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The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

Bitcoin Film

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild.

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin – Trailer from Gravitas Ventures on Vimeo.

My Thoughts

I just watched ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin’ and I think it’s well worth watching. It’s up to date with the current events in the Bitcoin world. It touches on it’s humble beginnings and stumbles along the way all the way to the shutdown of Mt. Gox and the arrest of BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem on charges of money laundering for users of the digital black market known as Silk Road. If you use or are interested in Bitcoin I highly recommend this documentary. It is well made. It’s available through their website as well as iTunes.

Learn More About The Film

About ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin’

Daniel is a 35 year old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Daniel spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore.

Join us as we take a journey through the rapidly growing world of Bitcoin. Along the way, we’ll follow the stories of entrepreneurs and startups that are helping shape the new financial frontier. We’ll look at the competitive mining market and the various subcultures within the Bitcoin community. You’ll encounter a variety of characters and opinions as we examine the social and political impact of an open-source digital currency. Will the rise of Bitcoin bring a monetary paradigm shift that will forever change the world?
Taken from their website: http://bitcoindoc.com/about.

Multiple Page Posts. Why?

Why is the trend today to make webpage posts with multiple pages?

Usually this is done with a list/gallery of images or product reviews for example. But I’m finding it on news sites as well with just text. I know why they are doing it and it’s for page clicks, I guess. Most offer a link to view as one page but it is so annoying! This is especially cumbersome navigating on a mobile device. Most pages UI’s don’t translate or were made well for mobile viewing and navigating. Small or unresponsive next buttons, lack of in depth description text with image, and not to mention the injected ADs within the list. This is garbage.

Obviously if a page has become too long make it into as many pages as needed but these are done with content that doesn’t really need it. This is just poor design. I’m all for not having to load pages and having dynamic content but at least make it work, make it smooth. Some do it ok but I still opt to view as one page. There is a time and place for these things. I’ve found it’s mostly not used wisely.

#design #ui #designerrant #webdesign

Which Browser Do You Use?

I use Google Chrome on a Mac. A few years back I used Mozilla Firefox but one day I gave Chrome a serious try and I never went back. #1 reason why I stay is because they have Chrome for iOS and I can sync my bookmarks and stuff. That is a HUGE plus for me regardless of any speed tests. #2 is Google Now. This can only be done with Chrome and it is AWESOME.


I heard about when Firefox did a major update but didn’t try it out. Until today. I opened Firefox on my Mac and realized it was way out of date so I updated it to the new 33.1 version. WOW. They have stepped up their game big time. There are a lot of things I like about this new Firefox, mainly their privacy features and it’s new speed.

Here is simple speed test I did using my phone stopwatch. Each browser had the same 4 main pinned tabs I always have open: Gmail, Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, and added one more page, a blog post with a video and a long list of comments.


Chrome – 38.0.2125.122

  1. 47:93
    1. Time from a fresh boot up, after giving the computer some time to get settled.
  2. 11:88

Firefox – 33.1

  1. 28:51
  2. 25:56

As you can see Firefox is pretty fast but look at Chrome’s 2nd load time, 11:88. Once Chrome has loaded the first time after your computer has booted if you quit and restart it, it loads extremely fast. With that said I have to give page loading times to Firefox. I went to various pages like YouTube, Yahoo, random pages, and Firefox loads the page faster by a noticeable margin. The differences between the two are minimal in the end though in my opinion. Maybe once I dig deeper I would find more differences. But as I stated I use Chrome because of their iOS app. For me that is the deal breaker for Firefox since they don’t support iOS. They say it’s because of Apple’s strict guidelines but I think there are other reasons. Lastly having Google Now is nice. I use it on my phone more then on my computer/s. I use it 90% more then Siri. So there’s that.

The key differences are:

  1. Privacy. Do you trust Google?
  2. Initial load time for Chrome is long.
  3. Minor advantage to Firefox on page load times, mainly images.

Here is a pretty good browser review video. Now this video was done in January 2014, the version of Firefox I tested was released in October 2014 I believe. I’d like to see this video done again today. Maybe I’ll make my own. Enjoy.

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.