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Kyle Boyington
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I Made A Nightlight!

With inspiration from Know How I made my son a nightlight from scratch! I built everything: the wooden box, the acrylic top, and am using a raspberry pi as the brains! The light changes from white, to red, to green, to blue, to random with the press of the button. Then it stays on for 20 minutes then slowly fades to off! You can also text it to turn it on and off (IFTTT)!

My son has really enjoyed it and it has run great so far! The code is ugly, as well as the led wiring, but it works!

If anyone wants anymore details, please let me know! Thanks to +Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and +Bryan Burnett for the great show!
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Bravo! :)
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OK, where are the electronic gurus?
I am hoping to find a way to control a high power LED with my Raspberry Pi. I have successfully controlled a  RGB light strip with pi-blaster, but not sure how different an LED like this would be.

Anyone have any experience with this? Can I use it just like a LED strip?
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I want to setup a "reddit style" website on my company's intranet. I know reddit is open source but its a little overkill for what we need. We don t need karma and gold and all that stuff. Any ideas of what others have done?
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 Sounds like Slack and/or Jira would be helpful for you. 
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I am happy with the D600. I actually learned on the D700, which is a beast but so good. The 600 is more modern with video though. I would say I am very happy so far. I did run into the issue with oil spots and sent it in and had it fixed for free. It is the best for the money IMO. I like the idea of a smaller travel camera, but just couldn't justify the cost.

I have not resolved the speed issue, mostly just learned to live with it. But I would love to know the answer. I have asked  around a bit with no specific answers.  
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Python Programmers Question

tl;dr: Make a program respond to a button press, even when it is sleeping (time.sleep(400)). 

Im building a little night light for my son. I am using a Raspberry Pi, and a led strip. I have come to the point where everything is working to get the lights working. The lights come on when you press the button, and cycle through the colors. 

Here is where Im stuck: I want the lights to be on for 20 minutes, then slowly fade out over a few minutes.But while the program is waiting for 20 minutes, it is unresponsive to the button presses. This makes sense as it is in a loop. How can I fix this

I have been using the threaded callback from a tutorial I found, but doesn't seem to work when sleeping.
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Hi Kyle,

I see you've got the LED states and the fade under control.
You've identified the problem with "sleep", not good for that use. It's my understanding that sleep states usually are for battery conservation, and minimal processes are used while waiting for the time to expire.

Python class was 5 yrs ago, so can't help with finessing what you've already done. However, here's what my approach would be. (no proper syntax is used here!)
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[TOP]
The first section will be just a loop that looks for two things:

1) Is the button pressed?  If not, then it falls to 2)
IF button is pressed, THEN CALL subroutine ChangeState, which sets the "Start-time" =NOW() and sets "ON_timer" >0

2) Is the "ON_timer" > zero?  -- which indicates that the light is "on", perhaps dimming.
IF "ON_timer">0
THEN CALL subroutine Timer --  Exiting this loop to run other parts of the program & constantly returning here.
RETURN   -- End of loop -- Any time it's waiting it's constantly checking the button & timer.

[Timer]
IF ON_timer >Set-Time    -- your 20 mins
CALL Subroutine Dimmer
ON_timer = NOW()-Start_Time
    RETURN  TOP
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My father in law is a farmer and wants to check his irrigator status from a mile or so away. I am looking at different ways to do that. Does anyone know of a cost effective, reliable way to transmit data over a mile away? Maybe not wifi, but some RF that could eventually be fed into a computer and parsed? 
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Yes I think thats the plan. Now I have to get power out there. Might go solar for that.
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+Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ  Is there any back channel discussion about the alpha and beta projects you showed on the last episode?  Like the handheld gimbal? Id love to see what you have so far in more detail! 
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Well... last night, while messing around, I actually blew the controller... and maybe a motor... sooooo....

yeah... don't do that. :)
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Hey +Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ do you have any info up on that Gimble you had on KnowHow 125? I reallllly want a gimble for my GoPro but to use on the ground. Or possibly my iPhone too! Any places I can start looking? 

Thanks!
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Hey +Kyle Boyington nice shot! I had high hopes for this community but we haven't done much with it thus far. However, we do have quite a bit of activity in our other Arkansas Community here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103141022165428094585/communities/108657409561587506591
Please come share there as well! Thanks!! David D
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Works like a charm. Just needs a mobile version.
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