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Arduino Altimeter


This is a revisit to the CanSat project to share some tips on how to use a simple MPX4115A pressure sensor as an altimeter.  In a previous post I shared how to set up the sensor to detect ambient pressure, so now that we have that data, how do we estimate our altitude?

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When Life Gives you Oranges, Make Arancello


We all started January with good intentions, but while mine included eating more fruit, I may have overestimated my enthusiasm for it.  Yes, I’ve definitely eaten more fruit this month, but I’ve also bought far more than I needed.

So now I’m looking at a fruit bowl full of oranges, and wondering what to do with them…

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Testing SD Cards with Linux


While on holiday recently, my wife bought a 32GB micro-SD card, which she intended to use in her tablet.  Since then, it has been giving various errors, so I thought I should take it and verify its quality.

In order to test the card, we’re going to run three tests:

  1. Access Speed, to assess the card Speed Class.
  2. Drive Size, to assess if the reported size matches the actual size.
  3. Data durability. to assess that data written can be read back reliably.

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Buttermilk Scones


Breakfast.  The most important meal of the day.  I’ve pretty much settled on a bowl of oatmeal for some time now.  I find it can carry me to lunch much better than other cereals I’ve tried.  Although I tend to like strong flavours (curries, chillies, mustards, spices, etc.), I tend to avoid them at breakfast, so oatmeal’s reputation for being a little boring doesn’t bother me.

Until today.  It’s the weekend, and I want something more interesting for breakfast.  So today, I’ve decided to use up some leftover buttermilk to make some Buttermilk Scones for breakfast.  Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee, and a warm from the oven scone, smothered in melting butter.

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Damson Ketchup


It’s barbecue season again, and when I have friends around, they’re sometimes surprised to see that tomato ketchup isn’t on the table.  I’ve nothing against tomato ketchup, I just haven’t been bothered to buy any since I’m sitting on several liters of Damson Ketchup from last year’s damson harvest.

Once they get over their initial reaction of, “Damson what?”, and try it, most are pleasantly surprised by the tangy fruity flavor.  So open your mind to a burger sauce with a difference!

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American Meat Loaf


Meat loaf was one of the family favorites during my childhood until one day, in our eagerness, we took it from the oven a little too early, and all ended up with food poisoning for the next few days. So by all means, cook it and enjoy it, just give it the time it needs. Read More…

Summer Pasta Salad


It’s the May Bank Holiday Weekend, and Summer has officially started.  So despite the rain, I’m determined to kick off the Summer with some good food.  This salad will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites and will suit our Summer-not-yet-Summer weather.

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