End of August

Finally, it’s getting colder out at night.  A month ago I needed to have the AC on in order to sleep – it’s much easier for me to when it’s colder out.  Now it’s comfortable, and not too humid.

I guess I might as well throw out a few random things here.  First of all, for his entry in the Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project this year, my brother has won the award for best use of prop.  The prop is a head of cabbage, and the genre is mockumentary.  (Check out their site for details.)  Four of the six currently active members of Jack Swift (myself included) recorded a five-song sound track on Saturday the 15th of August for the film (which was due the 16th).  Here is the film, titled Cabbage in Common:

It was quite a time.  They may have one in your area, check it out.

Here is an interesting picture I took a little while ago, but never uploaded.  It’s the moon in Endicott, NY.  I was having trouble sleeping, so I grabbed the camera:

Endicott Moon

So let’s see, what else…  Well, last fall I talked about my light flicker circuit, and how I would put up something resembling a schematic.  And then I never did.  Well I’ve been thinking about it again, and now I will try to get something going.  It’s a little convoluted, but it’s not a terribly complex thing and I think people would get a kick out of it.  I would also like to make a PCB layout for it too, and clean it up.  But schematic first.

Well, that’s it for now.  It’s the last day of August (right now there are 15 minutes left), and while we’ve still got a few weeks of summer left fall is on the horizon.  So until next time, whenever that is, have fun.

Sleep Deprivation

It’s after 2 am, and I have to get up at quarter to 9.  Yes, it’s Saturday morning.  See, my roommates had a party.  It wasn’t a big or loude party, but I hung out, and it just got late.  Now I have to do about 20 minutes worth of driving in seven hours, as well as stay awake and have fun.  I think I can pull it off.

Sleep is a funny thing for me.  If I can get nine hours of it, it’s amazing.  I mean, I’m not too tired, but I’m pretty rested.  It takes a few nights of nine hours sleep to get into it, but once I’m used to it it’s a great schedule.  The problem is, I don’t always pull this off; I generally get 7-8.  I can work with this, but it’s not as nice.  And then sometimes I get 6-7, which is doable, but not as pleasant.  I can pull a four or five hour night once in a while.

Sometimes you can gamble, and get a long, restful night and then do a late night with two hours of sleep (or even none at all).  People who do LAN parties (of which I am not an avid pursuer) can attest to this.

People need more sleep.  Everyone has their own ideal amount, but I think that most people don’t get as much as they’d like.  There are a lot of reasons, but maybe sometimes it’s the thrill of being up late.  I don’t know, I’m tired.  Now go to bed.

Newcomb Hollow Pictures

Well, I now have some more pictures from Cape Cod, this time from the beach at Newcomb Hollow.  We stuck around until it got dark, as shown in two of the pics.

Some people around a fire at the beach.

The sun setting behind the dune.

A view of the beach from earlier in the day.

A view down the beach, past the lifeguard stand.

Waves on the other side.

So, there are some beach pics.  It will be nice once I’m back at the swamp and it’s winter to look back and remember the days when it was nice, I was swimming, and I got sunburned.  Not too badly.

I’m still here, so maybe I’ll throw some more pictures up here later on.  Stay tuned.