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LED Streetlights

As much as I want LED, solar powered street lights, I keep thinking about a problem many southern dwelling designers never considered. 


A few years ago -- far before LA's switch -- Wisconsin tried to switch to LED bulbs for power savings in their existing light fixtures. It was working great until a front of wet, sticky snow came through. Snow stuck to the fixtures, eventually covering the light and making it useless. 

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That moment you look around and see the mess you're in

It occurred to me this morning that I've more or less stopped socializing the last few years, the last year in particular. I rarely see friends, I spend my weekends buried in projects or house upkeep. When I do see friends I'm so burned out and exhausted that I'm not all that talkative.

It's understandable given that I've worked a job that I've long since stopped finding interesting. Instead of providing me engagement and interest, it merely saps my energy. I try to get some of that back in my off time through Drupal projects, but that leaves me little conscious down time.

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I was in a bit of a tinkery mood today. Originally, I was intending to spend the day coding after once I was finished with groceries. Instead, I wanted to work with my hands. Coding and typing on a keyboard simply doesn't satisfy that craving.

I had the idea a few days ago to take one of the Raspberry Pis and put the media center software XBMC on it. Parts:

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ADDIE vs. SAM or, why I don't work well on Waterfalls

Yesterday I finally turned over what my latest web based class. A module was left off due to a dead laptop, a funeral, and massive illness eating 2 weeks of dev time. If my job had faster iterations per class it wouldn't be so annoying to leave off a module. I'd simply tell myself that I'd get back to it in the next iteration. Unfortunately, there are often months or years between course updates due to the time involved in producing an update as well as shifting corporate priorities. I would my current workplace stuck in an ADDIE process, but that's not quite true.

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Work Journal for April 28th, 2014

The last week did not go well. In fact, it went just terribly.

Monday the bat people showed up and sealed up the house. That was great except the bill. I knew that was coming, but it still stung and trashed the finances for the next month. I had to pull cash out of savings. 

Tuesday was the funeral for Marion's Dad. I was out for only a few hours, but I was able to make a good dent in polishing the modules and generally moving things forward.

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The Perplexing Book

Sitting through a coffee shop, watching a tiny child page through a large picture book. 

It's the kind of book that seems more common place today than it did when I was little. From the cover, it's aimed at establishing or raising a child's self-esteem in a world that too often, wants to tear everyone down. 


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