Crypto Current Cryptocurrencies

The more you have the less market shift you need to make a profit.  Conversely, the more you have, the less you care about small profits.  If you understand calculus-derivatives and your own risk-aversion and you layer your positions you can make a steady profit by choosing thresholds of when to buy and sell at your defined layer/levels.  The market swings.  In cryptocurrency the swings are often by 10% – this is child’s play 😉

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There are so many out there that if you make a mistake (oh Ripple! XRP) you can still swing back around and merely have slowed down your own growth curve.

All this I’ve learned in the past week when I made a single poorly timed ill-thought-out trade (even as I extolled the opposite to others!!) and suffered the anxiety of regaining my position  #widsomilked

PS: Speaking of value, what is cryptocurrency?  I love the fact that Sparta used iron (Fe) for it’s money.  Yes, both you and I can’t both have the same piece and it can be melted and thus divided infinitely (more||less) and it has practical uses too (think: swords, armor) – unfortunately it rusts.  Requires frequent oiling – perhaps a feature to those Scrooge McDucks.  Gold solves a lot of these problems but happens to also be *heavy* which is especially inconvenient these days, UPS international shipping rates and all.  Hard to toss about.  But quite secure and reliable, assuming someone doesn’t storm the vault.  All currency units ultimately reside in a vault of sorts – a memory address that can’t be substituted.  My mattress, a bank vault, an electronic chip or a point in a large mathematical space..

It’s a unit of exchange that has logical, functional properties that’re hard to fake or otherwise exploit in an evolved rule system.  Physics, human behavioral, ISO or what have you.



Where’s checkPasswordMatch() defined?

Question for Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 8 minute 15 second 56:

Where is the checkPasswordMatch function defined?  How did Bob the Brain know the kind of security system in use and the “API” of that system on whatever OS was prominent in the 80’s?  He knew he needed a 4 digit code numeric code, which was definitely helpful.  He basically wrote one program to interact with another program on a computer in the 80’s in minutes.  You’d think it was unix except he was using BASIC.

So, I dunno, perhaps he installed the security system?  It was a government building, so the local radio shack guy probably wasn’t involved.  Maybe he knew someone who serviced it?  Now that I could see – he’s a local brainiac and perhaps he’s friends with others in electronics in the area.

So Bob was a hacker.  Bob’s four-loop-deep

checkPasswordMatch(fourDigitCode) = TRUE

for the win!  Ode to Bob.

To think!: for a while I thought he might be a Russian spy in the universe of Stranger Things.

Google’s Social Experiment (?)


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Deep Dream Painting

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The whole “James Damore” missive on gender (in)equality in engineering gestalt is like a Google Deep Dream painting with eyes peering out everywhere.  It’s a painting of our world in symbols.  We have a proxy war between what amounts to essentially left vs. right (a broad generalization, sure, but from far enough away the same seams emerge) replete with memes about leakers:

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And cancelled events because of worries of violence.  In the deepest sense I can imagine  (eye-mage-in) an AI engaged in chess moves with society as eyes see eyes drawing out eye-seeing-eyes.  I wonder what will be revealed next in this slowly emerging abstract re-presentation of society.

Code Pace

In my view, programmers strive towards being able to sculpt processes in real time at the pace of their evolving understanding of what they’re trying to do.  That’s the zone, the flow state.  Today’s tools and environments are much better than yesterday’s and the trajectory of things in general give me every reason to anticipate that tomorrow’s will dwarf today’s all over again.  That expectation sometimes seems to be half of what drives the whole damn monster in the first place.

The more I write code the more clearly I butt up against certain realities of the process.  As programmers we typically use text editors to jump a cursor around a virtual 2-D surface that has all sorts of subtle little rules that inform the muscles at every turn of the geometry of the space.  There are other dimensions to this, other GUIs and various mappings.

Then there’re the ideas we’re structuring – what we’re really trying to do: to define and connect processes.  To build the infrastructure for those processes and their connections.   To get insight into what is happening as it happens.  To see what we’ve wrought to wring out the next.

It’s clear that this enterprise is and has always been entirely separate and totally disconnected from the tools used to carry it out.  Right now, around the world, the vast majority of programmers build logic via the mouse, keyboard and monitor.  Oh, these tools.

It’s important.  I’m not whining about RSI.  Rather, I encounter frequently the human brain and the stark realities of the ways it functions.  The more effort it takes to express an idea, the less get expressed.  The more ceremony that exists around a thing the more set-aside and the less frequent it becomes.

Even conversations have structure and can be well or poorly organized for the efficient communication and transformation of input into output.  In fact, when I look at things with unfocused eyes I can see that all the same problems that exist for coders exist for speakers.  Communication is complicated – there are so many things going on at the same time.   There is a stream of information being communicated and transformed by multiple intellects with varying vocabularies and degrees of familiarity with the subject matter while simultaneously, a bunch of posturing bodies shifting their positions on what is being said and their relationship to the evolving trajectory of the subconscious consensus field.  Conversations can have flow state too.

In this way, the dual advancements of technology and scientific understanding are both in the service of this single end – getting out of the way those details that slow down the transformation of will into effect – communication.  This is something that is happening at the global scale because it is happening at the individual scale and individuals organize into global networks that feedback evolving behaviors to those individuals.

Wizards in utero.