Cardano (ADA): The Golden Hand?

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. The hard part is recognizing the opportunity.


The Cardano opportunity is a risk.

Life…is a risk.

The news today…the news any day…the last few crypto-days…is mixed.

From a layman’s point of view – one who has made a few good calls – I think that the next great cryptocurrency opportunity is here. The early cryptocurrencies were the introductions, the experiments and the tests.

A lot of people have made a lot of money in this space since 2009. Some of these newly minted multimillionaires have used this opportunity to push Fintech further. To create a second generation of cryptocurrencies with smart contracts and added tokens. To allow others to use their blockchains for good or ill.

From Bitcoin to Ethereum. Public blockchains that allowed innovators to dream and make their dreams into reality. The reality, the regulators, pushing back, but not yet winning.

From Bytecoin (stay away) to Monero (use at your own risk). And we must not forget the private angle. Others in this new space felt that the current governments obstructed the development of this technology as they, the Darknet users, actively created systems to hide behind a wall of code. Or give the user the choice to secure his accounts or make them public.

The principal problem with the private angle, is that we the users, do not often know who created these coins. We have no customer service. The risk, therefore, is great. To state otherwise is to be oblivious or perhaps to take that risk in hopes of a great return.

Is there a third way, however? A third generation of cryptocurrency? Not a compromise, as I have postulated before, but a “realist” coin? One that exists and uses the regulations to its benefit, rather than subjecting itself to the laws of all nations? In other words, can Cardano (ADA) use the law of nations to its advantage, while enticing a new breed of users?

We live in the real world after all. We earn and save and spend our money on real things in real stores, where real people stuff our groceries in real bags. We use fiat money, by and large, to do this. And there are many advantages to using fiat, except for micropayments across borders. Cryptocurrency handles the latter much better. But cryptocurrency has other problems.

Although, I’m no supporter of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) its current director made some interesting remarks recently.

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director at the IMF, indicated in her speech recently, “…this is not about digital payments in existing currencies—through Paypal and other “e-money” providers such as Alipay in China, or M-Pesa in Kenya…”

What does that tell you? Aside from the fact that she said it? Is Lagarde sounding the alarm or is she helping to clear the way for the banking industry to adopt the blockchain technology? If so, what type of cryptocurrency would governments accept? After all, the governments are the banks.

In the US, the company with the cheapest product wins the government business – a lot. Yes, there are affirmative action quotas (reverse discrimination policies) to follow, but the product used, needs to be under budget – until later, when the corruption and incompetence is discovered and the whole project exceeds the projected budget, plus some.

Would PoW cryptocurrencies be used by governments? Unlimited budgets are things of the past. Yes, China and Russia can offer inexpensive power (electricity) to cryptocurrency miners, having built the power stations on the backs of their subjects (tax and spend), however, freer countries cannot often hide such corruption for long.

PoS cryptocurrencies might fit the bill, however. In fact, Ripple is fitting the bill nicely now. More and more businesses and banks are signing on. But Ripple is not really PoS, is it? It does not encourage people to save and earn interest, it only entices them the buy, hold and sell. Perhaps to use their system. It is no longer user-friendly – if it ever was. But it is a pre-mined animal for the current financial system. Centralized and existing in the regulatory environs – and earning money for its investors.

Back to Lagarde. She also said, “For now, virtual currencies…pose little or no challenge to the existing order of fiat currencies and central banks…[b]ecause they are too volatile, too risky, too energy intensive, and because the underlying technologies are not yet scalable. Many are too opaque for regulators; and some have been hacked.” (Underlining emphasis mine.)

Volatility is a given with cryptocurrencies. They are not often pegged to a basket of goods or a fiat money supply. On the other hand, they are not – in theory – able to cause inflation.

Energy. There’s the big one. Bitcoin, for example, uses as much power as hundreds of thousands of homes, certainly. And there are worries, that continued unchecked, the blockchain beast might use as much electricity as entire countries.

That is a non-starter for whole countries, if they are constrained by objectivity and budgets. So, what is better? What kind of cryptocurrency would entice the average Joe, the high-power banker and, at the same time, dissuade governments from clamping down on the process? Where whole nations could participate?

