We need more Hybrids not Electric Vehicles

The IEEE published a new article “WE NEED MORE THAN JUST ELECTRIC VEHICLES” which has a good initial idea but if you search the article there’s actually 0 mentions of Hybrid vehicles! Zero mentions! For first world countries transitioning from fossil fuels to alternatives wouldn’t the next best thing to being fossil fuel dependent be to use less and ween the economy off? Hybrids have been the biggest stop-gap transition to electric vehicles. Electric vehicles honestly are still not ready for the mass market even with the success of Tesla Motors. Tesla owners often report having “range anxiety” where they’re unsure if their fully charged battery can make their trip. Running the AC and the stereo both use more energy and can shrink the range you can travel. If they run out of battery you could be stuck on the side of the road and need towed to the next supercharger. Supercharger’s cost twice as much as charging at home sometimes $20 for a full charge but you can get something like 75% in an hour. Hertz recently ordered a big fleet of Tesla vehicles so if you want to rent one you can, but you’ll likely learn the difficulties of living with an electric vehicle. There’s also been plenty of videos of Tesla’s in line to charge at a supercharger when they’re likely already very low on battery.

Guess what vehicle already has proven technology, uses existing gasoline stations, and has 2x the travel range of a Tesla? That’s right, a Hybrid. The most well known hybrid is the Prius with 50MPG and a 10 gallon tank, it can go a full 500 miles before needing refilled compared to about 200 miles in a Tesla. Despite this, how many American car companies are making Hybrids? Where are the Ford and GM hybrids with 50 MPG? Why are they all trying to jump the market gap filled with hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles? It seems like such a mistake that might playout in the next 20 years. American Tax payers might be bailing out the auto industry again after they continue to ignore the demands of consumers.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/electric-cars-2657880896

Astronaut Dall-e Art

Dall-e 2 Astronaut Story

The sun had been acting strange lately. Scientists had been keeping a close eye on it, but they didn’t realize how serious things were until it was too late. On Monday morning, a massive solar flare erupted from the surface of the sun, hurling a billion-ton chunk of plasma directly at Earth. The magnetic field around our planet was no match for the force of the explosion, and within minutes, the surge of energy had reached Earth’s atmosphere.

The space station was orbiting about 350 miles above the surface when the flare hit. Within seconds, the electronics on board started to short out. The astronauts could only watch in horror as everything went dark. Then, in what seemed like an instant, there was a bright flash and a loud boom as something exploded on board the station. One of the astronauts – Carl – was thrown clear off into space. He could see the station spinning out of control before he lost consciousness from lack of oxygen…

When Carl woke up, he was lying face down in water. He tried to get up but his arms and legs were so heavy that he couldn’t move them. With great effort, he turned his head to look around him. He was surrounded by darkness and all he could hear was the sound of waves crashing against rocks somewhere nearby. Suddenly panic set in as he realized that he was floating adrift in outer space! He knew that even if he could somehow manage to swim back to shore, hypothermia would kill him long before he made it there.

Then everything went blank again as Carl passed out from exhaustion…

When he woke up for a second time, Carl found himself being dragged through shallow water onto a beach by two strangers who were frantically calling for help on their cell phones. Paramedics arrived soon after and took him to the hospital where doctors determined that he only suffered minor injuries from his fall – most likely because he landed in water instead of hitting solid ground head first! As for what happened to the space station and his fellow astronauts? No one knows for sure…

Caffeine and Octane Car Photos

I went to the Caffeine and Octane event at the Avenues Mall. It was really cool to see all of the different types of cars that people brought out. There were a lot of vintage cars, muscle cars, and even some exotics. I had a great time walking around and looking at all of the different cars. Here are some of my favorites that I saw.

Caffeine and Octane is a monthly car show that happens at the Avenues Mall here in Jacksonville, Florida. I went for the first time this month and it was awesome! They had all sorts of makes and models of cars, from Ferraris to Porsches to Lamborghinis. I even saw a couple of Tesla’s there.

One of the coolest things about the event was that it wasn’t just limited to cars. There were also a bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts there showing off their bikes. And since it was at the mall, there were plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping while you were checking out the cars.

I definitely recommend Caffeine and Octane if you’re into cars or just want to check out something different. It’s usually the first Saturday of every month, so if you’re free one morning go check it out!

One of my favorite cars that I saw was a white Ferrari Testarossa. It was in pristine condition and it looked like it just came off the showroom floor. The car had a beautiful red interior and it sounded amazing when the owner revved the engine. Another one of my favorite cars was a bright orange Lamborghini Countach. It was definitely one of the coolest looking cars at the event.

If you’re into cars, then I definitely recommend checking out the Caffeine and Octane event at the Avenues mall. It’s a great opportunity to see some really cool cars up close and personal.

Fin Fest Jacksonville Beach

Fin Fest at Jacksonville Beach

I recently went to the Florida Fin Fest and took some pictures of the beautiful sunset. Here are some of my favorite shots!
This first photo is my favorite. The colors are so vibrant and it’s just a really pretty sight.

I also really liked this next photo. The sun was setting behind the trees and it created a really cool effect.

