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An embeddable, real-time Bitcoin price ticker from BTCquote.com.
Also, see the all-time price history for Bitcoins, since October 2010:
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US Dollars per Bitcoin over the last 3 years:
October 2010: ~$0--- October 2011: ~$10-- October 2012: ~$17-- October 2013: ~$190- October 2014: ~$????
by adminadam in home
You only have one day to live. How do you spend your time?
What legacy or example do you leave behind in the form of pure enjoyment, your presence, and your oneness with others and the world around you? How do you say goodbye? For me being with the people I love would be my main priority.
If you only had one month what more could you do? What lasting impressions would you leave? What would you bestow upon people around you? I might try to mail some hand-written letters to folks I care about, for instance. Some apologies and some affirmations.
With a year perhaps you could finish some larger projects, or go on longer expeditions. I think I would do some good reading, write a will, and leave treasures spread about the Northwest, hidden in waiting for the adventuresome (see: geocachers) to find. I would also find uses for all my possessions and try not to leave too much of a mess behind when I depart.
What ambition drives you? What lasting change(s) could you insinuate into the world? How different a person might you be at the end of this time? And would your ambition carry through, through your own transitions and transformations? I assume that this is probably too long a timeframe on which to position or plant yourself firmly — even if you could somehow know that you were going to die after exactly ten years. Encroaching glaciers move not men like tigers do.
I feel that, just as in everyday life, the way you live and the way you make other people feel is the thing that will be best remembered. I don’t believe we are all destined to write amazing books or carve out timeless masterpieces, but with that said, one may become a Genius at something after ten years with a weekly investment of 20 hours (see: Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell), correct? Perhaps I could become a Virtuoso on the Trumpet given that amount of time…
If you were to master something, what would it be?
What could be passed down? What could remain intact for 100 years? I recently cleaned out my new Spanish classroom and found a Latin American Literature textbook from 1921. That will certainly last the remaining 7. In fact, I think I’ll keep it forever. Such things are like gold to me — the foundations of future history.
For you, is there anything in your possession that you would want preserved (or alternatively, anything you’d want used until it is used up)?
I once tossed a mini-time capsule into the woods when I was 13. It contained some trinkets and coins, wrapped and packaged in multiple boxes of various materials, wood and stone, taped up with duct-tape, and sealed in a jar. Someday perhaps it will surface to someone’s surprise and amusement. “What for save these pennies and nickels? Silly ancestors…” Or perhaps: “Wow, thanks for the treasure!”.
The other matter to consider here is: Might I actually still be alive in 100 years? I know that insurance companies commonly assume that death rates will “decline 1 percent a year” (see: Predicting How Long You’ll Live). Also, seeing as a hand-full of folks have already lived past 120, is it so unlikely that some from my generation might see 130, or perhaps 140? And although this is perhaps a disturbing thing to consider, as we’ve only ever known people of such advanced years to be incapacitated in various ways (and/or decrepit), what if our medicine allowed us to live productively for significantly greater portions of this time? This would most certainly alter the legacy-making potential of individuals such as yourself. (See my post on Actuarial Escape Velocity, a.k.a. “The Methuselarity”, for more on this.)
For now, assuming most people would be dead, is there anything you would want the world 100 years hence to have? Or any message you would want them to hear? Maybe I would want to plant a forest…
One Millennium (and Beyond):
Not many human structures would survive this expanse of time. Many things would be subsumed, corroded, or broken-up. What could we save? What could we pass down that would have a fighting chance of surviving? Are there any movements that we could take part in that would carry on? Any cultural fires we could try and keep fueled? Bronze sculptures apparently could last up to 10 million years.
What about our messages to other civilizations? Our transmissions will expand out into the cosmos forever. Are there any positive messages to send? Have we in fact, sent out anything of value, either in terms of insights into ourselves or invitations to connect and understand each other?
