The Rise Of The Cryptocurrencies

Since Bitcoin took the stage over 3 years ago a lot has happened in the crypto currency world.  Over 10 dozen other cryptocurrencies have hit the stage and a new world order has begun.

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A New (money) World Has Begun.

One has to wonder why.  Why has “crytpo” become such a popular thing?

A Natural Response To Government Interference?

Many people are feeling the squeeze from many different directions, and governments around the world seem to be (to many people) the cause of their distress.

The Rise And Fall Of Mt. Gox

While Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency and for the most part Litecoin the second, many others have followed. Why is this happening?

Let’s Take A Look

If I was a banker in charge of the world’s reserve currency I’d be worried about the whole idea of crypto currency.  After all… anonymous transactions, anonymous “money movement”, the UNability to track where wealth is going (no ability to tax), would leave me (as the banker in charge of the world) flying blind.  Wouldn’t it?

What Shall I Do?

My first attempt to nullify the (good) idea of cryptocurrency would be to ostracize my largest competitor (the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange).

I’d get the smartest computer programmers I know into one room and tell them to do whatever it takes to “take down Mt. Gox”.  (all the while knowing it was a losing proposition, but at least it would buy me some time – for what who knows?)

It seems that every day another “crypto” hits the market.  Obviously many of those “in the know” realize that they can make a quick buck, (or a few million quick bucks)… it’s just a matter of creating a new cryptocurrency, getting it listed on a cryptocurrency exchange and letting the market take care of itself.

Whack-A-Mole

My attack on – and subsequent take down of Mt. Gox could be considered a big win – an I (and my banker friends) would probably celebrate it for a while, but the end result will still be the same.

We are going to have to get our friends in Washington D.C. to outlaw cryptocurrency of every kind because a new one is popping up nearly every day and our monopoly on money is quickly fading away!

We thought that Gold (and to a lesser extent Silver)  was a problem, but how do we handle the idea of people thinking that “Crypto” is better than “Dollars”?

A Natural Result

Quite a few people “in the know” realize this to be a natural result of the “big squeeze”.  Governments around the world have made too many promises to too many people and are running out of money – no matter how much they “print”.

Countries like the USA seem to have the unlimited power of the printing press, but that soon is coming to an end.  It seems that no matter how much “money” is printed to cover up the bad debts (and bets – remember AIG?) it is never enough.

What Shall I As King Of The World Do?

My control of the kingdom is at stake – what shall I do?  Whatever shall I do?

… to be continued  (from March 2014)

I Was Wrong (for now)

April 10, 2014 Update

This is sure to be a continuing saga..

What’s Going On?

The IRS (the USA taxing authority) has recently issued a memo making a declaration on what Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) are/is.

Crypto Is “Property”

This of course is no surprise to some people.  xxx says that “they had to do it”, otherwise the implications would be vast for a taxing authority in charge of “All U.S. citizens/slaves across the world. (did you know that the USA and only one other country try and tax the income of their citizens even if they aren’t living in the Homeland? – see here)

China Says No

The Chinese see things in a different way and have outlawed the practice of Banks changing “money” into Bitcoin – and vice versa.  This is the reason given for the recent decline in the price of Bitcoin.

Where’s It Gonna End Up?

Everything is speculation and conjecture at this point – but just today there was a story where the cops busted some guys for “selling Bitcoin”.  Crazy stuff.  There’s sure to be more.

to be continued…. (links to the proper reference(s) coming for those who visit before I get the chance to do it.

 

 

 

 

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Emotiv Update – Kickstarter Campaign A Huge Success

Controlling Things With Your Brain

I wanted to give an Emotiv Update after penning this article way back in December 2012.  There is plenty of new stuff going on.

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Control things with your thoughts – yeah – that’s right… your thoughts.

Check out the details and presentations at Emotiv’s new Kickstarter Campaign.

Down below is one of the videos posted there to get you caught up with what is going on if you don’t already.

