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My dad and peas

Today marks the 10th year of my dad’s passing away due to cancer. My dad always loved numbers, so a 2-22-2022 would be more special than just a pattern of twos. I wish he is alive to replay a momen...

Jujitsu

Similar patterns decades apart. I once joined a karate club as a teenager. During the break, I would find myself discussing comics, collectibles, and computer games. I recently joined a jujitsu cla...

Immigration to the US

My wife and I immigrated to the United States in 2001 to have a better quality of life. We are fortunate to have built a family of our own here in the US and became part of its society as American ...

CDs

I am an ethical hacker, and, at the same time, I am a vintage computing collector. Occasionally, I would drop by a thrift store, especially Goodwill, and check if vintage electronics are worth buyi...

Decentralized Platforms

The total value of smart contracts on decentralized platforms (decentralized exchanges - DEXs) is currently at $85.99B. Yes, it has huge shifts from one day to another, but it is still a sign of ma...

Geek and Blockchain

If you are a geek, you know that blockchain is the future today in the technology industry. If you are not a geek, you think of blockchain as bitcoins, cryptocurrency, and, recently in the news, NF...

Where Social Media Customers Want to Be

The recent quarterly loss for Facebook is significant because it reflects the reality of where the customers genuinely want: no social media copycats, privacy matters (do not track), and no for re...

A Digital Dollar

The Boston Fed and MIT released their first research finding and open source code on central bank cryptocurrency. The work demonstrates the importance of open source code and open partnerships betw...

1969 Hexapawn

My latest retro-technology collection acquisition is an #ibm 1969 Hexapawn board game invented by Martin Gardner in perfect condition. Its headline is “the more you win, the more you lose when you ...

The Bookshelf Saga

My wife ordered a bookshelf. Delivery brings it over. You (me - he) says, “hon, I will install it.” My wife then leaves home. I open the boxes. No instructions. Yet it is a couple of metallic frame...