Wiki is up!


One of the goals that I’ve had for a long time is to create the wikipedia page for freeze-casting. Even though it’s a relatively “hot” technique, at least in the ceramics world. There wasn’t a single entry for freeze-casting. This meant that when I started the project I actually had to read scientific literature to figure things out. The closest thing to freeze-casting on wikipedia was a topic known as freeze-gelation which is really not freeze-casting. 4+ years after I started my thesis there was still nothing on wikipedia in regards to freeze-casting. I’d already done all the research and spent literally 100s of hours creating figures and getting references for the topic so I figured why shouldn’t I do it. The article isn’t comprehensive as there are many topics to cover but I think it does a good job at explaining the basic concepts required for freeze-casting. Apparently wikipedia however thinks it still has many problems (it was graded as a Class-C article) but it’s been accepted and is available for public viewing.

For reference, a C-Class Wikipedia is defined as follows:

The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains much irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant problems or require substantial cleanup.

If you’re interested please take a look, make edits if necessary and link to it if desired. Thanks for reading!

Go learn English!


A quick note on customer service and language barriers in London.

I was travelling from St. Pancras station in London to Paris using the Eurostar. While waiting for my train I decided to use my remaining British pounds to purchase a flat white, my drink of choice. I waited in the rather substantial line full of business people and tourists alike and finally got to the front register where I ordered my drink from the haggard, albeit efficient Russian woman at the register.

“One flat white please” I said.

“Ok that will be 3 pounds”

Transaction finished, I stepped aside to wait for my drink and busied myself with my phone seeing as how there was free wifi in the station. A few minutes passed and the woman called to me.

“You got a flat white?” she asked.

“Yes, I got a flat white” was my response.

Then I went back to staring at my phone and waiting. About 5 minutes went by and the Russian woman then yelled out. “What are you doing here!? Get out!”

I looked at her perplexed and said, “I’m waiting for my drink.”

Suddenly furious, the woman looked at me and yelled “You told me you got it!”

Totally bewildered now, I stared around at my fellow coffee drinkers. A kind woman in line then attempted to point out that by me saying I “got” a flat white, I meant I’d “ordered” one. This was unimpressive however to the Russian coffee demon who looked at me and said “You should learn to speak English.”

Ummmmmm what?