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Over the past few weekends I've been overhauling my home automation systems. At the...

Over the past few weekends I've been overhauling my home automation systems. At the core, as I decide what to buy and how to configure it, there are three primary principles: • Manual override: Everything automated has to still have the ability to be controlled manually • Keep it at home: No "cloud" services unless absolutely necessary (e.g. push notifications to a phone) • Open: Avoid vendor lock-in, use open source and open protocols where possible So far, I've removed my Dropcam (acquired by Google/Nest), removed SmartThings (acquired by Samsung), and replaced everything with the best alternatives I can find, and making a few sensors myself as well. It's been a fun experience for sure! Not something I would recommend as an "out of the box" solution, but I've learned a lot, and have a lot more ideas still! I'm planning on doing a full writeup once I get a few more things hooked up.

2019-08-18T21:53:11-07:00


at Irvine Marriott

2019-08-18T20:38:03-07:00


I need to start keeping track of the tail numbers of the planes I've...

I need to start keeping track of the tail numbers of the planes I've flown in because I'm really curious how many times I've flown in the same plane.

2019-08-18T20:01:57-07:00


Made some good progress on building my automatic cat feeder today! ⁣ ⁣Tore apart...

Made some good progress on building my automatic cat feeder today! ⁣ ⁣Tore apart a kitchen scale to extract the load sensor and platform. Built a stand out of some MDF board. Attached the scale to the base, mounted the dispenser to the back. ⁣ ⁣Tomorrow I get the motor and can mount that to the back as well as wire up all the circuitry! ⁣ ⁣In the end, this will be able to drop food into the bowl only if the bowl isn't already full. It'll also track how much is left in the dispenser, as well as hopefully be able to tell when she actually eats by measuring the weight of the bowl! ⁣ ⁣#homeautomation #internetofthings #automaticcatfeeder #smartfeeder #diy #arduino

2019-08-16T22:23:16-07:00


at Eureka!

2019-08-15T16:22:54-07:00


Hello again, it's been a while

Hello again, it's been a while

2019-08-15T09:35:17-07:00


Well this is new. It's like the coffee shop grew up.

Well this is new. It's like the coffee shop grew up.

2019-08-15T08:31:02-07:00


Same guy making the same omelettes

Same guy making the same omelettes

2019-08-15T07:34:36-07:00


Been looking forward to this all day 😄🌶

Been looking forward to this all day 😄🌶

2019-08-14T20:26:08-07:00


Everything here is exactly as it used to be

Everything here is exactly as it used to be

2019-08-14T20:12:37-07:00


A lot changes in 4 years. It used to be there was only one...

A lot changes in 4 years. It used to be there was only one guy driving a taxi between Ontario and Redlands. Now there's a Lyft pickup location at the airport! Very glad I don't have to rent a car anymore! Relatedly, I'm back at Esri HQ tomorrow for the first time in 4 years!

2019-08-14T20:00:05-07:00


Haven't been here in a while!

Haven't been here in a while!

2019-08-14T19:30:58-07:00


Back again

Back again

2019-08-14T16:35:33-07:00


Come and have a beer! Beers are on Okta if you say "Beer is...

Come and have a beer! Beers are on Okta if you say "Beer is my Password". Find us at the table outside!

2019-08-13T16:20:16-07:00


Made it!!

Made it!!

2019-08-13T08:00:33-07:00


Back again

Back again

2019-08-13T06:42:17-07:00


Made it to Seattle, but not gonna make it to Portland tonight 😔

Made it to Seattle, but not gonna make it to Portland tonight 😔

2019-08-13T01:10:02-07:00


The problem with airline status is by the time you get it, you've flown...

The problem with airline status is by the time you get it, you've flown so much that you don't really want to fly anymore.

2019-08-12T18:06:09-05:00


at JW Marriott Austin

2019-08-11T19:51:14-05:00


Update: it was touch and go for a while there but I made it...

Update: it was touch and go for a while there but I made it home! ⁣ ⁣p.s. Flying in to #PDX at sunset is my favorite. Your browser does not support the video tag. Click here to view directly.

2019-08-08T22:38:36-07:00


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