The video is from a TED talk given way back in 2010.

You can read all about the exciting new developments on the Kickstarter page.

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Small Niches Like “The Annoying Orange” Rake In The Big Bucks

Folks that peek their head into making money in the business world are often surprised to find just how much money there can be in those tiny niches that most people have never even heard of.

Have you ever heard of “The Annoying Orange”?

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This 5 1/2″ Plush Talking Annoying Orange Is a Popular Product on Amazon.com

Most people haven’t.

Here’s the scoop from Wikipedia.

“”The Annoying Orange is an American comedy web series created by former Minnesota film student and MTV production assistant Dane Boedigheimer in 2009. It stars its creator as an anthropomorphic orange who annoys other fruits, vegetables, and various other objects by using insulting, rude, and sometimes crude-humored jokes.”"

Lots of merchandising spin offs too, such as the Annoying Orange Plush Toy.  You push a button and it insults you, and generally irritates you with its pre-recorded messages.

One never knows where they will find success.  Sometimes the craziest things (as opposed to the most useful) make the most money.

 

 

 

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Types of Vascular Diseases

Medical science has literally found millions of new diseases and illnesses in the past 50 years. Every day it seems there is a new threat to our well-being and that of our families and loved ones.

image of effects of vascular diseaseWhile cures are found just as often, there are still serious and life-threatening disorders that must be cared for diligently and patiently. Some of the most dangerous threats to our health involve vascular disorders, which have to do with the circulation of the fluids of your body.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease involves the arteries outside of your heart and the cause is fat build-up and cholesterol deposits.

Most adults have heard once or twice from their physician that their cholesterol is high. Cholesterol is caused by poor eating, stress, lack of exercise, and much more. If the blood flow is slowly cut off, it can lead to destruction of the body’s tissue.

Peripheral Artery Disease can cause stroke, heart attack and chest pain. We seldom remember the necessity of good blood circulation and healthy living.

Peripheral Venous Disease

Our veins are essential to us and our health. If they become clogged or damaged, it is not only painful but detrimental to our health.

Peripheral Venous Disease (see Venous thrombosis) happens when the veins become damaged and the flow of blood is stopped. This causes swelling and enlargement of the veins. Blood clots form and the lack of blood to the organs can be fatal overtime.

Blood is meant to flow consistently and once interrupted, danger follows. Varicose veins are very common after Peripheral Venous Disease. They appear purple, swollen, ropy veins under the skin. More women suffer from varicose veins, which are linked to pregnancy, weight, and constant standing for long periods of time.

Aneurysms

Another severe disorder linked to vascular problems is Aneurysm. This abnormal bulge in the wall of the blood vessels can form if they are from the aorta, which is the main blood vessel leaving the heart, cause aneurysms. Buildup of the vessel can be located in multiple locations. The most common is thoracic aortic and that is an area in the chest.

Another common area is the abdominal aortic aneurysm. The lining of the artery wall becomes very thin and if it bursts, this can cause severe life-threatening problems. If a clot of fat and calcium deposit was to form next to the enlarged vessel, it could make the threat of a burst more risk.

Researching some of the essentials to vascular surgeries? There are different types of medical devices and materials used in these surgeries. Teflon felt is one of the most common for doctors in a majority of procedures.

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Tips to Find Quality Affordable Jewelry

Who wouldn’t want to fill their jewelry box with stylish fashion jewelry? And if you had enough money, you would indulge on fashion jewelry and designer jewelry and purchase fine jewelry for every special event.

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Amazon carries a fine line of quality jewelry, although they have a lot of cheap stuff too.

Sadly, most of us are not able to purchase expensive jewelry items, though we do have some extra money. However, you can still own a jewelry box full of luxury fashion jewelry and gorgeous jewelry accessories if you are clever enough to shop.

Don’t Buy Junk

Give up on buying cheap jewelry and purchase affordable fine jewelry which is made with quality and value in mind. Here are some tips to help you stay away from the really cheap stuff and get valuable items at a discount.

