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Do not do something because you think you’re supposed to, do it because you know it’s something you want to do. You only have one life, at least as far as we can tell. It’d be better spent doing something that fulfills you and helps others out, if possible.

This could range to career decisions like starting a podcast, taking a promotion, writing a book. It could have to do with becoming a parent. Or letting your parents tell you what you need to do with your life. It could be the narratives from your childhood movies telling you you have to be a Prince Charming and find a princess and that you’ll live happily ever after once you’ve found the right one. 

It could be the role you feel yourself pushed to take. Like, because you enjoy making videos you now have to be a community manager. Or if you like to paint you have to spend all day replying to comments to be a good person because to sell your art in the modern world you must build an audience and because of competition you have to act like everyone else acts.

It could be that you feel like you should believe in reality because everyone around you seems not to. Or the simmering resentment you feel towards the organizations that claim their purpose is to spread love but instead they spread tribalism and hate over an unprovable concept.

Just because everyone else choses to ignore reality because reality is so damn difficult doesn’t mean you have to. You can be you. You can read whatever you want to read, learn and do whatever you want to do. If you find yourself naturally drawn to a skill, craft, science, or anything that pushes you and you can’t really explain why, you owe it to yourself to try to do something with it. If it brings you joy and isn’t hurting anyone, why oughtn’t you continue working on what you enjoy working on?

What a great opportunity to practice ignoring the judgement of others.

And suppose you find that you want to do that thing you are supposed to do? Perhaps you have no choice in the matter but find you can endure and even appreciate it? Then carry on.

What I think is Bitcoin is, so far…

A while go, maybe a year or two back, I wrote an article about Web 3.0. Or at least what I thought it was at the time. Between then and now I’ve continued to explore the crypto landscape and have been studying Bitcoin. So much so that I’ve exited all of my other interests from the Web 3.0 stuff and gone solely into Bitcoin. Those who’ve gone before me call this going down the rabbit hole. The process of learning about this novel use and mix of several powerful technologies (developed over the past 70 years or more) has one finding themselves looking at the world through a new perspective. This is referred to as being Orange Pilled.

Bitcoin is an interesting subject for me, like how I once went down the rabbit hole of yo-yoing when I was 13, it feels fitting that 20 years later I’d go down another rabbit hole for similar reasons. Yo-Yoing is one of those throwaway hobbies not many but those who practice it find any value in. Well-meaning but ignorant strangers, acquaintances, and sometimes family, will tell you, “You spend all your time playing with a toy, why are you wasting your life? Get a real job.” Meanwhile they spend their every evening drooling into the couch as reruns of shows they’re too uncomfortable to outgrow drone on in the background. Yo-Yoing has(had) an underground online community of hobbyist across the planet. Every country seems to have a group of them practicing the craft and periodically they’ll hold community meet ups or competitions to see who has the most skills at that time. Some don’t like the competition side of it, but that’s fine. Like any rabbit hole worth its quarry, there’s many branches and chambers containing rewards to explore.

So what is Bitcoin then? It’s a very complex subject. It takes time and effort to understand it because like I said above, it seems to require a perspective shift to understand and appreciated it. Especially if you’re a judgmental person who struggles to mind your own business. Kind of like the blur of people who told me I waste all my time yo-yoing, a lot of the world looks at something like Bitcoin and thinks, “That’s such a waste of energy, why would anyone do that? Shouldn’t that energy be stored for something better like a hospital or soup kitchen?” They don’t know why it was created, they don’t have the life experiences of struggle where holding on to anything of value becomes impossible because of the constant phone calls from debt collectors. They don’t know what it’s like to stand in line waiting for diapers and being told this is the last time you can ask for help here. They have their comfortable lives, they feel fulfilled and entertained and probably have a good sense of purpose. Why would they want anything to do with this internet money that people seemingly have lost their minds over?

They don’t feel the pain of your bank account suddenly being negative right when you were checking out the lentils and ramen. Or how no matter what you do to save up some economic energy it constantly gets drained away by an irresponsible and emotionally abusive partner. How you can’t even open a bank account in an attempt to follow the advice of folks like Dave Ramsay or the book The Richest Man in Babylon because your current bank has you blacklisted in the area till you fix the overdraft you can’t possibly fix because you’ve just been fired and now have to use the wire service at the grocery store to pay your electricity, which gets shut off anyways because it arrives late. Which comes with a reactivation fee, by the way.

