Saturday, April 24, 2021

To get something, we need to give something

The customer first should see a free value. Only then we can ask him to pay. What free value can our startup provide to the customer?

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Mid or low-sized military truck - the best option for van dwelling?

It seems like a van is not the best option for van dwelling, despite that "van dwelling" contains the "van" word. Most vans are not all-wheel drive. Few of those AWD or 4WD are usually very expensive, rare and difficult to get especially at the used cars market. Mercedes Sprinter and others mostly are 2WD.


Even those 4WD are not good with every off-road wild surface. Why should we care about off-road? Because wild natural places is the best option to stay for a night for van dwellers. Out of noisy city, out of people, one on one with nature. Otherwise, why do we need a car if we can stay in the city apartment?

It seems like the ideal option is military mid-size truck. Examples are Mercedes Unimog or Pinzgauer.

Like a van, such truck body has enough space to fit dwelling and bed space for 1-2 persons. Unlike a van, in addition to 4WD (or 6WD like at the picture) this vehicle has better ability for off-road, bigger wheels, an option for a winch.
The only disadvantage is a requirement for additional type of drivers license in some countries. Not a big deal: once we pass the exam, we hold such permit forever.
Where to buy? The best options to buy a car is auto auction. The best country for auto auction is the US. However, mid-size trucks are not so popular in the US. So we can try to find used one in Europe. Another cheap option is to buy a Russian truck. There are few mid-size models of GAZ and URAL. People say they are not reliable though. Nevertheless, they are cheaper and easier to repair because of plenty of spare parts in the country of the manufacturer.







Movies to watch (not watched yet)

Everything with Bruce Lee




Monday, April 19, 2021

You are always right. Whatever you do. Even if you do something stupid.

Is there new war between Russia and Ukraine coming up?

US car auctions opportunities

 Many people from Eastern Europe and other former USSR countries perform profitable business importing cars from the US. In the US, used cars are very cheap to buy from 2 main auctions: Copart and iaai.

However, former USSR countries (all of them?) have very high customs duties fees. Sometimes fee is worth doubled price of the car. Nevertheless, there are options to avoid such charges.

Firstly, fees are not charged for import of electric cars. Electric auto industry is growing very fast. As soon as in 2-3 years we could buy used pickup trucks and jeeps from the US auctions.

Secondly, there is an option for "temporary import" regulated by Istanbul Convention On Temporary Admission. It is an international convention, so in most countries it supersedes local laws. Non-citizen of the country could import a car for up to 1 year and freely drive it in within the country of destination without additional customs charges. The car should be registered in the foreign country and maintain active registration. The car should belong to the driver who imports it.

Legally, the ocean ownership belongs to nobody. That could give some opportunities for adventures...

Few people attempted to build their own islands in the ocean. That were abandoned oil platforms and even self-made island out of thousands plastic bottles. Once you build your island - you have your own country with the laws created by you. You can issue passports and establish immigration rules.

Some minerals could be extracted from the ocean. Apart from fish resources, some treasures are laying down at the bottom. Of course, when it is no so deep to extract them.

Treasures from battleships after numerous wars are still there. The only difficulty is to dive deep and extract them...

Need to try to trade bitcoin

 It should be easy - just install a mobile app and buy few Satoshis. That is cheap yet - there are 100,000,000 Satoshis in 1 Bitcoin.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

It doesn't matter how long the implementation takes if the idea results in billion or even million dollars.

Bitcoin algorithm is open sourced; ethereum algorithm should be interesting even more

Van dwelling and electricity

 All the problems could be easily resolved when living in the car:

- Toilet -> a bucket and Walmart bags

- Shower -> river or fitness club or portable water bottle

etc

The only difficult thing to resolve is electricity. It is needed especially for digital nomads working out of their laptops. Solar systems are expensive and difficult to install (at least for me). Charge from the car battery is not indefinite.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Are bitcoin and etherium the only possible solutions for the decentralized currency?

People are obsessed about the block chain based currencies. However one question is rarely asked yet. Does the block chain serve as the best possible solution for decentralized currency?

