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Bloomin Peppers!

Posted 2016.05.01 14.38 in Hobbies

Bloomin Peppers

More Synth Electronics Pron

Posted 2016.02.12 14.58 in Hobbies

Today’s pics are from a Korg Volca Sample.

The Volca series has a reputation of being hacker / modder friendly, but the first three in the series were basically analog, the Sample is all digital. It has 4MB memory to hold 100 samples.

The obvious mod is Midi Out, which is labeled on the bottom of the main pcb.

I wonder about a memory expansion. The 4MB is an 8-pin SMD chip, 25Q032, and there are drop-in replacements like an 8MB 25Q064. Whether or not the Sample’s firmware would recognize more memory is unknown. The memory uses SPI and could be read out by a SPI probe.

There’s also a couple test points whose function is not provided, they might be interesting. And a connector CN4 which appears to be connected directly to the ARM processor. Maybe for JTAG, or for ICSP?

Top of main circuit board:

Volca Sample Main Board

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Synth Electronics Pron

Posted 2016.02.06 11.28 in Hobbies

Korg Monotron Duo.

Monotron Duo Top

Monotron Duo Bottom

Just leaving these here for future reference.

More Plant Pics

Posted 2016.02.04 17.03 in Hobbies

The garden continues to grow mostly. Dill is now the out-of-control plant.

These pics were taken after I pruned / harvested about 30% of the dill plant.

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Before pruning the dill, I was like, “what do you even do with fresh dill? I don’t know what I’m doing with dill. Do I even like dill?”

After pruning it, “OMG fresh cut dill smells amazing! I don’t want to smell anything else all day! Let’s hang this stuff to dry in the kitchen, maybe the kitchen will smell like fresh dill! DILL!

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Three Weeks!

Posted 2016.01.26 10.31 in Hobbies

It’s been just three weeks since I planted these!

Now I have to learn how to prune things because they’re going to start pushing each other around. Especially the cilantro and the big guy in the back row.

Three Weeks Old

Both of them are like “All this light, belongs to ME!”

They Live!

Posted 2016.01.18 9.59 in Hobbies

The cilantro is super busy, it’s going like crazy now. The herb in the back is big and strong.

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And the two late-bloomers, chives and hot peppers, are still hidden under their domes but they have finally germinated and are just starting to sprout.

They’re alive! Everything’s alive!

Plant Eggs Are Hatching!

Posted 2016.01.10 15.57 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather

Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!

Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.

Wee Baby Basil

Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.

And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!

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