Day 30 the one with some Kansas basketball and some writing goals

Nuggets live game

2018: Day 30 the one with some Kansas basketball and some writing goals
Word count 78,137 + 3,007 or 81,144 of 1,000,000
Words behind goal: 8,856 (February goal will be 3,317 words per day)

Dear Reader,

This missive of consciousness will be streaming to you a little bit later in the day than expected. Last night I shutdown my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P before hitting my 3,000 word writing target and went to bed. All the writing that was going to happen had happened. The intellectual well was dry. At that point, the journey was done for the day. My thoughts were basically over for the night. Today my mind is alive with thoughts and observations. None of them are very nice. That is probably the byproduct of this wicked migraine. These things happen from time to time, but today is one of those weird days where my headache has lingered. Ugh —- enough about my wild migraines.

This weekend is still looming big in our household. Everybody is just a touch worn down from all the birthday party shenanigans. I have started looking at getting some more Denver Nuggets tickets. That game was pretty fun to attend in person. We are drawing closer to the end of the season. In May just before my birthday the NBA finals will begin. Maybe next year the Nuggets will build a team that could make a legitimate championship run. I’m ok with just seeing some competitive games. This last one was pretty good. So good in fact that you are going to be graced with another Denver Nuggets thumbnail today. This one attached to this blog post is of some actual live game action. I was looking for another really good weekend game that starts early enough to work with my schedule. I’m not big on staying up until really late at night. That is not really something that I want to do on purpose.

At a pace of 3,000 words per day we should be hitting 90,000 words written by the end of day 30 of this writing challenge. You might be surprised to know that today is day 30 and we are not on track to hit 90,000 words. After 29 days my word total was at 78,137. You can probably tell that productivity is not hitting the mark. To hit the 1,000,000 word mark my daily average in 2018 has to stay about 2,739.73 words per day. After 29 days my average words per day is at 2,694.38. That is close to the target, but it is below the target. To catch up in one solid shot of writing it it would require a big day of 11,683 words. That is probably not going to happen tonight. I mean it could happen. It would probably require a good deal of inspiration to strike all at one time. I would pretty much have to catch writing lightning in a bottle. It will probably be a more effective strategy to just increase my writing target by a couple hundred words per day until things average out.

I did not realize until writing this post that I was so far behind my daily writing goal. This is one of those things that did not happen all at one time. Several days had to contribute to this curious problem of lower-than-expected writing output. I’m going to try to write as much today and tomorrow as I can manage to help catch up. I knew that writing 1,000,000 words in the same year would be hard. It will take a sustained level of dedication. From here on out it has to be about exceeding my daily writing goal. One day at a time. One batch of 3,000 words at a time. I’m going to stand up from my desk and run a victory lap after hitting 100,000 words for the year. That is going to happen at some point next month. It will be an exciting moment and it will be followed up by 9 more 100,000 word writing milestones this year. That is an exciting thing to think about. It is still a little bit daunting.

I’m thinking about potentially including the differential within the byline. That might have helped me avoid getting behind on delivering my writing goal. Sometimes having a really solid beramater for success can drive things forward. It is also possible that maybe it is better just not to know exactly how far off the goal really is in terms of writing productivity. Keeping that type of bellwether statistic at the ready might just cause the prose to be forced. You will already know from the top of this blog post if that metric was included. I’m not sure even if gets included today if it is a metric that should linger at the top of my blog posts. Writing 3,000 words per day has turned out to be a really legitimate challenge. I probably just need to grab my C101P when my alarm goes off at 5:30 AM and start writing. Those first few minutes of the day are not very productive. Those minutes before coffee are always just a little bit off.

Topic 1: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats

I’m gearing up to watch some basketball tonight. The game is on ESPN tonight. At some point, I will be getting bowl of Nearly Naked popcorn. That is my go to snack at the moment. Captain Pickles is running amuck in the house at the moment. Something is going to get chewed up. Puppies are difficult at times. I do not ever remember having as much energy as this dog does. It comes in waves and it is intense. Today should feature a college basketball game that is enjoyable to watch. Those Kansas State Wildcats tend to put up a fight, but they don’t really have the caliber of players necessary to compete in the Big 12. I’m still a little shocked that the Big 12 still only has 10 teams. At some point, it would make sense to expand back to 12 member institutions. I’m gearing up to watch some basketball tonight on the old Sony Bravia television. I looked at some of the new Sony 4K Bravia televisions. They look pretty fantastic, but the cost was on the prohibitive side of things.

I did spend some time looking at projectors tonight. It would be nice to be able to project up on the ceiling. Television has been about screens. Eventually we will see screens be replaced by some flavor or headsets or projectors. That is something that I would have thought would happen before 2018. For some reason it seems like smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions are still the primary content consumption devices. Projects are not in that top 4 media content consumption devices. Perhaps that might change at some point, but it will not be this year. This game is much closer than it should be here as we are approaching half time. Kaylee is almost asleep. I’m going to be able to watch the 2nd half and eat popcorn downstairs.

Ok this game has 2:25 left in the first half. Svi is really starting to develop into a complete player. Coach Bill Self is going to have to work on developing the team as a whole this year to have a solid tournament run. Halftime is here. Kansas State missed their last 12 field goals going into halftime. The halftime show is not compelling at all. I have come to the conclusion that both sports television and the 24 hour news challenge folks should expel the guests that just spew nonsense. If the guest or host cannot engage in substantive conversation that elevates the level of discourse they need to be removed. I’m just tired of the shouting and rampid talking over people that happens on television. That is just an unnecessary level of nonsense that makes its way onto television.

Topic 2: My next computer case

For the last week or so the Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 – High Airflow ATX Cube Case has been sitting in my Newegg cart. One of the specs on it is 3 internal 3.25” bays. I’m wondering exactly what parts should be included in my next computer build. Now really is not a very good time to build a computer. Prices on components seem to be higher than the last time I build a computer back in 2016. I looked all over for my stack of motherboards and could not find them in the garage. It is possible that the motherboards are gone forever.

I’m thinking of just ordering the case ahead of time and build the computer one part a time. This game just keeps going with the Jayhawks not really pulling ahead.

Topic 2: My 7th NiceHash Miner Payment

Very early this morning NiceHash sent a wallet payment my way for the last 3 days of mining efforts. This was by far my smallest payment from NiceHash. Apparently, that day of letting xmr-stak run mining TurtleCoin was enough to depress my overall payment by about 0.0002 BTC. Converting that to USD equates to $2.17 at present BTC to USD values. They change all the time, but you get the picture of the opportunity cost to stop renting hashing power to NiceHash and mine 1,038 TRTL. At this point, I can comfortably say that the opportunity cost of $2.17 USD was well worth it.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

7. 2018-01-30 04:28:59 Mining payment → 0.00102840 BTC
6. 2018-01-27 04:51:21 Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 04:25:25 Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 05:32:06 Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 04:27:55 Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 04:30:34 Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 04:51:00 Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

The 7th payment does not cross the 0.002 threshold in my NiceHash wallet for a free transfer to Coinbase. You can imagine that the whole process of mining and transferring to Coinbase is based on having the BTC in a wallet where it can be exchanged for USD. That is the game plan. At the end of the 100 days of mining adventure all that BTC that will have been collected will need to be sold to USD via the exchange to allow for paying off the graphics card that was purchases. At the very least it will be an offset to the cost if not an overage.

Topic 3: On my Nexus 9 tablet

My Nexus 9 tablet is still running. Today it seems to be faster and run better than the day I bought it. It is an LTE enabled tablet. I set it up on the Google Project Fi data only service. That makes it a great little device for browsing and accessing the internet on the go. Most of my writing efforts have switched over to the ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P. That device has no LTE antenna and requires a Wi-Fi connection. I guess my Google Nexus 9 tablet went end of life back in October 2016. The last security update it has downloaded was the September 5, 2017 android security patch. Apparently the end of guaranteed security updates was October 2017. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do to update the device. It is running Webroot SecureAnywhere mobile complete security. That is probably the best thing I can do now that the system itself is not being updated by Google. It is a great little tablet. I’m going to use it until the day it stops working.

That is the hard part of buying technology. Google has some different upgrade paths for technology and it is very interesting. My Chromebooks appear to upgrade as long as Google is making updates to Chrome. Phones and tablets seem to have a different upgrade path that involves an end of life cliff that just makes them less valuable over time. I’ll admit that my smartphones do not really last longer than the update window of a couple years. For some reason, I am rather hard on my phones. They get used daily and travel with me all over the place. That combination of being carried everywhere and heavy usage pretty much means they are not going to last forever. My Nexus 9 tablet oddly just keeps marching along. A couple quick searches of my Inbox found this email update, “Your Google Store Order from Jun 28, 2015 Has Shipped.” that means that my Nexus 9 is only 3 years old. It feels like a much older device. I guess that is the way of technology these days. Things are going end of life in the technology world at an increasing pace.

Topic 4: Hard drive mining

At this point in time, I do not really understand all of these folks mining using hard drives. It seems rather interesting and I’m going to spend some time today working to understand it. It seems a little bit like an interesting setup. I’m wondering if this is going to star a run on hard drives at some point. We have seen a massive run on graphics cards. They are pretty much sold out everywhere. It seems like the setup for this type of hard drive mining is more intense than just installing NiceHash. Maybe the barrier to entry for the process will help keep some of those hard drives on the shelf. It might be worth a trip out and about to see if these massive external hard drives are disappearing from shelves.

After giving this whole hard drive mining thing some thought my real question about the whole setup is not profitability it is what it would do to my internet bandwidth. I have never hit the bandwidth limit from my cable company. I’m wondering what would happen if you put 100 terabytes up on this storage system. I’m assuming that means that you are going to pull data up and down. I’m going to try to learn some more about how the process works so I can understand my concerns about bandwidth. You can tell that this is a topic that I’m very curious about and what to learn more about. So many of these new mining methods, technologies, and even schemes are spinning up. I do mean schemes in the nefarious sense of the whole thing. Some these things cannot possibly be legitimate.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker PC and my ASUS C101P using Google Docs

P.S. The hunt for my glasses continues. I am not exactly sure where the lastest pair of them actually went. This n-2 pair is working out well enough. These last couple of days I have really needed to put on the glasses and go about my day. That is not really something that happens on a normal basis. I wear them a bit each week. Mostly when I am looking at the screen for long periods of time. Most of my computer based efforts are really 20 to 30 minute spurts. Very few of the things besides writing require over an hour of dedicated screen viewing in one sitting. That is really a very good thing and something that I have tried to ensure holds true. I had thought about the day in terms of 30 minute blocks. I try to stay focused within each 30 minute block on something that requires my attention. Anything that starts eating up more and more blocks I start to ask myself why that activity or topic is requiring so much time and effort. Maybe that is the key to how I start to break down complexity in solvable blocks.

My office is almost cleaned up. The underside of my desk is clean enough. I still need to work on some cable management. I have a photo of Captain Pickles looking out the window that will be a thumbnail at some point. You can see in the photo that last bit of under desk cable management that needs to be completed. It is a process. That part of the process is not complete. Today my focus should have been on the built in wooden office bookshelf sitting next to me. It is on my right and it is a mess. Maybe I’ll change things up and focus on the bookshelf behind me and work on cleaning all of that up. I do need to take down the reflective picture frames and move them to the other wall at some point. They have been creating lighting challenges for my videos.

I’m going to start from the bottom shelf of bookshelf and work my way up one shelf at a time. That should be a good way to start making some progress on getting the entire room cleaned up. My time here in January is drawing short and now is the time to finish cleaning things up for my triumphant YouTube return when February starts. I want the backdrop for my videos to be free from clutter and nonsense. So much stuff has been dumped on my bookshelves and that it has been there for years in some cases. I’m not sure any of it is needed on a daily basis. It is just stuff. It is just stuff that sits on a shelf. Outside of residing on the shelf it does not do anything useful for me. That means cleaning it up should just reduce clutter and have no real impact on my day to day activities. You will be able to tell soon enough if my efforts were successful or if more work still needs to be done.

I’m writing the last sentence or two of the post for today. It is strange enough that Google Docs believes this post is over 3,000 words and my weblog software does not. I guess we have to keep using the weblog software as the single source of truth.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 29 the one where I mined some TurtleCoin cryptocurrency

Pepsi Center

2018: Day 29 the one where I mined some TurtleCoin cryptocurrency
Word count 75,128 + 3,009 or 78,137 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Last night we went to the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets play basketball against the Dallas Mavericks. You are probably aware of that from last nights blog post. Today you are getting another thumbnail from that trip. This one is from outside the Pepsi Center right before we went in to watch the game. Overall, I think the Pepsi Center is a decent event center. It works great for basketball and hockey. It would be fun to get season tickets to one of those teams. Maybe that is something that will happen at some point. At this point, I think it might be a special occasion or a few games a year kind of thing. One thing is for sure. I do consider Colorado Avalanche hockey tickets to be expensive. Today I’m pretty tired from watching the whole Denver Nuggets game and getting behind on my overall writing schedule. Trying to catch up means that today is going to be a big day of writing. Maybe I can find something that will help energize my enthusiasm for writing today. That might just mean expanding my mining efforts.

Topic 0: Mining some TurtleCoin

Thanks in part to the latest podcast from Kevin Rose called Block Zero I started to mine some TurtleCoin shares today. Yeah I have ventured out from the relative safety of the NiceHash Miner ecosystem to a fringe cryptocurrency. Today I listened to the founder of TurtleCoin on the Kevin Rose podcast. I went out and elected to download and install this mining software for TurtleCoin. That is not really an endorsement on my part. I mostly just thought it would be amusing to mine for a few turtles. They gave me 10 turtles for my wallet via something called a faucet and I managed to mine for another pending balance of 24.15 TRTL. Maybe just the idea of having 34.15 TRTL amuses me. Yeah —- you can probably tell it amused me. Letting the GPU miner xmr-stak.exe run on a TurtleCoin pool was enough to reduce my NiceHash daily estimated BTC to less than one dollar. It was an acceptable opportunity cost.

The process to install everything to mine TurtleCoin on Windows 10 was pretty easy. I downloaded the software package from Github. The main TurtleCoin website will point you in the right direction for the current download. You can visit the online domain TurtleCoin.lol and find the download. I’m really not sure that you should do that. I mostly mined the cryptocurrency for amusement. After downloading the package it seemed to want to run a blockchain sync process for like an hour. After all the synching was complete it asked me to start a new wallet. That was pretty easy they have have a text based simple wallet function built into the platform. The idea of using a text based wallet took me back a bit. I’m sure at some point they will have a nice GUI based wallet that installs from the start. At some point, I’m going to have to figure out how to sell a TurtleCoin. It does not appear they are on any of the exchanges at this time.

