Oozi – I hate Oozi

I need to mess with the PID loop on the 3D printer. Right now it’s got about 12 possible temperature states in a look-up table, and that’s not enough. It needs 60, I think. The symptom is that the print never starts, and I believe that’s because the temperature never stabilises enough. If the change in loop doesn’t fix it, I’ll end up using an Arduino/Ramps combo, but I need to do this.

I’ve needed to do it for about five months now. I do not want to flash that damned thing Yet Again. For one thing, it’s been months since I have and I’ve forgotten most of the steps.

Update: Have accidentally ordered an Arduino Mega to go with the early RAMPS board I picked up. I was on eBay and it fell into my basket.

More delicious things that are easy to make

Chunks of cooking chocolate tend to be too sweet to make good hot chocolate. But we can try!

Take a small handful of chocolate chips, and add about a third of a cup of milk. Microwave for a minute and stir until bored of stirring – about ten seconds. Add milk up to the top, and heat for another minute, maybe minute and a half. If necessary, wash the microwave turntable.

Squeeze in red-top Sriracha until it’s no longer far too sweet to drink. Wander around kitchen drinking and wincing, but unable to put down cup of burny hot happiness.

Tent Repair

Slim column of metal with a bulge in the middle and a hole drilled through either end.Some years ago, setting up a tent in the dark, I pushed some parts too hard and a piece of an alloy strut failed. It’s the sort that are connected together with elastic, and each bit of the strut fits into the next. So, today I finally fixed it. I talked it over briefly with Mat, came up with a plan, found the right bit of metal, came up with a better plan, and got going.

I took a cylinder of aluminium down to the right size for a shoulder on the lathe, and then narrowed both ends of that. One part fitted into the bigger end of a strut, one part fitted into the smaller end. Then I sawed off the bits that were bent, losing about as much material as I had length of shoulder. (Because they are socketed, some of what I was cutting off was not adding to the length.) I drilled through the ends so I could run wires through. My original plan was to drill through from both ends and have the elastic run through the middle, but that would have left me with a difficult job of making, and I decided to anchor the elastic to either end of a solid piece.

I was going to flatten the ends so there was room for the wire to pass, but about then my concentration ran out, thanks to a combination of exhaustion, lack of tea, and people talking to me. Mat had already told me how to mill down the ends, and he was kind enough to do the cutting for me, after some mutual cursing at the machine. The rounded bits in the picture are my work; the flat bits, and the fact I didn’t have to do it by hand at home, are his.

Now it only remains to test-drive the work. Given I live in England and it’s summer, I may have to go abroad to do that.

Cooking: Really easy approximately Thai food

Disclaimer: This tastes delicious, but if you have Thai friends, don’t ask for their honest opinion.

1) Put some rice on to steam. If you don’t know how to steam rice, boil it or open a packet or whatever. I don’t care. But the time the rice takes to steam is the outer limits on cooking time. 18 minutes from a cold start.

2) Chop up some garlic. As much as you can be arsed to chop up. Mince it until you’re bored.

3) In a wok, big pan, or whatever you can grab, fry the garlic in some oil. Add as much super-hot Sriracha as you think you can bear, or twice as much green-top Sriracha as necessary. The important thing here is to add some spicy sauce.

4) Add a can of coconut milk. You now have a delicious sauce.

5) Boil everything else in the delicious coconut spicy sauce. You can use a pre-cut stir-fry, or frag some veggies, or throw in leftovers. I won’t judge you. I don’t actually give a fuck what you eat, to be honest, as long as it’s not made of people, and you enjoy it. Lime zest or juice is good, and if you have a G&T habit you’ll have some you need to use up, but fuckit, it’s your decision.

5a) If you’re boiling meat, cut it up small and put it in first, to be sure it’s cooked. If it ends up overcooked, change that next time.

6) Eat. Optionally you can serve it first.

You’re welcome.