LBRY and Cryptocurrency

Thanks to Dave Jones of EEVBlog I discovered the blockchain based content platform, LBRY so have been giving it a try. I signed up and went through the verification process for the rewards programme. The reason for this was because I like to give credit to YouTube creators and this seems like a viable way to do so without policy getting in the way, and without having to commit to every channel I want to support via Patreon, which can become expensive.

Verification took a few hours, but in that time I joined the Discord server, and got a feel for the territory. I read the rules so didn’t piss off admin by asking how long verification would take, I was just patient. This is the key for this service at the moment… not in a bad way, just something to be aware of due to the way it works.

Once I was verified I started claiming the starter rewards. Maximum 5 per day but patience… I currently have over 130 LBC. Not a fantastic amount (just over £4,50 at the time of posting) but not bad since I’m not even trying!

Next I decided to dip my toes into the cryptocurrency arena. More of that after I’ve finished with LBRY.

I then discovered how to sync my YouTube channels. Patience again, this took several days, but all videos synced well enough, and I’m now in the process of moving my main channel videos into a slightly more structured channel format.

The channels I currently have are:
Sync from YouTube Main Channel – This is a holding channel.
Ponder’s Random Channel – Videos that don’t fit my main two categories.
Cycling With Ponder – Cycling related videos.
Ponder’s Retro Goodness – Retro related videos.

I can also gain 20 LBC from people who join and verify via my referral link. It’s not a pyramid scheme nor is it a heavy referral scheme (I hate both) and it’s limited to 10 referrals maximum, so it’s not a get rich scheme either (200 LBC max). I’m not going to spam it so this is my one and only public mention of my referral link which you’ll find
>> here. <<

Now on to cryptocurrency, and boy what a steep learning curve this is without help!

It’s not my intention to invest in it, nor do I expect to make loadsamoney with it, but it opens my options and gives me more freedom, so here’s my trip so far:

I started with Biitrex, then discovered I couldn’t buy crypto, only exchange.
I found out the quickest way to buy crypto was through a Coinbase account. Now one thing to take into account with all these services is that they’re registered financial institutions and as such need ID such as passport or driving licence to prove identity. I didn’t take this step lightly so researched first and found no cause for concern.

I bought a small amount of Bitcoin, there is conversion fee to and from crypto which is something else that needs to be taken into consideration. As I said, it’s not for investing, it’s for open options. I sent some Bitcoin to my Bittrex wallet, and some to a wallet I set up on my computer as tests. Both worked without a hitch. Note: there is a fee for all transactions; not excessive and you can pay less if you’re willing to wait longer for the transaction to complete (and more if you’re in a hurry). This is when I discovered the problem with Bittrex… it’s not for small amounts. If I want to convert BTC to LBC, as I understand it I’d need to bit on an offer. The smallest offer I could find amounted to roughly £65 worth of currency, and I’m not going anywhere near that amount! I can’t even transfer my Bitcoin out because their fee eats up more than I have in that wallet, so my advice here is avoid Bittrex unless you’re going to trade big.

So now I’m in. The learning curve was so steep I needed mountaineering gear, but now I feel like I’m on the second shelf. I also have some BAT from Brave Browser Rewards so that’s another wallet of crypto at my disposal.

In summary, the simplest way to get into that arena is to sign up for a Coinbase account and work it from there. I hope this post is helpful and informative for those interested. I’ve wasted enough of your time reading this now you can get back to your normal schedule 😉

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New Acquisition: Amiga 1200!

Today I took delivery, from a friend at work, of an Amiga 1200 with a LOT of other stuff included!

Happy Ponder with Amiga 1200

First thing I did was test the PSU levels. All good so I connected it all up, using my less than ideal capture card, opened OBS and turned the Amiga on… IT’S ALIVE!

Inserted the Workbench floppy and I had a desktop to play with!

Turned it off, set it up on desk and started to record a commented video. Workbench failed to load. Stopped the recording and started diagnosis. Found out it has a 4MB RAM expansion (at least) and a HD already fitted, but defunct. No worries, I can get a 4GB CF based HD for £20 so that’s a near future purchase.

Tested one of the games in one of the boxes of floppies: Pinball Fantasies. It worked!

What I didn’t realised that was at some point I’d started recording again, so what you see is as it happened without my awareness of recording ?

