Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update #14

Goal Update
Another week of grinding it out. Need to get to the pool more often, but I am getting much more efficient swimming. My sets are getting longer, breaks shorter and most importantly I don’t feel like I am going to die. Got outside to run on Saturday, followed by a nice 12 miles on the dreadmill Monday... (insert Been steadily biking; may take the bike out for the maiden voyage on the road Sunday (highs near 70!) after it snows tomorrow… Classic Michigan…

Weekly update
Miles Swam: 1.25 [2.89]
Miles Run: 26.01 [322.47]
Tacos Ate: 22 [281]
Miles Biked: 48.36 [668.41]

Things I worked on

This week I did a little finishing work on the CNC control box; switching the motor halt switch from a normally opened button to a normally closed button so it would actually work (all other end stops are normally closed - TinyG requires them to all be the same), then I designed, painted and installed some hangers for the control box to attach to the table (to do this weekend). I plan to install the t-track and waste board over the weekend so that I can start making things again!
In the meantime, I installed a smart thermostat that I can control with my home automation platform (Smartthings - I should write up a review on that sometime), did some spring cleaning around the house, cleaned out my garage for future projects and spent a lot of time studying/doing problems for the PE exam coming up in just over 2 weeks. This section should get a bit busier once I get that exam off my plate.
Oh yea, almost forgot. I have been meaning to set up retropie on one of my raspberry pis and I finally did it! Pretty much followed this guide step by step and then added some ROMs, and then played Super Mario Brothers for a few hours… Oops.

Favorite Podcast of the Week

This podcast spoke to me; a lot of people chalk up their success to hard work, or those who feel cheated say others were lucky. This podcast gave me a refreshed outlook on luck and how if we work hard, more luck will seem to find us. Have a listen, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Favorite Quote(s) of the Week

"Preparation + skill + perseverance equals luck." - Jason Flom

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” - Coleman Cox

Random of the Week

For those of you who have heard of SpaceX, did you see what they did last week? If you haven’t heard of SpaceX, stop reading and watch this video:

Okay now that we are on the same page, last week (3/30/2017) SpaceX launched and landed the first ever re-used rocket.

Why you may ask?
The answer is to make space flight economical.

Why would we want that?
For the same reason you backup your computer hard drive (if you don’t seriously, spend $20 to get an external hard drive and copy your important files to it monthly so you aren’t dead in the water when your hard drive decides to die).

But Zach, seriously how does making space travel economical equate to backing up your hard drive?
Simply put, by making space travel economical, we can make sure the human race does not suffer the fate of numerous life forms that have lived on earth and been wiped out through a massive extinction event.
Blue circle: People who can afford to go to Mars. Yellow circle: People who want to go to Mars. Green intersection: At least a million people
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Where did I get this idea?
Well there is an amazing blog called “” (seriously awesome domain name), created by Tim Urban, that explores various questions from a 4 part series on Elon Musk aka the real life Iron Man (Telsa, SpaceX, and everything else - a long, nerdy read, but AWESOME), to Why Cryonics Makes Sense, to Why you secretly hate cool bars. His blog posts are full of entertaining thoughts and details, which I tend to resonate with. If you have some free time and want to better yourself or be able to have weird nerdy conversations with me, please take a look at Tim’s blog.

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1 comment:

  1. I have a Nest thermostat, the integration with SmarThings is a bit rough, but I haven't updated the device handler in a year or so. Getting set up to migrate to Version 2 of the SmarThings hub, no migration tool so its a remove and rebuild from scratch approach. Once on version two then update device handler and see how it goes.