netZoom #2 – Printing Food, Shrek, and Monsters


to netZoom Nummer zwei, the second article in the series where I share interesting discoveries and news from the series of tubes we call the Internets.  I’ve got some funny, weird and interesting things to share with you this week (thought not necessarily in that order), so let’s get started!

Printing food

The first time I ever saw a 3D printer was while watching Jurassic Park 3.  In the movie, a tool builds a Raptor’s voice box one layer at a time, effectively creating a working, life size model of something that was last seen on earth 65 million years ago.  At the time I dismissed the whole thing as impossible mumbo-jumbo, but today I have to say I’m surprised I didn’t take the idea more seriously.  3D printers do exist, and they have existed for a while now.

Although I couldn’t pin point exactly when they were invented, looks like some guy named Chuck Hull actually patented a 3D printing method back in 1986.  At the time, the process required a small elevator, some lasers and a bucket of liquid photopolymer (a liquid that hardens when a laser hits it).  Nowadays, however, the process has changed slightly.

Today’s 3D printers are like our everyday inkjet printers: they have nozzles that move and squirt out some kind of material (typically plastic).  Thing is, the material doesn’t always have to be plastic, and some people have started playing around with other materials.

A printed miniature space shuttle made of ground scallops and cheese

A printed miniature space shuttle made of ground scallops and cheese

I was listening to one of my regular radio talk shows this week (yes, I have regular talk shows) and was surprised to learn that some people down at Cornell have been printing food using this 3D printing technology.  Although still in its early stages, the researchers imagine a world where our food will be built for us by in-home 3D printers, one layer at a time.

This would allow for us to have food that is catered to our needs.  For example, if you’re on a diet, you could ask the printer to prepare your dish with a limited number of calories.  You could also have the printer build your child some toy-shaped broccoli, or a birthday cake prepared in such a way that “Happy Birthday” appears on the inside of the cake (visible only when you cut it).

Its some pretty crazy stuff, and I can’t wait to see if we’ll have startrek-esque food replicators in the next couple of decades…

Read more about 3D printing here…

Real life shrek

Chances are you’ve never heard of Maurice Tillet, the french actor, poet and wrestler who would speak 14 different languages.  Oh, and did I mention this guy looks a lot like Shrek.

Maurice Tillet, Freak Ogre of the Ring

Maurice Tillet, Freak Ogre of the Ring

Although I was unable to find any proof of a link between the man and the character, the similarities are still quite stunning.  That a man who suffered from acromegaly (a disease where one’s bones grow uncontrollably) would become a wrestler known by some as the Freak Ogre of the Ring sixty years before Shrek appeared is a somewhat eerie coincidence.  Though probably not as eerie as the Wreck of the Titan

Read more about the real life Shrek here…

In Other News…

And On This Day In…

  • 1797 – the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington.
  • 1902 – The AAA is established in Chicago, Happy 109th AAA!
  • And a lot more…

Video: The Key of Awesome – Monster

I havn’t had cable since I moved to Montreal back in summer of 2009, and truth be told, I don’t miss it one bit.  I get my news from the internet, my shows from online streaming services, and my movies from Netflix and other movie download services.  And with all that, I also spend a lot of time on YouTube.

One of the shows I’ve been watching on YouTube is called The Key of Awesome.  This music parody show has posted 35 music videos for the past year and a half, many of which are a must see.  Most of the time, their videos make fun of existing songs and artists (for example Katy Perry, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Michael Jackson/Glee, etc…), although some videos are original songs (Twilight Sucks, Awkward Sex, Winter Girls, etc…).

Take a look at the vids and let me know which is your favorite. There are so many that I personally can’t pick an absolute favorite, althought today’s video is one that I watched over and over again: Kanye West’s Monster (don’t miss the surprise cameo at the end of the video). :D


And that’s pretty much it…

for this week.  I’ll be travelling during the next couple of weeks, so the next netZoom article will probably show up at the end of March.  See you then!

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