We are having an evening Automattic Town Hall this month, so I had to watch with a beer.
I’ve customized the items in the HackerBox Field Kit and explained everything in this video.
You can find the example code I put together for all of the modules in my hackerbox-29-field-kit GitHub repo.
I plan to keep the kit in my backpack, especially for trips up north when I visit family. Maybe I shouldn’t take this with me on flights though. Have you ever travelled with a bunch of wiring and electronics parts?
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On Thursday it was 64° when I ran outside. Then we had a winter storm come through the weekend.
Since it’s rare to get a storm this late in the year, I thought it would be neat to document it.
My makeshift ruler and stand was a complete failure; it blew over, spun around, and wasn’t readable. I’m happy with the rest of the project though. I really like the worms crawling around, seeing the water freeze, and how the lines of the bricks come through.
I used a Raspberry Pi Zero W and the camera module.
In order to get images for the time-lapse I added cron job that ran a bash script every minute, which in turn called raspistill to capture a photo. It was very easy to set up. Here is the bash script.
#!/bin/bash DATE=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S") raspistill -vf -hf -o /home/pi/time-lapse/images/$DATE.jpg
This is the line I added to my crontab.
* * * * * /home/pi/time-lapse/capture.sh
Before transferring all of the images to my Mac, I compressed the images folder.
tar -czvf images.tar.gz images
Then, from my Mac I could grab them by doing a secure copy.
scp email@example.com:/home/pi/time-lapse/images.tar.gz images.tar.gz
In order to stitch everything together, I imported the images into iMovie, changed the crop style to fill, and set a 0.01 second duration.
If there was ever a movie written for my sense of humor this is it. What a treat! I would expect a good chunk of people might not appreciate the film, but it has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Last night I watched JAY-Z on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. I can’t recall ever watching an interview with JAY-Z before this, so it surprised me when he seemed a little awkward and uncomfortable. Especially for someone who might be the best artist of our generation. He had such a different presence than I got from Dr. Dre, another hip-hop legend, in The Defiant Ones. It’s quite possible it was because of editing or the format of the show though.
I’ve been listening to JAY-Z’s music for a long time, but never knew much about him. It was good watching him talk about his life and experiences as well as some of the tough conversations our country is having.
I’m struggling with the “awakening” theme for this week’s photo challenge. While it’s the middle of April, spring is nowhere to be found here in Michigan. It’s 39° outside with a big winter storm starting in the morning. Nothing is growing yet. The best I could come up with is hope, which I what I thought when I saw these rose bushes at Sam’s Club.
- Muppet Fans Talking – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 3/23/18
I enjoyed the early part of this podcast where they discuss how difficult it is for robots to perform some basic human actions, like picking up a random object from a table.
- Tiger is set to return to the Masters, and a new generation of fans will be watching
“Golf spoils us because you can convince yourself that, on the right weekend, a miracle will unfold for the right player, even if he’s in his 50s. People would laugh if you suggested LeBron would hit a jump shot to win a championship at age 59, but Tom Watson had a putt to win The Open at that same age. Why couldn’t Tiger?”
- Tiger Woods on “the best to ever play” (Oct 20, 2016) | Charlie Rose – YouTube
A year and a half ago. Hard to know if Tiger was joking or actually serious at the time.
- Matthew Champion on Twitter: “this… may be the greatest story ever told… “
Try and read this without laughing out loud.
- ArduTouch music synthesizer kit ⇒
Looks like an awesome kit at a really good price.
- Playlist: How Motors Work For Beginners
I need to make something with a motor.
- What is Ground? Earth Ground/Earthing
When I started learning about electronics I was confused about the ground in a circuit compared to the ground wiring in a house. This is a simple and thorough explanation.
- Cheap SD Cards from eBay are Fake
Buying electronics online is getting scarier with all of the fakes and spying.
- IDEA – nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions ⇒