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Why I am giving my family and friends $500 worth of crypto

I’ve been recently interested in DeFi and have long been interested in cryptocurrency vs. fiat money. One thing that I have always cautioned people about cryptocurrencies is their risk that they could go to zero, and as such, I’ve only ever mined or traded crypto that I held, never invested any of my fiat dollars (the exception to this rule is that I have recently exchanged some fiat for stablecoins as they are pegged to the fiat dollar in order to get higher returns than the bank or even stock market). I wouldn’t feel right, especially with crypto at an all time high, if I changed my tune and said to the people I care about that they should go and buy bitcoin, or invest in crypto (however I’ve used some of what I’ve cashed out, to buy the dip on certain bitcoin ETFs traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange in my Tax Free Savings Account).

With my foray into DeFi and yield farming, I’ve decided that since what would have been sitting in a cold wallet is now earning me additional crypto, I might as well share this “bonus” with those closest with me.

My decided introduction to the world of crypto:

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Dollar Rant

I don’t have proof (I should have posted something a year ago) but I definitely called that “inflation” would be much higher after government decisions such as CERB and forcing businesses to shut down. I mean inflation to include money printing which I know is being done in the United States. Without getting TOO anti-political, this is frighteningly close to a welfare state.

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DeFi Deep Dive

How to do DeFi in ~7 steps down the rabbit hole

Over the past week around the start of November 2021, I have decided to learn a little bit more about the current state of decentralized finance (DeFi), with a focus on the various blockchain “features” to get a better pulse of the current state of the market. I have been somewhat invested in a few cryptocurrencies that I was not very familiar with but they SEEMED to have decent staking rewards (more on this later) at more that what a bank would give – on Kraken up to 20% for Kava as an example (and it was not required to claim any rewards; restaking seemed to happen automatically with the exception of Ethereum, also more on this later).

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Automated Green House

Purpose:
The greenhouse needs to be self sustaining and tolerant to drops in temperature and light condition. It can be scaled up and/or out for larger and/or varied environments.

Abstract:
A temperature/humidity sensor will monitor conditions polling every n minutes and a minimum/maximum can be set. Upon trigger of a low temperature event, a relay will trigger heat. A high threshold will trigger a fan, and optionally an automatic window opener.

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Pappardelle e fagioli

1 can Romano beans
Half can tomato
Tomato sauce to taste
1-2 packages pappardelle
Eggs (optional)
Onion/garlic/meat (optional)
oil/spices to taste

Food process/blend beans and tomato (and optionally eggs)
In saucepan, heat oil and brown any onion/garlic/meat
Add food processed mix to saucepan and simmer (until eggs and meat are fully cooked if using these ingredients)
Boil water, salt, and add pappardelle – cooking al dente, drain water and add enough sauce to fully cover each noodle as the processed bean will cause significant reduction

Cooking with an Italiennium: Pasta al forno con animale

A recipe.

Why? Because my Nonna doesn’t cook anymore and my parents don’t understand the internet. So, I decided to take what I learned on Sundays and make it my own/bring it into the 21st (but pre-millennial) century.

The ingredients.

~1 can diced tomato
Favorite pasta sauce (store bought or home made)
~1 pound ricotta cheese
a few pounds of assorted cheeses (mozzarella, and similar)
as much hard cheese as you can afford (parmasean, reggiano, asiago, or similar – to taste)
a lot of ground animal meats (beef, veal, and similar)
(Spicy) Italian sausages
Cubed stewing meats (optional)
Eggs (optional)
1-2 pounds elicodali, rigatoni, pennoni, or other large cylindrical pasta
olives/sundried tomato (optional – to taste)
oil/spices to taste (black pepper, various “Italian” herbs)
onion/garlic/zucchini or similar vegetable (optional – to taste)

The scientific method (the recipe).

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