Aviate First

I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.” now that Wisconsin looks at the potential of 4 more weeks of altered daily life.

Pilots use this phrase to remind them of their priorities during their journey. A pilot’s most important task is to keep the plane flying, even if they must set the radio down or quit looking at the charts. Nothing else matters if the plane goes down!

Once a troubled plane is flying steady then the pilot can make sure they know where they are. They can then also get back in touch with the passengers and traffic control.

A plane’s navigation and communication are important but they can become distractions during a tricky flight. Getting lost is a hassle but won’t ruin your day in the way that the ground will. You never want your attention so divided by circumstances that you end up crashing.

In the same way, in the midst of these unfamiliar days, there are a lot of distractions pulling at our attention. Our priorities in life won’t be about maps and radios, but make sure you know what (and who) they are. It’s easy to focus on the unimportant things that are loud and in our face…and even easier to forget about the important things that aren’t physically in front of us.

Above all keep your airplane flying safe, friends. There’s a way out of these storm clouds and I’m so excited to see you all in person when we land ♥

Joel 2:24-25

Lenny and the Windows Support Scam

I got a scammy call today from “Martin” from “Windows Technical Support” offering to help with my computer. Martin couldn’t tell me which computer he was calling about, so I transferred him over to my buddy Lenny. Bonus: Lenny’s ducks make an appearance just after the 6 minute mark!
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Coming Soon: Voice Activated Home Automation

I’m still typing this up, but check back soon for an article about using a Raspberry Pi 3, the amazing Home Assistant software, and a few other pieces of hardware and software to build a centralized home automation system. Home Assistant sets you up to run everything on the local network, so that your home automation still works without internet.

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