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  • cqwww 6:19 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    What do you practice? 

    A great reminder from Prem Rawat via young Ali Sherazi.

    On top of critically thinking about which mental states we regularly practice, I have a pragmatic skill improvement personal story as well that hopefully inspires.

    Myself, I have Go and Sudoku games on my smart phone. When I have a few minutes free, I play them. On Go, I level up when I beat a level, so over time I’ve managed to now play on the hardest level. For sudoku, I no longer with an eraser enabled, I only enter numbers I’ve sure of — and I’ve made it to the second highest level in my app. I was terrible when I started both of these, but only after years of playing them, have a become better. Once I get to the top level on Sudoku, I plan on installing cognitive enhancement game, dual n back.

     
    • cqwww 11:15 pm on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

      Free credit score and reports for Canadians 

      I just came across this free credit score and report service, called BorrowWell.com. They appear to respect your privacy (other than running several privacy bug trackers on their website), and make their revenue through referrals like loans and credit cards. Note, BorrowWell only uses Equifax, so read on to make a TransUnion manual request as well.

      I recommend at a minimum of an annual credit check, as this is how many people find out they’ve been victims of identify theft — make sure all of the items listed in your report are credit items you’ve requested. By law, credit reporting agencies have to provide you with a free annual report, but charge you for an online account, so you can manually request your credit score if you don’t trust borrowwell and don’t want to pay Equifax/Transunion.

      Once a year print of these documents: Equifax free report request form [PDF] and TransUnion free report request form [PDF]. Note that these two organizations are not synchronized, and in my experience you have issues reporting on one of them, or not the other, so make sure you’re checking both!

       
      • cqwww 12:14 pm on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

        Neurotic Neurons: An Interactive explanation http://ncase.me/neurons/

         
        • cqwww 1:07 am on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

          Today’s cryptocurrencies worth paying attention to (and the ones worth avoiding) 

          I’m often asked which cryptocurrencies one should invest in, and I should state this is absolutely not financial advice. Do your own due diligence, not just for investing, but everything in life. That being said, the top practical dcoins for me right now:

          • Stellar (XLM), in terms of platform
          • Monero (XMR), in terms of  a usable, privacy-centric cryptocurrency that works right now
          • and of course Bitcoin (BTC), in terms of a heavily volatile store of value, which you need to acquire most other cryptocurrencies. Its temporary time and cost issues appear to be soon resolved with https://lightning.network

          Notable mentions to Request Network and Quantstamp, whom both have been accepted into tech accelerator extraordinaire, ycombinator. Most tech startups that go through YC effectively become millionaires just by being accepted.

          My thoughts on the biggest sh*tcoins, which are only still only alive due to hypecycle:

          • Tron (TRX)
          • Verge (XVG)
          • Tether (USDT)

          and notable mention to Ripple (XRP) whom are still some how convincing people to invest in them.

          If you’re playing in the day trading space, that’s solely based on hype cycle, but the top ones I mentioned are based on technology that I feel can sustain the others and so I’m watching them medium/long term. With over 1,000 cryptocurrencies, I have many thoughts on many others, but I figure a top 3 technology wise and a bottom of the barrel 3 technology and integrity wise was worth an article so I can just point people here instead of repeating the same thing.

           
          • cqwww 11:54 pm on January 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

            Himalayan Bath Salt Lamps and Essential Oils 

            One of the feedback I got from the podcast on sleep was to consider Himalayan Bath Salts, and Essential oils.
            According to Snopes, Himalayan Bath Salt Lamps do nothing other than provide a lighting source.

            Unlike the lamps, there is some science on Aromatherapy and essential oils. Although one quote concerned me enough to avoid them, “Lavender and tea tree essential oils have been found to have some hormone-like effects. They have effects similar to estrogen (female sex hormone) and also block or decrease the effect of androgens (male sex hormones). “

            No thanks 

            On the lighting side, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lightning seems like a better solution than salt lamps, maybe I’ll get one of these: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4673349/

            What is your experience with the three of these? When someone recommends a cure or solution to one of your issues, do you look up the science to validate its efficacy?

             

             
            • cqwww 3:25 am on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

              Kris & Tamsin – Episode 2 – Death, and the Paradox of Choice 

              Only one URL referenced this podcast: Joe Rogan Experience

              Our questions, after you listen:

              Tamsin wants to know if we’re normal, and if this podcast conversation is motivating, interesting, or annoying, and why?
              Kris is looking for topic areas; what would you like to hear us talk about?

