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  • cqwww 8:08 pm on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Giving without expectations 

    I was co-working in the social, ground floor area of my building when I noticed a man in a wheelchair going through the alley with a sweater dragging behind him. I ask my co-working friend Sascia if she can hold open the (self-locking) door open for a second while I help the guy by picking up his sweater.

    As I go outside behind him, I pro-actively say aloud, “I’m coming up behind you as you have a sweater dragging behind you”. As I’m saying that I’m now sort of behind and above him, to have him readjust the blanket around him. As he does this, I realize he’s in a hospital gown, wearing a hospital bracelet, and was hiding a beer on his lap. As my brain is processing this unexpected situation he quickly looks up at me and yells without hesitation, “#&*#ING GO!” and points with his beer to the end of the alley.

    I had no choice but to pull the sweater up as I grabbed the handles on the back of his wheelchair and with a quick glance to my friend who was holding the door, who was now in equal shock of disbelief, I pushed my new friend to the end of the alley at an abrupt pace, wondering how in the world I get myself into these unusual situations.

    After finally letting him carry on — on his own, I was left walking back wondering — Was he really on the lamb from the hospital? Am I now an accomplice in his getaway?
    As I got back to the door, Sascia was laughing so hard she was crying. Not the weirdest situation in the neighbourhood this week, maybe I’ll start to blog more of them.

    A good reminder that when you give, you should never have expectations, and there are surely learning lessons to be had.

  • cqwww 12:24 pm on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I think a good question to ask oneself is in a current relationship (or the last one, if single), “where am/was I selfish” or “how am/was I selfish?”. One the biggest culprits in our society in terms of relationships, is selfishness. Love is 100% giving, not expectations. The trick in our culture is winning the lottery where the other person is also transitioning to selflessness at the same time you are. Selfishness is genderless.

    Kris (in a response to a thread on Facebook)
  • cqwww 11:56 am on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Renaming crypto(currency) to dmoney 

    When web logs started to be called blogs, there was a backlash from purists, but it’s now become ubiquitous. I even entitled this website as a digital log as my response. Perhaps it’s worth considering cryptocurrency to get a rebrand, just like we don’t call bills “paper money”. What do we propose for this new wave of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the rest of the altcoins?
    As of writing this, there are over 750 of them, and they won’t be doing away any time soon. There needs to be a clear differentiator — money as most people know it today is Fiat.

    Fiat money is a currency established as money by government regulation or law.

    so what should this new wave of currency be called? I’ll propose dmoney. It has a double meaning — digital money, as well as decentralized money — which is a common characteristic of most (but not all) what we today called cryptocurrencies.


  • cqwww 7:31 am on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Something to consider here, and in life. Are you complaining while offering or providing a solution yourself, or are you just complaining (in which case, recognize your usefulness). Kris
  • cqwww 1:05 pm on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    If you stand up for people whom have opposing views to your own, thank you for making the world better.

  • cqwww 11:46 pm on May 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    $2,000 invested in #Ethereum 3 yrs ago now worth $1,000,000 

    As my friend Gary (of Decentralized Dance Party fame) just stated, “$2,000 invested in #Ethereum 3 yrs ago now worth $1,000,000. Friends, pls look into #Blockchain tech. Opportunity of a lifetime.” also “$10,000 #Bitcoin investment in 2010 now worth 200 MILLION DOLLARS, Gold $9,900”

    If you don’t follow Bitcoin and the other altcoins yet, you should start by checking out

    • Scott Leslie 8:25 am on May 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      But why? Why is it now worth a million? Has that $2k created a million dollars of value in the world?

  • cqwww 8:00 am on May 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Teaching children to critically think 

    I was recently with a loved one who has children. One of their children asked me if Santa Claus was real. I didn’t want to lie, as it’s not my child, so I quickly brought the child to the parent and said, “This is a great question to ask [your parent]”. The parent quickly replied, “Well, do you think he is real? Why or why not?” which I was just amazed. The parent quickly looked at me and said, “I don’t want to lie to her”.

