Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Decisions - choices - flowing - no stress - good life - what do you think?

EDIT / UPDATE: What a chance! My AirBnb apartment is perfect...

Close to the sea, close to the shop, fast internet, swimming pool. Wish I had arrived here a few days ago. Chill, rest, relax... Only then better assess available options.

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I remember September - I drove for 5 hours, then cleaned my room as I was permanently moving out. Put stuff in a car and roughly 4am took an Uber to train station to catch the early morning flight to Zurich. I got 1 hour of sleep and my energy wasn’t there…

(I wrote a stub of an article describing concrete circumstances, if you are a ghost writer willing to enhance it - be my guest)

My rough guess is that most of the travellers use hotels to stay overnight. Next time I’m in a similar position I’ll ask for a mid-day, few hours discounted rate. As more and more people are global travellers, moving across the timezones, surely there is demand for such service - I’m your first client.

Not paying £100 for a night but £20-30-40 for a few hours while the room is empty anyway - surely that is more than enough to cover 30 minutes of labour of the cleaning staff, some guest are arriving late in the evening anyway - slight adjustment to the booking system might be required - communicate with guests that you hotel has discount if you book “check-in at 8pm” and the “free money” is coming from guests using your place during the day.

(again I'm digressing and seeing value pretty much everywhere)

Let’s learn from own experience… Roughly a month ago I’ve booked myself flights to Mexico - primarily for DEVCON3 Ethereum Conference. Event is 1-4 November so to allow some time off my flights are / were 27 October till 10 November. Just before the conference I was working tirelessly on fundraising and I didn’t have much time or energy to plan accordingly. Quick google search and airport transfers are valued at $10, bus to somewhere another $10… Car rental: $10 per day. What I didn’t realise - renting a car is hassle, burden, responsibility. And once you have a car you are naturally driven to explore…



Not something I really wanted. I wanted to chill, relax, unwind. Instead - I waited 30 minutes for a shuttle bus that drove 10 minutes around the airport to deliver me to a place that was 5 minutes walk away. Then more wait for the customer service agent and more wait for the car… By this time I knew that it wasn’t the right call, but I wasn’t worried that much. It’s Mexico - maniana - wait time is expected. I wanted to see Hotel Zone in Cancun but I took a “wrong” way on the fork and here I was on the way to Tulum, roughly 130km away… So what do you do? Stay in the flow - go to Tulum, or turn back and stick to original plan?

(additional bonus: Cancun is like Las Vegas, I've arrived on Friday night, what a missed opportunity)

I should have gone back - swim in the Caribbean sea, connect to WiFi - better asses my options… Instead I kept on going, finally got a chance to reconnect with the Ocean but my energy wasn’t there… This is what happens when you work tirelessly and then take more and more responsibilities. And just because on the fork you turned right now left, it’s not and of the world. It’s easier to return after 5km, not committing to 130km when all you need is swim in the sea and some time to figure out what next.

First night - hostel in shipping containers - too close to the road.

(negotiated discount)

Second night - place from NuMundo - also too close to the road.

(negotiated discount)

Finally on the third and fourth night I’ve found some serenity… It took me three hours on a bumpy road to get here. I have a hut 10 meters from the beach. When I asked why no porch - every now and then they have storms, so this time around they’ve built the entrance from another end, that’s why.

(of course I’ve negotiated discount)


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I have same realisations as Oregon Eclipse and Burning Man - the people I value most in my life are not here. I love them so much and my heart aches when I realise - I have all this abundance while they are stuck somewhere and I don’t have a way to communicate with them. I really want to do something for my family and yet… First occasion to talk with soon-to-be-ex will be in 3 weeks - in the courtroom. It’s sad how one bad decision can trigger a lot of unpleasant consequences.

So I mentioned the fundraising?

I have the money. Now that I have it, I am not sure if I want to commit.

See my post. See the video. See the comment.


Trust. Honesty. Integrity. Facts. Truth. Reality.

It is what it is. No kidding. And the best part? I wrote exactly what I mean. Even if I get sued for damages - I’m OK with that - we can always reach an agreement. Of course lawyers would like to sue me - they are paid on the hourly basis and because it is my obvious fault - didn’t complete the purchase in 28 days I’ll have to pay… There is still a few more days before the deadline.

See an email from one of my potential investors. Reproduced without permission. The wisdom speaks for itself, no personally identifying information, just nuggets of knowledge. I’m glad I was able to reach similar position myself - my opportunity cost of borrowing and investing all the money is too high, especially when situation seems like an uphill battle.

as an investor of time and resources one of the most difficult and important lessons that I had to learn was when to cut your losses. in other words you don't follow good money with bad if the investment is in pain, don't continue to to put into it in the hopes that it will turn around in the future. Previous investment is not a valid reason for continued investment. you have to know when to cut your losses, reinvest, and move all. I saw some of the videos you've been posting about the difficulties you're having with the authorities of the United Kingdom and I thought you might want to consider another places.I want to make you aware of A city that has begun excepting crypto currency's for payments of municipal debts. Imagine if you had a disuse chapel in the hills outside of Zug and you could use your BTCs to pay the government taxes and everything.. is something to consider

Sending love, always love. Always learning. Travel = accelerated learning experience. I always had crazy ideas…

I’m going through the divorce according to the UK law. Then we’ll have to dissolve it in the US and Poland, make sure sure bullshit paperwork is in order. At the same time I’d like re-engage according to the universal-cosmic-planetary-human-natural law.

