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30 NFT Patterns and Projects

Random Observation/Comment #708: Capital Formation (DAO) + NFT Auction + NFT Fractionalization + Secondary Market Royalties + Cashflows from Physical/VR/AR viewing Social tokens for investing in the artist’s future artworks. The Future is now! Why this list? NFTs – so hot right now. I couldn’t of guessed it would be the thing that propels more creators into the space, but...

30 Honed Skills During the Pandemic

Random Observation/Comment #706: Why waste free time? Why this list? Even with a stressful move across country during this pandemic, I’ve spent a significant amount of time optimizing and minimizing my life. Why? Mostly out of re-prioritization of what really matters. Relationships matter. Conversations about specific episodes on TV shows don’t really matter. Macroeconomics matters. Temper and perspective matters. Here’s...

30 Post-Covid Things We Can’t Wait to Do

Random Observation/Comment #704: It’s weird being skeptical about being hopeful. I hope I haven’t become a pessimist or cynic coming out of this pandemic. Why this list? We totally have pandemic fatigue (again). There were bouts of productivity with waves of regression. I’m so ready to execute on these travel plans once we’re in line for the vaccine. When? Hopefully...

30 Pieces of Advice for Myself for seelemons.com

Random Observation/Comment #703: Follow your own advice. It’s harder to do than you might think. Why this list? I consider brainstorming a personal super power, but I’m really bad at managing my own writings. Writing lists of 30 were a big part of training my brain to think divergently and I think they’re useful for others to read, so why...

30 Technical Trading Terms

Random Observation/Comment #701: Trading is definitely not for everyone. 80% of traders lose money. Why this list? Maybe you’ve saved a lot of money not eating at restaurants? Maybe you’re following r/wallstreetbets now? Maybe you just got some stimulus check money and need a place to spend it? Whichever the reason (and I think these are all bad ones for...

30 DeFi Buzzwords

Random Observation/Comment #700: If you want to feel like a part of the ecosystem, then you’ll need to learn the lingo. Why this List? I wrote 30 blockchain buzzwords used by enterprises back in 2016 (and also 30 Smart Cities buzzwords). Now that mainnet is the new buzz, here’s the buzzwords and their definitions of the 2021 trends. DeFi –...

COVID-19 Tactical Planning

Random Observation/Comment #699: I am thankful to my friends and family who have given great advice and sent best wishes. My parents tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and my brain started racing. I’ve mainly done research on preventative measures (e.g. washing hands, wearing masks, and socially distancing) or strategic outlook (e.g. vaccine statuses, economic impact, market trends), but...

My Curated Digital Bubble

Random Observation/Comment #698: This is a Digital Civil War. We’re divided into our bubbles. Understanding Attention You’ve got a limited amount of time and an even more limited amount of attention in your day. The more decisions you make, the more tired you get. I’ve considered disconnecting from my phone – there’s a list of 30 for that (30 Value...

Wills, Trusts, and Digital Legacy

Random Observation/Comment #696: Start building towards your legacy for the ones you care about most. Learning From My Parents My parents are retired and I often tell them, “Spend all your money, and you’ll make us very happy.” I want them to enjoy the experiences they sacrificed while chasing the American dream as immigrants. I want them to spend time...

30 Things to Do With Crypto

Random Observation/Comment #695: Composability and active personal digital asset management is under-valued within the cryptocurrency space. Why this list? Bitcoin is the pet rock blockchain. You can buy it, spend it, and save it, but that’s pretty much it. If you want to build applications and services on top of a network, I would recommend Ethereum. There’s so much more...

30 Communities and Your Role

Random Observation/Comment #694: Evaluate the subset of communities where you want to spend your time. Why this List? Money is extrinsic in value. It’s necessary for a lot of things, but it’s nothing compared to quality time, friendships, passion, and devotion. If you’ve already figured out your strategic investing, then how you spend your time and who you spend it...

Strategic Investing and Portfolio Management

Random Observation/Comment #693: Managing your finance should be a habit, but not an obsession. Re-evaluate quarterly and not daily. Why this list? Use your money as an asset to make more money. Any salary is good for maintaining, but once you reach your 30s and 40s and hopefully become debt free, you will eventually make more than your salary if...