That first 500 words from the blog post were an example of overly stilted technical prose without enough explanation to really define the topics being discussed. Alas, I’ll try to do better at some point during this writing journey. Sometimes I spiral down down a path toward sharing information vs. telling a story in a useful way. The TurtleCoin miner has been running all afternoon. I have about 800 coins mined so far. It takes a minimum of 1,000 coins for the mining pool to transfer the coins back to my simple wallet. Oddly, I have no plans to do anything with the coins. It just seemed like something that would be fun to get setup and fun to mine for the day. So many cryptocurrencies exist. You have to be careful downloading and working with miner software. Even this one miner that Kevin Rose has used and people seem to talk about flags my Webroot antivirus software. After I get to 1,000 coins the software is getting quarantined and removed. Cryptocurrency really is the wild wild west of software online.

My Windows 10 installation on its own is very stable. Today alone I have seen about three all out system crashes and restart events. That probably has something to do with all the mining software. It is possible that running the NiceHash and the TurtleCoin software at the same time is not the greatest idea. That did not stop me from making it happen. I’m tracking the mining progress and counting down till that 1,000th coin gets mined tonight. Things are getting close the latest count is over 930 coins. My general thoughts on TurtleCoin are really summed up by all the questions I have about it. People who really got into bitcoin early got to see coins arrive much faster. That was what peaked my interest in TurtleCoin today. I wanted the experience of watching the miner find a ton of coins. It really is more fun that way. My NiceHash miner pays out in BTC. You are probably aware by now that all of my mining efforts have resulted in just a fraction of one bitcoin. I’m talking serious decimal places. Watching a miner bring in coin after coin is way more fun.

My open TurtleCoin wallet address is TRTLuyBt4HK8fs8g7PjVVaSToM8dsVmUeV3cKvs8fughh3qNrd49zAG33DhHhJuVQoUUmnEUBqdkmHh3rgBEwE15PYaHxfzLggv

Topic 1: Mining strategy

This is a topic I struggle with. It was literally hard to write about. You are probably only getting a paragraph on this one. I believe that blockchain as a technology has some very real and meaningful use cases. Some of the cryptocurrencies being built now and from what I can tell 1,000s of them exist are highly suspect. The value of them has been questioned by Warren Buffett and countless others. That is what makes this effort highly conflicted. In terms of a long term mining strategy it might be prudent to simply mine a bunch of coins on each of the emerging coins and hope one of them ends up being the next bitcoin. We will call this the buckets of everything rainy day fund approach. That is one way to go about it. It is a rather blanked coverage option that simply hedges by covering all the bases. People use all sorts of mining strategies. My selection of NiceHash to mine by selling hashing power has worked out well. I’ll be able to recoup the cost of my graphics cards and move on with some BTC. A strategy that involves mining a ton of different coins and home one of them hits it big probably has greater upside potential. It also has greater risk to completely fail as a strategy.

Topic 2: Star Trek Discovery

Tonight is the night that episode 13 of the CBS streaming series Star Trek Discovery is available. The new Xbox One S is setup to play that episode shortly. Joni is legit excited about new Star Trek episodes. I’m still wondering if I should watch all the Star Trek Voyager Borg episodes instead. It might be better to just watch a couple episodes of Voyager each day instead of trying to watch all the borg episodes back to back. Paying CBS a monthly fee to watch shows with commercial still brings sadness to my life. Maybe at some point CBS will accept TurtleCoin. I would feel better about giving them turtles. I just checked in on the my TurtleCoin mining effort and my wallet has received a payment of 1,028 coins. I guess now would be the time to check off mining 1,000 coins from my to do list for the night. It looks like we missed a few episodes this year already. I’m about to get a bowl of Nearly Naked popcorn. It is pretty good. I guess the last episode we watched was episode 9. Today we are watching episode 10 on the CBS streaming app via our Xbox One S. As you can tell I’m not 100% supportive of CBS charging me for streaming shows, but I do like having new episodes of Star Trek. If I was in charge of television programming, then they would still be making episodes of Firefly. This episode is a massive plot pivot. We will find out shortly if this is massively lazy writing or inventive story telling. It could end up going either way.

Topic 3: Rounding out the night

Today I have been working on catching up to my expected word count. I spent several hour messing around with TurtleCoin today. That was an interesting foray into mining a minor cryptocurrency with a small and wild community. I checked out the Discord website/chat community part of TurtleCoin for an hour or so. It really cemented my thoughts on building a 2nd computer or potentially digging out an old motherboard and dropping a decent graphics card on it. That is probably something that every mining hobbyist has done already. That is where all the graphics cards have gone. I’m going to try to figure out where my pile of old motherboards went. The last time I remember seeing them was in the garage, but that was a couple of weeks ago.

This will be a week where a ton of work needs to happen. It will be very busy. We are quickly approaching February. I’m considering marking February a themed writing month. That is a compelling idea that pulls me in far enough for some consideration, but it does not seem likely for actual execution. The idea of me sticking to a single writing theme for an entire month of producing prose is highly unlikely. February has 28 days. That pretty much equates to writing 84,000 words on a specific theme. I guess it could all be spent writing a thriller novel or maybe a treatise on the future of blockchain. It could just be a month of rambling and roving prose that focuses in on the events of the day.

Topic 4: The final lap of catching up

What a whirlwind of a weekend. Our trusty toaster even gave way this weekend. We had to make a special trip to Costco and pick either the 4 slice or 2 slice toaster. That is pretty much it. They only had two options for toasters at the Costco. Things worked out well enough we went with the 2 slice toaster option. The last toaster never really worked right. It was a horrible product, but we used it until it failed. Costco had a couple options for toaster ovens. We have never had one. They seem rather pleasant. You may not be surprised to know that “toaster oven vs. toaster” is a commonly searched term on Google. Searching for “toaster oven use cases” did not produce as many results as I would have expected. It might have been a better strategy to search for recipes and toaster ovens. I settled in to read an article from the Food Network on the, “13 reasons you are underestimating your toaster oven.” Obviously, the idea of making some cornbread jumped out at me. It is pretty unlikely that we are going to buy a toaster oven and that is undoubtedly also the reason why we don’t have a toaster oven. That was an example of causality in action. Our lack of interest is the reason we don’t have one.

I just realized that we are at like 2,000 words for the day. I could just leave the post like this and move on. That would be admitting defeat.

Topic 5: Breaking out my glasses

I just ended up breaking out my glasses. It took me a minute to try and locate them today. I found pair n-1 and pair n-2. At the moment I’m actually wearing n-2 from a few years back. My new glasses are around here somewhere, but where exactly they have gone I am not sure. Up until a few minutes ago I thought that my new glasses were in the car. It turned out the glasses in the car were actually n-2. Maybe I’ll check my Timbuk2 command messenger bag. One sec.

They were not in the messenger bag either. Now i’m wondering if maybe they got put in a suit pocket and are upstairs somewhere or fell out at the dry cleaners. Today has been a day of the music of Guthrie Govan. That happens from time to time. It is not something that happens every day and Govan is by no means as much a part of my life as the music of Warren Zevon.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. You may not have enjoyed my deep dive into the word of fringe cryptocurrency today. The topic has caught my attention. I learn best when doing applied research. That means really digging into and understanding things in a hands on way. Just reading about working with a command line based cryptocurrency would not be as interesting as actually doing it. Just digging in and reading step by step guides is exciting. It was even more exciting to see the TurtleCoins start to show up. That part of the process really is like mining gold. That rush is more than just being in the wild wild west it is about the promise of future gains. I would be amused to see the value of TurtleCoin go up. That would be the best case scenario. Based on my review of my NiceHash mining data the opportunity cost was about $3.50. I’m sure the process of mining and digging into TurtleCoin provided me more than the opportunity cost in pure entertainment value.

It may be a regular thing for me to dig into and mine a few fringe cryptocurrencies. That means they are new enough to not be on an exchange or be supported by an ecosystem like NiceHash or Coinbase. That also means they have a much smaller market cap and could potentially grow at a much higher multiplier. People are always looking for the next great stock. I guess finding the next great coin might just be like that search. You would have to put in a few caveats about the inherent risk within the cryptocurrency market. The fluctuations are great and the risk of things just disappearing goes up as you venture toward the fringes. It is a strange world where people are publishing white papers and trying to extend the foundations of blockchain for privacy, security, and interesting use cases. We will see where it all ends up and that is something that will probably be highly variable for the next three years.

It is a wild time in the world of cryptocurrencies. So many of them are popping up and the technology is changing rapidly. A lot of Github projects are launching and forking at high speed. That means that we are seeing a great deal of innovation. It also means that the number of scams and technologies that will fail is very high. You have to really pay attention to what you are getting involved in. Warren Buffett and a lot of very skilled evaluators of economics think this is a huge bubble waiting to crash. That should give you pause. My efforts are for research and entertainment purposes. That means if all my coins fall to a value of zero I’m ok with that.

Now the whole concept of building another computer to mine with is probably counter to the sentiment in the previous paragraph. I know that is the case. My interest in building another duel graphics card computer is probably misguided. It is probably based on the fact that I like to build new computers and it seems like an interesting thing to do given the potential offset of cost from NiceHash mining. The market could tank and remove the possibility of that offset. That a very real concern about this whole cryptocurrency mining bubble that exists. It all could come crashing down or the party could go on for a year or two. We will see for sure. I’m kind of curious to see which way it will end up going.

Ok. I need to go buy a bag of salt for the driveway. Apparently it is supposed to snow later this week and I need to be prepared. That should be pretty easy. I’m going to buy a bucket to keep the salt in as well. We had a ton of snow that has been slowly melting in the yard, but we lucked out and did not have all that much ice in the driveway. That is where things get really difficult. Snow is easy enough to deal with, but ice is an entirely different story altogether.

Getting to 3,000 words today was rather hard. It took a lot of effort and determination to push to hitting the goal. Maybe that comes at a cost to the quality of the prose being produced or maybe it just washes out in the end. Either way it happened. It is done. We hit 3,000 words and I’m going to move on to writing a post for tomorrow. I need to make sure that I do not fall behind again on a weekend.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 28 the one with Denver Nuggets, Butterflies, and my 6th NiceHash miner payment

Nuggets game seats

2018: Day 28 the one with Denver Nuggets, Butterflies, and my 6th NiceHash miner payment
Word count 72,117 + 3,011 or 75,128 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Get some espresso. Check. Consume that espreso and start the day. Check. Facing a questionable parth forward to writing success tonight is going to be about sprinting to 3,000 words. Between visiting the Butterfly Pavilion all morning for a birthday party and watching an entire Denver Nuggets game today was packed with out of the house adventure. Maybe we should just start with the basic themes that are fueling my writing this year and then try to dig deep for some thoughtful words to close today out. That sounds like a good method to move forward at the moment. The time to write is now. This written session will be all about catching up and breaking through an obstacles or barriers that might be slowing me down.

First up just might be an update on where things stand based on my 100 day cryptocurrency mining marathon. Earlier today all of my cryptocurrency mining efforts yielded a 6th NiceHash wallet payment. My computer has been running the NiceHash Miner software v2.0.1.9 all day every day with two GTX 1060 graphics cards. That resulted in a payment very early this morning of 0.00120973 BTC with a fee of 0.00002469 BTC. That is about $13.78 in USD. My journey toward mining cryptocurrency for 100 straight days continues. That pretty much means that we will be mining from Monday, January 1, 2018, until Wednesday, April 11, 2018. During that time frame every two payments from NiceHash I’m able to transfer funds for free to the Coinbase wallet. Today I ended up with a total of 0.0072 BTC in my Coinbase wallet. That works out to about $82.31 in USD. That number fluctuates rapidly throughout the day. My mining efforts so far are pushing closer and closer to paying off my graphics card purchase.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

6. 2018-01-27 04:51:21 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00120973 BTC
5. 2018-01-24 04:25:25 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
4. 2018-01-21 05:32:06 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
3. 2018-01-18 04:27:55 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2. 2018-01-15 04:30:34 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
1. 2018-01-13 04:51:00 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

At this point adding an NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics card to my computer case would be the best option to really kick up my mining efforts. Unfortunately, the prices of those cards have gone up so much that it does not really make sense to add one for 100 days of mining. It would take a lot longer than 100 days to mine enough using NiceHash Miner to recoup the costs. Assuming that the the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti fully optimized could make about 6 dollars per day and cost about $1,000.00 it would take about 166.66 (decimal repeating of course) days to make back the investment on a pure cash basis. That is not really all that bad all things considered, but it is longer than my timeframe. I’m going to sit back and wait for some sweet NVIDIA Volta or Ampere architecture cards to start rolling out into the wild. You can probably imagine that over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be trying to learn more about the graphics cards that NVIDIA is going to be producing in 2018. The Pascal architecture was an epic leap forward that really did change the landscape of computer graphics. That type of achievement leaves people asking what will be next. People are curious about that from three different perspectives. First, gamers interested in VR, 4K, or just super immersive displays. Second, people driving deep learning forward are hungry for more and more CUDA cores to drive processing forward in new and interesting ways. Third, the increasingly wild wild west of cryptocurrency miners is always looking for the next great technology to increase profitability.

Topic 0: A Kevin Rose podcast

Thanks to the power of a Google Play podcast subscription I have been listening to Block Zero a podcast about cryptocurrency from Kevin Rose. Without hesitation I can say that Kevin has been contributing to my general entertainment for over a decade. These first three podcasts for Block Zero have been really good. The first episode in the series went down a general macroeconomic rabbit hole that was super interesting and oddly technical. It was really interesting to listen to a very engaging conversation about the future of blockchain and just what the idealized version of the technology could do within the broader context of global economies. Each of these podcasts is probably too involved in technological discussions to truly pull in a general audience, but I appreciated them. I guess my note on this one would be a thank you to Kevin Rose for putting this podcast together. Maybe I will figure out how to send Kevin Rose a thank you tweet later on today. I’m not sure if this humble blog is something that draws the attention of Kevin on a daily basis. Maybe Twitter is not the right platform either, but hey it won’t hurt anything to give it a try.

Topic 1: Top Chef Colorado S15 Ep6

It seemed like a good idea it to put on Top Chef Colorado Season 15 episode 6 during naptime at the house. That did not seem to help my writing progress. Today was one of those days that I got sucked into watching the show instead of writing. It turns out that was a questionable choice based on my time management today. Both Joni and I have been rooting for Brother Luck on Top Chef this year. We were patrons of the Craftwood Inn back in Colorado Springs back when Brother Luck was the chef. The episode today was just maddening to watch. I probably should have just spent that entire hour head down writing. That would have helped out my word count. Trying to circle back and write 3,000 words after attending a Denver Nuggets game that started at 7:00 PM on a Saturday night might not have been my best effort at decision making.

Topic 2: Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks

Gates opened at 6:00 PM for the game. We left the house right after 5:30 PM. That gave us enough time to get gasoline and make our way to the Pepsi Center. Traffic was hit or miss just like any journey down I-25. It is a highway listed on the map and it does have all sorts of speed ups and slow downs. Congestion and just out and out poor design have plagued travels for years. Things never really go smoothly on that road. Bottlenecking at on ramps and just general problems happen all the time. Getting to the game on time worked out well enough. We were able to park right in the first lot off Speer. They call it Toyota something. We ended up parking in the second row of cars facing the main entrance road for the Pepsi Center. It was very easy to part and ultimately very easy to get back out of the parking lot. The only really befuddling thing that happened was related to the price of parking. It was $20 cash to park in that lot or $15 if you paid by credit card. That seemed like a scam of some sort, but the printed signs said the same thing. If it was a scam, then they were all in on it. I checked Twitter and nobody else seems to be worried about it.

