2010.04.27

Bluecheese Burgers and 555 ICs

16.55.08 - Mark

Ah, the combination of technology and food.

Well sortof. After dusting off my Canon S3is for it's timelapse feature for Inkinga few weeks ago, and then in the same post complaining about not getting anything faster than 1 shot a minute out of it, I decided to try and make the 555 IC based camera trigger.
Homemade Timelapse Trigger
The version I build was covered in MAKE Magazine Issue 15, as well as a bit more detailed on it's Instructables page. When I described it as "crude" in the Inking rant, I was surprisingly accurate.

While I tried to follow the schematics exactly the first two attempts (the first soldering, the second by breadboarding) I still wasn't getting a working device. Perhaps by my mistakes, but perhaps by design flaws. However after going over it's comments on instructables, I managed to hack together a working solution as well as a couple upgrades to the original design. While it's a bit tempting to document my changes, I'll hold off until I either debug it or create another version.

However, after assembling the components, and shoehorning it into an altoids-esqe case, I wanted to use it. While I've come close to using it a few times over the last week or so, I finally used it last night when I made some Bluecheese Burgers.

The photo rate was about 1 exposure every 9 seconds, Canon XSi camera on tripod, lens set on manual focus but camera shooting in Program mode. I turned off the trigger a couple times (like when the burgers were on the grill) but the whole series works pretty well. And since it's food, written ingredients and instructions are included (both here and in the video)

Bluecheese Burgers

2 lbs Hamburger (85/15 lean or better)
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Red Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly milled Black Pepper
2-3 oz. Crumbled Bluecheese
Hot Grill
(All measurements approximate - Cook to your taste, not mine)

Mix all spices and hamburger together.
Divide hamburger and form 8 thin paddies.
Put crumbled blue cheese onto 4 paddies, leaving open space on the edges.
Place remaining paddies onto the blue cheese piles and "seal" the edges of the two paddies together.
Cook burgers on the grill to taste. Roughly 7-8 minutes per side for Medium

Bluecheese Burgers are great on their own, but I prefer them with some Red Onion, slice of Tomato, some Lettus, and a bit of Mayo, but enjoy it however you want to.


Bluecheese Burger Timelapse (2MB 320 x 480 H.264 Quicktime)

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April 26th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.04 - Mark

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://projectsbydan.blogspot.com/2010/04/pneumatic-walker-from-only-lego-set.html
Tagged : geek hack howto lego MAKE makerfaireNC2010 toys

Cool little idea to making a pneumatic walker out of a single Lego set. Neat idea, clever hack, and learning about some cool lego sets I wasn't really aware of. [via Maker Faire:NC 2010 Flickr Group]

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2010.04.25

April 24th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.03 - Mark

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3HM1bQzubw
Tagged : applescript automation automator automotives code engineering geek models programming referances science scripts videos youtube

While I'm not picky about the oil that goes into my car, this little bit kind of blows my mind. A car, rebuilt in clear plastics, with a "working" engine that shows us what the engine is really doing with oil. [via adafruit]

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2010.04.08

April 7th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.04 - Mark

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://thereifixedit.com/2010/04/06/epic-kludge-photo-the-kids-have-been-quiet-for-over-an-hour/
Tagged : funny pallets thereifixedit

Clever use of a lot of wood pallets

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2010.04.02

April 1st, 2010 Metapost

00.00.02 - Mark

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-rugged-and-handy-Paracord-Belt/
Tagged : belts clothing howto ideas instructables MAKE paracord todo

Having been active in scouting for a while, I've seen plent of paracord neckaces and bracelets, but I don't think I've seen many Paracord belts. I'll probably try this one.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
The Invincible Iron Man (2007) Rated 3.5 stars for The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
The Amazing Screw-on Head (2006) Rated 4.5 stars for The Amazing Screw-on Head (2006)
Appleseed Ex Machina (2007) Rated 4.5 stars for Appleseed Ex Machina (2007)

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