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wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

Thanks, man. Love you!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

The point where I got off track came early in the day in previous years, so I was probably playing follow-the-leader and not paying close attention. Someone asked me if things looked familiar, and I didn't remember seeing so many yellow daisies at the side of the trail, but said I didn't know. You can see a lot of stuff in a day; it's hard to know what you didn't see!

The four points Laz makes are sound, but fairly basic. #2 might have helped me, if it made me appreciate the risk of getting lost so I did more planning

    1) Look at the map and familiarize yourself with the route of the course.

Obviously good advice. I used my map more the first year. Being "familiar" isn't enough, though, I should have made an expectation of when I would get to the next waypoint, so I would know when I should start worrying about being off course.

    2) Know where you are going, and do not just blindly follow the runner in front of you.

Yeah, yeah, this is pretty basic. But the runners in front of me all stopped at the wrong turn, and I also made an effort to figure out where we were on the map. I was actually more confident than the group seemed to be about going the wrong way, and I am glad I didn't vocalize my thoughts. The "spur" Laz describes does not sound quite like the way we went, which I remember as being nearly straight ahead and similar jeep road. Though we did descend, and the correct left turn went up an incline.

    3) When in doubt, stop and think.

Some advice is only good in retrospect. If you stopped to think every time five minutes passed without a course marker, you would never get anywhere. This course is known for providing limited guidance and promoting self-reliance. Laz describes an "excited" runner who went off course "in a big hurry," and so didn't have the doubt trigger. Better to prepare by thinking ahead of where things are likely to go wrong. I was feeling good and thought that injury, bees, or exhaustion would be my most likely failure modes. Navigation wasn't on my mind as a risk factor, despite knowing that people always get lost.

Michael Wardian, the seven marathons on seven continents in seven days guy, basically got lost right away at the real Barkley.

    4) When you find yourself off course, return to the last place you knew you were on course.

We could have done better here. If we had gone back to the first wrong turn immediately after encountering the guy coming back from the lake, we wouldn't have lost more than an hour. But again, we were not sure that was the first wrong turn until we explored several other wrong turns.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017x 2

I woke up at 4:30 Saturday morning prepared to do the hardest thing I've ever attempted.

It did not go as planned.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

Just some random human spotted on my way to work. I can't even do a wheelie.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

Thanks for the clarification, and nice work!

I see now that the fee is listed separately from the input and outputs which have addresses. I assumed that the fees would be assigned to a bitcoin address, but the documentation is not quite clear, merely saying that "all transaction fees are collected by that user creating the block, who is free to assign those fees to himself."

So the only thing I don't understand is why I didn't transfer the entire amount of the ATM address, less the transaction fee, to my new address, instead leaving some leftover change. Rounding error? Sloppy copy/paste? I remember I wasn't too sure what I was doing and used the Blockchain.com app for Android.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

    On Sep 3, 2017, at 15:02, qrguy wrote:

    Is this your posting?


    Your image gave enough away to steal your private key. I did that and took the remaining 0.0002424 BTC out of your account (+ 0.00005 BTC transaction fee). It was mostly just as a personal challenge but I will give it back if that bothers you. Just let me know.

    QR GUY

For the record, I figured US$20 would be a fair reward for anyone enterprising enough to salvage that QR code. I gave it a trial scan to confirm that it wouldn't be easy.

Now I've gone back and forth on whether QR guy is pranking me. First of all my transaction was eventually confirmed and I believe I still control the 0.00859833 BTC. The "remaining" 0.0002924 BTC was, I think, the transaction fee, and should have gone to a miner.

Yet I see a transaction today from that address, lending credibility to QR Guy's story.

Anyone have an insight? QR Guy, are you there? [How] did you manage to recover the private key?

That's what I thought, who could miss that?

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Total solar eclipse road trip

Asheville is my first planned rest stop, recommended by cW.

99% totality there will be interesting, but they will get a much better show if they can make a 60-mile trip to Greenville, or 38 miles on the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway to Balsam.

Traffic could be a nightmare, especially getting back out, but that's all part of the adventure, right?

Good luck with the demo!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bitcoin Cash starts today

    BCH spun off from BTC on Tuesday afternoon, and briefly traded over $700 on Wednesday (though it later fell significantly). But BTC hasn't really lost any value since the spinoff, still trading at about $2,700. So just before the spinoff, if you had a bitcoin, you had a bitcoin worth about $2,700. Now, you have a BTC worth about $2,700, and also a BCH worth as much as $700. It's weird free money, if you owned bitcoins yesterday.

    But what if you owned negative bitcoins yesterday? What if, that is, you had borrowed bitcoins in order to sell them short? Well, in stock lending situations, the normal way that this works is that the short sellers (stock borrowers) have to come up with whatever is distributed on a stock. If you are short a stock and it pays a $1 dividend, you have to come up with $1. If it spins off a subsidiary, you have to go out and buy a share of the subsidiary to deliver back to your stock lender. If it is acquired in a leveraged buyout for $13.50, you have to come up with $13.50. If it distributes a pony to each shareholder, you have to come up with a pony.

Bitcoin Exchange Had Too Many Bitcoins

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 26, 2017

No, I bailed. I was hoping the war would pick up the pace, but it left me wanting as much as the peace.

With nothing to show for February, I am behind this year. Unexpected hit was Star Maker, a forgotten classic by Olaf Stapledon. Modern Times was also very helpful, but The Beak of the Finch was the best nonfiction I've read in a while.

Heading out of town tomorrow and can't decide what to bring along.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Apples and Walmarts

    And if you're ideologically opposed to vaccination...

True, and if I were honest I would admit ideology, not reality, is my motivation.

    What point are you making?

My point is that a policy like minimum wage has costs as well as benefits. We should try our best to do the hard work of understanding the complexity on both sides so we can make an informed judgment.

I learned a little about what working in retail feels like when I was a cashier. I learned a little about price floors reading Wikipedia. Both of these experiences inform my still-incomplete understanding.

I think that admitting an error and correcting one's math is a sign of openness to evidence, rather than a stubborn disregard of on-the-ground reality. The author (now) recognizes that "many of them don’t work 40 hours a week". I also mentioned my belief that the math "has too many assumptions to be very useful" earlier.

I believe that minimum wage contributes to unemployment on the simple principle that when stuff costs more, people buy less of it. I recognize that it also benefits some workers.

I think the discussion should be about whether the benefits justify the cost. But it always ends up being about Ayn Rand somehow.

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