Or maybe they do and they’ve simply forgotten the pain now that it’s a few miles behind them. I remember my pain. I try hard not to dwell on it. Honestly I thought one day I’d write about it to help make that moment of my life bearable. I never did.

But now I’ve found this thing called Bitcoin. At first I thought it was internet money. I didn’t understand why it wasn’t pegged to the dollar or why anyone would want to use it. I didn’t care that people were; as a tech enthusiast I love new things and cool ways of doing things. But back then it was just a word. I wasn’t aware of any depths to it. I remember a friend from high school reached out to me because of it and I ignored the message because it was also when everyone else from high school was trying to get me to join their multilevel marketing schemes. In an effort to avoid all annoyance I sadly missed one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities. At least that’s what everyone says when they finally understand.

So where to start? It’s a protocol. It’s a ledger. It’s a commodity. It’s property. It uses a system called “proof of work” to secure its network. It’s decentralized in that there are thousands of individuals running nodes all over the planet validating transactions. It’s permissionless. Protean in nature. Uncensorable. Unstoppable. And it taught me everything I thought I knew about money for the last 34 years of my existence was wrong. It showed me why everything was getting so expensive. It showed me how the people I trusted to protect my funds were messing with me. It showed me how I could maybe save some economic energy for later rather than scramble to feed myself each and every day. It also taught me that scarcity is important. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoin.

I know now this isn’t simply going to be one article. The rabbit hole is too deep. Everything I write shows me both holes in my knowledge which will require more research, and presents more questions I know I’ll need to answer. What do I mean it’s all those things above? Well to be honest it’s even more than that. That’s just what I could think of off the top of my head. 

Some of the people I’ve listened to teach about Bitcoin think of it like your own Swiss Bank in your pocket. I heard that (or similarly phrased utterances) from the likes of Andreas Antonopoulos, Michael Saylor, Guy Turner, and Peter McCormack.

Some of the people I listen to like Jason Lowery think it’s the next age of warfare. Going as far to shame the old WW1 general who thought airplanes were toys and not worth anything as far as war is concerned in his thesis where he equates those planes then to bitcoin now. He talks about how nations might use this system as a sort of Softwar. Where you’d fight with watts of electrical power rather than using the physical power and cost of human life.

Others think it’s the future of money. That it will replace these weak government backed currencies which are easily manipulated (whenever they need a few extra bucks to buy your votes) with something requiring real work to create. People call it digital gold. A store of value. Some call it an inflation hedge but according to Parker Lewis it’s not a good one. Especially in the short term.

Who controls it? All of its participants control it. Who created it? A pseudonymous figure who went by “Satoshi Nakamoto”. When did they create it? A few days before my birthday on January 3rd in 2009. Why did they create it? The central banks printing money, the housing crash, the bailouts, because they could, etc.

What makes it different than just using PayPal, Venmo, debit/credit networks, dollars (or your flavor of fiat currency), or another “cryptocurrency” like ethereum, Solana, Cardano, xrp, link, etc etc etc? So many things. Payment processors require middlemen to facilitate the movement of money between parties, consumer and business, or b2b. Along the way every hand that moves it takes a cut, and when it arrives at its destination it can be taken back from you if for some reason a person along that chain decides they have an issue with you. In the processor world that would be called a chargeback. Merchants hate chargebacks. They equate it to someone coming and taking the food out of their children’s mouths. And in the case of most local ma and pop shops, it’s exactly that. The merchant service providers offer themselves as a trusted third party. But that doesn’t mean they can be trusted, and anyone whose going through the headache of proving you actually sent that rare collectible with a tracking label on eBay just to have them dispute it never arriving knows this. 

What of the other cryptocurrencies? Wasn’t I praising Ethereum and NFTs the last time I was here? Yes I was. I still think it’s interesting, and I truly enjoyed my time exploring NFTs. I think of them as html (hypertext markup language), or what you used to build websites out of before web hosts started giving you prebuilt skeleton sites. Just a platform or something you build on. But after I went down this adjacent and more traveled rabbit hole I started having some doubts about how exposed I was to it and why. Ethereum originally was also a proof of work network. A little while ago it pivoted to “Proof of Stake”. At the time I remember staying up all night with folks on Twitter, celebrating the change. I thought this would finally get the environmentalist types off its back and the network would allow my old friends to see the light. The digital world was where I spent all my time after all, why wouldn’t value in those lands be apparent to anyone but myself? But by then the term NFT had taken on a negative vibe by the general public. Artists I hoped would begin publishing their work on ethereum so I might collect a digital copy of their amazing work would not come.