The answer is a resounding Yes. The first was the Arecibo Message sent in 1974. It contained the following information and was designed by Carl Sagan, Frank Drake (of the famous “Drake Equation”), and others:
- The numbers one (1) to ten (10)
- The atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus, which make up deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
- The formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA
- The number of nucleotides in DNA, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA
- A graphic figure of a human, the dimension (physical height) of an average man, and the human population of Earth
- A graphic of the Solar System
- A graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the dimension (the physical diameter) of the transmitting antenna dish
For a complete history of the messages we have sent into space, including (surprise!) a Doritos advertisement sent towards a nearby (read: 42 light years away) solar system in Ursa Major, see New Scientist’s “Earth calling: A short history of radio messages to ET“.
Some of the more affirming and beautiful things include the following messages sent towards Gliese 581d, one of the wettest (read: H20) and lightest exoplanets so far discovered as part of Cosmos’ Hello from Earth campaign:
Smile :) Humans are naive and fragile. We are not evolved to understand everything. We are children in a vast and mysterious universe.
– Tommy, Adelaide, Australia
We come in peace. If you are out there, please respond. We want to be friends. We are all different and we can’t wait to meet you! From the children of Earth.
– Class4M, Castle Cove Public School, Australia
All our petty disputes, disagreements and wars fade into insignificance when we consider our tiny world’s place in the cosmos.
– Silvio Zarb, Melbourne, Australia
What do you see when you look up into the sky? Do you feel small and lonely, just like us? From now on, I can assure you one thing: you are not alone. Be happy.
– Sergio Camalich, Hermosillo, Mexico
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.
– John Xavier, Chicago, United States
If you know the meaning of life, please send it to us. If not, let’s celebrate together anyway! Thanks in advance, from a curious carbon-based life form!
– Monica Echagen, Barcelona, Spain
Apparently Australia is the top country sending these out. (Good for you guys!)
At the very least — even if we cannot hope to build pyramids, bronze statues, or more monuments like Mt. Rushmore — we can live well and send out our positive thoughts to the universe. Perhaps someday we’ll get a response..!
As for you, what good signals and vibrations would you have transmitted? What great gifts would you give to the future?
by adminadam in home
Raincup.ch Technology Stack
Future Perl Programming & Perl-Based Blog
I want to create a blog and media server using (as much as possible): the Perl programming language and perl-based tools, along with an open-source database and server, and HTML and CSS for the visual layout of the website.
Here is a breakdown of the tools and frameworks I plan to use thus far.
WHAT & WHERE
MVC — MODEL VIEW CONTROLLER
Nginx, Plack/PSGI, or Apache
PostgreSQL, MySQL, or MariaDB
HTML TEMPLATING LANGUAGE
Template Toolkit, Mason, HTML::Template, or possibly the Mojolicious Template System
UPDATE: To make things easier on myself, I have decided to go with Mojolicious, use their in-built Morbo server, and leave other things like special databases, SSL, nginx servers, etc. out for the moment. When I have a simple blog that I can present to the world I will be happy, for one, and two, then I can start to build greater functionality into it. Expect the Raincup.ch blog in the next few months — perhaps by February, 2014. I have a lot of (other) work to do! : )
Last I wrote about Linux I summarized my findings from my research into the distributions of Linux with the longest-term stability and best customizability. I also looked at the variety of architectures (i.e. older hardware, older mac’s, etc.) on which these distributions could run.
I started with 12 distros and then narrowed them down to my top 7, mostly eliminating newer, more unstable, or less user-friendly distributions, such as Arch Linux, which, while popular, does not have a graphic installer, meaning you must know how to decipher the code and what to type into the console in order to get it installed in the first place.
The top 7 I ended up with were what I called the Most Extropian Linux Distributions available. They are resilient to internal (political) and external (economic and security) threats or disturbances. They are open and have strong communities of support. They are likely to last a long time and make it easy for new users to transition into Linux. They also play nicely with others and do all their homework daily. They are, in reverse order:
7. Slackware Linux (because it is old and still popular)
6. Puppy Linux (because it is small and can be run effectively from a USB stick)
5. Linux Mint (because it is popular, beautiful, and easy)
4. CentOS (because it is rock-solid and supported for up to 10 years)
3. Debian (because of its huge community, myriad customization options and supported architectures)
2. Fedora (because it is popular, beautiful, versatile, and fairly easy)
1. openSUSE (because it is easy, beautiful, popular, well-supported, and KDE-tastic*!)
