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Chicken selfies

Teej pointed to this site a couple of threads ago: chicken.photos. Yes, .photos is a top level domain now. From the about page:

The system consists of a Canon 7D, a speed flash, a Raspberry Pi, and an ultrasonic motion trigger.

Whenever a chicken (or any other animal) passes in front of the motion sensor, the Pi snaps a photo on the camera, which in turn fires the speed flash. Once the photo is taken, the Pi downloads the photo from the camera’s SD card and uploads it to our website. The photo is then tweeted and potentially minted as an NFT.

Everything is protected in waterproof housing and uses custom designed PCBs for power and signal routing between the components. It uses the gphoto2 library to interact with the camera, and CircuitPython for the firmware on the Pi.

I still do not understand NFTs. As far as I can tell, you’re buying…bragging rights?

So, they’re motion-sensor selfies. I like the sort of milky, porn-y soft focus. I reckon that’s damp on the waterproof housing. It gives them an otherworldly look.

It’s worth reading their About page. Oh, and looking at all the lurrvly chickens.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 2, 2022, 8:12 pm

NFTs have about the same investment potential as “animation cels” derived from famous cartoons and animations. I guess a buyer could hang the stuff on a wall and call it “art” but…

There are so many investment scams today that I really think that “investment tulips” will make a comeback soon!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 2, 2022, 8:48 pm

“-Oh, look at all the lurrvly chickens”

That was the original hook line for the Beatles song that became Eleanor Rigby. It was going to be called Lovely Chickens.

John’s contribution was telling Paul “that’s stupid” and over a few pints they got talking about the old lady shut-in that Paul did errands for, who also kept chickens. Her name wasn’t Eleanor, or Rigby, but he thought that sounded like a real name.

The chickens didn’t make it into the song.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: August 2, 2022, 9:03 pm

“…which in turn fires the speed flash…”

Wouldn’t all that flashing drive the chikkens bonkers? It’d drive me bonkers.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: August 3, 2022, 1:27 am

Kind of an odd looking chikken in the background.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 3, 2022, 4:54 pm

Durned, I read somewhere the Eleanor Rigby was a name on a tombstone in a churchyard they used to cut through to go…somewhere. The real Eleanor Rigby married, had children and died relatively young of TB.

The Wikipedia article says none of this and has a different inspiration story.

Quasi, I’m tempted think “speed flash” is the thing that communicates with the internet, because it specifically says it triggers the camera and *then* the speed flash, which wouldn’t make sense.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 3, 2022, 6:12 pm

The chicken in the background has such gorgeous feathers. It almost looks like fabric.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 3, 2022, 7:07 pm

If you mean the one in the middle (not counting the deer chicken in the back), I thought she was the gold-laced Wyandotte, which is indeed a very beautiful color. But here’s the original and it looks like the silver-laced Wyandotte.

Also beautiful, but I prefer the gold. I had a gold partridge bantam who I still think was the most beautiful chicken ever. Poor Vita. She was a pariah hen.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 3, 2022, 7:43 pm

My beautiful Vita, eating sketties:

Comment from Teej
Time: August 3, 2022, 8:23 pm

Aww. Vita was beautiful. She looks like an old tapestry…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 3, 2022, 8:38 pm

Her sister (from the same clutch of eggs) won Best In Show at the South England Poultry Show (that’s not the exact title. I forget the exact title).

She was a lovely, sweet bird.

Comment from Durnedyankee?
Time: August 3, 2022, 9:56 pm

If it weren’t for the sketty Mrs. D. Would hang that photo in our tv room!

We has chicken art, and a gorgeous painted metal rooster; which turned out to be a spiffy dent resistant target for the brats and their airsoft weapons. There’s nothing soft about those by the way, as our lampshades and rearview car mirror will attest.

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