Ryan Schenk was featured on a Cape Cod NPR program: The Point. In the piece he’s interviewed for about a half hour by Heather Goldstone.
I truly recommend that you give a listen. Ryan does a good job of talking through the finer points surrounding the blend of science and art within his art projects, most specifically his project
Yesterday I received a call from Ryan Schenk.
RyanSchenk: You near a computer?
Mike D: I could be. What do you need?
RyanSchenk: Go to google image search.
Mike D: okay. Now what?
RyanSchenk: Do a google image search for “Chinstrap”. One word.
I encourage you to give this a try.
Image #4 is a RyanSchenk original from
January 16th of the 720 post adventure of years past. I checked a few more google image searches.
In general, Ryan does much better when you include a definitive article. Ryan shows up in page 5 of a search for “the lemmy” page three of “the groucho” page two of “the goatee”
Ryan Schenk’s memorial day weekend saw the creation of extreme croquet.
Amazing job Ryan. Amazing.
Ryan Schenk sent out an e-mail this weekend to document his mathematical approach at optimizing burrito filling.
Let’s take a look at his work:
Pi*((.816*dT)/(2*Pi))^2 * 2 * sqrt( (dT/2)^2 – (.816*dT/2)^2)
or roughly 0.031*dT^3
(where dT is the diameter of the Tortilla.)
It should be noted that this is the theoretical maximum. Experimental results are forthcoming.
Still, what does this mean in layman’s terms?
Basically, the optimal filling ratio is a square with dimensions in a ratio of ~8.1:5.7 laid out with the longer dimension
NORMAL to the axis of wrapping (wrappation axis)
It’s true! I have been wrapping my burritos completely wrong! Readers, for heaven’s sake, don’t pack your burritos long, pack them wide! WIDE! This is the key to maximum filling.
UPDATE: better scans and a third page of calculations