The last photo is of the clouds. I thought they looked really pretty as they were lit up by the sun.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos and I’m really glad I was able to capture the beauty of the sunset. If you ever get a chance to go to the Florida Fin Fest, be sure to take some pictures of the sunset too!

University of North Florida Photos (UNF)

I recently had the opportunity to visit the University of North Florida and take some photos of the sunset. The colors were absolutely beautiful, and I was able to capture some great shots. Check out the photos below!

The colors in this photo are just incredible. The way the sun is setting behind the trees is just breathtaking.

This next photo is my favorite of the bunch. The colors in the sky are just so beautiful and serene. It’s really amazing how nature can be so stunning.

This final photo is a bit more abstract, but I really like how it turned out. The colors are just so vibrant and intense. All in all, it was a great experience and I’m really happy with the photos that I was able to take.

I had a great time taking photos of the sunset at the University of North Florida. The colors were absolutely beautiful, and I was able to capture some great shots. If you ever have the chance to visit, be sure to check it out for yourself!

Greencove Springs

Greencove Springs Sunset

I recently had the chance to visit Greencove Springs, Florida and let me tell you, the natural beauty of this place is truly breathtaking. From the moment I arrived, I could feel the relaxed vibe of the town. As I walked around, I noticed the huge live oaks that provide welcome shade on hot days. The Spanish moss hanging from the branches swayed in the slight breeze, creating a hypnotic effect.

But the real showstopper was the sunset. I have never seen such a beautiful sight in my life. The colors were incredible—a deep orange mixed with fiery reds and soothing yellows. It was like looking at a painting come to life. I couldn’t help but snap a few photos to capture the moment.

If you’re ever in Florida, be sure to check out Greencove Springs. You won’t regret it!

There’s nothing quite like experiencing nature’s beauty firsthand. If you ever get the chance to witness a sunset in Greencove Springs, Florida, don’t hesitate—go see it for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.

I got a Mavic 2 Pro for free

I had 3 old Dell R710 servers and a bunch of old NESL 230 watt solar panels.

I got a message from someone on Facebook marketplace interested in making a trade for the servers

He was having trouble selling his DJI Mavic 2 Pro for cash, and after another week of not being able to sell it he was willing to trade.

So I got a full kit of a working drone including 4 batteries, and a 1st generation DJI FPV headset.

I’ve taken it out flying already a couple times and I’m already happy with it.

Even though many of the features were similar to my Mini 2 that I had before the 1″ Hasselblad camera sensor is noticeably better. It also appears to fly faster but the battery really only lasts about 20 minutes.

The two things that really suck about it though compared to the Mini 2 is the DJI remote controller, my phone can hardly fit inside the handle so it’s difficult get setup. Also the battery charger took me 10 minutes to figure out how to plug in the batteries, and there’s no positive locking feature so the batteries can easily fall off.

I could buy a better remote controller but that’d be about $1000 for a compatible controller. So it might actually be better if I just sell this Mavic 2 and get a Mavic 3 or the new DJI Avata.

Anyways I traded 3 Dell servers and 4 of my old solar panels for a working $1500 professional drone.

Laika Astronaut Dog

Laika the rocket dog

Laika was a space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika was a stray mongrel from the streets of Moscow, selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into low orbit on 3 November 1957. No capacity for her recovery and survival was planned, and she died of overheating. Laika’s story is a sad one, but her legacy is an important one. She paved the way for future space exploration and helped to advance scientific knowledge. She will always be remembered as a brave pioneer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of science. I made a short video memorializing her sacrifice.

Helium Miner

Layer Zero Update

I installed a Layer Zero helium miner and not even a year later they have stopped sending my payments.

It’s not because the antenna hasn’t been working I’ve maintained and monitored it, but the company just has stopped distributing payments.

There’s plenty of people on social media and tiktok saying that you’ll get $1000’s of dollars for installing one of these antennas, I’ve barely gotten $400 this year.

I’m here to tell you it isn’t worth it, you either pay $1000 for an antenna and get 100% of the profits but it takes more than a year to return your investment.

Or you rent/lease an antenna where they send you the antenna for free and then send you a portion of the payment you mine like 40%.

I chose the latter to reduce my risk, I still had to get up on the top of my second story roof and install the antenna and run the cable down the side of the house.

You can read my first post here

A robot writing on a computer

AI Content Writing

I’ve tried using Jasper.ai, it works sometimes but many of the responses lack the right context and or coherence for making good content unfortunately.

However if you want to try Jasper yourself you can get 10k words when you use my promo link: https://jasper.ai?special=XB64oBl

There’s also chrome extensions like HyperWrite which is a really good idea for the technology to integrate seamlessly with people but the extension is still buggy, my first time installing it locked up my computer and almost crashed my chrome browser. It supposedly works with Reddit and Gmail but it doesn’t quite work yet with WordPress.

Similar to this is Github’s Copilot which uses AI to suggest or predict upcoming lines of code to save you time.

All of these services largely draw from OpenAI’s GPT-3 model which obviously is the third version of GPT, the second version GPT-2 was released for download but wasn’t nearly ready for professional use even with the largest 1.5 Billion parameter datasets. However now the GPT-3 version is bigger and more refined but you can only use it with their API to limit and protect the technology from potential abuse. You can actually access GPT-3 from the playground for free.