Saturday, May 30, 2015

Improving whiskey with bits of wood

If this blog is about anything, it's about science. When I read about whiskey elements, I had to try them. They say:

"So when we walked into the liquor store and asked ourselves a very simple question “what’s the difference between top shelf and well whiskey?” the answer came simply, “TIME & OAK.” That’s when it hit us; if the goal is for the whiskey to filter in and out of the wood, get infused with flavor, and pull out those rich colors; then the barrel may not be the best design to achieve this process."

OMG Americans can't spell.

I had to try it. For this experiment, we bought the second cheapest whiskey at the local bottle shop, a brand you think of pretty much right away when you think whiskey: "Hankey Bannister" which was established at three minutes to six last night.

Jules and I bought a bottle each. One has the slotted oak stick in it and the other is as it came.

After three days of the oak being in the bottle you can see a colour change. On Friday, at "drinks n drones" we had the tasting and I have to say that the Hankey Bannister was horrible both with and without the whiskey elements.

Perhaps a good whiskey can be made a little better with this process, or perhaps more "complex".

Next week.

All good fun in any case.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New drones at Market City in Sydney

Spotted some new drones today. I'm not sure what 360 degrees Unlimited Eversion means. $89:


$79:


$65:



This one has a pretend GPS antenna. $89:


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Use a quality RC TX with micro-drones

Just heard about DeviationTX, which is alternative software that can be flashed on to a range of remote control transmitters made by Walkera. Among many interesting enhancements is the ability to control Hubsan X4 and many others.

Great work!

Friday, May 8, 2015

New low cost micro drone - UFO Aviate

A new micro drone has appeared at the market. It's larger than a Hubsan but cheaper. They ask $35 but will quickly take $30 if offered.

The UFO Aviate (the little one up at the top).


It comes with a sturdy plastic cowling:


The brushed motors are quite large, with no gearing, and the propellors are standard Hubsan size.


It flys very well with the plastic on. Excellent power even with the load.


With the cowling removed it is rather sensitive but still great fun.