30 Random 2020 Insights

Random Observation/Comment #692: “Don’t wake me, I plan on sleeping in.” ~this whole week Why this List? When going through my end of year clean up, I archive old Keep notes that come from random inspirations. Here’s some of my favorite out of context random notes. Normalization of social experiences Companies are also trying to be your bank Cold milk,...

Reflecting on 2020

Random Observation/Comment #691: Black Mirror really did a scarily good job with this new immersive season. In 2020, we lived through the calm before the storm – a war fought in sweatpants. Traveled to: San Francisco (in Jan), Massapequa Park (in March), and Colorado (in July). And then literally nowhere else. Triumphantly: moved to Denver during a pandemic, did a...

30 Feelings for 2020

Random Observation/Comment #688: Remember to feel something. I think I’m okay. Why this list? This pandemic has led to an undeniable divide in the world. Rich are getting richer. Poor are getting poorer. Big companies getting bigger. Small businesses shutting down. I think the best way to write about my own experience through this pandemic is to share these emotional...

30 Things to be Thankful for in 2020

Random Observation/Comment #685: Silver linings needed. Why this list? 2020 was a dumpster fire. We’ve all lost so much this year – at the very least, a bit of sanity. In light of Thanksgiving, here’s at least a positive spin on a ridiculously surreal year. Celebrate the little things. Trump will no longer be President (even though he’s doing his...

30 Ethereum Things to be Thankful for

Random Observation/Comment #684: “Let me just basically say how impressed I am by Ethereum, full stop, period.” ~Heath Tarbert, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Why this list? Experimentation with multiple blockchain/DLT platforms has led me to be very thankful for a lot of aspects unique to Ethereum. It withstands the test of time as a live bounty...

30 Blockchain Institutional Readiness Activities

Random Observation/Comment #681: DeFi – so hot right now. Why this list? Never a dull moment in the public mainnet and Enterprise Ethereum space. As broad stroke trends, I’ve noticed: CBDC experimentation and Central Bank commitments for go-live (not to mention the Digital Yuan already being tested) Stablecoins maintaining value for ecosystems to remove the need for fiat off-ramps Payment...

30 Post-Covid Gift Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #680: I don’t understand how someone can spend millions of dollars on everyday retail things. The most expensive thing I bought was a couch. Why this List? After being in lockdown for months, we have all probably bought a lot of stuff on Amazon (I know I definitely have). It’s money I would have spent on dining out...

30 House Things to Care About

Random Observation/Comment #678: Me asking neighbors: “How do you do this? I’ve never had a garage, car, deck, lawn, fence, roof, basement, garbage can, security system, doorbell… Help me.” Why this list? I love being a homeowner, but it’s a lot of overhead. It was so much easier just renting and complaining to the super at the apartment when things...

Donating By Recommendation

Random Observation/Comment #677: Give back if you can. Karma is real. Sharing is caring. Hording doesn’t bring happiness. I started following/listening to Josh Gondelman because he was super witty on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me (Sept 5th Episode, specifically). As I dove into his podcast “Make My Day“, I was really inspired by the questions, creativity, positive vibes, and the...

30 Things Not Going Back to Normal

Random Observation/Comment #676: “Hindsight 2020” has a whole new meaning. Why this list? I’ve written a lot about the impact of coronavirus and made some predictions underneath these lists of 30, but a lot of these predictions just happened much slower (which means I was wrong). March 8 – 30 Coronavirus Precautions March 19 – 30 Post Coronavirus Questions March...

30 Tips Using pods.com

Random Observation/Comment #675: Pods. It’s bigger on the inside. Why this list? We moved cross country in June and used the pods.com service. Highly recommended for a house-to-house move where you can easily fit the pod in your driveway, fill it, and ship it out. Here’s some tips that I wish I knew before starting. Order a pod size that...

30 Flying Tips with a Toddler During a Pandemic

Random Observation/Comment #673: I’m okay with not flying for a while Why this List? In order to move cross country, we decided to suffer 4-hours and take the airport risk rather than driving over 3 days and take the hotel risk. Here are some tips we used on prep and execution for this flight. Prep – Things to Buy We...

30 Identity Traits

Random Observation/Comment #672: Be someone that makes the world greener, cleaner, and kinder. Why this List? Our company recently did an identity workshop with The Collective. Underpinning the discussion was “What are 2-3 identity traits that you hold that strongly defines you?… And your mentors/mentees/connections?” At first, I just wondered what labels I give myself and other labels that people...