Photography Award, Raspberry Pi, Kuk Sool blog and Athletics

August 06, 2015

It's been like two weeks since I posted and that's all down to lack of motivation really. I've got a list of the next six weeks worth of blog posts right in front of me on my phone but I just haven't been motivated to write anything. I keep saying "I'll write that tomorrow", and then when tomorrow comes I'll say "I'll write it this evening", and then next thing I know it's 11pm and the whole process repeats itself again! So yeah, lack of motivation is a thing.
Anyway, this week I'm just writing a short update post to let you know what's going on in my life, etc. so here goes!

Firstly, the biggest news is that I won the photography competition in my local newspaper again, for the third time, with a photo I took in Lumpini Park in Bangkok when I went on holiday there last April during Songkran. To read up more on this, you can find the online article here. If you wish to see the newspaper article, you can read all three of the articles from the past below this post. Also, I've been doing a lot of work with one of my Raspberry Pi micro computers recently and have programmed it to take timelapses, and I am very proud of the outcome. I've done things with my Raspberry Pi in the past but I've relied on tutorials which I can follow closely and I haven't been very independent in doing these projects and they were also very basic things. This project was quite complex however, in that it required the writing of some scripts, etc. which are more advanced than the simple commands that I used in previous projects. I also did this entire project with a headless pi, meaning that it wasn't connected to a monitor or any peripherals for that matter! I controlled the Pi via SSH and accessed the files on it via SFTP which I then port forwarded so I could access these from anywhere in the world, be it in my front room or in Australia! The script I wrote to take the timelapses runs automatically from start up every 1 minute, however using the magic of startup delays I can make this script run however frequent I want it to. Running it more than once a minute requires a lot more lines of code to be added to the startup script though so I'm sticking to every 20 seconds at the most. I'll try to get a sample timelapse up onto my YouTube channel in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye on that or even subscribe to me!
Another thing worth taking note of is that I now run the Lowestoft Kuk Sool Won Blog! Although the website is currently down, I was asked by JDKJN Martin about a month ago if I'd like to run the blog and of course I said yes to that proposal! The site admins are hoping to get it back up and running in the next couple of weeks following a few technical issues and then I'll be uploading content to it every now and again. To start, I'll be putting up grading results and articles about tournaments, etc. and this will then move onto more independent work where I can write abut what I want (obviously it has to be Kuk Sool related though!). So be sure to have a look at that in the next few weeks to see some of the stuff I'll be putting up.
Finally, last week was the "Sainsbury's Anniversary Games" athletics at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in Stratford, London and I went! It was a very enjoyable night and I enjoyed seeing some of the world famous athletes, such as Jessica Ennis, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. It was amazing to see these things we hear about all the time on the TV and internet happening live, right before my eyes! If you wish to see some of the photos I took at the games, click here to view my album! :)
The first and second times I won the "Picture of the Week" competition:

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