listened to this during one of my many hour-long drives to see Jeff  during the first few months of our relationship. This is a mythology from old Greece, and is similar to a Greek proverb that resonates with me, “The pot rolls around until it finds its lid.” Continue reading

The Scientifish Process: Goldfish and Grow Beds

I’m no good at houseplants. All that required sunlight casts an awful glare on the television, and that’s not a sacrifice I’m willing to make. In fact, in an effort to impress Arrie the first time she came to my place, I bought $50 worth of potted plants (I removed the price tags) and strategically placed them around my house. Six months later, the ruse seems to’ve worked.

But I do okay with fish. Well, goldfish anyway.

For years, I’ve been interested in aquaponics, the marriage of hydroponics and fish tanks. I’ve had a system similar to this for about three years now. What follows is my third version of this setup. Again, this isn’t really a how-to, just a description of how we’ve done it. I’ll try to answer any questions in the comments, but I’m certainly no expert.

Fish Tank, Grow Bed and Light

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Rubik’s Cube Cake

J’s birthday was Wednesday, so I made him a nerdy little cake.

I’m much more of a baker than a cook, but even so, this cake was much easier to make than it looks. But then, it’s sort of a mess, so maybe making it well would have been more difficult. Enough self-deprecation, onto the pictures!

Inspiration was from this post, but since neither of us really care for cake in general, I opted away from taste quality and cake variety and went for outside aesthetics instead. I used two boxes of devil’s food cake in three 8×8 pans and had more than enough (including a few cupcakes for breakfast).

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