This is my little digital journal from the government shutdown. Today is day 6 (Tuesday Oct 8th), not counting the weekend. Click here to see all of my government shutdown journal entries.
Today I got up at 8am and got caught up on my Facebook news feed. Yesterday my weight ended in 7 so I weighed myself again this morning and it ended in 5, so I guess yesterday’s weight was a bit off. I realize that your body weight fluctuates and there’s no reason to weigh yourself every single day, but yesterday’s weight was a bit alarming, so I wanted to check again today.
I looked over my to-do list and decided to try not to do a lot of physical work today. Sometimes your body just needs a relaxing day. But I still wanted to get some to-do items knocked off my list, so I found some things that didn’t involve a lot of sweat and tears. My first task was to add a guest account to my boys computer. My 11 year old a couple weeks ago asked me to add a guest account and add a password to the account that he and his brother use every day. Apparently the boys are a little annoyed when friends come over to play and they mess up their places and scores in some of the apps and games they like to play.
Then I upgraded my blog software, WordPress, on my web server. You probably didn’t notice since it looks and acts the same. Then I spent a little bit of time practicing a solo that I was recently given in my church‘s Christmas program. My wife was out of the house for a few hours this morning, so I was able to launch a YouTube version of the song and sing along at full volume without anyone hearing me. After that, I worked some more on some VHS video tapes that I’m transferring to DVD. Once I started to get hungry, I made myself a chicken wrap for lunch and ate it.
Then I drove over to the local fitness center and gave blood. I had missed a couple opportunities to give blood at work several weeks ago, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for the blood-mobile in town. Their website has a list of upcoming locations in case you’re wanting to give blood. You could save a life!
While I was out of the house, I stopped into Firestone and got my oil changed and also got my busted wheel lug replaced. I had busted off a wheel lug a couple months ago when I was changing a flat tire by hand. Don’t know my own strength, I suppose. Then I ran through Lowes for a couple pieces of fireplace trim that I need to install.
Then I went back home and worked on a case mod for my new tiny little Raspberry Pi single board computer. The board came in a plastic case for shipping, but I added some holes for cables and such. Once I got it in a case, I felt more comfortable handling it and so I moved it over next to the house modem so I could plug it into the Internet connection and perform some software downloads and installations. I then wrote a simple program on the Raspberry Pi in Python to turn on and off an output channel on the I/O bus.
By this time, I had run out of time and had to go shower and go to choir rehearsal. This week is our first week of working on our Christmas program music. We had a very good turnout of folks who were starting tonight specifically to be in the Christmas program.
After choir rehearsal, I got back to playing with my new tiny computer. I verified using a digital multimeter that the channel on the I/O connector was actually being set ON (3.3 volts) and OFF (0 volts) by the Python script that I had written earlier. This allows the operator to energize or deenergize a relay which can turn on and off lots of different things, like motors, etc. Basically this thing can control a small or not too complex robot or other electronics that you can think of. I’ve got lots of little project ideas for this little computer, but the first project that I want to work on is controlling devices wirelessly using a web interface from my laptop or from my smartphone. So after proving that I could turn on and off the channel from the Python script, I installed Apache web server along with PHP and mySQL.
I got a lot accomplished today. It looks like my to-do list now has 25 items on it. I got a few checked off, but I did a lot of tasks today that were not actually written down on the list, plus I added a couple new items throughout the day, in typical fashion.
What will tomorrow hold for this furloughed government employee? Stay tuned! 🙂