Hash encrypting and dependence on the previous transactions is with no doubt genius and impressive. However is this the only way to secure transactions keeping them decentralized at the same time? 

Electric cars from China?

 People say there is an opportunity to import used electric cars from China. There might be serious advantages:

- Electric cars in many countries are not subject to custom duties. In certain cases custom duties could be as high as doubled price of the car per se. In case of electrical car, this expense is not relevant.

- Chinese manufacturers have lower prices even for the new cars, in comparison to american and european companies.

- Unlike american electric cars (Tesla), there should not be a problem to set up used chinese electric car. We know about troubles with used Tesla: its computer even doesn't allow to start a used car.

How can I stop drinking coffee and tea?

Tea and coffee save me at the time of low brain energy, when I am tired etc. At the same time it is a drug making me an addict which is not good. There is still a question about whether tea and coffee per se are harmful for the body. Even if they are not, water is not so clean, especially when I buy a drink at different unknown places. Not good for kidneys.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Recycle and reuse at home

0 Unsorted

The ideal strategy for products consumption is zero waste. The garbage bin should be empty. so the nature is not polluted. In some countries government and business takes care of our garbage bin, so we can be sure that everything thrown there is reused somehow. Japan builds islands and increases its country land by building territory out of the garbage. Sweden makes electricity and heat out of the garbage. China also started making a lot of efforts for recycling of trash.

However many countries still don't recycle most of the trash. Russia, Ukraine and others bury it under the ground, throw it to rivers, sea and the ocean. This presents danger to the fresh water worldwide stock and fish population. While government doesn't take care of our trash, we need to take care of this ourselves. What is more pleasant, this could be profitable by saving some money in our pockets.

At home, we don't have a capacity to recycle the trash, i. e. convert it to the less harmful form for the nature. However we have full capacity for reusing it. Hereby, there are some notes regarding to how to reuse some types of trash at home.

Someone could say, I am too greedy and petty, so I try to save every penny. Yes I do. Because better I save our nature by pennies rather than polluting it with tons of chemicals and other trash. My penny shows an example to others who will eventually save millions.

For me personally, thinking about trash reuse is a kind of game. This is a Tetris. We need to find a right place for every piece of stuff that is coming to us.

Data below is organised in two ways: type of garbage and type of the products that we can make out of the garbage. Visually it can be drawn like a chess board (matrix).

Stack principle

In the future people will not use such terms as "landfill" or "polygon". Instead, we will say something like "recycles warehouse" or "storage". Nothing should be digged into the ground, nothing should be burned. Instead, everything should stored and later used.

If I don't know what to do with the garbage I put it into the stack. If I know what to do with the garbage I take it out the stack. If some section of the stack is overwhelmed with one type of garbage, then I take a look at this post reference and see what else can I do with the garbage apart from just getting rid of that.

The art is how to properly organize stack and sorting system. When I lived in a house with a large basement I used the whole basement square for storage of multiple large cardboard boxes. Each box had a label with a type of a garbage, e. g. paper, plastic etc.

Concept of maximum use

Americans say "Better to wear out than to rust out". God gave us lifetime. Thus it is a crime in front of his eyes to waste our lives. We need use every moment as much as we can. It is well illustrated in the Parable of the talents or minas in Bible.

The same principle I apply to any other resources given to us. Time is the major resource. However everything else we have should also be considered as a resource. Garbage is the resource, trash is the resource. The only question is how to properly use it and organize it.

Garbage types

0 Unsorted (Ungrouped) types of garbage

Ash

Toothpaste. Ash is known as healthy, free and natural mean to clean teeth. 

Used motor oil

Fuel. Oil can be burn in fire to cook food etc.
Oil for the chain of the chainsaw. Chainsaw uses two different oil types in it's two separate tanks. First tank is for gas mixed with good oil (not used motor oil). Second tank is for chain oil, which does not require high quality of the liquid. So we can add used motor oil for the chain.
Paint the wooden fence. To prevent wood from being rotten as a result of water.

0 Any type of garbage

Art objects.
Fill potholes on the road.