This saddened me because since I was 19 or so I have been into this concept called minimalism. I try not have have a physical object unless I really need it. When I don’t I get rid of it. I loved the idea of being able to both support an artists’ passions as well as being able to keep a memento of that support in my digital wallet. You see, NFT means Non-Fungible Token. In otherwords it’s provable via a public ledger that it’s a unique token, or at least its hashing is unique. The image, video, music, game asset, contract, diploma, etc. might have multiple copies of itself available. Sort of like a limited print run of posters, signed by the creator. The original piece would be worth far more than the prints but prints are a great way to support someone whose work or skills you admire without having to break the bank. And the cool thing about prints is if your artist friend one day becomes the talk of the town you might be able to eBay that poster for a profit. Or simply feel pride in your great taste way before anyone else knew about it. Not everyone thinks like that of course but it was what made me think NFTs were a great technology. Additionally because they were on a public blockchain anyone with the knowledge of how to use a block explorer could verify that a token was authentic. Another cool feature was that the person who created the token had the option of programming it. If it changed hands in the future for funds, the creator could program a royalty into the token and receive some ongoing benefit for their past efforts.

A lot of musicians, writers, and Hollywood actors have had this benefit for ages because they or people who cared built systems around them to enable that to be so. (Lawyers, studios, etc.) NFTs were a way to do this without needing those middlemen. And so, if I was so excited about it, what changed my mind? Proof of Stake.

Proof of Stake is a system wherein you take a portion of the digital currency from the network it comes from, and lock it up to not be used for a period of time. In exchange for doing this, stakers have the opportunity to help facilitate the updating of the network’s ledger. In exchange for their willingness to lock up their funds and also do the work of creating a valid block of transactions (should they be selected to do so) to move the network perpetually forward, they get to earn a fee from those transactions. This to my understanding was picked at random. Essentially it has become a pay to play system, where if you have enough money you can buy 51% of the network or more and take over the whole system. To keep people from doing this there are punishments that happen should a bad actor be caught. They can have their stake slashed and burned, and their real money goes away.

Okay, if there’s consequences, why’d I stop doing it? There’s another aspect of these systems that also use the networks tokens. It’s the governance structure. On ETH they’re called DAO’s. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. Typically one token equals one vote. So early participation is heavily rewarded. Or unfairly precreating tokens and distributing them to investors is common. Meaning that if you bankrolled the development team of some new token or nft project they might give you a big batch of the tokens as a way of saying thanks. In the securities world I think this would be considered equity. The more I learned about token distribution and the more I learned about Bitcoin the less I liked the way the other networks operated. If you happened to be a famous twitter personality some projects would gift you large amounts of tokens without asking just to make it look like a valid project. When the community spied one of those tokens in the famous persons wallet (yes it’s public), often the floor price of the project’s tokens would explode, and the creators of them often would sell a bunch of them. Also if someone wanted to take over a DAO and had enough money to buy all the votes, they could vote themselves the DAO’s treasury.

I found a few projects I believed in back then. And though I’ve divested from them now I still do think they are good people and are building interesting things for enthusiasts of the industry. Maybe they’ll last the first few years and truly be whatever Web 3.0 was supposed to be back when my eyes were still wide and starry. But there was so much time required by me to stay on top of the happenings of that space that a few days felt like a month and a month felt like a year. Being that I was watching the industry I was constantly in twitter spaces, listening to podcasts of prominent industry figures, and eventually I found my way to Michael Saylor. I think it was on his Lex Fridman interview. I had been binging his show back then, back when it was more technology focused, before it was a pop culture thing… I’ll see my hipster self out…

I think this is a good enough place to pause, that’s a bit of a data dump. I will go through it again later and think about where to focus next time. Please let me know what you want me to write about on this subject if anything specific caught your eye and you want to know more. At this point I’m not anywhere near being an expert. I’m just hopeful that my various life experiences and my perspectives will give you a chance to see what I think I see. And what several millions of others think they have seen.

Here’s one last thing. I mentioned about my yo-yoing hobby, how it had communities all around the world. Another side effect of that was you felt like you had friends all over the planet. You didn’t hate anyone from anywhere because “they were from there”. You judged them by how they treated you and others on the forums. Or gave them grace because they knew sick tricks. Bitcoin feels like that. NFTs did feel like that at first. But Bitcoin has that same feeling. And I think that’s another piece of why I was drawn to it. I don’t really engage with the online community. Last year I made the choice to focus on my family and my website. But if that’s something you look for it’s worth knowing it’s there.

