We Already Have a Digital Currency
29 May 2024 | 10:30 am

Bitcoin and their ilk really aren't my thing, but many talk about the need for a digital currency. But here's the thing - we already have one, don't we?

I'm not the right person to talk about crypto currencies. Personally, I think they're nothing more than a glorified ponzi scheme that collectively use more power globally than most countries.

TL;DR they're a joke.

But lots of people think they're useful, especially when it comes to talking less about the scummy side of crypto currencies, and more about the potential for a legit digital currency.

The world is becoming more and more digitised. We use our phones to pay things, we use our watches to pay things (well, I don't, but many do), and banks transfer trillions of £, $, €, ¥ etc. digitally every single day.

When traders make millions of dollars worth of trades before lunch, do you think there are trucks scooting around physically moving all those dollar bills? Of course there aren't - a billion dollars weighs around 3 tonnes, but it can be moved from one bank to another with a single keystroke.

And there's the rub. Yes, there's still physical currency that exists in our wallets and in vaults somewhere, but the vast majority of currency is moved around digitally.

Doesn't that mean that we already have digital currencies? They're already here, folks. So pack away the millions of graphics cards whirling away in warehouses all over the world.

Mission accomplished.

Let's make the world a little a lot greener and turn off all those miners, shall we?


An Evening Stroll in the Field
26 May 2024 | 8:45 pm

We've been trying to decide what to do with our larger field. I think we have a plan, now.

So we split our little 2.5 acre smallholding into 3 sections; that's 2 fields and the "home part" shown in blue below:

Ariel view of our plot

At this point, I've pretty much got field 1 like a lawn, and we use it all the time for the kids to play in, the chickens to cluck about in, and the dogs to frolic in. It's pretty nice:

Field 1 - like a lawn

But field 2 -- which is around double the size of field 1 -- we've had little use for. I attempted to mow it one time last year, and that ended in failure. Since then, we've pretty much left it alone and decided to just let it grow wild.

It turns out we quite like it like that.

So what we've decided to so, is mow some paths through the field to allow the dogs to frolic, and the kids to play. Both of which love it, because in parts, the grass is as tall as me (6' 2" / 188cm) so it's like a huge maze for us all.

An evening stroll

It's been a busy weekend, and we haven't had a chance to walk the dogs today. It's fine, because they potter with us all day, but I prefer to get out with them. So tonight, once the kids were in bed, my wife and I took the dogs out in our maze.

One of the paths I put in the field heads straight to our little stream. Which, of course, the dogs love.

Both our dogs in "our maze"
One of my dogs by our stream

Now it's back to house for a (decaf) coffee, to watch the F1 qualifying with two tired (and wet) pooches in tow. It times like this I count myself very lucky indeed. Maybe it is all worth the hard work?

We're thinking about seeding more wild flowers in field 2 next year, and maybe getting a bee hive or 2, we will see though.


It's All Very Narcissistic, Right?
21 May 2024 | 1:45 pm

So yesterday I published a post about logging which watches I wear. It's been a fun little coding challenge for me, and I'm proud of myself. But there's always someone who has to piss on your parade.

In response to that post, I received an email that said:

Kev,

I read your post on logging your watch wearing. Don't you think it's a little narcissistic? I mean who wants to know which watch you wear, really?

-- Reply guy

Yep, you're absolutely right, Mr Reply Guy. However, if there's ever a place where I can be narcissistic on the internet, it's my site. Plus, the log isn't really for other people. If they find it useful then great, but the main point of that tool is for me to track my watch wearing.

I think a year from now it will be cool to see which watches I've been wearing the most, and which I'm not really wearing.

Anyway, feel free to get back under your bridge, Reply Guy. 👍



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