DIY SMD LED Strip Aquarium Light: 5730 White LED Tests

DIY SMD LED Strip Aquarium Light: 5730 White LED Tests

I recently made three of the eight (planned) light bars that will contain two 22″ strips of 5730 SMD LEDs and one 22″ strip of red/blue “plant growth” 5050 SMD LEDs. Each 22″ strip contains 33 LEDs, so that I have a current total of 198 white 5730 SMD LEDs rated at “6000k-6500k” and, 18 blue 5050SMD LEDs in the 440-460nm wavelength and 81 red 5050smd LEDs in the 630-660nm wavelength. This article will cover a quick comparison between a few known setups as some tweaks to my original plans. Continue reading…

DIY SMD LED Strip Aquarium Light: The Plan

DIY SMD LED Strip Aquarium Light: The Plan

I’ve decided to replace my aquariums 4x60watt daylight CFLs with an overabundance of SMD LED strip lights. The plan is daunting, expensive and probably excessive, but what projects I take on aren’t these days? In this first installment I’ll go over some of the initial set up steps I’ve taken, from plans to purchases. If you don’t leave shaking your head wondering what the hell I was thinking, I haven’t done my job.

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Retirement Portfolio Tracking with Google Spreadsheets

Retirement Portfolio Tracking with Google Spreadsheets

If by now you don’t know that I love just about everything Google, where have you been? However, tracking my investment portfolio via Google Finance is a love / hate relationship. The service frequently has bugs, is a bit ungainly and can be a pain to keep up to date. Conversely, I love many of the features such as related news articles and ESPECIALLY the performance chart.

Over the last couple of days I set out to make Google Spreadsheets work for me to make up for Finance’s shortcomings.

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Quick Tip: Google Timer

Just a quick tip out there for anyone who needs an even quicker timer solution, use Google! By searching “timer x minutes” or variations of such you can quickly call up an automatically starting timer. I find it really useful for tea timing with “timer 2 minutes 30 seconds”. You can also use it for countdowns: “timer 5pm” is useful for all those clock watchers out there!

Forgetting The Milk: Ditching RTM for TeuxDeux

I’ve been a long time paid supporter of Remember the Milk for several years, but have decided it is time to part ways. I believe I got weighed down too much in the heavy GTD features you could create (and the openness which afforded you these abilities) and it no longer was a quick and dirty way to keep track of things.

Instead of continually attempting to restructure my RTM lists to do the job for me, I will be giving TeuxDeux a try (as well as Evernote’s new reminders feature for bigger projects). Of course it too has its shortcomings (no Android app!?) but I am eager to give it a real go!
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Lifereef Filter Unboxing and Photos

One of my friends recently bought a custom built Lifereef filter for his 140 gallon tank. The filter is hand built by Jeff Turcheck (the one man crew behind Lifereef) and they are truly a work of art! My friends tank is tall tank, versus the traditional large, and Jeff did an amazing job puzzling together an amazing multi part filter, reefugium and protein skimmer, and it all fit like a charm.

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Why There Is No Flickr Alternative: Redux

A little over a month ago I gave some reasons why my failed attempts to find a flickr alternative (see Flickr Alternatives) failed in my first “Why There Is No Flickr Alternative” post. Little did I know Marissa Meyer is on a war path to turn Yahoo! around, and it looks like she is focusing in all off the right places. Despite what critics may say of her recent Tumblr purchase or of the new Flickr revamp, things are changing, and you cannot wrong her for trying to turn the company around. After all, that is her job.

But this isn’t a post to praise Meyer for her attempts. Rather, this is is a post to talk about why patience and sticking with a sinking ship can sometimes yield pleasant results.

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DIY Reptile Hide III: 10 Gallon Insert

DIY Reptile Hide III: 10 Gallon Insert

In my last two posts (see: DIY Reptile Hide and DIY Reptile Hide II: Painting) I documented the creation of a reptile hide from floral foam bricks, plaster of paris and acrylic paints. While working on that hide I had also been conspiring to create a much larger insert for my ten gallon aquarium where I will be housing any baby leo’s I hatch this season. This article will cover the creation and modelling of the insert and like last time I will follow up with post about the painting process. Unlike last time, however, I will take PLENTY of photographs to share.

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Updates to Javascript Maze Generator

I’ve updated my Javascript Maze Generator to include some great new features:

  1. Printer-Friendly Mode: Click to toggle a gray scale printer-friendly mode of the page to allow for easy printing or export to PDF!
  2. Save and Load Mazes: Generates a string you can use to save and share your mazes. Copy and paste the resulting string to save it, or paste one you receive to load the pre-generated maze. (Note: heatmaps are not currently available on loaded mazes).
  3. Removed Size Limits: Mazes can be generated to any size now and scrolling will occur when maze gets too large. Please be warned: generating very large mazes can take a long time and be quite slow / cause unexpected halting of your computer.
  4. Added Zooming: You can now zoom in and out on mazes. Great if you want to generate the maze at one size and print at another.

See Also:

Maze Generating Algorithms: Fun with HTML and Javascript