Random Musings of a Coffee Technologist
I was emailed this photo (taken a couple years ago) today. It’s hard to tell but that’s me on the right.

I was emailed this photo (taken a couple years ago) today. It’s hard to tell but that’s me on the right.

Photo info:
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
Aperture: f/8  — Exposure: 1/200th  — Focal Length: 5mm
Roastery hack
NSF bucket + 5/32 inch drill hole in the side of the handle + 2 inch book ring (available in packs of 25 at the local office store) + bag clip (7 cents in bulk) = cheap, durable, cleanable lot tagging (those bag clips are heavier duty than you’d expect).
Some buckets already have holes in the handle, but they go vertically through the middle so book rings would interfere with using a lid and make it a little harder to use the handles as handles. Hole on the side works better.

Roastery hack

NSF bucket + 5/32 inch drill hole in the side of the handle + 2 inch book ring (available in packs of 25 at the local office store) + bag clip (7 cents in bulk) = cheap, durable, cleanable lot tagging (those bag clips are heavier duty than you’d expect).

Some buckets already have holes in the handle, but they go vertically through the middle so book rings would interfere with using a lid and make it a little harder to use the handles as handles. Hole on the side works better.

Photo info:
Camera: LG Electronics LGP505
 — Focal Length: 4mm

I know that some of the people who read this would be interested in this sort of thing so I thought I’d mention it here. It’s a game, estimated to be out in November next year. It looks pretty fun. It’s already gotten enough funding to come out on Mac, Windows, Linux, PS4, PS Vita, and 3DS but with a little more funding more can be added to the game like an optional challenge area that’s different every time you play or a game mode where you can play as a dragon (with a 2 player cooperative option so a friend can play as some sort of critter, too).

Oh, and it’s been confirmed that unlike most video game kickstarters the design tiers do stack on this one so if the money is really burning a hole in your pocket and you go for designing a boss you also get to design a weapon and an enemy and get a pixelated rendition of yourself/your pet put in the game (but no statue).

There’s a little over 1 day left on this so don’t put off checking this out too long.

hey guys, Im interested in connecting roast profiler in my toper 1kg cafemina.where do i buy the hardware in australia .
Anonymous

I don’t have anything to do with hardware sales and don’t know who’s reputable in Australia. I think NI probably still sells directly if you’re looking at their stuff, otherwise I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be at least a couple resellers for Modbus stuff. Maybe if anybody from Australia is reading this and has a better answer they could leave that in the comments section of this post?

Recent Activity

Lately I’ve been doing design and prototype work for Typica 2.0. That’s not going to be released soon. I’m looking at probably some time next year and there will still likely be 1 to 3 more releases in the 1.x series before then, but there are some changes that I want to make that would be too disruptive to consider without a major version bump. Or rather, the changes will take me too long to be finished before I’ll want to have a new release out. There are several such changes that I’ve been building up and I think now is a good time to start putting all of that together.

The database changes are particularly interesting. If you look at Typica’s database design, it really hasn’t changed very much over the years. Some minor changes have been made, but the initial design has held up surprisingly well. But experience working with that and features that I want to add have revealed that I didn’t go far enough with certain guiding principles I had in that initial design while other approaches that I tried have made some operations more difficult than they should be.

Things will look very different in the new database, but I have years of data in my current database and I don’t intend to lose any of that in this transition. I also expect that anybody who was doing anything fancy with the database outside of Typica should be able to create views that are equivalent to the older design if they really need to. From the perspective of someone using Typica the database changes should be pretty much invisible except in terms of new features the changes enable.

With the new design, I’m taking the opportunity to add support for SQLite3. That’s tricky because there are a lot of PostgreSQL features that Typica currently uses which don’t really exist in SQLite without resorting to ugly hacks, but so far that hasn’t presented much of a problem with the new design. This is a move to make it easier to get started using Typica. I don’t really understand why installing PostgreSQL is a deal breaker for some. You download and run an installer, click Next a bunch of times since the defaults are pretty sane, and pick a password at the end. Still, a lot of people just want something that’s only going to be used on a single machine for a limited set of features where PostgreSQL is overkill for the problem, so I can remove that dependency while still keeping most of the feature set for people who choose not to bother with it. I intend to make it very easy for people to switch back and forth so anybody who is using Typica now and doesn’t really need PostgreSQL can switch to using SQLite and someone who wants to enable work flows that don’t make a lot of sense without PostgreSQL can switch to that when they need to. Might make backups a little easier.

I’m also being a bit more careful to write use documentation as I go with this, so maybe 2.0 can launch with a complete manual (other than the source code) available. Hard to RTFM if the section you need was never written.

In mostly unrelated news, I was recently interviewed for an article that I guess will be in the next issue of Roast Magazine. I haven’t seen how that’s going to be edited, but it should be pretty good. Be sure to watch for it.

sigsauer-ist:

hidekiryuga:

lunaticfish:

sunshien:

Seriously, did public officials just sit down one day and try to figure out what would be the most terrifying, un-soothing sounds ever to alert people that they’re probably about to die in a horrifying way? Because they did great.

Fuck this place, I’d rather be in Silent Hill.

jfc omg

You know what would be even better than an app? Putting that stuff on your web site.

You know what would be even better than an app? Putting that stuff on your web site.

julessonoferis:

I took him from there but he kept going back

A bird in every pot

julessonoferis:

I took him from there but he kept going back

A bird in every pot

Vimeo doesn’t want to adopt a cat with me.

Vimeo doesn’t want to adopt a cat with me.