After arriving and getting parked we ended up being able to walk across the street and stand in line for about 5 minutes before the doors opened at 6:00 PM. Things were going well and we were on our way to our seats. Our seats were just 7 rows back in kind of a corner area to right of a basket. It was super easy for John to be able to really watch the game up close. Essentially we were right next to the television cameras. I’m sure they were really expensive and sadly only HD ready. They were not even filming the game in stunning 4K resolution. That has to change at some point. A major leap in the technology infrastructure surrounding filming live sporting events probably has to change. Those courtside cameras and the cabling, internet pipe, and video editing and processing equipment will have to be upgraded to support 4K content.

This item needs to be addressed, but it did not really upset me at the time. It just sort of grossed me out. John dropped a hot dog on the ground. It resulted in having to make a hard call on what exactly to do with it. It would have been pretty easy to let the kid eat a hot dog off the Pepsi Center floor. Alternatively, it would have been an option to rip my slice of pizza in half and call it good. Obviously, I ripped my slice of Marco’s pizza in half and we abandoned the hot dog. It was one of those things were the hot dog made it from the concessions stand all the way down the steps to our seats. In the process of trying to sit down and add ketchup from packets to the hot dog it just sort of rolled out of the tray and onto the floor. I actually became aware of it from the folks walking by saying “Oh no” and muttering. These things happen I guess.

National Basketball Association games are just better in person. Things seem to move faster. You can really see the pace of play. Something is always happening. They pretty much throw t-shirts or other things into the stands throughout the night. Games are managed really well and things are entertaining. John Paul made it through the entire game. 48 minutes of basketball were viewed. The Nuggets won the game with a defensive stand. All and all things went pretty well. I think the game turned out to be a great birthday present. We even got a Denver Nuggets knit hat for $5 at the start of the game. I think we also got a 1990’s Nuggets poster of some sort. I’m not entirely sure what it was we did not unroll it. We also got an XL Denver Nuggets shirt during one of the 3 point basket celebrations. The person sitting in front of us with a Denver Nuggets Faried 35 jersey on snatched the shirt out of the air one handed and in one fluid motion handed it to John.

Topic 3: Rounding out the day

Without a solid opening vignette yesterday and some poor planning we are at about 2,000 words for the day. I wrote until falling asleep. My best effort was not good enough to bring success to this writing endeavor for the day. My goal went unfulfilled. That is problematic. Right now we are eating into my one day buffer. We have talked about it a little bit before, but I try to finish up the blog post for the next day about 24 hours ahead of posting schedule. That gives me enough buffer room to keep on moving and have some pauses in the whole process. It also gives me enough room to catch up if something goes wrong within my writing schedule. That is what happened this weekend. Right now these words being written really early in the morning should be for tomorrow not today. That pretty much means that throughout Sunday I will be trying to play catch up. It is not that bad really. Today is a day where i just need to produce over 4,000 words to close out the week on a positive note.

I just uploaded 7 photos from the game last night to my blogging software media folder. That means that throughout the week you will get to see some wild and exciting photographs of live NBA action or maybe just photos of the court. That is good news on the thumbnail front. Either I will captures something better this week or I already have it covered. You would be surprised at how much capturing a good thumbnail weights on me throughout the day. Some days I just do not travel around very much. You have to really focus in on taking good photographs when you are out and about to have unique and interesting thumbnails. The only place you would really see them all in chronological order would be on Twitter. It saves all the media from my tweets in one general area. Each blog post contains the photos, but they do not get saved as a gallery anywhere on my website. Pretty soon I will have amassed 31 photos for the month of January. I do not think they will be compiled into a coffee table book of epic photographic artwork.

This blog post for today might just come up short. Writing at this daily pace is supposed to force me to dig deeper and cover topics more fully. That does seem to be happening. I am starting to really move beyond being purely word economic as a writer and provide better coverage of content. Expanding coverage and really thinking about the topics being covered helps fill out all of the supporting details or explore related reasoning. On a side note, I have noticed that my typing this morning is drawing more and more red squiggles from Google Docs. That pretty indicates that I am tired. Fully booted up and well rested my typing is pretty spot on. When I get tired I start leaving out words from sentences and letters from words. The general idea and intent of the expressence are their, but the utterance itself lacks grammatical fortitude.

Pancakes just happened. That means that this catch up writing session has just extended past the early hours of the morning into just the morning. Today I gave some vegetarian hot and spicy patties a try. They were pretty good. I have been eating the maple version with my pancakes. I just switched out my music from industrial rock to the top songs from Halestorm. I had to ask the internet what category of rock Halestorm the band falls into. Apparently if American hard rock was a category they would be the epitome of that category. Otherwise they are probably considered to be hard rock. I am certain that they are not an industrial rock band.

Topic 4: That last effort to close things out

Things are alive in the house by now. Between the wildness of 2 dogs and 2 kids things could be classified between running amuck and outright chaos. That happens. I’m about to go fill up my 48 ounce Nalgene with water for the day. That is pretty much the official start of my day. It lets me know just how much water is on tap and that things are moving right along. Today was a day that started with music vs. listening to the news. Listening to the news this year has been an interesting endeavor. My honest belief is that I could do a better job moderating a news cast than most of the anchors that allow people to just talk over each other in an endless string of self serving sound bytes. That type of surface level conversation compresses the learning potential of the news and creates an echo chamber of political edges that ignore the general will of the people. People just want to know what is going on in the world around them. They want to know if the things that are going on are going to impact them in a positive or negative way. Most of the politics surrounding everything else is more complex than a series of sound bytes is ever going to be able to cover. Seriously, covering things in a meaningful way would take a lot more time than what even the 24 hour news channels devote to anything. It probably has to do with the nature of how news is consumed in single servings at random times. Building up a ton of knowledge about a topic through deep and meaningful conversation requires time. Single serving consumption of major news events with a few minutes here and a few minutes there will never thread the needle to understanding of complex issues. So we have that communication problem to overcome.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Today has hands down been a day of playing catch up. This has been a busy weekend. That happens from time to time. In this household it is going to happen at least twice a year on birthday weekends. Figuring out how to best manage the challenge of writing 3,000 words a day and not dropping any other balls is really difficult. That might just sound like hyperbole, but it is really just literal prose. Keeping up with my 1,000,000 words in a year challenge is going to require a huge time commitment, but it really should not stand in the way of general family merriment. Oops, I forgot to fill up that water bottle. I’ll be right back…

I’m back to round out those last 50 words necessary to push this post up and over the 3,000 word threshold. Those words will be written one word at a time with a positive attitude focused on what can be done and what is possible as this day starts to kick into high gear. Ok —- we are about to hit 3,000 words and be caught up just in time to start working on another 3,000 words for today.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 27 the one where we talked some core values and wondered about dinner

parking lot snow

2018: Day 27 the one where we talked some core values and wondered about dinner
Word count 69,107 + 3,010 or 72,117 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Tonight we are going out to dinner. I am rather excited about it. It is very rare that we have an adult dinner out on the town. Things went well enough. The weather in Denver has been unseasonably warm. We have had a lot less snow than I have seen before. Things did get down to about 30 degree tonight. You might have noticed that the blog post is starting a little later in the timeline today than usual. Things just worked out that way. Writing tonight started late at 7:46 PM. Normally in the morning a quick little vignette writing session occurs. That vignette gets a little bit autobiographical or very focused on a specific topic. Even a few words strung together makes things a little bit easier for the evening writing session. Today was just not want of those days. I have an idea why that happened, but it is less than flattering.

Recovering from that slight fall in the backyard the other day is taking longer than expected. It seems like that is the case more and more as each year passes. Today I went with a ThermaCare back heat wraps. It worked well enough to remove the stiffness and get me back up and running. Some basic stretching also seemed to help. It was really just one of those take a step and sorta tumble over falls in the backyard on a bunch of ice covered in snow. Besides hurting my pride it really was just my full weight landing on my back. Nothing got bruised, broken, or sprained. That happened. We talked about it. I am going to try to move on from it. For those of you who know me well enough to know that a big old tumble displeased me greatly.

My entire office desk is now cleaned up and ready to go. That pretty much means you are probably getting a random fish photograph as a thumbnail today. I’m sure that will bring joy to your life. Pictures of fishes from the Denver Downtown Aquarium are the best. You are in luck that I do not have that many more of them to share with you. Tomorrow when we visit the Butterfly Pavilion for a birthday party i will have to replenish my stock photography backstore. Having a unique and interesting photo to link to each blog post is really beyond my current skills. I’m sure by summer it will have devolved into a cute puppy photo of the day.

Overall my office is about half way cleaned up. If you divide it up into four quadrants, then the two closest to the wall that include my desk are good to go. The two quadrants that include the doors are still a mess. Oh wow Captain Pickles just got right up in my face while I was writing with my Bose Qc35 headphones on. These headphones really are good at noise cancelling I did not even remotely see the dog approaching. Most of the time I end up writing with just one headphone on and the other sorta half off my ear so that I can hear things going on around me. Tonight based on the amount of productivity that needs to occur in a very short window I thought it would be a good idea to just lock in and focus on writing. To that end the noise cancelling headphones were fully engaged. They worked. I was surprised. That will probably happen again at some point.

Topic 1: My core values

This topic could take awhile or maybe I will end up being overly word economic and it will just take a few sentences. You will know which way it went as you keep reading this section. It should become pretty obvious which way it went. My core values are an expression of where I am at today. They fit with my thoughts at this moment. Maybe they will change over time, but they have been in place for some time. It bascily for better or worse goes a little bit like this: collaboration, transparency, and preventing failure are the triumvirate of values that guide my actions. Yeah I know what that word means, but I like to extend it to operationally cover three guiding values. You may have guessed that I am not sorry for stringing that sentence together or extending the meaning of that one word. I’m going to spend the next three paragraphs describing what those values mean to me. You might have a little different take on them, but that is ok.

Collaboration to me describes the process of working with a myriad of different folks to accomplish common goals. Sure you can collaborate with just one person, but in my experience things are usually more complex than that in the real world. The reason for me that collaboration is a value that stands out is pretty simple. Together we have the potential to accomplish great things. Together we are better together (Putnam, 2004). The broader academy of human thought that contains all of our written knowledge was built on the shoulder of giants. It would be pure hubris to believe that one person alone can consome and work with all the knowledge we have accumulated so far. At this point that is highly unlikely and getting more unlikely ever day. We all process things differently and working together through collaboration is one of the best ways to ensure that we move forward. That is pretty much the one paragraph summary of why I value collaboration as a core value.

You probably thought that my values would just be a restatement of the bushido code and all 8 virtues involved in that. I don’t really have the energy at the moment to really explain the difference between values and virtues, but that is essentially the diatribe that should be occuring right here right now. Maybe at some point along the journey to writing 1,000,000 words in the same year that comparison is coming your way. It probably is coming your way. Today is not that day. Today is the day we are going to talk about three values and move on to the next topic. We covered collaboration without enough of an example to help bring things into focus.

Transparency is an interesting value to care about. I have written millions of words and published a ton of them online. You probably can find my thoughts on just about any topic worth discussing. My general take on things is that you put everything on the table and figure out the right path forward. That is much easy to say than it is to accomplish. The easiest way to describe transparency is to evaluate negotiating without anything to hide. My basic premise within that evaluation is to assert when all the cards are on the table everybody knows everything that is going on and negotiating the next move is pretty easy. Within the business world transparency is about avoiding surprises and moving along without hiding anything. That explanation is probably not my best effort. I will try to circle back to transparency and provide you with a better example. That last sentence is an example of being transparent, but it is probably just as lacking as the rest of the paragraph.

Maybe the last value of preventing failure will turn out better. Writers write and write well. My last couple paragraphs are making me question whether or not my writing is improving by producing 3,000 words per day. Part of accepting the value of preventing failure is going all meta on things and thinking about the overall situation and how failure can be prevented. Yeah —- I know that my definition of preventing failure has to use other words to define it or it will be lacking. It works like this from a definition perspective preventing failure is about removing the barriers or obstacles that would prevent or obstruct the path to success. Maybe it would have been easier to just throw up #winning and move on. Yeah that last sentence was indulgent. Maybe if i was better at preventing failure a little bit of self-censorship would have prevented you from having to read that sentence. You are probably getting the point of this value without any witty or insightful prose helping to guide you along the way.

Together collaboration, transparency, and preventing failure are the values that have caught my attention and help guide my actions. They are all focused on helping to push things forward and improve the world around us. That is a pretty strong theme that you will find in my writing as you keep reading throughout this year. Together those values help inform my journey. I’m sure you can probably figure out better examples or sum things up in a better way. At some point, I’ll take a moment when I am really inspired and writing world class prose to give it give it another go and string something together that is really outstanding on the subject. Maybe my efforts today will muddle through enough that the topics themselves will be able to carry the day.

Topic 2: Nuggets basketball games

We justed to drive down from Boulder, Colorado to attend some Denver Nuggets basketball games. It was not something that inspired me to buy season tickets or anything, but it was a memorable part of my Boulder experience. That is a town with a wealth of things to do if you are willing to get out and about. Maybe the same can be said for Colorado in general, but that is a topic for another day. Today we focusing in on my interest in Denver Nuggets basketball games. Tomorrow night I’m going to go see the Denver Nuggets play the Dallas Mavericks. NBA games are usually pretty good. Maybe that last statement should be modified a little bit. Regular season games can run the gambit in terms of quality. For the most part my argument would be that attending games in person is usually a pretty good experience. It is an experience of non stop things happening.

I’m worried that tomorrow may be a shorter blog post. Between the Butterfly Pavilion and a Denver Nuggets Game my window to write will be pretty limited. That pretty much means that I am going to need to pick a topic from the list below and knockout 3,000 words in a rapidfire way. To achieve that it will have to be a topic that I’m very passionate about. Anything less than inspiring passion will probably result in a disappointing writing session. To get things done I will need to sit down and write nonstop for a solid hour or more tomorrow. We will see if that happens. It could happen. We could end up on track.

Topic 3: Rounding out the night

Tonight we made it through a few topics. This whole writing thing is more or less about reaching this point right here right now. This is the point in my pure stream of consciousness where things could go in just about any direction. My mind is clear and my writing is just on the razor’s edge of continuing or stopping. That happens from time to time. Intellectually I am trying to take topics to the point of exhaustion where everything about them that needs to be said has been said. That is different from taking things to the point of physical exhaustion. That just happens at the end of the day for the most part. You are probably aware of my habit of just being done writing and setting this Chromebook down. At the moment this blog post needs to go on for another 1,000 words. I am also seriously considering just going to sleep and finishing up this post in the morning. That may not be the worst strategy for producing high quality prose. Sometimes when you are done writing you are done and pushing forward does not yield anything of quality.

