Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Travel plans - Summer 2017 and beyond

(spiritual gangsters, author: deep learning style transfer)

The biggest event this Summer, by orders of magnitude is Oregon Eclipse. I got tickets on the first day they went on sale and I was determined to go. Due to family circumstances - it is not longer practical, enjoyable, desirable... I keep my options open and I'm still considering flying to the US - to observe the eclipse at the point of the longest duration but it's unlikely I'll be at the festival.

(that is meta - blog post embedding the tweet linking to the post)

So here is the travel schedule as of now:

20-24 July - Hungary - S.U.N. (tickets and flights sorted)

4-8 August - Netherlands - SHA2017 (tickets and flights sorted)

10-13 August - BoomTown - ticket scam, my energy went down, will figure it out

14-15 September - Germany - BlockchainHotel.de - see who is speaking

Equinox: https://astralship.org/equinox

(we anticipate that many people will arrive early and stay longer)

6-10 October - Czech Republic - Hackers Congress Institute of Cryptoanarchy - submitted CFP

(flying around Europe is like travelling from state to another in the US)

Some people take days off at work to get some rest. I work in a job that does not require a significant effort - going to the office gives a chance to recover and restore circadian rhythm after high energy event.

Luckily not much longer, I'm ready to take charge of my life and constantly resonating at the highest frequency.  Creating tools, systems, regimes, discipline allowing me to flow and be consistently high on life. It is happening it is for real:

A few days ago I've send the message - random act of kindness, paying it forward - Universe provides.

My vibrational frequency is ready - £50k is a sizeable chunk of money - something I'd have to work for a year and reduce spending to have such an amount in my bank account. Luckily we are talking BTC 17zVA88xk4Ma7Cza4NXGYcP4Z1Qz7TUdzV or ETH 0x85A363699C6864248a6FfCA66e4a1A5cCf9f5567 here and I know many people recently 10x their wealth and I'm giving them another chance to go 10x...

I'm cautiously enthusiastic.
Enthusiastic because I can see it coming.
Cautious because I need to stay grounded.
That overnight success is coming come after months of effort.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Random act of kindness - pay it forward - helping homeless (for real)

Posted album to FB with some 360° photos from Nosily and FinTechWeek. I was surrounded by astronomically wealthy people and my energy must have been really right - I was approached by a few homeless guys and decided to tap into the infinite abundance and prosperity - universe provides...

Business and entrepreneurship are the fastest vehicles of change.

To have financial abundance allows to put energy into motion...

Sometimes I think I should be more frugal with my expenses. On this occasion - random act of kindness - pay it forward experiment.



He was working, sleeping rough, saving money. Then sickness, accident, no longer able to work, no longer able to move.

He has appointment with NHS in the next couple of weeks. He has hope as finally someone diagnosed the core issues and he will be able to heal.

Right now he needs an electric wheelchair.

TODO: contact charities that provide electric wheelchairs.


I knew that £5 or £10 will not change the situation in any way.
I knew that it is almost impossible to gather enough money to pay for the flight back home.
I knew that online booking, check-in, printing boarding pass would be extremely difficult.
I was worried that if he remains in London, he'll get into trouble with his health... The story of Jaffa and one disaster leading to another.

Note: I paid for his travel to Gatwick Airport and gave him some food. I didn't give him cash to purchase bus ticket in Bulgaria - he can always hitchhike, that is simple enough... That actually made feel bad that I didn't follow through but you know what? I did a small miracle and quite literally I was tired.

TODO: Ensure he arrived safely home.

Random act of kindness - pay it forward

Screenshot from Google Doc - we have a genuine investment opportunity - this is what we do right now: astralship.org

BTC: 17zVA88xk4Ma7Cza4NXGYcP4Z1Qz7TUdzV

Here the reasons why I'm not going to run away with your money:

  1. Reputation is something you build for years, one moments it's gone. My grandfather on Wikipedia: Mieczysław Stefanów
  2. I've already invested 12 months worth of income and 6 months of life. We are here to stay.
  3. I'm already making good money, it's easier to earn that to steal. Time is critical, pedal to the metal, striking while the iron is hot.

