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  1. bulltalk.65

    Nervous

    I have my 3 month check up and dual contrast scan coming up in a couple weeks and it is weighin on me. I know some guys and gals have gone thru a cancer ordeal here and they know the turmoil this dreaded disease brings to the table. I dont talk much about it and for some weeks now have been having recurring pain in my side again. Its not even 1/100th of what I felt prior to the original diagnosis but its enough for it to bring back the memory of all that transpired. I have not said a word to my wife yet because I dont want to jump the gun so to speak. She had a real tough time during the 18 months of me going from a normal, active, working 240lb guy to a lifeless, pail gray, frail 150 guy bed ridden. Not askin for advice, just kinda venting I guess. This crap is on my mind 24/7 and having been pretty much cut in half am reminded every minute of not only what it has done to me physically but how it effected my wife, sister and friends. I try to stay mentally positive about it. I actually learned a little self hypnosis trick years and years ago, posting little sticky notes in well travelled areas that you conscientiously dont see but see sub contiously so I keep little notes everywhere for myself as a reminder to keep positive. Anyway, if any of you guys/gals have experience in how you deal with these type of things, id love to hear about it with whatever you want to say. I Hope everyone is having a great day and an awesome holiday season.. 😊
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    Nervous

    Hey guys, thank you for the positive wishes and prayers. Update: As of this past week we got our CT scan results back along with blood work. I don't remember if I had mentioned what was happening, I have a large bulge forming on my right side (where my previous surgery was) and had been thinking I may have herniated the mesh panel holding my right side together so that was the primary reason for getting in to see what was really going on since I have been having pain in that area again.. So, the CT results came back showing whats left of my colon, seemed to be ok. Colonoscopy also was good, no growth or anything inside, fact is showed the colon has healed up well and looked good. The issue looks to be on the outside area between the stomach and rib cage again, similar to the last surgery. So this coming Tuesday morning I will be going in for a PET scan, It is similar to a CT but the difference is that it will use a different chemical contrast. What that will do is basically high light any diseased/cancerous tissue by showing it as a bright yellow area in the imaging. After that, later this week, depending on how my oncologist wants to deal with things, I will do another external biopsy so another hole poke thru my side to take samples of the thickened/bulging area. The last surgery was almost 9 full hours on the cutting table at UCSF, it entailed making a cut from just under the belly button all the way around the right hip to within 2 inches of my spine (pics in here somewhere). What they did was remove a tumor that was between the stomach and the rib cage, it had attached itself in multiple places so after the main mass was removed they cut away the lining that holds the muscle wall to the rib cage in order to scrape it. They then lifted the femoral nerve from the pelvic bone to be able to scrape and remove the cancerous tissue from the pelvis. After all was said an done, they placed an 6"x18" mesh panel into my side to basically hold me together. So, hopefully we find that it is just thickening of the scarred area under the mesh and not new growth. If it is any type of cancer growth it will be back to the cutting room.. I'll know more after this coming Tuesday but thought I would drop in and let you all know what and where we are in the process. I will be back later this week to keep you posted. Thank you to all my hags friends for all the prayers, keepem coming because they work... 😉 George
  3. bulltalk.65

    What a surprise

    Excellent, thanks Ralph. What is the timing on those go pros? are they a faster startup than the jazz cams/dxg's? EDIT: Whoops, just found a thread with the info, 4 to 5 second fire up.. good to know.
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    Nervous

    Thank You Tinhorn.. I know they are, the Lord chose some world class doctors for me so I know I'm in good hands. The hardest part is the mental aspect and getting through post op days and or weeks. But I am a tough ole boy so know I can get through it, already did twice so third time should be a cake walk.... 😉
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    Nervous

    Well, I figured I may as well update this. First I want to say thanks to you guys for chiming in, its appreciated. I guess Ill start with the good news. Im still hangin in and stayin positive. I will fight tooth fang and claw till I cant any longer.... 😉 Ok, the bad news. I had my follow up this morning with my local oncologist, my scans came back and showed a new mass forming on whats left of my upper colon and against my stomach. Although It is showing on the exterior this time and not growing from within and through the colon that they could tell. It also showed that my bladder is distended and my prostate is enlarged (I was wondering why it was hard to take a leak, now I know). So, I will be going in for a colonoscopy (just gotta love them) in the next few days to check the inside of the colon. Then I will have another external biopsy (stayed awake on the last one and watched the whole process) to find out whats up. Doc said, it would require another surgery if the biop comes back pos. Not looking forward to that if that's the case. So, I probably won't be on much over the next weeks so I can focus my attention. I am hopeful and stayin positive but asking you guys for some prayers won't hurt... Ill keep you all updated as I proceed through the next steps.. Thank you guys.. George
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    What a surprise