It would need to be – IMO – a cryptocurrency (or more than one) with wide acceptance, ease of use, an international governance structure, economical, secure, and transparent under certain circumstances. (By that I mean, an objective set of published rules whereby the ‘coin’ would, under the circumstances outlined, provide identity information to third parties.)  Whatever else the cryptocurrency could add, given the needs and desires of the populace, would be up to them. Smart contracts. Machine to machine payments etc.

Naturally, the acceptable cryptocurrency would require scalability. In other words, be flexible enough to increase business in an efficient fashion.

Such a cryptocurrency, could become a new world reserve cryptocurrency, if it was not subject to the whims and laws of every separate bureaucracy – used a system of governance akin to Maritime Law – as has been suggested. It can be argued that Bitcoin is like this today.

This would be, as some have called it, the third stage in the evolution of cryptocurrency. And, perhaps, a stage in the re-development of a base or reserve monetary system, decentralized at its heart and beholden to its users, not its users’ users.

Efficient, secure, regulatable, sustainable and trusted, all based upon the original concepts of peer to peer networks. With the added benefit of creating a voluntary user base to extend the network.

Let’s face it, Bitcoin would be much faster if everyone connected and kept their computer on. But why waste energy? Why download the blockchain when cryptocurrencies like Cardano offer more efficient ways of participating – and obtaining PoS rewards?

The trick will be in the regulation. And how Cardano can manage what will certainly absorb much of their nest egg, that we the user must be willing to provide.

Can Cardano outpace Ripple and become a serious international player in short order?

Read between my lines.

 


The above should not be considered investment advice. It is solely the opinion of the author. The author who had DASH when it was wet behind the ears, Ethereum when the nerds were wrecking “DAO” havoc, Bitcoin too late and Aeon, at pennies on the dollar. Now it is the time for Cardano — methinks.


 

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Cardano (ADA): “PoS”itive Outlook?

Updated October 5, 2017


Dear Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts,

Trust, trust, trust — or baloney?

In each other, we trust?

Trust, but verify…especially with cryptocurrency?

It seems that we have three developments occurring simultaneously, now — in the Fintech Crypto-World.

  1. Proof-of-Work (PoW) is moving to Proof-of-Stake (PoS).
  2. Public is moving to Private or “choice.”
  3. And governments are trying to regulate.

Did I tell you something you don’t know? I hope not.

PoW. It was the most trusted way to create and maintain a person-to-person (P2P) network. But what happened? Has the crypto-space evolved?

PoW has become labor intensive, energy hogging and increasingly centralized. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin etc. Ethereum is attempting to move to a PoS system or at least use some of its protocols. Really? Again, why?

Why was the PoS protocol developed in the first place? Peercoin, Blackcoin, Cloakcoin and others. Were there long term issues? Security disadvantages? They drew less power, were faster, but they were essentially a pre-mine. But they reward those who maintain balances – and help to secure the network, right? Reward with an ever growing supply of cryptos, unless that supply is fixed — which appears to be the plan for Cardano.

What were (are) the results of PoS? Marginal success. Can a new PoS protocol reverse that trend?

Peercoin, for example, had problems with their code early on. Their primary developer is anonymous. Cloakcoin has changed hands.

What was worse, these PoS coins were more vulnerable than PoW types – less secure. So, why is Ethereum attempting to move in that direction? Aside from the official reports, I mean?

Competition from Cardano?

We know Cardano was developed – at least in part – by a former Ethereum developer, turned Ethereum Classic developer/supporter. To, me, that smells of trust. That smells of new blood — underdog — PoS+ blood type.

But the underdog is only in name. Like Ripple, Cardano has removed the curtain to reveal that it too is willing, at some level, to cooperate with regulators. They are willing — and able — to compromise. If we look to Ripple, they are succeeding.

To roll back the blockchain, as Ethereum did, to stop one criminal – okay, one “advantage taker” – smacks of centralization. (See the DAO Incident.) At that juncture, no matter how benign a dictator, Ethereum lost its way. One cannot punish the whole, to catch one mistake.