Rules for life

When I was younger, whenever I messed up, I would come up with a rule to rectify what caused my folly. Recently I found a text file with the rules from back then. Being that it’s almost a new year it felt worth sharing them. Why not bring in the new year with something constraining?

Have and stick to your standards

Surround yourself with better people

Your word is everything

Always be learning

Have short and long term goals

Never trade the future for temporary gratification

Give respect first

Be open minded

Take pride in the things you have

Don’t be a victim.

Don’t tolerate flakes

Drink in moderation

Be responsible

What you get out of something is directly influenced by what you put into it

Keep doing what works and stop doing what doesn’t

Don’t forget or live in the past

Don’t complain, if you can fix the problem then do so, otherwise man up and move on

Will it make you money or feed you for a week? No? Don’t buy it

Say what you’re going to do and do it

Look before you leap

Understand the difference between a need and a want

Learn to prune your friendships as they become toxic

Get out of and stay out of debt

If you haven’t got anything nice to say don’t say anything

Don’t talk shit about the competition

Whatever it is, leave it better than how you found it

Do your best not to go on tilt

Don’t judge others

You don’t need to announce every decision you have publicly, you don’t need permission of your peers to do what you want.

Think before you speak, pause before responding

Well that’s all my early twenties had to offer humanity. I’m intrigued to find what my thirties have to offer once they’re complete.

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

I’ve been listening to Ego is the Enemy off and on for a while now. I don’t know how many lessons I’ve gleaned from it over the years, but most recently, in the midst of my frustration with and exodus from social networks, I began to analyze myself, my content, my reactions to how it was received and how many views it acquired, among other things.

I reflected on whether my actions were to help others or for egotistical reasons, like attention-seeking behavior, for instance. Often, I find a bulk of the content I’ve published to be self-serving, made to get something from the viewer, even if it’s just a like or a comment. It’s something to satisfy this strong hunger for attention I had been cultivating over the years without realizing why I was doing it.

A long time ago (it feels like at this point), I made a daily vlog called “Living Off Autopilot” where it was my goal to not let my life just happen, but to actively participate in the day-to-day. At the time, I was severely dissociated from myself, nearing the end of my marriage, and grasping for handholds as I fell down the cliff face towards what I assumed was rock-bottom.

I had read plenty of books that were useful by that point where I wasn’t willing to feel like it was the end of the world. I wasn’t in a prisoner of war camp being tortured or in a concentration camp wondering which day might be my last, grasping onto hope from the sense of purpose derived from unfinished business awaiting me if I survived till the allies arrived. It was a situation of my own making.

I believed at the time that if money was an issue, it was because I wasn’t doing a good enough job saying no when requests for spending came up. I wasn’t able to see that it was used as a way to belittle my character, my self-worth, and force me into a spiraling depression. I had read so many books on becoming wealthy, saving money, investing, sales, etc., that I thought I could earn my way out of my situation.

But whenever money came available, I found it had already been spoken for and promised away. I contemplated hiding money to find some bit of hope in gaining freedom from what had by that point become a crippling hole of debt, right as I lost my job, right as family members were passing away from cancer, as we were shuffling from one place to another as our leases ran out. It was a life of constant and perpetual stress.

I lost essentially all of my connections with friends, and most of my family, during those years.

I wonder if that is what led to my insatiable desire to get recognition and admiration from my peers. Looking back through journals, it hasn’t always been there. It seems to have been a smoldering desire for a long time to become famous. But I never actually thought it would happen. I assumed I would be a successful businessperson, however. My misguided youth believed I’d be a millionaire by 25 and proclaimed as much to many people throughout the years.

It’s funny looking back from 33, knowing I’m only eight years past a deadline set by someone who didn’t know why they were setting that goal at the time. Seeing it from my current perspective, especially after just finishing Ego is the Enemy again for who knows how many times now, makes me wonder why I picked that number. Because at the time, that number meant success to me. At that time, money, and a large sum of it, was what I believed to be success.

Throughout my twenties, I was guided by that and many other arbitrary goals I set to reach certain amounts of viewers, students, sales, and even cars. I don’t know why, looking back, I wanted most of these things aside from the recognition and attention I attributed to their acquisition. I would listen to podcast interviews with entrepreneurs building SaaS companies, apps, social websites, e-commerce stores, and more, and think, “I can and want to do that.” I technically could do a lot of the actual work, like building a website and setting it up for e-commerce.

