Apr 12, 2014

Bitcoin - The Conan Version

 It seems that Bitcoin is going down.  First, Mt Gox, the biggest exchange of Bitcoin, have made a complete mess of the exchange situation.  Then the IRS established an official Virtual Currency Guide, so the US citizens have the responsibility of paying taxes.  Before the IRS coming into the picture, the price per coin at Coinbase was about $580--now it's selling at about $425.  The mass media of course is further propagating messages that do not support the currency, so for now it looks like Bitcoin's usage is to remain confined.

As a consumer, I wouldn't turn my USD to Bitcoin and use it as money because it's perceived value is too erratic. If the per coin price became stable then I would be more tempted on doing purchases with the digital currency.  For now, I'll stick with the fiat currency.

For the latest info on the currency I recommend Zero Block.

Google Glass is NOT Special - Here's the Competition

If you are looking into getting some augmented reality glasses then you really don't have to wait for Google Glass--there are many alternatives that are already on the market or will be out soon.  Checkout the list at http://www.activeantiglare.com/ActiveAntiGlare/ar1.html

Instant Expert - Thank you Internet

Isn't it quite funny that you can find the same guy selling more than one product?  In the case above, Apparently the teeth whitening didn't work, but the "secrets" for acne is doing quite well.

As a content producer.
In a way, it's good to test markets and figure out what we can be good at. It's good to admit that we are not suited for something, and in doing so we can move on.  But, I feel that it's too easy to share "knowledge" on the internet--in a way people can become "instant experts."  There is a problem though with instant experts--what happens if you give advice, know that people will try to replicate things, and they end up hurting themselves?  As we know, if a doctor accidentally hurts the patient the doctor can be sued.  On the internet, what happens if you give bad advice?  Perhaps you would simply change your profile name and then start another advice channel?

As a content consumer.
It is very unwise to go about life without putting effort into questioning the source of our information.  There is so much BS out on the internet, especially regarding personal health.  But I have to say that in a way "truth" is truth, and even though a source may be questionable what the messenger may be saying is actually right.  It can get complicated, so I'll stop here and not go into some deep philosophy gibberish.

The Paleo Diet - Advocates, Debunkers, and Beyond

Diet is not an easy concept.  Doctors may give you advice and say that you should have a "balanced" diet.  Some people think that what they are eating is "healthy."  If we go into details, some people say yes to some foods, and no to others.  One diet which I tend to align more with is the idea of paleolithic diets.  In short this diet tends to be in alignment with the concept that we are more suited to eat in a certain way due to our ancestry.  On this post I present to you three videos regarding paleo diets, the first is The Perfect Human Diet (Amazon Prime), which reinforces the concept of paleo as being suited thanks to evolution.

The second video is a presentation on TEDx by Christina Warinner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, in which she argues that the "modern" paleo diet is far from what the modern paleo advocates present.  In a way I think that Christina makes a very good job at presenting the persuasion presented by paleo advocates.  She also notes that "paleo" is different in each area; so maybe the diet that works for one group of people may not work for others!

The very last video is from two quite famous podcasters: Chris Kresser and Dave Asprey from the BulletProof Executive.  Both of these fellows are advocates of a modified and more "personalized" paleo diet--which goes beyond just lots of protein.  In the case of Dave, he tends to prefer a higher fat consumption (from "healthy" animals).  Chris, in the other hand, tends to put a great deal of emphasis in digestion.

Super Size Me vs Fat Head

I think it's important to get multiple angles on any topic in order to reduce our limited perspective.  Being informed often helps us make better decisions.  Super Size Me is a documentary/entertainment that has a lot of interesting information, but it also seems quite dramatic.  In the other hand, we have Fat Head-- what seems like a low-budget counter Super Size Me.

 In a way I tend to side with Fat Head a little more because it covers some of the reactions that occur when we ingest too much sugar.  The good thing about each one of these videos is that they allow us to see some of the rhetoric used by companies, movie producers, etc.  It's good to have Aristotle's ethos, logos, and pathos in mind as you navigate these movies.