RASPBERRY PI CONTROLLED TELESCOPE IMAGES

Pi Computer Board
Raspberry Pi CPU

My son in Charlotte, NC loves astronomy. He takes pictures of the planets and star clusters at night. Now, courtesy of a Raspberry Pi-2 computer, his telescope is positioned to photograph the objects he wants from the comfort of his easy chair automatically. He doesn’t go outside anymore to position it or snap a picture. He consults his star map for time and where in the sky the celestial object will be. Then he instructs Pi-2 computer to do it for him.

He has introduced me to Kodi (a mass media center for movies, music, and pictures) software for a Raspberry Pi-2 computer. As a movie buff I’m enjoying Kodi.

Now I am hooked and working on my own Raspberry Pi-2 project to have motion activated video cameras watch my home and send snapshots or what triggered the motion detector to an email address. Pi-2 will also let me view in real time what it sees in my home. Two cameras watch over the interior of my home and the entrances. This is in addition to the ADT alarm system present.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is half the size of a Model A+, with twice the utility. A tiny Raspberry Pi that’s affordable enough for any project!

  • 1Ghz, Single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports
  • Micro USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers

Did I mention Wi-Fi and blue tooth capability built in. A HDMI port, 4 USB ports, and an Ethernet port? Equipment and computer cost way less than $ 80 dollars.

 

 

TRIALS OF A CREATESPACE FIRST TIME USER

Yep, I tried successfully to use Createspace to publish a hardbound version of my new eBook “How to Guide: Easier, Faster EBook Publishing for Beginners.” The questions were easy to read but what they meant wasn’t.

Ignorance of publishing terms contributed to my confusion. So I did the research to clear the term I didn’t know. Then I figured out how to do running headers and footer with Microsoft Word. Now I was rolling right along with interior book design and cover art.

I did the interior book design formatting with Word. Fiverr.com was used to produce my PDF cover for my book.  It was only $ 15 and 24 hours of wait time.

My book is scheduled for a final review yesterday. Next step will be a printed copy for my review and approval. If I say yes, it goes up in the Createspace and Amazon eBook catalog within 14 hours of my approval.

My grown children don’t consider eBooks to be real books. Hard bound books rule followed by paperback books. True, holding your own book is a thrill and an additional reason to do book signings.

Publishing Company
My Publishing Firm

RELIGIOUS SAYINGS

Young Wisdom
Young Wisdom

All of us have points in our lives when words do make sense in our soul as well as our mind. Here are some of the words we might encounter.  Here are some sayings I’ve encountered.

As much as you you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That’s what you call God’s will.

Knowing the Bible is one thing. Knowing the author is another.

When life gets too hard to stand kneel in prayer.

Prayer is the key to the door to heaven. Faith is the power to put it in the lock and turn it.

Faith is like Wi-Fi, it is invisible but has the power to connect you to what you need.

We need to teach our daughters the difference between:

A man who flatters her and a man who compliments her.

A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her.

A man who views her as property and a man who views her properly.

A man who lusts after her and a man who loves her.

A man who believes he is God’s gift to women and a man who remembers a woman was God’s gift to man.

And then teach our sons to be that kind of man.

Faith is when God pushes you to the very edge but you believe one of two things will happen. Either He’ll catch you or teach you to fly!

Sometimes God allows us to cry because tears clear our eyes so we can see clearly the good things ahead.

God doesn’t want us full of ourselves, just full of HIM.

MY LATEST EBOOK

New Book
Latest Book Published

Today I sent my newest non-fiction eBook out into the cruel world to earn  a living for me! The books topic is self-publishing. It will be nice for me if it makes passive income for me. There is nothing better than receiving OPM. Other People’s Money spends well when I receive it.

I gently lead the reader from their created manuscript to self-publishing a properly formatted eBook for Amazon Kindle or other ePub readers. You won’t learn how to write a book. You will instead learn how to produce one starting with a word processor. Convert the manuscript into an HTML file and style with a CSS stylesheet.

