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Geodesic Gingerbread House Template For the Holidays

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the geometry-geek-gift dept.

Christmas Cheer 61

An anonymous reader writes "Buckminster Fuller eat your heart out — LA-based design firm Scout Regalia has created a mail-order template for a geodesic gingerbread house that you can make at home. When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then 'glued' to the dome shell with icing."

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Yawn (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38310688)

If you need a template to do this, you aren't a geometry geek.

Re:Yawn (2, Informative)

TriezGamer (861238) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310792)

Pretty sure the template is for ease of construction, not a how-to-make-sides-that-fit-together.

Re:Yawn (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38313728)

The point is, given the materials, you should be able to make a template yourself from scratch in under half an hour.

Re:Yawn (1)

Kadagan AU (638260) | more than 2 years ago | (#38314980)

Especially given the image of the template that they have on their site.. Looks like you could make one yourself MUCH faster than you could have it delivered in the mail! But it's a cool idea none the less.

Re:Yawn (1)

Kadagan AU (638260) | more than 2 years ago | (#38315256)

This template can be seen here [scoutregalia.com] for those too lazy to look for it.

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38340686)

The point is, given the materials, you should be able to make a template yourself from scratch in under half an hour.

In this case it is a fact that you are wrong.

Re:Yawn (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 2 years ago | (#38312920)

Most witches aren't. Their skills don't go far beyond pentagrams.

Re:Yawn (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 2 years ago | (#38317100)

Keziah Mason [wikipedia.org] being an exception...

Re:Yawn (1)

morgauxo (974071) | more than 2 years ago | (#38314586)

Maybe it's not targeted for the geometry geek you insensitive clod. Maybe it's the general geek, or some other kind of geek who wouldn't mind dabbling in a little bit of geometry geekiness.

Re:Yawn (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#38315314)

Yes. I am so sure that Paris Hilton is just dying to put one of these together.

Re:Yawn (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 2 years ago | (#38324800)

Paris Hilton can (just about) handle a video camera ... without looking for an 8-year-old to manage it.

OK, so she passes one of the more basic geek tests. Fails the gender test, of course.

Re:Yawn (1)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38318056)

If you think they're all hexagons, you aren't a geometry anything.

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38318084)

If you think they're all hexagons, you aren't a geometry anything.

I wouldn't say that. Obtuse seems appropriate.

Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted. (1)

flying squirrels (2496274) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310758)

Is it still delicious or does it taste like science? yuck

Re:Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted. (2)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310958)

Ever eaten a candy bar? Proof science is tasty.

Re:Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted. (2)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311128)

To paraphrase Terra Nova - Cooking is like science, except when you're finished you get a treat!

Re:Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted. (1)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38318164)

Considering their version requires a cardboard supporting structure, it doesn't even taste like science. It tastes like bacon without the salt.

architectural gingerbread (4, Interesting)

Kaenneth (82978) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310790)

Sadly, as I found when my neice recently made multiple houses for a school project, the recommended material is "Architectural Gingerbread" which while technically edible... isn't very.

Plus the fact the she used a bottle of corn syrup so old, it didn't have a manufacturers web address on it. (expiration date was in a weird code, hard to crack with one sample)

Re:architectural gingerbread (1)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311028)

It could've been Swatch Internet Time.

Re:architectural gingerbread (1)

Rennt (582550) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311234)

And here I thought "Internet Time" was based on the UNIX epoch. After all, POSIX time has been employed by Internet infrastructure since before the World Wide Web, whereas Swatch Internet Time is displayed on wrist-watches that have nothing whatsoever to do with the Internet and are used by nobody.

Anywho, Swatch Time does not seem to include a date component, so you probably won't find it used for expiration warnings. Or anything else.

Re:architectural gingerbread (1)

kagaku (774787) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311346)

Whoooooosh..

Re:architectural gingerbread (5, Informative)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311232)

You should use gingersnap dough instead of gingerbread.

