Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Porn. Rape. Tasers. (more…)

x10 switches we used to have over our bedThe one cool side-effect of the addition being finished is that the additional wiring seems to have made X10 home automation modules again functional for the upstairs. Sometime in 1999 or 2000 or so our house suffered “x10 death” upstairs, where everything stopped working. The wireless 4-switch light-switch we had over our bed (which we kept re-arranging, and moving the switch with us, which was so damn convenient) stopped working and everything.

x10 lamp module - lets you dim lamps - only 2 prongs requiredThat was around when we started implementing The Clapper for the bedroom — 2 claps = lights on/off, 3 claps = fan on/off. But that recently blew in a thunderstorm (new wishlist item!). Thus the need for an extra X10 2-prong lamp module vs the 3-prong appliance modules — most of our plugs up here are only 2 prongs! Plus, the lamp modules let you dim non-dimmable lights, which is really good for ambiance.

But anyway, the best part of all this is is — the automatic, motion-sensing hall-light is back. (more…)