Breaking the fourth wall

Got a late start today due to rain in the AM and a mixed forecast for the afternoon. I spied the temp and dew points starting to move away from each other, so I went out and got to work. Front wall framed and mounted!… Read the rest

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Three walls makes a fort

Or something like that. Three walls up, mainly square, and carriage bolted to the deck. I have the framing plan for the front wall and went to the Home Despot today for materials. I did not get the two sheets for plywood, as I was not feeling the lashing of said plywood to the roof of Jenny’s Outback.… Read the rest

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Mary Buckley Proves Tom Hunter is a Relative

This is a recreation of an email that I sent to my father and sister a few nights ago. A few years back, I was caught up in the fever of being Irish-American. I found an unsung hero of the 1916 Eater Rising had really caught my attention, so I wrote a Wikipedia article about him.… Read the rest

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Fort follow up

Take a guess what I did this weekend?

Yup. More fort building. Was aiming for 3 walls completed, if not mounted, by quitting time Sunday, but I only got 2.75 done. I am out of Titebond III and 2.5″ screws and couldn’t see masking up to go to Big Orange for these meager supplies when I am going to need oh so much more next weekend.… Read the rest

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Building the kid a fort

This is just the platform. The fort will sit on top. Platform is roughly 8’x8′. Fort will be 8’x4’x6′ at the front and 5′ high at the rear. We are searching for a slide now, which is an odd thing to find out of stock because of the Coronavirus.… Read the rest

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Build a Raspberry Pi Webcam Server in Minutes

I have this up and running with the official Pi NoIR v2.1 camera module. I purchased it from these guys, as Bezos has enough money already. This camera will soon be moved to the basement Pi to try and revive the OpenCV oil tank monitor project.… Read the rest

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Raspy Pi Cam and VLC Streaming 

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Pi-Hole with Unbound

Going right to the top on DNS lookups. I am liking Cloudflare’s offerings, but I want to try this solution out for a couple of days at least.

https://docs.pi-hole.net/guides/unbound/

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Checking Hard Disk Sanity With Smartmontools (Debian & Ubuntu)

Now that I have loads of files hanging off my Pi with zero redundancy, monitoring hard drive health is a pretty good idea.

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Weather Station

So, out of the blue, my father emails me asking if Calin might enjoy a weather station. I figured he had an unused one that he found while cleaning out the house. I am fairly certain I have seen an unused weather station in that house before.… Read the rest

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