Monday, August 16, 2010

Sun dry hops

Previously i have dried hops in the oven but this time around it was a very very hot day... well 90f and quite sunny. Left the hops on a cookie tray with a cookie cooling rack holding them down. One day in full hot sun made them quite dry. Did not do a weight before so hard to say how this competes with the oven hops drying method.
Here is the total yeild from one wimpy plant dried and bagged. This is the potted hops plant that had its two main bines broken mid season and nothing new really came up and replaced them.

On a similar note I have added a few more images to my classic hops illustrations post.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Carving the Tip of a Pencil.

pencil tip carved sculpture
What Dalton Ghetti does makes carving crayons seem crude... which makes me feel stupid. So I thought I would try to imitate/flatter/plagiarizer what he does. Here is my first attempt at carving a tip of a pencil to make a small abstract sculpture. I call it figure looking over its shoulder. I am also open to suggestions on the best way to photograph things this small.

Friday, August 13, 2010

PAPA token scan.

This weekend is one of Pittburgh's greatest events. About 1million pinball machines open to the public only once a year. There is a tournament going on as well that I don't know much about. Also sweet tokens:

papa token scan
I don't have them all though some are more rare. At least two more I think. one has a clow.

Best machines IMHO:
1. Big Hurt. You always get about 3 or four extra balls. Sweet ramp to hit homeruns.
2. Midevil Madness.
3. Family guy. Mini pinball game inside the game.
pang pang paradise
4. Pang Pang Paradise. Some sort of amazing ?Korean? game where you throw balls at a touch screen.

hops cones cross section scan.

these dudes are almost ready to harvest! This is a flower from my second year cascade plant.

Monday, August 2, 2010

How Crayons are made Mr Rogers' Neighborhood (video).

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Crayon Factory Segment

So Happy to have rediscovered this thanks to the internet.

Now please also post:
1) tonsillectomy. One of George Romeros firsts.
2) The national aviary.

Thank You PBS.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

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