My expenses while living as a nomad in my truck as very low, but there are still some things I need to pay for, so it's important that I have an income source. One of the primary ways I make money on the road is through the Steem Blockchain.
Steem is a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin which rewards users for creating the kind of content you might find on a social media platform like YouTube or Facebook. The primary difference is that when people click the 'Like' button on ...your post you earn Steem!
There are a lot of technical details to know if you're going to dive head first into the Steem Blockchain, and I'll be covering those in future videos. For now, this video is a summary of what Steem is and how I use it to fund my nomadic adventures.
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In my Mealworm Farm I fill a single container with adult Darkling Beetles and allow them to mingle for a few weeks. That gives them time to lay thousands of eggs which will hatch and grow into Mealworms, at which point the Beetles need to be moved to another container to repeat the process.
My initial plan was to remove sources of moisture for the Beetles a few days before I wanted to move them, and then place carrots and potatoes inside to draw their thirst's attention. The ...hope was that they'd all climb onto the moisture filled vegetables and I'd be able to just move the food to the other container with the Beetles on it, but it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped.
I stumbled upon a more effective way of transferring the Beetles when I noticed that several of them would fall into little empty cups I placed in the container on a daily basis. To encourage this to work at max effectiveness, I placed the cup in one of the corners, piled the oatmeal bedding up to the lips of the cup, and tilted the entire container so that the corner with the cup was lower than all the others.
The result was a cup full of Beetles the next morning! Way easier than the other plan I had in mind...
Last Winter while living in a Mongolian Ger I experienced numerous health issues due to mold which had grown on the cloth and wood supports. This has caused me to become super vigilant about even the tiniest bit of mold starting to grow on my new Yurt.
After a week of heavy rain, I noticed that some little dark spots had formed on the walls where moisture had saturated the cloth. MOLD!!!
I’d heard that there were certain essential oils that prevented mold growth, so I did som...e research and ordered Clove Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Cinnamon Bark Oil. I then mixed it into a carrier oil called Caprylic Acid, one of several oils found in Coconut, which is also anti-fungal!
I applied the mixture to the entire front door, and the bottom 12 inches of the wall going all the way around. It’s been several months now, with plenty of rainy days, and I’m happy to report that the treatment halted the mold growth completely!
This seems to be a pretty powerful mixture for mold prevention, and it smells amazing! In the future I’d like to experiment with reduced concentrations of essential oil to increase the efficiency when applying it to large surfaces.
I spotted one of my Mealworms molting and made this quick video to show you the process. They normally have an brownish-orange color to their skin, but they're bright white right after molting. I think they darken in color pretty quickly afterwards because I rarely see light colored Mealworms in the farm and I'm pretty sure they molt regularly.