First thing to mention, which doesn’t really have a category: I walked
from my home in New Westminster to UBC in one day; it was about 32km,
which is the longest walk I’ve done in one day. I am mulling the
possibility of walking across the US when I’m 60, and this is the kind
of daily distance I’d want to maintain. I got some good blisters and
was sore the next day, but not crippled; I think I could have done
that again. It’s a good sign.
More work on the weather vane; got it mounted on a peanut butter jar
lid. If that sounds silly, then in my defense it turns out to be
very handy to have a standalone mount for a project.
Made an HTML page to display readings from the weather vane, using
was measuring. Surprisingly handy.
Bought an Ikea Vindriktning, aiming to read its measurements
directly with an ESP32. Took a while to figure out how to get
it working – turns out that a common ground between the ESP32 and
the sensor board was necessary to get the UART working – but I
think it’s coming along.
Took apart a coffee maker that died on us to figure out what was
wrong, and it turns out to be a thermal fuse that blew – apparently
this is quite common. Will be picking up a replacement and seeing
if I can get it going again.
- After nearly 5 years of searching, I have finally got a job in the
space industry: beginning January 9th 2023, I’ll be working for
Wyvern Space. They are building satellites to do
high-resolution hyperspectral imaging; my position is senior devops
software developer, helping to build and operate their image
processing pipeline. I couldn’t be more thrilled. 😁
Trying to get back to doing these things on a regular basis.
More work on an electronic weather vane, following these
instructions. Lots of figuring out what size of bearings I
Some soldering to make a battery holder for some ESP32 camera
modules I’ve got.
Try to get the tipping bucket rain meter working; there’s a loose
connection somewhere, and periodically I see that Burnaby had 5
metres of rain in the last 24 hours. I never realized just how
much you have to pay attention to loose wires.
Sketch out a new rain meter based on inexpensive flow meters, then
order some. We’ll see how this works.
Going through a number of online courses/resources:
Coursera UMich Web Design for Everybody course: excellent,
though aimed at people quite new to development of any sort. One
thing: I’m lucky enough to have my employer pay for this, but the
lecturer, Colleen van Lent, writes:
My motivation for creating this course content was to spread the
mission of free education to everyone. Unfortunately, many of
the platform changes has put the material behind paywells. I
highly encourage students to take the courses individually
(rather than as a specialization) to access them for free. Even
then, some of the assignments may be hidden. I am hoping to
launch a new more open version in Fall 2018.
Shay Howe’s HTML & CSS course; also excellent
Trying to get the basics down, then look into React or some other
and DOM manipulation, which I had not really grokked before.
Project-in-progress is a refactoring (not a redesign, as I want the
look to remain about the same) of The Floating Head of Ayn
Rand, which has been more or less untouched for HOLY CRAP
twenty-one years. (State of the art at the time was
table-based layout, which I adopted enthusiastically 😬).
Changed the CSS for this site to have the post titles be a bit more
- But also web: begin taking up work on the New West Trees page
- Newest feature: adding links to the Wikipedia page for a
- Coming soon: adding common names for species (eg: English Oak
instead of Quercus robur)…which turns out to be surprisingly
- Tried pytaxize, which was a yakshave to get an NCBI API
token, then gave me problems re: rate limiting
- Tried pygbif; better results, but still not great for
trees. Example: Quercus palustris is resolved to just “Oak”,
but Wikipedia clearly resolves it to “Pin Oak”.
- But this gave me the idea of trying wikidata or
wikispecies; this is up next.
- I’ve become interested in web development recently, and have begun
working on a habit-tracking project called, unoriginally, Habit.
Jquery, Bootstrap, Flask and SQLAlchemy.
- I ordered a bunch of AI-Thinker ESP32 camera modules from
Universal Solder (Canadian vendor of Arduino, ESP32, electronic
components, etc; I’m a happy customer & recommend them thoroughly).
Started digging into how to make it into a timelapse camera.
- I signed up for a free account with [The SDF Public Access UNIX
System]. I’ve got a totes-real homepage at
[http://saintaardvark.unixcab.org], just like the old days.
: The SDF Public Access UNIX System
Road trip to Ontario in an EV with my family to visit my parents.
- More playing with ESP32. Try making an open-window detector with
the built-in Hall effect sensor, and sending a Grafana annotation
when it’s open.
- Refactor my .emacs files to use a
lisp directory, and switch to
use-package rather than Cask. This is easily the longest-running
project I’ve been working on:
Author: Hugh Brown <hugh@chibi-laptop-01.(none)>
Date: Tue Mar 3 21:13:57 2009 -0800
…and that commit came after declaring bankruptcy in the last one.