More Cardboard, Really?

July 15th, 2018
Walmart

Walmart Promotional Material

Walmart will now offer 2-day free shipping for purchases over $35, and no membership fee( Does Amazon.com come to mind?). For sometimes now I’ve wondered about all the cardboard that gets recycled or just thrown into garbage dumps because of online shopping. So when I see that Walmart in now offering free shipping of orders more than $35.00, and no annual membership fee like Amazon.com, I could be less than unenthusiastic.  The only thing I noticed in the above promotional image beside Tide was seeing more cardboard, really?

This might be useful for folks who don’t drive, blind, no mass transit and other reasons.  But for most folks, I’m thinking they could just get off their fat butts and pick it stuff up themselves.  They then get their purchases the same day.

If Walmart is offering free shipping, then somebody is paying FedEx, UPS or USPS shipping costs.  The Walton aren’t paying for shipping, the customers are. And will prices be a little higher to cover the cost?

I’m Trying My Hand

July 14th, 2018

Video by E.W. Faircloth

I’m trying my hand producing  short videos of most of the resident clubs in Heritage Shores.  They are numerous and quite varied, from Bible club to Pickle Ball.    In between are military, camera, poke, horse shoes, card games and even more.  Brookfield Home is smart enough to know that a house is not a home.  So they are using club activities to help attract new buyers.

One of the Vice Presidents, who knows me, ask if this was something I could help do.  I explained to her that still photography was my specialty and I only did simple one camera with built-in microphone videos.  That would work well with the project as the video would have a voice over on the sound track.

Now, of course, Brookfield Homes would save a ton of money with these amateur videos.  A little cash and a lot of gift cards to a resident (that would be me) would wouldn’t hurt as much as paying a real video production company.   Those companies usually have expensive equipment and high paid talent,  which let’s me off the hook.

So, above is the Bridge Club.  I used my wife’s little JVC Everio camera which she bought years ago to shoot her Zumba classes.  I could have used my Nikon D7000 but her camera is easier to control.   Adobe Premiere was the editing software.

My only real concern is the amount of hard disk space all this will take.  The video and related files comes in around 850 megabytes.  That’s almost a Gig of space.  If this project goes forward and 20 different clubs are in the finished project, that’s approximately  16 Gig of storage.

 

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Kaint Git No Luv In London!!

July 13th, 2018
Trump

CNN Screen Grab

President Donald J. Trump may not be one of the worlds most popular people in London.  Protesters were out en mass to protest what they consider the worst president ever in the USA.

 

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Public Service Announcement

July 11th, 2018
elements

Screen Grab

The Heritage Shores Library has two copies of Adobe Elements running on its computers.   The Heritage Shores Shore Shots Camera Club installed the software  years ago.  This is just a reminder that the programs are there for use by the community at no cost.   The version in our  library isn’t the most up to date version but it still packs a lot of utility.

Elements is photo editing software which allows one to make their pictures look even better.  A member of the camera club can assist you, if needed.

 

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Missing In Action

July 9th, 2018
flags

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The more than 240  USA flags flown in Heritage Shores for Independence Day were taken down today.   The Heritage Shores Military Club handles the display and storage of the flags, which can be seen multiple times a year.

This year, 5 flags went “missing in action.”  One of the military club members put this plea out on Facebook:

To the individual(s) who “borrowed” several American Flags on display at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE for the July 4th Holiday. WHY would anyone take flags that were placed there by family or friends to honor their loved ones who served our country, some of whom make the ultimate sacrifice? Didn’t you see the dog tags attached to the flags with their names? The true value of the flags is not in their cost, but in the cost paid by those who served and their families. If you see this post, please return what you “borrowed.” You can drop them in the lobby of the clubhouse at Heritage Shores.

 

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I Had Another Idea

July 8th, 2018

Well, it’s time to write a new light show pattern for my programmable light box.  I’ve have posted a video of the contraption here on  this blog.

