Philip P. Ide

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I'm a novelist and have an interest in space science and physics. I've been a programmer for more than 30 years and I like reviewing new and up-and-coming authors.
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First off, you should know I only have a limited amount of time, so I can't review a hundred novels at once. Sorry, but that's basic physics for you. If I agree to review your novel, you may have to wait a while for me to get around to it, and then I'll need time to read it. I only review hard copies.
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Coffee Blog: 2022-08-14 Upgrade

There is a coffee roasting machine called the Aillio Bullet. You have to read its specs hear the hype to see what it is capable of, and at £3,250 it appears to be worth it. However, it doesn't have a flu or chimney, just a vent, so all the steam and oil it releases just fill up the kitchen. Hopefully they'll see the short-sightedness of this. Not all of us have garages, basements or cellars.

It does though, have one intriguing piece of technology tucked into it's sleek features, that got me rather excited.

→ Read more...plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCoffee Blog: 2022-08-14 Upgrade

There is a coffee roasting machine called the Aillio Bullet. You have to read its specs hear the hype to see what it is capable of, and at £3,250 it appears to be worth it. However, it doesn't have a flu or chimney, just a vent, so all the steam and oil it releases just fill up the kitchen. Hopefully they'll see the short-sightedness of this. Not all of us have garages, basements or cellars.

· 2022/08/14 12:54 · Phil Ide

Coffee Blog: 2022-07-31

Yesterday, I roasted Profile I, which I'd come up with after sampling Profile H. I did two loads, each of 200g.

Profile I
Load 200g End (mins)
Pre-heat 200°C
Stage 1 (to yellow) Drying 200°C 6:00
Stage 2 (to 1st crack) Caramelising 250°C 10:30
Stage 3 Development 240°C 16:30
Ambient Temp 25.8°C
RH 49%
Coffee Columbian - El Carmen

→ Read more...plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCoffee Blog: 2022-07-31

Yesterday, I roasted Profile I, which I'd come up with after sampling Profile H. I did two loads, each of 200g. Profile I Load 200g End (mins)Pre-heat 200(^c) Stage 1 (to yellow) Drying 200(^c) 6:00Stage 2 (to 1st crack)

· 2022/07/31 10:15 · Phil Ide

2022-07-30 Fix Website

Update to site software breaks something.

→ Read more...plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big2022-07-30 Fix Website

Update to site software breaks something.

There was an update to the software used to run this website - Dokuwiki - and unbeknownst to me, fixed a fix I had made and broke something. To put that more clearly, I had made a fix to the template I use for layout etc., so it was friendly to Facebook. With the

· 2022/07/30 10:25 · Phil Ide

Coffee Blog: 2022-07-24

Update: Profile H tested, see below

I've been creating roasting profiles, and recently changed from a numeric system to an alphabetic. I don't know why, perhaps the numbers were making me depressed at how many times I'd done it and still not reached a particularly good roast other by accident.

Anyway, I decided to do two roasts this weekend. One I called 'Profile G' and the other 'Profile H'. Here's the first one:

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Update: Profile H tested, see below

I've been creating roasting profiles, and recently changed from a numeric system to an alphabetic. I don't know why, perhaps the numbers were making me depressed at how many times I'd done it and still not reached a particularly good roast other by accident.

· 2022/07/24 11:04 · Phil Ide

Jezero Weather Data

The Perseverance Rover has been sending back weather data. Now that InSight has officially retired from the weather business, I'll be collecting the weather data from Perseverance in Jezero Crater.

It'll take me a while to get setup, and the data being returned is quite different. The InSight weather page will be renamed so it can still be accessed.

· 2022/07/18 08:59 · Phil Ide

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    This page has a portal through which you can view the current location of the International Space Station, updating in real-time. The tracker itself comes from the European Space Agency (ESA).

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