  • Select the materials very carefully. Jewelry comes in different varieties of designs and styles that incorporate an array of stones, metals and other different materials. When you are searching for quality fine jewelry, the first thing you need to know is what the jewelry item is made of. Titanium, platinum and gold are stylish, valuable and durable. Sterling silver is inexpensive yet is a high-quality material. Gems can be simulated or created, so don’t hesitate to check the gem descriptions very carefully. To make sure you are getting the best price you must know exactly what you are purchasing.
  • Know the difference between clearance, sale and overstocked jewelry. When you are searching for affordable jewelry, it helps a lot to know where to find the best deals. Jewelers tend to keep the jewelry items as a promotion of their stores, styles or brands and may not offer reasonable prices each and every time. Once the promotion has finished, the sale jewelry often return to its normal price. Clearance jewelry is a sort of jewelry that the retailers want to get rid of, and though the reasonable prices are available in this sort of jewelry, choices may be limited. Overstocked jewelry is the leftover from the clearance jewelry which were made as part of limited brand or collection. Overstocked jewelry is much similar to the clearance jewelry, but it is usually combined together in a place to provide a wide range of variety.
  • Be open about the design and style. You can become picky about the design and style and only select specific items if you have sufficient amount of money. On the other hand, when you are looking for quality, affordable jewelry, you need to be open about style. Choose the items that will complement your personality and fit into your wardrobe, but don’t be strict about certain brands or hunt for specific luxury pieces.
  • Stick to dollar per wear rule. Jewelry can be an investment, and following the dollar per wear rule is the best way to measure that investment. According to this rule, a jewelry piece is worth its price if it is worm sufficient times for every wear to equal a dollar. For instance, if you buy a necklace for $50, you need to wear it a minimum of 50 times to get the most out of your money invested.
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I’m Off To Mars, Pass Me My Grow Light

Now here’s a juxtaposition you probably never thought about. What, after all, have grow lights got to do with manned space flight?

Neither Rocket Man or Space Oddity mention propagating edible vegetation, though had there been additional verses then regrets may well have been expressed about this omission as our plucky heroes starved to death.

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If you are going on a space flight – don’t forget the food!

Gotta Feed The Crew

Because it is both obvious and simple when you think about it. If you’re going for more than a quick spin around the Earth you need to feed the crew.

And the first deep space mission will undoubtedly be to Mars, principally because it’s the easiest place to get to and not too hostile when you get there (though not the kind of place to raise your kids by all accounts).

A round trip that allows for also staying on Mars for a spot of tourism should take about two years. Even a one way journey with the intent of living out your days in the red dust requires a great deal of food.

If You Are Taking All The Food You Need For A Two Year Trip You’re Gonna Need A BIG Rocket!

Sending the crew off with a flask of decaff and a round of sandwiches isn’t going to cut it. But neither can you load a hamper large enough to feed them all that time, because the weight would be too great to ever get the rocket off the ground in the first place.

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Amazon carries a fine line of LED Grow Lights.

So what’s to be done?

Grow your own, obviously. Plants are very efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide which they convert into organic material (food) and oxygen. It’s a win-win since the astronauts get a supply of food plus a built-in CO2 recycling system. All the plants need is a small amount of nutrients (soil or enriched water), warmth and light.

And there’s your problem.

Plants Are Picky

Plants are surprisingly picky about what kind of light they need. In fact, they only really care for light in the blue and red parts of the spectrum and have little use for all the rest. This however is not how we humans like our light.

People Like White Light – Plants Prefer Red and Blue

We like “white” light which basically covers deep indigo to the darkest red and everything in between. Clearly then, only a small percentage of visible light is any use to a plant. On Earth that’s not a problem since sunlight is sufficiently bright that plants derive enough from this small fraction anyway.

In space no-one can rear a bean.