The thumbnail selected for today is of a parking lot snow pile and a decent view of the mountains. I figured this picture put things in focus. The mountains are beautiful and pretty much permanent. That snow pile stands out in the picture, but it is a very temporary feature in the parking lot. Things will warm up and the snow will melt. The mountains will remain the same in the background throughout my lifetime. That is pretty much how that works. Colorado sends up with these epic snow piles in parking lots. Snow comes and gets cleared from the pavement. It all ends up in these epic piles. They take forever to melt. Each pile just hangs out and most of the time gets very dirty. Some of the darkest snow piles happen at the end of the melt cycle. You can imagine that they pick up all sorts of nonsense from the entire parking lot and end up piling it with the snow together in a giant heep.

Topic 4: My next big cleaning challenge

Right now in my office the worst mess is probably sitting on my bookshelves. I have two legal bookshelves in the back of my office. You may have seen them on my YouTube live streams. They are full of books and otherwise covered in things that probably should not be on the shelves. Off camera to the right is a built in bookshelf. It is just packed full of nonsense. Only two of the six shelves are really full of books. Yeah you read that correctly four of the six shelves are mostly full of nonsense. It is better than keeping all that nonsense on the floor, but it is still where all the stuff from my office ended up. It is the last bastion of clutter in my newly cleaned up office.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Copy and paste between Google Docs and my blogging software is still working. That is fantastic and is saving me several minutes each day. Those minutes should be put right back into writing world class prose. It does not appear that is happening today. I’m about to go make a piece of raisin toast and get ready to head out to the Butterfly Pavilion. My supply of lungo Nespresso pods has become dangerously low. I need to remember to put in an order for some lungo pods from the Nespresso website. The website has 4 different types of lungo pods the Envivo, Fortissio, Vivalto, and Lunzio. I’m pretty sure that all of the pods are decent. They were all in the welcome package I think. This is not really helping me close out the postscript. I’m going to have to change subjects away from talking about lungo pods and dig into something else.

Maybe that next thing will be related to where we are in the whole writing cycle. We are very quickly approaching the end of the first full month of writing 3,000 words per day. In terms of months that will put this endeavor at 1 of 12 months complete. Sure I am rapidly approaching the 100,000 words milestone. That milestone will put me at 10% of the goal complete. I might have to celebrate that milestone in some way. It would have been awesome if that 100,000 words had all been written in the month of January. That would have been an epic and awesome monthly achievement. It could still happen, but things will probably end up falling a little short. I am still working on a better word count plugin for my blog posts. Right now I’m just showing the total counts at the top of the post to give you an idea of where we are at in the journey. In terms of sorting all these words my blog system uses both month and category to help sort through words.

I checked and the edit category section does not have an option to display them ascending instead of descending. It would be nice to be able to read all the posts in chronological order. Right now they are sort of upside down in terms of the order they were written. That is something that I probably need to figure out before the end of this journey. Arching all of these words in a readable way would be a good idea. The other method of sorting is the monthly archive feature. It is located at the very bottom of the page if you were wondering. It says archives and then select month. I opened the drop down and picked January 2018. That bucket of posts includes 26 total blog missives at this point. That is my highest monthly output since January 2015. That month included 30 posts. It would be nice to be able to compare the word counts between the two months to see if I have picked up speed or if things have slowed down over the years.

The raisin toast turned out pretty well today. Our toaster actually just died today. This toast was made in the oven. I’m guessing the purchase of a new toaster is on the horizon.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 26 the one where I cleaned my office and moved my computer

my new computer door

2018: Day 26 the one where I cleaned my office and moved my computer
Word count 66,081 + 3,026 or 69,107 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Some epic office cleaning finally happened today. The folks over at Cooler Master USA shipped me a Trooper style case door for my Storm Stryker case. It fits great on the left side of the case. The only problem being that the Trooper and Storm Stryker cases have very different color schemes. The Storm Stryker case by Cooler Master is all white with some black trim. The Trooper case is black with red accents. To compensate for the mismatch on my computer case my office had to be cleaned. I turned the new Trooper door to face away from me toward the wall and now everything seems fine. For a regular gaming computer build the Cooler Master Storm Stryker or Trooper cases are very good. They have a ton of features and are well thought out.

The Storm Stryker case now has a working side door with a solid vent for my Noctua NF-A20 PWM premium-quality quiet 200mm fan from Noctua Cooling Solutions. You might be thinking that a 200mm fan venting out the side of the case is patently and markedly ridiculous. It is possible that your assessment is correct, but that is the only way I could manage to cool down my 2 GTX 1060 cards cards that are running at 100% capacity thanks to the NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.9 software. Cryptocurrency mining generates a ton of heat. Dissipating that much heat was not what the Storm Stryker case was designed to handle. It is a gaming case. These mining types cases use a totally different fan setup.

I’ll try to figure out how to merge two photos together to show you the before and after state in my office within today’s thumbnail. Thanks to the power of the Google Photos collage feature on my Pixel 2 XL android phone that brings together 2 to 9 photos you are going to get to see a sweet sweet thumbnail today. I managed to merge 4 photos together of the computer case. That one turned out poorly. I managed to get just two photos put together. It should give you a very clear idea of why my office had to be cleaned and why my Storm Stryker had to be moved. Cleaning my office felt pretty good. It will probably make me more productive. Ok —- it probably has nothing to do with my level of productivity, but it is better to have a clean office than a dirty office.

I just did a preview of that thumbnail in the blog format. The quality is not the best, but it does show my horrific cable management. The only drawback of the collage feature is the low image quality. It stiches the photos together, but it does it at a much lower resolution. I guess that is the price of using an app feature vs. opening a true photo editor and combining the photos. Objectively, my cable management needs to improve. Maybe that is what will be on tap for tomorrow. Using some zip ties to manage the cables is probably the right thing to do for my office. You have probably already guessed that those cables have gone completely unmanaged for over 3 years. You could question why now why tomorrow could be the day that these cables get managed. The answer is simple enough. That one photo made me really take a look under my desk and realize that those cables are just all over the place.

I spent some time looking at the Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 high airflow ATX cube case today. That would be my first time a case of mine would not have an external optical disc drive. It has been years since I owned an external CD writer. Now seems like the right moment for a few quick eBay searches. My searches did turn up a wonderful Xbox 360 external HD DVD drive for sale. You can imagine that seemed like an inviting purchase. I do have an entire shelf of HD DVDs. My one HD DVD drive is sitting in my Lian Li cube case. That case has a floppy, a zip drive, DVD, CD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD drives. I think the zip drive is a classic zip 250 unit. I’m not even sure my modern motherboard has all the IDE pin connections for those devices. The cable management on that setup is better. Apparently, when that case was assembled I cared about cable management.

Based on past experiences with computer builds it will take about 6 months of browsing to make a decision. That could very be an indication that I enjoy the hunt and putting together computer builds. Maybe the process of hunting for the right computer configuration is more appealing than the process of assembling it. My hesitation probably has to do with the price and just how much it costs to build a top of the line custom build computer system these days. Just buying a system that is manufactured at volume and solid in a retail store probably delivers a better value. That is not really how I go about building computers. They are generally built for coding and workstation type efforts mixed with a little bit of gaming. I drive my workstation computer builds pretty hard from time to time and that is not something that is going to diminish. It is probably something that is going to get worse based on the more advanced deep learning builds in my future.

At some point this year, I’m going to dig back into building the Bob, Alice, and Eve adversarial cryptography problem set. That is something that I think is worth my attention and is worthy of a lot more study in terms of understanding and replicating exactly how spontaneous communication rules changes would be hashed out between Bob and Alice. That is a problem space that has drawn my attention before and is worth a little bit more evaluation.

Topic 1: NVIDIA webinars are pretty great

The folks over at NVIDIA really wanted me to attend a webinar called, “Develop and Deploy Deep Learning Services at the Edge with IBM.” It was during the day and that just did not happen. They just sent over a link to the webinar with a sweet “Watch Recording” image right in the middle of the email. Oh my, the content was pre-recorded. That means I’m watching a recording of a pre-recorded webcast. They did host a live QA that I missed. Their work in AI is one of the main reasons that I bought an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition graphics card directly from NVIDIA. I ended up paying more than I normally would for a graphics card back in 2016. Part of that was knowing that I was buying into the NVIDIA echo system and all of their efforts to advance deep learning.

I still don’t really use my Bose Qc35 bluetooth headphones with my Chromebook very often. They are mostly reserved for the hour before bedtime. That hour is spent listening to music on my Pixel 2 XL android powered smartphone. The first time I got TensorFlow up and running on an instance of Ubuntu with my GTX 1060 was exciting. I may or may not have literally taken a victory lap around the house. Yeah —- I totally did that. It happened. Sometimes the battle to get software to work is really taxing. You end up engaging in some dangerous Googling to solve the problems. You hope maybe that watching one more YouTube video will provide the answer. The honest truth right now is that YouTube really is full of some awesome step by step guides from people. The amount of information and guides we can access right now is astounding. The first time I installed Suse linux I read part of a manual in German.

Topic 2: Cleaning my office

We are back to the topic that dominated today’s vignette. During the course of typing tonight my mind wandered to questions of both how and why I have so much stuff in my office. Maybe it is time to just simply move from one quadrant to the next and get rid of everything that does not need to be in my office. Most of that stuff has no reason for being in my office. A lot of it should probably either be sold or thrown away. It might be time for the great eBay purge of 2018. Most of the time my eBay usage is related to purchasing sports cards. A lot of those purchases are professionally graded and encapsulated George Brett cards. That is a topic for another day. The only real drawback of selling a bunch of stuff on eBay is the process of having to drop stuff in the mail every time it sells. All that packaging and mailing of stuff will be a lot of work. That may be the price of doing business in this case.

A lot of the junk in my office just adds to what I would call a general state of clutter. One of the purposes of buying a tempered glass desk was to avoid clutter. I remember buying this Studio RTA executive desk. That desk is made up of a 56 inch executive desk section and a 44 inch computer desk section. They have a middle connector that allows them to form up into an executive L shape in the proportions described above. That desk from Studio RTA will probably outlast everything else in the entire house. Seriously, they made it pretty much indestructible. It is hands down the most durable piece of furniture I have ever owned. I remember buying it, but I do not remember exactly when that was. That is one of those things that seems to be lost to the ages. I have had it for at least 12 years. Back in college I had a door on top of two filing cabinets as a desk in my last apartment. That worked out pretty well from what I can remember. That was a rabbit hole that I just tumbled down. I started looking back at my photo archive to try to figure out when that desk was purchased. That is thirty minutes that are going forever.

Topic 3: Backing up my files

I used to be really good about making weekly backup discs with all my files on them. That was back when they would all fit on a CD and eventually a DVD. I have been wondering if those files are still valid on the discs. Every optical disc has a shelf life and some of them are hitting 10 years. That probably means it would be a good idea to go back and check on them. Some of my camcorder tapes are even older. I wonder if they are all still working. The problem with those tapes is that they are all standard definition. Even the thought of working with standard definition files on my computer makes me sad. I’m sure at some point even the thought of working with sweet sweet 4K video will feel the same way. We have made some amazing advances in content over the years and upscaling helps, but sometimes the original content ends up being pretty far behind.

Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll try to plug a firewire card into a pci slot within my Storm Stryker case. I’m hoping that maybe just maybe the firewire cable is in the bag with the camcorder. However, if my memory serves me correctly the majority of those tapes might be wedding footage. I have been a videographer at a number of weddings. To the best of my knowledge we have never actually watched our wedding video. We have some pictures up on the walls of the house so those got some use out of them. Wedding videos always sound like a good idea, but who really goes back and watches them all the time.

Topic 4: Closing out the night

Tonight I’m listening to some music by the band Halestorm. That seems to be working out well enough. My writing efforts started off strong and are fading fast. I’m trying to avoid shutting down my Chromebook at 2,000 words. That type of act just causes me to fall behind my writing goal. It has been taking about 1,500 words to reach what now feels like a tipping point. It is a point where the things that needed to be said are long since written and something else is starting to happen. My efforts are normally driven by a very pure stream of consciousness style writing effort. Now we are following this somewhat moe structured stream of consciousness. The end result as you can tell is this rambling prose. Most of it has simply been written without any editing. That is interesting in and of itself. My writing skills are improving to the point where my efforts are readable even without extensive editing.

Today was one of those days where the new puppy Captain Pickles barked a lot. Maybe now is the time to stop calling the dog new. We have had the dog for like 4 months now or something like that. It took some time, but I think the dog considered this to be home. Throughout the day the dogs mostly just nap in my office. I got them a new bed at Costco the other day. It kind of has shag carpet and an L shaped edge. Peppercorn the dog our 12 year old australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix really seems to like it. Over the course of the years we have seen Peppercorn sleep more and more each year. I guess that is how it works.

Today after cleaning my office I did notice that the heat appears to be climbing with the new configuration. It probably has to do with putting the computer up on some wooden blocks. You can kind of see them in the thumbnail. The resulting inch or so of separation between the carpet and the bottom of the computer allowed one of the case fans to work better. Right in front of the power supply I had installed a Corsair Air Series AF120 LED quiet edition high airflow fan. That little fan with a little more space was able to cause a lot more heat to leave my computer case. It is pulling a ton of air from the floor up into the area directly below the graphics cards.

Yesterday before going to bed I used the MSI Afterburner program to turn down the power limit on each card to 75%. That allowed the cards to run at much lower temperature overnight. It appears the NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.9 software ran fine overnight with the graphics cards running at 75%. It probably lowers the overall hash power per day. I’m going to do some analysis to figure out what type of hit my mining effort is taking.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Friday is going to be a very interesting day. You may have noticed that each of these blog posts is about 24 hours behind real time. I worked very hard initially to write enough words in the first couple of days to ensure that a blog post could occur every day. All of the noise that kept me up on new years eve did not hurt that process. Each day I try to make sure that 3,000 words are ready to publish in the evening. My goal is to make sure that each day before the end of my morning writing session a blog post is ready to publish. That is pretty much how the mechanics work.

This morning I had a lungo pull of coffee from my Nespresso Expert machine. It looks like today I’m going to need to order some more lungo style pods. At the time of purchasing my Nespresso machine I did not really understand that the pods could not be purchased anywhere near me. They have some boutique stores and an online store. You can get the pods from a few different places online, but you better plan to have more on the way before you run out of pods. The real benefit of ordering the lungo pods is that it takes one of them to get 3.75 ounces of coffee. I prefer to use one pod to make a lungo vs. two pods to make a double shot of espresso.

Today I’m going to devote some time to cleaning up my desk. Underneath my desk is clean. The top of the desk needs some work. Today is the day that is going to happen. Maybe during cleaning up the top of my desk I will manage to zip tie all the cables. Today will be a day of cleaning and working to get everything in order. That just might involve playing a few Warren Zevon vinyl records. I’m going to start from one edge of my desk and just clean from left to right. I’m setting a timer of 1 hour to get that done this morning.