Back then, I wasn’t mature enough to run a store, though. I would start and stop in fits. I would have a flurry of activity and then burn out. That is a recurring pattern across my life. But I was immersed in this world of entrepreneurship, authors, public speakers, and achievers. I wanted to be a successful young entrepreneur. I wanted to do it by a particular time. I had a vague idea of how I would do it. But every time the rubber hit the road, I would quickly find out that whatever the daily tasks required for something to eventually become successful were not what I wanted to do with my life.

Or a bad day would register particularly hard, and I would let that ruin everything for me. I probably was using the hard day as an excuse to quit. Steven Pressfield calls this “Resistance” in The War of Art. Truth be told, any one of my business ideas might have probably eventually found some footholds and garnered progress, and with that, the elusive success I was chasing at the time.

I have a corkboard on my wall that says, “Do more of what makes you happy.” I got it a few years before the end of my marriage. It sticks around wherever I am at this point because I realized when I saw it, when I was surviving a psychologically intense ordeal, that I was largely unhappy with my daily existence at that time because my daily reality was nothing like what I thought I wanted to be doing. That in itself can cause issues, the longing for what you don’t have or can’t do right now can bring about depression and stress. But I was being kept from doing things I wanted to do, and could do, and was being sent out as a gopher non-stop until it led to my being fired from more than one job, and being let go of by a sponsor.

I feel like several books worth of happenings went down in the past decade, for myself, and I know it’s a rather tame timeline compared to a lot that I’ve witnessed over the years, but I want to get better at writing. I want to grow by processing what I’ve gone through and think about it through the lens of these books I seem attracted to. Maybe someone may find some insight or useful anecdotes at some point from my wandering ramblings.

2023-08-18: Web3, Pine Needle Paper, Arduino Kit

Throughout the day I’ve been trying to note things I would like to write updates about at the end of the day. The end of the day is approaching and I’ve selected a few topics. Today felt rather long. I somehow stuffed a ton of work/project progress into today. I guess I woke on the right side of the bed.

I somehow woke up fully rested at 5:30am and gave up on snoozing. I wanted to get some jars boiling asap to sterilize so I could can a few more jars of pickles. I got six more canned and now I’m running low on jars. Did you know jars become scarce around this time of year? I should have seen this coming haha… Well I have lost count of how many jars of pickles I’ve canned thus far. But it’s more than 30. I really hope they taste good. The first batch I made last week will be ready to try in five more weeks.

In the meantime after those finished cooling off I headed out to the garden and worked on the cucumber plants. I have been wanting to remove all of their lower foliage to make it difficult for squash bugs to hide down there. Also it’s easier to find the cucumbers this way. I will be waiting a little while to resume the pruning because I want to make sure it handles what I cleared out today. I did a similar job on the tomato plants a few weeks ago.

After I got too hot sitting in the sun selectively cutting off cucumber leaves I made my way inside and switched to working through the arduino lessons. I only got a few more today. There were a few light controlling circuits/scripts that let you press one button to power an LED and another button to cut its power. The next lesson was making a little alarm sound following a programmable pattern at varying speeds. And the last one was similar but the alarm could play variable frequencies so it played a scale.

It’s been interesting working through these lessons. I know I barely understand what I’m doing. I suppose my hope is that as I work through each lesson and then later on experiment with the lessons to make what I’ve learned do different stuff I’ll hopefully increase my understanding. Thankfully if I ever get stuck I will be cheating and using ChatGPT. My pinecone collecting robot isn’t going to build itself after all.

After I spent too much time on that I switched to making a rough screen frame to attempt to make paper on. I want to see if I can process pine needles, pulp them, and make paper from them. At the moment I just want to see if it can be done. If it can I might have to make a stack of them for my mom to try her calligraphy skills on. I’m not certain I can make paper nice enough for her to use but it’s a potential goal.

Because of all the canning I’ve been doing I have considered possibly stuffing a few cans full of pine needles and pressure canning them to really break them down. Then doing the normal paper making process and see how it compares to the traditional plant processing procedures.

Okay the last thing on my mind is Web 3.0. As I’ve been learning more about bitcoin and taking some time to reminisce about the “early days” of NFTs (from my perspective) vs the current state of them, I am struck by this feeling of bait and switch Ethereum has left in my mouth.

It was the start of 2021, GaryVee had been talking about how it would behoove us to spend 50 hours researching this crypto stuff. At that point I had been messing around with the Robinhood investing app, putting spare change here and there in these random dividend stocks, thinking that maybe one day I would have such a large portfolio of dividends stocks that they could pay my bills for me.

