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Daniel Grunes
Owner | Taproot Organics
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Daniel Grunes hung out with 5 people. <a class='ot-hashtag' href=''>#hangoutsonair</a>Jon Gann, Christina Royal, Molly Maxwell, Dale Kaplan, and Mary-Rose Abraham

Tonight I am moderating the +ABC News  / +Yahoo! News Small Business Owners Response Hangout. #Debates coverage begin at 8pm ET! Watch at, on mobile and @YouTubePolitics!

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and so the Vampire Apocalypse begins!

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Heard of this before but have never seen it explained so clearly.
The Menger Sponge -- Prototype Borg Cube?

A particular fractal, called Menger's Sponge, is all about surface appearances. It's a purely theoretical shape that has infinite surface area and no volume whatsoever. And because of that, it doesn't occupy three dimensions. Or two. It manages to exist in fractional dimensions.

Almost everyone played with wooden building blocks at some point as a child. That activity might have seemed pointless at the time, but it will now help you understand a particular fractal. Isn't childhood development weird?

Think of gluing toy building blocks together to make a large cube. The cube is three by three, meaning that it has twenty-seven blocks in total, and each face has nine blocks each (although some of those blocks show up on multiple faces, of course). Now take the cube, and remove the center block of each face, as well as the center block of the entire cube. What you'll have left is a hollow set of 'lines,' each made up of three blocks, defining the edges of the cube.

Now look closer. Imagine that each of those three blocks, which define each edge of the cube, is made of smaller building blocks. These blocks are miniature versions of the original cube, with smaller building blocks all glued together, three by three. Do the same thing to each of these mini-cubes that you did to the larger one. Remove the center block of each face and the center block of the cube. Now each of the blocks that make up the original hollow cube is also made up of a hollow cube, and the surface will begin to look pitted.

Now picture that each of those hollowed out cubes is also made up of three by three building blocks, and - well, you get the picture.

Because the edges of each cube, no matter how tiny, are left intact, the structure maintains its shape even as it gets more and more tiny hollows drilled into it. At last, it's nothing more than, well, a Menger Sponge. As the number of divisions reaches infinity, the whole thing becomes a kind of lattice with no volume inside, just surfaces of infinitely pitted and thinned walls.

Each of those pitted walls is called a Sierpinski Carpet. We are taught to think of things as having one, two, or three dimensions (and sometimes four, when we're feeling frisky), but the Sierpinski Carpet is supposed to straddle the division between a one-dimensional line and a two dimensional plane. Clearly it occupies an area, but the surface is so pitted that it technically doesn't fill the area, so much as scribble a bunch of lines over it. As crazy as it sounds, the Sierpinski Carpet is supposed to have a fractional dimension of 1.89, and the Menger Sponge, which has no real volume, has a fractional dimension of 2.73.


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Today is a turning point for me. I would rather work on my new project/passion than go to a job that I have loved for years.

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Testing, Testing, Bentonite Bar.

Today was the test run of the bentonite bar that I made 4 weeks ago. We PH tested the lather and once declared safe I took the test run on the two most sensitive spots on my body (mind out of the gutter, hands and face!) Initially cooling, wonderful for a shave and left me smooth, with a light cooling tingle, and as soft as baby oil.

This is what major manufacturers have been trying to do with chemical detergent s for decades. Sometimes the original idea was worth copying for a reason.

My most recent shave bar is a winner.

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drooling right now

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My side project.
The question I'm hearing most nowadays is "why soap?"

I have 3 year old twins. I cook every day and handle raw meats. I live in NYC and ride the subways. Can you imagine how many times a day I wash my hands? Never mind my intense eczema, and super sensitive skin of my wife and kids...

Mild soaps moisturize but don't clean the smells off of your hands. Other soaps will strip you raw but at least leave you smelling clean. I've used dish detergent and perfumed soaps and wasn't finding what I needed and so I figured, why not just make it?

While experimenting with Cold Process soap recipes, coconut oil was repeatedly recommended by trusted friends. A simple enough ingredient that is plentiful and hard working. It moisturizes, conditions, nourishes, and is damned good in a steak sauce with some Sweet Baby Ray's, Sriracha, and Worcestershire... but I digress. I LOVE Coconut Oil. I'm always looking around kitchens for inspiration and new ingredients that will continue to surprise and amaze even if in the smallest hints.

Family and friends have volunteered to test a few batches and have been invited to leave feedback right here on Google+. Now lets go make some soap!

Here's a quick search on some DIY cold process recipes:

(This isn't one of our vendors, just a resource and an easy place to start.)

Making some at home and would like to swap? Let me know.

P.S. If you don't know how to use lye safely, DON'T USE LYE.

And yes, that's me grabbing some sand for a future scrub bar.

- +Daniel Grunes

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Cotton candy bombs to end the meal! At four seasons restaurant nyc.

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Just pissed myself laughing!
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