Playoff are here now!!!

So yesterday was the first day of the **NBA Playoff**, and a a lot of series came up with unpredictable outcomes. Specially the Raptors and the Clippers. Even the Cleveland game was a close call for the defending champs, but let’s be real. Will any people really think Cleveland will be handicapped against the Pacers, Raptors or Celtics?
Cleveland is Deep and sure there is no Schumper on the floor and also no pesky Deli twisting people’s ankles and knees to get the ball. However the magnificense of King James will really show up when he shuts down the other team star, whenever is Paul George, Isaiah Thomas or DeRozan.

On the other side however, the LA Clippers are a disgrace to the NBA.

<blockquote>”Clips gonna Clip”</blockquote>

And they don’t seem to disapoint, they trash a game that had no star on the opposite team with a relative healthy roster and still manage to loose.

## Looking forward
We have a lot of matchups going on on the first round my picks are the following:

1. Bulls vs Celtics – Celtics
2. Cavaliers vs Pacers – Cavs
3. Raptors vs Bucks – Raptors
4. Wizards vs Hawks – Wizards

and the west

1. Warriors vs Blazers – Warriors
2. Spurs vs Grizzlies – Spurs
3. Rockets vs Thunders – Rockets
4. Clippers vs Jazz – Jazz

Of course the big if are Clips and Raptors, which are currently shooked but I think they can bounce back.

Crypto Revolution

This year has been great so far for Bitcoin, our group Bitcuners have kept on with the DASH proposal and got it succesfully renewed for another 3 months. The price of DASH went sky high and our podcast has been picking up more viewers.

I hope my writting has been better lately because now I am an editor of a popular Bitcoin news site. Doing work for the news site has eat a lot of my blogging time, however, the reward of having such a great platform on a topic I love, has got me so happy.

Our cryptocurrency group has grown well beyond it’s infrastructure (space) and we should be looking for a larger platform. We have been pushing our group on social networks such as FB and Youtube and we would be able to gain more viewers.

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Bitcuners at Starbucks in Cancun MX

Hope we can keep growing into events and accesibility for everyone in the market. Here are some videos that we were able to shoot during the meetup, people enjoying their time and also interacting and learning.

My introduction to Solarpunk

It seems I am gaining a lot of interest in solar. The topic has always facinated me, mainly because it seems so simple, yet so difficult and foreign. How come something as simple as putting some cells on the rooftops will lower our killer power bill.

Living in a hot land, things like A/C are vital to our living standards. I’m used to sleep with A/C on all night, internet, and computers running 24/7, as a coder, they run specially during the night.

My family house used around 2.5 kw/h own a rather medium sized pool and also had up to 5 vehiecles. I imagined our carboon footprint was a large as it could be. No we didn’t had a private jet or travel every other week, but we did had a great deal of vacationing, a large office, and a large payroll.

And no is not to brag, but to actually make sense how can this or other families could afford to mantain their lifestyle entirely on the sun.

Sure we did had land, unocuppied land and even a ranch and with some great creditline we could have foster our own little power plant that could not only be enough for us but for maybe even the whole block.

We might have not have had the engineering expertise but being a civil engineer, this knowledge could have been acquired rather easily. Not just that, but it could have been good for business, generating hydropower was one way we were already making money, a solar plant could have been something unique that could have made us even more money.

But let’s do the math? How exactly is solar affordable not just now but back in the 80s/90s?

Right now the math goes like this:

400dls x 1kw/day panel plus inverter and wiring. To get our solar juice around 2 panels would have been an 800 dls investment.

I would love to get into the economics of it all, but I think this vary greatly because of the lack of knowledge for building such things nationally. Having to import everything put a high tax on the implementation, and this makes it hard to be able to get things straighten up.

Researching solar, I have come across facinating things. One of the experiments I remember well is how to harvest energy even from a light post many miles away enough to at least spin a small wheel.

Another was about the way it was rather easy to build solar panels from garbage.

Finally I learn how the history of the world could have greatly changed to a solar reality if some experiments would have gone well back in the early 1900s.

So now, thanks to random events I am getting back into solar once again and I hope this time I would be able to get things finalized into true solar benefit.

Start investing your internet time on research

Yesterday I had a friend coming over and have a serious discussion about the way people view the internet, and even if we know we have the worlds knowledge at a few click reach, most people refuse to make use of it to connect with the knowledge they really lack.
I think even in an age of apparent information overload, there is still a lot of people cognitively disconnected from it. We should try to start connecting our search skills to the current information we are lacking in our lives and start connecting to the information pools that are actually valuable in our lives.

Making this happen is more about discipline than money, or speed of your internet or even your technical knowledge. The basics of searching is really just a mind map of words that you can sometimes, even, randomly spew at the search bar and will often come up with the right answer. If your phone is not that old you could even dictate the query to it.

The important thing is that when you are in doubt your brain will be hardwired to search those terms.

The next step is learning the value of links, sure some people are very anal about their bookmarks, I am kind of the opposite. I seldom bookmark sites, but on the flip side I live with a 10000 tabs open just to make sure I am able to go back to where I was.

The next thing is really to read but also give back, a two-way conversation is better than just reading, for that you will need to type. Getting in touch with people on the internet is rather simple. Just look for their twitter, Facebook or email account and more often than none, you will get a reply.

Social searching is incredibly powerful, specially if your search is about a current event, or something that is becoming big in the news.

Youtube is also an alternative way of searching, if you are not the reading type, a video might be the way to go. Conferences, talks, discussions opinions, or even vblogs.

So next time you want to learn about something, just do that, it doesn’t really take that long come up with a whole bunch of material.

Writting some more django

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Django framework

So lately I have been training into django some more, have beenr eading some books, with django best practices, and techniques to understand better the handling of projects. Some of the things I’ve found out is that there is more than what the documentation says. There are many adjustments to be done to a project that you are preparing for a team of people, and a lot of these conventions are known but not too easy to get the pieces together.

One of the things that got my mind a bit thinking was the manage of secret keys. Having the secret keys on a different location is both brilliant but also a great example of what is necesary to think about when it comes to using a django project across the board.

Then there is the different things like use of environmnents and requeriments. Beyond the use of virtualenv and fabric. The actual use and map of modules and even the naming of them. Beyond pep8 and other already known conventions.

Other things I have been studying is the use of certain modules specially the use of permission models into the view, the format of url() patterns and atributes as well as the use of alternative templates.

So far I have used some external modules of django like django wiki and django rest framework. I want to check out django channels and django oscar.

Werid disaspointment

ghost-in-the-shell-fingers-500x253So today I had a weird disappointment on my user skills, I find out to my surprise that my right hand is kind of useless on the keyboard. Turns out that I mostly use my index for everything on the keyboard. Sure my thumb is always on my spacebar and also my pinky sometimes operate the arrow keys every now and then. However I find it trully hard to believe that I cant type P or O because… well my index always was faster.

So from now on I am on a quest to try to type fully with my right hand’s fingers. I find the single quotes hard to type as well as all those weird =-)( keys.

Oh well let see if I can pick it up by the end of the month.