It’s been several months since I did any substantial work on either Rube Goldbot or any of the home automation stuff, thanks largely to changing jobs and having zero energy for projects while I got myself acclimated and settled in. I’ll definitely go back to those projects at some point in the future, but right now I’m going to center the projects I work on around getting more familiar with some of the new tech I work with at work. No better way to learn! Two of the technoligies we’re using now are SignalR, NServiceBus and RabbitMQ. I’ve worked with similar tech before, though neverRead More →

I’ve got a “working” (albeit rickety) Arduino + PIR Motion sensor thing going on. Aw yeah! It’s an Arduino Uno, so no wifi yet, but I might cheat and use an Arduino 101 to do the next step, that is having it communicate to a RESTful web service that will do stuff based on what the sensor picks up. Eventually I’ll dump all this onto an Arduino Pro Mini with an esp8266 so there’s not a ton unnecessary hardware. Also still need to reliably detect ambient light levels with a photoresistor or something but that shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve been monkeying around with theRead More →

Distraction is something that comes fairly easy to me. No matter how interesting whatever I’m working on might be, I’ll always be able to find distractions from it. This is my way of saying that Rube Goldbot is still in progress, just not the primary thing I’m working on. One thing that’s been distracting me is learning some more fundamentals: I’ve started playing around with more basic electronics stuff, and am in the process of upping my game there. Rube is a very complex project (and will ultimately be a fairly expensive one) so I’d like to build it correctly. Another thing that’s been distracting meRead More →

My baby boy Hodor is really growing up. Yesterday I figured out how to have him control multiple LEDs individually, which is important because Rube Goldbot is going to need something that can control solenoids individually in order to hit various keys on my keyboard. This is good – but not good enough. Right now, Hodor is only capable of saying things that are hard coded in an endless loop. Hodor just Hodors all Hodo— er, day, if left to his own devices. What I need is for Hodor to listen to commands in sequences that aren’t part of his programming and respond to thoseRead More →

A while back I got an invite to purchase an Amazon Echo as part of a pre-release thingy. I had no idea what the hell an Echo was or how I might use it, but the idea of a a bluetooth speaker I could tell to play music and maybe look for things on the Internet intrigued me, and it wasn’t very expensive, so I bought it. It arrived and other than use it to tell me the weather, give me some news in the morning, or play music, I didn’t do a whole lot with it. I knew there were things it could doRead More →

I very highly doubt anyone but spambots and SEO “experts” will read this, but just in case an actual human (or creature with at least human-level intellect) gets here: Welcome. Like most people who do anything tech related, I frequently get some ideas for goofy little projects and tools that may or may not be useful, are often at least fun to think about, and should at least be challenging to make/let me play with a new technology. This blog is pretty much going to be about that. I don’t really know a hell of a lot about most of the things I’m going toRead More →