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[media]http://youtu.be/1MVAIf-leiQ[/media]

 

This, right here, is the #1 reason I purchased the videogame Fez. The music in this game is superb.

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I had 2, maybe 3 hours of sleep last night. (not my fault, I went to bed with enough time for 8 hours, my body just wouldn't let me sleep.)

 

In other news, I heard that there is a mythical land where babies sleep through the night. I hope I can find this magical place before I have kids, because I never want to do this again.

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AnneLine

awwwww....  that's no fun.....

 

:console:

 

at least one TV commercial claims to have the secret....

 

taking the kids out and running them around so they collapse when they get home. 

 

You could try going for a long bike ride when you get home, ARFink....

 

 

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I know almost nobody here will be curious to actually buy such things, but I thought I would just share my joy.

 

I found a shop that wants to carry stuff that I laser engraved. My first batch of experimental Gameboy cases has been eagerly anticipated by my friend Matt over at Kitsch-Bent, and are finally for sale!

 

http://store.kitsch-bent.com/product/laser-engraved-parts-arfink

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This piece, which I am working on for my girlfriend Katie, is based on the work of Arthur Rackham, and is a particular favorite of hers. The edging is a little off somehow... gotta mess with it more. But I think it'll be nice on some wood.

 

rackham+lady.jpg

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ploomf

Mmmmhmmmm ;) You said you were ready to start shaving her, you're just trying to cover it up now. ;) I know the truth Tony. ;)

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Fun stuff today! I began work on my cider press, and it's about halfway done. The legs of the press need some attention so that it will sit level when in use, and I have to prepare a proper drain pan for it, and make the part that the hydraulic cylinder sits on. The cylinder is rated for 4 tons of pressure, but I'm pretty sure the wooden frame would crack far before I ever reached that level of pressure, and I'm also pretty sure the aluminum press pan would also fail long before I ever achieved 4 tons of pressure. Not to mention that I don't think I need anywhere close to that level of pressure for just smushing apples.

 

That said, 4 tons was the smallest size they had at Harbor Freight. It was a $17 jack. All the wood and the pan for the rest of the press were just scraps laying in the workshop. I'll have pics of it tomorrow when it's done, and possibly a testing video.

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[media]http://youtu.be/cArTKnWVq1U[/media]

 

Well, the press is done! I think it will probably survive the rigors of pressing a batch of apple cider, after testing its mettle against some pop cans.

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I don't have video of the cider press in action from tonight, because we had so many problems. Fortunately, I think all of the issues we had can be easily fixed.

First of all, the wood frame is just not quite as strong as I want. I think I could make it far stronger. This frame has a tendency to bend in scary ways and generally made us nervous. It did not crack, creak, or break, but it sure looked freaky when the top was bending upwards! We obviously tried not to go too crazy with the jack while using it. In future, I think I will retrofit the top of the frame to use 2x4s like the bottom. That ought to work well.

Second problem, the part of the press that actually squashed down onto the apples was cut to the wrong size, which was just stupid. So we had to cut it down again.

Finally, the drain pan was wayyyyy too small. We ground the apples in a food processor first, and then wrapped them into bundles with cheese cloth. If you let the edges of the bundle touch the edges of the drain pan, it leaves nowhere for the juice to go, and clogs the drain. Then when you let the pressure off, the apples act like a sponge and suck all the juice back up again. It's stupid. We need a way bigger drain pan. Fortunately the frame is big enough to hold a way bigger pan, so this will not be an issue for next time.

For tonight's pressing we made about 2 gallons of the best tasting apple juice I've had in a long time. We drank some, and the rest is being made into hard cider. We used a little of everything for the apples themselves. Macintosh, haralson, braeburn, golden somethingorother, and some other apple I forgot. It was too expensive. :P But it was good fun.

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