Thank You Universe 🦄

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Climate change is real?

Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar speech (start at 2m1s)

Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.

Personal opinion

There are some other mechanisms that further aggravating the issue:
  • White polar caps reflect the sunrays, dark ocean water absorbs the heat - OOPS, OOPS

  • As the Siberia melts, the natural gas gets released - OOPS
  • People from developing countries are adopting “american” lifestyle and eat more meat (poo, methane) rainforest is cut to feed animal - OOPS, OOPS

Lake Chad is probably the most f••ked

When lake disappears, these people will migrate... Refugee crisis anyone? See my post from 2015 about global warming and Syria.

We can do better

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ERC20 token fees on Ethereum network - gas, spam, usability, mass adoption

I've first heard of BTC for the first time in the Wired magazine - article about Silk Road, back then BTC was valued at $13.

I've purchased my first BTC for £73.

I remember bubble of 2013 and emotions related to it.

I remember Ethereum crowdsale but because I wasn't in the first two weeks (2000 ETH per BTC) I skipped that privilege.

I remember DAO, security concerns, hack, hard fork... I actually managed to sell my tokens just before.

This time I've applied for every possible credit card with 0% interest (at some point they started rejecting me) and invested into crypto, but I'm not a great trader and converted some of the gains back into paper money for the repayment fund... Way too early, I poorly assessed state of the market (phases of a bubble) and missed very substantial gains.
(now I understand that it wasn't a bubble, crypto is here to stay for the long haul)

Now I'm back in the game, writing about ICO  - icofomo.com - as well as sharing some lessons about trading - my blog on Steemit - I should actually stick to my own advice and not to trade - invest in a few coins and celebrate in 2020.

I never got a chance to properly learn Solidity, I always assumed there are better programmers than me and my unique skillset is somewhere on the intersection of media, technology and connecting experiences. At some in my life I downloaded Chromium source code, compiled it and realised - I'll let the geniuses do the heavy lifting and I'll stand on the shoulders of the giants.

Right now we have a number of ways of releasing own currency, own token on Ethereum or other platforms. Here are some options:

• Ethereum native: ethereum.org/token
wavesplatform.com - probably one of the first to be fully operational
• Expanse: TOKENLAB
• iconomi.net + cofound.it
• bancor.network

Next month list probably will be much longer and unless it is your core job as a journalist in the space you'll never keep up.

I had a question about the fees... How to send ERC20 token?

It's non-obvious: https://ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/11818/paying-a-transaction-fee-with-an-erc20-token/11819

In essence - even though you have some token, you still need to own ETH... The official documentation suggests sending small portion of ETH with each transfer of the token, so that there is always enough to pay for the fees:

Ethereum is likely to evolve from PoW to PoS and there are many proposals in the making, the one from the image above is posted here.

Waves is also requiring fee for transfer:

I've posted to Bancor Slack and it seems like there is some fee involved after all as well:

I genuinely believe it is an interesting problem: 
• No fees allow spamming network.
• Aurorefill as suggested in the docs - expensive - also subject to spam.
• Fees denominated in ETH while holding ERC20 - not practical.

It would be nice if miners knew that certain ERC20 have some value and captures small portion of it, rather than requiring ETH... But then that opens a whole universe of problems related to the exchange rate and which transactions should be included on the blockchain (again spam problem).

Fees in ETH are problematic for mass adoption and usability of local currencies - I'm genuinely keen to learn how 

Some another, silly, potentially ridiculous ideas that came to my mind:
• Centralised server sending just enough ETH to complete transaction?
• Off-chain transaction resolution?
• Proof-of-burn and tokens sent from another location?

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)

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

(main criterium - about 7 minutes cycling away)

Free stuff:
- Tribe Run: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thetribeway/events/
- http://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/c/cities/london
- ASICS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243803159347521/
- Rebook Fithub Kings RoadCovent Garden

Two inspirational women I had a chance to met - keep doing great work:

Some recommendations by Elle:

List of lists, do your own research, I've already covered most of them:

More running clubs, not sure if paid or not, modest signup fee may apply:

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

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

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!