So what stain does Cardano have? As a free market supporter, the stain is called compromise? Or is it realism. In other words, Cardano is not seemingly attempting to create a separate cryptocurrency and/or protocol, as much as it is attempting to “get along” with the regulators. It wants to identify you, at least on one level. KYC — know your customer. The smart contract-currency platform that might be too smart for its own good.

And, in my mind, Cardano, unlike Ripple, wants you to participate. Game changer?

Ethereum Classic is “righting” the wrong of Ethereum. Still, the system – the protocol – is slow. It devours resources. Energy for mining. Power hungry.

So, what is the solution?

A PoS Ethereum, with new math: Cardano?

Now, we must decide. Do we trust the PoS? The pre-mine with a large chunk of coins held back for the “company.” Do we trust corporations? They act in their own interests, right? They must make a profit to survive, certainly. How much is enough?

And they are willing to share profits if we support the system?

Many cryptocurrencies are headed by corporations today. Mining warehouses keep many coins alive – corporations regulated by their respective governments. Of course, letting governments create cryptocurrencies will be a cluster-fork, of enormous proportions. But it’s heading that way today, in many countries.

Bitcoin’s reality is that it is managed by people with differing points of view, but they must come to a consensus to move forward. Hence the slow-to-change mentality. Is it outliving its usefulness? Some will tell you it has.

It seems that the move to privacy coins, created by unknown players, is an accident waiting to happen.  We need – IMO – the human factor. The “part” in the virtual machine that is not virtual. To service the humans who use the crypto. Or do we?

Privacy coins obscure their process, as to be non-auditable (or having a choice to audit), in a way that gives many the willies. Not because we want cash-like privacy, but because we wonder who else is using the protocol and why.

So, what can we say. Cash has no feelings. It’s just cash. True. But if you have the protocol to trace the bad actor and you don’t? What does that make you? An accomplice?

The one weakness in that cash-privacy crypto, one which you might hold on your flash-drive, is the customer service angle. If the currency “forks” and you didn’t update in time, what then? Get on Reddit and start complaining? Really?

Where is the “Complaint Department?”

Grandma likes to call people, right? The old school likes warm voices, emails to real organizations, faces to names. The old school lives and saves, on trust. Is Cardano that trust? The new Savings and Loan of Fintech Crypto?

And isn’t that what it’s all about? If we strip away the layers of protocols, unload the software, and just listen – who do you trust to keep your money? I’m not talking about playing the crypto-markets, drifting from one coin to the other, riding the emotion-horse. I mean, the bare-bones of it.

It is not the machines we trust, yet. It’s the people.

Isn’t that what it boils down to?

The fact that governments want to regulate may not be the best reason to flee into the “dark” coins. They will chase any entity that threatens the fiat empire. The darkness only eggs them on.

Regulations change because of force. What is the force of millions of cryptocurrency wallets, worldwide? It is a wave. A tidal wave.

Put your ship in the deep water.

A cryptocurrency that is backed (or less regulated by whole countries), will place pressure upon the bankers of old – the money-changers of the past. Especially, when it is trusted by people everywhere.

How would the empires of old stop that?

Can they, ICANN?

I don’t know if Cardano is the answer, but maybe they are onto something.


 

Bytecoin: The Cryptopia Delist

Why did the Cryptopia cryptocurrency exchange choose to delist Bytecoin (BCN), even after it surged in recent weeks? Don’t let the above picture give you any ideas. I am not saying that Cryptopia has a large stash of BCN and they are making off with it — since they can’t find the rightful owners. After all, abandoned property means “finders keepers” in the crypto-world, right?

The official explanation is:

Delist Notice – BCN

Due to an on-going issue of deposits being sent to Cryptopia without payment id, resulting in long delays for users or loss of coins, BCN is being delisted. Please withdrawal your BCN before 20/09/17

Published by: DaRoll @ 8/20/2017 11:30:01 AM

Okay, but that doesn’t seem rational. Many other CryptoNote based coins use the same method of depositing. They require a payment “ID” in addition to an address.