As most of my ideas, they start off by me figuring a way to make it work using pencil and paper. So here’s the plan

A. Figure out a way to make it seem like 3 concentric rings of LED are radiating out from the center LED, where:

1.  A is center LED

2.  B is closest LED ring to center

3.  C is middle LED ring

4. D is outside set of LED rings

B.  One way to make it happen is to start with center LED shinning at full brightness. the ring closest to it is 1/2 full brightness, center ring is 1/4 brightness and the outside ring, D, is 1/8th brightness.  We then shift through  4 versions of this to give the appearance  of movement. That’s where the above “One Full Sequence”  drawing comes into play.

1. If we map the brightness of  (A,B,C,D)  to (1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8). The center LED is brightest and the outside ring of LEDs is the dimmest.

2. Next we’ll map brightness of (B,C,D,A) to (1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8).  This should move the brightest LEDs to ring  B, with ring C dimmer, ring D  even dimmer and center LED the dimmest.

3. We repeat the process and map brightness levels as shown in 3 and 4 to complete the sequence.

4.  After that, we just keep repeating the sequence.

C.  The next thing to figure out is how to dim the LEDs. I don’t have an analogue means to dim a LED with a Raspberry Pi.  There could be a way, I don’t know and I’m too lazy to do an Internet search.  I know from previous project that you can emulate dimming by quickly turning a LED on and off very rapidly.  The brain like to play this little game.  So that’s the technique I’ll use.

D.  That where the above  “Brightness – Time Line” comes into play.  We need to turn blink(turn on and off) a center LED and 3 LED rings.

1.  We’ll have a 16 unit time period for each movement through the sequence. It won’t matter the true length of time as the shorter the time, the faster the radiation look will happen.

2.  What ever LED is full brightness gets the full 16 units of on cycles.  That’s full brightness

3.  The LED which gets 8  units will seem to be 1/2 brightness, 4 units would be 1/4 brightness and 2 units the dimmest or 1/8 brightness.

E.  Now, I don’t know how the human eye will respond to the brightness level this way.  I can always tweak proportions later.

F.  Next, I start writing the Python code to drive the lights.

Let’s see what happens.
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Throwing In An Alarm System ..

July 6th, 2018
alarm

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

I forgot to mention a home for sale at 27 Ruddy Duck Lane, the owner is throwing in an alarm system.

 

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27 Ruddy Duck Is For Sale

July 4th, 2018
house for sale

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This picture is about the kitchen backsplash not the fruit.  Yes, the fruit is prominent in image but I thought a perspective home buyer would give more thought to the granite counter top and ceramic tile backsplash.   The present home owner and her hubby did many upgrades, additions and custom designs to the home.

You can see more pictures and decorating ideas by viewing the home online.  A quick Internet search for “27 Ruddy Duck Lane Bridgeville DE” should find the price and pictures.

 

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I Had An Early Flight

July 3rd, 2018
house for sale

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

I shot a real estate assignment yesterday.  Most of my time was spent inside the home. Usually, exterior photographs of the home are taken first.  But around 1:00 PM, it was just too hot with temperatures in the 90’s.  So today I got up before 7:00 AM to shoot exterior and drone images.  By 8:00 AM my drone was in the air.

Let’s say I had an early flight.

 

 

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Grandma, That You?

July 2nd, 2018
Janes

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This past weekend, Heritage Shores held a three day Summer Kid’s Golf Clinic..  Larger children went for 3 hours each day for two days.  The smallest children, “PeeWees”, went for an  hour on Saturday.  Will Scarborough does a great job with the children.  Three of my grandchildren went again this year.  My granddaughter, 5,  even asked to return this year.

I took a couple of pictures of my grandchildren but the best photographer seen on Friday was there to get not only her grandchildren but a nice  team picture, and others.   Best is a good description because she had all the angles covered, up, down, close-up, wide angles,  action and etc.

In fact, my best picture on that day was her, not  the children.  Later, while editing a thought popped into my mind: “Hey Grandma, … that you?”

 

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