07 Sep

Lessons from Vermont on Community

Thursday, Sarah and I went to our first Feast & Field market. She had recently interviewed one the people behind the group for our YouTube channel, and as we had taken off Friday to clean the barn in anticipation of shearing Camissa — among other chores — everything lined up.

It was a beautiful evening, and we had local tacos, beer & wine for our supper, and then shopped for local pasture-raised beef, and vegetables.  There was live music and people dancing and laughing. We knew a few faces, and caught up with folks we hadn’t seen recently. We met some new people, and I met some people I only knew over phone and email from my day job at the local cooperative fiber optic Internet. Sarah exchanged emails with a nice guy working at the beer and wine counter about potentially modeling some of her knitting creations. And on our way home we stopped by Kiss the Cow dairy and picked up a pint of sea salt & caramel — on the honor system as they were still at the event down the road.

We were there for only an hour and a half, and most of the time I sat listening to the live music and just watching it all unfold in front of me. But staring at the blue sky with wisps of white clouds, and listening to the combination of live music and the hum of the people, I had a revelation.  More of a duh moment, but an idea nonetheless. Read More

02 Sep

Farm Cam Moves to Farm Site

After some hemming and hawing, and consulting with Sarah, we’ve decided to move the Farm Cam Project to our Gage Hill Crafts site.  It was something being considered for some time, and now seemed like the time to do it.

All the articles and technical musing on the project will remain here, in my private stash. If one is interested more in the technical aspects of the project than catching a glimpse of a good snow storm or one of the llamas posing, those types of musing will still live on this site.

The images are also all still being uploaded to this site, which will remove any broken image links from the past. Redirects have also been established for any links to the previous location, so there really shouldn’t be any interruption to the find visual products you are used to seeing at Rick Scully dot com.

Be sure to bookmark the new location; and follow me on Mastodon for daily reminder links when the new videos post.

Lastly, there is a new outdoor webcam project in the works. Stay tuned.

20 Feb

The SecuritySpy That Doesn’t Love Me

Almost immediately after I posted my last entry on the trials and tribulations of an EvoCam on life support, the software crashed again.  Fresh start, minimal other applications running, and poof. I cleaned up the mess, and then instructed my iMac to restart itself every Sunday at 1am.

If all goes as planned (stop laughing!), this will be enough to help keep EvoCam running between restarts.  If not? Then the next step is increase the frequency of the reboots until I can set up the Mac Mini, and start all over on that machine.

Because, I am all out of options as far as out-of-the-box software after giving SecuritySpy a close look this weekend. The results, as always, were mixed.

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14 Feb

Don’t (Kernel) Panic! 🤪

As you may recall there has been a lot of effort (by me) put into trying to make EvoCam as efficient as it can be in regard to its resources usage. I figured if the software has been abandoned I have two choices: learn to program and roll my own EvoCam clone or do what I can to keep it alive, and hope that I find a replacement. Long time readers (LOL) know that I chose the latter, because the former would take too long, and probably drive me mad. Read More

09 Feb

Mastodon Something Right

I am now over a month in to my Facebook hiatus, and it is going well.  I have logged in on a few occasions in order to moderate pages I manage, and to help promote our Vermont Craft Tours business. Otherwise, I have not looked at the feed, wall, or whatever they are called.

I have been less successful, somewhat, with my Twitter break.  After about 3 weeks, I logged in because I like to have Twitter open whilst I watch my beloved Arsenal play. Admittedly, I am still opening Twitter on a regular basis, but I do not have a Twitter client on my phone, and that is important. Read More