21 April 2017
In my latest explorations of the Raspberry Pi, my goal is to use its GPIO pins as a sensor and report the results on a web page, combining the capabilities of the Pi’s. In this post, I set up my Pi to run headless, that is, without a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. To do that, I’ll need to access it through secure shell.
16 April 2017
Since being open-sourced by Apple, Swift has been ported to a a variety of platforms, which is good news not only for code reuse and writing in a consistent language, but also because Swift has many good features. I like writing in Swift, in part because it forces me to think critically about what each method returns.
16 January 2017
Years ago, many scientists I knew used three Mac apps to plot their data, CricketGraph, KaleidaGraph, and DeltaGraph. Although some of these are still available, some after checkered histories of availability, most scientists I know have moved on to other options, especially R. These apps had proprietary binary data formats for storing the data, the scientist’s data. You were locked in...
24 July 2016
While building a new Arduino project on OS X El Capitan (10.11), I wasn’t able to connect using a serial port. Getting the serial port as an option was possible with some temporary changes to Apple’s System Integrity Protection.
24 April 2016
I have one observation about Dave that I'd to share with you. We don't become rich by doing paleontology; we do it because it fascinates us. Because of that, …
8 January 2016
Closures are one of the great features in Swift.
7 September 2015
The end of summer has brought a profusion of caterpillars to our yard, and many of them look like something out of Dr. Seuss.
8 August 2015
I went out for a short hike this morning with my 11-year-old son. One of our favorite nearby hikes is the orange trail at the State Botanical Gardens here in Athens. One of the reasons it’s a favorite is the stream and the chance to explore for critters.