About crypto

I was reading an opinion about crypto. Summary: the space is full of scams!

I went to a Meetup about cryptocurrencies. It was more like a presentation of top 10 currencies based on their market cap. Differences between then. Tech stuff. The debate was more about blockchain than about money. It was fascinating and scary! The room was full of people who will lose their money. Yes, there were a handful of people that were mature enough to understand the ecosystem and the scams. But there were a lot of people who bought currencies. Get rich fast approach…

It was like participating in a discussion about casino buildings. There’s the entrepreneur, there’s the venture capitalist, there’s the construction worker, there’s the construction materials seller and a lot of other people you need to build a building. But in the same meeting there were a lot of future clients of the casino! $$$ Ka ching! 🙂


Phones should be tools

I complained several times in this journal that my phone has become a distraction.

There was a hint a few years back. At beers with my friends, at least one of us would open the phone and just swipe mindlessly. We discussed about it. Every time someone took out their phone, we openly criticized them and make mean jokes on him. It worked!

Nowadays, my phone is a distraction because I check it very often. At work in particular…

I found these two “gems” this week: iOS and Android. They give you step by step instructions how to “transform” your phone into a tool. The authors have a quite unique mindset about technology (in particular) and life (in general).

Back to me! There are two apps on my phone that make it a distraction. Twitter and News. I know why they make me pick up the device.

About news, last century you bought a newspaper, read all the pages and that was it for the day. On the phone, I open the News app, I read the latest articles and I start the day. But in 5 minutes, I open the app again and the latest articles are new. It’s like buying a newspaper, reading it, putting it down, in 5 minutes you have a different edition.

About Twitter, last century you went to the town center and talked with people about all sorts of things. An agora. Afterwards, you went home. On the phone, I open Twitter, I engage in conversations about all sorts of things and I start the day. But in 5 minutes, I open the app again to see what has been said or what new conversations are interesting. The chats are never ending. The agora is always with you and there are no conclusions. Because nobody has to go home.

About solutions, I will not take any drastic measures. I stopped almost all phone notifications. But I will not delete Twitter or News. It will work! It worked with Failbook. I still have it on my phone, but I rarely check it. You should see me from time to time when my friends start talking about a picture or article posted on Failbook and I have no clue what they are talking about. It feels so good to be clueless! 🙂


This story is about nothing in particular. I just wait for my train to take me home. My wandering mind is going places.

Places going is mind wandering. Take me home my train I wait. Particular nothing is this story.

I find Yoda interesting. I’m not a fan of Star Wars. I just like how Yoda speaks. I game the words. Dadaism… 🙂

Places going is mind wandering!

Fitness is not Health

I was telling you about failure.

I was reading about a gadget that monitors your health. Apple Watch! The article is lengthy, but it’s a very interesting reading. I recommend you the article! I found out that you can “lie” to your watch. Dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair.

At one point in the article, the author says that the watch is the bracelet of failure or something like that. It sets incremental goals for you every day or week. You will fail!

From my point of view, a health gadget could monitor you without any interaction with you. It collects data for you and you don’t worry about it. Specialists can do research and give you health advice yearly based on your data!

Health isn’t about having a doctor or a personal trainer with you all the time nagging you that you have 2 more steps to go or what not. You check your health once a month or once a year by talking to doctor. That doctor asks you about your life style and changes in your daily routines or sleep time.

It can be so easy! The gadget collects the data, you send the data to your doctor, the doctor gives you health advices. Get it?

Troubled Mind

Charlies Blog

How I fear my troubled mind, you never do treat me kind.

How I fear my troubled mind.

Moonlight creeping, through pane of glass, how I pray my fear won’t last.

How I fear my troubled mind.

Silent taunting, mocking laughter, my troubles lasting ever after.

How I fear my troubled mind.

Black cloud, as black as oceans deep, rocks of sharp and serpents sleep.

How I fear my troubled mind.

Shadow across brow of hill, dampening light of darken sight.

How I fear my troubled mind.

Claps of thunder, roll of dice, remove remove my winter ice.

How I fear my troubled mind.

How it feels all so unkind

Be still, be calm my troubled mind

learn to love and treat me kind

my worried




Copyright © 2018 Charlie Hasler.

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About failure

There are people that expect to fail. Most of us don’t want to fail. Everybody will fail at something at one point in time.

The discussion is not about the fear of failing, but one about the perception of repeated failure. I’m talking about normal cultures and parents that don’t overreward success and don’t overpunish failure.

It feels good to reach your goal. As an adult, you set your goals!

I don’t know how it’s called. When the goal you set for today is higher than the one for yesterday and lower than the one for tomorrow. Incremental goals?

I don’t think incremental goals work. Or I think they work when the increases are yearly. This year’s goal is higher than the last year’s goal. You achieve a goal when you setup yourself to do the same one every day.

Don’t let others set your goals, set a goal for yourself and do it everyday. Fail will not you! 🙂

The easy way out

Change your country! Stay and fight with the system!

I heard them over and over and over again. There are others that left! Cowards?

A. Those that left chose the easy way out! They moved to another country to receive better services, to live in a civilized community, to be happy!

B. Those that stayed chose the easy way out! They don’t care anymore! They turn a blind eye to corruption! It is how it is!

You tell me! Who chose the easy way out?