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  • HerbieBug commented on New Brew Technique: Immersion Double Filter

    Just tried a simplified version of this. I didn't do the double filter thing. Just single filter on my Hario as usual.

    Verdict: It's nice. As good or better than my normal pourover results. Really easy, too. Dumping the water direct into a cup of beans, waiting three minutes, then dumping that whole slurry straight into the filter; that's less fussy than slow careful pour of water with bendy spout kettle. Bendy spout kettle not even necessary here.

    So cool.

    Also, guy in video is mega hyper annoying. But this technique is good. So good stuff. :)

  • HerbieBug commented on Let's Talk About Amazon's Prime Air Drone Delivery Plan

    I think this is fucking awesome and I will gladly use this service if/when they get it up and running. Amazon delivery in pizza time frame? Of course i want that.

    I secretly hoped this future would somehow involve a complicated country wide network of pneumatic tubes, but I guess flying robots is okay too. :p

  • HerbieBug commented on One of Life's Greatest Challenges Solved: One-Handed Zippers

    My step father would definitely benefit from something like this. He has Multiple Sclerosis. Limited dexterity in one hand and almost zero dexterity for the other (can't grasp).

  • HerbieBug commented on The Inventern Spotlight: Ron Erickson's Rally Car

    Cool application video. And I can definitely understand where he's coming from with deciding to build a complicated thing all by yourself. Earlier this year I decided I wanted to learn everything I could about bicycle mechanics and wound up assembling two of them with homebrew tools (mostly) and youtube videos to guide the way on things I wasn't sure how to do. Trickiest bit by far was installing headset cups. Those are the metal pieces that fit into the frame at assembly and house the bearings for your front wheel steering. Ordinarily you need a very expensive tool called a headset press to do this install. But youtube said there was another way. Four washers, two nuts, one threaded steel rod, a couple wrenches and a whole lot of patience. :D

    One of these days I will build a frame from scratch myself.

  • HerbieBug commented on Tools of Prop Making: Touring The Volpin Props Workshop

    That's quite the wall of poisonous chemicals you have there, Harrison. D:

    Some of Krylon's concoctions in particular, you take a look at the ingredient list and wonder how such things could possibly be available for anyone to buy off the shelf without a permit or at least ID or something.

  • HerbieBug commented on The Best Travel Mug Today

    Cool. I have a stainless steel Zojirushi thermos that is excellent. Only thermos I have ever owned that I can open hours after I filled with hot coffee and still need to blow on it a bit before sipping lest I burn my tongue. That is on the first opening after it was initially filled, mind you. Temperature of course steadily decreases as you open and pour repeatedly.

  • HerbieBug commented on Need help working coffee extraction

    One other thing to consider, probably after you have tested out the above suggestions and are still getting bitter taste, is how finely ground the coffee you have is. With a drip maker you want it to be fairly course so the coffee doesn't stay in the filter too long and over extract. Coffee shop you buy from should offer a couple different grind options for their pre-ground coffee.

    Also, a manual grinder will do the job just fine on the cheap.

  • HerbieBug commented on Flying Eagle with GoPro Camera

    Eagle spies in training! The government has its eagle eyes on you! D:>

  • HerbieBug commented on How the CIA Trained Cats and Birds as Cold War Spies

    @Honus said:

    Just look at that picture of the otter- "Your code name is Otto. You will travel to the Crimean coast where you will rendezvous with a Narwhal- code name Olga. Olga will provide you with the explosive charges necessary for destroying the Soviet submarine facility at Balaklava. After the charges have been planted your extraction will be provided by a circus rail car- ask for a bear named Viktor."

    I have it on good authority that a four animal team of two yellow labs, a ferret, and an owl were responsible for the Kennedy assassination. Yellow lab #1, codename: SHAGGY played lookout on the grassy knoll while lab #2, codename: MITTENS, communicated telemetry from the ground level of the Texas School Depository to ferret sniper, codename: JACKEL, and backup owl sniper, codename: HOOTER, six floors above. D:

  • HerbieBug commented on Boeing Converts F-16 into Unmanned Aerial Target

    seems like the day is quickly approaching where the cost/benefit of manned military aircraft is no longer beneficial, and the airforce becomes controlled almost entirely remotely.

  • HerbieBug commented on The Best Bike Lock Today

    Awesome article. These days if I commute to work, I'm taking the bike in to the office with me. I do know how to secure the bike in a way that will curb theft possibility, but that isn't the only problem. People will do petty vandalism to bikes for no particular reason. One day you come to retrieve your bike and find somebody stole the quick release skewer out of your wheel... but left the wheel there. I have no idea what the hell people do that type of thing for. And it's not just kids hanging around with nothing to do who pull that sort of stunt either. o__0

  • HerbieBug commented on Flying Eagle with GoPro Camera

    Cool. But I think an eagle is something maybe equivalent to attaching a camera to a Learjet, with steady graceful flying. I am most curious to see flight from the perspective of a much smaller bird; a sparrow in an urban environment for instance. When I am at work at the local uni campus, the flying hijinks of the small birds always look the most impressive. They regularly pull stunts with millimeters to spare from crashing at what looks like 40km+.

  • HerbieBug commented on Inside Artist Frank Kozik's Studio

    @kim_a said:

    Always been a big fan of his work and his attitude.

