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How to Automate Your Curtains

This is such a niche thing, but you'd be shocked at how many requests I get for information on how I did it. A couple years back I gave a talk about automation, ranging from home to habits to business, and almost all of the follow-up emails I got were about the curtains.

I first automated my curtains because I thought it would be a neat novelty. My apartment in Las Vegas is a very inexpensive one which you'd never expect would have anything fancy inside, so I thought it would be fun to have automated curtains. After using them for a few years, though, they've proven to have far more utility than novelty.

There are three primary advantages to having automated curtains.

The first advantage is that you can have sunlight when you wake up in the morning. I like sleeping in and don't naturally jump up out of bed in the morning. But when I can hit one button and sunlight starts streaming into my bedroom, I find it really easy to spring out of bed. I also use Tasker on Android to automate this so that if an alarm goes off, my curtains open. I almost never use an alarm, but when I do it tends to be for an early flight, so it helps to get out of bed quickly.

Early On a Sunday Morning: Cats? Heck Yeah!

On Where Pianos Roam

I've been thinking lately about cats.  They're probably my favorite animals.  Not only are they cute, but they purrr when you touch them.  They're furry, soft, and oh so sweet.  They even bury their own poop!  How amazing is that?

I grew up with cats in my house.  Family had a pet cat named Bambi for many years.  She was beautiful, but honestly, she was mean as hell.  Even all of our dogs were scared of her.  NO ONE messed with her.

At one point when we were younger, my older sister, older brother, and I slept in the same room.  One night, my sister was taunting her and jumped into bed to hide under the covers.  My brother was already tucked in for the night, but the overhead light was still on.  My sister was too scared of Bambi to get up and turn off the light so she asked me if I could do it.  I had a bad feeling about it, but I got up anyway.  The light switch was right by the foot of my bed.  I got up to turn it off, and the very second that I did.  Bambi ATTACKED!!!

She brutally scratched my entire left arm and shoulder.  I must have screamed bloody terror because my parents came running into my room immediately. 

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