Gingersnaps are usually baked as a drop or ball cookie, like a peanut butter cookie is.

If you instead roll the dough out flat and even on the cookie sheet, and bake a little bit slower to avoid being burned on the outside and raw in the middle (drop baking temp down to something like 250 or 275F, instead of 350F, and bake a little longer) then when you remove the "super cookie" from the oven you can cut it with cookie cutters while it is still hot.

When it cools, it will be quite firm, and perfectly edible. Crispy and hard, actually, hence the name "ginger snap".

You have to cut on removal from the oven, and not before baking, because they are a drop cookie and expand while baking.

sounds inside (5, Funny)

sci-ku (2526824) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310838)

I have a good friend who's parents live in a geodesic dome. It's an interesting living space, but the one thing to be wary of is that sounds follow the walls in sometimes unexpected ways. You can be whispering near the wall in one spot, and be heard perfectly well in an opposite part of the house or even on another floor.

So, word of warning. Use this template and you may be accidentally hear what the gumdrops say about you behind your back.

Re:sounds inside (1)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311498)

I grew up in a dome. It would be fun to live in a gingerbread dome, as the walls would taste better. It would also be just about as big as our dome was. Six people in a 26 foot diameter house? Crazy!

I weep for the nerd community I once knew (5, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310876)

Seriously? 25 bucks for a pattern to make a tiny geodesic dome? I expect one of the next ten posts to contain a link to the equivalent free version whipped up in two minutes or I don't know this site anymore.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310970)

This will all be moot, the 3D printing maker bot generation is coming.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38310994)

And with the advent of the maker bot I believe we will finally see the Year Of The Linux Desktop.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#38312632)

And with the advent of the maker bot I believe we will finally see the Year Of The Gingerbread Desktop.

FTFY

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (5, Informative)

RandomAvatar (2487198) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310972)

Here you go. replace paper with cardboard, and glue with icing. It is a little different, but has the same result. You may also want to cut out some extra pieces, but that shouldn't be too hard.
http://www.geo-dome.co.uk/article.asp?uname=modelbuild [geo-dome.co.uk]

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (4, Informative)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311012)

All you need are hexagons and pentagons with equal length faces. Automatically assemble into a closed, regular shell.
(Looks exactly like a soccer ball.) No leet geometry skillz required.

A sheet of fresh gingerbread, some cookie cutters, and a pastry bag full of stiff ftosting, and off you go.

(Personally, I would use gingersnap cookie dough, as ginger snaps are sturdier than ginger bread. This would negate most of the need for a cardboard support.)

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

RandomAvatar (2487198) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311036)

Ah, but lady/gentleman/other asked specifically for a link to the equivalent free version, and I humored him.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311078)

Yeah, true that. (Shrug)

Now, if they asked for a regular icosahedron set, that requires some leet geometry, because the triangles are not equilateral. :)

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311768)

The triangles in a regular icosahedron aren't equilateral?!!

Did I misunderstand what you meant?

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311792)

"Regular" means all the faces are the same. A soccerball is not a regular solid, because it is made from 2 different shapes.

A regular triangle has 3 identical sides, yes. However, this tesselates on a flat plane, and does not form a closed solid. This is why the triangles have to not be equilateral for a regular icosahedron.

A regular icosahedron is made from the same slightly acute angle triangular face on every face. This is why it is a regular solid.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311910)

A regular icosahedron has identical sides, the reason it is is a closed solid is that only 5 faces meet at a vertex rather than the 6 required to tesselate a flat plane. Reduce this to 4 faces per vertex and you get a regular octahedron, 3 and you get a regular tetrahedron.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311966)

You're confused. I assure you that a regular icosahedron has 20 sides, which are all equilateral triangles.

