Anyone jump on the bitcoin bandwagon since http://tynan.com/bitcoin? Let's test each other's accounts here!
I signed up for Coinbase and am waiting for the excruciatingly long 4 days to get my bitcoins. Signed up for CC verification and such for instant buy but that's taking a while as well for some reason. Anyone care to donate some microscopic amount of bitcoins to the following address to see if I have coinbase setup right?
Once I get my bitcoins I can help other people test their bitcoin addr's as well!
A parlay in craps is akin to 'letting it ride' or for the non gambling among us using your winnings and betting them back on the table. Sure you stand to lose it all on risky bets but life does not seem to link well with those who just play it safe. Life seems to be a continual slide down into what people term 'death' or oblivion or whatever in which only the ones who really make at least a push for the top enjoy a life well lived. What has been a constant personal troll of mine is getting into situations where my fear pushes me into actions which are a guaranteed slight loss instead of a possible medium loss and an incomprehenisble gain. If anyone has read many of my other posts I'm a big advocate of Pascal's Wager - making small bets which if lost are inconsequential in the short run but could pay off huge in the long run. As a craps player I was always kind of an iffy breakeven player until I discovered the power of the parlay. Sure I may lose 50-100$ sometimes 200$ a session but in the long run given my infrequent gambling (none now at this point) that money would not matter anyhow and I've had some big wins to show for it. 10$ --> 400-700$ twice maybe 10-->200 once and a 1-->280$ triple parlay on the any craps on the come out as my best burst. What if I made small bets in the past on every precious metal? On the stock markets? (which have continually grown) What if I applied momentum and parlayed instead of spend and/or sit?
Sooo..... I was taking a halfway conscious nap this afternoon and an odd thought came to my mind. What if instead of getting money/presents/whatever else people get for birthdays/christmas/giftgivings/housewarmings/etc... I ask for precious metals instead? Realistically I'd just request no gifts just modest cash donations for a 'special project' and turn them around into precious metals if the market price is good else deposit them into lending club certificates for the 5-15% interest. I'd then take this money around and reinvest it again! Once the money got big enough similar to pruning a tree I'd take a small bite off for my own personal happiness while knowing in the background I had a financial foundation which brought me peace.
It would be a slight change of pace from the norm. Instead of splurging on whatever I'd want to get with the usual consumerist mindset I'd invest all the money instead. This would require me to continually work on being happy with less which is a path I started on since I was 10 (it somehow hit my consciousness at that age that getting more stuff did not make me happier. In fact it made me sadder as I realized the number of sacrifices people were making to get me things). Anyway I left the boat of consumerism long ago and opted to save my money but in lieu of investing I just saved my money up waiting to make the big jump into starting my own business or whatever. I never got the 'chi' or whatever to make that jump years later unfortunately. With the economy still in shambles though saving fiat currency is a guaranteed loss (history also shows this) so every so often I thought about investing. I asked for advice from many about the markets and got mixed results which I shared in this older thread from John Wes linky. A few weeks ago I decided to disregard all the limiting beliefs regarding the markets people have drilled into me and jump into them myself linky2. I invested a modest 500$ into Tesla Motors on the recommendation of DrOdio linky3 and since then it's been steadily climbing upwards.
I'm going to shelve all my limiting beliefs about stocks aside for a second and take a plunge into investing. Are there any good online brokerage account promotions that are worth taking? E-Trade claims there's 500$ free but it sounds a bit gimmicky and is a $10K minimum which I can do but I'm wondering if there is a catch.
Thinking of just using the integrated Wells Fargo Online Brokerage Account so it'll be integrated with my other accounts there. They have 100 free trades then 9$ a trade and I don't plan on trading much if at all besides putting down small amounts of investments here and there then letting time do it's thing. Anyone have experiences using the integrated brokerage accounts with banks? Should I be looking into getting a brokerage account at a specialized site instead of a bank?
My investment experience as of now - I have a retirement account I made general allocations for but is taken care of by financial suits. I've played a good amount of Craps (both the Pass and Don't Pass) and stock market's invests/shorts seem like the same concept. I played Federation the investing text game on AOL a decade and some ago and it's newest incarnation Fed2 a year or two back.
This problem is SOLVED!!! Scroll to the end of the post for the grand realization - thanks to all who participated and helped me make the breakthru realization.
Seeing the post at
got my head thinking.
What started out as my exploration of an age-old question: whether total nerds have a chance at snagging highly desired women ripples into a topic that permeates into a thorough exploration of everything regarding the enigma we call 'love' and how it may not be as magical as we first deem it to be.