    Right on, nice and clear. Is that one of the high end go pros or a knock off? Been searching for a lifetime it seems to find exactly what I want for vid cam, there is always something that makes it not work out, lens, hack etc...
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    First attempt at YouTube

    Awesome video man.. hope to see a bunch more..
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    Been Offline

    Hey guys, Just passing this on as I was unable to get back to some of you since last weekend (sunday). Xfinity/comcast modem went down and it took out our home network so lost all service including the wifi so was basically stuck in caveman days all week...lol.... They were finally able to get here today after 4-1/2 days without and get things all up and going with a new modem and network setup. I just replied to the last messages I received from last sunday to get caught up. It really is unfortunate how reliant we have become to the technology and when it is disabled it really puts a damper on doing a lot of what we are use to doing on a daily basis. Makes me think back to the old wall phone and 15ft curly cord compared to today's tech and makes ya wonder how anyone ever got along in the old world we were so use to for so long.....lol Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know, I got your messages and replied back tonight. Geo
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    Been Offline

    Yep, made it fine. That fire literally destroyed the whole town though. We drove up there a few weeks ago and it is an unbelievable site. Cars just literally melted in the driveways where it was in a garage, houses are gone except for chimneys standing, then it goes for acres or hundreds of yards with everything in its path gone then there will be a house untouched. Really crazy. There are still people living in vehicles all over in our town, parked at walmarts, home depots and any place they can just park to get by... Really Sad, paradise was a beautiful mountain town, completely gone except for few areas that it skipped over.
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    Metal Detector

    I knew that... theres one on my bench... lol
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    Metal Detector

    what is a barlow?
  12. bulltalk.65

    Auto on camera

    For you builder coder guys. I have a video cam that im messing with and it doesnt have a power on button, it is directly plugged into the supply. I want to control it with my picaxe control board for on/off like a still cam to save on battery juice. So, Im thinking that I would connect supply volts to the camera and supply neg to a sister board "bat -" and the camera neg to sister board "acc -" then connect the sister board "control board -" and "control board on" to the control board opto, is that correct? Basically connect the camera to a sister board just like any other accesory to turn it on and off ? Or am I off in my thinking...
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    Auto on camera

    Hi Gary, Actually I didnt,.. hadnt given much thought to the switch being a problem since the cam functions like it should through all board operations (day vid/night vid, leds on, mic on etc) so will check that out..It may just be the way I wired it so I'll have to go back thru the whole thing to see what I can come up with. stuffs just not as easy as it use to be...lol
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    Nervous

    Yeah, you are right Tinhorn.. Its always a mind game, when you think on it you worry and worry can be just as bad as a disease... Thanks speed2spare, I'm hoping its just ghost pain myself.... 😉 Good info kdornski, thanks for sharing that.. I have a pretty strict diet I follow, cut out all sugar/processed bs and eat more veggies and fruits then ever...lol Thanks Vic, I work on the positive thinking everyday... Sorry to hear you went thru that with your mom. It really has to stink for family members because they witness/see the daily change and degradation like my wife did... I personally didnt really notice it much until I became really weak and lost the 90lbs, then it became really apparent I was in trouble.. I thank God everyday for the world class surgeons and nurses that took good care of me at UCSF.
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    Auto on camera

    Hey that would be cool.. where do you hunt in cali? Im in nor cal, hour north of sacramento. Youll have to message me before this coming season. Im hopin to be in better shape next season so i can put in for the zone i usually apply for. Already have 2 pts so i should be guaranteed a tag next season.
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    Auto on camera

    Yeah , maybe if we come up with something really cool people will come back to pep this place up again.. I'll keep doin it, all I have is time on my hands so Im gonna just start workin out ideas and see what I come up with...lol That would be cool if we were all closer... would be some fun brain stormin sessions thats for sure....lol no worries brother, helping me is seeing others posting back with replies, that makes the time spent messing with this stuff worthwhile especially if we come up with something that works for everyone to try out.. It would be fun hanging out, like mentioned above, it could bring some whopper ideas to the table with a good group all brain stormin together and learning things at the same time..,,,
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    Samsung cam