“I’m father of our children and I’ll always support you”

I genuinely think it is fair game.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Looking for a job in London

My last day in the office was 16th August. Then I flew to San Francisco, Oregon Eclipse, Burning Man... Progressing with the open-source divorce on the blockchain, attended 4 Bitcoin events back-to-back, started living full time on the astralship.org - I did my fair bit of "crazy stuff" and I was looking forward to quiet lifestyle - working on personal projects, not worrying too much.

And then: ebenezer.wales happened - I've purchased the chapel.


My latest, updated version of the CV on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LNoWURR7vIo6laX0exSZb6UzAJfS2hGKbYAvQ71p_2A/edit#




The best programmers I know are autistic :) Yeah, you've heard it right: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome

I'm not kidding. Programming requires undivided attention for extended period of times:

People with Asperger syndrome can display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. 

I'm not derogatory or anything - I'm just stating the obvious facts. If you are a coder, and your genes gave you ability to stay focused - hit a jackpot - not teaching elephant how to dance, using natural talents that give you edge. You don't blame runners for having long legs, do you?



Just don't use date of birth as any form of security. It's public knowledge, same applies to my address and phone number. You always know where to find me, I'm not running anywhere, especially now - https://ebenezer.wales - I'm a weird financial situation

- too little for banks to consider mortgage
- too much for me to afford outright
- poor credit history due to maxing out 0% credit cards
- "friends and family" coming to the the rescue

As I think about it - many of my London connections, single guys earning very good money - for some reason they are not keen to lend money... Reaching a conclusion - people have money because they do not give / lend money. I was living in a mindset of infinite prosperity and abundance - supporting various projects, initiatives, friends, businesses. I always had a deep belief in the universe - universe provides, fortune favours the bold - right now I'm getting my act together. Going back to work and this time around I'm motivated 100%...

In order to afford the chapel I'll sell my Bitcoins. So be it, I'll earn British Pounds and at the very first occasion I'll restore my savings. Some people say Bitcoin is risky - I do not agree to that - it's more risky to keep money in a bank, completely outside your control. Deutsche Bank collapsing - they didn't collapse just yet, agreed on $7.2b fine. Cyprus shaving 20% of your bank deposits? Here you are: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012-13_Cypriot_financial_crisis. US, China, Russia combined cannot stop Bitcoin:



I got my first Bitcoin back in 2013 - just 1 for £73 - I've lost some at MtGox - I've made some poor investments at the peak of the bubble... All in all - I'm break even. My attempts to trade - always making loss.

It is true - you should not trade, I should not trade. It's almost impossible to predict the market, especially when odds are stacked against you. There is always someone:
- better connection
- more information
- faster fingers

I've read a number of books about trading, and the consensus is there - only market makers (brokerages, exchanges) consistently make money. You on the other hand:
- Bitcoin fee
- trading fee
- spread
- slippage

If you think you can beat the market - think twice. Buy and hodl, you'll thank me later. Just don't do this because of me - do your fundamental research... In the meanwhile - I'm back to job hunt and divorce preparation. Forms C100, forms C2, litigation in person, it's tricky business!

Much love, always love.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hacking the system - it's easy once you know it

Two instances of suboptimal performance - I should know better.

Ordering stuff from the US

Shipping cost is significant - so I'll order 2 at the same time - WRONG. Value of 2 is big enough to trigger customs. Including customs and handling fee - would be cheaper to have 2 separate orders.

C60 - longevity - buckylabs.com - need to find UK supplier or become a reseller myself.

Applying for Permanent Residency

Previously I printed the form (85 pages) and I struggled a lot - many pages were completely irrelevant and there was a lot of admin.

Now I've applied online and my experience was much better.

I didn't have to list all absences from the UK!

Note that 2 hours flight to Europe is usually cheaper than 2 hours train in the UK and I estimate I was out of the country 10 times per year...

Borrowing money for ebenezer.wales

I talk to bank - it's for the purchase of the building. FAIL. It's called mortgage, the cost is too little for a mortgage. So next time I talk I'll tell - it's for refurbishment. Simple. Easy. Still telling the truth, I'll just move money from one pocket to another.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

THREE UK - can you please better communicate that mobile hotspot is not allowed?

Short video illustrating the case:


Since 2011 I'm using Three.

Initially all-you-can-eat data was £15 per month.

As the technology is becoming more affordable, the cost in 2017 is £35 per month.

