Monday, May 15, 2017

Fitness in the London town - free stuff - this is what I do... (May 2017)

I admit doing a lot of things wrong - I'd happily swap 50% yoga hours - hackeryoga.com - into weight training hours and I'd be in much better shape right now.


Treating yoga as a workout was a poor misconception - maybe just enough to stay in fairly acceptable form but definitely not enough to achieve fitness goals:
- 10 pull-ups
- muscle up
- 5k under 20m
- different variations of backbends and splits
- increased shoulder mobility

It may looks cool in 360° VR but I definitely spent too much time working on this video. The thing is - either you film or focus on the practice:

Currently Attending:
Parkour Generations
- Bikram Yoga - actually prefer Jivamukti with Beth and Annalisa
- East London Gymnastics (Beckton)

Evaluating:
-  http://www.londonshootfighterseast.com/timetable/
-  http://www.crossfit1864.com/classschedule/

(main criterium - about 7 minutes cycling away)

Free stuff:
http://www.projectawesomehq.com/london-tribe/
https://www.meetup.com/London-Running-Bootcamp-Breakfast/
- Tribe Run: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thetribeway/events/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/lululemonLondon/events/
- http://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/c/cities/london
http://www.sweatybetty.com/page/fynder/
- ASICS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243803159347521/
- Rebook Fithub Kings RoadCovent Garden
http://www.brokeinlondon.com/get-fit-free-parks-london/
http://www.brokeinlondon.com/free-yoga-london/

Two inspirational women I had a chance to met - keep doing great work:
https://www.iamcelialearmonth.co.uk/
http://www.elleenergy.com/elle-energy-what-i-do/

Some recommendations by Elle:
https://www.goodgym.org/
http://www.rundemcrew.com/

List of lists, do your own research, I've already covered most of them:
https://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/londons-best-free-fitness-classes
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/01/06/free-fitness-classes-in-london_n_8921418.html
http://www.brokeinlondon.com/free-fitness-classes-london/
http://www.coachmag.co.uk/fitness/5485/free-fitness-classes-in-london

More running clubs, not sure if paid or not, modest signup fee may apply:
http://midnightrunners.co/
https://ourparks.org.uk/
http://www.londoncityrunners.com/
https://www.serpentine.org.uk/

(running is super democratic, anyone can do this, there are many more running clubs)

Skating:
- London Friday Night Skate: http://www.lfns.co.uk/
http://www.londonskate.com/

Obstacle racing is a very authentic, primal, natural sport - just you and no artificial rules. Similar to Spartan Race and Tough Mudder - first page of Google (self fulfilling prophecy, by linking to them they'll remain on top) - just to name a few - list of lists:
- https://www.mudstacle.com/events
- http://www.mudrunguide.com/directory/uk/
- https://www.muddyrace.co.uk/upcoming-races/
- http://www.obstacleracemagazine.com/events/

(waiting till Siri / Alexa / Google will structure this data in an standardised form)

Last but not least - current version of me - messy hair - not shaven - silly look - awful posture - inflated belly - in other words - THE WORST VERSION OF ME - so that I could observe a visible progress in a couple of months:


Let's make it to the next level...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Selling my AETERNITY tokens (æternity blockchain)

Job done.

I feel greatly relieved.

From the time perspective I admit - I should be less emotional with my trading.

I should hold on to these tokens a little bit longer and sell them during Phase 2 to a greater fool - I'd probably get more.

I have already admit - I'm terrible at trading - I shouldn't be doing that - here is my blog post on Steemit - Investing strategy suiting your needs and why I won't actively trade Bitcoin (or any other cryptocurrency)

At the end - I have exactly the same amount as if I was holding my BTC all the time - minus a few sleepless nights, stressing out about the project.







Commit 1, commit 2, commit 3 - and these are not the only difficulties in the project - see also ICO DNA.


I'm selling my AETERNITY tokens.

The main difficulty - they are not listed exchanges, they are not even issued at all... So how do I sell something that doesn't exist just yet?

I've posted message on Slack and on Telegram, to avoid chit chat speculation a dedicated channel was established: https://t.me/aetrader










































Last night we had an interesting conversation about logistics of the trade. I suggested ESCROW and with some tweaks we can make it work:

1) find a buyer (I'm a seller)

2) find reliable, reputable ESCROW (both agree, 2-3% fee of something)

3B) (B for "buyer) sends BTC or ETH to ESCROW

3S) (S for "seller") sends private key to ESCROW

4) funds are in ESCROW for a period of time

5) tokens are released, BTC or ETH get transfered to my account

There is a number of issues with that approach - trusted ESCROW, time before token get released, chance (unlikely but still a chance) that I change my mind immediately after tokens get released...

