Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Crunchy Capri Developments Mycelium

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The coffee cup slipped from my hand as I gazed upon Crunchy Capri. Over night it had gone from a bubble covered car to a jar full of silver twirling mycelium tendrils.

The NFI staff was so stunned by this rapid growth, we are not sure what to do next. Open up the jar and take samples, or sit back and take lots of photos.

There is some concern that all this growth could be building up pressure inside the jar and that it could explode like homemade jam gone bad. That would be a major containment breach disaster. I don't think our renters insurance would cover the cleanup cost.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bubbles And Boils Oh My!

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Each day of the Nomadic Fungus Spore Sprouting Test begins with written and photographic documentation of all ten test samples. This process is repeated at noon and again just before we shut off the lights at the end of the day. That's a little over 300 notations and photographs taken so far.

Most of the test samples have remained inert, but one sample, Crunchy Capri has developed some very photo worthy features.

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The curve of the glass jar causes some visual distortion but it is still clear enough to see the large silver bubbles now clustered on the car roof. These are reminiscent of methane biogas bubbles produced in marshes, swamps and bogs.

The next item of note are the small boils of delaminating paint that have appeared across the metal surfaces. Where the paint has flaked away, the newly exposed metal underneath is greenish and swollen.

The Nomadic Fungus Cocktail itself remains clear but a soft gray sediment has now formed on the front windshield.

These developments strongly indicate that the Nomadic Fungus Cocktail used on Crunchy Capri has generated an active Nomadic Fungus culture that is feeding on the car. How far this propagation will progress can only be guessed at, so we'll just have to wait and watch. Take lots of notes and tons more photographs.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Scientific Method Defining The Details

A subscriber to the NFI Facebook page posted a great question What brand of peanut butter jars is NFI using in the Nomadic Fungus Spore Sprouting Test; Jif, Skippy or Peter Pan?

NFI is following the standard protocol of scientific methodology and so yes, we have documented who manufactured the peanut butter and whether it was creamy or crunchy.

One big determining factor on choosing which jars to use was not the chemical make up of the peanut butter but the lid on the jar. Most peanut butter companies such as Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan use plastic lids which we were concerned would not hold up to the Nomadic Fungus Cocktail. So we opted for Smucker's Natural and U.S. Grade A Fancy Government peanut butter which both use good old, Made in America steel lids.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Excited Staff At NFI Can't Stay Seated

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As things continue to develop with the Nomadic Fungus Spore Sprouting Test it has become very hard for the NFI staff to stay focused on the dull, humdrum daily tasks of running the Nomadic Fungi Institute. Every five minutes someone is sneaking off to peak at the cars in jars incubating in the NFI Lab.

Assuredly, it is very exciting to be part of this ground breaking experiment, but I am becoming concerned about the unwashed dishes, over flowing trashcans and the lack of toilet paper. It's beginning to look and smell like my old KCAI dorm room.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nomadic Fungus Incubation - End Of Week One

At the end of week one of the Nomadic Fungi Spore Sprouting Test, all of the test samples are showing some level of reaction. This photo taken with a full-spectrum oscillating lamp highlights the RGB electromagnetic spectral distribution of each jar.

This is a very strong indication that we are on the right path to successfully sprouting Nomadic Fungus spores. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cars In Jars - Creamy Cooper

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Interesting discovery this morning. The doors on Creamy Cooper - NFSST-03.2015 were open and the jar now feels warm to the touch. We have sent our archivist to CVS to pick up a thermometer.

This all occurred sometime between locking up the lab for the night and shortly after making the first pot of staff coffee this morning. We have no idea what caused the doors to open. We should have installed a 24 hour video camera inside the NFI incubator/toolshed. But then again, we should have some sort of grant money to pay for items such as video cameras....

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cars In Jars - Crunchy Capri

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Now this is Exciting!!! After only a few hours submerged in the Nomadic Fungus spore cocktail, Crunchy Capri NFSST-03.2015 has developed a thin coating of rust and small silvery bubbles on its surface. The cocktail emulsion has taken on a deep purple hue.