Thailand Day 3 – Big Buddha

from the top of the island

Alternate Title: Delephantg
Alternate Title 2: I’m gonna write a book!

We agreed to meet for breakfast (brunch?) around 10 am, and found a decent little place down a side street (can’t find the Soi’s name) across from Soi Seadragon. I believe it was the Eurasian place you can see here. People were more adventurous with their meals here, and everything was great. I learned about Coke Light here, which is their version of Diet Coke, the only diet soda I found the whole trip. And yes, I ordered their version of chicken strips again.

We did a little shopping (I bought some sandals) on the way back to the hotels for some relief from the sun and our bowels and then hit the beach. I got to the beach about 15 minutes before everyone else showed up. After wading in the water up to my calf, and wandering around for a bit, I got to watch a team setup a parachute ride for some of the tourists.

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Thailand Day 1 & 2 – Hell in the Air

we didnt take many pictures this first day.

Note: Since this story contains two Buddha’s, I’m going to let the deity keep the name and call our good friend Bubbles throughout these posts.

Alternate Title: “masssaaage?”

Day 1 was mostly all travel, however we were all so pumped to be in Thailand the first night, that we did go out and check the scene.

Hell
We purposely started flying early and arrived at the airport around 8:30 am. Most of the details about the flights are what you’d expect, full planes, 3 total flights, and Korean Air doesn’t have the air vents for each seat like every other airline I’ve ever been on. I live by those little vents.. but apparently the Korean’s don’t need them.

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Raspberry Pi – Auto Dashboard (just notes)

Raspberry Pi

Autostart

@lxpanel --profile LXDE-pi
@pcmanfm --desktop --profile LXDE-pi
@xscreensaver -no-splash
@point-rpi

@xset s noblank
@xset s off
@xset -dpms
@chromium-browser --noerrdialogs --incognito --login-profile --login-user --pro$


Bash Script

#!/usr/bin/env bash

export DISPLAY=:0

xdotool search --onlyvisible --class "chromium" windowfocus && xdotool key ctrl+Tab

Cron

* * * * * /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1
* * * * * sleep 30; /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1

#!/bin/bash

xdotool search –onlyvisible –class “chromium” windowfocus && xdotool key ctrl+Tab

chmod u+x scriptname
./tab-revolver.sh

./home/pi/tab-revolver.sh

* * * * * /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1
* * * * * sleep 15; /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1
* * * * * sleep 30; /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1
* * * * * sleep 45; /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1

* * * * * /home/pi/tabrevolver.sh >> /home/pi/tabrevolver.log 2>&1

Nest history > 10 days

Nest
Nest App

I like data. I’ve always been a bit of a data junky.  In my personal life, I’ve found looking at the data is usually interesting but not terribly useful.  But at work, I identify issues all of the time just by keeping different data up on my dashboards.    This write up however, is for my home, and my new Nest thermostat.  I was so excited to get this thing, I was curious about a dozen different aspects of these smart thermostats.  However, I was terribly disappointed when I got it installed and working and realized that the Nest only stores the last 10 days worth of data.  My assumption is they keep all the data (doesn’t everybody?) but for speed purposes they only let the customer access the last 10 days.  Whatever, its frustrating, but its not like their going to change it for little old me.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered they have an API that the customer can access. I had been bitching about the fact that Nest doesn’t give the customer access to this data, like on the website or something.. somewhere at least.  About 3 weeks later my buddy Buddah sends me this link that I guess showed up on his FaceBalls.

… I may have gotten a lil chub from this.

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i guess that cunt gettin eatin

occulus avatarsomething old
something new
something black
something blue
something different
somethign kew

I hate it when I get all pumped up like this.  Its 1:13am and I’ve been listening to fast paced EDM, techno, and electronic for the last 5 hrs trying to get through all the work thats in front of me.  I got about 3 hrs of sleep last night because I’m fighting off a head cold and if I wasn’t melting my ears consistently I’d be asleep in my chair, drooling on myself.  When I don’t have anywhere to be in the morning, I actually really enjoy these times. My productivity goes through the roof, I solve issues that I’ve had for months, and I can usually back off work for a couple of days afterwards.  However the next day is shit.

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O’Reilly Velocity

Had the opportunity to attend the O’Reilly Velocity conference this week, it’s a conference centered around DevOps… it’s pretty seriously geeky. In the past this conference has served as inspiration to do some really interesting and innovative things in my professional life so I’ve really looked forward to attending this year. My experience this year has been very different than previous years in that my most valuable takeaways are less technical and more reflective/managerial.

It’s a little terrifying to admit that reflection on technology history and strategies for interacting with people to accomplish projects are my take aways. Not sure if this is a reflection of getting older… I’m going to assume it’s just because I know everything tech :-)

If you guys haven’t seen the gaming videos moose has been posting, you should take a gander and watch the last 45 seconds of all the PlayerUnknown’s Battleground clips, it’s hilarious to watch him die.