• Health and Fitness,  YouTube

    YouTube Channel Creation & Videos!

    Hey everyone, I have decided to make a conscious effort to start posting more YouTube videos to my channel in an effort to spread knowledge on the various topics that I enjoy. I will likely post a broad range of things however recently I will be providing workout videos, arm wrestling training and practices, as well as other gym related content. My channel and a few of my latest videos are below: My Channel: Click Here! Brandon

  • Financial

    Rich Dad Poor Dad Book Review

    Recently I have been very interested in trying to figure out better ways to make money (don’t we all?). In particular ways for my money to work for me instead of me having to work for money. A buddy of mine told me I should read this book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and after I started watching YouTube videos of the founder Robert Kiyosaki, I was immediately hooked. I ordered the book and 2 days later it was here. Once I started reading I could NOT put it down. This book was right up my alley and I have learned a lot from it. For starters, this book really nails…

  • Financial,  Trading

    Lightspeed Trader – Trading software review

    Like many retail traders, you start out with Etrade, TDAmertrade, Schwab, etc. and learn their trading software, dabble with some money, and then if you really start to get into it and do well you wonder if there is better software out there. I did just that.. Bring in Lightspeed Trader. This trading software checked a couple boxes for me that I was looking for. For one, it had a Mac OSX version that many leading trading platforms did not offer. This is somewhat important, but not a deal-breaker for me as I could always run Bootcamp/Parallels to use Windows software. I was looking for the fastest and best executions,…

  • Trading

    Respecting your STOP loss in a trade

    If you’re trading the stock market, whether day trading or swing trading, respecting your stops is crucial to longevity in the game. Without it you have the potential to blowing up your account and losing all of the profits you’ve made in a single trade. I was recently reminded of that (in a good way, no I did not lose all my money) but actually RESPECTED my stop and stopped out of a trade even though I did not want to. I will outline it below. The stock was TSRO. On the morning it was gapping down on some news, I really don’t care what or why, but rather what…

  • Technology

    Linux CRON Scheduling and Setup for MySQL Backups

    Backups are useful, and a must have feature of anyone’s site or product if you are going to be successful. Backup as often as you can, as much as you can. In this short post I’m going to quickly outline Linux CRON Scheduling with MySQL to backup your databases. Once logged into your server run: crontab -e This is like your CRON configuration file and will show you all scheduled tasks that you currently have running in your system. Here is an example of what part of my config file looks like: # m h dom mon dow command # db Backups - Every day at 4AM. - Write to…

  • Farm,  Homestead

    Honeybee Hive – The Extraction

    Since I live on a farm I get the joys of multiple garages, barns, and storage areas. When going out to one of the old horse barns on a Saturday morning I noticed an increased volume of bugs, bees, and other flying around. We have plenty of carpenter bees flying around constantly eating up the wood beams and what not, but this time I noticed smaller bees, flying in and out from what seemed like a concentrated spot. What does anyone do when they see this… WHERES THE CAN O’ WHOOPASS.. Or RAID, or whatever you have that kills wasps, hornets, etc. Luckily I’m a terrible shot, and these buggers…

  • Watches

    16610 Submariner ca. 1989

    Every watch enthusiast has a starting point, whether it be a $50 Seiko and a handful of quartz’s, or inheriting a handful of vintage mechanical chrono’s. Either way over time a collector or anyone interested in watches eventually finds out what they enjoy the most and they start honing in their purchases to a specific type of set that attracts them. Usually the first few purchases are a “tax” to learn this. This too was how I started, but I’m starting to zero-in my collection of watches with significant meaning to me and in the history of watches. I recently sold one of my first “diver” watches, a Tag Heuer…

  • Technology

    Write VERY large record-sets to CSV, JSON with ColdFusion

    So I was tasked to build something that writes a very large data set to CSV Files, and JSON files. I was running into memory issues with ColdFusion because I was trying to store the CSV string in memory before writing it to a file on the server. For a 1 Million+ row recordset in SQL Server this usually would time out after a 2 hour request timeout, and just not finish. By using the underlying Java objects we can write 1 Million+ records to a CSV file, or JSON file in just about 8-10 seconds. Credit for finding these Java objects goes to my co-worker Sean Louisin. The fix…