February 2019 Goals

Here’s the goals for February 2019:

I’ve been slowly learning more and more CSS which is very helpful for fiddling with WordPress and other web systems. Taking Treehouse to learn a bit more.

Got several talks to give this month, some busy weekends, and two trips.

 

Weight update

I’ve done enough weight loss experiments in the past to know what works for me. And if there’s one thing I can do well: It’s not eating allllll day!

This is essentially called Intermittent Fasting.

I count my calories using a pen and Sticky Note. This works well to control calories in the day time, but the BEST way to reduce calories in the morning and afternoon is just not eat them at all.

Typically I’ll eat from 2pm to 10pm or 6pm to 10pm. In that window it’s almost hard to eat past my ~1,900 calorie range per day. So I still get to pig out on a big dinner.

Started at 185 lbs, and am touching the 169 lbs range in less than a month with this method.

After this month the “easy fat” will be gone, and the slightly more strict regimine of working out will begin (but not too much more).

I’ll simply continue the same workout I do, then add some basic cardio to each workout (I use the free Nike Training App and just follow along for these workouts).

Going Down In Weight

Basic calorie tracking, super low intake all day so can have reasonable dinner. Trying to hit ~1,900 calories per day. Tracking on a Eufy scale:

Dec Progress

Despite holiday season (and only 1 week into challenge) progress is happening from.

a16z Podcast: Building Crypto, from Vision to Reality

Fantastic talk with CoinBase CEO Brian Armstrong and A16Z partner Chris Dixon about the future of crypto when it moves far beyond just currency:

a16z Podcast: Building Crypto, from Vision to Reality

Some interesting talk about how in the beginning of the web ads took off because micropayments were simply impossible.

I remember in early internet days people trying to invent ways you can “Pay Per View” of each website you visited, or “tip” an author. However transactions that small and between countries were impossible due to fees and regulations.

However, current crypto technology lets you transfer super-small amounts (with BitCoin you can pay 0.00000001 unit of value). Imagine if you visited 1,000 websites and watched 200 videos this month, and you want to send ALL those sites just $5, but split up among those 1,200 pieces of content.

With a cryptocurrency you could do that since the fees would be almost zero, and transferring value across borders wouldn’t be an issue. Your computer could automatically divvy up that 5 bucks into 1,200 different payments depending on how long you used their content. Each content creator would get something like 0.004 units of value from you.

These small payments could really add up!

It could breathe life to a whole new set of content creators that would make content or software for “free” and rely on micro-payments instead of ads and product sales.