There are so many moving parts here, it's scary!

And yet I cannot figure out any better way...

Why selling now?

I was thinking for a long time how to resolve this matter.

I have communicated directly with Yani and I educated myself in game theory - Nash Equilibrium and Prisoner's Dilemma - me saying that I want to get out will inevitably reduce the confidence and therefore value of the tokens so here comes the explanation...

Since day one I was active in the community - provided instructions how to run on Mac and on Windows (almost) - wrote some code for the wallet and we were discussing options of hiring me. Unfortunately there was some f__kup along the way - initially I thought of it as WTF OMG LOL moment - but in reality it was uncool - so I reversed the thing, apologised and acknowledged mistake. Too late - trust is something you build for a long time and then one moment it's gone.

I was hoping to transform crisis into an opportunity - that even if something goes wrong you can count on me. I still believe there is a chance of us working together. At the same time I completely understand your stance and I can only hope that there are lessons learnt on both ends.

Tangent: whenever there is a decision - the universe splits into two... I really wish I was in a different universe - working with you rather than trying to get out. What's done it's done - right now I want to get outta here, I don't want to be a contributor or an investor - I want to move on.

I've signed NDA so I cannot tell you anything that is confidential - I don't even want to share public information - do your own research and due diligence... And if you have way too much paper money or crypto holding - getting ready for the Kickstarter - astralship.org/kickstarter - YEAH - the thing is for real!

Friday, December 16, 2016

24 Hour Party People - Saturday 17th December 2016 in London



There is a very good movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274309/



Are you ready for the challenge?

Starting in the morning (9:30 - 13:30) with Morning Gloryville http://mgwest.info/
Here is the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/249289365487110/
(outstanding energy)




Then Psymera, daytime psytrance party (12:00 - 22:00) https://www.psymera.co.uk/event/psymeras-christmas-party/
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/289303431450247/




Did you know that Fabric won a lengthy legal battle? "War on Drugs" is taking its toll and innocent young people are dying from trying to have some fun.

Join the Psychedelic Society on their event "Debate on the legal regulation of Psychedelics" (18:00 - 23:00) https://www.facebook.com/events/1768969113316387/



No longer media propaganda of 60s (hippies, peace movements, war in Vietnam), now we have science, data, research and internet to share the knowledge. But yeah, law is the law, for time being we need to play by the rules to avoid legal troubles.


After the debate there are two options...

1) Fabric (23:00 - 08:00) https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?897337
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/289550758111528/



Note that the venue is still not Fabric as they are implementing brand new sound system:


For the record - Ministry of Sounds and Dolby Atmos are next level:



2) Psychedelic Way (till late) https://www.facebook.com/events/931640383590934/ (free party is not a crime)





Psychedelic Way operates in an unlicensed manner so you need to find your way around it. It's not for everyone and I'll aways recommend to do some research + critical thinking + common sense.

UPDATE: Hive Dalston https://www.facebook.com/events/1852046141695652/



Always highly recommended - super conscious and connected crowd!

Summary

There are many challenges - food, sleep, logistics - it's just like https://toughmudder.co.uk/events/worlds-toughest-mudder in the world of clubbing.

Will I do this - absolutely not - will someone make the attempt - unlikely but not impossible.

Could be a fun article on https://www.facebook.com/VICE/ or https://www.facebook.com/bradleygunnraver/  😇🦄 🎉😎

Have fun!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hello World - planet Earth as of 2016

Just a few observations - connecting the dots, stating the facts - use your own mind.




0) We live in a perfect world

We live in a perfect simulation. Too many rabbits? They'll eat all the grass and population will reduce. Too many foxes? They'll eat all the rabbits... Even if currently we pollute the planet triggering global warming - in the scale of the Universe everything is in equilibrium.




1) #brexit, Donald Trump, China

I mention politics only very briefly.

2) Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum, DAO

Crazy journey. $150m raised, then hacked, then forked... Crazy journey.

3) Deep Learning, TensorFlow, Prism

AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) for the masses!

4) Pokemon Go

AR (augmented reality) for the masses!

5) Oculus, Vive

VR (virtual reality) for the masses!

6) Self-driving cars, electric cars

Google, Tesla, rumours about Apple launching their car...

7) Drones

Not a novelty any more. Video from 2014:



8) Terrorists

All day every day media BS and wiki page with a list... Even before they occurred.


