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25 October 2013 @ 10:49 am
getting ready to load up for BarBot 2013  

I've taken the day off so I can load ThinBot into the car and head north to set up for BarBot 2013.75, a special event tonight and Saturday that is one of the official kickoff events for this year's Bay Area Sciencefest.

Details are available at the barbot website, www.barbot.us , or on the BarBot facebook page.

I have finished some small mods to ThinBot, we'll have to see how they work.

First is adding tips to the nozzles, which I hope will increase the stream velocity sufficiently for better mixing.

Second, I repolished the brass counterweight, cleaned and recemented our "Asta" to the brass, then gave the works a clear polyurethane topcoat so it won't be attacked by the lime juice.

Finally, after doing a bit of online research, I've modified my recipes to simulate the dilution achieved by cooling a drink by shaking with ice. That ought to dramatically improve the mouth feel and taste of the cocktails.

(sorry, no pix; my LJ app isn't being cooperative -- but you can see them on the event facebook page, or on our DARPAbots page

Current Mood: happyhappy
Lady Celialadycelia on October 25th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
FYI, your DARPAbots link isn't working.
Kevin Rochekproche on October 28th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Argh. Thought I'd fixed that (was supposed to point to the facebook page, not a non-existent livejournal page)

Andy's pix are here:

Lady Celialadycelia on October 28th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Cool. So, was it another competition or just a get together? And how'd Thinbot perform with his new improved nozzles?
Kevin Rochekproche on October 29th, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
This was just a show. They're going to try and do BarBot twice a year now.

And the new nozzles worked GREAT, as did the 20% water dilution. The drinks mixed in the glass really nicely, and the tips eliminated even the little bit of dripping we used to see. We had possibly the cleanest table at the event.
Digital Sidhe: drinking cocktaildigitalsidhe on October 25th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
feyandstrange and I will be there tonight!

Edited at 2013-10-25 10:19 pm (UTC)
nohwhere_man: blanknohwhere_man on October 26th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Bggr, it's tonight! (and last night, but I haven't been following things). Might be able to make it.