This one last sentence was writing to drag this blog post up over the 3,000 word threshold. I’m not sure if that is good or bad or if it is just how things are now. Maybe it is an epic conclusion to a wild day.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 25 the one where I got my 5th NiceHash wallet payment

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2018: Day 25 the one where I got my 5th NiceHash wallet payment
Word count 63,058 + 3,023 or 66,081 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

This whole cryptocurrency mining effort seems to be working out ok. We are moving right along toward my 100 day mining goal. Today I apparently did not drink enough water. Every day my desk is graced with a Nalgene made in the USA everyday 48 oz water bottle. Today however I have only worked my way down to the 32 oz water line. That means I’m going to be drinking a bunch of water during this writing sessions tonight. Drinking 68 oz of water per day seems like a good idea. At this point I’m able to remember to drink that 48 oz water bottle throughout the work day. It is a good start toward drinking 68 oz of water per day. It seems like a decent goal.

Very early this morning the folks over at NiceHash sent a 5th payment to my NiceHash wallet. That means that between January 13, 2018 and January 24, 2018 I have seen 5 payments over .001 BTC to my wallet. Every one of those payments is just a fraction of a bitcoin, but they do add up over time. I’m going to hold every one of these BTC payments until we hit 100 days of mining. That type of action would normally indicate that I believe the value of bitcoin will be increasing. Please don’t read that type of endorsement into my actions. I’m just doing it as part of a research study. A study that you get to read about every day as you enjoy my musings on a daily basis.

NiceHash wallet payments in reverse order:

2018-01-24 04:25:25 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00125795 BTC
2018-01-21 05:32:06 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
2018-01-18 04:27:55 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2018-01-15 04:30:34 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
2018-01-13 04:51:00 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

It takes 2 payments from NiceHash to have enough BTC to transfer for free from my NiceHash wallet to my Coinbase account. According to the dashboard my next payment from NiceHash will happen on or around January 27, 2018. You can probably recognize the pattern here that is happening from my mining efforts. About every 3 days NiceHash pays out some BTC. Every 6 days I’m able to transfer that BTC to Coinbase. You cannot sell BTC from the NiceHash wallet which means that only the BTC that makes it over to Coinbase can be sold for USD. You can buy mining power via NiceHash and you can be coins directly on the Coinbase exchange. Either way it all seems very interesting.

Back on January 10, 2018, Warren Buffett rebuked the value of bitcoin. Ever since that moment the already wild cryptocurrency ride has gotten a little bit wilder. None of Warren’s words have stopped hobbyist cryptocurrency miners from buying up just about every graphics card on the market that is capable of mining. Some of that I will admit is just people speculatively buying cards and reselling them at higher prices. I bought both of my graphics cards are reasonable market prices. The first one I purchased directly from NVIDIA online back in 2016. It was an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition for $299.00 online. The second one I picked up this year online from Newegg at a total of $323.73. It was a ASUS Dual series GeForce GTX 1060 DUAL-GTX1060-O3G 3GB graphics card. It cost me more than the NVIDIA founders edition graphics card I bought 2 years ago that has double the memory. Keep in mind that my graphics cards server 3 functions: deep learning, gaming, and mining.

I’m not a speculative graphics card investor. Apparently, I do enjoy watching YouTube videos about the strange mining rigs people have built out. That is mostly just a mix of curiosity and my out and out love of technology. People have spent thousands of dollars building these open air graphics card mining rigs. Some of them look very professional and some of them look highly suspect. My next computer build will have somewhere between 2 and 4 graphics cards. It will be either working on deep learning models or mining. That will be based on my needs at the time. That also assumes that the market for mining cryptocurrencies will continue to be profitable.

It is a strange market right now. A lot of speculation is occuring. NVIDIA is slowly trying to move from pascal to volta cards. That is going to disrupt things. Every other day it seems like the value of the major cryptocurrencies are fluctuating wildly. My best guess is that bitcoin is a bubble. Something like Kodakcoin has a value based on an actual work product. I think legitimate valuable use cases exist for blockchain as a technology. This is an example where the early uses of a technology are probably different from the end state. Some of the blockchain methods that produce smaller tailing efforts or more coins might just win out. It is hard to imagine that 80% of all bitcoins that are ever going to be mined have been mined already.

Topic 1: Pure reflection

With a decent 1,000 word vignette to start this blog post things are trending in the right direction. Yesterday things did not go as well, but that is going to happen. Things pop up. Life happens. The journey toward writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is going to see some ups and down. I knew that was going to happen. I’m thinking about dedicating an entire month to writing pure fiction. That could happen. It would be very interesting to say the least. Being a reflective practitioner can be useful. I like to take the time to really think about things in a deep and meaningful way.

Topic 2: Grilling in January

For some inexplicable reason John Paul wanted a hot dog grilled outside yesterday. We had five inches of snow on the grill. Grilling using our weber grill was interesting. I made this wild pinto and habanero veggie burger and a few hot dogs. It was cold outside and the grill did not exactly heat the food very well. That is probably a good reason to avoid grilling outside during the month of January. The primary reason was probably the snow. It was everywhere. I could have probably done a better job of explaining this topic. I’ll give it another try here and see if my prose game can be kicked up a notch.

Frozen tundra was not enough to stop me from grilling last night. Everything outside was covered in a few inches of snow from Sunday. Parts of the yard received over 8 inches of snow. That should have been enough to stop my grilling extravaganza. John Paul was picking dinner. That dinner had to be grilled hot dogs. Oven hot dogs were not going to satisfy the request. My vegetarian dietary concerns were not aligned with that. A quick trip to Whole Foods helped me acquire some Engine 2 plant strong pinto habanero plant burgers. They came three to a package and that seemed to work out well enough.

I ventured outside to find the chimney starter for the coals. Things went ok after a bit of effort to shake the snow off of the chimney starter. The charcoal seemed to ignite ok and things were off to a good start. Our Weber charcoal grill is decently sized. It works well enough. It was covered in at least 5 inches of snow. Some that had turned into ice. After getting the coals going and putting the lid back on the grill I watched the ice melt off the kettle. The temperature got up to about 350 degrees and the hot dogs and plant burgers were put on the grill.

I’m sure the entire cooking process was highly commercial to anybody that witnessed it. The sun was going down and and I had to just sort of wing it. The plant based burgers from Engine 2 did not have any grilling instructions. They just got placed on the edge and they cooked for a few minutes. Only one time during the entire process did my feet leave the ground and I tumbled over in the snow. Fortunately I did not hit my head on the ice and only bruised my pride a little bit. Snow got everywhere. In my pockets, shoes, and all over my coat. I got back up and managed to complete cooking the meal. That was pretty much how things ended up. We had dinner it was exciting.

That second attempt to explain this topic was better than the first, but it could have been written better. One of the joys of writing every day is thinking about what it takes to produce rock solid epic and awesome prose regardless of subject matter. You have to be able to take any topic and tell a story. That story has to be compelling and epic. From nothing something has to spring forward and that is the true art of storytelling.

Topic 3: Clarity of purpose

Writing to the point of exhausting the mind of everything that needs to be said at the moment is strangely liberating and at the same time maybe just the beginning. One of the things that seems to be becoming more and more true is that we do not have the time to have real conversations anymore. Either in the workplace of in our personal lives. The amount of time we have to engage in real and complete conversations is just limited. Very few conversations I have on a regular basis last longer than 15 minutes. This writing session is going to take up about 2 hours of time. That is longer than I spent talking to any one person in a consecutive interval this year. That might be a sad commentary on my interpersonal communication skills or maybe it is an astute observation about our modern life and times. It could go either way. I’m going to assume that it was a solid observation and keep moving forward to break it down into pieces.

Writing in a meaningful way is about having a solid clarity of purpose. That is about knowing where you are and where you are going as you move forward along the way. Some of that is about process and some of it is just about having purpose. Maybe that is easier to write about than to achieve.

Topic 4: Charging the ASUS C101P Chromebook

The USB Type-C charging on my new ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P is fantastic. It is much better than that proprietary charging cable on my last model. The one thing I have noticed is that the right bottom corner toward the edge gets warm during the charging process. It is noticeable. It is probably warmer than it should be. Batteries keep getting bigger. Our ability to charge them keeps getting faster. A few examples exist of where that has gone horribly wrong. I’m over a month into using this device and it seems to very well made. My only real issue with the device is why it has a solid inch of bezel around the whole screen. They keyboard is usable and at times I even kind of like it. Travel between keystroke and input is enough and I have been using it for a couple of hours per day. I do feel like the screen could have been much bigger within the same form factor. This much bezel is just a ridiculous waste of space. I do plan on writing a review at some point with all the pros and cons of the device. This charging heat issue will remain on the watch list.

Topic 5: Today’s fish thumbnail

Yeah —- I have no real excuses for the selection of today’s picture. I think it is a picture of a goldfish that I took. It is not even the best picture that was taken during our trip to the Denver Downtown Aquarium. It did make the cut for thumbnails. I realized that all of these photos are pooling under my Twitter feed. Apparently, at this moment in time I have 610 tweets with a photo or video attached to it. That seems like a good number, but I have no idea how that happened. Most of that is related to YouTube videos and the automatic thumbnails that are created as a part of that whole process. Some of them are rather terrible. I’m sure they use some type of interestingness filter and maybe some of my videos do not have that much dynamic content so the number of thumbnails will always be limited. For some reason it appears the algorithm is a big fan of when I make extreme arm motions. It could be worse I guess. They could all be photos of me with my eyes closed or caught mid sneeze or something.

Wait we lost focus for a second in that last paragraph. We are supposed to be writing about picture I randomly attached to this blog post. However, now that we have talked about it and debated the relative value of to the post I’m wondering if the internal link went from being extra topical to being inherently germaine. It could go either way I guess. Meta content could be presumed to be seperate from the core blog post and therefore make the goldfish separate from the post without any real reason for being here today as part of the post. Maybe even this meta discussion of the blog post during the blog post can open the door to the goldfish being a valuable part of the post. Either way it was just a photo and now it is a thumbnail.

Topic 6: Rounding things out

We have covered a few topics tonight. Some of them were meaningful and some of them were about goldfish. This whole writing journey is about figuring things out. That means we are going to look at and explore topics that capture my attention. That is how things show up here and how they end up receiving consideration. I just check bitcoin prices on the Coinbase dashboard. Maybe being entertained by the drama associated with cryptocurrency has pulled me into that world. No real reason exists for me to want to know if the price went up or down. Even the very small amount of a bitcoin that I have in my wallet is not valuable enough to warrant constant supervision. My time is worth far more than that, but here we are and I’m still watching the prices. Maybe it is the fear of missing out on either the bubble collapsing or values exploding keeps pulling my attention back to where the market is going.

This last little bit of typing for the night should be in rhythm. Each of these keystrokes needs to follow the same type of pattern and rhythm that happens when writing at a good clip. I need to just ignore the red underlines and keep writing for a few minutes. Maybe coming back to them in bulk vs. one at a time will help my writing become a little bit more fluid. It will help me avoid so many starts and stops. Those are the parts of this whole process that make it harder to get going. Maybe it would be a better strategy to just increase my accuracy rating to the point where those red squiggles just do not show up at all during my writing sessions. That is probably a good goal to aspire to you on a regular basis. Sitting down and just writing rock solid prose from start to finish with no real need to edit is something to aspire to achieving on a regular basis. We will see if over the course of writing 3,000 words per day that is something that naturally evolves out of writing or if it is something that never really happens.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Getting into the groove and writing seems to happen in spurts. Some parts of this writing journey feel highly forced. Other parts of it are liberating or at least intellectually stimulating. That has to in some way be liberating. Today I am going to close this blog post out at over 3,000 words and get back on track. I need to close things out before falling asleep. Yesterday was not the best model for moving forward. I think pretty much mid sentence the Chromebook got shut and sleeping commenced. That is pretty much the way ever night concludes these days. This is the path that I elected to walk down. This journey was careful weighted and examined. I even wrote that really inspiring open letter about writing 1,000,000 words during the same year. It seemed like a great idea at the time. Like any really great idea it just jumps out at you in a kind of blatant way. Devoting 2 hours per day to writing was a major commitment. That two hours per day could have gone to a wide variety of things. At this point in time, I think that this two hour time commitment is worth it. I mean it is not like going to see Pearl Jam play Wrigley worth it, but it seems to have its own merits. Maybe tomorrow I will watch Pearl Jam 20 on blu-ray disc. That was a great film. That is a film that I have not seen in some time. I remember really enjoying it and maybe that joy will be good to revisit tomorrow.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

2018: Day 24 the one where I realize every day of the journey is about the effort being put into it

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2018: Day 24 the one where I realize every day of the journey is about the effort being put into it
Word count 60,037 + 3,021 or 63,058 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

That post from yesterday was waiting for a postscript to be written this morning. For some reason that just did not happen today. No morning writing session occurred. That ended up putting me over 60,000 words for the year, but short of my 3,000 word goal. Maybe I need to set a daily reminder to start writing at 5:30 AM each day. Rounding out those first 1,000 words for the day is very important. Seriously, sitting down to write 3,000 words in one good shot has not been my best recipe for success. We will see what happens it is well after 7:00 PM and the first few words have started to flow. Maybe I need to remove all distractions and just really focus in and write for the next hour.

I had hoped to write 100,000 words this month. It would have been awesome to start this mad dash to 1,000,000 words with a 100,000 word month. January could have been that month. It has plenty of days at 31. Writing at a pace of 3,000 words per day every day for 31 days would have equaled out to 93,000 words. Hitting that goal would have let me just 7,000 words short of 100,000 words. That would have been pretty fantastic. It would have been epic. That is probably not going to happen at this point. The words are coming along nicely. We have gotten out of the gates and are marching down the path. Every day so far this year has included a legitimate writing effort.

Every day of the journey is about the effort being put into it. Something about that last sentence does ring true. A lot of things are about the effort we put into them. Maybe it is the rhythm of my typing today or the myriad of distractions, but my thoughts are not flowing the way they should be. People keep talking to me. It is possible that just now a really epic thought has been lost to the ages. I’m going to try to recover. Writing like a pro means working through distractions. Obviously, I have been struggling to write like a professional tonight. Some things we can influence. Some things are not ever going to be influenced. My thoughts were starting to coalesce around understanding the things you can influence by putting time into them. It is those investments that deserve more consideration.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about my 4 years of undergraduate education, 1 year pursuing a graduate degree, 5 years of doctoral studies, and 3 years of postdoctoral education. During the course of all those years I could have put a lot more time and energy into my education. That is something that as a reflective practitioner I am willing to admit. The same student in year 13 of that journey would have a completely different point of view than the one who started the journey. That might be something that has started to make sense to me due to a little bit of perspective. I’m fast approaching a decade since earning a doctorate of philosophy. I left that lower case on purpose. This discussion is not about formality or trying to line up all of my formal educational accolades. We can do that later. This series of thoughts is about trying to convey the point that putting in more time and effort throughout that journey would have benefited me in some meaningful ways.

