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from the world of DEAN

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GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program)

Was feeling kind of creative the other day so I opened up my old friend GIMP and started going through some tutorials. I just wanted to get away from Photoshop for a bit and see how much GIMP has come along. I am impressed with the User Interface (UI) and the speed of the program. Running from my USB drive as part of my portable Apps it took a bit to load but not so bad as to make me wish I never started or anything.
The first part was to create the blue earth like planet. The tutorial (The ultimate gimp planet tutorial) can be found by fallowing this link  TUTORIAL . If you would like a copy of the image for your wall paper just click the image and when the full image comes up right click and select save image as.

The moon and orange planet are the same steps as the first just adjusting colors and and textures. I did how ever find tutorials for doing both planets I perused the tutorials and grabbed a few tips from them but for the most part the steps are the same.
If you would like the GIMP file you can down load it here homeworld
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Post Christmas Pre-New Year

I took down the Flash version of the weather sticker. It was causing the front page to stall and not load. Thanks Glenwood Brown for the update I was thinking it was only a windows problem but alas WU has been having issues and it does not look like they plan on addressing them soon.
Christmas was wonderful with all seven of the Grand Kids. We had a very happy day and at a very high volume. Great food, Family and fun.
The 26th was just as much fun albeit quieter as Carla, Glen, Jenifer, Roberta and I went out for a movie (Rouge one) and dinner at Wu’s (very long wait but the food and company made it fun anyway)
Four more days of work and then a three day weekend!
Very merry and happy New Year to you all.
Enjoy yourself…it’s later than you think.
Blessings

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The Wort Zone Christmases Past

HO HO and HO

Santa Flush

Santa’s recurring nightmare.

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Looking back

grimsnowmanThe Wort Zone pre 2002

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Looking Back

frozenballs

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Looking Back

The Wort zone pre 2008

The Wort zone pre 2008

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Looking Back

My wife got me looking back through photos last night and I came across some images from The Wort Zone distant past that I though should be shared again.

The Wort Zone

The Wort Zone pre 2008

 

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Mr. Tippy Gets a New Home

assemblyofmrtippyweathervainandwindspeed

The Chamber in the center is the new home for Mr. Tippy the rain gauge tip bucket.
Another Chamber below this made with a 3″ Tee two 1.5 inch elbows and reduction fittings will hold the Arduino and temp humidity and provide Mounting coupling for a three inch PVC tube.
As you can \see below Mr. Tippy has been reprinted. The magnet and reed sensor have been mounted.
reprintmrtippy

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Weather Station up date

I had to do a bit of studying to understand interrupts on the Arduino.
First bit of info is that are only two external interrupts pin 2 and pin 3 . This worries me a bit as I may need more for other sensors. However it I do I will just need to up grade the Arduino from a uno to a mega.
So I have the code updated and all sensors seem to be reporting without the delay for the temp humidity sensor messing with the timing.

#include <dht.h> // down loaded libaray
dht sensor; // declare "sensor" the name for DHT11 Sensor
#define Temp_Humidity 7 // name data pin 7 "Temp_Humidity"
int check_sensor; // declare varible
int celsius_temp; // declare varible
int fahrenheit_temp; // declare varible
//........................................... End temperture and humidity code
//........................................... Start rain guage code
int buttonpin = 3; // define the Reed sensor interfaces
int val ;// define numeric variables val
volatile int tipped;
//........................................... End rain guage code
//........................................... Start wind speed code
volatile byte half_revolutions;
unsigned int rpm;
unsigned long timeold;
//........................................... End wind speed code

void setup(){ // code runs once
Serial.begin(9600); // talk to the serial window
//........................................... Start rain guage code
pinMode (buttonpin, INPUT) ;// output interface as defined Reed sensor
attachInterrupt(1, reedswitch, HIGH);
//........................................... End rain guage code
//........................................... Start wind speed code
attachInterrupt(0, magnet_detect, RISING);//Initialize the intterrupt pin (Arduino digital pin 2)
half_revolutions = 0;
rpm = 0;
timeold = 0;
//........................................... End wind speed code
}
void loop(){ // code repeats
//........................................... Start temperture and humidity code
check_sensor = sensor.read11(Temp_Humidity); // get data
celsius_temp = sensor.temperature; // pull out temperture
fahrenheit_temp = ((celsius_temp1.8)+32)-4; // convert to Fahrenheit
Serial.print("Temperature Fahrenheit = "); // print Temperature Fahrenheit =
Serial.print(fahrenheit_temp); // print temp in degrees fahrenheit
Serial.print(" Celsius = "); // print Celsius =
Serial.println(celsius_temp); // print temp in degrees celsius and add carage return
Serial.print("Humidity = "); // print Humidity =
Serial.println(sensor.humidity); // print % humidity
delay(10000); // wait 10 seconds
//........................................... End temperture and humidity code
//........................................... Start wind speed code
if (half_revolutions >= 20) {
rpm = 30
1000/(millis() - timeold)*half_revolutions;
timeold = millis();
half_revolutions = 0;
Serial.println(rpm,DEC);
}
//........................................... End wind speed code
}

//........................................... Start rain guage code
void reedswitch ()
{
val = digitalRead (buttonpin) ;// digital interface will be assigned a value of 3 to read val
if (val == HIGH) // When the Reed sensor detects a signal, LED flashes
{
tipped++;
Serial.println(tipped);
}
}
//........................................... End rain guage code
//........................................... Start wind speed code
void magnet_detect()//This function is called whenever a magnet/interrupt is detected by the arduino
{
half_revolutions++;
Serial.println(half_revolutions);
}
//........................................... End wind speed code

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More of that weather station stuff

wind speed

It printed! it printed! 12 hour print but it turned out great or at least very good. I am talking about my wind speed driver, prop, blade what every you would like to call it. I have no clue if it will work the way I want but it is worth a shot. Ran out of white PLA so I printed it with the wood fiber PLA. (not a fan).
Cut a PVC pipe about 12 inches long that the wind speed sensor assembly will mount onto. Then that will mount down into a PVC tee. From the bottom of the tee the wind vane shall connect. All the wires will run through the tee into a 4 inch pipe the will house the Arduino and other electronics.

The prototype for the rain gauge( I call him Mr.Tippy) is complete and ready for testing. I need to make some changes in code so that when the reed switch connects the Arduino will read the pulse. Now it only reads every four seconds do to the delay in the temp & Humidity code.

tippy

Mr. tippy rain gauge
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Weather Station

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets. The cries of tornado; filled the Facebook feeds and twitter was a flutter with them as well!
I have no idea of what that has to do with my weather station but I just wanted to put it out there.
I believe I have the mechanics worked out for my wind speed measurements. I am using a 1.5 inch PVC schedule 40 pipe cap  inside the cap I printed a seat to mount the Hall effect module. I purchased a stainless steel rod .25 inch diameter and a brass bushing for the main shaft. you can see in the photo below the “T” mount I printed with a magnet attached. as the shaft turns the magnet passes over and activates the sensor.

windsspeed

Hall Effect Sensor and magnet

I just started printing the wings for the driver. I don’t have a photo yet but here is the drawing.

Wing Cups Driver

Wing Cups Driver

Hall-Effect-Magnetic-Sensor-Module

Hall-Effect-Magnetic-Sensor-Module

Hall-Effect-Magnetic-Sensor-Module

Hall-Effect-Magnetic-Sensor-Module

I am having an issue in the code I need to work out for the reed switch in the tip rain gauge but I will save that for the next time. As I finalize the stations I will add links to the drawings and the STL files for anyone that is interested.

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