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

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 at a computer

Chrome Manifest Version 3 with Websocket Server

I have been working on a chrome extension for a year. If you don’t know anything about chrome extensions or google platforms they are incredibly locked down, and have much fewer open features than are naturally available running code on your own computer. To be able to do certain advanced things from a chrome extension it is easier to send requests to a server that can do what you want. Google however has been pushing for security enhancements that make coding useful features in Chrome extensions even more difficult. When I began programming my chrome extension Manifest Version 2 was still useable, however since then all the old examples have been made obsolete, and the documentation is outdated for the new Manifest Version 3 framework. I spent a couple months asking in forums and searching for examples for making a chrome extension websocket client that could work with a websocket server and I couldn’t find an example anywhere. I eventually found some little bits of code on places like stackoverflow.com that I was eventually able to get working. I put this together as a working example of both a client and server with instructions on my Github.com

If you want to check out my other programming projects check here

https://github.com/WyattSanders/ChromeMV3WebsocketExample

Big Talbot Island

Big Talbot Island Photos

As someone who loves to photography and nature, I was excited to take my drone to Big Talbot Island to get some great shots. The marshes and natural land there are beautiful, and the sunset was simply stunning. I’m so glad I got to capture it all on video!

drone photography is a great way to get some amazing shots of landscapes and nature scenes. That’s why I was excited to take my drone to Big Talbot Island, where there are marshes, natural land, and a beautiful sunset. I’m so glad I got to capture it all on video!

Flying my drone over the marshes at Big Talbot Island was an incredible experience. I got to see so much wildlife and the way the light filtered through the trees was just breathtaking.

Seeing the sun set over the marshes at Big Talbot Island was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The colors were just incredible, and I’m so glad I was able to capture it on video.

Overall, flying my drone at Big Talbot Island was an amazing experience. I got to see so much wildlife and natural beauty, and the sunset was just incredible. I’m so glad I was able to capture it all on video!

USS Orleck Sunset

USS Orleck

USS Orleck Top View
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset 2
USS Orleck Sunset 2