Having the opportunity to sit down with the student who started classes at the University of Kansas so many years ago while impossible would have been impactful. Sure right now I could spend the next 2,000 words writing an open letter to my past self on the first day of college to help other people benefit from my experiences. That sounds like a decent thing to do, but today may not be the day for that type of effort. My writing efforts are a little bit lackluster today. That type of impactful letter deserves to be written on a day when I am at the height of my powers. Sure you might be thinking as a professional writer I should just dig deep and make it happen. My reserver of writing powers is not that useful. I’m going to go ahead and add this topic to my list. It has been added to the top of the list.

Topic 1: Being positive

Every moment we focus in on what is next. In that moment of decision we can elect to be positive. I make an active choice on a daily basis to focus on being positive. Being positive can be contagious. That is the best case scenario. Earlier I started to get into a real writing rhythm. You can almost feel it in the way you are typing. It feels good to type in that purposeful way. You know that you are making some progress, but it is more or less about the prose and everything else just sort of fades away. That is what writing with a true single minded purpose is all about. My efforts toward writing are about having a positive impact on the world around me and ultimately on the academy itself.

That is a topic that we have not really dealt with this year. We all stand on the shoulders of giants in terms of our knowledge. Everything we believe to be true. All of the things that we accept as knowledge. Are built on a foundation of shared learning that is sometimes summed up as the academy. My operational definition for it is the collective knowledge we keep as a society is created and stored within the academy. In some ways that sums up the purpose of our institutions of higher education. In other ways it just describes a library. Either way it is a concept that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. Contributing to our overall collection of knowledge as a society is a decent and acceptable goal.

Yeah I snuck that into a passage about being positive. Maybe that is what I need to do to move forward. Everyday we strive to improve things. To make things better. That in and over itself is a lofty and somewhat daunting goal. Some folks may not accept that presimse. They may not accept the premise that things could and should be better. As we move toward the inevitable intersection of technology and modernity we face certain choices as a society. That is something that we have to figure out how to deal with as the very social fabric that binds us together is tested in new and unexpected ways. The things that have happened in the last 100 years would be hard to comprehend at the start of the last century. Technology has started to rapidly change society. That is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. I even hosted a podcast about it some years ago. Maybe that is something that could end up on YouTube at some point.

Topic 2: I’m still using the NiceHash Miner

Very early in the morning tomorrow or very late night the NiceHash crew will make a transfer to my wallet. This will be the 5th transfer of BTC to my NiceHash wallet. Oddly enough it seems to take two transfers worth of BTC for me to hit the threshold for a free transfer from my NiceHash wallet to the Coinbase exchange. My Coinbase portfolio now features 0.0047 BTC. That is just a fraction of a bitcoin. I’m still using the NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.8 software on my Windows 10 computer. Sure I spend about 15 minutes per day daydreaming about building out another computer. Should that time be spent making an investment in something that matters. Probably. Yeah —- I guess they should be spent in a better manner. That may not happen any time soon. I’m thinking that my current plan of mining cryptocurrency for 100 days is interesting. You might remember that 100 days from Monday, January 1, 2018 is Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Maybe that will be the day that I finally sell off all of this BTC that has been mined. Maybe with some luck. Maybe with a lot of luck bitcoin will climb back up to record highs. That seems pretty unlikely. I keep watching it rebound a little bit and then fall back to around $10,000.00 in value.

I had actually considered grabbing the old computer case from the basement and booting up my Lian Li cube computer to engage in some mining. My first real computer build included an AMD Athlon 64 processor. That board and chip are sitting in my Lian Li cube in my office right now. That computer was parted out and built at some point between 2003 and 2004. That seems like so long ago, but at the same time those memories seem so vivid. I have had several computers in between my current Storm Stryker i7 build and that first computer. I am not entirely sure why it has survived all these years. It could be the overall size and weight of the computer that makes it to big to reasonably dispose of without a lot of effort. It does house my HD DVD drive and that could come in handy at some point. Maybe at some point this week I will boot it up and see if it still runs well enough.

Topic 3: Rounding out the night

I thought tonight will include a lot more writing. Perhaps getting such a late start made the task of sprinting to 3,000 words unrealistic. Engaging in multiple writing sessions per day is the only way to sustain this level of productivity.

Topic 4: Today’s thumbnail

This weekend I spent some time at the Denver Downtown Aquarium. During that visit a number of photographs were snapped using my Pixel 2 XL camera. You are probably aware that the Pixel 2 XL has an outstanding camera. One of the photos that was taking is attached to this post at a thumbnail. It is a photograph of an aquarium exhibit with a reflection from the whole room. Those type of reflection photographs are always some of my favorites. I enjoy them, but you probably would not be surprised to find out they are almost always a happy accident. Sometimes you just notice the picture looks good and you go with it. That is what happened within this picture. It does not really have anything to do with the blog post today. I just liked it and added it to the post. You can probably expect at least a few more aquarium related thumbnails. I have already uploaded them to the blog media section. That means they are just one click away from you being able to enjoy them. I’m pretty well convinced that the whole thumbnail thing is going to devolve into a series of pictures of Peppercorn the dog sleeping. They will be cute and that should work out out, but it is devoid of any real creatively.

Topic 5: I fell asleep…

Dealing with what turned out to be a kiddo with an ear infection was slowing everything down. I was working toward writing 3,000 words. Things were moving right along. My morning writing session was decent enough. It happened. That is good enough for me to start getting a solid routine going. Getting to the point of having a routine is important. I felt like last night things were starting to come together. Maybe we were starting to get into something meaningful or at least interesting. Sometimes at the end of the day you are just writing and locked into the process of getting works down on paper or in this case the screen and everything just stops. I must have set down my ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P and went to sleep. It probably literally happened in one very tired movement. My sleep threshold is really low and from the time the Chromebook was closed and sitting on the floor I’m guessing sleep occured within about 60 seconds. I could probably match up the time stamp on the Google Doc to the sleep time stamp on my Fitbit sleep tracker. That would work out well enough. It might be a ridiculous use of technology, but hey why not use data to answer data related questions.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. I’m just working to figure out how to move things forward. Today ended up a little bit short. That means you are in for a treat. This will be a 1,000 word or so postscript. That means the level of insight and analysis for the post game writing session should be nearing legendary proportions. Part of the process of writing 3,000 words per day is about reflection. It is about taking the time to think about the things that are going on and the things that are going to happen. Yesterday, it seemed like a good idea to start cleaning up my office. Some of that might be driven by my need to add another computer to my office. That pretty much meant that the dog bed had to move over under the whiteboard. Neither of the dogs seems to mind at all. They are happy enough that the back half of my office is completely clean.

Cleaning up my office is a major challenge on an ongoing basis. Things got super cluttered this year. One of the best parts of doing a daily YouTube live stream was that drove me to keep my office clean. Well it drove me to keep the parts of my office that were in the livestream camera feed clean. Today I’m really only writing and mining cryptocurrency. Neither of those things requires my office to be picked up. Getting my office back to a good cleaned up state is just about removing clutter from my life and being organized. Focusing on being organized is a good thing to think about and to focus on achieving.

I just cracked open a 100 calorie pack of Emerald dry roasted almonds. That snack might just help power me through closing out this blog post for the day. Keeping at the 3,000 word benchmark is an important part of being able to hit the goal. Each day a layer of the onion has to be peeled back and I have to dig deeper and deeper to keep writing. That is probably one of the better parts of the process. Writing at this pace is about digging deeper into things and writing at a higher level. Some of that means being willing to write in a near autobiographical manner. Some of it means that my writing style has to become a little bit more personal. You may have noticed my overall writing style has been evolving day to day and week to week. I’m sure by the end of the year my first block of 100,000 words will be different than my last block of 100,000 words. Writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is going to change the way I write.

One of the things that I have noticed is related to the format of my writing blog posts. My format of vignette, topics, and a postscript has been working. We are on day 24 of the writing journey and it seems to be working. Most my previous blog posts are 100% freeform. Writing within this canned format is probably the only way to really move things forward. You may have noticed that every post really does start out with the “Dear reader” opening. That has been included to note that each day I’m writing to an audience vs. writing just for my own purposes.

Maybe today I should have locked in and spent some time writing about artificial intelligence. That would have been a good thing to do. Maybe it would have been good to lock into writing or working on some type of academic paper. That would have been easy enough. Picking the right topic would have helped push it forward. Writing an academic paper that is not based on a topic will probably work out poorly and end up in failure.

I thought maybe it would be good to conclude this blog post with a few notes about how happy having copy and paste working again has made me. Being able to paste from Google Docs directly into my blog post without having all the paragraph formatting breaking down is fantastic. It has really made me realize just how annoying it was to have to format line by line and check each post after it published to make sure the formatting was not broken. This has improved my writing quality of life by about 10%. That is a completely arbitrary number that I just made up. It is possible that being able to cut and paste was worth more than 10%. Maybe the point here is that it brought joy to my world. That is good and that has helped us get close to the 3,000 word mark for the day and that is good. This postscript got a little out of control. That happens. I will try to get back on track tomorrow and keep my postscript writing projects under control. They probably should be spanning into the 1,000 word range. That is a pure recipe for disaster.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Write an open letter for students on the first day of college
— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 23 the one where I tested all kinds of voice typing options

a fish

2018: Day 23 the one where I tested all kinds of voice typing options
Word count 57,312 + 2,725 or 60,037 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today did not start out with a vignette. That was a mistake on my part. Those pleasant blog post openings tend to eat up a good chunk of word count. Today we are just going to jump in and do some testing. Today is the day that we are going to test a ton of Google Docs voice typing options. Yesterday I discovered that under the tools sections of the Google Docs menu an option exists for voice typing. That option deserved some consideration. It deserved a deeper look. A deep look is exactly what happened today. Today 3 different tests are going to occur. First, I’m going to run a test using my microphones set up on my standard Windows 10 box. That computer might be mining cryptocurrency right now, but that does not mean that the microphones are occupied. Second, I’m going to open up Google Docs on my android based smartphone the Pixel 2 XL and test the voice typing feature. Third, it would be prudent at this juncture to test out the voice typing feature within Google Docs on my ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P.

Let the testing begin…

—– Voice Typing Windows 10 Test —–

I tried out the voice typing feature today on my Windows 10 Storm Stryker computer. Today we are going to close in on writing 60,000 words for the year. It looks like the voice typing feature can keep up with pace that I talk. I’m not sure exactly how to manage grammar when using the voice typing feature. It seems to be able to pick up pauses and stop and start. This is something that will take a little bit of time to get used to. It does not seem to really support just talking at a regular cadence. I’m also getting some weird capitalization throughout this process. Maybe it will work better on my Chromebook versus this multiple microphone setup.

—– End Test ——

That Windows 10 Google Doc voice typing feature is going to present some problems for this whole writing journey. My written words are generally on track enough when typing that I do not need to back through and proofread them before allowing them to be published. Sure a few grammatical issues sneak into my posts, but the frequency is much lower than what happened in the above voice typing effort. Just going back to clean up all the random capitalizations was a lot of work in and of itself. Sure I could just roll with it and publish the voice typing text as is. I don’t think using voice typing on my Windows 10 box will be my primary writing use case. Today I went back over the text and editing things to be reasonable. Some of it was pretty rough.

—– Voice Typing Pixel 2 XL Test —–

The talk-to-text feature on the phone for Google Docs appears just to be the regular microphone button. This does appear to do better with capitalizing the first word of a sentence and with continuing after a short pause.

—– End Test ——

Voice typing is something that works well enough my Android based Pixel 2 XL phone. I have been using that feature since they inserted that special microphone icon within the Android operating system. It works well enough and I have used it from time to time to take notes using Google Keep. Writing long form prose using a dictation software is not something that has been a part of my routine for years.

—– Voice Typing ASUS Flip Test —–

Okay here we go this time we are using the voice typing feature of the Google Chromebook. this voice typing feature appears to work a lot better than the Windows 10 voice typing feature with about 3 microphones turned on. I’m not amused that my sentences are not being capitalize properly. this thing does seem to be able to pause and pick back up when I’m talking again. I’m not sure if this is something that I would do on a regular basis.

Things around the house are never really that quiet. This whole voice typing thing requires a little bit of peace and quiet. I like that it pauses and waits for me to talk again. That is a nice feature. The Voice typing feature seems to work well enough. I am working on some pausing and some stops and starts. overall this feels like a better experience than using my Android phone. maybe I will spend the next 5 or 10 minutes trying to just write this way to see how it goes. you can pause for pretty long period of time and it still waits for the next thing you will say. I could see using this to write if that was the only way. This does not feel like a natural way to write to me.

—– End Test ——

Ok —- all three of the voice typing methods have been tested. None of those options really stood out as an option for writing. Maybe it was not the best idea. Writing takes time. Voice typing seems like a great idea. Maybe the actual practice of writing by voice is a real challenge. Writing is going to happen. It is going to happen at a clip of 3,000 words per day. None of the methods that got tested really worked well enough that I wanted to say a stardate and phrase, “Captain’s log.” Oddly enough that was the entire purpose of the test. I wanted to start talking to my computer like Jean Luc Picard. The dream is real. The execution was just not there today. Maybe technology will catch up with fiction soon enough.

Topic One: Watching Almost Famous

I’m watching this movie that was released in the year 2000. I had completely forgotten or ignored that it was rated R. Maybe the last time I watched it was on a network broadcast. That track Fever Dog is pretty decent song. I only made it through the first 15 minutes of the movie. I’m going to try to listen to the soundtrack album for Almost Famous tonight. That seems like a great idea for the evening. My writing for the day is woefully behind. For some reason this morning I completely spaced on stringing together a writing session. That was probably due to the late start John Paul had for school today. They started school a couple hours late and that completely disrupted my routines for the day. Even something small like that can have a huge impact on my ability to write for the day. That means that right now this is 3,000 word epic writing sprint to close out the blog post for the day. These things take time and a little bit of time is what we have.

Topic 2: Cut and paste just started working again…

This might not seem like a very big deal, but cut and paste from Google Docs to my weblog post just worked for the first time in days. It was a super exciting moment. I copied all the text from this Google Doc and pasted it into a blog post. It worked. The formatting all stayed together correctly for carriage returns. This is a gift of like 10 minutes back per day. I’m pretty happy about it if you cannot tell by the extreme chipperness of the prose in this paragraph. It was a banner moment to have the full copy and paste function working again. I’m hopeful that it is back for good and that it was just a coding glitch that it went away.

Topic 3: Hunting down graphics cards

I really need to spend less time surfing the internet for graphics cards. Today was one of those days where I just looked on Newegg and other places including eBay for decent deals on graphics cards. It is not like I’m going to pull the trigger for just any deal. Buying another graphics cards is a real investment and something that may have to wait until NVIDIA releases the next batch of volta graphics cards to replace the current pascal architecture. That release is probably going to happen at some time this year and it is something that a lot of people are waiting to see happen. It will change the graphics cards market.

