Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Weird Science

I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but believe me when I tell you; I've been a little busy. I've finished and defended my thesis! It's true, you can see it here.

So, now that I'm a Master of Science I thought I'd utilize my powers for good.

If there are only three stalls in a restroom, all are empty, which one do you choose? Do you value privacy and go for the stall farthest from the door, the middle stall or the one closest to the door?

Take the poll in the sidebar!

I suggest that most individuals will instinctively go for stall number 3, the farthest from the door. Because of this, I almost always use the stall closest to the door, assuming that less use = a cleaner stall.

To test this I've acquired 24 Petri dishes from a biology lab on campus and run an experiment.

The hypotheses are:

H0: Stall 1 (closest to the door) is not cleaner than stall 3 (farthest from the door).
H1: Stall 1 (closest to the door) is cleaner than stall 3 (farthest from the door).

To test these hypotheses, my office mate Ryan and I took samples from the toilet seat and handle from all of the men's room stalls in Old Main on the Utah State University Campus (a simple random selection of restrooms was not conducted due to time constraints). The idea is that the stall that is used the most will have more bacteria growth.

Key research assumption: more use leads to more bacteria on the seat and handle, and this will lead to more growth in the dishes.
We have to give these guys some time to grow. I’ll post the results soon!

Disclaimer: due to the experimental design used, inferences cannot be made to a more general population.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Penitent Food Friday

I'm sorry. I really am. I am truly committed to Good Food Friday. (I am also hiding out in my backroom, again, while the repairman is in the kitchen with the fridge, again.)

I don't have anything cool going on in my life to cleverly link my recipe too, so I am just going to throw out something random I decided to try from AT: The Kitchen. Brace yourselves, this one's a little unconventional, but surprisingly good (Derek did wish it was a little more saucy).

Tangy Broccoli Pasta

1 lb broccoli
2 tbl water
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 lemon
1/2 cup feta
1/4 water
olive oil
salt and pepper

Cut broccoli into small pieces and steam with 2 tbl water; season with salt and pepper. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soften and add steamed broccoli. Continue cooking until onion is translucent. Add parsley and juice of 1 lemon and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Transfer broccoli mixture to a blender or food processor and add 1/4 cup of the feta and 1/4 cup water. Puree mixture until smooth; add a little olive and extra water for bring mixture to the desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over pasta - something with ridges.

Isn't the color lovely?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Movie: The Robots are Coming

While I was cruising Vegas (again), Liz was getting ready for Baby Animal Days at the American West Heritage Center.

I think I got the better end of the deal. I was able to present a paper (Moonshiners and Mormons: Internet and Garbage Socialism in Utah) and hang with lovers of liberty. Liz on the other hand, had to work...and play with baby animals.

The Team caught some footage from Baby Animal Days...don't worry there are no cute animals here, only dark robot aliens. Liz selected the music, so you can blame the cheese on her. Although I must say that the band is brilliant! Checkout our latest production in the sidebar or at the Pocket Litter Productions homepage.

Hat tip to the Mobile Command Unit, the most Rockingest band ever.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie

Craig D. Jessop, former music director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, has been named head of Utah State University’s department of music.

“I am absolutely thrilled to become a professor and head of the music department at Utah State University for many reasons,” Jessop said. “First of all, I’m an Aggie. My wife is an Aggie and all four of our children are Aggies. I am excited to be able to return to the valley and the university I love so much. And to now be in a position to give back to the educational process is a dream come true. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I feel strongly that this is the season of my life to give.”

You can read all about it here.