You're either thinking of a tesselated icosahedron, which has 60 sides, or a tesselated truncated icosahedron, which has 180 sides (and is the most common "geodesic dome" pattern). Neither of these has equilateral triangles.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311386)

wrong. these are not exact equilateral hexagons and pentagons, this is what's called a frequency-2 geodesic, so there are two lengths of sides, roughly 7:8 ratio. exact pentagons and hexagons won't line up, try it.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (4, Insightful)

harperska (1376103) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311694)

It is in fact made of equilateral hexagons and pentagons. What it isn't made up of is true equilateral triangles. Each triangle face is slightly elongated so that the vertex of the triangle is raised above the plane of the hexagon/pentagon so that the resulting vertex is on the same circumscribed sphere that the hexagon/pentagon vertexes are on. That results in two different lengths of chords in the final dome, but all of the chords forming hexagons and pentagons in the base 'soccer ball' will be equilateral.

Note that the gingerbread pattern isn't a true geodesic dome, as it is made up of just the hexagons and pentagons, not the subdivided triangles. So a gingerbread dome-home made from the http://www.geo-dome.co.uk/ [geo-dome.co.uk] pattern would be more impressive and satisfying to the pedantic nerds here on /.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311764)

I agree, the triangle based pattern would be more impressive. The prior AC, however, is just plain wrong. :)

The triangle based one, as upposed to the "buckyball soccerball" one would also be much more work, and would require leet geometry skillz. (Hence, the greater geek street cred.)

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 2 years ago | (#38312152)

$25 for just the pattern is a bit much. I mean, I get the fact that effort and thought went in to this, but $25 is a tad high.

Re:I weep for the nerd community I once knew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38314984)

here's a "gingerbread" parabolic reflector. (http://gashler.com/mike/projects/sunoven/index.html)

If you're going to do this you need "royal icing" (4, Informative)

elwinc (663074) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311186)

If you're going to do this you need something called "royal icing." Ordinary icing stays soft and goey. Royal icing hardens up almost like hard candy overnight.

Here's a decent recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/royal-icing-recipe/index.html [foodnetwork.com] . The reason it calls for pasturized egg whites is there's no cooking involved and raw eggs are risky. We have used powdered egg whites http://www.google.com/search?q=powdered+egg+whites&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 [google.com] (reconstituted according to directions) to good effect.

Re:If you're going to do this you need "royal icin (2)

peckox (1267026) | more than 2 years ago | (#38313394)

You don't need pasteurised egg whites. It's the yolks that are risky. Egg whites have natural strong antibacterial properties, and can be kept at room temperature in a bowl for several days without any health issues. And after the icing dries out overnight, its basically the same as the egg white powder. I have been using fresh egg whites for icing for decades and there haven't been any problems with it. Just to be sure there are no traces of yolk in it.

Re:If you're going to do this you need "royal icin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38315382)

Egg whites aren't that risky, when I was making royal icing I started to wonder about Salmonella. A little research indicated that something like 1/30,000 factory farmed eggs in the US have Salmonella. The batch of royal icing that I made required two eggs, giving me risk of approximately 1/15k. As I'm not immunodeficient, this didn't seem too unreasonable. One can also use meringue powder, which will removed the Salmonella risk.

-- Medical student and avid baker

Re:If you're going to do this you need "royal icin (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322486)

Are raw eggs really risky anyway, or just raw eggs in the U.S. (because of nutcase factory farming practices etc)?

Around here raw eggs are very frequently consumed, but don't seem to be particularly problematic....

Re:If you're going to do this you need "royal icin (1)

Uzuri (906298) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384182)

If you know your egg source, there's not much danger in a raw egg. Only eat raw eggs that didn't get wet or crapped on first (both are obvious). I try to avoid eating them raw from the store because I simply don't know where they came from (and the salmonella recalls lately have been really common) and they've been cleaned and you can't tell which started out dirty. It is thought that very few eggs actually come out of the hen with the germs inside already (I think what I read was 1 in 20,000) so if you can arrange to get unwashed eggs and only eat the clean ones raw, you're golden.

