Drone…What Drone

Good morning everyone!

My wife and I are about to be celebrating our very first wedding anniversary this May. She is an avid photographer and wanted to add a new element to her work. Being the guy I am I bought her the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone. The drone shoots 2.7K  video, 12 megapixel still shots, and has a 3-axis stabilization gimbal for you fellow nerds out there. We (mostly me) had about the worst time setting it all up and upgrading the firmware. I will put the link to my struggles upgrading the RC firmware here: Drone Mishaps

Once we had everything upgraded we were ready to fly this thing! We took it outside, calibrated the compass and the drone itself. Everything seemingly was in working order, until we turned it all on. In this sequence, we turned on the RC–> drone–> DJIGO app, and everything was great, until we took it off the ground. Once it left the crust of the earth we lost all live video transmission and GPS signal. We later, (days later, yesterday in fact) determined that it was either an issue with my wife’s Apple cable, or her iPhone that it didn’t like. We got it all working last night with the Android cable that it came with and my Galaxy S4.

We practiced piloting the craft, taking videos, and still shots. It is absolutely amazing! The quality is top notch and we can’t wait to see it in action during a photo shoot or wedding. I personally would like to persuade my wife to take a few landscape videos of our local dam. When we get things moving I will be sure to post links to videos or pictures right to my blog for everyone.

On another nerd note, I woke up to a missed call that came in at 1:30am from work. Our inventory carousel was not working and wouldn’t log into the domain. We are currently in the process of replacing the current PC with a new one and somebody……..accidentally used the same computer name when setting up the new one thus creating a conflict. We won’t name any names but it may or may not have been me. So this whole morning they have been down there manually picking items and dealing with it like the troopers they are. As of now everything is back in full working order, but that has been a valuable lesson learned. It was something I knew about but slipped my mind at the time.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I’m sure we will meet again soon!


Welp it’s another Monday

Hello World!

Setting this whole thing up is rather confusing. I feel like the site is scattered and not as easy as other blog sites, but what the hell. I have to to where I want it and I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it.

Hello World!

Setting this whole thing up is rather confusing. I feel like the site is scattered and not as easy as other blog sites, but what the hell. I have to to where I want it and I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it.

This last Saturday (4/30/16) my slow pitch softball team and I had our opening tournament. It was a double elimination bracket with 18 teams. I have played on the same team since I was 18 years old and wouldn’t have it any other way. Normally it is a three day event spanning from Friday evening to Sunday night, but this year it was only one day. The people in charge decided to play the weather and squeeze it all in. In order to do this they started every batter at a 2-1 count (Two balls One strike). Each game lasted about 45-50 minutes and was a blast. My team is sponsored by Gray’s Floor Care, the owner and operator forms the team every year. We played four and a half games before we lost to the weather. Being a double elimination I shouldn’t have to tell you that we were 3-1-0. The event coordinator came into out dugout in the second inning of our fifth game and let us know that after this game the tournament was over. We continued to play into the fourth inning, when the rain decided to flood us out and both teams conceded. Our regular season play will be mos Sundays from now until the end of August with tournaments spread throughout.

Over the weekend I decided to further advance my knowledge of computer science and signed myself up to take the CS50 class offered by Harvard University and edx.org. It is an introduction class into all things computer science. It is a work at your own pace year long course. There are 13 weeks total with problem sets each week. This will be an addition to my Associates of Specialized Technology in Networking and Database degree that I received in 2014. It seems like this class will teach me more about programming than the school I previously attended. The work at your own pace thing really pulled me in as well. Since it is absolutely free, unless you want the $90 certification, I can finish if I so choose to with no pressure to stop if I desire. The instructors are energetic and love what they do. I’ll keep you all posted on how this pans out for me.

As far as work for today it has been fairly slow and I can’t help but think that is a Monday thing all over the world. As an IT worker most of my daily grind is helping employees fix their minor issues. But when they are slow moving they don’t take the time and bother to report anything going on until later in the week. That’s ok because then I can fill everyone in on what has gone on over the weekend. For the rest of the day I will set up a few needed PCs and continue to listen to my Kraddy Radio Pandora station.

Enjoy your day and keep moving forward!