Justin Gerardot

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When I hiked the Appalachian trail in 2014, I realized I wanted to live a simple life close to nature. I am moving to 8 acres of raw land in north west Michigan in the spring of 2019. I look forward to building my homestead, food forest, and home.
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paul wheaton wrote:
Does this mean we need to explore a different crypto network to get costs lower and for transactions to be faster?

I believe any network will take up to 10 minutes or more for on chain bitcoin transactions. Each block of data in the bitcoin ledger is mined every 10 minutes. If there is a large amount of transactions waiting to be processed the miners will first choose the ones that allocate the largest reward. Lower miner reward transactions will get pushed to the next block requiring an additional 10 minutes to get added to the ledger. If you send bitcoin it could go through pretty quick if you are close to when the next block is mined.

The lightning network is almost instantaneous. Bitcoin is put on to the lightning network and exchanged across different nodes. The reason this is very fast is that they are not waiting on the 10 minute wait to get added to the ledger. Two people could have hundreds of transactions back and forth that would be just one transaction on the normal bitcoin ledger when the bitcoin is moved back off the lightning network. Lightning allows very low amounts of money to be sent, for example the fountain app allows you to send 1 Satoshi (100 million in every bitcoin) every minute.

Note: I am still early in my journey to understand bitcoin and lightning and do not have any experience integrating either into a website
I was able to purchase a $5 fermentation guide found here:

I used the strike app to send USD and you received bitcoin
I tried to pay with both the Strike app and an Exodus software wallet. Both of them said the amount was too low
For the bathroom I would probably just use a bucket style composting toilet until I built anything 'approved' by the people who think they have the power.
7 months ago
How about buying or building a shed then insulating and adding AC and a wood stove. It could be a future shed or guest house
7 months ago

David Livingston wrote: hermaphrodite. ( good word for scrabble that )

Im not seeing how this word even possible in scrabble.
7 months ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Actually I think parents can teach their children all they need to learn. In a 'perfect world' there's no need for schools. It's because 'modern society' wants adult people to earn money and to work away from home that schools are needed (parents do not have the time for educating their children).

The most important thing children need to learn (in my opinion) is how to interact / communicate with others (humans, animals, the natural world). And then they need to learn to read, so they can read all that's written on everything they need to learn more ...
Math is important too, because whatever you want to make, you need to do calculations.

I agree that there is no need for schools, at least how they are now. I think they are used to indoctrinate children to think that they need careers, to unquestionably follow orders, need to fall into debt, need to go to a university, to be blindly patriotic, ect... How would they tax us for 40+years if a larger portion of society was more self reliant, perhaps only working part time jobs. Sorry this is probably too political because this is not in the cider press, Im probably just making more work for the great staff.

I would like to see critical thinking emphasized. How to do good research would be a good subject to hit upon because education is a lifelong process,  we learn as we want to know something. I would love to see emphasis on the scientific method, the 'science' is never settled. With these three things and basic reading, math, grammar, ect... would set people up for a successful life no matter what path they choose.

Many of the things in this thread would be great to have as an option for the children to learn, if they choose. I would like to see more real life skills that are elective. If I have no interest in gardening, perhaps I would like to take a class on small engine repair or welding.
9 months ago

Jenny Wright wrote:
I'm pretty sure you can read your Kindle books in your PC browser on a special Kindle webpage. https://www.howtogeek.com/715760/how-to-read-kindle-books-on-your-computer-or-a-website/

Thanks. I would like to read offline though. looks like the kindle app only supports android, iOS, windows and mac. Seems like I would have to have one of those to download.
9 months ago
anyone know how to download kindle books to the PC? I am glad I did not pay for this only to find that I cant download
9 months ago