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)