Boolberry (another CryptoNote derivative) is also being delisted at Cryptopia.

But what about Monero (XMR)? Will they be next on the chopping block? If Bytecoin deposits were creating a problem, would not Monero deposits create similar issues? Are Monero users savvier or is it simply a more trusted coin? I don’t think so. Even the Cryptopia blog/forum has threads from people having similar problems.

According to Cryptopia’s own policy, coins can be relisted, after having been delisted,

…provided the issue that was the reason for delisting has been addressed and the network can be synced.

The policy also states that “coins may face delisting” for several reasons:

  • Sufficient nodes are not maintained to keep the network synced and moving
  • A coinswap
  • Any network issues or bugs that could result in loss of user funds
  • Statements made by a coin or coin community that could bring the reputation of Cryptoipa [sic] into disrepute.

And there is a primary reason cryptocurrency exchanges are in business: money. If they cannot earn enough money, they shut down. If Bytecoin is a problem coin, it becomes a money drain. Based upon the official Cryptopia forum statement (above) Bytecoin is problematic for them.

Could the Cryptopia folks design their systems to assist BCN customers? Maybe. But why should they, if other coins are more profitable, more in demand, long term, and easier to deal with?

Will Cryptopia anger the BCN customer base by their actions, like Poloniex did? We know, after some months, Poloniex finally relisted BCN. So, why then, did Cryptopia delist now?

Clearly, there is something, besides the payment “ID” issue that is bothering Cryptopia. That is my opinion, but I’d sure like to have a fly on the wall at Cryptopia, after the recent Poloniex debacle.

There are the “sour grapes” folks as well. From Reddit:

BYTEcoin being Delisted on Cryptopia (self.BytecoinBCN)

submitted 12 hours ago by RightwayNZ: As of now you can no longer buy and sell BCN on www.cryptopia.co.nz; Not sure why because they stock a lot [sic] of sh*tcoins and I wouldn’t classify BCN as a “Sh*t coin”

[–]JR_216 3 points 11 hours ago: Old news. Cryptopia is kind of a sh*tty exchange as well. The community didn’t seem to care much when this was announced a couple weeks ago.

[–]Franzferdinan51 2 points 11 hours ago: Sh*t dumb move on their part

[–]propagandapalace 1 point 9 hours ago: Cryptopia has more currency and crypto pairings than any other exchange I can think of, but low volume, crappy customer service, and “dumb decisions” like this one, are why most people steer clear of it… They will come to regret letting BCN go…

Not all is well at Cryptopia, it seems. Bitcointalk.org has had a fair share of complaints from folks indicating that responses from the staff at Cryptopia were taking over a month. This does not bode well from a rather small exchange (by comparison) in New Zealand. Perhaps the best way to rid themselves of this negative community press, was to delist and seek the easy-to-use coins. Too much business too fast.

Is this what prompted the delistings of late?

Our team is proud to announce that we have launched full support for Cryptopia on Coinigy. While Cryptopia’s charts were already available on the platform, users can now attach API keys to track portfolio balances and trade through Coinigy.

The above is from here. Information that, as of August 12, 2017, Cryptopia was getting a new pal from America. Three days later Boolberry is delisted. Eight days later the announcement that BCN was out.

What does Coinigy do? It allows trading by customers over multiple exchanges at once. Great idea, right? So, what is the drawback? What problems might a New Zealand exchange have with an American company?

For one, compliance. All American companies must comply with related regulations from multiple agencies requiring the identification of coin holders.  Bytecoin’s main purpose is privacy. It is probably impossible to trace Bytecoin deposits and transfers, unless the coin holders supply that information.

If this is correct and Cryptopia is trying to put on a better face, they might soon abandon any coin allowing the level of security and privacy Bytecoin affords. Meaning Monero might be next. Coinigy could then be relied upon to handle the phone calls, texts, emails and complaints? Is Cryptopia hiring a well polished front man? You know, so they can concentrate on their main business.

