Pitched to AccelerateBaltimore today at the Emerging Technologies Center in Baltimore! What a cool work place. I made Paige play a convoluted game of musical chairs [minus music :( ] so I could get a good angle shot of her with the office space in the background. She pretended to be annoyed with me by the third chair, but I know she's secretly glad I'm documenting everything.
We waited for in the sitting area for ten minutes for our names to be called, and during this time Paige and I somehow got into a detailed discussion about seed crystals (neither of us are sure how this started). What started as a half-glib conversation speculating on how the phenomenon worked evolved into a poorly devised hypothetical lab experiment that might reveal to us some of the finer points of rapid crystal formation.
Naturally, we began to execute this hypothetical investigation immediately when we got home from the Pitch.
Alas, while the Pitch went well, the experiment was a colossal fail. It caused a huge mess and didn't work at all. This might be because we decided to wing the recipe (we figured we had the gist of it after reading a few crystal growing tutorials online: Boil water and dissolve as much salt as possible so that when it cools it's super saturated and ready to solidify around the first thing it can anchor itself to. Simple!) and because we completely disregarded all scientific procedures for isolating variables in controlled conditions. We didn't achieve a single crystal or uncover any valid data regarding the causal factors and processes involved in crystallization. Oops.
During this fiasco, we also discussed the advantage of being able to adapt and expand your worldview to accommodate new experiences and unfamiliar perspectives, and to recategorize your life histories within a new and different model. I tried to draw an analogy between this philosophy and the seed crystal phenomenon, but my metaphor crumbled even before I began. There's a wise insight hidden in there somewhere, but I have no idea what I was trying to say. It'll come to me.