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1. Monday 02 August 2021
The last few months have felt like an awful blur. Some of it is the birth of my third child, Julia, with all the impacts to one’s routines a newborn brings with them. Some of it was gearing up to bring everyone to England in the middle of a pandemic for my brother in law’s wedding without either catching covid, despite that England was riddled with it, or getting trapped by borders closing – in the end, we rented a campervan so we’d never need enter indoors anywhere, and took ferries which brought us back to Ireland via Northern Ireland, all of which was most stressful and very draining, but we got it done at the start of July, and it all worked out well in the end (equally, I would not wish to repeat it ever again). ...

2. Friday 03 September 2021
I’ve made a start building prototypes of the Home Automation described in the first post of in the series about my future house build. This is my prototype, hand made, cove lighting: My hand made cove lighting prototype This is five metres of 120/m density 3000K warm white > 95 CRI (Colour Rendering Index) 2835 LED strip mounted into an alumnimum heat sink and diffuser firing along the direction of the ceiling. ...

3. Monday 13 September 2021
I received my industrial quality Devantech dS3484 board which cost me €75 inc VAT, a fraction of near equivalent boards from National Control Devices or National Instruments, yet provides similar functionality and uses proper 12v powered industrial grade components same as they do. As I described in the last post on the topic of my future house build, this board is capable of running a proprietary BASIC-like scripting language called dScript which lets you program it to carry out a fair bit of local automation, thus reducing how much control complexity you need to encode into a network controller such as Home Assistant. ...

4. Sunday 19 September 2021
Last weekend in my series on my future house build, I looked at the physical board of the keenly priced industrial grade scriptable PIC32-based Devantech dS3484 ethernet relay and input board, and I got a demonstration LED being PWM dimmed using a small program written in its proprietary dScript programming language. This weekend my goal was to get an actual solution to automating my prototype cove lighting up and working, including user selectable PWM dimming and automatic on-off based on outdoor brightness and whether there is someone in the room. ...

5. Sunday 26 September 2021
In the last post in my series on my future house build I had hoped to get a custom Home Assistant integration implemented this weekend for the custom logic I wrote in its proprietary language dScript for my keenly priced industrial grade scriptable PIC32-based Devantech dS3484 ethernet relay and input board. I can say that its learning curve was too steep for me to conquer this weekend – though I made excellent progress and it’s just a question of more time to finish it – but ultimately there is only so much completely new material that one can grok through and master after midnight, even after drinking coffee (I honestly can’t think of the last time I drank coffee so late in the day, but it really was needed if I was to make any decent attempt at all that Home Assistant programming documentation). ...

6. Sunday 17 October 2021
For several recent posts now in my series on my future house build I have been hoping to implement a custom Home Assistant integration for the custom logic I wrote in my keenly priced industrial grade scriptable PIC32-based Devantech dS3484 ethernet relay and input board. Last post three weeks ago I said I was feeling pretty burned out from all this post-day-job work, so I was going to take a weekend off, which I did. ...

7. Monday 08 November 2021
Today I’m going to divert from my usual focus on embedded systems in my series on my future house build. Last post I said I’d been quite fatigued during the two weeks since I fell ill, and I’m sorry to say these past three weeks have not been much better. Apart from sleeping and working, I have had no energy to do much else – no WG21 papers, no open source, no embedded systems programming, no custom Home Assistant integration work, no gym nor anything outside work and sleep. ...

8. Thursday 18 November 2021
Last post in my series on my future house build I described the house we have designed and submitted for preplanning feedback using Virtual Reality via the Oculus Quest 2, and I did some rough ‘back of envelope’ energy modelling to see if it would meet Passive House energy consumption standards. I concluded by looking forward to seeing if a PHPP model of the house (PHPP is the computer modelling software for Passive Houses) would match my crude calculations. ...

9. Sunday 06 February 2022
It’s been just under three months since my last post in my series on my future house build, and during which of course Christmas occurred. Since the New Year pretty much all my free time has gone on getting the planning application ready – it was submitted last Tuesday, and so I now have the time to write up what happened since mid-November. The preplanning feedback came back the week of Christmas, so we didn’t really get much time to digest it before everything stopped for the holidays. ...

10. Sunday 17 April 2022
Two and a bit months have passed since my last post in my series on my future house build where I showed computer renderings of the ‘shrunken’ seventeen metre wide house designed to fit inside one site of the two I hope to build upon. This was the conservative design intended to not be controversial to the planners, and last post I expected a final decision by June. I am glad to report that the planners moved a bit quicker than expected, and we received notification three weeks ago that they intend to grant planning permission in early May if no appeals to the decision are lodged. ...


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