If we can extrapolate from here, the movement from public coins, like bitcoin, to private coins with anonymous developers, like Bytecoin and Monero, answerable to no one – the centralized exchanges might need to comply with the ever-increasing pressure from the authorities to know their customers. We live in a “terrorist world,” after all and everyone is a suspect.

One option, if the private and secure cryptocurrencies are shunted off to the less trustworthy decentralized exchanges or the “wild west” of crypto-land, would be the adoption, by some country with strict privacy laws, of a cryptocurrency freedom code.

Although, there have been several attempts to utilize a cryptocurrency as money (currency) in various countries, these monies are tracked and regulated. China, that bastion of freedom, is allegedly preparing to launch a national cryptocurrency. This is just one example, but suffice to say, governments want to track your money and with public cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, it’s not a problem.

If regulators push the secure and private cryptos (Bytecoin, Monero, Aeon, Nav Coin etc.) into the black markets, they may be surprised when their values begin to soar. Not only might they create a wealthy criminal class, but solidify a crypto-substrate that will undoubtedly be used against them. Such a class of people the world might be better off without, if only the regulators allow us the freedom to manage and create our own currencies with no interference or spying on the innocents.

But this is a dream from a future century.


Note: There is more information about the Cryptopia BCN delist in my blog titled “Poloniex v. Cryptopia.”

Bytecoin: Don’t Mess with India


Playing With Fire

For those who follow the day-to-day docudrama that is Bytecoin, a CryptoNote derived cryptocurrency, it’s always great when the promoters get a little rankled around the collar. They play the victim even if many of us may refer to the “Bytecoin Scam.” Often becoming upset when the crypto-public asks a few relevant questions, like who they are or if they know anything about Bytecoin’s checkered past.

Let us focus on Bytecoin for a moment here. It’s the cryptocurrency of choice in India’s Temples these days, if we can believe the hype. And if this is true, it is probably an attempt by citizens in that country to retain their wealth. Recently their government announced that certain paper fiat currency bills were now worthless. But they gave the citizens plenty of time to convert larger denominations to lower ones. They gave them several hours. Thank you, Narendra Modi, you Grand Poobah Socialist, you.

Do you really think the average citizen in India is ready to get screwed by a bunch of crypto-jerks at Bytecoin.org after Modi bent them over?

Answer? Heck yes! Just go to Bytecoin.org.in and prepare to invest! And don’t worry about the Bytecoin delists. If Poloniex disables it again, I’m sure all will be well. And Cryptopia would never delist it. Just go to to the nearest empty Bytecoin faucet, read the boring entries in the Bytecoin Forum and feel good inside about your Bytecoin future. Bytecoin GPU or Bytecoin CPU miners welcome. Make sure to watch your graphs.

Forget Bytecoin history, just focus on the hashrate. Learn how to buy Bytecoins at your earliest opportunity. Make your Bytecoin investment today. Buy those Bytecoin logo T-Shirts and be the first on your street or in your tent, to hold Bytecoin long term.

Is Bytecoin legit you ask? Absolutely and not a soul in India would ever confuse it with bitcoin. No way. Just get your trusty Bytecoin mining calculators out. Look up the best Bytecoin mining pools. Buy the best Bytecoin mining hardware you can find. Keep up with all of the Bytecoin news and run your Bytecoin nodes. Set up your Bytecoin online wallet immediately. Keep an eye on those Bytecoin price predictions. Read your daily Bytecoin reviews. Know about Bytecoin solo mining. Burn that Bytecoin symbol into your skull. Make sure you do your Bytecoin Tweets. Make sure to check for Bytecoin updates and know about all the Bytecoin uses. Are there uses?

And always know in your heart, the Bytecoin value, even as it drops to zero. Even as the Bytecoin YouTube channel chats it up — pumps it madly.

Now back to the real world…

Community Manager Promo’s

The latest bitcointalk.org information from the purported Community Manager of Bytecoin or more specifically, from BCN_Official gives us some rather vague information:

Messages about a dev team require some clarification. Previously, it was reported that there were…4 full-time developers, freelance devs, cryptography expert a and a community manager.

