Try This First Before You Start Day Trading!

I don’t day trade.

I’m too busy working and I have a financial planner.

But it occurred to me today that if you’re thinking about day trading stocks or crypto, you might want to try this test first.

“The Pretend Trader” Test

1. Pick some trades for the day.

2. Write down / record the date and the price of your trades. You’re not going to buy or sell anything. You’re just recording your pretend trades.

3. Do this every day you plan on trading.

4. After a month or three review your data. Did you come out ahead? Are you good at it? Are you good at it just because it’s a bull market? How do your trades compare to an index fund or S&P 500?

That’s all. Test yourself first. See if you have a knack for it before losing any real money.

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Free Shopify SEO Training – Virtual 1-on-1 Training

I’m getting a few requests to train Shopify store owners on how to SEO their Shopify site. I’ve come up with a pretty lengthy training course, however, I just don’t know how long it will take to go through the entire thing.

If anyone wants to get a free training session with me, it will help me time the training and allow me to package it better.

Please connect with me using this Calendly form below (I’m estimating it will be 90 minutes, but you’ll help me figure out how long it will really be!):


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We’re Not Close To Being Carbon Free: A Look at California Energy Supply for August 11, 2021

I did a quick video last night looking at California’s energy supply. I wanted to see how much natural gas we’re burning to produce electricity (for the entire state). Welp, we’re burning a lot of natural gas to supply California’s electrical needs. I was hoping that renewables would make up most of our energy supply, but for yesterday, that wasn’t the case. Continue reading

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The Answer to Climate Change & Carbon Goals? Carbon-Neutral Synthetic Fuels for Electric Power Plants

Porsche has announced that they plan on building a carbon-neutral fuel refinery in Chile. Thanks to Chile’s sunny, windy climate, Chile makes for an ideal location to generate carbon-neutral fuels.

How does it work?

Well, you can capture CO2 from the atmosphere and hydrogen from water to make almost any hydrocarbon you can think of. It’s just a matter of chemical processing and some input energy to do the work. If you have carbon-free energy from wind and solar, you’re able to produce carbon-neutral (maybe carbon-negative) combustible fuels.

The original idea was to replace crude oil-based automotive fuels

And that’s a good idea. It may turn out that it’s a lot easier and perhaps less expensive than conventional oil drilling and oil refining. It’d be hilarious if it turned out to be the case, because honestly, this concept and science aren’t new. The only thing that’s somewhat new is solar, which means we could have been making this fuel in the 1980s.

But why not run conventional electric power plants with these fuels?

To me, this is the most immediate need. Most conventional power plants on the West Coast of the U.S. burn natural gas to make electric power. Why not swap that out with carbon-neutral synthetic fuels (or syngas)?

Many cities and states have carbon-neutral goals that are coming down the pipe. This might be the quickest way to achieve those goals. Electric power plants provide the base load consistently to their customers and users. Wind and solar are great, they just provide consistent power and most of the infrastructure just isn’t in place. But if you want to hit carbon goals quickly, a carbon-neutral fuel makes the most sense since you don’t have to create smart grids, or build hundreds of square miles of solar panels. Just switch fuels.

Let’s hope that the U.S. government puts some emergency pressure on getting this technology going ASAP.

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What is my carbon footprint?

I’m spending a lot of time this year ramping up my tree planting initiative. I’m most likely going to merge it with my business objectives over at Judicious, Inc.

Last year I had a 100 tree goal and hit it!

This year I want to do 1,000 and also see if I can get some other companies to match me. It’d be cool to try to get 1,000 companies on board!

The main reason why I chose this tree planting goal is to reverse my carbon footprint. So the first thing I needed to look at was my own carbon footprint.

There are a lot of carbon footprint calculators online. I chose trees.org/carboncalculator/ to start off this analysis.

Here’s what I came up with:

what is my carbon footprint

Background on my numbers

Gasoline

I have this weird habit of only putting in $25 in the tank each week. Around these parts that gets you about 7 gallons.