Fabric

0 Any fabric

Pockets enforcement. We can sew up old piece of fabric to the pockets. This can be done from the interior side of the pants. Such sewing would make pockets stronger. This is useful when something valuable is stored in the pocket e. g. keys. So otherwise keys could cut the pocket and fall out, we don't want this to happen.
Car seat cover. Fabric can be sewn together to make a cover for the car seat.
Door mat. To keep the house clean.
Filler for the toilet. See infra.
Floor cloth. To clean up the floor.
Handkerchief. Fabric can be cut into small pieces for handkerchiefs. Unlike paper soft tissue, handkerchiefs can be washed and used multiple times.
Packaging material. Like any flexible substance.

Carpet

Picnic and camping. E. g. instead of yoga mat.

Packing and amortization. Carpet serves as a great protection or cargo during transportation. E. g. furniture and appliances could be covered with carpets to protect them while in the truck trunk.

Clothes

Donate. Via the Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or any other local advertising board.
Make lighter clothes. E.g. cut shorts out of pants. Or sleeveless shirt out of a shirt. Often we can adjust size when cutting. E. g. if pants are too big for us, we can cut them to shorts and shorts would look good.
Cut and convert:
Good thing is we can adjust size after cutting clothes.
Pants could be cut and converted to shorts.
T-shirt could be cut and converted into sleeveless T-shirt.

Metal

0_Any_Metal

We can make a bit of money by bringing metal to the recycling center. Just need to collect enough metal because otherwise our earnings would be less than a gas cost.

Barrel

Table. Instead of buying new furniture, we can convert existing barrel into a chair or a table.

Car, van, truck

Dwelling. Though the car might not run, its body can still be waterproof. Especially if it is a big car like a van or a truck. 
Shed. The logic is the same as for the dwelling supra.

Container (shipping container)

Usage is the same as for old cars supra.

Organic waste

Organic waste includes food leftovers and our toilet sewage.

Dig into the ground. There is nothing bad to dig the organic waste into the ground. It was part of nature, it is part of nature, it will come back to nature. Then nature will take care of that. Nature better knows what to do with our organic waste. Nature better knows what to create out of our organic waste. Advantage of digging organic waste into the ground is cost savings for garbage trucks and sewer utility bills. In turn, garbage truck will not pollute nature with its gas exhaust.

Fertilizer. For those who have a yard, organic waste is a perfect fertilizer. Even without a yard, edible mushrooms can be grown in the apartment, fertilized with organic waste.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Avocado seed

?

Banana peels

Filler for the toilet. See infra.
Cleaning foam. We can clean some dirt by rubbing it with a banana peels.
Toilet paper. Use internal side of the peel, not the external one. Unlike tree leaves, banana peels are not dried fast and can be saved for a longer time. Their internal side presents natural organic foam that absorbs all the leftovers from the skin better than the regular toilet paper. At the same time, banana is soft like baby wipes because it is naturally wet, again unlike the regular toilet paper. Though to prevent mold and rot, it is better to store them in the fridge.

Banana peels

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Leafs from trees

Toilet paper. Especially if soaked with water.

Paper

Under the paper category I put everything made of paper: packages, used paper after writing and painting, envelopes (see also infra).

Cardboard

Bottom of the backpack. I can cut the cardboard and put it inside the backpack, to its bottom. So all the stuff in the backpack is now protected against falling and dropping. Especially if I have some valuable stuff in the backpack such as the laptop etc.

Car seat cover. Cardboard is usually big enough to cover the major part of the car seat.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Heat insulation. Cardboard is officially recognized as agood heat insulation material thanks to its structure. It contains empty spaces of air in between paper lawyers. So I can stick cardboard sheets to the wall to make my room warmer. I place it on the floor if I sleep on the floor to make my "bed" warmer. In extreme cases, I can cover myself with cardboard while sleeping, or sleep in the big cardboard box (like the one for the fridge). Homeless people do it that way to stay warm at the street.

Packaging material. Cardboard also can be used as a packaging material.

Protection for anything. Basically cardboard is perfect material for protecting literally anything. I can cover my laptop with cardboard or any other type of appliances. So I am not afraid that my staff would be damaged as a result of falling down to the floor.

