Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This Blog and Nothing Definitive

Yesterday I purchased hosting for the Nothing Definitive Series and will be separating that content from this blog. You can find the new site here, which is, and will continue, to be full of philosophical insights, enlightenment material, inspirational videos, self improvement techniques, and more. I think separating that content from business and programming insights is probably a good idea. :P

So from now on, this blog will be dedicated to business insights, code and programming lessons, entrepreneurial advice, social networking tips and tricks, how to's and tutorials, improving SEO, etc. Be sure to check out both websites and subscribe/follow each of them!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wausau Area Bulletin Boards

I did a Google search for "wausau bulletin boards" hoping to find a listing of different places you could post flyers but nothing came up. So a friend and I decided to begin trekking around looking for potential advertising spots that are open to posting. Here is a map of the ones we've found so far:

Updated as of 25 February 2013

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Remember to ask permission before posting and bring your own tacks / push pins.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wausau Area Web Design, SJC Media LLC

Last year I registered a company called SJC Media LLC in Wisconsin. I didn't use it. Instead I worked on personal programming projects and video content. But now in 2013, I've decided to begin pursuing freelance website design and development for the central Wisconsin area (Wausau, Merrill, Rib Mountain, Stevens Point, etc.). That way I will be able to continue blogging, producing YouTube content, researching, and studying, while making some money on the side. I also hope that I can make enough to cover some purchases I've been wanting to make, like tuning up my truck (which hasn't been sounding so hot), buying a dog (I want to test my dog training skills), and getting some office supplies (I definitely need a new chair). And so, a couple weeks ago I reworked the website, prepared some things, and have begun looking for clients.

This is where the quick advertisement comes in: ladies and gentlemen, business folk, and hobbyists. Are you in need of a new website? Updating or maintenance to an existing or old one? Need general computer advice or consultation? I offer a wide variety of services to the Central Wisconsin area with expertise lying in web design, content management systems, PHP, and MVC framework development! Whatever your needs, we can work out a reasonable contract that will leave you with a project you'll be proud to share with friends, family, and clients. Just head over to and see what we can offer you.

Ok, that's long enough. If you're interested in quick, efficient, and beautiful web design, check me out. And if you know anyone else interested, send them my way. Thanks!

Lastly, I wanted to mention some tools I've been using to setup shop. I've spent the last couple days working on SEO and social networking and love this website: Woorank. Such a great tool for quickly analyzing your websites. I also, as I've mentioned before, use Astrid and Google Documents to help organize and track tasks, client information, and reminders. Always remember to take thorough notes. Finally, services like, dropbox, and Google Drive are also really handy for backing up files. I have all 3 running and upload to them regularly. That way you can adequately protect your work.

I'll keep this document updated with random tips and tools I find for helping with web development. Until then, cheers!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hydroponics Report #1

Note: this post will be updated periodically as new information is gathered.

Recently I became interested in hydroponics as a potential source for growing fresh vegetables for myself. The designs for an at-home system look interesting, and according to multiple sources you gain higher yields, more nutritious vegetables, and leave less of a footprint than soil-based agriculture. I also love being around nature and find it very calming. So I've begun research into the field and wanted to present what I've found thus far.

Hydroponic Systems

There are two Instructables I liked. The first is fairly simple and would probably work best for small plants. The second is more complex, but could also support larger plants and would probably have higher yields and potential for a more "commercialized" operation. The estimated cost can be found in this spreadsheet I created for the supplies (price estimates as of January 2013). Of course one could easily reduce the cost by purchasing less of the supplies, building a more basic structure, and eliminating some of the complicated wiring steps. But I would estimate these setups to cost between $200 and $250.
Note: in the first Instructable, he claims to have built his setup for around $30, but I don't see how that's possible unless you already had some of the supplies. At the absolute bare minimum, after setup, seeds/plants, etc. it's probably going to be over $100, but even then, you're probably going to have to make changes/additions which will eventually raise the cost.

What To Grow

Alright, so after you've taken a look at those setups and understand what it is I'm doing here, what about plants? I looked at various articles about which crops to grow, but most would only say a 3-4 plants at a time without revealing a nice comprehensive list. Why? Who knows. So I'll do it, here are all the plants I could find listed that people have grown Hydroponically.

  • Lettuce / salad greens
  • Chervil
  • Endive
  • Collard
  • Mustard greens
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers (colored, bell, hot, chili, etc.)
  • Corn
    • Warning: these take up a lot of space and need special care/consideration.

Root Vegetables
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Onions (bulb)
  • Spring Onions (scallions, green onions)
  • Potatos
  • Carrots
  • Yams
  • Beets
  • Parsnips

  • Pepper plants
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Dill
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro
  • Tarragon
  • Mint

  • Tomatoes
    • Apparently these respond especially well to Hydroponics.
  • Eggplants
  • Strawberries
  • Melons, zucchini and squash
    • Warning: these take up a lot of space and need special care/consideration.

  • Yarrow
  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Carnations
  • Orchids
  • Roses

  • Banana trees

Some Basics

Lastly, let's talk about some basic tips and other information you should know before jumping into Hydroponics.
  • Mixing plants in the same nutrient water can yield varying results since certain plants need different nutrients.
    • It's probably best at some point to dedicate a tub per plant type.
  • Refresh your water/nutrient mixture at least every 2 weeks since it can become toxic.
    • Storage bins / containers should be opaque since light can damage roots and cause harmful algae to grow.
    • Be sure to maintain the water level which can deplete quickly. One solution I found said that if you're going to be gone for a few days, try dangling a string or wick that can soak up water deep in solution. That way liquids will still try to reach the plant if the water level drops.
  • Be cautious about introducing foreign substances into your growing area since waterborne diseases can easily kill your plants.
    • Sterilize tools, tubs, and other items that come into contact with the system.
    • Regularly check on your system to make sure the plants look healthy and there are no visible bacteria growths.
  • Hydroponics works well because the plants can focus all its energy on growing fruits/flowers/leaves, rather than roots to find water. This results in higher yields and better tasting plants.
    • Additionally, soil doesn't allow for proper aeration and may lack important nutrients that Hydroponic systems deliver continuously.
  • The growing medium used in these systems are simply there to support the plant and allow liquids to flow through them. Make sure the medium you buy is pH neutral and clean.
    • This site had some good information regarding different mediums.
  • Some plants may be better suited to Aeroponics like root vegetables which grow down.