               

               

               
              • cqwww 11:29 pm on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                Kris & Tamsin – Episode 1 – How do you correct unexpected sleeping habits 


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                Kris’ voice the first half, Tamsin’s on the second.

                 

                 
                • cqwww 9:43 am on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                  Topic planning the creation of a podcast with Tamsin Smith 

                  Planning topics for a podcast with Tamsin Smith; on Wednesday we plan on going to the gym, yoga, and then chatting through some of the following topics:

                   
                  • cqwww 10:38 pm on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                    Bitcoin price predictions for 2018 thread.

                    +5k USD bump in the next 45 days.

                     
                    • cqwww 8:42 am on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                      Starting a podcast with Tamsin Smith 

                      I caught up with my friend Tamsin Smith after she spent a few weeks in Mexico, and we were talking about cleansing our mental palate, as well as starting a podcast. I pulled out my cell phone and hit record (which explains the unbalanced audio).

                      In this chat we discuss:

                      • Mental Palate Cleansing
                      • Minimalism
                      • Tiny Houses
                      • Yoga/Breathwork
                      • Habit formation around these
                      • Exercising your eyes

                      And we finished with a proposed podcast title:
                      Bitcoin Burnout Building Bold Habits

                      Listen here:

                       
                      • cqwww 8:24 am on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                        I generally seek out free, open source software. For video editing, I usually use OpenShot.

                        Here’s a list of other options.

                         
                        • cqwww 8:46 pm on January 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                          Is Bittrex violating Canadian privacy law, and committing theft by withholding my cryptocurrencies? 

                          I moved some cryptocurrency into a popular exchange called Bittrex. I did some cryptocurrency trades, and last night decided to take a little out. Now first off, Bittrex has 3 levels of verification; one of them is just an email account, one of them is where they have you verified identity including address (Basic), and the last is the full KYC process (Enhanced). I gave them my full name and address, to complete the basic verification, back when I created the account. As I don’t plan on doing any large transactions, or converting to fiat (USD/CAD) currency, I didn’t bother with their enhanced verification — but also because I’m a foreigner, and I don’t trust them to handle my government issued identification documents, or their ID verification provider, Jumio. Imagine my surprise when attempting to withdrawal my cryptocurrency within their identified limits; my request was denied saying I’ve hit a maximum withdrawal limit. This is impossible I thought, I’ve never withdrawn anything.

                          Bittrex Alleged Limit

                          Bittrex Alleged Limit

                          After a lot of digging around, it turns out that they’re alleging that my Basic Authentication was never completed.

                          Bittrex Auth Failed

                          Bittrex Auth Failed

                          Without any ability to know what the issue is to correct it, or withdrawal my funds, it’s now telling me the only way to get my cryptocurrency out, is to complete their privacy invasive Enhanced verification process.

                          Now before I go into details how I think they’re violating Canadian privacy laws, and have stolen my cryptocurrency, I want to mention an important plausible reasons for using KYC which I’ve highlighted before. The reason we have KYC is to prevent money laundering, a reasonable reason to implement — if the transactions are over $10,000 and it’s involving traditional state regulated dollars (fiat).

                          In Canada for example, where I live, cryptocurrency is not regulated by the same laws. Only when I transfer my cryptocurrency to fiat currency do KYC laws apply and I would be responsible for disclosing my earnings, according my accountant. And I’m fine with that. But what is important, is I will not be doing that through Bittrex, or any organization on US soil. I have done KYC on an exchange in my country, where I am comfortable with them being custodians of my government issued ID.

                          After doing some searching today, it seems that it’s not uncommon for Bittrex to take months to even reply to customers, let alone complete KYC even if they do try.

                          Now, in Canada, we have great privacy laws, and businesses must reply to privacy requests within 30 days otherwise myself, as the user, can legally file a privacy complaint against Bittrex. If you’re in the same boat as me, drop me a line and I will help you with the process to file a privacy complaint against Bittrex that they are complying with Canadian privacy laws. The more people whom complain, the faster this will get resolved, and the better we’ll all be.

                          If any lawyers or law enforcement are reading this, I would love your feedback on handling the theft by Bittrex of my cryptocurrency. Last night I tried to take out my cryptocurrency assets that I have before drop to a loss, and Bittrex is not allowing me to take out my funds.

                          Bittrex allows 0 withdrawals of cryptocurrency, of the cryptocurrency deposited into their system, and that’s obviously just not right. If they don’t allow withdrawals, they should not be taking deposits in the first place.

                           

                           
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