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How to Replace Tube Lights DIY

Replacing fluorescent tube lights with LED lights is a simple DIY project that can be completed in a matter of minutes. First, remove the old tube light from the fixture. Next, disconnect the wires and remove the ballast. Then, insert the new LED tube light into the fixture and connect the wires. Finally, turn on the power and test the new light. LED lights are more efficient and longer lasting than fluorescent lights, so this upgrade is a wise investment for any homeowner. Plus, it’s a quick and easy project that anyone can do!

USS Orleck Sunset

USS Orleck

USS Orleck Top View
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset 2
USS Orleck Sunset 2
Chiquita the Cat

My Cat Chiquita

This is my cat Chiquita, although there may be many like her, she’s also incredibly unique. What they don’t tell you sometimes about pets and cats is that they can really have very special personalities. Their personalities are also not static and they can grow, change, and learn over time.

Jacksonville Bicentennial Photos

Jacksonville Bicentennial & Fireworks Photos

Jacksonville is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year and there are lots of great events planned! Jacksonville was founded in 1822 and has come a long way in 200 years.

The city will be celebrating with a big fireworks show on July 4th. The fireworks will be launched from the Jacksonville Landing and can be seen from anywhere downtown. It’s sure to be a spectacular show!

In addition to the fireworks, there will also be a parade and a concert. The parade will feature floats and marching bands, and the concert will have some of Jacksonville’s best local talent. This is sure to be a great event for the whole family!

Jacksonville’s bicentennial is sure to be a special event. The fireworks, parade, and concert will all be great ways to celebrate the city’s birthday. Be sure to come downtown and join in on the fun!

Epcot night

Epcot Photos

Epcot is one of the most popular Disney parks, known for its beautiful scenery and high price tag. Though I wasn’t able to get into the park on my first try, I was still able to get a glimpse of what makes Epcot so special.

The first thing that struck me about Epcot was its sheer size.

There’s so much to see and do that it’s impossible to fit everything into one day. Even though the park is massive, it’s still extremely popular and can be quite crowded.

Epcot is also known for its incredible scenery. The park is full of beautiful buildings and gardens, making it a photographer’s dream.

It’s also home to some of Disney’s most iconic attractions, such as Spaceship Earth and The Living Seas.

Even though Epcot can be expensive and crowded, it’s still a must-visit for any Disney fan. Epcot is an amazing place with something for everyone, and I can’t wait to go back

Epcot can be quite expensive, especially if you’re visiting during peak season. Tickets are pricey, and there are also a lot of souvenirs and food options available that can quickly add up. If you’re on a budget, Epcot may not be the best option for you.

Overall, it is an amazing park that is definitely worth visiting. Even if it’s crowded and expensive, the experience is unlike any other and totally worth it.

If you’re looking for an incredible, photogenic place to visit, it’s definitely worth checking out. Just be prepared for the crowds and high costs. Epcot is a truly unique park that offers something for everyone.

Epcot daytime
Epcot during the day
Epcot night
Epcot at Night
Apellix Drone

Apellix Drones

I met with the talent and founders behind Apellix drones here in Jacksonville Florida and I was incredibly impressed.

Despite how they look these are not regular quadcopters, the photos and video are cool, but they really do not do them justice.

I won’t go into the technical secret sauce behind their work, but there is a very significant amount of power needed to lift the big drones, and their water supply hose.

If you’re familiar with DJI quads like the Mini 2 or the Mavic then you likely recognize the multi-rotor quadcopter formfactor.

However they actually use motors on both the top and bottom of each leg to push and pull the aircraft with added lift.

Definitely checkout my video, also checkout my other posts on drones

DIY Work Table

DIY Work Table

I designed and built a DIY work table out of wood.

I’ve recorded all the video for it to youtube which I’ll show here

I’ve posted an instructable here: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Wood-Work-Table/

You can download the CAD design files from GrabCAD here: https://grabcad.com/library/wood-work-table-3

Helium Miner

I mine cryptocurrency with a Helium Miner

Helium cryptocurrency miner

Starting in January of 2022 I installed a Helium Miner on my roof. If you’ve never heard of Helium before, no I don’t mean the inert gas Helium. I’m talking about Helium the cryptocurrency. Everyone is familiar with Radio by now. Many people use WIFI, however like WIFI you can join the Helium LoRa radio network for internet or internet of things (IoT). In January when the market was high it made tons of sense. I planned to have the antenna up for at least a year to see how it would actually perform. I told my friend Jimmy about Helium and he got really excited. Some people think the Helium LoRa network might be a revolution, other think it’s another useless cryptocurrency altcoin. The difference is, to me at least, is that this a cryptocurrency with REAL infrastructure. It also can essentially incentivize the logistics of a redundant internet that would boost reliability in the event of power outages, storms, emergencies, etc. The antenna I have is installed about 4 meters high on the roof. I had to install it myself which was difficult and dangerous. From the online viewer I can see where it has communicated with and I can estimate how many HNT or Helium Network Tokens I’ve earned. Sometimes on the map I’ve seen network connections reach all the way to downtown Jacksonville from my house which is about 15 miles! That’s seriously incredible and I love the technology.

In all honesty, here are the downsides with installing a Helium mining antenna. Luckily you don’t need to worry about dealing with a HOA that doesn’t like how the antenna looks. The FCC has a ruling the protects the installation of antennas and satellite dishes. The amount of energy it uses is incredibly little, some compare it to a lightbulb. Small amounts of internet data are used for connectivity however there is some risk that having it on your network could open you up to hacking. When the cryptocurrency market was high I was making close to $60 a month with this antenna, now that the market has dropped I’m making half that value, though I still make the same amount of HNT. So I don’t plan on selling the HNT I just plan on collecting it even while the market is low. I don’t know if it will ever pay off, or whether the technology will ever become more mainstream but it is cool and cutting edge if nothing else.

Helium Miner
happy gator

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is home to many different kinds of animals, not just alligators. I was able to see turtles, lizards, and even a few snakes during my visit. The farm offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of these creatures.

The alligators at St. Augustine Alligator Farm are well-cared for and seem to be healthy and happy. I was able to see them both in the water and on land, and they were very active. The staff was also very knowledgeable about alligators and answered any questions I had.

Overall, I had a great experience at St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in seeing some of the animals up close.

If you’re ever in the St. Augustine area, be sure to check out the Alligator Farm. You’ll see some amazing creatures and learn a lot about them from the knowledgeable staff.

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