Blue Monday – Is this really a thing?

The notion of “Blue Monday,” denoting the purportedly most depressing day of the year, has captivated the public imagination since its emergence in 2005. Attributed to a formula developed by psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall3 and disseminated through a press release by the British travel company Sky Travel, the concept has intrigued skeptics and proponents alike. The formula integrates… Read More »

Ontario Energy Monitoring with Home Assistant and Shelly EM

I have implemented many home automation projects at my house over the years for lighting, security, and climate control using Home Assistant, however, when the Energy Dashboard was added to Home Assistant Core 2021.8, I knew this integration would be the next logical step. After a few Google and Reddit searches, I decided on Shelly EM for the… Read More »

DNS over HTTPS and PiHole on Raspberry Pi

Since deploying PiHole on my home network a few months ago, I have found that the network response on my devices seem to be faster (probably due to the PiHole cache). I was also very pleased to find that approximately 16% of my DNS queries are blocked according to my configured block lists. Next step in the evolution… Read More »

Home Assistant containers running in Docker on Ubuntu Linux.

Home Assistant installation documentation is geared primarily towards Raspberry Pi hardware. However, for my use case, I chose to setup on Docker since I already had Docker running on my Ubuntu Linux ‘home server‘ which hosts containers for all of my other services such as UniFi, Plex, MotionEye, etc. A good starting point for getting started with HA… Read More »

Mobile Phone Addiction and FOMO: A Comprehensive Analysis

The pervasive influence of smartphones in modern society has raised concerns about the potential for smartphone addiction, often associated with the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). This academic examination aims to explore the concept of smartphone addiction, its associated symptoms, and the possible linkages to psychological disorders, focusing on anxiety. While establishing a direct causal relationship between smartphone… Read More »