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Weekends have been reclaimed!

“Is it afternoon already? Ive been heady from this lack of sleep,
and this silver spoon is steady while the water heats and starts to steep.”
– Maplex Monk

(give me coffee)

“Early morning mourning for the snoring and the boring,
and if I afford a stretch then I’ll be better-veined with caffeine coursing, (give me coffee).”
– Maplex Monk

Ninja Mantra Bicycle Couriers!

Maplex Monk & The Ninja Mantra are now available for bicycle delivery & courier service!

A wide variety of items are available for delivery from many different locations in the Old Louisville/Highlands area. For more information contact Maplex Monk @(502) 509-3450 or

Biycle Courier

Maplex Monk has survived another year!

The house was on a rise, lifted my eyes to size the situation,

Patiently deep breathing, my surprise turned into straight elation,

give a leg to stand on man, this plan is quite obtuse,

and we’ll be laying waiting for the man to site and shoot,

give a goosey loosely, toothy grin intending truth,

build a bitter baggy buggy, bring a bigger batch of troops.

The sun is shining somewhere…

Early birdy, worming with a noodle cooking crazy,

over boiling out of pot, water wiggle till it takes me,

shake me awake, please, tell me why to smile,

and my lips lift corners to my face profile,

word a sentence simple message that’ll open these lids,

cook a clean nutritious breakfast for the quickly growing kids,

in the heart of us all we’ll find a bit of the spark,

so don’t waste away wishing you weren’t living in the dark.


Science Fair Project Decomposes Plastic Bags Quickly & Efficiently!

Science Fair Project Breaks Down Plastic Bags Quickly!

“We’ve all heard the plastic bag horror stories—the billions of bags discarded every year that wind up polluting oceans, killing wildlife and getting dumped in landfills where they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Researchers have been wracking their brains for years to figure out a solution. But leave it to a Canadian high school student to leave them all in the dust. Daniel Burd, an 11th grader at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, has discovered a way to make plastic bags degrade in as little as three months—a finding that won him first prize at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a $20,000 scholarship, and a chance to revolutionize a major environmental issue.

Burd’s strategy was simple: Since plastic does eventually degrade, it must be eaten by microorganisms. If those microorganisms, as well as the optimal conditions for their growth, could be identified, we could put them to work eating the plastic much faster than under normal conditions.

With this goal in mind, he ground plastic bags into a powder and concocted a solution of household chemicals, yeast and tap water to encourage microbe growth. Then he added the plastic powder and let the microbes work their magic for three months. Finally, he tested the resulting bacterial culture on plastic bags, exposing one plastic sample to dead bacteria as a control.

Sure enough, the plastic exposed to the live bacteria was 17 percent lighter than the control after six weeks. Once Burd examined the most effective strains of bacteria, he was able to isolate two types—Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas—as the plastic munchers. At 37 degrees and optimal bacterial concentration, the microbes had consumed 43 percent of a plastic sample within six weeks.

Next up, maybe it’s time to put him to work on this whole carbon emissions thing.”

Dinosaurs missed the ark…

Dinosaurs missed the ark...