Been having a blast with HomeKit and Homebridge lately. I couldn't fall asleep the other night, and hacked together a plugin for my BBQ controller. Home automation with meats! 🐷🔥
Note: its entirely untested.
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I'm immensely pleased with myself for creating this homebridge plugin for my Stoker II BBQ controller. After lots of tinkering after putting the kiddos to bed, it works like a charm. Home auto-meat-ion FTW.
I have upgraded homebridge-stoker to use virtual "Thermostats" for sensors on Stoker BBQ controllers, including the ability to push updates to target temps. Its especially nice in the free Elgato Eve iOS app 😀 - https://
It’s not complicated. The GOP has to pander to their super rich donors in the form of overly aggressive tax cuts, but their constituents, and the majority of the nation honestly, want them to spend to provide services like Medicare.
Smalltalk is an incredible programming language, and I wish it was in more widespread use, especially for user-facing apps.
I’m looking at you, Apple. Smalltalk would have been much better than Swift for apps.
Sigh. In spite of paying nearly two grand in COBRA premiums, on time, my health insurance isn’t working. Provider’s phone number is a voice mailbox with 48 hour response. Our system is dumb. #HeallthcareIsAHumanRight
While I think a Gallery object would be nice, eventually, I am not convinced that its necessarily the best way to go here. Its my understanding that pretty much all Entities support attachments, so doing it in the near-term in a more cross-cutting way would enable any type of post created via Micropub that contains multiple attachments to elegantly display the images.
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There is a bug in Sunlit 2.0, which supports Micropub.which causes HTML posts published via Micropub to be changed (usually in bad ways) when "editing" the post, even when you don't actually make any changes to the post. I discovered this issue when publishing via
I published two stories:
Because Sunlit doesn't yet support syndication via Micropub, I clicked "edit" on one of the posts, and toggled on syndication to Twitter and Facebook, and then clicked "save." The result was that the post's content was changed (in a destructive way, resulting in visual regressions), even though I hadn't actually edited the content, or even clicked into the content editor.
Seems like this is a bug.
I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.
My favorite bit, on the topic of the HomePod's built-in room correction and automatic calibration:
This apartment room has no room treatment at all. It’s tiny, and the volume of the room is just under 40m3. And as amazing as the measurements above are, It's even more impressive that the HomePod somehow manages an almost perfectly flat speaker response in such a terrible environment. So, not only do we have a little speaker that manages uncharacteristically low distortion, and near-perfect frequency response, but it does so while adapting to the room... To have this sort of thing be a built in feature of the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) inside the speaker that is, for all intents and purposes omnidirectional, allowing it to adapt to any room, no matter how imperfect, is just beyond impressive. What Apple has managed to do here is so crazy, that If you told me they had chalk, candles, and a pentagram on the floor of their Anechoic chambers, I would believe you. This is witchcraft. I have no other word for it.
Witchcraft. I love it.
The reviewer acknowledges that Siri lags behind the competition, and laments the lack of alternative input methods apart from AirPlay, and I agree with him on both of these points. But, given the incredible sound quality (scientifically and carefully measured here), I am going to buy one, and hope that Siri improves, AirPlay 2 enables better connectivity, and maybe Bluetooth Audio support will be enabled down the road.
This review also brings into sharp focus that Apple wisely focused on their strengths with the HomePod. Its marketed as a speaker for people who care about audio quality, that just happens to be controlled by voice, and can integrate with their home automation platform, not the other way around.
No. No no no no no. Bad Google!
A lot of progress is happening on the Together project. Its shaping up to be an amazing Indie reader! New features include responsive design, read/unread tracking, "classic" view, and more. Great job, @grantcodes – https://
I whipped up a quick API that I can HTTP POST @culturedcode's Things JSON data to, and an agent on my computer that uses the Things URL handler to send the data into Things. Thanks AWS, Lambda, SQS, and Python! #Automation
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