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Last Friday night, I took the Brooklyn VI out of Sheephead Bay with some of my fellow anglers for an awesome night of fishing.

The waters were great and the night was cool and breezy. This boat was a lot smaller than the GoRuCo cruise ship so you really felt the tossing of the waves.

It was my first time fishing in the ocean (also first time fishing with a real rod). I was super excited.

fishing rod

We started off jigging. No luck.

Next we tried bait.

bait

I was a little squeamish about the bait, since they were large chunks of fish instead of nightcrawlers (what I’m used to). What kind of monstrosity were we fishing for?!

Turned out we were fishing for sharks.

Over the couple hours, we caught loads of sharks. Though, not the bluefish or bass we were hoping for, sharks made it a very exciting night.

When I caught my shark, it was a surprise. I was casually reeling in my line, when all of a sudden it got really hard. I panicked a little when I saw a shark emerge from the surface. Harry had to help me reel it in all the way.

shark

We returned all the sharks back to the sea. Due to peer pressure, I had to personally return my shark.

Oh boy was that an experience.

Overall, the night was super fun. We didn’t catch any keeper fish, but we still had a great time.

I wanna go fishing again!

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I’d wanted to go to a City Grit dinner ever since I’d heard about them in April. The thought of having a small group of people coming together for a special meal sounded so delectable. Unfortunately, since not every meal could accommodate vegetarians, I never made any reservations and mostly forgotten about them. A few days ago, I got an email saying they’d be having their special all-vegetarian dinner, Veggie Tales. Perfect!

cheese and crackers

After arriving and seating in a small candlelit room, we were served our first course. It was a small sampling of cheese, peaches, black pepper cracker, and pickles.

Very summery.

tomato pie

Next up was tomato pie. This pie had the best, fluffiest, butteriest crust I’ve ever had. The slices of tomato in the pie were SO GOOD!

It was really hard to decide whether I which I liked better: the tomato pie more or the next course, corn and grits.

corn and grits

I haven’t had really good corn in a long time, so this was especially a treat. The texture of the corn with the grits, combined with the snap pea crunch made every bite a delight. I LOVED IT.

ice cream

The night ended with peaches and cream ice cream. With a dollop of heavy cream on top, some boozy cherries, and a burnt caramel sauce, this desert was a great way to end the night.

 

I liked my first City Grit experience. It was a lot of fun.

If you like intimate dinners, definitely check it out.

All aboard the Hornblower Hybrid!

Hornblower Hybrid

GoRuCo‘s awesome end-of-conference party was on the high seas.

Being more into Python, I didn’t actually attend the conference, (though I heard really good things about it). Thankfully, GoRuCo allowed +1’s to the cruise party, which is how I got on board. Success!

The ship sailed around Manhattan and showcased a gorgeous view of the sunset. It was super pretty.

Sunset in Manhattan

I wish more conferences did cruise parties! So much fun!

I started a project to get Andru, a cute little USB charger, to wave his arm. Check it out:

Some wise scientist once said we should publish more of our failures, so others may learn from this. Although I don’t quite consider this project a failure, it certainly didn’t come out as expected, and needs more iterations of design and testing.

Andru

I used a 100:1 gearmotor from Sparkfun and then 3D printed the arm waver (inspired by coupling rods from trains).

The end that mates with the gearmotor fits perfectly. The end that hooks the arm is slightly looser. Perhaps that’s one of the problems.

If I hold down Andru’s feet platform while running the motor, nothing actually moves. I suspect the gearmotor isn’t strong enough to torque the arm.

The gearmotor is powered by a 3V coin cell battery. Since the gearmotor’s peak performance runs at 6V, I might try upping the voltage and seeing if that provides more torque.

Maybe the overall design also needs an update.

The arm waver is actually the second iteration of the design. In the first iteration, I forgot the measure the space between Andru’s arm and his body, so the arm cylinder didn’t fit. I also didn’t account for the imprecision of 3D printing, and the hole for the shaft of the was too small.

The motor I picked was also a second iteration. I knew nothing of motors and gears before this project, and bought some toy motors and some hobby motors. Those motors spun really fast but had very little torque… not so great for me, if I didn’t want to build a gearbox. The gearbox is what allows the motor to reduce that speed and increase torque.

You can see the evolution of the arm waver and download the design on my Github.

all the components

I hope my learnings help you in your projects. I modeled all the components separately in one file, so you can just pull out pieces for your project (like the part that mates with the gearbox), if you so desire. I only ask you to also share your models and designs.

If you have any tips or suggestions for me, let me know!