New Show In Hall Of Arts

December 3rd, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth


The art in Heritage Shores Hall of Arts is changed monthly. This easily done by the picture hanging system installed in Clubhouse. The art is hung using strands of plastic, small clips and other pieces of hardware.

Please come to the next Hall of Arts opening this Wednesday December 4th, from 4:00-6:00.  This month will be a solo show by Peter Paul Lividini.  Peter has been drawing portraits of people, homes and pets professionally since he was 16.  There will be examples of pencil and color pencil drawings, pen and ink, watercolors, and gouache designs.  There will be complimentary cheese and wine.

Hire Real Programmers!

December 2nd, 2019
Screen capture with Spectacle

CNN.com is looking for beta testers for feedback on some new digital products. Being interested in direction of news media companies I tried to signup. Well, I didn’t get very far. One of the addresses I use for junk email is “spam@faircloth.org.” It’s been used for over 15 years with various companies.

“This email looks fake or invalid. Please enter a real email address” is the response I received while trying to signup.

WTF?

CNN needs to hire some “real” programmers as my email address is both real and valid. It’s obvious their MIT rejects are filtering email address with the word “spam” as invalid and fake. Those rocket scientists didn’t have a problem with DJTrump as my name or 20004(White House) as my zip code 🙂

A valid or real email is one that works. It’s isn’t that difficult to test. All these unwashed nerds have to do is send out an email and have the recipient reply to ensure it’s a working address.

Acceleration Tutorial

November 24th, 2019

Here’s quick tutorial on getting data from the acceleration sensor on Circuit Playground Express from Adafruit, inc. There are many excellent tutorials on using this device on
https://makecode.adafruit.com/

I started out by dragging 5 blocks onto programming canvas as seen in Figure A

  1. Forever block from Loops
  2. If block from Logic
  3. Comparison block from Logic
  4. Acceleration block from Input
  5. Play sound block from Music
Figure A

Next, I dragged the comparison block onto the “true” condition of if block. Use the left corner of comparison block when dragging. It will replace the true/false condition in IF STATEMENT. Note: I change the default value of right side of block to 1000. It’s default is 100. Figure B

Figure B

Place the acceleration value to be tested to “x” in it’s block. Then drag the block to left side of comparison value in if block. It will replace the 0 seen there. Use Figure C

You’re basically stating, If acceleration => 1000 then do something

as seen in Figure C

Figure C

We’ll tell the if block to make some noise if the condition block is true. So we drag the play sound block to fit inside the if block as seen in Figure D

Figure D

To make a sound everything the Circuit Playground Express acceleration sensor value is greater than 1000, we drag the now populated if block to fit inside the forever block as seen in Figure E

Figure E

Another View …

November 21st, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

I’ve seen pictures of sign, at the entrance of our community on Rt. 13, announcing Heritage Shores . So, I decided to get a different view than more of the other photographers. My drone came in handy for the shot.

Low Tide On Ponds?

November 19th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

On a few of our ponds the water level has been low recently. The ponds were put in by the developer and are not tidal. That being said, it still looks like low tide around here. The one above is near the front entrance by the guard shack.

What Was I Thinking?

November 14th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

What was I thinking?

I wasn’t thinking when I didn’t turn off the irrigation system from inside my home before it got to be a chilly 22 degrees later that night. The main shutoff valve is on the second floor of the house. The irrigation people are due to come next Monday to winterize the system. That still has to be done to keep underground pipes from bursting.

Since I have some type of short circuit in one of the zones which needs repair I’ll just wait until Spring to fix all of this.

Those Were The Days

November 12th, 2019
A spectator at a water volleyball match in Heritage Shores during one summer.
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The first day we saw snow flurries in 2019 was today, November 11th. This picture reminded me of warmer days when one could watch a water volleyball game in the warmth of the sun.

Ah, those were the days.

Veterans Day

November 9th, 2019
H.S. Military Club out in force this morning for Veterans Day 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

H.S. Military Club out in force this morning for Veterans Day.

100 years ago On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN

The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

[Source: Wikipedia.com]

Your Speed Is …

November 8th, 2019
Electronic speed sign seen in Heritage Shores.
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Heritage Shores now has another electronic speed monitoring sign to help drivers stay 25 MPH and below. This one is on Heritage Shores Drive near Harlequin and Canvasback.

Fall Back Spring Forward

November 3rd, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

It may be time to set your clocks once again. If your clocks don’t adjust themselves to Daylight Savings Time and such, it’s time to reset them. Most cellphones, tablets and desktop computers usually sync automatically. I’m thinking you’ll need to check the clocks on kitchen oven, microwave, automobile, ones on the wall and etc.