Its all metrics.

So this last few weeks I’ve been doing lots of grown up adulting, proper projects and things, and over the course of these few weeks I’ve heard the word “Metric” more times than I care to remember, its a very relevant word right now as it forms the basis for a number of work projects. But I like to understand things, so decided I wanted my own project to do uhh… metricing. With environmental data seeming to be the “Hello World!” of metrics, what better way than an environment monitor for the man cave command bunker. The data collection side is looking pretty good in prototype stage…

A little RaspiPi Zero W, collecting at this stage from a Bosch BME280 sensor over I2C (Temp/Baro/RH%), what a nice little sensor, as the sharp-eyes can see there is also an adafruit ADC there too, into which I’ll be feeding an MQ-135 air quality sensor, and likely some kind of light and/or UV sensor. Eventually I may bin the whole lot off for the new Bosch BME680(?) which combines all the previous functions into one package. Very cute.

With the data collected by EnviroPi ™, it’ll be fired over to my latest acquisition, a little HP microserver, running Ubuntu, and a time series database of some kind (Likely Graphite Carbon, but undecided at this stage as I’m wavering toward Influx), all visualised nicely with Grafana. The main question is, why? The answer is, why not?

The world’s least proactive blog…

Blogs are a funny thing, they always feel like a better idea as a concept, than they do as a reality – in that for me at least, I start one with good intentions, but then entirely forget about it, and continue to just post on the regular social media channels with no regard for the fact I actually have my own platform upon which I can say and shape as I please.

The other thing of course is that like most people (assumption), I consider my life to be quite ordinary, people constantly remind me that my work with CAD and 3D printing actually IS something a bit outside of the norm, and that I should be talking more about it and doing more with it – but its a way of life for me so I actually don’t think a great deal of it, I just move from one project to the next.

So here it is, I’ll make more effort. Soz.