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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Zurich - Crypto Valley - Finance 2.0 - Essen - Blockchain Hotel - come to Wales - driving from London on 18th Sept

Title of this post has it all.

I'm writing it for myself - so I stay organised - and also for you - to synchronise our plans, to stay in touch. Best contact to reach me: 0044 758 629 4279 - I'm everywhere - Facetime, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal...


Tuesday 07:00 flying from London to Zurich (~£60)

(I’ll sleep at the airport as there are no convenient transport options that early)

I’ll probably take a train to Zug and visit Crypto Valley.  Potentially I’ll find some time to connect with InnMind. If not - there are so many flights between UK and Switzerland and we’ll find a better date. (first I’ll register on the website and offer my services)

Wednesday potentially: http://digitalfestival.ch/ (expensive ticket, I may be able to find way around)

Wednesday evening for sure: https://www.meetup.com/Bitcoin-Meetup-Switzerland/events/242404028/

Thursday: http://www.finance20.ch/crypto2017/#info (CHF 100)

Friday morning flying to Dusseldorf ($112)

I'm a speaker at https://www.blockchainhotel.de/konferenz/ - use code ASTRAL10 for 10% off.

Monday 15:00 flying from Cologne to London (~€40)

Why Cologne? Cheap flights, only €20 for the train (as opposed €10 for Dusseldorf) and the Cathedral that was 1248–1880 the tallest structure in the world

(it was probably industrial revolution advent of steel and new construction methods that made taller structures possible)

On Monday I’ll pick up my car from London and drive to Wales

It is not expensive at all - time is the new currency, time is the scarcest, non-renewable resource. I’ll make most of my time by connecting with likeminded visionary entrepreneurs. During my visit to the US I told everyone about my travel schedule and the conferences I’m attending - I put some pressure on me - that’s good, otherwise it could be tempted to resolve to some “minimise risk” option and stay at home…

Old archive reference only. It’s all arranged, all booked, all sorted… Next time I’ll make the commitment earlier and be more communicative. Just bear in mind I’ve just returned… Previous post on the road.

Total transparency, full disclosure - I actually started writing this post from a background story - but I didn’t want people I’ve send the link to read about what happened weeks ago, it’s about planning now - one concise, succinct, precise blog post with links and dates is the right form to communicate plans for the next couple of days.

Still recovering, restoring sleep patterns and de-dusting from the playa. Internet never sleeps, money never sleeps. I'm so happy to see that my friend - David - founder of NuMundo is already in Japan, establishing network and prospecting new ventures.

I'm also relatively busy… Within 4 days of arrival I’ve posted 10 articles on Steemit about my divorce. I’ve been meditating on it quite a while… I want everyone to know, I also want everyone to know that I have post-nuptial agreement and businesses I'm working with are safe to invest.

I’m extrovert by nature and at the same time I remain cautious with the stuff I post online - once it is there it stays forever - especially when it is on the blockchain. In the first post I explain my motivation and rationale, primary reason:
• AI (Artificial Intelligence)
• Collective Consciousness
• Crowdsourced Wisdom

I believe in these much more than lawyers who have pervert incentives of charging me hourly rate indefinitely.

Following highest vibration.

I love my children so much, I love my soon-to-be-ex-wife too - many lessons and realisations come with time. So far I’ve published 10 pieces on the blog, I think I’m getting ready to publish 11th piece - story of the Dublin, and how everything went sideways. Are you with me?

(highest vibration, love and light)

Join us in the chapel - Global Solutions Day - astralship.org/gsd - we are building more rooms - so if you are hacker or a space pirate - more than welcome to join! #fuckyeah

Heath and safety - safety third, @stefek99 don't wear clamp on your head! Big #shoutout to @samandhisvan @krzysztofwrzalka @astralliam for all the hard work - making cabins available for hackers and space pirates. We are for real - very often financial capital is an obstacle when buying / acquiring land / building. @nu_mundo and @awakeningsovereignty provide tools, access, community... We are all connected and we are looking more committed people - see astralship.org/jobs - we tried to appear "official" but in reality we stay in the flow - blank canvas for radical innovation. #revolution #healing #cosmic #universe #construction #building PS. It is a historical building with planing permission / restrictions - all the individual cabins are semi-temporary - they will sustain a season or two but longer term we will have to communicate with local planners about make it official - currently flying under the radar #hushhush #trust #honesty #integrity #youdowhatyouhavetodo
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