Update #1 — Bitcoin Mining and Summer Planning

Good morning, This is the first of a series of updates I will be posting to track my progression through the coming years. This will be a sort of time capsule that I can revisit at any time. I am not editing these updates so the writing may be messy at times. I also do not have a planned release schedule. I will post whenever I feel something worth posting about has happened.

Part 1 — Bitcoin Mining: I have been trying out bitcoin mining using my GPU (RTX 3060 ti) and CPU (Ryzen 7 3700X). I have been running it during school or anytime I am already on my computer but not gaming or doing anything else GPU intensive. So far I have made $15.

Part 2 — Minecraft: During the past few weeks I have been getting back into Minecraft. I have been spending a lot of my time playing on Hypixel (mostly bedwars). I have also had a lot of fun playing manhunt and building castles on an SMP.

Part 3 — Summer planning: I want to expand my programming and entrepreneurship knowledge and try to learn as much as I can over this summer. I am hoping to find some sort of internship or job where I can do something with programming or tech. I have not found anything online looking on sites like Indeed. Most of the job postings in programming ask for people actively perusing a college degree. I am planning on sending out some emails and seeing if I know anyone who might have some ideas.


If You Don’t Recycle, Your Trash!

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If you liked this consider checking out my post on melting plastic into coasters here.

Melting Plastic Into Coasters


One way of upcycling plastic waste is to shred it and melt it to mold it into new things. One way to do this at home is to use a paper shredder to shred the plastic and then melt it in a toaster. Please note I used PLA plastic which is relatively nontoxic when melted. HDPE will also work. Here are the steps to recycle your plastic waste at home.

  1. Collect Materials
    1. Shredded Plastic
    2. Toaster Oven
    1. Toaster Safe Mold
    2. Heat Resistant Gloves
    3. Mask
    4. Sandpaper
  2. Pour plastic into mold evenly
    1. Make sure not to add too much or it will not melt evenly
  3. Set the toaster to the melting temp of your plastic
    1. Make sure you are using a non-toxic plastic like PLA or HDPE.
    2. The melting temp of PLA is 180 to 220 degrees celsius (356 – 428 degrees Fahrenheit).
  4. Put the mold with the plastic into the toaster and start toasting
  5. Check periodically
  6. When the plastic is evenly melted take it out and let it cool
  7. When cooled sand down any rough edges
    1. You might want to rinse off any plastic remains when you are done sanding.

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Welcome to Ilan’s blog

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Hi, welcome to my blog. I am a 13 year old programmer and entrepreneur. I have moderate experience in HTML, CSS, JS, Bootstrap, and Python. This is where I will document my journey honestly and fully. I hope this inspires other young entrepreneurs and programmers to rise up to the challenges of life and make history.