Here, the sentence sort of dies. Given that statement, a reasonable person would ask if the original statement was false or unclear. If unclear, are we now receiving the clarification? So, there weren’t four full-timers etc.? Let’s move on. Surely, it becomes clearer.

There’s no “old” or “new” team at all, it’s not a relationships [sic] where you can have a lot of “ex” and “present”.

Do you understand now? There are no old or new team members, because there is/are no relationship(s). No relationships between members where you can even have “ex” and “present.” This is meaningless or lost in translation.

Bytecoin has a straight vector of development and none of those “old” and “new” once [sic] can change it.

Now we find that the old team and new team cannot change the “straight vector of development.” Why not? Isn’t there someone in charge of development? A vector can be a quantity having direction and magnitude. That is, if we are trying to determine a position of one point in space in relation to another point in space. It sounds fancy, but it’s pure snake oil.

To calm those of you who are still wondering about the team: we do cooperate with all of the previous devs and the main ones of them are still with us at a main cast.

Wait a minute. Why do we need to be calm? Have you ever told an irate person to calm down? What happens? They often become more belligerent. Implying that investors should calm down is ludicrous and unprofessional; and the Community Manager is a hack for stating it. It’s a way of belittling those who dare to ask questions and seek answers. “Just calm down, Chuck. Relax. Let us take care of your money…”

You just stated there are no old and new teams. You’re just one happy family now? If you, BCN_Official, still cooperate with them – the “previous devs and the main ones,” then who or whom is controlling what? How is this cooperation managed?

There’s nothing to worry about.

Spoken like a true charlatan. When anyone tells you there’s nothing to worry about, worry a lot. This kind of psychology may work for the masses, but not on anyone with their eyes open and their wallets closed.

Speaking about today’s temps of developing. Are those regular updates, releases and total quality of the project don’t prove the professional skills we have?

If there are such skills, where are the disinterested party code reviews? Releases of updates and such do not sit well when a project is founded in the way it was. In the manner, where all requests for clarity have been summarily ignored for years. Why would anyone buy a product developed in secret, released in an unverified manner and given a false mystery (Cicada 3301), which I believe Smooth has implied. Are we to ignore the past?

Please, don’t spread the panic, we’re working every damn day to make BCN better than yesterday. And the results of the last two months are reflecting our efforts.

No rational person ought to beg. Why on earth should we not spread the truth?

The Problem:

  • We don’t even know the truth
  • We don’t know when Bytecoin (BCN) was invented
  • We don’t know why the white papers were purposely pre-dated
  • We are concerned that a few big bag holders have about 80% of BCN
  • We wonder why Bytecoin has adopted Monero upgrades
  • We are worried when and if BCN becomes valuable that the newest team won’t retire to the beach and let the coin die — again
  • We don’t know how long this latest BCN revival will last

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Then there is this part of BCN_Official’s blurb that is most troubling:

I think there’s no need to continue this discussion – there’ll always be some guys who wanna hate. We’ve got no time to pay attention on ‘em, we have to focus on the further development.

It tells me that we don’t matter. It also tells me that “Jenny” is scared. That she or they are now milking India and will soon disappear. I hope not. I sincerely hope Bytecoin.org does not have the gall to once again flake out.

Don’t Mess With India

Those guys and gals from from India are pretty sharp. Last I checked, they were not as enslaved as the Chinese and there are over 1.3 billion citizens of India. I’ll wager that there are more Indians with computer skills than the rest of the world combined. I wouldn’t screw with them. You will be found if you dare unload on a nation of computer nerds.

Now we play the waiting game. See if “Jenny” – BCN_Official or one of the other sock-puppets has the desire to continue the charade. A dangerous game now — IMO.

P.S. If you need a secure private crypto I suggest Monero or Aeon. Zcash and Nav Coin both have “developer” weakness. Meaning, the .govs can squeeze the human devs for info. Monero only has one known public person who can essentially be untied from the coin as necessary. Aeon has no public “weakness.”