Reupdate: 3/14/13 Didn't really mean to update on Valentine's Day but there we go. I rescind my 51/49 soul/body split I mentioned in the 3/13 update after responding to Zach's post on Sebastian Marshall's blog http://sebastianmarshall.com/dont-underestimate-biochemistry. I now believe it is a dynamic split that changes based on situation.
Update: 3/13/13 In yet another update of this post's evolution the original question has been staked in the heart by Tynan's latest post Not that kind of person. I am now more convinced than ever that there are no 'pre-sets' in life and the only barriers we put up are the ones of our own making. Not everyone starts on even-footing and some have advantages over others but in the long run for most things we are self-defined. For the longest time I've tackled a deeper philosophical question - is the body a victim of biological processes or are biological processes controlled by the body? (ie can we use willpower alone to induce biological change) Are human personalities just a sum of biochemical reactions or is the human persona a product of the 'soul'? I now believe that we have a lot more power than we give ourselves credit for and even though our bodies and higher aspects (mind/soul) may often conflict with one another ultimately the higher aspects are in control.
Admittedly hormones and such play a big role in our day to day feel/function and have enough weight to throw us off course . Starting out I think we may be a 51/49 split of mind over matter but with self discipline and proper care of the human vessel in my experience that ratio only goes up to pass more control to the higher self.
Update: 9/6/12 Figure I'd clean this up and add in a shortcut to help anyone trapped in the loop of pining for women - most of what is considered "love" doesn't exist just sex. Read the end of this post for the explanation why. Otherwise original post below...
Seems to be alot of world travellers around here. How do you all find the best rates for flights? I don't fly out much if at all so I just hop on one of the flight search engines and see what comes out. I always thought this was optimal until I joined the Virgin America Elevate club and suddenly I'm inundated with offers for flights with lower prices than what I can find on the search engines.
I did a bit of research and a lot of people claim that flight search engines only give out lowest advertised prices - and not the lowest price the airline is truly willing to give out. Given that how do you get the "real deals" for flights? I may need to leave the country in approx. 1 or 2 weeks and given that timeframe it looks like a lot of flights are in the high range. After my Virgin America experience it seems like airlines reward loyal customers - should I place all my eggs in one basket or is there a better way to get good deals?
Anyone have issues with their electronics malfunctioning when traveling internationally and plugging into ungrounded power supplies? I need an outside opinion here as a lot of my electronics are old (~5 years now) and I'm wondering whether they are just degrading due to age/wear & tear or if plugging them into ungrounded outlets in SE Asia may have accelerated the issues I'm having now.
My laptop cursor will suddenly jump all over while I'm typing as if my touchpad has gotten super sensitive. Unfortunately there are no drivers to fix this/lower sensitivity as the laptop came with Windows Vista 32-bit and I've since upgraded to 64-bit to max out the RAM from 3gb to 4gb + utilize the graphic card RAM without the address overwrite issue in 32 bit Windows. Lazy Dell has never upgraded the drivers for 64 bit meh. This problem may have developed before the trip once or twice but now it happens quite a lot after traveling to SE Asia.
A similar issue has happened to my dumbphone. The screen has started going out and now only shows up if I fold the phone in somewhat. I've had no issues with the screen besides the sound/speakers starting to fade until my SE Asia trip.
Looking into this I've read that if your gear starts having this feeling of 'transmitting' electricity as soon as you plug it in then the plugs are possible ungrounded. The plugs themselves for both my dumbphone and laptop are non-grounded so I wouldn't think this would be an issue but from what I've been reading electrical plugs may need to be grounded from the inside of the socket to maintain US standards ever since the late 60's. A lot of plugs in 3rd world countries may not be up to snuff due to shoddy construction and thus plugging things in there may be a gamble perhaps?
I don't know honestly - everyone I traveled with had iPhones and similar gear with generic 3rd party plugs/cords and they've had no issues with electronics since the trip. Is it just me then or should I be concerned regarding bringing electronics to the 3rd world? If it is a concern this changes my travel strategy as next time I'd be much less likely to bring any 'expensive' electronics abroad.
Summer's coming up and it will be time to travel again. After experiencing one day at the beach where I packed everything I needed into a waterproof container (so I could go into the water and out whenever I wanted) I was hooked.
I'm thinking of extending this travel philosophy into my packing. Are there any good deals on wool clothing currently? I've never had a piece of pure 'real' wool clothing before (rayon and the synthetics are probably the closest equivalents) but I've heard so many magical things about wool that I think it's worth looking into for this summer. I saw a bunch of wool deals pop up every so often here so if anyone keeping track could post when they find one would be much appreciated.