On a spaceship you need to provide artificial light. Now grow lights have been around for a while, with the state of the art being represented until recently by high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. Like most forms of incandescent light, these emit light in all parts of the spectrum but metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps do at least produce useful amounts of light at blue and red spectral wavelengths respectively.

There are however a number of significant problems with using HID lamps on a spacecraft: heavy and bulky and you need both types (blue and red); need constant replacement bulbs; generate huge amounts of heat; require large amounts of electricity and are noisy and use very high voltages due to the ballasts.

Meanwhile… Back On Earth

Back on Earth, indoor plant growers either put up with or work around these issues, but on a space craft the whole idea is simply never going to get off the ground, metaphorically or literally. There is however an alternative that will fly (enough with the puns).

  • LED grow lights are manufactured to emit light at exactly the wavelengths required for plant photosynthesis. Each unit consists of one or more LED lamps that target a specific part of the spectrum. Taken as a whole, it can be dynamically controlled to vary the balance between blue and red to complement different phases in plant growth.

Benefits Of LED Grow Lights

  • But the great thing about LED grow lighting is that, in short, it’s everything that HIDs are not.

  • LEDs consume very little low voltage electricity
  • Should last for several missions without maintenance or replacement
  • Produce virtually no heat
  • Are lightweight and robust
  • Plants absolutely thrive with them.

It’s lettuce, but not as we know it.

So that, in a nutshell, is why manned deep space exploration was never going to get anywhere until these little gems came on the scene (LED grow lights).

And to think that many folk use them to grow interesting herbal substances. Almost makes you wonder what they’re smoking.

Everything you ever wanted to know about LED grow lights but frankly couldn’t be bothered to ask is to be found right here.

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Important Tips for Saving Money When Doing Home Improvements

Saving money is always on everyone’s mind. It is seen that people who wish to go for home improvement projects think of saving money at present and forget to focus on some ways which can help in saving money in the future for the long run.

home improvement tipsTherefore, if you are thinking of home improvement, you must focus on issues that need to be addressed at present and also those which are important as per future perspective.

Division of Costs

It is essential that you study different aspects and divide the costs as per the need. There can be two major divisions.

  • Expenses that will occur during the home improvement project.
  • Money that will be saved in future through various tasks done at present.

This activity will help you know the total savings which you can make by going for various home improvement works.

Saving On Expenses

It is not a difficult task to save money during the project. Only a few wise decisions can help in cutting down the costs. The very first thing that you need to decide upon is the budget that you can spend from the savings you have. This will help you prioritize things.

The urgent things that can lead to problems in future should be on the top of the to-do list. While those which are less important should be kept as the last and if in case the budget is not sufficient, you must eliminate them. It is not advisable to compromise on the quality of work in order to complete each and every task that could be taken up later on.

Major Tips For Major Projects Like Window Replacement

window replacement imageSome major tips to do this in the right way are:

  • The most important task in home improvement is to see if there is a need for changing windows. If you find that the windows have not only become old fashioned but have also been damaged due to weather, it is important to change them in time. This can be done by opting for latest windows which come with double glazing and are very beneficial. The rich and elegant look they give to the room makes it the best choice.
  • Contact friends and relatives who have recently got work done at their place. They can guide you with various options available and which things you should avoid.
  • Hiring a contractor is one of the most important things. It is always better to hire someone you have worked with before. However, when it comes to finding a contractor for changing windows, it is important that you must look for quality work.
  • Painting is one task that you can do yourself. You just need to buy things according to requirements. But remember to cover the windows and other furniture.

Saving in the future through Home Improvement

There are some tasks which can help you save money in the future. Such things are usually ignored by people as they are not common things.

  • The best way to save in the long run is to change the old windows and have new ones with double panes. This controls the temperature inside. During the summers, they make the place cool while during the winters they protect against the cold breeze. This saves on a lot of money spent on energy bills.
  • Recycling is one more way to ensure fewer costs in future. Such things can be used and when they get out of order, they can be sold or transformed into other useful thing.
  • When you install new windows, make sure you use good quality wood frames and glass. With various options available, you can choose one according to your budget. This not only proves to be beneficial for the environment around us, but also helps in saving some money.
  • During the home improvement work, ensure that you do not waste things and instead of replacing everything, try to find out if it can be repaired. Also, see if it can be made more efficient through installing some small features. This will help you save in the long run.

