It’s Worthless, So Why Do I Go Doge Mining?

Last weekend, after a few weeks of reading up on it, I decided to start mining Dogecoins (Doge).  If you have no idea what Doge or other crypto-currencies are, start here:

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Doge is a form of crypto-currency based off of the Shiba Inu “Doge” internet meme.  Doge has a strong culture surrounding it, one of friendliness and generosity not seen in other crypto-currencies (looking at you Bitcoin).   Currently Doge is the 5th most valuable crypto-currency, trading at around 9% of one cent, yea, essentially worthless.

To get Doge you mine.  No, mining doesn’t involve a Shiba Inu digging in front yard, though how awesome would that be?  Here’s an overly simple explanation courtesy of Reddit:

“To simplify things the way bitcoin mining basically works for example is that your computer is sent some sorts of extremely complex mathematical problem, all the machines in the bitcoin network are sent the same problem, and the machine that solve said problem first is given some bitcoin as a reward. And to solve said mathematical problem quicker than anyone else requires a lot of computational power, which GPU’s are quite good for.”

Your video card determines how fast you are able to mine.  I average 60kh/s with my Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 TI.  60kh/s isn’t great, but is decent.  Mining 24 hours per day I make roughly 200 Doge.  Using today’s value that is 18 cents.  I imagine running my GPU card all day uses more than 18 addition cents of electricity.  So why do I continue to mine Doge?

The community behind Doge is incredible.  They are among the friendliest online groups I’ve come across.  They helped send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics and hold fundraisers for various charitable causes.  All those who take part in Doge are constantly encouraged to tip other users, sending them small amounts of coin to generate interest and show thanks for quality content on Reddit. 

Secondly, my second major in college was economics.  And nothing excites me more than online currencies in their infancy.  Watching them grow and develop into utility of exchange fascinates me. 

If you’ve never heard of Crypto currencies, let alone Doge, I encourage you to check them out.  There are literally hundreds of crypto currencies to choose from, all with communities there to help you out.


Racing “DNA”… Diversity Needs Acceptance.

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With the motorsport world still seemingly debating the issue of women racers, it was heartening to see two female friends achieving success at the weekend. Vicky Piria recorded her first F3 podium at Paul Ricard, while Alice Powell romped to yet another F3 victory at her home circuit of Silverstone. It was further proof, if it was needed, that women do, of course, have the requisite mental aptitude not only to race but to race fast, hard and successfully.

I’ve been thinking about the topic quite a lot recently. Why haven’t we seen more women racing in F1? And it has led me down many paths. Paths based not simply upon gender, but upon nationality, race and, latterly, paths based upon sexuality.

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The Greatest Rivalry in Sports

No other rivalry has the competitive history, proximity, and legacy of the Duke v. UNC men’s basketball game.  It is the best rivalry in college sports.  And it may be the best rivalry in all of American sports.  The two dominate the ACC, year in and year out as the pretenders rise temporarily then crash back down to earth.  80% of ACC Regular Season Titles since 1953 have been won by Duke or UNC.  That is downright staggering.

Other prominent rivalries may have the legacy and passion, but not the competitiveness.  Sure games may be close, but how often are both teams ranked in the Top 10?  Or a Regular Season Champion is determined in that rivalry game?  What about proximity?  Only eight miles separates Duke and UNC- fans, and students are thrown together everywhere they go in the triangle (RTP) of North Carolina.

Duke and UNC is a personal rivalry.  The two fan bases detest the other, calling them arrogant, snobbish, weak, etc., when in fact those adjectives could be used to accurately describe either school.  Honest fans will admit as much.

Tonight’s game is going to be what every Duke v. UNC game should be: passionate, spontaneous, loud, and aggressive.  Go UNC!

And the South Goes Insane

An ice storm fell across North Carolina this week leaving my home without power for two days.  And while I was able to commute to work, life after work revolved around which bar to spend the evening at.  Who wants to sit at home with no power and heat when one can spend the evening at a local bar enjoying delicious craft brew?

The South is many things, and ill-prepared for snow and ice is one of them.  Hurricanes?  No problem.   But, that cold wet stuff falling from the sky and turning into that stuff I’d normally put into a glass of scotch?  Oh my, it’s the end of the world! At least that’s how Southerner’s react.  Truly, people go insane- driving is a nightmare with stop lights out, Christ sakes people ever heard of a four way stop.  And don’t even think of picking up a few supplies for a two day ice storm- Betty and Jimmy down the road have already stocked up for Armageddon.

Just take one look at Atlanta- it’s an absolute nightmare that they (all of the South) was ill-prepared for.   Since when have the Southern states had not one, but two record breaking cold snaps within two weeks of each other?  I can’t remember the last time, maybe someone else can tell me.

Thankfully, the cold has departed and left us in southeast North Carolina with perfectly enjoyable and normal 58 degree, sunshine filled days.  Perfect weather for biking, kayaking, running, reading, etc… It’s a return to normal, and with it I hope everyone will calm down and remember, come July, you’ll wish it was in the 30’s again.  Just sayin’.

Suffocated by Choice

I miss the old days of music- not the oldies, the 90’s, 80’s, or even rockabilly- no, I miss the days access to millions of songs at the press of a button was nonexistent.  The days you heard a song on the radio and may never find out the artist and be left wondering if you’d ever hear that song again.  I miss those days because music lovers had little choice, and choice drives me batty.

Today Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Grooveshark, iTunes, CD’s (say what?), and countless others, beg for your attention- “I’ve got tens of millions of the best songs, sign up now!”  Oh kill me.  Tens of millions?  How is anyone able to take advantage of such a large collection?  I certainly don’t.  

Because I’m able, at the click of a button, to access tens of millions of songs- new, old, obscure, or world renowned-  my listening hours are spent simply repeating the same songs I already know I love.  For example, playlists- playlists are great, unless you’re me and only listen to the same playlist while driving.  Even at work, I’ll turn on Pandora, set it to shuffle my eight stations and proceed to listen all day.  Day in, day out.  Pandora is great, but even it gets repetitive (if I hear one more Dixie Chicks song, I may shoot myself). 

Then there are the people who have large music collections or a wide variety of musical taste.  How do you manage all that music?  iTunes? But, what about those new albums you want to sample. Or  the sheer cost of purchasing all the music it would take to complete your music collection (especially if you’re like me, and don’t believe in buying “Singles”).  Keep it on Spotify or one of the other streaming services?  Well they’re all shit for managing your collection (except Rdio, Rdio rocks) and then you don’t technically own it.  What if you’re in a location with no service?  Outta luck, unless you’ve synced a playlist. 

It’s obvious that I don’t actually miss the olden days of music as I stated earlier.  I’m simply frustrated by all the choice in the modern music industry. The music I already enjoy plus all the bands and sounds I want to try and I simply haven’t gotten the time or put in the effort to take advantage of it all.  I’m frustrated with choice, and it’s no one’s fault other than my own.  I’ve gotten complacent in the management of my musical tastes; songs are heard and forgotten as the next specially selected song begins. 

Music in my life has become a backdrop to my daily activities, rather than a theme and source of motivation.  I don’t let it improve my day, but be a forgotten part of it. 

Using Rdio (been a subscriber for nearly 12 months), Songza (for new artist discovery), and Pandora (when I don’t feel like DJ’ing) I’ve set out to rediscover the joy of music.  What that entails? I don’t know just yet, but whatever it is got off to a good start this morning with- “The Lions Roar” by First Aid Kit.