Monday, June 17, 2019

Reinventing the Mallet

I've been making scrap wood mallets for a couple weeks now and I can't stop. For one thing I do like them as a tool; multi-purpose, perfect for knocking things that a hammer would damage or require careful aim for. But also they are simple to make, yet require enough forethought to meet some basic requirements; that the head not fly off, that it satisfy size and proportion constraints, that it not split apart. There are many videos on how to make an awesome mallet and I did watch them. But obtaining just the right heft by filling inner pockets with BBs or creating interlocking parts with dowels is not what I'm after.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Raspberry Pi As Media Server

I'm mounting my media hard drive containing music, photos, and file backups to my Raspberry Pi 3 B+. I'm putting some resources here to remember how I set it up and some leads to fix a bug I'm experiencing, namely that the Raspi won't encode accented characters and replaces them with question marks, so iTunes can't find the files for those songs or the artist folder in the library.