Your will be shown the methodology and tools to do so when you buy it at Amazon eBooks https://www.amazon.com/How-Guide-Easier-Publishing-Beginners-ebook/dp/B01GIT4UM0  or through one of Draft2Digital’s ePub distributors. The software product Sigil is the real key to producing ePub eBooks.

Not using Smashwords as an eBook distributor this time.

TIME IS NOT DISPOSABLE

Time
Time Gone By

In our daily life of hustle and bustle our attention is fragmented and time passes us by. At first, just a minute elapses before we note the loss. Given time days become lost and we live for the holidays or vacation, and of course special events.

Time keeps moving on and we keep forgetting how precious it is. We must strive to live in the now. It’s the only time we possess. Our control is fixed to the here and now—not the future. The past is gone never to be relived except in our minds. Even the future is kept from us. We must wait for it. Sometimes we die before the future reaches us. Don’t put things off for the future if you can do them today, right now.

Only in the present may we live and impact the lives of others. What can you do today? What will you enjoy today? Who will you enjoy the day, hour, or minute with? Will you be like the image of cast away watches?

I hope not!

ONLY IN THE WORLD OF POLITICS

I’m tired and sick of the political talking heads on mass media who believe that we care about what they say. Are you fed up with the assault on your intelligence by television’s news reporters? If so take the pledge.

I refuse to dumb myself down by over dosing on network news.

One hour of CNN is enough. Consider it my blood pressure exercise to keep the arteries and veins functioning.

This election cycle honors the tradition of forgetting a politician’s failings but rewarding a politician’s virtues with punishment.

What’s the difference between a white lie, a black lie, and a politician’s lie?

  • A white lie serves to protect you.
  • A black lie’s intent is to hurt you.
  • A politician’s lie is about your vote, money, and approval. It’s not about whether you’re supposed to believe it.

LIV VOTERS RISE UP

Instead of political parties spending money on political ads and their air time place, I suggest that they simply divide up the funds by the number of voting citizens in the last election and send them a check.

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_in_the_United_States Soft Money spending was $ 421.3 million for years 2001 – 2002. The population of the United States is estimated to be 323 million and counting according to http://www.census.gov/popclock/.

In the 2014 November general election 83,262,122 ballots were cast out of 227,157 964 people in the voting population. That’s about 36 % of the voting population. I estimate that is about $ 5 dollars per ballot.

Don’t expect your check in the mail yet! I’m using political funds totals of the 2002 year to ballots cast in 2014. I’m also saying there might be a large discrepancy in my figures.

Still, I could have a senior coffee and breakfast biscuit at McDonalds one morning for that amount of money, It would be better than the hot air from the politicians. I would receive value for my vote instead of unfulfilled promises!

As voters we appear to be already sliced and diced by demographic denominations important to the elected elite. We don’t really elect public servants anymore. Cartoon character “Yogi Bear” used to claim he was smarter than the average bear. If Obama and Hillary were running for the office of president, I would say that dumb and dumber would be our Democratic Party choices. Contrast that with the Republican Trump who has no political candidate experience except contributing money to politicians.

Yes, the upcoming election will tire me. Truth, common sense, and the intelligence of the American voter are under attack. I suspect we will be besieged by LIV (Low Information Voters) that being those who don’t have enough information to make a rational informed choice on what political candidate or issue to vote on.

This doesn’t mean LIV are stupid or gods forbid Republicans. LIV’s just don’t have the information needed to vote. Mass media is dumbing down Americans. America is browning in my opinion and political power is determined by who votes and their number. Racial profiling applies to politics and elections in this country. Immigration, welfare entitlements, civil rights, social security, and those in the LGBT crowd are the touch stones of political victory. They must be catered to if you want to win! They represent the future voter growth denominations.

Somewhere along the way common sense and a modicum of intelligence was lost in this political process.

 

 

NEW EPUB & MOBI GENERATOR FOUND ON INTERNET

 

PublishXpress website has an application that will turn a Word docx file into an ePub and a Mobi file. For those who publish with Word this might be a good tool to investigate. I’m not an affiliate for this company.

I tried it and it did do the conversions. Don’t know how long the website will be up. I hope forever (smile). Anyone who uses it and likes the output; please send me a comment on it.