Update:

Some have questioned where I obtained the news that temples in India now accept Bytecoin. Well, here are a few sources:

 


 

Bitcoin Cash and the Snake


So, I wake up at five, walk the dog, find a snake at my front door, which is why the dog won’t come inside now. I realize that I’ve crushed the snake when I opened the door and now the door is jammed open. I’m glad it was a snake actually, because at first I thought the door was all jinked up from the rain we’ve been having. It rains a lot in the summer in Florida. You can set your watch by it, but I haven’t worn one in years.

My wife is deathly afraid of snakes and so is the dog. Yochi, he’s half Chihuahua and half Yorkie, a big baby, and is not so stupid. He has warned me about snakes before. Barked and circled like a maniac. If he thought it was a lizard, well, all bets would be off.

This time he was saying, “hey man, I can’t come in right now, because, well, if you turn the porch light on, you will see this snake and he looks mad; and don’t worry, the neighbors aren’t awake and they won’t see you in your underwear. But before I come in, you need to remove that thing from under the door, capisce? And you know, I can’t bark right now because I will wake up the neighbors and that insane lady across the street will start cursing and screaming and hitting herself in the head with her fist and then I might roll over and pee myself. You know how I get confused.”

Next time I give you permission to bark at five in the morning, but only in emergency situations.

I try to work the snake out by moving the door back and forth, but I had already crushed him before I realized he was even there. Sorry snake. But I hate snakes as well. No hard feelings. Eventually I grab a fork and worked him out.

I took a photo of the snake, but he or she, is too mangled to display here. Orange and white splotches, black and white banded belly, about two feet long and half an inch thick. Just a baby. The head is too crushed to identify. Now he sleeps with the fish. In the lake — literally. (The photo above may be one of his buddies.)

Anyway, when I got up my brain was already saying that it was time to get a new mattress or maybe you hurt your back yanking that bush out yesterday. Then it shifted to twirling investments and not of the standard mold. I have a problem. I’m excited about the future of finance. Fintech and not snakes.

Then the snake sort of derailed that.

I mean, I have a few years experience in the real investment world and even educated myself professionally. And I hated most of it, especially taxes. So I stuck with law enforcement after college. Then I retired a few years ago. Well, sort of retired.

Now I live in snake land.

These days, as you might have noticed, I watch cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and family. And I do yard work, with the snakes, red ants, other insects that bite the crap out of you, a sun that is too darned hot and a lake that is beautiful. And I come up here to my den and type words on this screen. Maybe do a little trading.

Bitcoin Cash is really irking me though. I think it might be a snake. I did not expect it to be at $600 this morning. As I look now, it’s over $800. I had hoped it would pop. But it has refused to die. Apparently it’s more economical than old bitcoin. I really hope this does not end badly, because I could no longer resist the pull.

Don’t get me wrong. I fought it like any gambler would. I ignored it. Watched as bitcoin original struggled, as Ethereum is taking a beating, as Ripple drips and as Iota — I warned them — has lost a good chunk of value over the last few days.

But I don’t believe in omens. Killing a snake under my front door, in the dark, did not convince me to buy Bitcoin Cash. I awoke with that decision. Usually, those are my best ones. Maybe the snake was trying to distract me?

But, in the end, the giant vacuum cleaner has sucked up some of my funds. Some. Maybe I will be punished. So be it. I have strayed from the flock, Oh Lord. But I feel good about it a this moment.

Tomorrow, when I’m at the bowling alley for a birthday party, rubbing my arthritic knuckles and maybe having one or two beers  — at my age — I may be in a bad mood. Maybe the Chinese will be laughing over their American profits, but I don’t get that impression — yet.

And that’s why I wrote this. At times I need to take risks. That snake this morning was not poisonous. But I’ve run into a few bad cryptos out here.

That reminds me, I need to stop wearing flip flops and shorts out here. One of these days I might get bitten, but not so far.

And how high will Bitcoin Cash go? I think, right at this moment, it will blow past bitcoin very soon and leave everyone stunned. But, well, maybe not.

Incidentally, it was an Eastern Corn Snake.

Update: I think Jihan Wu likes Bitcoin Cash.

Have a good day.

Jack Shorebird.