Putty board.

Tablecloth. Especially when camping. Tablecloth or one time dish place. Useful for fatty and oily food, to protect the main table surface.

Envelopes

As a paper. First of all, envelopes are made of paper. Despite that I put them in the separate category (thanks to their form), they can be used as a regular paper supra.

Envelopes. Another obvious use of the envelope is the envelope per se. We can place a new postal stamp and send the mail without buying new envelope.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Folders for sorting. Multiple envelopes can be used as folders to sort our stuff out. Apply the mathematical statistics law here. Every envelope has flexibility. If the envelope contains a lot of stuff then its size becomes bigger  If the envelope is empty then it is very small and thin. So if we have a box consisting of 10 envelopes, each envelope could be different in its size. However according to mathematical statistics law, the sum of sizes of envelopes (which is the size of the box) will remain relatively constant. That is very convenient for organizing and storage of our stuff. See my set of labels and envelopes here.

Trash bag. If the envelope is big enough, it can be used as a garbage bag also.

Clean paper 

Clean paper means paper where at least one side is clean.

Dirty paper. Clean paper firstly can be used as a dirty paper if there is lack of dirty paper.

Envelopes. If there is lack of envelopes, we can make an envelope out of the clean paper. With a tape or glue.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Print and paint. So we can use it again to print something, make a label for the section of the dresser, make a note, paint etc.

Dirty paper

Dirty paper includes any paper where something is printed on the both sides. So I cannot use it to print something again, make a note, paint so etc.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Packaging filler. It is also the option for use of paper if it is crumped.

Toilet paper. The most obvious use of the paper is toilet paper. Nope, we don't use it dry. To make a regular paper soft, we just make it wet. Add water and it becomes as soft as baby wipes. Even cardboard can become very soft if we put it in the water for half a day.

Plastic

0 Any plastic

Compact storage. Plastic can take much space when stored and not used. So we can cut it in flat sheets by simple scissors. Flat sheets joined together do not take much space. Another form can be achieved via heat gun - melt it but do not burn it. Preferably hold the breath while melting because of harmful exhaust.
Donate to recycle trash can
Repair other plastic things. With a heat gun, we can melt (weld) plastic to plastic.
Repair shoes. With a heat gun.

Bottles (plastic bottles)

Ropes. We can cut a tape from plastic bottles and use it as a rope.
Bird feeder
Broom. We can cut a bottle into stripes. Then tie them into a broom.
Cans. Any plastic bottle can be easily cut into a can for storage of something. Like bolts and nuts e. g.
Funnel. If the bottle neck is thin enough, it can be used as a funnel.

Floss

Reuse. Soak in some desinfecting liquid and reuse again.
Thread. To sew up something.

Net or screen (like mosquito screen)

Laundry bag. Bag for dirty clothes washing: the net can be sewed up into a bag. In turn, we can put our dirty clothes in the bag. Then bind one side of the rope to the bag. Bind another side of the rope to the tree at the river coast. Put the bag into the river at night. In the morning, dirty clothes will be washed. No powder is needed.

Staples from food

0 Source. Usually they come with food packaging.
Clothespins for clothes drying. I personally use them this way.
Staples for cable. To fix a cable on a wall using staples and pins.
Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Polyethylene bags

Filler for the toilet. See infra.
Same as plastic film. Plastic bags are made of plastic film. Hence they can be used the same as plastic film.
Trash bags. Usually store plastic bags are smaller than the regular garbage bin. So we just need to find smaller bin for them.

Polyethylene film

Source. Plastic film can come from various types of the garbage: plastic bags, plastic (polyethylene) package etc. 

Cover for car seats. If plastic film is big enough it can be used to cover the car seats. And like cardboard the film also protects against liquids.

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Handkerchiefs. One time or many time uses.

Packaging filler. If folded(crumpled) and packed up into a plastic bag, film can be used as a packaging filler.

Sheets

Filler for the toilet. See infra.
Putty knife. Plastic sheets are flexible enough to be used as a putty knife. They can be joined with a lid from metal can, to make the putty harder.
Protection. Small plastic sheets can be sticked together via tape, duck tape or even needle and thread. Than we can use it to enforce anything- clothes, electronics cover etc.