Because I was on Robinhood I saw they had crypto so I bought a little bit of a few random ones. This was all before Gary was talking about researching it. I was just dabbling with five dollars here and there. It wasn’t really anything significant. But five dollars on Dogecoin suddenly became several hundred dollars and that happened within weeks of Gary telling people “we needed to research this stuff. It’s important to research this.” So my attention had been grabbed. Seriously someone says check this out and then a five dollar ‘whatever’ becomes something worth noting? It gets you to pay attention.

I began watching tons of videos by the Coin Bureau. A few years ago most of their content was overviews of various crypto projects, how to acquire and test them out yourself, and some of their research about how those projects were doing. These days they mostly seem to report on news and the state of the global… well, the dumpster fire.

I haven’t been watching as much recently. But back when I started I would watch their content religiously. Every morning I’d wake up and watch their most recent videos before my kids would wake up. I’d hop into a twitter space about nft’s and listen to the latest going on’s. I’d go through the discords of the nft projects I’d collected and observe what they were working on, if anything.

It has been an interesting few years down this rabbit hole. But like I said, I feel there’s been a bait and switch. When I first found my way into NFT’s I was led to believe if you minted a piece of your art as an nft that your work would for one, be immutably distributed forever on the internet, you would receive royalties if your digital work was ever resold, and that if you wanted to grow an organic and invested community this technology was going to be a great catalyst for this to occur.

That last one I’m still hopeful for. The first one I think I needed to spend a great deal of time in the space to learn that if you did get a custom contract set up for your art you didn’t technically have your art on the ethereum blockchain, but often another distributed hosting solution like arweave or ipfs (interplanetary file system), where your content would be stored in a distributed fashion but not exactly as a creator might have expected, directly on the chain they wanted their work featured, so as to not have potential future failure in infrastructure resulting in their art disappearing from the internet.

That was easy enough to ignore initially. I figured as this medium grew people would find ways to bring file hosting into the Ethereum virtual machine itself. A phrase I don’t truly understand. My vague idea of what it is would be a distributed virtual computer that can be simulated by volunteers around the globe who chose to run the software required for the network to exist.

The disillusionment occurred mainly when it became apparent that marketplaces on this network not only had found ways to subvert the creator royalties but were competing amongst one another to do so. At the beginning I and so many others were told and educated that in this system a creator could mint a piece of their work, assign a perpetual royalty and various contractual things to the piece (like intellectual property rights or the right to display the piece wherever you chose to), essentially digitizing the old school systems around music, video, photography, art, and so much more and making them incredibly better from my limited perspective at that time.

It was when the marketplaces began showing they had found ways around royalty enforcement and then when larger names in the industry voiced their opinion that “though it sucked that these loopholes had been discovered it seemed impossible to patch them” that I began to withdraw from this new frontier I had been so enthralled with. I also recently deleted all of my social network accounts except for YouTube and Nostr, which I’m not really sure how to use anyways.

I’m rambling. The point of all of this is I believed something about NFT’s that on Ethereum they aren’t seemingly able to deliver to creatives at the moment. But what I was able to witness with ordinals (the Bitcoin equivalent of NFTs) showed me the OG network has the ability to potentially deliver the dream I was sold when I came to Ethereum. I could be wrong, maybe it’s just digital gold. But I think there’s something deeper to it. I need to figure out how to explore those avenues again, now that they’re mainly cut off from me.

Alrighty, that’s enough of a novel for today. It was a lot of day to fit into 24 hours. I’m getting rather tired, so I’ll be adding the pictures to this and posting it shortly. I hope you’re all doing well, feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you’re up to or ask me about what I’m up to. Hell, send suggestions. 🙂 Take care!

2023-08-17: elegoo uno

Today I began going through the Elegoo UNO starter pack. It has something like 25 projects/lessons to try with the kit. I only bought it because I want to make a robot that collects pinecones for me. I’m not sure why.

Anyway I got the package open and installed the programming software on my laptop. The zero lesson was how to connect it. The first lesson was to make one of the LEDs on the board blink. The second lesson was using three different resistors to change the brightness of an LED. And the third lesson was using an rgb LED with some programming to make a light that shifts through the colors. Willow said it looked like a party light and requested I make one for her room.

I’m not sure what the next lessons will be, there are a ton of interesting components like a temperature/humidity sensor, stepper motors, ultrasonic sensors, and tons more.

Who knows if it will be able to be used for my robotics project, but based on some of my research I’m confident it could do the job eventually.