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Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machine Jerseys

Overheard at the Centralia rest stop on the 2011 STP: “That’s the nerdiest jersey I’ve ever seen.”

all cropped 2006
2006 L to R: Ruben Ortega, Lauren Bricker, Megan Hazen, Erik Selberg, Paul Franklin, Keith Golden, Scott White, Marc Friedman, Joanna Segal, Rich Segal, Naomi Umino.

2008 L to R: Rich Segal, Joanna Segal, Ericka Locke, Elias Ortega, Lauren Bricker, Ruben Ortega, Erik Selberg

Fact #1: The Turing Machine is a simple model of a computer - a concept by Alan Turing.

Fact #2: There is a mural painted in the Old Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Building at the University of Washington building called the Steam-Powered Turing machine. :

Fact #3: A group of friends consisting did the STP in 1995 that consisted mostly of people from UW's Computer Science department (well 9 out of our group of 13 - one of the other 4 was the soon to be wife of a CS person and another of the non-CS 4 was a UW math PhD who worked with the CS Graphics group, so he was virtual CSE major). We called ourselves the

Pastry Powered T  uring Machines

With the byline "we live to eat, we bike to eat more." We used a now out of print book called Bakeries by Bicycle to train. We had shirts made. The front had the group name and artwork on the back was a sketch.

Eleven years later we reprised the group and the training rides, and updated the shirts, the result of which you see here. There have been many subsequent rides, including 2009 and 2011, in which a few rode all 200 miles in 1 day.

One day
2011 L to R: Anthony Lamarca, Lauren Bricker, Stephen Spencer

More information on the history and background of the jerseys are documented in three posts on the Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machine's blog: 1, 2, 3.

In addition we created a a fellowship that would support a starving grad student (perhaps a bicyclist!) at the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering. It’s named, aptly enough, “The Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machines Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science and Engineering." Donations are being accepted. Recipients are likely to receive a PPTM jersey.

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