ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 2 September 2012

INSOMNIACS DREAM. (02/09/12)

I woke at around three this  morning after a couple of hours sleep. I tried to get back to the land of nod but was kept awake by a couple of Tawny Owls. I gave up the fruitless pursuit of a pleasant dream, got dressed, had a coffee and went out to see if I could find the owls. I could hear them close by but never spotted so much as an owl feather.

As dawn arrived I started taking pictures.

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Untitled_Panorama1      Arrived back home and messed about with them.

I don’t know why, I have plenty to do. Arduino, cooking my supper, clothes washing, tomorrow I have to go to the bank, Tuesday I’m supposed to be cooking for three days, I ought to check the kitchen out. Forget the latter I’ll just hope and pray it isn’t too busy when I get to work.  It will be fine, the kitchen porters will know where everything is. I’ll just have to do a crash course in Lithuanian.

The Arduino continues to dominate my life…..I did promise myself to follow the easy tutorials. I know, they are just too easy peasy…….I can jump several steps……OH! No I Can’t!

I wired up a row of eight LEDs and started writing my own programme….programmes are called Sketches when one is using an Arduino. I suspect it is to reduce the fear factor that I feel when asked to mess with anything from a Blog template to a Psion. I don’t have the latter anymore so forget I mentioned it.

It has worked…. I am fearless. I wired them all up. Very neatly, I clipped their wires. I then wanted to make them come on one at a time and when the last one lit for them all to come on, then go off. Nothing happened. I’d forgotten to put the curly brackets in. I’d also been a little cavalier over my placement of semi colons. I have learnt that if one is good then two are not necessarily better. Shouting or any form of emphasis is not appreciated by micro processors. Eventually, around tennish last night, I downloaded some similar code and got the bulbs to light up in a random sort of sequence…..Light up! I could have cooked a steak on them. Ballast resistors were required. I thought that their inclusion was just a bit of icing on the circuit board. fiddly wee things they are to install but necessary.

Things were much better with them. I used 560 Ohm ones cos I have more of them. One is still a bit bright but as I have given up and reduced the series of bulbs to three I ditched the bright one……it was probably made on a Friday afternoon.

I still have one hell of a way to go before I build anything useful but it keeps me happy and as there is little time to sleep I no longer suffer from insomnia.

The cooking? I’ll have a quick rake through the larder when I get in, get a chalk board and write up a few Chef’s Specials. Now that is Cavalier.

Almost forgot here is the Arduino all lit up………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Well nearly all. I caught it mid sequence. I should have wired in a camera trigger….that is many moons away.

It’s time for bed as Zebedee used to say.

Enjoy the week to come.

29 comments:

  1. That third picture is a beauty Adrian.
    Looks like dawn was better at yours, than mine.

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    1. I got a wee bit damp on the walk home. It's grand now.

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  2. I like the second photo best. No Arduino (did I get that right) lamp can beat that...

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    1. Non are good. You got it right. I now, or will have the computer as a tool. If I persevere it will become a friend. One just has to learn how to speak to it.

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  3. More of us should get out at 4 AM and get some pictures. Great shots of the dawn!

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  4. The question is.....

    Do insomniacs dream of electric sheep? or just Ardunio powered LEDs?

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    1. You have much to answer for....I must dream of solutions as I often wake up and have a solution to hand.

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  5. Love your photos Adrian, I am a night owl so it is hard for me to get up so early in the morning. I do love it when I do get up so early. That Arduino of yours is so interesting to me, who knows I may try working with one, one day

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    1. They are cheap entertainment but very frustrating.

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  6. Nice to see the work of a fellow insomniac. Amblesdie at 4 a.m. will be part of my next post...

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    1. The cure is not to fight it....I am fortunate in that when I get really tired I can sleep for four or five hours at anytime of the day.

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  7. The second image does it for me Adrian.....

    -Trevor

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  8. breathtaking dawn! also enjoyed the 3rd one! You lost me at Arduino; I googled it and decided...too much work. I enjoy natural light the most.

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    1. It is a challenge...possibly a step too far.

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  9. Wonderful pictures, beautiful composition, lovely colours Adrian!

    Have a lovely day.

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  10. I love them, the pictures are the best. And, what about the two Tawny Owls, keeping you from precious sleep.

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  11. I love them, the pictures are the best. And, what about the two Tawny Owls, keeping you from precious sleep.

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    1. I don't mind them calling for hours. I just wish I could find one roosting.

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  12. Wonderful pictures Adrian. I am afraid the technical stuff leaves me baffled.

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  13. Sunset through the corn field is quite special.

    I like it best.

    Not sure what the other project is all about, but does it involve programming an epromm chip? If not.... then I'm totally puzzled.

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    1. It's a reed bed, our corn grows on very short stems as until recently straw was a waste product.
      It has an eeprom chip but I leave that alone. The idea is that I'll learn enough to make and programme my own camera triggers.

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  14. Love the pictures of the early, early morning. Thanks for showing me what it looks like, I am pretty useless at that time of day. Tawny owls keeping you awake, especially when they don't show themselves, now that's just a bit rude.
    All that technical stuff is way .... over ..... my .... head I'm afraid. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. It's not too early....dawn is around six here at the moment.

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  15. Your landscape shots are out of this world. Really inspiring. So maybe you didn't spot the owls but I imagine hearing them as you did during this beautiful sunrise. I have the same things happen at times with sleep.....but that is something special to behold.

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  16. By coincidence a friend I was speaking to last night also mentioned Zebedee's catchphrase. I wonder when it will cease to be understood. One of the many Good Things about the holiday I've just had was the fact that those of us who were of a certain age and from the North West of England had a myriad of saying that we had used all our lives but which now seem obsolete.

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