Creating a Tree for Morgan Festival of Trees Hosted by Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce located in Morgan, Utah.
We decided to Donate a tree for the Annual Festival of Trees located in Morgan, Utah. The donated Tree is up for bidding, and the money will be donated to the Local Sub-for-Santa efforts in Morgan, Utah. We decided to do a weather themed tree considering our recent WeatherEgg™ Kids Whacky Weather Board Game launched on Kickstarter last month.
Creating a weather themed Christmas tree was difficult. You cannot go into Walmart and buy weather themed ornaments except the typical snowflake.
Ideas started forming, and before I knew it, I was hand making ornaments the week of Thanksgiving.
Not only is it the week of Thanksgiving but also my kids had the Flu and Strep. Living in a small town, you tend to pass viruses around like crazy. My children were not the only kids sick at this time; half the schools were empty.
On to the ornament making and trying my hardest to not get sick in the process turned out to be a very stressful but joyful thanksgiving and believe it or not I did manage to go Black Friday Shopping.
I decided a few weeks prior I wanted to make resin epoxy ornaments because I could not only customize the ornaments but I could add our very cute WeatherEgg™ Kids into the ornaments. I ordered silicone molds. Round, Snowflakes, Sphere, and Lighting bolts. I also ordered glitter.
My ideas were running wild, but I needed something else as well.
I came up with the idea to do thermometers, but we will get to that later.
Making the resin epoxy ornaments, I googled on how to do so. After watching a few YouTube Videos and looking on Esty, I went ahead and ordered the Casting Epoxy off of Amazon in a significant amount. I wanted to make sure I had enough especially for mistakes. I started with the snowflakes.
You have to measure equal amounts of resin and hardener for the resin to set. Mix for 2 minutes and then mix in the glitter and pour into a mold.
After every blend, you have to clean out the measuring cup and do it all over again. It takes 24 hours for the resin to harden fully.
The Thermometers were a little different. I decided to order plastic beakers off of Amazon. I created and printed a thermometer insert, (Few tries to get the size right) and added red glitter for temperature. Hot glued the tops with a hook and sparkly thermometer.
I did try and keep it at the office and hide the evidence that I was making a craft with glitter, but with the sick kids and 24 hour cure time I had to move the operation to my house. Days and days of ornament making as well as my children making some crazy creations using every color of glitter and trying to help. We all know how children “help” especially a 10 and a 9-year-old. It looks like a fairy sneezed all over my home and office.
Next, I wanted something for rain. Trying to figure out rain was difficult. We needed more lights. Searched and searched on Amazon. Found just what I was looking for. They are called meteor lights, but to me, they seemed similar to rain.
We have the kids, thermometers, rain, lighting, what about the sun? I also found on Amazon the thin wire lights. I in my spare time I bent and shaped these lights into a sun shape. Cute but on the tree you can barely see them. Pictured here:
Added Ribbon, snowflakes tree skirt, sparkle grass. The result?
It turned out fantastic and creative. Everyone that has come to see the tree is like wow you made all those ornaments? Who are those characters? Opening up conversations about weather and our business and feeling of accomplishment and acceptance was the end goal, which we succeeded in immeasurably.
We will be doing this annually from now on. Not so sure on hand making ornaments next year, maybe if I have the time and the motivation. After all, it was a fun experience.
Blockchain refers to the technology behind the creation of Bitcoin.
It is a shared, reliable, trusted, public ledger of transactions which is accessible to everyone for inspection but which is not under the control of any single user. Blockchains refer to distributed databases in which a continuously growing list of data transaction records are maintained, and cryptographically secured from illegal revision and tampering.
There are two kinds of records in a blockchain database, transactions, and blocks. Blocks clasp batches of valid transactions that are hashed and also encoded into a Merkle tree. Each block contains the hash of the previous block in the blockchain, thereby connecting the two.
In 1991, Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta described the first work on a cryptographically secured chain of blocks, but in 2008 an anonymous person or team known as Satoshi Nakamoto with the real identity cloaked in secrecy conceptualized the first distributed blockchain.
