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
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.
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.
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.
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’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.