Tape

Bottle handlers. Apply multiple lawyers of tape around the bottle to make it stronger.

Enforcement. Both regular tape and duck tape can be used. Last one is even better and stronger.Both new (in case of surplus) and used tape can be used and reused. Used tape is still sticky and can be applied thus. Even if it is cut in small pieces or it has a glue gaps in within, we still can make a strong and reliable surface out of it. Just apply numerous lawyers one above each other. One twig is not reliable however numerous twigs build up strong broom. One thread is weak, however numerous threads build strong rope.

When multiple lawyers of tape are applied, it acts as a strong and at the same time flexible material. Flexibility results in amortization and protection from accidentally falling down or hitting. 

Strength of multiple lawyers is a known principle in manufacturing process. It is used when making plywood and fiberglass. Plywood is nothing but multiple thin lawyers of wood. Fiberglass is also made of thin fiber pieces.

It is preferred if the item to be enforced allows tape to make a full circle. E. g. a bottle or a box. Bad example is a big wall of the room - wf can stick used tape there, it will be flat without a full circle, so it will not be reliable and can fall out this. 

It is better to apply tape immediately after we take it out from the previous surface. Otherwise later it becomes crumpled and difficult to unfold.

E. g. the following items could be protected:

- Glass. E. g. glass bottles etc.

- Plastic. E. g. plastic bottles, boxes etc.











Rubber

0 Any Rubber

Rubber trash could include used tires from bikes and cars. Tire protector could be destroyed or the tire could have a hole. Damaged children balls are also made of rubber.
Filler for the toilet. See infra.
Packaging filler. As any compressible stuff, rubber also can be perfectly used as a packaging filler.

Tires (bike)

Band. Medical and Yoga bands are made of rubber. They are not expensive though. Anyway, the bike tire can be easily converted to a fitness exercise band.

Tires (car)

Flower bed.
Amortization and protection for garage walls. If we put tires long the back wall of the garage, it will prevent cars from hitting and possibly breaking the garage walls when parking.

Gloves (rubber gloves)

If we have just one cut in the rubber gloves, they still can be used with another pair of damaged rubber gloves. E. g. one pair has damaged left big finger and the second pair has damaged right middle finger. So we can just put on both pairs of gloves and finally nothing is leaking to our hands, we have double protection.

Sand

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Soil

Filler for the toilet. See infra.

Staples used

? Mini wire?

Toothbrush

Painting. Used tooth brush that is not good for brushing teeth anymore can be used at home yet. We can apply  some liquids with a toothbrush such as rust converter, paint etc.

Water

Rain

Washing machine. Put clothes outside and let the rain wash them.
Water collection. Will the rain barrel. For future use.

River

Washing machine. Put clothes in the laundry bag then bind laundry bag to the rope. Bind another side of the rope to the tree. Put laundry bag in the river. 
If there is no tree, we we can use heavy piece of metal or the rock instead. Just bind the rope to the rock or the metal so it is binded reliable. Put the rock or the metal to the bottom of the river. Need to know the exact place of the river bottom where we will take it from on the next day.
Water collection. With bottles, buckets etc, for future use.

Wood

Branches

Broom

Wood sheets

Putty board.

Wood sticks

Fire fuel.

Pallets

Chairs


Usage types

Cover for car seats 

Especially expensive cars definitely need it. Not only natural wear and tear can cause damage to the car seat. It is easy to drop a drink on a seat. The child can be sick, nausea would my deceit dirty and damaged. I personally place a heavy cargo with my tools on the rear seat when it is free of passengers. The cargo can scratch the skin of the seat. It is especially painful if their seat is made of natural expensive skin. Following materials can be used to cover the car seat and protect it from damage:
Plastic film. Can be used for cover of cover seats if it is big enough.
Fabric. Multiple pieces can be sewn together to make the whole part of the fabric bigger.
Cardboard. Usually it is big enough to cover the major part of the car seat.

Gloves

Plastic bags. As a rubber gloves for one time use.