…so I started looking at building another computer this week. The Corsair Air 740 case looks pretty good. I think I can manage to get a 4 GPU build into that case. Various build options have been on my mind. It is something that probably does not deserve as much consideration as it is getting. Right now is not the greatest time ever to build a new computer. GPU prices and RAM prices are out of control. The GPU shortage is real and pretty much every mining hobbyist on the planet is buying, over paying, or reselling all the GPU cards within the market.

We are only half way through the post for today and I’m already checking the word count after every paragraph. That is a bad sign. Kaylee is almost asleep and now is the time to kick into gear and close out this day on a high note. The day did start out with some promising voice typing testing. That turned out to be a major waste of time. I guess it is better to know what voice typing is not something that I’m really interested in doing. We are just barely down the path toward writing 1,000,000 words this year. That journey will probably take all types of writing sessions and some of it may be done via voice typing. Who knows what will play out at this point. I might even try using a stylist and writing out one of these posts by hand.

Writing now I’m standing in the kitchen writing on the counter waiting for Captain Pickles to finish up doing whatever it is that dog does in the backyard. Right now the answer is probably eating snow. That sounds about right. Eating snow has been one of the dogs go to moves for the last two days. For some reason I ended up looking at motherboards in the middle of that last sentence. My interest in building a new computer has started to take up more and more time.

Topic 4: This ongoing narrative

Writing for day 23 is getting closer and closer to coming to an end. Maybe day 25 will feel more impressive. At this point the process of writing 3,000 words per days is just about getting the Google Docs instance open and moving from start to finish. This ongoing narrative from day to day is in part auto-biographical mixed with a little bit of other prose. I thought a lot more short stories would have made it into my writing sessions so far. This journey will have to include a few days of writing fiction style prose before the end. I was hoping to have a few chapters and maybe even an entire novel hiding within this 1,000,000 word journey. It has been awhile since I hammered out a whole novel. Most of the time those types of efforts happen in rapid fire of the course of a day or two. I’m curious to see if throughout this year writing 3,000 words per day will constrain my normal bouts of productivity that principly sneeze into existence 40 or 50 thousand words.

That type of writing normally happens without interruption and even a small thing can disrupt it. Taking advantage of that type of raw creativity may not happen again. The days of my having a day or two to devote to one thing may be long gone. That just might be the nature of things as we move forward. Scraping together an hour or two to work on something is a challenge. Scraping together a day or two to work on something just is not going to happen. Writing in a measured consistent way will have to be the path forward. Right now all I can think about is getting some really good chips and salsa. Seriously, my mind just wondered from thinking about how to squeeze out a good 50,000 word writing session to acquiring chips and salsa. I’m thinking about fresh thick chips and salsa just spicy enough to be awesome, but not so hot to require constant beverage intervention. Right now making that happen would require visiting two different places and hoping for the best.

Part of this journey is about an inquiry into quality and understanding the world around us. Maybe some of my writing efforts should move more into a philosophical based discussion. All of my writing is generally geared toward entertaining the mind. Perhaps some of that will translate into a modern chautauqua. Any movement geared toward adult education has my support. We live in any amazing time where the intersection of technology and modernity is about to change the world around us. YouTube and other content creation based platforms have the chance to truly open the door to sharing information and knowledge. Some of that may very well build a path toward education that helps people learn, grow, and develop. That journey is a part of this journey and my march toward writing 3,000 words per day for an entire year.

I was able to get haircut right before picking up the kids today. My new haircut might not be helping me write, but it did make me happier. Wearing my glasses and having hair fall over my ears was annoying me. That needed to get resolved. It was taken care of and now it is resolved. My specific food hunger for rock solid chips and salsa however has not been resolved. Just think —- if this blog post has started with a proper vignette we would be way over 3,000 words and I would not be trying to round out the final 500 words for the night. On the brighter side of things the copy and paste feature is still working. Carriage returns for all. They make things much easier to read. Formatting does wonders for the written word.

Topic 5: The 3,000 word per day challenge

Consider for a moment that you wanted to start a 3,000 word per day writing challenge. Maybe it would be as easy as just accepting the challenge and writing 3,000 words per day. That would meet the basic mechanics of the request. It really is a challenge that anybody who is a competent writer could try to undertake. The longevity of the challenge would be the real questionable part. Writing 3,000 words per day is like a real and true writing marathon. You would have to commit to it and push forward. The real question would be about how many many days you would want to persevere through. One day should be easy. Two days a little harder, but manageable. Getting to a week might make things challenging if you are not used to writing every day. Taking on 365 days in a row just might be beyond the pale of acceptable challenges. That is what makes it so interesting and unique.

Topic 6: the thumbnail for today

I’m not entirely sure why the thumbnail for today should be of two stingrays swimming around at the Denver Downtown Aquarium. They were interesting to watch. I kind of like the way the picture turned out. Now it is a thumbnail and attached to this blog post for perpetuity. Things could be worse. My pictures could just be of Peppercorn the dog. That would make for an interesting Twitter feed I guess. 365 days of Peppercorn the dog.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 22 the one where it snowed in Denver and I got my 4th NiceHash wallet payment

Denver Snow

2018: Day 22 the one where it snowed in Denver and I got my 4th NiceHash wallet payment
Word count 54,311 + 3,001 or 57,312 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

The weather outside is already causing some cabin fever. You probably thought I was going to say frightful, but that was not going to happen. It is snowing here in Denver. Yesterday the folks took to the stores to stock up on food supplies. The grocery store was a madhouse. People needed to be ready. Today it is just constantly snowing outside a wet type of snow that is sticking to the trees. The thumbnail for the blog post today should give you an idea of what happened. Just note the amount of wet heavy snow that is sticking to the tree. That is generally a recipe for all sorts of problems. Trees are not really designed to hold that much wet and heavy snow. Branches break. That creates chaos. Seriously, it is hard to deal with for a large number of downed branches. That leads to all sorts of problems that just make life more complicated for people.

Beyond thinking about the weather. A fun and exciting milestone did occur today. Very early this morning my NiceHash wallet received a 4th transfer. This one was pretty decent at 0.00133244 BTC with a fee of 0.00002719 BTC. That equates to about $15.84 dollars at the current exchange rate for BTC to USD. You can just Google search, “0.00133244 BTC in USD,” to get the current value. Google has a nifty little calculator box that lets you do conversions in real time. That 4th transfer from NiceHash to my wallet allowed me to make my 2nd transfer to Coinbase. At current cryptocurrency mining speeds and values for my two cards using the NiceHash Miner v2.0.1.8 software I’m getting paid out ever 3 days by NiceHash and amassing enough BTC to transfer to Coinbase for free every 6 days. I know you are wondering how much BTC could I have amassed between January 10, 2018 and now…

2018-01-21 05:32:06 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00133244 BTC
2018-01-18 04:27:55 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00119401 BTC
2018-01-15 04:30:34 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00105970 BTC
2018-01-13 04:51:00 NiceHash Mining payment → 0.00118327 BTC

That works out to 0.0047 BTC in my Coinbase wallet. You can probably tell that amount is nowhere near amassing a whole bitcoin. It would take a long time to mine a whole bitcoin. We are looking at just a fraction of bitcoin with two more decimal places to climb before even getting close to a whole bitcoin. My entire mining effort over the last 11 days has yielded about $55.62 worth of BTC or about $5.00 per day. My profitability could be better if I focused in on optimizing for a few cryptocurrency algorithms. It may not have been the smartest move to pair up a GTX 1060 6 gigabyte memory graphics card and a GTX 1060 3 gigabyte memory graphics card as my mining rig. You may recall I was going to use 3 cards before one of them suffered a physical device failure.

I have been on the hunt for another graphics card, but that is just not happening. Most of the places online are showing huge markups on NVIDIA graphics cards. The hunt is on for a 3rd card. We will see how that hunt ends up. NVIDIA is apparently encouraging retailers to sell to gamers and limit overall sales to a single person. That is rather interesting. Scarcity causes all kinds of problems. It seemed like a good idea minute or two ago to open my office window. We are getting between 4 and 8 inches of snow today in Denver. I’m using some of that winter weather to cool my graphics cards and reduce the overall temperature of my office. I might keep the window open for a few minutes. We will see how that goes. Captain Pickles the dog has already figured out the window is open and is waiting for something to bark at. Talk about laser focus on the task at hand. That dog loves looking out the window.

Topic 1: My favorite YouTuber creators (at this moment)

1. Lost LeBlanc
2. Rob Chapman
3. Sara Dietschy
4. Rabea Massaad
5. Nick from Trainer Tips

Those are the YouTube creators that show up in my daily feed. They are the people who create the videos that I watch on a regular basis. I really only watch a hand full of television shows. That means that YouTube is a major part of my daily routine. Outside of the X-Files, The Curse of Oak Island, and Top Chef nothing really draws me into wanting to watch television. We only have the one television so I have to really want to watch something to find the time. John Paul does watch The Curse of Oak Island with me on a regular basis. They are searching for buried treasure. That is enough to draw in a 5 year old.

Topic 2: Prebuilt mining machines are expensive

Some of these prebuilt cryptocurrency mining rigs are really expensive. Some of them have a higher cost than my first three cars combined. I know people are buying based on the speculative earning power, but some of these rigs cost over 10 thousand dollars. The prices are probably just going to get keep going up until graphics cards are not the prefered mining hardware. I’m assuming that the companies that make graphics card hardware have thought about how to make massive computing blocks that are better for mining. Right now two use cases are overlapping and driving up the price of graphics cards. Both gamers and miners are trying to use the same hardware. I bought my cards to use with TensorFlow and other deep learning applications.

Topic 3: Watching the Jacksonville Jaegers vs. New England Patriots

Today is a day of queso. We got some type of Tostitos medium heat queso blanco dip for the game. It came in a glass jar. I’m going to throw some jalapenos on top of it. So far the entire first quarter has been pretty low key during this AFC championship game. People spent a lot of time talking about Tom Brady’s throwing hand today. I spent a lot of time thinking about computer builds. The last time that I spent this much time working on a computer built it was when I upgraded to 4K on my workstation back in 2016. That worked out well enough. That computer is still running.

Topic 4: Picking the perfect computer case

I’m pretty sure that the Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 – High Airflow ATX cube case will be my next computer case. It might just replace my Lian Li case that my printer is sitting on top of in my office. I spent some time looking at modern Lian Li cube cases. Mine is over 10 years old and is by far the heaviest case I have ever owned or physically picked up. I’m probably going to retire my Lian Li cube at some point this year and build out another case. That purchase could happen at anytime.

Topic 5: The Vikings and the Eagles

Here we go again. This has been an interesting day of football. The NFC Championship game is not as competitive at the moment. My mind has been wondering during the game. Maybe my focus has been lacking today. We have spent almost the entire day in the house. We made one little trip outside to visit Chipotle for lunch. The city plow has just come through and it seemed liked a good time to run out and see the town. We got to see some snow on the group. Well snow was pretty much everywhere. Parts of the yard look like they got more than 8 inches. Other parts look like they got a lot less snow today.

I just realized we are on topic 5 today and just barely to the 1,500 word mark. Some of the topics brought up did not reach the point of exhaustion. I did not pick them up and shake out every last little bit of prose they could inspire. Naturally blaming the process would be a good move at this point, but it is my writing process. Now would be a good time to change subjects… Next week my goal is to schedule a haircut. It has been some time since my last haircut. Getting a haircut could not be a legitimate reason not to host my YouTube live stream. I could always wear a hat. Joni got me that sweet sweet Kansas City Royals at Kauffman stadium last year. The exact reason that I did not host a YouTube live stream today eludes me. Maybe the best answer is that I just did not feel like it today. Tomorrow could be the day that I make my triumphant return to YouTube. It is also possible that tomorrow is the day I manage to get a haircut. Time will tell and by the time tomorrow ends we will know for sure.

We are nearing the end of any chance of a Vikings come back victory today. Time is burning off the 4th quarter clock at what must seem like a rapid pace to fans from Minnesota. You can imagine that not very much happened today. Snow days are like that. I did not have the will to watch a ton of political coverage today. Watching two full NFL games happened. Charles Barkley seems awfully excited today. Charles already seems to be celebrating the win. On the field the game is getting chippy. That happens sometimes. Getting so close to the big game and falling so short I’m sure can be super frustrating.

Topic 6: Achieving writing zen

After writing 1,800 words this evening my mind is finally clear. I have reached a state of writing zen where this is not longer a pure stream of consciousness writing session. At this exact moment in time my mind is not being pulled in any direction. I’m at a complete and total state of peace. For better or worse is it like staring inaction in the face. I blinked and a couple minutes passed. Captain Pickles nosed the door open and just like that the trance was broken. From a state of total peace to a state of wondering what the puppy was going to chew on. That battle probably has at least another year brewing.

My Bose Qc35 headphones are charged. Right now they are delivering joyous Bluetooth driven audio from Pixel 2 XL phone. Apparently, I got lucky and the screen on mine works as designed. Some folks have complained about a blue shift or a blue tint on the screen. Either I just don’t see it and register it that way or my screen is a lucky screen. A screen built and delivered the way the engineers intended. Joni is still using a Pixel XL classic. We have both been pretty happy with the phones. Really it is the camera that drives that happiness both the Pixel XL and the Pixel 2 XL have outstanding cameras. We stopped carrying around our Nikon D3200. That pretty much means that we have to trust our phones to take high quality photos.

Strangely enough a couple weeks ago I did spend some time looking at mirrorless cameras and thought about buying one. Then I realized that carrying it around is also something that probably won’t happen. That is the problem with bigger cameras that use lenses and require a lot of effort. At some point, you might just decide the camera on your phone will do well enough and now that expensive piece of hardware rests on a shelf. I would try to sell it on eBay, but those two times that it got dropped make me hesitant to do that. One of those times was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. You could hear the entire room of folks pause for a second and gasp as the camera hit the floor. People knew what the sound was and you could feel the empathy from a room full of strangers. It was an interesting moment in time. Obviously, it stuck with me that was a few years back and I can remember it vividly.

Right now I’m thinking about a wonderful sweet potato tikka masala they sell at a place called the Yak and the Yeti. Oddly enough none of the meal services will deliver that to my door. It may just be outside the delivery range. It feels like more and more delivery services exist these days. It used to be pizza and chinese food were the primary delivery option. Sure some pizza places also delivered wings or other random fried things. These days it seems like the number of delivery options has increased to the point where it is hard to sort through all of them. I used the Uber Eats server the other day. I really just curious about how it worked. I’m supposed to be focused on eating healthy plant based meals.

Maybe the rest of tonight will not be about achieving a state of writing zen. It may just be about letting go and writing as thoughts spring forward into my consciousness. I’m still wondering what happens in the last 2 hours of Blade Runner 2049. We pulled the disc out of the blu-ray player tonight. After all of the snow shoveling was done it was time for popcorn, hot cocoa, and the 2nd Harry Potter movie. That was only round one of the shoveling. It snowed a lot today. We had two rounds of shoveling. Our new shovel from Costco worked out very well. Someday maybe in an alternate reality we will have a snowblower. Maybe I’m waiting for a snowblower Roomba mashup that can just take care of the driveway in an autonomous way. Yeah I know that is probably a few years off, but I can hope that maybe Honda delivers me a snowblower robot in the next couple of years. It does not need to be artificial intelligence based or anything fancy like that. I would just like it to charge in the garage and clear snow at the appropriate times.

