IoT, Connected Electric Imp to Salesforce Today

Completed integrating my Electric Imp imp0001 to salesforce today (Build an IoT Integration with Electric Imp). Not that I really want to track my fridge, but the core code can be adapted for a personal project in a different part of my house. I mean a really different part of my house. I’m going to track humidity and temperature in the crawlspace under my house. It is by far my least favorite place to have to do work, yet I’ve been down there four or five times in the past 5 months for various reasons.

The clearance is tighter than 18″ in some places. You have to zig zag your way through the pins and I’ve had more than a few contractors pass on projects down there and those that don’t pass charge a bit more. That’s where the imp comes into place. I’m hoping by tracking humidity and temperature, I might come up with some alternatives to the current preventative measures. For instance, is there an alternative to replacing a sump pump that is 50 yards away from the crawlspace entrance? The other question connected to this is what is the relative humidity that will buckle my floors if a new, less tattered vapor barrier is not installed?

Recent updates to the site

Being a father does not leave much time for reflection.Sometimes it even makes introspection feel externalized. However, emerging from the cloud of sleep deprivation induced by my second son, similar to fasting or other forced meditative practices, brings insights on where I’ve been and where I may someday go.

I’ve not updated my website in many years. Despite continuing to make delicious breads, brew a couple beers, master Sous Vide, redo two bathrooms including tiling the floors, travelling to France, New Zealand, and a return home to visit Michigan, I’ve really not posted anything. Did I mention moving to Petaluma or my family and wife? Not on this site in many, many moons.

So I will begin to make these updates and share a bit more about my life. I’ll continue to build this site and use it as a place to chart my path. I’ve been doing a lot, and could use a place of reflection. Why not broadcast it a bit?

Pizza at a mile high

Every once in a while you get to have some fun, and pizza definitely counts. Here is the first pie of many that I made at Merchant’s Mile High Saloon in Denver. The owner asked me to create a dough and sauce recipe that people would love and that his staff could make with little kitchen experience. I delivered a simple recipe on both and topped it with some very high character cheeses (pecorino romano mozzarella) to get crispy, delicious pizza by the slice.

H and I at Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, 2015

Family trip back East. I spent a year living in Philadelphia. We tooks some time out to see the necessities:

  • Art Museum
  • Rittenhouse Square

With some great stops for food:

  • Tired Hands
  • Zavino’s Pizza
  • Monk’s Tavern &
  • Parc
Zavino's Pizza and Wine Bar

Incredible Napoli style pizza in Philadelphia

Al John's Pizza Slices

Al John’s Pizza

Al John’s, it’s so sad but I don’t know when I will get to see you again! Unfortunately, my wife’s grandparents are no longer living down the street, and Princeton Junction is not a hot tourist destination. I’ll miss you!

Pizzeria Mozza, LA

Pizzeria Mozza, LA

Ahh, this was not the Napoli style pizza I was looking for. I felt like everything served had its positive and negative points, dry but tender, crunchy but way too much corse flour, rich but way too oily. This is not how I like to dine. I like to focus on exploring unexpected positive traits. Oh well, it did leave my wife and I discussing our top three outside of Napoli:

  1. Napule, Tokyo Japan
  2. Mr. Pizza Man, Florence Italy &
  3. Zavino’s, Philadelphia PA

Santa Monica Beach Time

Who wouldn’t like dressing up their 9 month old for Easter on the beach, or just hanging out with him as he discovers sand for the first time? LA has really become one of my favorite destinations. I’m also enjoying the places in between SF and SoCal along the 101 a lot more as I just don’t see the point is speeding along the 5 wih a crying baby!