Below is information I hope you find useful when organizing one of my talks. Let me know if something is confusing or you would like to see more information.
634A Orange Grove Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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- I prefer walking around using a lavalier vs standing behind a podium
- Presentations are in Apple Keynote
- I can play off of my newish Mac laptop, or give my Keynote file to the tech crew
- There is sound in my presentation
Dan Goods is passionate about creating experiences where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.
During the day he runs The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing creative ways of communicating and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. After hours he works on creative projects around the world. Currently he is collaborating with others on new public art pieces in San Diego and San Francisco and is developing the “Museum of Awe” with David Delgado and Ivan Amato. An experience of art, science, theater and surprise.
In 2002 Goods graduated valedictorian from Art Center College of Design. Recently he was selected as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles”. He lives in Altadena, CA with his wife and three kids.
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WHAT IS IT?
I end my talks with a “cloud chamber”, a small magic box that allows you to see particles that have traveled to Earth from exploded stars. Crazy huh?
HOW CAN IT FIT IN THE PROGRAM?
It is a little messy to prepare, takes about 10-15min to start working, and will last for about 30-45min. So depending on the size of the audience and what happens after the talk I can either:
1. Prepare it live on stage and let people come see it when I am done
(best if speaking for 30min or more, there is a break after my talk, and people can come up afterwards)
2. I can simulate it on stage and then I can prepare it later to let people see it at another time
(best if the audience cannot come up after my talk, but there is an afterparty or other event later on)
3. Just simulate it on stage
(best if there is no time for the audience to see it)
1. at least two pieces of dry ice, or about 20lbs (it usually comes in a block about 1ft x 1ft x 2in tall, pellets can also be used). If it is not available near you, it can be ordered here.
2. 99% isopropyl alcohol... you can get it here... anything below 99.9% will not work... I bring extra just in case, but while it is legal, I am always afraid that security will take it from me.
3. a bar height table that can hold a box about 2ft square.
4. two black sheets... one to cover the table, the other to cover the cloud chamber (see images below).
WILL IT EXPLODE, IS IT DANGEROUS?
No... I have done this around the world with no issues... here is the process:
- i take one block of dry ice and put it on a piece of aluminum
- on top of the aluminum I put a small amount of the isopropyl alcohol
- I then place a small fish tank upside down on the aluminum and over the alcohol
- its sits for a bit
- the aluminum get really cold, the top stay warm
- then a fog starts to form at the base
- afterwards I will need access to a sink, preferably a large one
- watch the full process here, starting at 24 minutes
WHAT WILL PEOPLE SEE?
In this video, you can see the fog, but you also see the streaks. Those streaks are caused by Muons which are flying through you right now, but you can't see them... unless you have this special box :)