Pinball Fantasies

The quality isn’t great, but hey, it’s not scrolling all over the shop. In all I’m really pleased with this. I’ll refurbish when/if time allows, and post any progress here, of course. Not enough room to do much in the way of recording while inside the guts of the machine, but we’ll see how it goes.

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 123

This time around we have some right crackers. There is very much an impatience theme throughout!

Some highlights are a van driver caught using his mobile phone who needed reminding I was in his way, a complete twat of a truck driver, two close calls on one night that required a change of underwear and a very poor move by an empty bus!

I’m also uploading to LBRY now. The link follows the YouTube link. LBRY videos aren’t post processed so may be better quality.

YouTube

LBRY

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 122

A quiet one this time around, following a chaotic lead up to Christmas.

Still captured a few cockwombles, idiots and inattentives, so no real shortage of “action” 😉

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 122
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8x8x8 LED Cube Complete!

I can’t believe how smoothly this build went. The component board was almost problem free, just the usual socket/IC pin alignment issues but of course untested so I completed one grid, as shown in the previous post, to test and it was working. Good sign so far!

After that I got to work on the grids. Each took about an hour to complete and test, and that was with interruptions. There was momentum involved, once I got into the rhythm it was straightforward, but after the third of the day, fourth in total, I ran out of solder. I had planned to take a break at this point though so that wasn’t a problem. New solder ordered using Amazon Prime.

Solder arrived at a decent time (on a Sunday) so I got to work with the remaining grids. Once all were installed it was time to connect them all together, which meant another 64 joints (don’t get too excited, not that sort of joint) to solder, along with 8 connecting wires. Once connected I tested and noticed a few LEDs not lighting but that took seconds to find and fix the loose solder joint. The result is in the video below. Well worth it and I feel a job well done 🙂

8x8x8 LED Cube Working

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8x8x8 LED Cube Build – WIP!

My Christmas present from my good lady wife this year was a Hobby Components 8x8x8 LED Cube Kit.

Today I started to build it. I was originally going to live stream on Twitch but had a feeling I’d be interrupted a few times during the build and I wasn’t disappointed 😉

I started with the component board according to the instructions here and once that was complete I started on the first of the grids. The build for this was slightly different due to using a supplied 2 row template, but the end result is the same.

Here’s what I have so far:

It’s upside down due to the first grid installed to the board.
The grid side of the board with one grid installed.
Here’s the first test showing 100% success so far.

I’m giving it a rest for today, but will continue to build the remaining 7 grids over the next few days. I’ll post again once complete 🙂

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 121

Last cycle video of the decade!

Not as much going on as I expected given the time of year and extra 2 days of footage, but plenty to see and make fun of.

It’s clear to see that this time of the year brings heavy traffic and a lot of impatience. In some cases it makes you wonder why they bother with road markings at all, especially box junctions!

Anyway, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy New Decade from all the team responsible for bringing you these videos (even those that don’t know it) 😉

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 121

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 120

I’m surprised at how few clips I have this time around. Only 20, which is very low for this time of year when traffic is normally chaotic. It’s very busy, of course, but not much happening worth showing!

I still have a few corkers though, including a very, very close pass and 2 bus drivers not giving Cardiff Bus a good name at all!

For a change I’m happy to end this video on a lighter note too.

The next video will be my last cycle video before Christmas, and will be 9 days worth of footage so may be rather large. We shall see. Watch this space!

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 120
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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 119

Rain.


This time of year isn’t good for my state of mind, but the almost constant rain is making my, normally mild, S.A.D. a bit more severe. What’s normally a minor irritant is causing major stress. I should be happy, my outlook on life is better than it has ever been, but I’m not, and that’s down to the weather and long, dark nights.

In this video we can clearly see that Christmas is approaching, because traffic levels go up, and driving standards go down. I let my frustrations and stresses begin to show through in the captions towards the end. No apologies, these videos aren’t meant for kids anyway, and what I say is heard on a daily basis, so there.

There will be two more videos before Christmas. The next one will be normal but the last I’m expecting to be rather large, so take heed, there’s a monster approaching 😉

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 119

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 118

Back with another compilation of clips from my regular commute rides.

Not quite so much rain this time but still more than enough. We also see the return of the paint scrapers. Otherwise quite short with a couple of new features, including a short clip of me “singing”, so ear plugs may be advisable 😉

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 118
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