Chicken cam

As part of my CCTV installation at home, a cam is placed in the chicken coop. This has very little direct purpose although it is fun to watch chicken behaviors with no humans around. And I guess it is nice to check if we have eggs or if everything is all right.

Really, this is an experiment towards what our future farm will be like. We’d like for people to be able to watch how their food is grown. Maybe even interact remotely with the animals.

It’s a little slow due to my 3Mbps connection and the proxying but have fun with it:

The chicken cam has been disabled as we get ready to move to a new state.

A year a and half after our big jump, it has been re-enabled 🙂

Markov chains based random text generation

We’ve already seen how to use Markov chains to generate random words that are based on the essence of a previously analyzed corpus. Well the exact same algorithm can be applied to text. The base entities become words instead of letters. I make punctuation be part of the entities, this way, sentence flow becomes part of the extracted statistical essence.

Feel free to send me ideas of cool corpora to analyze.

You can play with it here:

The static experiment – all done!

The little static box is up & running, Akrin has been fully migrated to it. I absolutely love that there are no moving parts in there. The running temperature of the CPU is what worried me the most since nothing is making the air flow in & out of there. At the heat of heavy processing, the temperature of the CPU doesn’t go above 67 degrees Celsius. That’s pretty all right! Quite frankly this little box handles stress very well but my point of reference is so obsolete I’m bound to be impressed :).

Picture bellow, the new & old Akrin together for a soul transfer

So there you have it, a kick ass little box discrete to the eyes & ears.