Join us for a party! Kickoff the Jet Stream season right

Trans-Atlantic Balloon 40 feet tall, resting on its side in a test

The gossamer White Star balloons are getting ready to sail the mighty polar wind-river in the sky. Join the White Star Balloon builders for a season kickoff party to celebrate the beginning of the race to cross the Atlantic Ocean and raise money to pay for this all-volunteer science adventure. A real full size trans-atlantic balloon will be erected at the party, standing nearly 3 stories tall into the skylights!

Music, Food, Science and fun provided, BYOB
When: Saturday Nov 20, 7PM-12AM
Where: LVL1 Hackerspace, 814 E Broadway, rear entrance in the alley.

Progress So far… With video!

Hi Folks,

I figured you all could use a nice summary of how things have been going so far. September was filled to the gills with planning and researching, which raised lots of questions. These questions, luckily, were the kind that can be answered by scientific testing! October was filled with testing all kinds of theories, materials, and methods. A lot of our questions are simply – Will this XYZ object work when it gets as cold as -55 degrees C? For that, we spent a lot of time building (and testing!) a cryogenic chamber. This chamber uses dry ice (20lbs!) to cool things down to -55C, and hold it there for up to 24 hours.

In fact, LOTS of things were tested in October, and I just happened to take videos of a few of them, with a little help from They Might Be Giants:

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Progress So far… With video!

Hi Folks,

I figured you all could use a nice summary of how things have been going so far. September was filled to the gills with planning and researching, which raised lots of questions. These questions, luckily, were the kind that can be answered by scientific testing! October was filled with testing all kinds of theories, materials, and methods. A lot of our questions are simply – Will this XYZ object work when it gets as cold as -55 degrees C? For that, we spent a lot of time building (and testing!) a cryogenic chamber. This chamber uses dry ice (20lbs!) to cool things down to -55C, and hold it there for up to 24 hours.

In fact, LOTS of things were tested in October, and I just happened to take videos of a few of them, with a little help from They Might Be Giants:

Continue reading

Louisville’s the 6th dumbest city: What the what?

LEO posted an article about The Daily Beast’s study, stating that Louisville is ranked 6th dumbest city. Since Louisville ranks 48th out of 55th in the published list, we’re actually 7th dumbest, so the article only goes to reinforce the point. ouch.

http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/2010/10/25/louisville-ranked-6th-dumbest-city/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+fatlip+(FatLip)

However, clearly they weren’t aware of the sheer awesomeness of the White Star Balloon project. Help us prove them wrong – give your time and/or funds to the project today!

Louisville's the 6th dumbest city: What the what?

LEO posted an article about The Daily Beast’s study, stating that Louisville is ranked 6th dumbest city. Since Louisville ranks 48th out of 55th in the published list, we’re actually 7th dumbest, so the article only goes to reinforce the point. ouch.

http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/2010/10/25/louisville-ranked-6th-dumbest-city/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+fatlip+(FatLip)

However, clearly they weren’t aware of the sheer awesomeness of the White Star Balloon project. Help us prove them wrong – give your time and/or funds to the project today!