In Over My Head Again

Hoo boy, I've done it again! I tried making something simple, and then over-complicated it, with my best excuse by far being nothing more than "distraction." As some of you may know, I post on Hive a lot more frequently then I do here, and I document almost everything that I'm working on, though for…

I’m Moving!

I'm moving part of my blog, that is. After due consideration, I have decided to move all of my opinion pieces to a new blog, titled "Sasha V's Sesquipedalian Soliloquies," where I will be writing under the name "Alexander the Varangian," which I have hinted at before. For the record, "Karel Janáček" is just a…

I Make Jewellery!

It's official, I can now make jewellery. After some experiments with investment casting in tin, I moved on to bronze, just to see what it's like. While the results of the first casting run in bronze could have been better, I know exactly what I need to do for future runs to improve metal flow…

Miniature Foundry

Well, it took long enough, but my miniature foundry is finally up and running. What this means is that I am finally able to turn digital models into metal objects using a combination of 3D printing and investment casting. There are means to fabricate metal objects via 3D printing directly, such as my personal…

Another Project Done

Yesterday, I finished building my new shooting gallery, and I have to say, it came out quite well - for being the product of someone with literally no experience in construction, working completely alone. Then again, I suppose I have YouTube channels such as Primitive Technology and Mr. Chickadee to thank. Either that, or growing…

One Project Down…

...and who knows how many more to go.  I finally completed my tractor canopy project a few days ago, and today, I uploaded the third and final video to BitChute.  I shared photos from each stage of the construction on Hive, so feel free to check those out and see what notes I had to…

Ika Maruyaki (Panfried Squid with Home Made Teriyaki Sauce)

After once having this dish at a restaurant, I decided that I’d try making it myself (once I discovered I could get squid at the local fish market). I had to improvise, seeing as I didn’t have all the ingredients to make the marinade, but the results were decent. I chose the low-heat option for cooking the squid, and it took 30 minutes before it was tender enough to eat. The only complaint that I had was that the marinade was a bit strong when it was fully thickened, so I need to dilute it with something mild next time.


Pan Fry Squids


Squids can be panfried quickly to tender perfection.

First method:

Cook squid fast over high heat

Second method:

Slow cooked squid to achieve tenderness
Anything between results will cause the squid to be chewy.

First experience tasting “Ika Maruyaki” at Mount Fuji



Two large Squid (Sotong) cleaned and give a few cuts on the flesh without having to cut through.

Home Prepared Teriyaki Sauce:

Half cup of Superior Light Soya Sauce

Quarter cup of water

1 tablespoon Sherry Cooking Wine

2 teaspoon of Gula Melaka or raw sugar

2 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon Mirin

Combine all the ingredients into a non stick sauce pan over medium heat until sugar dissolved.

For glazing, add one tablespoon of cornflour and one tablespoon water.

Simmer until thickened.


You can adjust the sauce combination to your own likeness.

Method for cooking the Squids

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The Growing 3D Print Hobby

During my senior year of college, my rapid prototyping professor said that he expected, within a few years, that fused deposition modelling (FDM) printers would become as common as inkjet printers were back then (2012), and every college dorm room would have one.  I think it's safe to say that he was correct, judging by…