Friday, February 11, 2005

Move over, dry cleaners

My blog has moved! I'm now at http://mdbenoit.com/blog. Come visit for the latest stuff.

"What do you get when you put together a physical chemist, two polymer scientists and a self-proclaimed "fiber guy" (that is, a textile chemist)?

A self-cleaning suit, of course."

This is part of the research a group of scientists at Clemson University are doing, using the properties of the lotus leaf and nanotechnology to develop a water and dirt repellant material.

Due to the placement of nanobumps in the fabric, the water can't penetrate and takes dirt with it. All you have to do is take a shower with your suit, and voilĂ . You're ready for the next day. What the article doesn't say is how it would work with sweat and the acids from the skin or even the acids in the rain (shades of Blade Runner).

Ah, well. Perfection, Earth is not thy province...

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Need a Story Idea?

An infectious farmhand takes a shower with a Marine.
A gas station attendant and two itinerant bartenders discover an ancient burial ground.
A player player and six beautiful courtesy clerks kidnap a crab.

Okay, maybe these are kind of goofy, but the Random Logline Generator is a good way to generate some writing ideas, or, at the very least, help you write a one-liner about your own story. You can define the parameters (nouns, adjectives, action verbs) and the kind of result you want.

If nothing else, it's a cool way to waste some time.