Ambitious, Aggressive and Competitive

It’s easy to believe and hyper-focus on the self-help blog posts about being thoughtful, genuine, creative and vulnerable. The inclination is to believe that that is all that is necessary for a sentient being to eventually succeed. It’s a meritocracy we tell ourselves, eventually the truest souls win out over the fakes, the frauds, the criminals. Alas aggression, ambition, competitiveness and even a willingness to commit violence are often rewarded by society more readily than the sincerest passive poetry. Sincerity, persistence and consistency mixed with aggression, honesty, ambition and the…

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Scary, Volatile, Bitcoin…

You know that scary music recording that you hear every year playing at someone’s house on Halloween…? That was the music that was playing in my head this morning as Bitcoin launched to almost $12,000 before cratering to the mid $8K range and then heading back up north of $10K. Watching the price of Bitcoin this morning made me think of those pictures of Wall Street traders with insane looks on their faces while they observed the ticker symbols. Bitcoin was up 14% in what looked like a few minutes…

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Bitcoin $10,000

Bitcoin Hit $10,000 Bitcoin hit $10,000 on Coinbase about 30 minutes ago. Bitcoin and Ethereum are becoming cryptocurrency brands. The more new stories that refer to them, and the more companies that trade them, the greater the mystique. I’ve noticed that Coinbase’s focus on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin seems to help those cryptocurrencies. People who use Coinbase, which apparently is a lot, have no other options but to buy those currencies on the Coinbase exchange. Coinbase is probably the most well known cryptocurrency exchange, and it doesn’t offer trading of…

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Winds

The winds blow on us every day. Each morning, brace yourself for bad weather or a storm. Accept the fact that, no matter how you’re feeling, good or bad, energized or tired, predictably wounded or inexplicably in pain, adjust your sails accordingly and accept the conditions of your feelings and your mind. Stay the course, no matter what. You’ll make some progress today as you will on even the most difficult of days. You can’t turn off the winds, but you can turn off your emotions, and do what needs…

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How to Fix the White Screen After Updating a WordPress Plugin

Sometimes updating plugins on a WordPress site can result in what’s called the “White Screen of Death” (WSOD). This post can help you fix the white screen of death that may appear on your WordPress site when trying to update a plugin or plugins. What is the White Screen of Death on WordPress? If you were updating a WordPress plugin, you may experience either the “White Screen of Death” or a “Maintenance mode” white screen with a message that reads “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”…

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Tossing “Born to Run” in the Pool

Broadcast today on the NPR “New Yorker Radio Hour” with David Remnick was an interview with Bruce Springsteen about his new memoir “Born to Run”. It’s a great interview where Bruce describes his early days as a musician. Among the memorable moments in the interview are that says he decided to stay away from drugs because of the damage he’d seen them do to other musicians and how it went on his first big audition (for John Hammond, the famous A&R man). He said he always had second thoughts about…

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How to Close a Malware Hijacked iPad Tab in Google Chrome

To close a tab that has been hijacked by a pop-up window on your iPad in Google Chrome, the best solution is to delete the Chrome app and reinstall it. Unfortunately, merely shutting down Chrome by swiping the app away may not remove a persistent pop-up window in Chrome. A persistent pop-up window may be asking you to click on something that you probably do ***NOT*** want to click on. Example being the popup window I found when trying to find a way to watch Dragon’s Den online. Clicking on…

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Thankful for Death

Contemplating the brevity of life provides unique perspective on how we spend our time. Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to be mindful of how lucky we are to have whatever we have while we’re on this spinning globe floating in space… Since none of us knows exactly when death will come, only that it will… Tell someone you love that you love them today. You do not know for sure how much time is left.

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The Entrepreneur and Time Management

Time is the great equalizer. We all have 24 hours in a day… What each of us does with that time makes all the difference. For an entrepreneur, time management is everything. If you are struggling with how you seem to be working all the time, but you feel like you are not getting anywhere, you should examine what you are doing with your time during each hour of the day. Sometimes what feels like work, is not the work you need to be doing. If I am afraid of…

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Cryptocurrencies and Power Laws

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There are dozens, maybe hundreds or thousands of cryptocurrencies out there. However, there are only a handful of cryptocurrencies that anyone who has some knowledge of cryptocurrencies has ever heard of: Bitcoin (BTC) Ethereum (ETH) Litecoin (LTC) Bitcoin Cash Ripple It’s likely to stay this way forever because of something called a power law.. Power laws work in a “winner take all” sort of way, rewarding the winner in a kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species of whatever with the vast majority of the rewards… Cryptocurrencies are no different.…

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