Three is perfectly OK with disconnecting calls in the middle because account balance is too low. They send text reminders whenever my monthly allowance is about to expire. However, they've never mentioned that the mobile hotspot is not available.


Me talking about unlimited services and showing screenshots of mobile hotspot...

I take full responsibility.

I should take action earlier.

It was only when my friend was investing various 4G providers, it was only on comparison website when I saw that mobile hotspot is limited.

You go to Terms and Conditions, download PDF, 36 pages, from there you go to Price Guide, 20 pages and on the page 5:

My standard rate is $100 per hour.

I work as computer programmer - fast and reliable internet is prerequisite for all the work I do. Not only my productivity was lost, but also my behavioural patters of searching for WiFi were affecting my daily life.

When you drive - do you want car that tells you BRAKES FAILURE or do you want a car that has slightly working brakes and you discover it at 70mph?

Can you please introduce fail safe mechanism? Had I knew that wireless hotspot is not supported on PAYG, I would change to monthly rolling contract.


Link to search results... I'll choose a new mobile plan now, I wish I knew that months ago... THREE - can you please do a better job communicating?

(I really wish it never happened)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bundling multiple 4G connections - fast and reliable internet

I'm currently based at astralship.org chapel.

Because of that I have a chance to better observe that are our immediate needs.

We use combination of 4G (up to 100mbps / 40mbps) and BT brodband (5mpbs / 0.5mpbs).

For quite a while we didn't have "broadband" because the speeds were a joke, the only reason it is in place - practical for all the Raspberry Pi and other hardware projects.



Internet is an issue. Not complaining - putting money where my mouth is. The 4G is fast but requires more infrastructure, chapel is large, we have thick stone walls, it all depends where you are. We need to have fast internet everywhere all the time.

So here is the plan - bundle multiple, unlimited 4G connections - a few Android phones in a weather proof box outside the chapel - direct line of sight with the base station. And a machine that is able to tap into these connections and then relay unified signal - doable?

I've called a few internet companies from the list, now it's time for a massive action - call every single one of them and propose a competition / tender / contest- we have architectural plans - we should design cable layout to cope with our load. While we are doing this, we will ensure each individual room has electric sockets - currently we use extension cords - safety third.


Fiber is coming, the 4G box will be reused at other location, infrastructure at the astralship will remain in place.






Honesty disclaimer.

I'm made of love. As I grow older I'm learning how to grow thorns. Here is my set of core values - where I explain situations when it is allowed to lie and break agreements.

Fuck yeah! So now you know, but at least it is documented on wiki - in a fully transparent, open-source way. My divorce is also fully transparent, documented on the blockchain. It's a liberating experience... I really wish the reality was working like that - trust, honesty, integrity - as the core values - life is much more than a zero sum game...


(I think live streaming software was depleting all the bandwidth, simultaneously to that my phone was saying 100mbps)


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#jomo (joy of missing out) cannot be everywhere?

#jomo - overheard that at Oregon Eclipse - so many things and stages happening at once - absolutely impossible to be everywhere.

Stephen Brooks founder of Punta Mona and Envision festival aced the permaculture track and for me he was the star of the festival. Invaluable information, cannot praise enough his energy and his knowledge - right now my job is to get my act together and think of the best ways how I can contribute. Not about me, him, anyone's ego - picking the winning team and area of work where I could truly make a difference.

Same #jomo rule applies to Burning Man - all the things, all the time - absolutely impossible to be everywhere... Sleep is probably the best option - it's a weeklong festival in the very harsh weather conditions. I had a chance to spend some quit time outside the noise of the city... It was so quiet that you could here a single fly buzzing around. In the evening, as temperature dropped there were more animals coming to life.



You can read more about my time in the US - here - I had a rare chance to connect with many visionary leaders - thank you so much for this experience.

Had a few days to push the divorce forward - everything documented in the open-source manner on the blockchain: https://steemit.com/@osdivorce (I actually met the couple who "first marriage on the blockchain", just Google it)

Speaking of blockchain - here is the blogpost with crypto travel plans - because of moving from London, driving back and forth to the chapel. I was tired and I recognised that. I was able to minimise the damage and spent delightful time at Google's offices for Startup Grind. Here is the slightly extended draft of the story - a few keywords that require fleshing out.

(quality over quantity, maybe some ghostwriter will pick up this task) 





• Bitcoin Switzerland
• Finance 2.0
• ICOSummit

Blockchain Hotel was aces, thank you Gideon, Gökhan and team. Really well done, I don't want to wait till next year...

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Immediately upon return visited Pillar offices to help them with upcoming hackathon and collectively decided that it is better to postpone. Very same day was another meetup, the following day too:

• https://www.meetup.com/ICO-Meetup-London/events/240970429/
• https://www.meetup.com/EOS/events/243160802/


It is outright crazy.
So many things happening.
Enjoy the ride.

Integration. Procession. Introspection. Journey inwards.