Old Stone Walls In The Woods…

If you’ve ever gone walking through the woods in New England, you probably have encountered some old stone walls that seem to be in the middle of nowhere. These man-made structures seem to have no purpose… And yet there they are. So, what are they doing there? It’s a great question. Back in the early 1800s stone walls were erected throughout New England primarily to keep animals from wandering off… Primarily sheep. According to an article by Ruth Smith, for the Concord Monitor: The majority of New England’s stone walls…

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3 Feet From Freedom

Being a solopreneur comes with perils. These include depression, fear, lack of productivity and stacking the odds against yourself in your ability to succeed. One of the big ones is a lack of perspective that comes from having no one to talk to. Perhaps one day we will have artificial intelligence partners who can help us get through the trough of sorrow and other entrepreneurial challenges. But for now, you need other organic beings to help you… Maybe even a fly. James Cameron tells a story on the Tim Ferriss Show about…

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Crypto Greenwashing… Is XRP Really Green?

Claiming that XRP is “greener” than Bitcoin, and therefore somehow “better”, is akin to crypto greenwashing. Yes, Bitcoin’s energy use, and therefore its carbon footprint, is absurd and unsustainable… No question about that. But comparing the greenness of XRP/Ripple to Bitcoin is a little like comparing a bottle of Aquafina with a can of Coca-Cola. They are both drinks, but not the same types of products, and neither is necessarily beneficial for the planet. Indeed, in terms of the amount of waste sent to landfills, it might be better for…

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Naval Gazing

naval gazing

Naval gazing, is related to, but should not be confused with, “navel gazing”… The most current definition of naval gazing is the unproductive habit of listening to the Jocko Podcast, or other self-help podcast, and then actually doing nothing to “get on the path”. More broadly, the term can refer to the unproductive behavior of a self-help junkie. Naval gazing may actually be a symptom of pathological navel gazing. Naval Gazing vs. Navel Gazing Navel gazing is a commonly used term to refer to someone involved in self-absorbed, unproductive behaviors. However…

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John Bogle’s Vanguard Is A Famous “Failure”…

This is according to his book, “Stay The Course: The Story of Vanguard and the Index Revolution”, John Bogle’s Vanguard Group, the creator of the first index fund, was a massive failure when its “First Index Investment Trust” was launched back in 1975. The idea of the “index fund”, a fund that simply tracked the S&P 500 market, was almost universally rejected as a concept at the time. Mr. Bogle describes how, one year after launching Vanguard, the company’s first IPO of the “First Index Investment Trust” raised only 5% of…

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The Paradox of Freedom

The Paradox of Freedom

If we assume that freedom is always a good thing, then it seems we should experience happiness in proportion to the amount of freedom that we have… But does greater freedom lead to greater happiness? Apparently not… This fact is the paradox of freedom. The paradox of freedom is that too much freedom ultimately leads to slavery… Both in society and in ourselves. Karl Popper writes about the paradox of freedom in his book “The Open Society and Its Enemies: Volume 1”: The so-called paradox of freedom is the well-known idea that…

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How to Make All Images Secure In WordPress

how to make all images secure in WordPress

Back in the summer of 2018, Google announced that certain websites would be marked with a prominent “NOT SECURE” sign when viewed through the Chrome browser. Specifically, the reason for this warning label is to alert users if they were visiting a website that could be potentially harmful… What Is Insecure Content and Why Does It Matter? The following in italics is a direct quote from Google’s page on “Mixed Content” aka “Insecure Content”: Mixed content occurs when initial HTML is loaded over a secure HTTPS connection, but other resources (such as…

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When Will Apple Watch Be A YubiKey Alternative?

when will Apple Watch become YubiKey alternative?

YubiKey is a physical hardware device that stores passwords and login information. YubiKey works like a password manager, except it’s kept with you… On a keychain for example. YubiKey has gotten good reviews for its ease of use… For instance, you can apparently use YubiKey with near field communication (aka “NFC”) to authenticate with an iPhone or Android device when you are trying to log onto a website on your smartphone. The problem with YubiKey is that you have to enter everything into it, which is a pain… YubiKey is…

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How to Find Voice Memos From The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut

How to Find Voice Memos From iPhone Shortcut

With Apple Shortcuts you can create a shortcut to record voice memos from the iPhone using Siri or a link on your iPhone home screen… But where do voice memos go, and where are they stored, after they are recorded using Shortcuts? Where Do Voice Memos From The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut Go? Even though I didn’t get it at first… It turns out that the Shortcuts app is pretty cool, actually. As I wrote about previously, Apple’s Shortcuts app allows you to create shortcuts for everything from firing up…

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