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Progress on the "LAN of things" project to help automate the homestead. I'd like to know when my water is about to freeze, when to put a stick in the stove, the weather, and various other things (security camera not shown here, but it's there).
More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5533#p5533
If this can do all of putting this in a DB, doing control things based on the data, and doing motion detection and live streaming camera video all at once - and it can, barely, it'll fly on a Pi-2, which I have coming.
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Sounds good...we used to have a cistern in MO so I know the headaches of that freezing up.
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If this would run through everyone's head every single time someone promises something too good to be true - hope and change (not being partisan, this is all pols), outsized returns, a great life you don't have to earn yourself, though cynical - it'd be a better world.  I've learned this firsthand over a rather long life.  It sucks, but who wants power?  Those who deserve it?  No, they're too smart - or honestly humble (since no one is omniscient and we all make bad decisions) to want it.   Want it bad enough to lie, and somehow even to themselves about it. Mainstream media sells eyeballs.  Facebook sells ads.  And so on.  You're the product.  This is how they work.  I didn't say I like it - it's just how it actually is.  Fool me once, shame on you...why do people fall for it again and again?   Why is it not your own fault when you do?  Yes, they are good at it, but...you're supposed to have judgement, personal responsibility, insight, and live a life YOU create, for YOU, not their benefit.
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I'd guess every battered/abused woman on earth has heard all these lines from their abuser.  And the truth about falling for it still hurts.  What we need to realize is that on a slightly less physical level, we're all in that same boat with our "authorities".
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Watching the likely doom of my plumbing in another building on my campus despite putting as much heat in there as I can.  Our previous low since 1979 here was 9f.  Going to 2F tonight along with high winds.
Ugh.  At least this is all with software I wrote for the arduino/raspi pair doing the logging and sending data back here for my plot program (in perl) from a nice warm seat.
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Nice...you and all your data aq!  That's bitch'in to see the plots of even just a few things...who needs a "nest"?   :p
I'm glad you made it though.  ;)  Cheers!
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Just testing Kazam for linux along with an arduino sketch I'm working on for controlling my water system (totally off-grid, rain collection and selective dump to cistern if the water is good). Nice compact video by comparison, at least.
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Thanks Markus, and merry Christmas to you too. I already have some combo
projects going with ardunino and pi, but I use perl and gnuplot for data aq
and plotting, probably faster, and for me, no extra learning curve. Hard
to beat perl for format conversions, hard to beat C (gnuplot) for heavy
math crunching. I found that machine needed audio gain turned up for
kazam...
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I'm getting tired of people who say I/we should vote differently and we get the government we deserve.
Only true because we seem to be too timid to use those other boxes. Ballot box utterly useless. Anyone here desired to have congress put our bank accounts on the hook for 300 trillion of weird bank derivative bets? They keep any profits, but if they lose, we pay. No citizen wanted this. Representative republic? Can I have some of what you're smoking?
It should come as no surprise that Republicans would be willing to vote for a bill that seeks to indemnify Wall Street from future failure. After all, Wall Street's proximity to the GOP, and vice versa, is hardly a contentious issue. And yet, it was "only" 162 republicans who voted for the Cromnibus - some 67 voted against. Which means that whipping the 57 democrats who also voted for the Bill to get the crucial 218 passing votes was far more cri...
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Hey, thank the SCotUS. They gave us Citizen's United.
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Here's a better one than I just posted a little while ago, with audio and more video. More on my site here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=885&p=5426#p5426
This is part of an overal project to instrument my fusion reactor so I can run remotely for my safety.
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+elpirogoldfish69 The Vice guys worked really hard to make me look good (unusual for journalists, thanks, Gaspard and Xavier), perhaps better than I actually am.  I'm on G+ many nights chatting, so if  you see me on, ring me.  Unfortunately, my tablet is always on (used as a radio) so I show up as "online" even when I'm really not - I'm mostly working during the day (EST hours).
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I'm working on a "LAN of things" to help me around the homestead. I believe that the "internet of things" is a very stupid idea, after only a little of this - I can tell every time someone uses the plumbing (and how much), opens a door...does nearly anything, even with minimal data acquisition. No way I expose that to the data-miners.
Hey, I'm not home, come rob me! More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904 as well as other links on my forums - I'll be updating that as I progress.
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I'm doing something about as different than ITER (thermal, "magnetic confinement") as can possibly be.  I'm doing a beam collider situation, avoiding thermalization which divides all your input energy into 6 degrees of freedom (translation and rotation around X,Y Z) where I'm basically firing bullets at one another, and it actually helps if they aren't hot at the time.  They get that way, but that's loss.
If one ignorantly assigns a temperature to a velocity along a single axis, it comes out hotter than they - but in actual fact, that's not the case...and a cold bullet kills just as well, it only has to be hauling ass.  My arrangement is all electrostatic, DC and RF drive.
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A quick look at how I get high voltage into a fusion reactor reliably. Good to document things that just work, so others don't have to waste the years I did on stuff that doesn't. As usual, more here http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=902&p=5497#p5497
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Stats for my Chevy Volt, 2012 model, picked up Oct 2011, last year (2014) , since Jan 1 2012, and lifetime. I drove it a lot on gasoline at first to break it in - and I didn't have enough solar to really run the car then. Now I do and it shows. This car hasn't been charged on grid power since it left the showroom. More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=759&p=5481#p5481
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I get them in pallet lots from suppliers who sell to installers, you generally get the best quality and the best price (assuming you choose brand wisely).  My best are made by Schott, the German glass outfit, but they are no longer sold here...they went kind of thin on the glass part...the oldest are BP (Solarex) no longer made, they stupidly shut down their plant just before filling the Gulf with oil.  I'd suggest not-chinese based on other's experiences, and avoid thin-film.  Polycrystalline are the way to go for longevity.  Often under $1/watt anyway, but you need a lot of them to play games with things like cars.
I have a theoretical 8kw worth of panels here.  What's nice is the car can be an extra battery to put energy into or take from - I have that going either way at this point.  No small thing, it's the most efficient backup generator made when used in that mode, and it takes itself to the fuel station.
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I could add more, but it only gets more disgusting from here.
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Jesus +Doug Coulter running football plays in High School was easier than this at least we had different colored uniforms!
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Just for fun, Jonathan Saunders drops by and shows off his new handheld "low power" blue laser.
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More cowbell?  ;)
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More work with the raspberry pi camera on the fusor. Showing me turning the main grid on and off via a secondary grid (lower right). No, things don't change color like this in real life, there's a bug in the pi camera control software that won't really let you remove "auto white balance" when it says it will.
More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=885&p=5426#p5412
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