2015 in review

December 30, 2015


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

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Home Automation / Temperature Sensors Part 2

January 29, 2015


With the checksum working, I moved on to the next stage: getting the temperatures out of the Arduino. I found an example webserver that served up the analog inputs using a Ethernet shield compatible with mine. A quick test and a little network configuration to get a static IP address and it ran. Now comes […]

Home Automation / Temperature Sensors

January 21, 2015


This project’s scope is open ended. The initial scope is to have a temperature sensor in each room, capture that data and push it to a server where I’ll have a webpage displaying a blueprint of my house and the temperature and humidity in each room, giving a visual representation of the balance of temperature […]

Post Apocalyptic / Civilization Building Books – Part 5 – The General (Raj Whitehall)

July 8, 2012


Another civilization (re)building is The General series (aka Raj Whitehall). This is one in the future where a galactic empire has collapsed and still functioning battle computer selects Raj Whitehall to be the unifying force to rebuild the empire and imparts the knowledge to do so. Like any good series, this builds in each book […]

Post Apocalyptic / Civilization Building Books – Part 4 – The Change / Emberverse

July 4, 2012


The Nantucket series is one of my favorite series and is by S. M. Stirling. It is tied very loosely to another series by Stirling known as the Emberverse series, collectively known as The Change series. Both were set in motion by the same event but are very different. One (Emberverse) deals with the world […]

Post Apocalyptic / Civilization Building Books – Part 3 – Belisarius

July 4, 2012


(Culled from Part 1 – see Part 2 for rationale). Sticking with the historical ones (and not a true post apocalypse in sight yet), I would now like to recommend David Drake’s and Eric Flint’s Belisarius series. In the far future, 2 sides (good and evil) wage a war by each sending back an artificial […]

Post Apocalyptic / Civilization Building Books – Part 2 – Conrad Stargard

July 4, 2012


I am breaking up my Post Apocalyptic posting into parts, one per book series or book since I plan a whole series of postings on this. Furthermore, after further thought about the common elements, I realized that the common thread is actually civilization building. There are many post-apocalyptic books and movies I have liked, but […]


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