9) IA (Intelligent Assistants)

Siri (Apple), Cortana (Microsoft), Google, Amazon...

10) More AI

IBM Watson, Wolfram Alpha...

11) Psychedelics

http://www.maps.org



12) Materials

Nanomaterials, superconductors, aerogel, 3D-printing...

13) Spirituality, consciousness, energy, vibration


Awakening kundalini...




Daniel Pinchbeck - Psychedelic Initiation and the Ecological Mega-Crisis from Breaking Convention on Vimeo.

14) Universal basic income

People don't have to work. Nature already knows how to grow food. Abundant energy from the Sun and water... People don't have to work. Work will remain as a hobby, passion, mission, privilege.

15) SINGULARITY

We live in a perfect world, in a perfect simulation:


Would be nice to hangout with http://singularityu.org/ and get https://genesis.re off the ground (come and join me for a ride).

Internet has been around for 25 years, Facebook and iPhone for roughly 10... It took 1.5 years for Groupon to reach $1b valuation - http://qz.com/398090/groupon-still-the-fastest-company-to-reach-a-unicorn-billion-dollar-valuation/ - my bet for the future is unplugging, off-the-grid, decentralisation and independence. Just like the essay Vinay published couple years ago - http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-unplugged

(it is already happening)



Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Eleventh HOPE - selling my ticket at the face value... (logistics is complicated)


hope.net

Logistics is complicated. It's not that cheap to hop over the pond. $150 for the conference ticket is OK, but another $1000+ for the flight and another $1000+ for the lost income is beyond my comfort 
zone.

In January when I've purchased the ticket I was full of optimism + "make it happen" + "I'll figure that out" but as the date is approaching quick reality check: Logistics IS complicated.

(obviously I didn't account for accommodation because I've intended to sleep at the venue)

And the exhaustion, and... I'm just too stressed about the stress. It sounds like a limiting belief but I'm worried that I wouldn't fully enjoy the Hope.




There is something special in events and conferences I'm attending. Team of organisers and volunteers putting a show together and then all that effort condensed into 3 days... Peak experience!

#cccamp15

It was out of this world...

(I was to EMF2014, 44CON, 32C3, BSidesLDN2016 too)

Arriving to EMF2016 as well.


It was at the event when I've registered the domain: hackeryoga.com


Some more photos: https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Photo

I actually skipped my flight on Monday and decided to stay a few days longer... Such events are rare in occurrence (once every couple of years) and yet I find it difficult to organise logistics for the XI Hope - selling ticket at the face value...

(pretty sure it'll be an amazing event)

Contact me anytime, you know where to find me. I think michalstefanow.com is the easiest way.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Non-violent direct action - most efficient way to heal the planet?

There was a massive protest to block the Ffos-y-fran coalmine:

Pictures on Flickr: 

Massive mainstream media outlets reporting on that:
   • BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36170334

The moment when drought in India gets deep enough that there are armed guards on dams to prevent the theft of water. The moment when we record the hottest month ever measured on the planet, and then smash that record the next month, and then smash that record the next month?

Yep... According to my information refugee crisis in Syria is caused by climate change - http://blog.mostlydoing.com/2015/11/syria-climate-change-global-warming.html - and yet it's many times cheaper to drive than to take the rail (supposedly an eco-friendly option) -http://blog.mostlydoing.com/2016/02/why-trains-in-uk-are-10x-more-expensive.html

At the same time Bloomberg is reporting that solar power is cheaper than coal: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/solar-developers-undercut-coal-with-another-record-set-in-dubai

The 2.99 cents bid for the solar project is a third lower than the electricity that will be generated by a coal plant commissioned by Dubai in October.

Even though solar is cheaper than coal they decide to build coal plant anyway!


Business and entrepreneurship are the fastest vehicles of change.


Basic math. Coal plants emit CO2. To emit CO2 cost money. To run coal plan cost money. Not an expert here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_emission_trading

It's enough to tweak some parameters on the highest level and change economic equations.

I'm against nothing


Sometimes it makes sense to put children into prison for shoplifting DVD - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_scandal



We are writing the history now, as Leonardo DiCaprio announced in his Oscar speech:

Climate change is real.


Guys running the show know it for the decades: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil_climate_change_controversy

From the late 1970s and through the 1980s, Exxon funded internal and university collaborations, broadly in line with the developing public scientific approach. After the 1980s, the company was a leader in climate change denial, opposing regulations to curtail global warming. ExxonMobil funded organizations critical of the Kyoto Protocol and seeking to undermine public opinion about the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. 

Sending ✨💖✨  to you all...