- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
- Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
- Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
- Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
- Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
- You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
- A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
- It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
- When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
- Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
- Overprepare, then go with the flow.
- Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
- The most important sex organ is the brain.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
- Always choose life.
- Forgive everyone everything.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
- Believe in miracles.
- God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
- Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
- Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
- Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
- Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
- Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
- If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
- Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- The best is yet to come.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
- If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
- Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Since this blog has been dead for several years, because I moved many of my online activities to Facebook, I decided to create a new line of articles here. Because I am expecting more visits from outside of Switzerland, I want to describe a set of excursions, and maybe I end up with a sort of small Swiss tourist guide. Since I live in Zurich, the focus will be something like this:
- Easy one day touristic excursions from Zurich, for which it is worth getting up in the morning and get going.
- Short tours to the environment, that can be done spontaneously in an afternoon.
- Longer tours that take more preparation and maybe even an overnight stay
I already assembled a list of possible excursions on the Offerings page “Excursions to Swiss Attractions”. In the near future, I will describe some of these excursions in more detail whenever I find the time. This page, therefore, serves as a directory and overview for excursions that I recommend at any time, which I probably made myself, and which I love to do with my visitors. It can serve as an inspiration and basis for suggestions.
Recently, I stumbled upon an advertisement for this object. It is a gadget called Blink(1), which can be plugged into a USB port and which has two color LEDs, one on top and one on the bottom, that can be controlled by a piece of computer software to show any color in any brightness. The gadget is costing around 40 swiss franks and it has a nice piece of control software, which can be used to make the gadget light in many different useful ways. For example, IFTTT (If This Then That) can be used to make it light in various colors upon given conditions, or URLs, files or scripts can be called to define color combinations, or a mailbox can make it light up if a given number of new mails arrive, or if the mail of your significant other arrives or if the mail has a certain subject line. Or you warn of a low battery, or when the CPU load exceeds a certain percentage.
In part 1, I described the hardware of my project of a computer controllable lava lamp. In this second part, I want to discuss the necessary firmware, which is the software necessary to teach the Picaxe Microcontroller the desired functionality.
We need to keep two areas in focus:
- We need to be able to read the desired color values from the USB serial port, defining the desired intensities of the colors green, red and blue.
- These desired values have to be turned into actual light in desired color and intensity. This means, the LEDs have to be turned on.
I wanted to build a device that can light in different colors, and where the colors can be controlled from a computer. My idea was to hook it up with a computer, who then should signal some state by lighting the appropriate color. For example, while building and compiling a program, the lamp should blink in blue color. When the build is finished, the lamp should light either in green (when the build ran fine) or red (when something went wrong).
I found the lava lamp shown to the right, which is equipped with a color-changing LED and is powered from USB. I bought one and intended to modify the controlling electronics to my purposes.