Tuesday Views: 15 February 2022

Weather – PSA for Verticals Youth Empowerment Center – Delay

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The weather is breaking tomorrow. I will be able to film Spring arriving once again, the miracle of existence in verdant hues and whatnot under the waxing gibbous moon.


I am building a development environment, so I need a good OS to run projects. I had a lot more time to work on this while I was in college, so I tried to pick up some knowledge to speed up this iteration, which will have other obstacles. For example, this system needs to have encryption for secure data transfer. That means I need a secure repo. I blundered enough in college to learn a couple of things, so this should be fun. The main device will be a camera, with the goal of using the device to run a camera. I am going to use my cat as a test subject for a thermal camera. It will be a challenge to get all of this to work well.

More about the software next week.

Community Development

How It’s Going: Update

Verticals is a local community development center that hopes to energize Brownsville’s future with after-school programs that enrich young lives and provide a sense of pride in community. A link to the group is provided. I signed on as a drone coach and kicked them some material for training modules. I was going to teach kids how to fly recreational drones, get the manadatory – and EASY -TRUST flyer certificate from the FAA, online, for free, and then get down to business. I was going to teach them how to make a video with a drone. We would go over flight plans, cinematography, operations, editing, and then presentation. This module was planned to integrate seamlessly within a larger ecosystem of course in other technology applications, physical well-being, and business development.

Topics in the Verticals Youth Empowerment program include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, digital fabrication, coding, media production, design studio, blockchain, and crypto. They are presented alongside fitness and wellness resources. Verticals Youth Empowerment Center is designed to stimulate young minds, give parents an inclusive environment in which to socialize, and to offer youth a sense of pride in themselves and their community.

My involvement in the program is minimized due to lack of funding, but the opportunity remains to explore those topics independently. Kids missing out on opportunities drive up costs when they struggle as adults. A stitch in time saves nine.

Back to the camera. What a cool find. I will go back and get the information about the manufacturer. I helped kickstart this. Hope it works. SDK is smooth so far, onward. I am doing all of this to learn about entangled qubits, for reasons.

Hot Cat Project

open mv camera hardware

Hot Cat Project

In Figure 1, we have the board, and below the guts, l-r, wr have the left side, the right side, detail lower right, detail upper left. The back of the camera is a screen. I need a 3″ x 5″ mounting frame. I am going to design and print a simple case for it later or sooner, probably later. The camera will mount a tripod, as is tradition.

Open MV Camera details
Figure 1. Open MV Camera without FLIR Lepton
QR to demo video for Open MV Pure Thermal
QR to demo video


I have prepared a capability statement for contractors looking for a drone pilot. I interviewed with a local PTAC rep who wanted to figure out what to do with me. We agreed, because this business is neither acquiring a clientele, nor a revenue stream, Dependencies speak loudly when the government looks to fund a business. They want to fund a winner. There is little room for the little dream. Go big or go home on the global scale. I gave my rep some leads, and I squared with the idea that I should go entertain some contractors. Since firms are, by and large, unfamiliar with drone technology and applications, and regulations change, for liability purposes, years ago drone pilots were slated to be completely liable for all damage from flights gone awry. We were Uberfied. I turn down offers to travel for work on a frequent basis because I need to care for my kids, and therefore, I want to serve a municipality, so I can dadmode harder.

Come autumn, when municipal enforcement gains some teeth, these credentials become more important, especially for small firms looking to showcase their services, facilities, or clientele. Data enrichment via remote sensing is sort of a thing.

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I became a drone technology service integration researcher in 2017 while in university. When I am not working on drones, I am researching related scientific reports and industry news, flying drones, or tinkering with electronics. Contact me for information about services.

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