Air Travel

I really don’t do much air travel these days. I have kids that go to school so traveling just ain’t a thing in our lives. We did do Hawaii this year so I put down 5,000 miles for the round trip.

Trains and Subways

I never use em.

Electricity and Gas Usage

I used 250 kwh a month in my calculations and multiplied by 12 (I’m rushing here this morning, please let me know if I botched that!).

I have no idea how much gas we use. I don’t think we use that much. I grabbed 125 therms a month off the SoCal gas website (from their example bill).

My Calcs Don’t Seem To Include Food, Clothes and Products That I Buy

This particular calculator ignores this which is a big part of your carbon footprint.

How Many Trees Do I Need To Plant?

Well, there’s a specific calculator for that at: carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm

how many trees do I need to plant to offset my carbon footprint

My carbon footprint apparently ranges between 15 to 30 tons a year and I need to plant around 150 trees a year to offset this. Now of course, there’s a ton of debate on whether or not trees help offset your carbon footprint. Trees obviously use CO2 to grow, however, they also release CO2 when they die. In my mind, it’s better to have an organism like a tree taking out CO2 and increasing the number of trees to do that every year. Think of trees as carbon storage. Instead of it being the atmosphere it gets locked up in a tree – from anywhere to a few years to a few decades. It’s a rate problem.

Additionally, reforestation has tons of benefits for wildlife, local climate, preventing desertification, etc. Reforesting, deforested areas is a good idea.

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Billions of Cars Replacing Breathable Air with CO2, H20 & NOx Every Day

I got this hair up my you know what to create a video explaining my perspective on climate change, combustion, cars, energy, etc.

And man-o-man, is video editing time-consuming or what?!?

Hopefully, as I get more hours behind Screenflow, I’ll be a little quicker at busting out videos.

Right now I’m dedicating an hour a day to content creation – whether it be a video or a blog post. This regiment has helped me keep chugging along. I used to have a habit of starting a blog post and then never finishing it. Usually, doing billable work is the priority throughout my day, so content creation gets the back burner. But no longer! I’ve scheduled it in for every day of the week, M – F. Continue reading

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We’re Eating Our Clothes. Let’s Stop Purchasing Synthetic Clothing.

Plastic clothing.

Sounds cheap, right?

But when marketed as “NEW ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE THERMO-LINED ATHLETIC GARMENTS OF THE 21ST CENTURY” – people seem buy em.

Well, now you’re eating your plastic clothing fibers any time you have seafood these days. To me, this is just another rush-to-market-new-technology fail. Continue reading

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Two Super Easy Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint & Reforest Your Planet

I generally think it’s a bad idea to assume that your government is going to solve the issues of pollution, deforestation, and CO2 production. There’s just a possibility they’ll never do it. That’s why it’s really important that individuals take it upon themselves to be the change they want to see. Continue reading

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Star Struck

I just went outside and looked up at the stars.

And I remembered this extraordinary moment in my life..

I was working on the International Space Station as a structural engineer. I came home one evening and the Space Shuttle was approaching the Space Station. It happened to be passing over my city that evening. I must have known the time because everyone at work must have been talking about it that day.

Sure enough, at the time it was supposed to be passing over (I think it was 8 or 9pm), you could see this tiny little speck of light getting closer to this slightly brighter speck of light. Both specks were traveling across the sky together, roughly at the same rate.

To see something you’re working on flying overhead in orbit is, well, it’s trippy.

It’s funny, I haven’t thought about that moment in years. And even when I did, I didn’t have the same “wow” memory. But tonight I had enough time to myself to really take it all in.

There’s no big conclusion to sum up here. It was just a wild moment in my life I wanted to publish. I guess if there’s any take away – try to slow down once a week, reflect and reset.

Oh yeah, that mission was probably in 2001 or 2002. Nope – had to be 2001. I’ll find out.

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