Monkey see, monkey do?

Consider the following: you plop down on the sofa and pick up your favorite book. As you flip through the pages, you take in the image on the front cover, run your fingers across the smooth book sleeve, and inhale that familiar book smell. To you, the book appears to be made up of a variety of different sensory appearances. The same scenario applies to Kindle devotees.

The book’s own independent existence, on the other hand, is something you expect to exist behind those appearances.

You expect the book to look, feel, and smell exactly as it did when you…


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My intention in this post is to explain the main ideas behind Bitcoin Protocol in a clear and understandable way. This article will give an overview of the technical structure of Bitcoin networks, including blockchain nodes, miners and proof-of-work mining.

I will start from the first principles, build on a broad theoretical understanding of how the protocol works, and then focus on the essentials by examining the raw data behind Bitcoin transactions.

Bitcoin ( BTC ) is a cryptocurrency created by an unknown person or group in 2008 under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a…


Simply put, a blockchain is a transaction book managed by an identical copy of each member computer on the network. Blockchain acts as a decentralized system for recording and documenting transactions made with a specific digital currency.

This is most prevalent with cryptocurrencies such Bitcoin and Ethereum.

In fact, cryptocurrencies of all kinds use the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain.

The fact that blockchains are distributed across all parts of the network contributes to the security of the system.

Blockchain technology remains a growing area of growth for companies in a variety of industries. In late 2017 and early…


Bigfoot, Patterson-Gimlin film, 1967, Bluff Creek, CA
Bigfoot, Patterson-Gimlin film, 1967, Bluff Creek, CA
Bigfoot, Patterson-Gimlin film, 1967 Bluff Creek, CA

Bigfoot is a pop-culture icon with countless people searching for him in earnest. And because thousands of new animal species are discovered each year, and creatures thought long-gone have been re-discovered, the search for Bigfoot is legitimate. After all, the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish presumed extinct 400 million years ago, was caught off Africa’s coast in 1938.

Evidence of Bigfoot’s existence includes photographs, sightings, cast footprints, and, most compellingly, audio and film recordings. Such documentation has often been discredited as the product of hoaxes, and unfortunately, tends to get grouped together with more reliable evidence. …


Squash is the most combative of the racquet sports. Learning to lob can vastly improve your game.

In this article we’ll examine how to lob in squash, when to use the lob, how you can pair it with other shots and discuss some misconceptions about the lob and why it should be a weapon in your arsenal.

Other aspects such as honing your technique and footwork will be addressed too.

When executed well, the lob is a classic shot and one of the most beautiful shots seen on the court. And yet most players don’t use it often enough. …


If only he had a machine that would make writing easier than pounding this infernal contraption all night.

We’ve all been there. You’re staring at a blank computer screen and you want, or worse, need to write something. Maybe you’re a small business owner, stay at home blogger, freelancer facing a deadline or a student with an essay on Beowulf due in the morning. Whatever the case, you have to put meaningful words on the screen.

Suddenly, you remember other things you’d better do, like check the sports scores, do laundry, make a sandwich, nap or check your Facebook. …


A man, a plan, but not Afghanistan. This time it happens here.

If Donald Trump is beaten, does anyone doubt that he and his accomplices will try and overturn the results and steal the election? Trump floated trial balloons months ago that hardly went noticed because, well, Trump. Thus encouraged and helped by a team of election lawyers they crafted the blueprint. This isn’t a conspiracy theory. Trump has repeatedly told us that he won’t accept the results of the election if he loses.

In Trump’s fever dream the election will be rigged, or the outcome will “never be determined”. “The only way they can take this election away from us is…


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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Are we living in a computer simulation? Are we, in fact, real?

On its face the question seems crazy but there are a lot of smart people who posit that this is not only possible, but likely.

According to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrum’s theory, one of three possibilities is valid:

  1. All human-like civilizations in the universe become extinct before they develop the technological capabilities to create simulated realities or
  2. If any civilizations do reach this phase of technological capability, none…


Being an unhinged lunatic is a feature, not a bug, for Trump and his supporters.

Debate has been customary in American presidential elections since 1960. But Joe Biden should opt out and deny Trump the legitimacy and TV audience he so desperately craves by refusing to debate. As in none.

Trump has no interest in a rule-based discussion of issues, policies and records. He wants a circus sideshow. Don’t give him one. Biden should refuse to give Trump the viral moment he needs to turn try and turn this race around.

Why?

Trump is a borderline traitor, a proven liar, an unindicted co-conspirator in at least one Federal criminal case, a racist who traffics in dangerous…


Could Joe Biden be accused of over-confidence in picking his cabinet now? Maybe. That’s why I’m doing it for him. He’s busy with other things. But if I’m right-or nearly right, maybe there’s a position for me in a Biden administration? Director of Plausible Scenarios sounds nice. Give me a West Wing office and $180K a year and I’m there. This post will serve as my William Barr-inspired job audition!

Joe Biden pointing after telling me the job I created for myself is going to happen!

Secretary of Treasury-Elizabeth Warren

She’s whip smart and will focus on the consumer instead of enabling the big banks. Wall Street won’t be on board but they’ll get over it…

Jay Speakman

Teacher, traveler, semi-pro body surfer, decent cook.

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