And if you're like me and raise your own chickens... well, you breath in enough crap while you're cleaning the coop that it really doesn't matter what's in the damn eggs.

Re:If you're going to do this you need "royal icin (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322646)

Royal icing is pretty nuts stuff too. A friend had their wedding cake made with it, with a rather dense liquor-infused cake recipe (like Christmas pudding), and it's so hardy that they just mailed slices of their cake wrapped in a bit of paper to friends overseas that couldn't make the wedding!

They said that recipe could be just left sitting around the house (er, presumably covered) for months and eaten with no ill effects... [in fact, they made the cake several months in advance, so it could "age".]

Gingerbread was last year. (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311402)

Gingerbread was last years OS, give me an Ice Cream Sandwich geodesic house template.

Re:Gingerbread was last year. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38313660)

Just cut this template out of your favorite cookie and assemble it around a ball of ice cream. Glue with hot fudge or something and you're done. Problem solved!

Re:Gingerbread was last year. (1)

frisket (149522) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321184)

Hmm. I wonder can you get fudge sticks to work in a glue gun? Maybe Cadbury's Finger of Fudge bars would do. Eat your heart out, Martha Stewart...

Re:Gingerbread was last year. (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38323988)

Hmm. I wonder can you get fudge sticks to work in a glue gun? Maybe Cadbury's Finger of Fudge bars would do. Eat your heart out, Martha Stewart...

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ET (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311556)

Dome Home. Yeah, I et my dome home. haha. bye.

Nice idea (1)

stephathome (1862868) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311772)

Now I know what to suggest the next time my kids want to do a gingerbread house. Would've been fun to do for the contest my daughter was in last year.

Why go easy if you can complicate things? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38312578)

Any kid (at least outside the US) would immediately recognize it as a soccer-ball shape, that could simply be built out of some hand-cut hexagon- and pentagon-shaped cookies, using powdered sugar with a few drops of lemon juice as glue.

I can hardly believe that people shell out 25 bucks (plus shipping) for an over- engineered dome shape that looks anything but easy to cut out in one piece without breaking.

Anyone struggling with the template should regard the close-to-30$ cost as a fine for showing lack of DIY spirit.

It's not a geodesic dome! (1)

Rothron the Wise (171030) | more than 2 years ago | (#38312768)

It's a truncated icosahedron. Hexagons and pentagons put together. The same structure as a typical soccer ball, or the C60-molecule.

A proper gingerbread geodesic would probably be very tricky to put together as the triangles would look almost identical but have subtle differences.
The largest structure of identical triangles is the icosahedron, and it hardly looks dome-like.

Re:It's not a geodesic dome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38316256)

Mod this guy up. He's right it aint no Geo Dome

Done that... (1)

ath1901 (1570281) | more than 2 years ago | (#38314706)

I made a gingerbread ball out of hexagons as a teenager. The only difficulty was to make hexagons that were flat enough, hexgonical enough and with straight enough edges. The shape was distorted when cutting the warm gingerbread and also when it cooled down. I remember grinding the edges afterwards to get a better fit. Small distortions also created larger distortions as the ball grew (I used a lot more and smaller hexagons than they do in TFA).

Food geeks unite (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#38314750)

Who knew there were so many food geeks here on Slashdot? When are we getting food.slashdot.org?

Video != list of still images (1)

MikeTheGreat (34142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38316830)

I have to admit that I enjoyed watching the video, and the very idea is pretty cool. I was disappointed that the cardboard support never goes away (isn't he ever going to eat the thing?) but seeing all the 'ginger snap, not gingerbread' postings above helped remind me why I keep coming back to /.

That said - the video seemed less like a video, and more like a collection of chronologically-arranged stills. I guess if you're providing the video as help, given the people making it, then you can assume that they'll all have VLC media player installed & know (or look up) the 'advance 1 frame' feature, but still.

Anyways, awesome article, regardless of my picayune carping :)

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