The bitcoin blockchain file size has been growing rapidly, in August 2014; it has expanded from 20 GB to over 100 GB in size.
There are three main types of blockchains, public blockchains, federated blockchains, private blockchains.
The protocols of Public Blockchains are based on Proof Of Work (POW) consensus and robust algorithm with open source, meaning everyone can participate in them and explore them. It also signifies that any interested person can download the code and begin running a public node on their local device and validate transactions in the network, thus effectively participating in the consensus process. Public blockchains also allow anyone in the world to read and use the network to send transactions and expect to see them added to the blockchain provided the transaction is valid.
Examples of Public Blockchains are Ethereum, Bitcoin, Dash, Monero, Dogecoin, Litecoin, etc.
Federated Blockchains or Consortium Blockchains
Consortium Blockchains is the type of blockchains which operate under a group’s leadership. Unlike in Public Blockchains, a person with an independent internet connection is not allowed to take part in the verification of transactions process.
Federated or consortium blockchains are faster and provide more privacy for transactions. They are mostly used in the banking sector, and the consensus process is strictly under the control of a pre-selected set of nodes. For instance, a consortium of 16 financial companies each of which is operating a node, and out of which 11 must sign every block for the block to be valid. Under this type of blockchain, the right to read the block may be limited to the participants only or open to the public.
Examples of Federated Blockchains are EWF (Energy), B3i (insurance), R3 (Banks), Corda.
These are blockchains where permission to read may be public or limited to an arbitrary extent, while write permissions are centralized to one organization. Applications that are allowed under Private Blockchains are likely to be database management, auditing, and more which are internally limited to one company, and may never require public readability.
Private BlockChains offers the benefit of setting up groups and participants for internal verification of transactions, and they readily comply with state regulations on data privacy rules.
Examples of Private Blockchains are Multichain, MONAX.
The use of the blockchain for bitcoin is widely known to be the first cryptocurrency to solve the double spending problem without the need of a trusted administrator, and because of this, it is the most commonly traded digital currency till date. The global blockchain market of bitcoin is anticipated to worth over $20 billion by 2024. With this wide expectation, one can easily ask this question: Is cryptocurrency the evolution of money? With the way bitcoin blockchain file size grew in the last years, it has achieved just that to become the first digital currency to fit in this definition for creating the question.
Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, 8(a) Minority, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.
Whacky Weather Board Game
Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises – an 8(a), WOSB, Information Technology and writing services company, has launched a Kickstarter Campaign. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) board game is titled WeatherEgg Kids: Whacky Weather Board Game. The board game will help raise funds for her invention, called Weatheregg™ and teach children about weather.
Linda was born in a small farming community in Utah. She was raised by her mother, who was a single mom raising five children. Her mother never went to college and did not have any dreams of owning her own business. Because of this, Linda thinks it is essential for children, especially girl children, to acquire more knowledge and skills in STEM.
“It is a great privilege to bring a small piece of science to children in the hopes that they become our scientists of the future,” stated Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises. “DynaGrace Enterprises has been heavily involved in Department of Defense Information Technology work. The WeatherEgg™ is an invention that is almost to fruition. To fund that invention, I created another invention. One that helps children learn science. In particular, weather science.”
What about STEM?
With the onset of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum in education, science needs to be fun. The WeatherEgg™ kids, animated 3D humanoid characters, make weather science fun. Sweet, loveable, Holley Humidity, moody Peggy Pressure, mischievous Wesley Wind, and the hero Tommy Temperature can cause quite a storm. The WeatherEgg Kids will appear in a mobile application and a web application to teach children about weather.
DynaGrace Enterprises hopes to lead the field in teaching children about the weather. DynaGrace Enterprises continues to support a path of growth while maintaining a reputation as a provider of Information Technology and writing services.
Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 800-676-0058. Please learn more about WeatherEgg by visiting WeatherEgg.com.
The official Kickstarter link is here -> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/522610746/weatheregg-kids-whacky-weather-board-game
The official Press release is here -> https://www.pr.com/press-release/735638