    This was amazing to me, I was so proud. Until I realized that this same parent brings this child to their favourite religious institution every week, and indoctrinates the child that their preferred god is real. Why do we not afford the same critical thinking skills to religion as we do to other invented holiday figures?


  • cqwww 8:41 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    What Keeps You Content? – Data Driven Wellness 

    What Keeps You Content? []


    • Kris
    • Leo
    • Ivan
    • Trevor
    • Tyler
    • Zee
    • Jennifer
    • Scott
    • Harondel
    • John
    • Bill

    What keeps you content

    • Kaggle (Google bought them) – The local meetup is really informative
    • Content; Does it equate to being happy, or the other way around?
    • Stimulate his mind, keep him creative, keep him active
    • Re-aligning expectations – usally through journalling
    • 4 – not content, 2 person identifies as content – 2 on the fence (1 – content, not happy)
    • Yoga – even once a week works for me
    • share and willing to be vulnerable with coworkers, now feels like a family
    • 2* Sleep – Refuse to have an alarm clock – Work less party, “Alarm clocks kill dreams”
    • exercise
    • Time alone
    • Marijuana
    • tech to do the processes, but also don’t let it be a crutch
    • Meditating
    • Being outside
    • Diet
    • The definition of content (satisfied? comfort zone?)
    • The key to happiness – giving up on your goals (goals and expectations, especially from view of others, removed anxiety)
    • Stop followed my instinct – helped contentment. Thought I had to do certain things, like hanging around people, or be outdoorsy. Stopped exercising. I’m a fat buddha now.
    • Chatam House Rules
    • Over time, you stopped caring anymore, start to be more contentment
    • Yoga – free in parks in summer, “I love Bikram”. So many different types! Gentle
    • Meditation – Headspace app – So many types of it!
    • Haven’t got into the habit (meditation)
    • Vipassana, MDMA, and Burning Man.
    • Research shows multiplier if you do mental (meditation) and physical. (Ask Scott for link)
    • Waves of commitment and habit (1 year off, 1 intense month)
    • Nice yoga studio on Granville island, made of wood, overlooking the water
    • TM meditation – 20 minutes, 2x a day, more than 40mins value
    • Book: Body, Mind & Sport
    • HRV – Heart Rate Variability
    • Marco Altini
    • Yoga – it’s a big step to get to the first level
    • To someone with anxiety – Have you tried relaxing
    • Don’t push yourself too hard
    • Gaiam
    • Time alone – Spend it working on goals, always want more.
    • Time alone – torturous when laid off/unemployed.
    • The Power of Now
    • When alone, not really thinking, more working on stuff (busy & productive)
    • I was an introvert that thought I was an extravert
    • Nootropics
    • Drugs (Crystal meth equated as all drugs to one person)
    • Food is a source of exploration, the more I can consume, the better
    • keto diet – no carbs
    • modafinil
    • only recreational drug I do is social media
    • I eat whatever I want as long as it makes me happy. I don’t diet or restrict myself
    • in one day of master cleanse. I lose allergy to cherry blossoms. I’ve only done for 5 days, can do for 10 days. Body goes through an arch of energy (lack of).
    • MCT oil helps with brain fog.
    • Ashwagandha
    • Paleo diet
    • Looking at a menu – “What will make me feel the best after”
    • anxiety – tend to worry about too many thing. I liked realizing it happens to everyone. Everyone has different ways of dealing with it.
    • I’d never considered tracking my contenment. I have an emotion tracking app.
    • Contentment always feels below happiness, but maybe it’s a subset
    • if you’re always working on problems for yourself, you’re creating more problems
    • Everyone has their own diet
    • I feel safe and enjoy sharing my feelings
    • “If I knew this was happening I would have left” (I enjoyed it (he didn’t know what he was getting into, was here accidentally))
    • Shambhala Mediation

    Talk about next time:

    • Brain functions & chemicals (“I have issues with too much dopamine”)
    • Nootropics (4)
    • Quantified Self (2)
    • Recreational Drugs (2)
    • Biohacking
    • How to get back into engaging with others without triggering anxiety
  • cqwww 12:19 am on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    I’ve heard of trademark and copyright infringement cases, but the winner has to be Actua’s Makermobile. The Government of Canada has apparently funded this cross country adventure with General Electric, Toyota, and Google, all appearing to be willing participants in what appears to be the most clear cut case of stealing another idea I’ve ever seen. They are currently in Vancouver, where the original, +3 three year old Makermobile exists. I’m not associated with the original Makermobile, but I speculate this is a grassroots community project that now finds its brand being circumvented by the government and large corporations who have either done their due diligence and decided to proceed anyway, or they did not do a basic Google search to discover the originator of the exact concept, including brand name with the exact same spelling.