After a few quick Google search it does appear that yard robots are starting to appear. That might mean that sooner than later a robot will be removing snow from my driveway. That sounds wonderfully pleasant. Denver will keep having snow. I’m probably not going to go out and buy a snowblower. That probably means that day dreaming about snow removal robots is where we are going to end up this year. On the brighter side of things our new puppy Captain Pickles really loves the snow. We will see how long that lasts.

Switching back and forth between my Chromebook and Windows 10 has been really with Google Docs. I would bet that using my Android phone to access the documents would also work out well enough. I noticed tonight that under tools voice typing is a feature. Some of the more prolific authors have talked about using voice typing to really push things forward. I type pretty quickly, but I talk a lot faster than I type. That is probably true for the majority of folks. Tomorrow I plan on giving that voice typing feature a test drive. It might end up being my new writing method. Watching Jean Luc Picard talk to the ships computer to deliver a captain’s log is probably the primary reason I want to use voice typing. The productivity gain is secondary to the sheer joy of saying captain’s log and a stardate to my Chromebook. According to this random Star Trek The Next Generation calculator I found online the startdate today would be 71523.8 or perhaps more accurately, “Captain’s log stardate 71523.8.” That was pretty satisfying to type. Tomorrow just might be epic as I use the voice typing feature to deliver a world class blog post.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Today we got back on track and closed out a solid 3,000 words during the same day without having to dip into a postscript to save things. That was an exciting moment. Somehow it is probably Doc Hollywood’s fault. I did look to see if i they made a vinyl record with the soundtrack for the moment. It does not appear that they did. That would have been an interesting album to put on my shelf. You might be wondering how I ended up watching Doc Hollywood. The answer is pretty simple. For some reason the 1991 song “The One and Only” by Chesney Hawks got stuck in my head. It took me a little bit to recognize it and apparently my mind closely associated it with the movie. Tonight I found the album that song appears on and gave it a listen. I was curious if the rest of the album was similar to the song from the movie. It was not. I fell asleep about half way through the album. To be fair it is not really the type of music that holds my attention. That one song though gets stuck in my head. I’m already gearing up for using the Google Docs voice typing feature. I’m hoping all this hype I have built up in my head stands up to using the actual technology. I’m going going to try it out on both my Windows 10 computer and my Chromebook. One of them might be a clear winner.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 21 the one where we visited the Denver Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

2018: Day 21 the one where we visited the Denver Aquarium
Word count 51,296 + 3,015 or 54,311 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Today was the day we visited the Denver Downtown Aquarium. It is located downtown near the NFL stadium formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Apparently, this year is the year that the Denver Broncos stadium will be getting a new name. You might be aware of the closure and liquidation of Sports Authority corporation back in 2016. None of that really impacts the Denver Downtown Aquarium, but it is interesting. We got a Groupon the other day that included 4 tickets and $50 toward a meal. John Paul did not really slowly and methodically navigate the aquarium. Our visit took about an hour and ten minutes to navigate the aquarium part. We probably should have went back through the aquarium part again at the end of our meal, but that did not happen. Kaylee was pretty tired.

Right before sitting down to write these inspired words I was eating some J. Luehders vegan soft gummy candy. The package says they were fruity flowers flavored. Overall they were a lot more tasty than I expected. After lunch today at the aquarium I needed a little pick me up. Today for lunch I had ordered an appetizer for lunch. That seemed like a solid decision. It was going to be a wonderful Bruschetta. The menu noted that it was a mix of roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onions, balsamic reduction, olive oil, basil, and some toasted baguettes. The baguettes were really pretty decent, but the rest of the ingredients were mixed into a 4 inch high tower. You might be wondering why they shaped the bruschetta topping into what looked like a highball glass that was turned upside down. Compressing it into that shape and compressing it may have limited the potential for a crisp fresh taste. For more of my epicurean adventures you can check out my Instagram feed.

Topic 1: Watching the Jayhawks

Tonight the University of Kansas Jayhawks are playing a basketball game against the Baylor Bears on ESPN at Allen Fieldhouse. That was a lot of content in one sentence. I probably could have broken that down a little bit better. We have plenty of time to work on that type of writing throughout the rest of the year. This game has been closer than I expected. Within the first half the Jayhawks were not able to really pull away from the Bears. I’m not a fan of the extreme yellow color that Baylor has chosen to use. It is visual striking and distracting. This uniform and shoes combination is much better than the ones they have had in the past.

This second half is giving me some anxiety. Baylor is really battling back and keeping this game close. We watch a lot of basketball. You are probably getting a feel for just how much basketball we watch. Watching live sports is probably the best use case for our cable television subscription. I’m not really aware of a method to stream every University of Kansas basketball game. That subscription would probably allow me to just invest in some gigabit internet and move on from cable television. We pay for a lot of channels every month. Some of the channels could disappear and I would never know. I basically assume they have content and are real channels. No actual basis for that leap of faith exists. Maybe it would be worth an hour of my time to flip through every channel we pay for. It is possible that one of these channels might be life changing. On the other hand it may also be possible that the cable television subscription model is ridiculous. Ok —- I have thought about it for a few seconds and concluded that the model of bundling channels is just ridiculous. Executives built this mess and have not managed to work beyond this brand of ridiculously tomfoolery even in the face of incredible pressure from online streaming services.

We pay for Netflix. My X1 cable box is even capable of playing Netflix shows or cable shows. It really is pretty well integrated. Tonight however none of that matters. We need to watch the 2nd hour of Blade Runner 2049. The first hour was pretty decent. I’m ready to watch the 2nd hour. This game is still really close and we are closing on 5 minutes left. Ughhh… Baylor has the first lead of the night. This team has been creating anxiety for Jayhawk fans throughout the year. The ending of this game was wacky. That happens. This is an example of where having a 4K feed would have been much better.
Topic 2: Writing at a slow pace tonight

This flu that has been going around may be wiping me out this weekend. Something has zapped out my energy level. It may just be from a lack of sleep. Kaylee has had the flu and that has disrupted our household. Today I spent a ton of to time watching YouTube videos about computer cases. Some of them were really big computer cases like the Thermaltake Core W200 super tower chassis. It is a wickedly large computer case. My Storm Stryker is a full tower case. It has the capacity to do pretty much anything you need to do. This new class of super tower cases are pretty epic. They have room for wild liquid cooling and massive fan assemblies. Some of them are designed to allow two power supplies and motherboards. Those YouTube videos are pretty much a rabbit hole that I went down for like two hours this afternoon. Kaylee was napping and I should have been writing, but that just did not happen.

My prose today has not been as fluid. Things have developed slower and been a little forced. Powering through 3,000 words per day is about overcoming the slow periods. It has to be about finding a way to move past the roadblocks, obstacles, and pitfalls. Maybe that is the essence of my plan to alway stay positive. For those of you who have seen my YouTube videos you know that I focus on staying positive at all times. Throughout these first three weeks of my writing endeavor I have avoided writing about my focus on staying positive. One of these days I’m going to spend an entire day hammering out my leadership philosophy and explain why I focus on staying positive.

Topic 3: Watching Doc Hollywood

Michael J. Fox has made a variety of interesting movies. Tonight I elected to watch Doc Hollywood or at least a decent amount of it before we flip over to Blade Runner 2049. I think at one point I owned the movie on DVD, but it may have been lost a long time ago. At one point all of my movies got put into a binder and that sort of destroyed them. Those binders just seem to apply thousands of tiny little micro scratches to the discs every time they are pulled in and out. That is my experience with them anyway. The first and second generations of disc binders just ended up destroying things. Now I keep the ones I have in the case. That method requires more space, but it seems to be a better long term storage option.
Topic 4: Rounding out the night

It took a few nights, but I’m about finished with “The 100 Greatest 90’s Alternative Songs” playlist. Tonight I am closing out from 87 to 100. Listening to music and writing is kinda my thing. You may have noticed that. I have written more than 50,000 words on this new ASUS Flip Chromebook model C101P. Based on my initial observations I think the keyboard might just make it to 1,000,000 words this year. That is probably a pretty good number of keystrokes for a laptop keyboard. I was not able to figure out through a quick Google search how many keystrokes a keyboard is built to accomplish.

I’m trying to figure out what album will be next after that playlist ends. Maybe it will automatically suggest something new. It could end up being a Warren Zevon kind of night. That happens more than you might imagine. Tonight has really been a slow writing night. My rate of prose generation has been subpar. Even with two shots of espresso and some type of raspberry cookie my writing productivity did not improve. Even my write of typing has been slower today. Maybe rounding out three weeks of writing at 3,000 words per day is a some kind of barrier I have not encountered before. Maybe I’m about to get my second wind and it will carry me to the finish line. A quick check of the originality index of my prose would probably quickly identify that each day these words are hot off the press. They are newly minted prose. It always pleases me when something that I write is searched on Google with zero results. Sometimes I search for a sentence or a paragraph to see if anything pops up.

Writing brand new and original prose is really a decent achievement. People are building natural language processing AI that can spit out whole novels or books. My hope would be that my degree of originality still outpaces those artificial efforts. I suppose at some point that may not hold true and that machine generated prose will defeat my efforts in a head to head battle. Chances are that the machine will produce prose at a much faster rate. My typing generally yields my 3,000 words in about 2 hours of work. Some of that is more efficient than other parts, but the magic happens in those two hours. Maybe a rock solid AI could spit out some prose within a matter of seconds. That within itself is a scary thought. I have reached a level of productivity where I no longer have time to 100% proofread my work anymore. That would probably not be the case for an AI system. It could probably call a proofreading subroutine or even an entirely different system to edit and revise. That could even be built into the process and editing could be a part of the native workflow.

That last paragraph was not the most inspiring of passages. Art is art. I write for myself. My writing efforts are my primary form of self-expression. That makes my art my art. Writing 1,000,000 words in the same year is about self-reflection and moving beyond the things that limit possibilities. Worrying about future competition from artificial intelligence is just not worth it at the moment. That phrasing would probably be more meaningful if the last few paragraphs were not in direct contradiction of that statement. This is my blog and I’ll must and move on if I want. Welcome to the blog version of intellectual thunderdome. It is nowhere near as dangerous as the original. Really it is not even remotely the same thing. These last 8 songs are really dragging on. The top half of the playlist was much better than the second half without question. That is probably not all that surprising of a thing to say.

Kaylee is almost asleep it may be time to watch Blade Runner 2049 shortly. That blu-ray has been waiting in the Xbox One S all day. At some point, I’m going to need to have a few days that run over 3,000 words to make up for a few of the days where I fell behind. No day has been missed entirely, but my average word count per day is less than 3,000 words per day and that has to improve. The only way to make that happen is to start exceeding the minimum threshold. Intellectually I know that I just have to average more than 2,740 words per day to hit 1,000,000 words. That makes eeking out those last few words even more challenging. I have to make up some ground to offset sick days and other lost days. I know that is true and that it has to be accounted for. Apparently, that is not enough on its own to drive me forward to achieving the goal.

Topic 5: Brade Runner 2049 Night 2

I just spent some time wondering if configuring my NiceHash Miner software v2.0.1.8 to only has a specific algorithm could increase profitability. Right now it bounces around to about 6 different mining pools using different algorithms. All that hopping around cannot be the most efficient method to go about things. Speaking of methods that are not all that efficient taking 3 nights to watch Blade Runner 2049 is perhaps questionable. I don’t really see a way around it.

Well it does not appear that movie night is happening.

My Bose Qc35 headphones have run of of charge. They are now charging and of no use to me for the rest of the night.

That was pretty much all that happened. I mused about people building 19 GPU mining rigs using the ASUS B250 Mining Expert motherboard. Based on a quick search of YouTube it does seems like people really are hooking 19 PCIe slots GPU risers into this motherboard for some epic mining. My mind cannot fathom just how much heat this one setup would generate. Just the two graphics cards running down by my feet under my desk in my Storm Stryker case put off enough heat to make my office feel warm. 19 of them would make things very interesting. Like tropical heat wave interesting.

Joni is mildly concerned about the amount of time I spent looking at mining rigs on YouTube, but it is a combination of research and entertainment. The odds of me spending $10,000.00 on building a sweet sweet mining rig are very low. Seriously, that is probably not going to happen. The dogs have better odds of getting the gold plated dog bowl they always wanted. I just find the whole thing wildly entertaining and it doesn’t really cost anything to watch YouTube videos. People sharing their prize mining rigs is really one of the best use cases for YouTube. It brings content sharing to the people and allows a community of folks interesting in mining to come together from all over the world. Make no mistake about it folks from all over the world appear to be mining. I watched several videos that were not in English yesterday.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
Broomfield, Colorado
Written on my Storm Stryker custom build PC and my ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Well at least we crossed the 2,500 word barrier before the postscript. At this point each day I’m running behind by a few words. This script was written the next morning and while it is epic and full of transcendent prose that brings joy to the world it should have been written yesterday. That is how it goes apparently. Writing 3,000 word sprints in a single shot seems to elude me. Maybe after a few more days of practice things will improve in week four of the journey. My interests in mining and understanding cryptocurrency is really picking up recently. The amount of content related to that subject I’m consuming is hitting a record peak. That is both good and bad. I have spent the last year really ramping up on artificial intelligence knowledge.

I’m going to dig into this Learning TensorFlow book shortly using the Google research Collaboratory online VMs. That will let me keep mining on my main machine while I unlock the secrets to machine learning, deep learning, and one day artificial intelligence over on some servers Google is powering I’m assuming with a renewable energy source. That is an assumption on my part, but I think I remember reading something about that. On sec. Let me check. Nope that was accurate. Google is purchasing enough renewable energy to match the consumption of its data centers. They even have a web page setup devoted to sharing this knowledge Google → About → Data Centers → Renewable. That seems like a decent investment number.

We are rounding out the last words for this blog post. I have given up on using the word weblog in posts and have just switched to blog. Go figure it seems easier. Things change and that is one of those things that changed. My Nespresso Lungo pod was extra tasty this morning. It brought joy to my world. That is really the reason that machine is my favorite espresso making device so far. I’m having trouble picking music to write to this morning. That does not happen very often. Most of the time picking out an album to listen to is the easiest part of my day. Today was not one of those days. That may mean it is time to break out some classic Eric Clapton albums and swee where we end up. I started at the very beginning of the Eric Clapton solo album discography and began searching eBay. You can get some seriously lower priced classic Clapton if you are not overly concerned with how the sleeve looks. I just started searching down the list and picked up the first few and have been working my way down the list. I’m sure at some point I’ll find somebody selling a lot of the albums, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Now my thoughts have wandered off toward the next blog post. That is ok. We have just about reached 3,000 words for this blog post. It is time to put a bow on this one and call it a day.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Some thoughts on my sports trading card collection
— A complete ranking of the hot sauces that I have tried
— A post about my top ten favorite science fiction television shows
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— The best way to archive digital content

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.