    Wife was cleaning out her closet and pulled a camera out so I was checking it out. It looks like a good cam for use. Its a samsung BL103, uses 2 AA's and standard sd card. It fires up fast and snaps a pic quick with good flash. The flash is a good distance from the lens too. I havent messed with the settings but it fits the bill. Its bout the size of a sony w series (little thicker, 1/8" or so) and has extending lens. Its 10.3mp. the pics and video look good. Ill have to find one and hack it, power and shutter button right on top in usual spot so it should be a simple hack. I looked in here and didnt see it listed but it may be on one of the other sites. Just wanted to pass that on.
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    Samsung cam

    I'll get another one and we will figure it out, if it doesnt work then I guess we keep looking.... 😉
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    3 PIR Circuit

    I picked up this non working commercial cam awhile back and decided to strip it for parts and found the pir circuit was something I was really interested in and looking for. It took a bit figuring out what pins were for what but I finally got it. The cool thing is once I added power to one of the little Ic's on the board, it powered all 3 of them so that works out good. I found the output so soldered a wire to each one along with an led and put 3.3 v to one Ic and it worked. I can put motion in front of any one and it will signal that pir. The hard part will be figuring out how to control the sensitivity. The orignal cam had a hi, med and low sensitivity so it has to be controlled by a leg on the chip. If I can find which one, it should control all 3 sensors. This might just work perfect for my old thread "Project 3 Eyes"....
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    3 PIR Circuit

    So, now that finding the commercial pir setup wont work for how I need I'm just going to draw up my own circuit for a 1, 2 or 3 pir setup and set it up to plug into my own control board so it will have the option of choosing to use a single pir for straight ahead standard build or use 2 (one on left and one on right) for faster startup of a slow cam or dual cam or use all three, the left and right for fast cam on and the forward one can fire the shutter.... lots of possibilities..
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    Auto on camera

    Man, years ago the above would have had numerous replies within hours, now its been over a month and nothing.. Thats really sad to see.. 😞
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    Samsung cam

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    Samsung cam

    Well, I picked one up and tore into it. Thought I had it, in fact I dock'd the whole hack but somehow had forgot to double check the shutter hack before re-assembly. After testing it, I was thoroughly confused. The power button was simple, thought the shutter button was simple too but, it has some sort of 2 stage shutter button. so just touching the shutter + to shutter neg did not fire the cam, it basically readied the shutter button. I tried attaching a wire to each of the other 3 corners of the tactile button but it still did the same thing, no pic. I started to check traces around the switch with my probe and followed one to the other end where there was a test pad and hit it with my probe and boom, blew the cam up, it popped big time and actually blew a chip off the back panel. Not exactly sure what that pad was for but it definitely is not one you want to probe.... 😞 So off to the trash it went. As soon as I get the chance to pick another one up I will and then will try it again. There must be something in the shutter button or some connection under it that controls the final push for shuttering a pic but it looks like dis-assembling that portion of the switch board may be very difficult or possibly impossible, I will try again though, It takes great day pics and the night pics with the flash seemed really good along with 2 AA batts for power and standard sd card, it would make a nice trail cam if I can figure it out.
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    Along the Trail

    Nice pics. That bobcat, after comparing the side by side images from the july pic and the october pic, that is definitely the same bobcat without a doubt based on the markings on its legs.. what are the odds of that same cat standing in almost the identical spot looking at the cam with the same pose... thats a trip.. edit - lol... was looking at the image again and saw the text written below the image, guess I got glued in on the photo and forgot to read..... 😉
  25. This was a fun little project. I took snaps shots of the process and made a vid so you can see the build from start to finish including L/N and final hydro dip. I had a major screw up at the end so there is no shots of the actual dip. I had removed my tape from the flash lens, snorkel and hpwa to test it and forgot to put it back on before I dipped it, I realized that at the moment I dipped it into the tank so had to go into full emergency mode and get the lenses cleaned before the hydro film ink setup... Took a bit of work but I got them all cleaned off.... Dont do what I did, it is a real pain to get that off of IR filter material....lol I used a wally case with a sony w30 and a viv 2k slave and one of the micro critter getters and the critter getter slave controller that Jim sent me to control it all... It has a 2315 pipe thru, and a 3.7v batt for ext cam power as well.. Turned out pretty good and works like a champ. IR lens hack Sony W30 w50 and W55.pdf
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