Getting warmer June 26, 2011 4:29 am

The first part of my master plan is done.  I’m now able to get data from the thermocouple to the Arduino, then using a cron job on my Ubuntu netbook, read the data via USB, stick it in a file and upload it to a PHP script to store in MySQL.

The next step is to write some PHP code to return the data in JSON and an Android app to consume it.

Mintyboost Build June 25, 2011 5:43 pm

I cracked open all my electronics goodies and dove into the Mintyboost build this morning.

I had the build guide pulled up on my netbook while I built it.

Soldering

Partially built

Completed

Let’s see if it works.  I ran the battery down on my Nexus One for a while.

Charging!  Success!

It also charges my wife’s Android G1.

Thanks Adafruit!  If you have a soldering iron and like building things, pick up a kit and make one yourself.

A couple weeks of bacon June 22, 2011 3:07 am

A few weeks back, I had the silly idea of making a lorem ipsum generator using types and cuts of meat instead of the standard Latin text. Some PHP code and a slightly modified WordPress theme later, Bacon Ipsum was born.

It went live on June 6th.  A few friends tweeted it, it got retweeted a few times and went viral a couple days later.  It even made it on Gizmodo.

It’s had 167k visitors since then and is still getting about 3-4k people a day.

Maybe I should make some t-shirts…  :)