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Travis Hayes
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[Posting a daily interaction summary I wrote up and posted to FB a couple weeks ago. I'm interested in how people express their individuality in corporate work environments.]

Hot today so I spent a lot of time in the (air conditioned) car and running errands in the Lilac City where I used to be a genetic superman. I'm now apparently some sort of idiot savant.

50s clean cut WM Home Depot associate.
Associate: You're still here!
Travis: I'm doing research.
Associate: On metric bolts?
Travis: Yes.
Associate: You seem very thorough.
Later...
Associate: Wow, you're still here.
Travis: I'm comparing drill bits.
Associate: See you Monday, I'm off tomorrow.

30s white BBW Home Depot cashier.
Travis: Hi, how are you today?
Cashier: I'm AMAZING, can't you tell? Just look at me.
Travis: OK, you're amazing. Can I be amazing too?
Cashier: Hmm, you have interesting hair.
Travis: (raising leg) I have urban camo socks!
Cashier: They're good for socks, but I don't like socks and never wear them. Check out my feet!
Travis: ...
Cashier: Socks are for people who bother.

20s well proportioned BF working window at Taco Bell.
Travis: Your hand is cold. It must be nice and cool in there.
Window woman: Probably just from the water and handling drinks. It's really hot.
Travis: Wow, that's too bad. This is not the day.
Window woman: (laughs) It's always the day at Taco Bell!
Travis: That's the funniest thing I've heard today.
Window woman: Really? You should get out more.
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First vlog posting on my car computer project. I tend to document my projects in writing and diagrams, so this is something new for me to try to convey the concept of what I'm trying to achieve.
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Carputer 2015 - Sourcing Parts
When I began this car computer project, I imagined that the current popularity of hobbyist embedded computing and custom A/V projects would make it easy to obtain components. Not so much. Internet searches and scouring forums can lead toward the specific pr...
When I began this car computer project, I imagined that the current popularity of hobbyist embedded computing and custom A/V projects would make it easy to obtain components. Not so much. Internet searches and scouring forums...
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Carputer 2015 - Motivation and Goals
Background I've long wanted to do an in-car computer system but the timing was never right. Recently I decided that my midlife crisis car will be the car I already have: a 2007 Infiniti G35x sedan. Being willing to invest time and money into this car means ...
Background I've long wanted to do an in-car computer system but the timing was never right. Recently I decided that my midlife crisis car will be the car I already have: a 2007 Infiniti G35x sedan. Being willing to invest tim...
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Finally got my EasyCap working under Linux! I'm doing a car computer project and need to pull in my car's existing video for compositing with new features. Time to purchase a 7" touchscreen and Pi 2 for some real prototyping.
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+Nate Berry the eventual goal is a carputer. My car (Infiniti G35x) is 8 years old but still low miles and nice. Of course the Bluetooth and 7" LCD interface are horribly dated. Glad I didn't waste my money on navigation. This is a problem with a lot of recent cars. The electronics become dated and make people want to upgrade. I have no problem dealing with electronics, so this is my project.

A lot of the previous carputer projects focused on AV and navigation features that are now in every smartphone. I want this system to be more tightly integrated with car features and act as a remote AV display for phone features using WiDi/Miracast, Bluetooth, WiFi services, etc. Once I get my prototyping parts ordered I'll probably starting documenting this on my blogspot site that posts to G+.
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The April Fools' joke on me is that I need to update server certs and the private key is on a machine that was borked by a failed upgrade. Yay!
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This part of New Hampshire may not have Mexicans yet, but Mexican Coke is starting to appear everywhere. Me gusta. Now I don't have to stock up on Passover Coke every year.
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+Dat Moose​ I also buy bottles from the display rack at George Calef's, just north of the 125/9 intersection in Barrington. I'd think some mom and pop market in Rochester or Sanford would have the same kind of thing.
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My first Android-x86 build running on a corebooted Asus Chromebox. No Bluetooth or HD audio support for this hardware in the kernel, so I'll need to fix that. The system image was surprisingly easy to build on my Ubuntu 14.04 server then and test from USB stick. This will hopefully become the frontend for my carputer project.
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Carputer 2015 - System Design
The carputer design is coming together. I've collected a decent set of system components, cabling, connectors, and tools that will be useful for prototyping. System design has been a bit up in the air as I'm coming to understand the limited selection of com...
The carputer design is coming together. I've collected a decent set of system components, cabling, connectors, and tools that will be useful for prototyping. System design has been a bit up in the air as I'm coming to underst...
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+Chad Louis​ I mention my goals a bit in the previous blog post. There's been a lot of proof of concept and mini-prototyping steps that I haven't put in my blog yet, largely because I've been trained to document for managers and not for engineers. Never mention specifics to managers until you're confident, etc. Also my workbench is a mess, making for cluttered photos. Thanks for reminding me who my audience is.

Current plan is that there be (at least) 3 new "computers". Arduino for interfacing to existing vehicle systems. Linux-based backend for storage, high level control, and access to new features. Chromecast frontend because I want Android phone mirroring.

Android Auto is close to the experience I want, but I could do without the paranoid safety controls and forced USB tethering. I'd mostly like my phone to stay in my pocket while in the vehicle. Dash cam and OBD2 integration are future features.
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Interesting light and shadow on the east field this evening. It's darkly cloudy to the west except near the horizon where the sun is. This caused the old house, garage, and barn to cast long dark shadows over the field. Assuming it hasn't been cropped out, the pine tree on the left is a bit over 300 yards from the lens to give a sense of scale and distance.
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There is a huge ass bird on the roof of my barn. I was able to get close enough to see it fairly clearly with my 6x rangefinder. +Barbara Hayes​ thinks it's a young eagle. This may be the same bird I saw circling my field last week with gray wingtips from underneath.
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Or maybe two separate birds, eagle on the roof and turkey vulture in flight. 
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Identifying the world's problems, designing solutions, implementing nothing.
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Former Silicon Valley software engineer, now owner of the family farmstead in semi-rural New Hampshire.
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brain in a jar, bad at yard work
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