There is, however, other stuff to do. But before I get in to that, here is an aside for ya. A lot is being said these days about "Making". Make Magazine is the poster child for the movement, and the Arduino is that child's favorite toy. Sites like Instructables (make your own Light Saber!) and Hack A Day show you how to do stuff. Places like Adafruit and Sparkfun are places where you can get stuff. I remember the days of Radio Electronics and Byte magazine. They had articles showing you how you could make a television descrambler or a taser. But every project had at least one part that was impossilbe to buy (usually an inductor). There was no Internet and I had no credit card, so I would mail a hand-written letter with a post office money order inside and hope for the best. Now it is different. Anybody can get almost anything, and almost all of it is ridiculously cheap. An Arduino kit costs $20. My first computer, an Apple //e, was something like $3000, and the Arduino is arguably much more powerful. I really believe we live in a great time for stuff like this.
Case in point: item #3 on my list of goals for this year is getting some basic home monitoring setup going. I mentioned the plan to use some JeeNodes from JeeLabs to make this happen. I had ordered these from Modern Device some time ago. It was time to crack the box open and start playing with software. There was only one problem.
|Some Assembly Required|
|I Love Carbohydrates|
Try #31 got served along with a Sirloin Butt Beef Roast cooked in my Sous Vide rig for 15.5 hours at 58C. This was honestly so good that it was unfair to anybody else who ate something today.
|I Love Protein|
That was lunch. And then it was time for supper. Keeping a sourdough starter going as we do gives you a bunch of discard that you've got to use up. So we gave these sourdough waffles from the gang at King Arthur's Flour a shot. They were good. Really good. Stupid good.
|I Love Waffles|
- Plain yogurt, Saskatoon berries, and chocolate sauce
- Cottage cheese, bananas, and chocolate sauce
- Pretty much anything and chocolate sauce