Category Archives: Daily Life

WHAT SNOW?

The snow of biblical proportions didn’t occur last Sunday. Milk and bread were in short supply this weekend. Television and radio predicted snow would occur in Greensboro, NC., My birthday gift, an Alexa Dot, predicted in a female voice that the probability of snow for Sunday was 0.008 per cent.

It’s 4:34 pm. Bright, sunny, and warm as I look out my window. The supermarket certainly enjoyed a minor uptick in revenue last week.

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.

 

 

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!

RAINS, RAIN GO AWAY COME BACK ANOTHER DAY!

The last few days of May have been dreary in my opinion. Umbrellas have not become an accessory staple carried by all yet, though more attention is being spent on weather speculation or what weather men call “the prediction.” It doesn’t really matter since we will get whatever is in store weather wise tomorrow.

Looking out my office window at the natural area in front of me, I see how damp the ground is. My eyes also see the blooming flowers and plant life. It rains on them as well as us. Still live goes on for all of us.

For now the weather is great for them. By August the dog days will be upon us. Then Greensboro will have turned into a light Brownsboro. This widespread affliction exists primarily due to seasonal hot temperatures occurring in our small city.

My 24 inch monitor screen beckons me to return and write some more words. I guess I’ll answer the siren’s call.