Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving.

True statesmen serve the people; politicians exploit people to serve their own ambitions. Statesmen sacrifice themselves to serve others; politicians sacrifice others to serve themselves.

David HawkinsPower vs. Force

Power is the ability to act.

We all recognize politics as a fight for power, but power over what exactly?

Power to create and define reality.

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Generating Private Keys with Bitcoin Dice

I 3D printed some hexadecimal dice so I could play around with rolling my own bitcoin private keys. With one 16-sided dice, labeled 0-9 and A-F, rolled 64 times you get some version of:

4A1D148CF83D93B218E237137D9B9DBC45AF8DC215AF660448A34E89B64A1FF4

A bitcoin private key.

Put it through a series of hashes here and you get:

Kyhn5XeUNntaaPndnTrPJ2x9FbKv6ZeGC6EmwXqijuoSxvmrSk1o

A private key WIF compressed

A few more hashes here and you get:

3Jvz1iSBdCBwmzWw9Lf8GVXmRaJTWGttpp

A segwit public address

The idea is that you can use physical dice to see how much entropy goes into generating a private key. Rolling your own private keys is for fun, not for serious storage of bitcoins. That being said it is a lot of fun, and I’ll make some metal ones available soon.

If you want to go deeper into the concepts of entropy and probabilistic security keep reading. If not I would run away now.

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Active Listening by Carl Rogers

I had a teacher once ask me if I heard him or if I was listening?

Active Listening by Carl Rogers is the most succinct book I’ve read on listening. And the only book I’ve ever read, that’s dedicated to the topic of listening entirely.

Most books on communication focus on speaking, persuasion, and rhetoric. Speaking is seen as the active half of communication, whereas listening is considered passive. The dismal standard that qualifies as listening today sits somewhere above, I’m not currently looking at my phone and not far below, I hear you, but this is why you’re wrong.

There is a subtle art to connection that we’ve lost in the medium of technology and the dominance game of winning and losing arguments.

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Everything is Propaganda #1

Now and then I read Breitbart, The New York Times, or even CNN for a few chuckles. I don’t expect to get any substantial news from these sites. I expect to see political guns drawn.

Journalism today represents a kind of school for adults. Its a means of softly shifting the readers into the authors and organizations way of thinking. This may not be conscious on behalf of the author, but its the natural result of pushing a narrative, while optimizing for clicks, and attempting to keep the illusion of objectivity.

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The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung // An Antidote to Materialism

As a consequence of reading The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung, I’ve ordered three more of his books and sat here staring at the wall for roughly the amount of time it would take to read the entire book two times over. This is not a book for literary escapism.

This book is not a cure, but the first dose in a treatment for materialism.

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How to Read Dangerously - Part I

I was with a friend who was notably hangry yesterday and she suggested getting something to eat. We were out running errands and I had already eaten my emergency packet of honey peanut butter so I wasn’t terribly hungry at this point. Still, the suggestion of In-N-Out Burger was enough to get me in the car. After 30 mins of trying to maintain an engaged conversation while simultaneously listening for our number being shouted across the room. We obtain the object of our salivation.

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When the Enviromarxists Come for Bitcoin

Every time the Bitcoin price jumps a swarm of kombucha drinking hipsters flock to Vice to take stabs at writing hit pieces on the energy consumption of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is back in the spotlight these days thanks to some wild price movements and central bank meetings. The decentralized currency has recently been trading over its all-time high of $1200 on some exchanges. But the higher the price goes, the more it exacerbates bitcoin’s dark side: shocking levels of electricity consumption.

Daniel ShaneVice - A Single Bitcoin Transaction Takes Thousands of Times More Energy Than a Credit Card Swipe

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