    This seems like a David vs Goliath type story; I hope someone from the Government of Canada, GE, Toyota, or Google reaches out to the original team and makes things right.
    I’ve started a thread on Reddit , what do you think should be done?

  • cqwww 1:55 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Emotional Intelligence – Data Driven Wellness 

    Last night Vancouver’s Data Driven Wellness meetup met on the topic of Emotional Intelligence.

    These are my notes, mostly books and URLs that were mentioned that I thought we would want for reference:

    Kris’ best book read in 2016 on the issue: Attached

    Tyler’s best 3 books of 2016:

    Emotional Intelligence 2.0
    self management
    self awareness
    social awareness
    social management

    Caroline Web – How to have a Good Day
    Behavioural economics

    Daily Stoic
    more philosophical

    5 love languages
    Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time & Receiving Gifts

    Dan Savage

    Integral Theory – Ken Wilbur

    Universe of Emotions app

    Start a spreadsheet and measure quickly each day: Family, Friends, Fitness, Sleep, Finance, Mood, Gratitude etc.

    HRV – Heart Rate Variability

    sit with triggers, realize you’re OK and comfortable with it

    The 5 whys – Toyota Way

    Byron Katie – 4 questions

    The minimalists podcast (and documentary) – does it add value to me
    it’s amazing how much you have that doesn’t add any value to your life

    Jim Rohn – You’re the product of the 5 people you hang out with the most

    Marie Kondo – Spark Joy (minimalism)

    perception of truth
    ask for feedback to see if you’re emotional intelligent!

    I grew up thinking everything is black or white – when it turns out to be mostly grey

    giving makes you happier; selfish vs selfless

    What areas are you selfless – relationships, work, social
    gratitude – fake it until you make it, you become really attractive
    abundance – scarcity mindset – time, money, partners, business

    Tyler – I walk and read at lunch

    Ideas for next meetup:

    John: Fitness. Healthy Eating. Track your body/wellness. Genetics.
    Ivan: What to do with Quantified Self data
    Leo: Social Awareness – How other’s emotions affects us – Find a way to channel it more positively
    Tyler: Quantified Self. Ways of applying the things we’re talking about – perhaps accountability partner system.
    Jennifer: The more tech we have, the less connected we become as human beings. No one wants to talk to the other.

  • cqwww 6:43 am on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 33c3, , hackers, , hackspaces   

    An inspiring talk for hackers with depression by Mitch Altman 

  • cqwww 6:39 pm on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BTC, cryptocurrency   

    Another chance to consider Bitcoin 

    As we have economic uncertainty in several countries around the world, you have to think where the world’s elite are looking to put their money, and there’s a notable faction of them choosing digital crypto currencies, specifically Bitcoin. It’s went up around $200 USD in the last month alone since the Trump win. I bought some this afternoon, and have made 3 figures by the time I got home to write this. On top of all of this, it’s the 8th anniversary of Bitcoin today!

    Bitcoin Prices Dec 2016

    Bitcoin Prices Dec 2016 via CoinDesk

    If you’re interested, you can find an exchange like and create an account. Once you have an account, go to their verification section under settings and go through as many tiers as you’re comfortable. Then you’ll need to transfer money from your bank there — at which point you can purchase/trade any of the digital crypto currencies they offer. Once you have your bitcoin, I recommend you create a wallet and remove your bitcoin from the exchange (in case the exchange is ever hacked, as many have been) and keep it on a USB stick or something more fancy like Trezor. (I just bought their multi-pack with a friend, let me know if you want the third one)

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