Handkerchief

As a handkerchief (one time use or multiple times), the following can be used:
Fabric.
Plastic film.
Plastic bags.
Dirty clothes.

Packaging filler

Any compressible trash can serve as a packaging filler. Just need to make sure it is dry and clean.

Putty knife

Plastic sheets.

Putty board

Cardboard.

Wood sheet.

Sell to recycle center

The following types of garbage could be sold for money to recycle center. Getting money is the best way to use unused trash. Though amount of money is usually not so big, I could be bigger if weight of trash accumulated is big enough.

Metals. Iron is the cheay one. Aluminum and copper are much more expensive.

Glass. Cheaper than metal. However glass weight is big because glass is very popular type of trash.

Toilet

Portable toilet for poop for a human can be created based on the home toilet for cats. That could be useful inside of any room/building without access to the restroom. E. g. warehouse or construction facility, house with broken sewage etc. In the forest, we can just poop on the ground and dig it into the ground. However inside of a building or facility we don't always have such an option. 

Portable toilet consists of 3 main components:

  1. Flat rectangular plastic box. It should be plastic to be water proof (because poop can contain liquid that can flow out and cause ecological and bio-chemical disaster in the room). We need a box because it has walls, and walls can protect surrounding areas of the room in case of accidental process when landing operation is not straight.
  2. Flat plastic (or made of any other water-proof and at the same time flexible material) one-time use surface. That surface is to be replaced every time. That could be plastic film, plastic bag etc. That surface lays down at the bottom of the plastic box supra. To use sheet surface as a toilet, unfold it and place to the bottom of the box. If possible, use 2 or even 3 lawyers of the sheet to provide additional protection for the floor against the poop.  Any water resistant flat surface (plane, sheet) can serve as a portable toilet for poop but not for pee. Don't use the sheet made of hard (not flexible) material like cardboard. Because it will not be easy to fold after we did our business. 
  3. Filler that is laying down on the flat surface. Filler can be any type of trash - paper, small plastic pieces, organic waste etc. Filler serves for additional absorption of the poop to prevent its spread. Filler is to be changed every time after every poop. For humans at least, not for cats lol.

Than poop in the position of an eagle. Than carefully fold the sheet and place it in the plastic bag together with the toilet filler. If possible use 2 or 3 plastic bags to provide additional protection against leaking. Than trash plastic bag in the nearest garbage container.

That type of the toilet is for poop but not for pee. For pee, males could use plastic bottles instead. For females, other means should be developed.

Sheets made of the following materials can be used as a portable one time toilet surface:

Cardboard. Though it is made of paper, it could be considered as a water resistant material just because it is fat enough.

Film.

Plastic. Could even serve multiple times if washed.

Plastic bags. They are of the same shape as plastic film.

Toilet paper

The more paper is soaked with water, the healthier and convenient it is for our skin. That's why mom's use baby wipes for babies instead of a regular toilet paper. Surprisingly, some kinds of trash are already naturally soaked and wet like banana peels. Following types of garbage can be used as a toilet paper:

Banana peels. Not needed to be soaked, they are already naturally wet (the internal side only).

Paper. No need to crumple it up. Instead, soak it with water. Don't add anything else to water to avoid possible skin allergy.

Washing machine

Rain. See supra.

River. See supra.




To be continued... I will update this post promptly.




Saturday, April 10, 2021

Invest in gold...

Dollar is not backed up by any real asset. It is subject to continuous inflation. Inflation is even worse because banks have legal option to "print" money by just writing numbers in the electronic bank accounts and card balances. 

The real asset should be restricted in its quantity. Like the quantity of the land square ft at this planet, quantity of gold kgs. Land is not liquid enough. So the good option for investing is gold (or stock features for the gold). 

Cryptocurrency also have disadvantage. Quantity of certain currency is restricted like bitcoin. However total potential quantity of all the cryptocurrencies is not restricted yet. E. g. ethereum quantity is officially not restricted. Even worse: nobody is prohibited from creating new cryptocurrency. For now, there are plenty of them and many of them already became blasted bubbles...

So the only reasonable option is to invest in gold...