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rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 25, 2017

rover gonna rove

It was a nice surprise to find out popular science picked up on a news release from JPL about the work I + feed extended drilling team have been hammering out since June:

I'm still geeking out about this because it's a magazine I've been reading since I was little. So even if my name isn't mentioned just the fact that something I've directly been working on is being talked about omg.

Finally done wading through the drilling sequence for now... though it's probably going to change a few more times. At least now I have the architecture figured out in my mind so I can start mapping that out in some visual way and subsequently figuring out what needs testing next month.

Otherwise work is going well. We had a crazy drive planning day yesterday since the sol plan got pulled at the last minute after some unusual data came down (dirt in a weird spot), which meant lots of work for me and the other strategic planner outlining relevant data to look at later and where we think things will go over the weekend (spoiler: it kept changing until our answer basically became ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It was super fun though; first time there has been so much action for me on strategic planning :D There are some cool panoramas from where we are on the ridge currently, so once those get past ITAR I'll share them.


Fiance and I have been 100% addicted to Zelda Breath of the Wild this week since he got a Nintendo Switch. It's such an open ended, relaxing, beautiful game. Very different from the other Zelda games, but in the best way possible. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new game addiction. Spoiler - you can ride the bears... very carefully.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 25, 2017

Yes! I'm going as a penguin, fiance is going as a squid. We're weird, but at least we found each other ha.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

No worries - busy week for me too. Hmm I'll try this and see what happens. I'm starting the cultures over tomorrow since I threw out everything from the botched batch, but for the next week I'll try this and see if it helps. Also you've inspired me to to screw around with some pH strips in food this weekend, ha. Thanks!

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Hmmm this is interesting. I guess it just dries things out thereby firming it up? I wonder how this differs from usual gelling.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: This Land Is No Longer Your Land

My Morning Jacket did a remake of the song with the old? or maybe just similar? lyrics. I love this version though.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Yeah, it just didn't look any different than it did right after I mixed in the cultures. No gelling and (surprisingly since it's not homogenized) not much layer separation. No idea what the pH might have been since I was a bit afraid to taste it since it wasn't doing what I expected.

My method

- Bring a quart of goat milk to just below a boil in a dutch oven

- Put the top on and let it cool off the burner for 15 mins (or until lukewarm - 15 mins worked for me)

- Whisk in 1/4 cup yogurt <- my issue may have been here since the recipe I used the first time around was with a half cup, and we just didn't leave enough of the last batch

- Put the lid back on, and put it in the oven with a light on for 4-6 hours (check at 4 for gelling, my first batch was good at 4.5 so I figured a cap of 6 hours would start getting too sour for me)

- Put it in the fridge once finished.

Any suggestions for a culinary pH meter? I hadn't considered that as a gate check for yogurt making, but it makes a lot of sense. Not sure what else I can use it for, though I'm tempted to just start poking all kinds of things and get some food science data going ha.

And haha right!

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 11, 2017

Thanks! Definitely living a dream.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Good luck! Sounds like you've got a handle on it. Start slow and get enough fuel and you'll be fine =)

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Ooo good luck! Marathons are addicting. Do you have a fuel plan? Also body glide. Everywhere. Especially if there will be any humidity or precipitation - it will make life more comfortable around mile 23.

Also if you're food motivated like me, it might help to have someone at the finish holding your favorite dessert haha. It's literally all I think about the last couple miles.

Hope it goes well! I'm sure it will be beautiful. Also have fun in S. Korea =)

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Continuing my streak of mind-melting drill sequence reading/organizing. At least things make sense now that I have a better handle on the macros, plus I found out this fantastic piece of 2003 NASA history exists. Came for the rover drifting, stayed for the algorithms.

Goat milk didn't work very well for yogurt... maybe I didn't use enough starter? Maybe the different structure of goat milk protein means it needs to boil/incubate for longer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The tasty, sometimes very stinky, experiment continues. If anyone has yogurt making tips I'm all ears!

Also picked out our wedding colors so yay for progress.

rocketyak  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 11, 2017

My eyes are falling out after spending 2.5 days now wading through sequencing for the new drilling configuration we want to use with Curiosity on Mars. At the same time I'm loving it because doing this means I'll get to help write the sequence for the next phase, and then a robot on another planet will be using code I worked on. Life goal close to complete.

I need to get back on board with wedding planning - got my dress, the venue and what he's going to wear, which is pretty good for a year out, but I don't want to be rushing around mid-2018 trying to get things planned at the last minute.

Also I made yogurt from scratch this week, so that was tasty. Going to try using goat milk for next week's batch and see what happens.

    It's pretty bizarre that it charges you for a phone charger but doesn't hit you for gas.

This weirdly glazes over most of the finances involved with driving, including almost bi-weekly oil changes, and the trap where you can get stuck near a university doing minimum fare drives for two hours only making ~$5/hr. Also the star rating is unrealistic as most people will give 4 stars when they're satisfied not realizing penalties for drivers start at 4.6 and below (or at least they used to). At least now people can tip; that was a huge reason I made the switch from Uber to Lyft and still exclusively use Lyft when I need a ride.

    Also, "a passenger slammed the shit out of your car so we suspended you from driving." I'd really like to see the footnote on that one.

I drove for Uber and then Lyft for a few months after grad school and literally never heard of that. Maybe it's a footnote for leased cars that didn't apply to me?

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