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Pretty cool. I've never even heard of these before..

(I didn't read the instructions - just jumped down to the video and watched it)
 
Learn how to build a hydraulic ram pump in 9 steps.
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A basic device that basically converts the velocity energy of a larger water flow into static energy in a smaller water flow,  pumping the small flow to a point higher that the inlet elevation.   You just have to have a goodly flow going down stream (to waste?) to force a smaller amount to where you want it.
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I'd never even heard of let alone eaten pickled garlic before so when I stumbled across a recipe, I had to try. Pretty easy: peel 10 heads, dump them in salt water, leave alone for a while. Something like that. They sat on the counter for a week and have been in the fridge for about a month now.

The recipe said, very clearly, that I should not be alarmed if they turned blue or green. It said this is a normal thing. 

So.. For the first week or so, I checked them regularly and wondered if that was a tinge of blue.. or is that bit turning green? No.. Wait.. It's just next to the lettuce. Never mind. 

I guess I gave up and haven't really paid attention because this picture is what I just noticed. And yes, despite the recipe I am somewhat alarmed and am not sure what I'm going to do with these.

If you make pickled garlic and are wondering if they have turned blue or green, they absolutely have not. You will, without a doubt, know it when it happens.
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I'm still ignoring them.. 
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I've been making pickles for the last 5-6 months. 

If you love pickles (and who doesn't?) and have never made them, you should give it a shot - it's surprisingly easy. 

The recipe here is the one I've been using. Honestly, my plan was to start with this then branch out to others but these are just soooo good, I'm still making them. I did turn up the garlic & red pepper but that's it (and I'm back to the stock recipe, which really is just the right amount of spicy).

The video has a bug - he says to trim the stem end but it's really the blossom end that needs to be trimmed. Cut 1/4 inch of both if you're not sure.

Aside from the result, I like the sciency bit behind this. They're fermented, courtesy of friendly bacteria, but you don't have to add a culture or any such thing - they apparently just pick the right bugs up from the environment.. 
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Surprised I haven't seen this circulating around the 3D-printing world as it seems to be a cousin.. 
 
Bondic, A Welder of Liquid Plastic That Hardens Under an LED Ultraviolet Light
Bondic is a welder of liquid plastic that hardens under an LED ultraviolet light. The liquid plastic is capable of fixing a variety of issues or simply providing a layer of plastic. One applied and...
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Looks like the first Shapeoko 3s are arriving...
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I didn't let the lack of space or realistic projects stop me! 

I did indeed order one but I think I'm late in batch 2 or maybe in batch 3. They're not really clear on the cutoff date but it seems to be a stream of machines, not like a 1000-strong drop once a month, so it doesn't really matter which batch I'm in. I expect to see it near the end of this month, best case. More likely, it'll be mid-May or so.

It's the 3rd iteration so I’m hopeful it will be a nice machine. That said, they’re just starting it and there are always glitches this early in the game. If you’re really itching to be in at the get-go, push that preorder button now, if not sooner! If not, take your time and think up some projects (realistic or not)..
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These videos remind me of sadly-short-lived Hack-a-Day subsite about handmade.

If you don't absolutely hate this idea, you should definitely check it out.. 
 
New Trailer Video.

Not a new video as such, but there are a few bits and pieces in there that you might like, from soon to be released video's. Pass it on to any of your friends that you think might be tempted.

#Clock   #Machinist   #Lathe   #Milling  
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cc: +Caleb Kraft who, IIRC, was the evil genius behind the HaD handmade stuff.. 
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I guess this is pretty awesome but I find it strangely creepy, too.. 
 
A da Vinci Surgical Robot Delicately Stitches Skin Back Onto a Grape
In a video from 2014, a da Vinci surgical robot controlled by a surgeon carefully stitches skin back onto a grape. In 2011 the system was used to fold and launch a tiny paper airplane, and even lac...
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Er.. That lobster is still moving...
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Achievement unlocked : 2nd season!

Arugula salad with grilled shrimp & scallops. Honey / miso marinade...
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now, that's a rooftop, man :p
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Congrats to SpaceX for their successful launch today!! I watched it live from work today, which was pretty cool.

Condolences for their better-but-not-quite-right landing of the Falcon 9 first stage at sea.. 

Rather than post that video, which everybody and their cat is going to post this week, I'll revive this one, which went better and features Johnny Cash.. 
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Oh and it was mostly all automated, including the boat. The robots are coming :P 
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Is anybody else having a difficult time not asking for SO3 updates every 30 minutes, over in the forums?
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If it really bothers you, do as we did in the SO1 days and take a hacksaw to them. You'll have to put forward a fair bit of money /materials and effort to match the rigidity.
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