Cycling

Stems, Handlebars and Spacers

I always seem to get pain in between my shoulder blades and particularly my right shoulder/neck. I chalked it up to poor posture and continued to work on proper form and core strength, but then I came across a Francis Cade video that featured Bike Fit James discussing handlebar choice and how to measure for proper bar length. I’ve been on 440mm for my entire gravel cycling “career” because that’s what came on my 58cm…

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Computers

NASBerry Pi

Adventures with a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, some hard drives and some Chinese circuit boards. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B contains two USB 3.0 ports, something that previous versions did not. This upgrade finally opens up storage array possibilities as the RPi still has no SATA connections. USB 3.0 has a theoretical max transfer rate of 5 Gbps which translates to roughly 640 MBps. This brings it close to SATA 3’s 6.0 Gbps…

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Computers

Mini-ITX Home Linux Server

This is just a general server build write up. I am only listing prices to show what is possible because it is unlikely you may find the same deals on these components that I did. You could also go with standard heat sink and fan. I opted for the radiator because of my case situation. This post is specific to the hardware of the build. I will be focusing on the software “build” in another…

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Automation Hydroponics

Cheap pH Meter for Raspberry Pi with ADS1115 and PH4502C

Note: Currently working on a video of this how-to. Should be up in a few days. If you search for “raspberry pi ph meter” you’ll quickly learn that there are very few affordable options when it comes to digitally monitoring the pH of your nutrient solution. For a while Atlas Scientific dominated the search results, but I believe their kit was around $200 at the time. The kit has since come down to $164, but…

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Mountain Biking

2018 Specialized Rockhopper 29″

Sold After a few years of good use and a few mountain bike races I’ve decided to sell my 2018 Specialized Rockhopper. I have another 5 months of indoor trainer confinement due to certain medicines that thin blood. I had planned on upgrading my XC race bike over the holidays anyway, but I didn’t expect to sell the Rockhopper this soon. Alas, just out of record keeping and possible curiosity, here is how a bone…

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Hydroponics

NFT Hydroponic Lettuce

This is my 5th or 6th lettuce grow using hydroponic methods. I haven’t done an nutrient film technique (NFT) as of yet, but I just built simple system that you can read about in my post a quick and sloppy NFT system from PVC. Captains Log October 3, 2019 I started with the standard procedure of soaking eight rockwool cubes in distilled water at 5.5 pH using pH Down. I sowed about 3-4 crisp mint…

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Computers

Custom 3D Printed Raspberry Pi-holeĀ®

Foreword There is only one thing I hate more than advertisements and that’s advertisements using up my internet bandwidth. Oh you didn’t know? Every website that you go to on the internet makes many back-end calls out to other websites so that it can properly construct the page that you see when you visit Yahoo. This is not always bad, CDNs may supply necessary JavaScript or CSS that is needed to render you very precious…

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Hydroponics

First Time Grow: Hydroponic Jalapenos

I love peppers. As a matter of fact, I love just about anything spicy. After successfully growing lettuce in a hydroponic system, I figured the next logical step was to grow some peppers. For my first attempt at growing hydroponic jalapeno I bought some random jalapeno seeds on Amazon[1]. I did not do a very good job of documenting the data around this particular grow, but I did take a lot of sub-par cellphone photos…

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