    He's got a good point for many fine-art disciplines, but there are also some things that taking classes in art-school will teach you at a "reasonable" price. For example, if you want to do large metal casting, you'll be hard pressed to compete with the hourly rate for instruction and studio access of a semester in an art-school sculpture department. A fine-art degree is mostly meaningless to your success as an artist, but the skills you get in a good program aren't, and no one says you have to finish the program.

    There are alternatives, of course.

    Yes, I mostly agree with this. If you want to learn material technique that would be difficult to study on your own, such as metal casting and glasswork and so forth, almost all art schools offer pay per session instruction for non-students for that sort of thing. Get in, learn the thing, get out. Cheaper and way more efficient than enrolling as a student for a full four year degree.

    I say this as a person who has the four year degree. A lot of that time is spent on bullshit. Particularly so if you've (tragically) chosen a fine arts program as opposed to a design or illustration or animation one. Of course, a lot of that depends on the school. If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would have gone to a design/fabrication school that focused on specific tools and process more than the nebulous fluff that is fine art "theory".

    No matter what approach you take with your education, always, and I mean always always always, have a set idea of how you intend to support yourself. Some people recoil at the idea of being a solely commercial artist, and that's fine. But you must realize that if you do that you will have to relegate the artwork down to hobby status for several years while you work an unrelated full-time job until you're regularly making good consistent money off you artwork. Also, there is no such thing as a job that is always fun in the arts industry. If you're looking at art as a fun way to make a living you are sorely mistaken.

  • HerbieBug commented on The Best Pen You Can Buy Today

    Side recommendation I'd like to make since the topic is close enough:

    For those who like the convenience and cleanliness of a mechanical pencil, but would like something a bit more flexible in the type of marks you want to make, and especially if you want to draw: try drafting "clutch" pencils. They are a metal pen body that accepts a variety of graphite diameters and can be sharpened to preference based on what you want to use it for. Even better, graphite sticks for clutch pencils are sold in the entire B-HB range. I started using them in my final year of art school and haven't used a wooden pencil since.

    They are sometimes also called leadholders depending on your geographical locale.

  • HerbieBug commented on How To Pick a Basic Lock

    In current era, lockpicking in this way is primarily the domain of the locksmith and/or owner of the lock trying to open it without any damage done so they don't have to buy a new one.

    The reason more sophisticated mechanical locks are not necessarily in vogue is that there are more efficient and desirable ways to ensure security than the lock itself. Security cameras and alarm systems connected to 24/7 emergency response. Also, human security guards. And vaults. Safes. Etc.

    Actual real world thieves are very rarely the silent and discrete cat burglar type. Smash and grab is the usual routine for theft of physical objects. I think always will be. Good ol' run in with a stocking over the head, grab an armful, and WE OUT! is cheap, fast and, unfortunately and highly irritatingly (from law enforcement perspective) effective.

  • HerbieBug commented on Sculpting a Custom Superman Action Figure

    ...huh. I think I might want to try this at some point in future.

    I am former freelance illustrator who quit drawing entirely after a mental breakdown of sorts some years ago. Have not touched pencil to paper since. But this... this looks sufficiently different that I think I might be able to have some fun with it. Maybe get some of that enthusiasm for art back. Maybe.

    also re: licking tools. I swear some of my colleagues back in art school took it as a point of pride to have several toxic chemicals from their supplies making the rounds through their blood stream. :D

  • HerbieBug commented on Paper Books Offer Better Reading Comprehension Than E-Books

    I think this is total bullshit.

  • HerbieBug commented on Measuring Flavor Extraction for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    @kanhow: A regular drip brewer does not pre-wet (bloom) the grounds, does not drip at a consistent temperature (too cold at the start, too hot by the end), has limited control over drip location and angle, and always drips at the same speed.

    With a pourover method, such as the Kone, you bloom the grounds with a small amount of water to saturate them and wait about 1 minute. You then stutter pour to keep the water level at a consistent height throughout the brewing process, and do spiral patterns to ensure that the entirety of the beans remain consistently saturated. As you have this additional level of control during the brewing process, it allows flexibility with the courseness of your grind, which you can then adjust as needed depending on the bean.

    It really does make a huge difference. But I don't expect anyone to just believe that statement without evidence. By all means track down a coffee shop that offers manual pour and do a taste.

  • HerbieBug commented on A Bunch of Dads 3: Dad Hard With a Vengence - 8/29/2013

    Oh yahoo answers and forum posts from years back. Those are the best. I often use google to confirm or discourage any half-baked home brew mechanical ideas I might have. Not too long ago I typed a google search asking if it was okay to use heavy gauge guitar string as brake cable on my mountain bike and whether anybody had any experience doing that.

    The answer is no, by the way. You probably shouldn't use guitar string as a temporary fix for a brake cable. >____<

  • HerbieBug commented on How do YOU keep track of your place?

    Bookmark. An actual one or a folded piece of letter paper usually. Whatever I have at hand if I have lost the bookmark I was using -which I frequently do-.

    Re: dog earing pages; I collect books and, evidently controversially, have no issue with that. I will dog ear pages that have passages I liked and want to maybe return to in future for I don't know what purpose. I don't think I have ever actually gone back to a book I have read to check which pages I dog eared for this reason. Habit mostly.