Where I am at now in regards to this list is not much different from when I first summarized all the above-mentioned research I did. At this point I am making determinations of which desktop to invest my time in mastering — both for myself and for the purpose of being able to recommend an easy-to-use and nice-looking distro/desktop to my family and friends. You see, I have many family members with ailing PC’s. I have a friend with a PowerPC Mac that hardly runs a thing, and a grandfather with an old XP dinosaur. Both of their machines could be reinvented by utilizing any one of the above distributions (although I have serious doubts about my ever helping non-techie acquaintances to install Slackware or Puppy Linux). I will most likely push CentOS, Debian, Fedora, or openSUSE. While Linux Mint is great, as I’ve discussed, I worry about their small development team and their dependence on Ubuntu (and its mother-corp Canonical).
I have four distros in mind. Of these I have tried only Fedora (either as a hard-install or virtualized), and it’s been a while since I last touched them. I have my sources for reviews, however, namely Linux Outlaws, Everyday Linux, and Going Linux (the audio podcasts). I listen to these podcasts everyday driving to and from work in my commute and also read a wide assortment of Linux-related news from Hacker News, Slashdot, and Reddit.
With my current knowledge I lean towards Debian and openSUSE the most as my likely Top Two recommendations for friends and family. I love how Fedora 18 and 19 look. I also love CentOS’s 10-year support cycle — it is simply amazing. What I cannot get behind completely with Fedora is its rapid release cycle of only 18 months. The support term is concomitantly too short, around 12-13 months. CentOS is solid but looks a bit clunky and is a bit behind the times with many of its preinstalled packages, however, so I still hesitate about it too, sadly.
Debian and openSUSE, on the other hand, have 2-to-3-year support cycles. They both also support PowerPC processors (old mac’s), and of course old PC’s! They both offer multiple desktop options: GNOME, KDE, and XFCE at least. Also, both have very large development communities or dev teams. Debian’s default desktop is GNOME (although you can download a pre-wrapped version with either KDE or XFCE as well as LXDE). I will most likely use KDE or GNOME as they are the best known, most popular, and best supported desktop environments. openSUSE, inversely, comes by default with KDE but can be downloaded locked-and-loaded with GNOME or XFCE too.
“When Truth Is Treason” — From Community Christian Church in Springfield, MO. (16:44 runtime)
War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” — Voltaire
“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.” — H.L. Mencken
“A wise prince will seek means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of things have need of his government, and then they will always be faithful to him.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.” — Frank Herbert
“Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.” — George Orwell
“One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.” — Howard Zinn
“If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” — Howard Zinn
“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.” — George Orwell
“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” — George Orwell
“Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?” — Frank Herbert
“Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.” — Frank Herbert
“Where you stand depends on where you sit.” — Nelson Mandela
TRUTH = TREASON = TERRORISM
by adminadam in home
FOSS or F/OSS is free and open-source software. Good examples you will know include Firefox (which used to be Netscape Navigator), VLC Media Player, the GIMP (a free Photoshop alternative), Linux (and the 1000′s of variations — or distributions — of this operating system that are out in the wild), WordPress Blogging Software, and OpenOffice or LibreOffice (both free alternatives to the Microsoft Office suite).
by adminadam in home
INSPIRED THOUGHTS & VISIONS
an old family property,
a 3D printer
lots of scrap wood and metal
a new shelter, semi-steampunk in appearance
a permaculture planting scheme: farm
a farm with multiple hammocks to boot
and solid bookshelves stocked with books
art and music abound
nature and technology melding together
people and animals
laid back and yet productive
these visions i have had
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