My Steemit Crypto Experience – Personal Reflections [One Year Later]

It was about a year ago (circa July 26, 2016) when I decided to join steemit.com, a social platform that rewards its users for posting, commenting, voting, and curating content.

You can think of it like a facebook that rewards you with crypto-currency for your participation.

Atop of that, there is no central authority behind the ‘wheel’, like with conventional social media. Of course, there are games of power; but most of what happens on this platform is relatively transparent and all ‘transactions’ (transfers, withdrawals, etc.) and ‘operations’ (comments, posts, votes) can be viewed by anyone, by using different tools or by accessing the Steem blockchain programmatically (which I’ve been doing a lot).

This type of decentralized social media is likely to catch, in my view. We are averse to being controlled, but most of us are unaware of our actual ‘puppet’ status. I don’t believe in conspiracies, but I know that for-profit companies need to successfully meet their financial agendas. To get a very small sense of you being exploit, I’d recommend listening to this discussion between Sam Harris and Tristan Harris.

Mid-Summer Physique Update – [July 2017]

This is a another very quick physique update video I posted yesterday on my Youtube channel:

I Walked 7.55 Kilometers per Day for a Month – [Insights]

May 2017 is ranked number #2 for the monthly average steps I walked since the default pedometer has been running continuously on my phone.

So, in May 2017 I completed an average of 7.55 kilometers or 9,667 steps per day, which burned, according to the pedometer, an additional 347 kcals, on top of the rest of my ‘energy out’ for each day. However, estimates like this are notoriously inaccurate.

Number #1 on the list is September 2014, when I completed an average of 10,256 steps.

What I’ve Been Reading Recently – My Bookshelf #11

The last time I wrote this type of post was at the beginning of 2017 when I was telling you about the 105 books I read in 2016.

It’s less likely I’ll achieve that type of performance in 2017, and that’s fine. I still prioritize on reading and listening to books everyday. So, that’s my only important metric for now.

Similar to what I said in my last post, the majority of the books that go through my hands are non-fiction: science books, programming books, textbooks, biographies, and the like).

I enjoy reading on my tablet because it has a stylus-pen and the app I read the books on has a lot of features that allow for annotations, highlights, exporting, synching, and other conveniences that make the reading experience a breeze. A detailed explanation of this can be found here.

I find a lot of pleasure in reading physical books too. As a matter of fact, I managed to read 11 books during a recent stay in New York, which lasted for a couple of weeks; and that happened within a very busy and hectic daily schedule. This goes to show the importance of prioritization for goal accomplishment. I have to mention that I completely stopped reading on my tablet while in NYC.

Voice Input App in Python – Code Release and Overview [May 2017]

I built the following application, primarily, for convenience…

There are times when I don’t wanna type on my laptop. And I didn’t know of any general purpose, simple, minimal application that could do voice recognition and text input in the most basic form, as in: listen to my voice, paste what I just said, so I don’t have to type it.

I use this app in social media replies as well as when I post updates on different channels.

And, to be completely honest, there are times when I eat chocolate while watching scientific lectures (positive reinforcement). Some of these lectures spark spontaneous thoughts that I want to share, and the only ‘clean’ way to do it is by voice: one hand is used for chocolate manipulation, while the other for handling the mouse.

So, this gave me a solid reason to build this application.

Anything you Want – by Derek Sivers [Animated Book Review]

In his book, Anything you Want, Derek Sivers makes the case for simplicity. Cutting all the unnecessary clutter and getting to the essence of things may make a happier personal life and a business more successful. Here are some of my take-away messages from the book.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Animated Book Review

I decided to make an animated review of the first section of Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans. The following are some of my key take-away messages from this part of the book.

Insights from the 105 Books I read in 2016 – [On Self-Education]

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Introduction

I read and listened to 105 books in 2016, which is ~20 more books than in 2015. I have no intention to set another PR in 2017 because reading is not a marathon for me. I enjoy the process and I don’t speed read.

I attribute my ability to go through so many books in 2016 to prioritization, and not to increasing the speed with which I go through the books. In fact, I think I’m a slow reader, and I don’t mind that.

The majority of the books I read were non-fiction: textbooks, biographies, computer programming and other science related books.

I do most of my reading on my tablet. I have a nice app and a stylus-pen that make the experience of reading extremely enjoyable. When I’m in NYC, I mostly read paper books that I borrow from NYPL. I explained this here.

After-thoughts of a 44-hour fast – Just completed [Oct. 2016]

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I took a trip to DC earlier this week and I decided to take a break from eating for the whole duration – until returning to NYC.

How Steemit Social Platform Rewards its Users – My Quick Intro

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Introduction

A few weeks ago I decided to join Steemit. This is a social platform where users are rewarded for posting content, for commenting, for voting and for curating the content made by other users.

The first time I heard about the platform was in early July, when two online friends (Leah – stellabelle – and Razvan – razvanelulmarin) kept mentioning it on one of our groups.

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