Who am I…. ?
- I live in metropolitan Melbourne (Australia, that is). I work during the day. I own chickens.
- I don't like too much of what's on free-to-air TV at nights therefore, rather than cough-up for pay-TV, I tend to tinker in the evenings. The subject of my tinkering is wide and varied and I won't bore you with the details here. I do, however have a few coherent themes and one of those is ChickenPi.
- I like to re-purpose items/materials - most of my chicken coop is made from recycled materials and many of my ChickenPi mechanisms are re-purposed from discarded items. I am not religious about this (I do purchase many items from new as well) but my thought is that if I can re-purpose something then it means one thing less going to landfill - and I find it somewhat scratches my problem-solving itch to try to use what I've got around rather than just go and buy the solution down the store.
- Similar to above - I like to fix things. Too many things are thrown out because they are broken and we can't find anyone to fix them for a reasonable price. For example, large flatscreen TVs with a couple of faulty capacitors are regularly thrown out - I know because I sometimes pick them up and fix them!
- I like to learn something with every project (or sub-project) I do. I am pretty open to what that is, whether it is practicing improved soldering techniques; how to drive stepper and servo motors; how to program in C, Python, shell scripting; how to steam video to the web; create web content automatically; de-bounce hardware switches in software. Even this blog is a learning process for me. I do not have formal training in any of these things - the Internet is a wonderful resource for someone like me!
- I don't tend to spend much money on my projects (if I can help it) but I do like to buy tools! Those items I've found and fixed usually get sold to finance my next tool purchase. I'm sure others could replicate my projects using new components and more professional electronics board layouts and it would look much better than my creations. In the future I might even do that myself with the core components of ChickenPi - but only if I can learn something along the way :) In the meantime, please excuse the look of what my end products - they are cheap, simple and functional - but not terribly artistic.
Now back to ChickenPi.