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The world’s first sustainable surfboard made of algae

UC San Diego biology and chemistry students have created the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard.

The project began several months ago when undergraduate biology students began working with a group of undergraduate chemistry students to solve a basic chemistry problem: how to make the precursor of the polyurethane foam core of a surfboard from algae oil. (Polyurethane surfboards today are made exclusively from petroleum.)

The chemistry students figured out how to chemically change the oil obtained from laboratory algae into different kinds of “polyols.” Mixed with a catalyst and silicates in the right proportions, these polyols expand into a foam-like substance that hardens into the polyurethane that forms a surfboard’s core.

Although the board’s core is made from algae, it is pure white and indistinguishable from most plain petroleum-based surfboards. That’s because the oil from algae, like soybean or safflower oils, is clear.

“This shows that we can still enjoy the ocean, but do so in an environmentally sustainable way,” added Stephen Mayfield, a professor of biology and algae geneticist who headed the effort.

Read how UC San Diego is surfing into a greener future

GIFS via Surfing into the future

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FoamCore! project

I hate it with a passion. 3-D is NOT my forte. but i gave it a shot anyway.  I’m not going to let this assignment weed me out with the other puny wanna-be graphic design students.

so we had to make anything…but could not cut any part of the foam board away. it has to stay intact! WTH? Meet Dill. :)

I’m so glad this part of the crazy journey will be over at 6pm tonight. no more impossible foamcore project! on to the next psycho assignment…will post when I have something.

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My third design project. Objective: cut foam core and make a sculpture with intersecting planes.

I hated this project with a passion. Foam core is the most God awful material I have ever used in my life. It is flimsy, fussy, and frustrating. I got to the point that I literally just started gluing shit together, and as you can see there is a point were I should have just stopped. I literally laughed till I was crying when I took the final gander at this project. I lost my mind. I spent so long on it to make a huge piece of crap which is what made it so funny. Oh, the irony!

I titled it “frustration to the core”. In the end my final thought was “Fvck this. I no longer care. This is it. Done!” I restarted and recut pieces so many times it was ridiculous. I never want to touch a piece of foam core again in my life. When I get it back I think I am going to smash it was a hammer or baseball bat and then stomp it into pieces and then as a final note of hatred, set it on fire. :D If I get a good grade on this I am going to laugh.

This is the scenerio I imagine when I look at it: Stay at home mom watching Martha Stewart’s christmas special and here is Martha making this badass sculpture thats perfect and the stay at home mom is like “Yeah, I can do this. Easy!”, grabs some hot glue and foam core and goes to town, then half way through is like “this sucks”, gets frustrated and says a bunch of dirty words that she would never say in front of her family, drinks a few glasses of wine to calm the nerves, says “fvck this” and starts gluing on more and more sh!t and then wraps it to give to her mother-in-law for christmas, who will then put on a fake smile and say “oh its beautiful, how sweet…what do you do with it?”, display it as a kind gesture and then later laugh at it with her husband, and then throw it in the trash or use it for firewood. The end. :D

Craft Your Own Geometric Christmas Tree


If your like me and live in a small 1/1 apartment, a full size christmas tree can be a little overwhelming.  However, I still wanted to get in the holiday spirit so crafting my very own Xmas tree just seemed like the perfect solution.  I started by hand drawing 2 tree profiles on black foam core.  My next step was to glue neutral tone magazine clipings (black, white, grey) to the tree profile.  I overlapped over the outline a little to ensure no black was exposed.  For the leaves I glued down a patch of monotone red clippings and a patch of monotone green clipppings which I then cut leaves from.  I then cut one of the tree profiles in half and glued them to the other tree profile.  I then cut out H shaped connector pieces to attach the leaves to the branches.


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In one of my Architecture classes we were given a “kit of parts” comprised of multiple 8-inch thick and 8-foot long, at a 3/8 = 1 foot scale, platforms, beams, and columns. We had to create a space that made a journey and for once I actually like something that I made in this class. I’ll post other stuff I made in this class later