A well planned home improvement project is always completed with desired results and also saves some money in the present and future as well. Therefore, whenever you see that things need to be repaired and redone, then take this task as a serious effort to make your home a better place to live in along with the least possible expenses by following all these tips.

If you wish to find more about home improvement, then there is a great site you can visit for all relevant information. You will find interesting and useful information about double glazed windows too.

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3 Action Items to Revive Your Marriage

Is your marriage on the rocks? Here are three action items that will help you improve your marriage.

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Communication is one of the most important factors to a successful and happy marriage.

1. Be the Wife He Wants to Keep

One way to save your marriage is to choose to become the wife he wants to keep. This does not mean radically changing your personality or abandoning your beliefs.

Instead of being angry all of the time, remind yourself of the traits that endeared you to him in the first place. Treat him like a boyfriend, with caring acts and a solicitous nature. Dennis Prager has said that choosing to act kind and endearing can generate those emotions inside you, and it will improve the relationship between the two of you.

Express gratitude for the things he does. Tell him thank you for picking up the kids or fixing an item that has been on your to do list for months. Never nitpick how he does something, or he will stop doing these things. Nor should you stand over him and tell him how to do something while he’s doing it. For that amount of work, he’ll reason it is better for you to do it yourself.

2. Equally Yoked But Not Split Down the Middle

Don’t demand that he wash his own clothes or clean his own dishes. You can and probably have a division of labor in the household. Demanding that he stop fixing something and wash his own dishes adds anger, when it may be more efficient to do his dishes while you’re at it. If he works more hours for pay than you do, accept that your contribution should involve more housekeeping and parenting tasks.

Your relationship needs fair and honest communication to work. Don’t just talk, but communicate. Turn off the TV, the background music and computer so that there are no distractions when you talk to each other.

Talk about the family finances, long term goals, vacation plans, careers and concerns about the kids. Most importantly, let him have equal time to talk. And remember that it may take a man a few minutes to feel comfortable to join in the conversation. If you verbally run over him after saying you wanted to “talk”, he’ll decide that you will not listen and shut down. Getting angry at this point will confirm that you aren’t equal in the relationship but the dominant one.

Be careful about gossip; men don’t care about the political infighting at work or strife with friends. Your husband is your partner, but you should go through those emotional travails with female friends. If tell a man about your problems, he’s going to try to offer a solution. Shooting him at this point indicates that you were venting, instead of sharing, and this act will push the two of you farther apart.

3. Put Him on the Front Burner or You’ll Get Burned

Remember that you married him. Don’t keep putting the kids between the two of you, acting as messengers or an excuse not to do something he likes. Drop a few volunteer activities or nights with the girls to take your husband on a date night. Then plan a lot more date nights. Put notes saying “I love you” in his lunch. Meet him for lunch on a work day. Go with him when he wants to see a sporting event or visit family.

We ask men to be loyal to us, and then we often cut off the sex when angry. While it does punish him with physical frustration, it also causes resentment that will last a long time. Giving in to your husband and having sex when he wants it, even if you’re not particularly in the mood, is a considerate act he will recognize. It will also put him in a better mood toward you.

When your marriage is in danger, the best way to save it is to put “us” ahead of “me”. Acting selfishly, adversarial and withdrawn will guarantee its failure. Give in a little on the little things. Accept him for who he is and that it isn’t all going to be 50-50 except in the big picture. Act loving and considerate to bring back the love and affection.

Kirk Wilkinson is a speaker, coach and author of The Happiness Factor. Check out his site at http://thehappinessfactor.com for more tips on how to achieve happiness in every area of your life.

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