Recently, I got my hands on a Helium hotspot, and I wanted to see what this thing does and if it’s actually a viable source of passive income. If you’re not familiar with what Helium is, it’s actually a pretty interesting blockchain project that uses hotspots to create a peer-to-peer wireless network where IoT devices can send data to and from the internet. The hotspots are powered by Helium’s own open-source blockchain technology, so when you own a hotspot you’re actually able to earn Helium tokens, which are a cryptocurrency, as an incentive for letting the public use your hotspot.

With the recent crypto market bull run and last week’s Coinbase NASDAQ listing has come a fresh wave of media scrutiny surrounding blockchain-based currencies. This time it was none other than The New York Times chiming in with a piece in their Climate and Environment section framed as “a reminder” that cryptocurrencies use a lot of energy. While the article makes some fair points, I would like to “remind” the NYT of a few key items that were left out of their discussion.

The piece leans heavily on a metric from Cambridge University research estimating that Bitcoin mining uses more…

“In a world overflowing with information, we are starved for knowledge.” I don’t know who said that but it’s definitely true. It’s easy to sit down and do a quick google search and instantly get hundreds of different options for programming courses and tutorials and programs. But how do you sort through all of that and make an informed decision about what the BEST place to start is for you?

The truth is, it’s difficult to give a definitive answer with a neat little twelve-step process on how to get from point A to point B. Software development is so…

Everyday I still find myself logging onto YouTube, going to my subscriptions and watching videos while I make breakfast or start my work day at home. Even though YouTube is 15 years old, I think the desire to watch other people’s creations on that platform isn’t fully dead… yet.

My girlfriend and I started a channel back in 2015 as a way of sharing our coming out story and journey with other lost queers out there. We had a love for film, but mostly to connect with others across the globe, especially living in small town Iowa.

After almost 4…

I’ll be honest, I had most of this article written once already and then, I realized I had it all wrong. My method of brushing up on my previous projects and getting ready to talk about my work experience left me under-prepared for what I encountered in some of my first interviews. Having been through this whole process not too long ago, I wanted to reflect back on my experience with the process of interviewing for software engineering positions and share what I’ve learned and my best advice.

My first job as a developer was an offer I got following…

I went to coding bootcamp in the fall of 2018. The program I chose was a fullstack web developer bootcamp at this fancy school called Northwestern University that I could definitely never have afforded to go to for college, so I figured maybe they’d have a clue. I also chose the 6-month, part-time program rather than the 3-month fulltime option because hi 👋, some of us need to work.

The fact that they even offered a part-time version of the program was one reason I chose it. But here’s the crazier part: I interviewed at several other programs and when…


Software Development, Cryptocurrency, Design & Digital Content Creation

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