Resident Alien is produced somewhat erratically by the
Bridgewater Institute for Advanced Study (BIAS) under the guidance
of its director, epistemological engineer Joseph King. It appears
variously in electronic, paper and other formats such as serial
Nothing in Resident Alien is guaranteed to be true,
politically correct or academically sound. Some language may offend
some people who can be offended by some language. The word "whim"
figures prominently upon the lintel of the door at Resident
There are no dirty pictures. And we can't help you with
your Green Card application. We're all Resident Aliens here.
Do you depend on The Muse for your inspiration?
The Muse confronts Y2K
Primo Levi on encountering the computer
Greenbag Canteen -- An unfinished story.
The Metric System in Canada
Pasta -- Varieties you may have missed.
- Change a lightbulb?! MIT students don't do that.
Career Planning in the New World Order
- Under revision.
This bit used to be funny. Reality has caught up with us and it
isn't any more. We're trying to fix that.
- Masochism -- Then and Now
Have a nice day...
- The Large Duck-Mention Cycle
- More about Hypertext.
- Resident Alien's
Guide to Webpage Design and good HTML style.
- Do as we say, not as we do.
Resident Alien in Winter: Ice-Mousing
N.I.H (Not Invented Here)
Resident Alien is unabashed to admit that outstanding research
is done at other institutions than BIAS and is pleased to
direct you to it.
Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches
- On a par with the inimitable Butter-Side Down research.
The Fulminating Grape
- The fact that late 20th century technology is incomprehensible
to even the educated leads to interdiciplinary research in biology and
physics reminiscent of 16th century metallurgical chemistry.
P. Michaud's study at tamucc.edu may have been suppressed lest
authorities get the notion that the public should not be allowd to
carry grapes on airplanes.
Water-powered Mechanical Asskicker
- In a world where explaining other people's actions routinely
reduces to a choice between stupidity and malice, this
engineering R&D success by Robert Booth offers the opportunity
to bypass that difficult choice and get on with appropriate
Method for Igniting Barbecue Grill
- Technology contributes to the back-yard social life of blacksmiths
Alas, great research sometimes fades from view. We at
Resident Alien deeply regret that George Goble's
research at Purdue on lighting a barbecue grill with the aid of
a bucket of liquid oxygen is no longer available in its
original form. Some pics and background are available at
more photos and an interview with George are at
George's Purdue site now greets enquiring minds with the terse
The people in charge have requested this web site be removed.
Resident Alien -- Last updated Sat 24 Jul 2004
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