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cornering the latex market
I just saw an ad for the forthcoming Godzilla movie. I was gratified
to see that the beast seems to have a perfectly good tridactyl,
theropod foot. It got me wondering how I might go about measuring
Godzilla's pedal phalanges to add them to my dinosaur and bird foot
skeleton data base. I'd probably have to get a custom-made set of
calipers. Judging from the houses shown for scale in the picture of
Godzilla's foot, my calipers probably aren't big enough. Once I get
the data, I'll probably have to log-transform the measurements to get
them onto the same graphs with my other data without scrunching the
other points into an indecipherable blur near the origin.
I would also like to make a cast of one of the critter's footprints
for my dinosaur and bird footprint collection, but I don't think I
budgeted for enough plaster of Paris in my current NSF grant. It
looks like casting one of the big G's prints would require a tad more
than I usually use. Silicone or latex rubber is probably out of the
question; too expensive, even for more more conventionally sized large
theropod prints. I could try to slip a purchase order past my
departmental chair or the dean. Hmm. Maybe even the vice chancellor
for financial affairs would go for it. The university routinely
spends money on odder big-ticket items than that. Maybe we could use
a positive made from the cast as a university swimming pool.
Some silly thoughts for Friday and Mayday.