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A Github Kind of Day

Posted 2012.01.29 9.09 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

For all the years I’ve been dabbling with programming-related projects, I’ve always just put the code on my own website so folks could download it there.

Meanwhile there’s all these other tools and things people have built specifically for sharing code, and I’d kind of ignored them because I had my own easy (for me) way of doing it. The problem with just throwing a zip archive on my site here is that people can download it, but they can’t easily make changes or contribute to its development – in other words, it’s not really collaboratively friendly.

So at long last, I’ve got around to looking into Github, or Git — I don’t even know what it’s supposed to be called, in fact. Whatever it is, I got myself an account and set up not one, but two public repositories.

This first is for my little Chronodot library for the Arduino. This gives you full real-time-clock functionality in your Arduino sketch, and also lets you get the current temperature readings from the Chronodot as well.

The Chronodot library for Arduino is available here.

The second is a high performance i2c LCD driver that was originally created by Matt Falcon. He had shared it via the Adafruit support forums, but it had not been updated for the changes in Arduino’s 1.0 IDE. People were asking for those changes, so I went ahead and modified the library to be 1.0 compatible.

The LiquidTWI library for Arduino is available here.

Some More Pics

Posted 2012.01.24 22.07 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

This past weekend there was snow, but the weekend before that, there was not.

I took a walk across the local cricket pitch and around the block, and shot some pics as I went. I was using my Olympus XA-3 with a roll of long-expired “Klick Max” film. It’s some store-brand that I’d never heard of, that I’d acquired at some point over the past year.

I found when developing it that the colours had an interesting shift to them. A bit more blue, a bit more red. (Or a bit less green?) Either way, the effects were unexpected but I rather like how some of them came out.

Until the past week or so, I had not been taking a lot of pictures (as evidenced by the lack of photo posts here). I’m trying to keep up with it, and I have a couple more rolls of film to process yet. I do expect to take more pictures, and hopefully as the weather gets better I will get out more with my cameras.

Some Pics

Posted 2012.01.23 16.29 in Photography by Stephanie

The other day when I took my Kodak Bantam out for a walk, I shot a few more pics than just the Ghostbusters car.

The walk took me past an old schoolhouse building, and its playground. The school was built over 100 years ago, and while it’s no longer used as a school, it is still busy there – though I don’t know what they do exactly.

The playground sees a lot of use in the summer as a cricket pitch.

p.s. Hey look! A photography post!

They’re Baaaaack…

Posted 2012.01.22 22.21 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Oh wait, wrong movie. Who you gonna call?


I love that whoever owns this car sometimes parks it in my neighborhood.

(Pic taken with my 75+ year old Kodak Bantam camera.)

It’s the Big Time

Posted 2012.01.18 22.16 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

I just put together this simple fun kit from Sparkfun – it’s a great big chunky watch, with retro LED display!


The digits are much brighter and easier to read in person. I have not yet mastered the art of taking photographs of illuminated LEDs… either the LEDs are clear and everything else is dim, or the LEDs are dim and everything else is properly exposed.


Posted 2012.01.15 12.28 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Worst. Words. Ever.

Posted 2012.01.13 19.26 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

I’ve been trying to write this post for a couple days now. Every time I try, I end up putting a few words down, then my mind fills with dark clouds and nothing else comes out. Then I get a lump in my throat and something in my eyes and just give up. So to heck with it, this time I’ll just bash out what comes and let it go at that.

These are the worst words ever. Words you never want to hear from anyone you care about. Words that cut deep and go on hurting when you think about them. I’m talking about works like:

  • Recurred.
  • Metastisized.
  • Inoperable.
  • Terminal.

They hurt, they suck, and I keep thinking that there must have been an error somewhere. Somebody forgot to carry the four or something, because this just isn’t possible.

Except of course it’s possible. These things happen all the time, they can happen to anyone… it’s just never been someone so close before.

Try and be optomistic and sure, there’s still hope, still a possibility. Sort of. Maybe some new drug will come along, some new discovery might be made. Maybe. And hey, what if the doctor’s wrong?

Like they said at xkcd, fuck cancer. But whatever, I have to go: there’s something in my eyes.