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“I made a PC out of pasta and it WORKED!” [YouTube] “Steve Jobs, Dennis Ritchie, Bill Gates—all are visionaries that have shaped modern computing technology. With that in mind, YouTuber Laplanet Arts decided to take computing somewhere that it’s never been before—inside of a lasagna. Micah Laplante, whose YouTube channel Laplanet Arts has 315 subscribers, mostly uploads product reviews and image-retouching tutorials. But after his wife made an off-handed joke about a PC made of pasta, he decided that he could actually make that ridiculous idea a reality.” [via: Motherboard]
posted by Fizz (33 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I left my computer out overnight on the kitchen counter - is it safe to boot?
posted by pyramid termite at 3:29 PM on April 22 [30 favorites]


Which wine do I serve with a Core i5?
posted by Thorzdad at 3:46 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


Aw, all the logic is boring electronics. I was hoping there'd be pasta-based mechanical logic.
posted by jackbishop at 3:47 PM on April 22 [31 favorites]


Looks like it's time to invest in penne stocks.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:50 PM on April 22 [42 favorites]


Not impressed. The operating system is basically just a bunch of spaghetti code.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:38 PM on April 22 [25 favorites]


While amusing, I can't help but think of how insanely easy this would've been to do with a Raspberry Pi wrapped in lasagna noodles. Although then it couldn't have played Rocket League, so shrug.
posted by zekesonxx at 4:46 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


A cluster of these machines could be called a Potluck.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:07 PM on April 22 [6 favorites]


Do you suppose they use graphical shells for an interface?
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:23 PM on April 22 [9 favorites]


Pasta $12
Water $2
Cheese $8
Mainboard and GPU $1200
Bug Spray $8
someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my computer is rancid
posted by phooky at 5:26 PM on April 22 [5 favorites]


It's not really a PC made of pasta until you can make a logic circuit out of spaghetti sauce and rigatoni. This is just a PC set inside pasta.
posted by pwnguin at 5:45 PM on April 22 [9 favorites]


I had a plastic toy, cough pre-internet, that could do basic computer logic up to a half-adder, thought this would be a project like that, but no, youtube has reduced the population to idiocracy.
posted by sammyo at 5:54 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


This is the dumbest thing I've seen today, and I just came home from an auto body shop running their own local Exchange server in 2019.
posted by glonous keming at 6:08 PM on April 22 [5 favorites]


was it running a Pennetium processor, or
posted by duffell at 6:09 PM on April 22 [7 favorites]


pasta-based mechanical logic.
Yeah. I’m far more interested in a few clumsy half adders or a primitive adding machine made of spaghetti than a functional PC encased in/secured to dried wheat paste rather than plastic.

It’s not for lack or resources: a casual google reveals dozens of good resources and writings on rod logic.

I mean I can see why LEGO is what people are using for that kind of project, but still.
posted by SaltySalticid at 6:15 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


Really missed an opportunity there, not making a keyboard with alphabet pasta.
posted by duffell at 6:16 PM on April 22 [8 favorites]


This is the dumbest thing I've seen today

Don't worry, the puns in this thread will beat that record. Just give it another 10 minutes... or zo
posted by duffell at 6:19 PM on April 22 [5 favorites]


GenjiandProust: Do you suppose they use graphical shells for an interface?

No need. Just melt that cheese and they’ll have a gooey.
posted by dr_dank at 6:19 PM on April 22 [14 favorites]


The lengths people will go for a fusilli few silly YouTube views...
posted by duffell at 6:24 PM on April 22 [6 favorites]


The next generation of IBM AT was the sadly lesser-known IBM Ziti.
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 6:33 PM on April 22 [5 favorites]


What did you think the P in PCB stands for, anyway?
posted by ckape at 6:54 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


I can't help but think of how insanely easy this would've been to do with a Raspberry Pi

That's for dessert.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 7:02 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


Lasagna-based systems explains the large quantity of cat content online. Less Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and more Jim Davis.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:22 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


At least this hasn't devolved into a Macaroni vs. Pici debate.
posted by mubba at 7:41 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


Came for the snark, stayed for the puns. Skimming the thread only took a few minutes orzo.
posted by cacophony at 8:01 PM on April 22 [5 favorites]




It's 2019. Are we still not over the "OMG WHAT IF I MADE A COMPUTER CASE OUT OF BASEBALL CARDS YOU GUYS" phenomenon of the late 90s yet?
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 12:40 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]


The internet is a series of cannelloni
posted by Segundus at 1:08 AM on April 23 [5 favorites]


It's 2019. Are we still not over the "OMG WHAT IF I MADE A COMPUTER CASE OUT OF BASEBALL CARDS YOU GUYS" phenomenon of the late 90s yet?

I'll never get tired of these kinds of things because they take a fair bit of ingenuity to complete and I appreciate that kind of creative tinkering when it comes to building a PC. Some builds are obviously better than others, but yeah, I'm still amused.
posted by Fizz at 5:31 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]


Finally, something for all those Garfield phones found on the beaches in France to eat!
posted by xingcat at 5:50 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]


There is something deeply unsettling about that picture in the Motherboard article, but I can't quite put my tongue on it.
posted by slogger at 8:06 AM on April 23


rum-soaked space hobo: "It's 2019. Are we still not over the "OMG WHAT IF I MADE A COMPUTER CASE OUT OF BASEBALL CARDS YOU GUYS" phenomenon of the late 90s yet?"

We definitely don't seem to be over "come by to shit on something other people thought was neat" yet.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:30 PM on April 23 [4 favorites]


There's absolutely nothing wrong with making a PC case out of pasta, or making a YouTube video about it. Two decades have passed since the late 1990s, but I still find quirky PC cases fun. But that doesn't change the fact that the clickbaity title is annoying as hell.
posted by Bugbread at 9:55 PM on April 23 [2 favorites]


Ha ha.. time to make an iPhone out of pasta
posted by Peter_B at 6:21 AM on April 24


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