Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Son

William's current career aspiration is to become a garbage man. I'm so proud. I may be able to influence that. Last night, I jokingly told him that he ought to consider becoming a doctor so that he could care of dh and me in our old age. Tonight, in the middle of watching some insane cartoon, he looked over and said in a despondant voice, "All right, Mom, I'll be a doctor."

"Why do you say that?"
"Well, I want to be able to help you." I don't know how this thought came out during the cartoon, but I released him from my expectations and told him I had been joking the night before.

Live Webcams
I've been gazing lately at the Earthcam website where you can click on webcams from all over the world. It shows live video, the current time and weather. I've been using it to show William how different parts of the world have different amounts of daylight at any one time. I like checking the beach where we vacation , particularly when I hear that a storm is brewing. (As an annual destination, we worry about it when big storms hit, as it is a home away from home.) I love the cam at St. Louis, which I caught just as the sun was going down and reflecting on the buildings. A funny - there was a spider on the cam and I could clearly see it crawling all around.

I'd love to set up a cam on our front yard, but I've not figured out how to host one yet. It would be really cool to have one in the barn, but the wireless won't go that far. I guess I could hook up a couple of hundred yards of USB cable!


Anne said...

Those live web cams are too cool! Thanks for sharing.

whitetr6 said...

I probably shouldn't admit this, but years ago I found a webcam on the Internet that supposedly showed the beach at Sarasota, where we were going a few days later. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work. It just remained a black square on the screen. It was only after playing with refreshing the page for 10 minutes or so that I finally realized...it was 10:00 PM! There was just no light to see what was happening.

Anyway, now that I am a bit more network savvy... ;-) may I suggest that you could put a Cat 5 network cable from the hub or router in your home out to the barn and attach the camera to that, assuming you have a camera that is network enabled, as opposed to USB. As long as it's not more than 328 feet, it should work fine. You can find this cable in bulk at computer stores - you'll just need someone to put the ends on it for you. The cable can be run through cheap pvc if you want weather or William protection for it :-) The other option for longer runs is fiber optic, but that will cost a fortune


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