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Finding spot “X”. (Image by Pam Anderson)

Baseball players decide which pitches to swing at. If the ball is outside the strike zone, it’s generally better not to swing.

Imagine that the ocean is similarly sending you “pitches” as waves. Paddle for one outside the “strike zone” and you’re unlikely to get a good ride.

What kind of pitches can the ocean throw? No two waves are the same. The endless combinations of wind, swell, tide, and position are part of what makes the sport so captivating. …


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[Author’s note: This was written during at the height of the Covid pandemic in NYC, and the laundromat across the street has since re-opened :) ]

I live in a Brooklyn apartment building with shared laundry machines. My neighbors aren’t the most careful with the pandemic social distancing, so I decided to do laundry in my bathtub.

It’s pretty easy, just be sure to scrub the tub out first, and use shampoo if you don’t have laundry detergent. Don’t put in too many clothes, you’ll need to hang them up later. I find that washing four to six days of…


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HOW MONEY GOT FREE
Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance
by Brian Patrick Eha
Oneworld, 2017

This book chronicles the early history of Bitcoin, told through the eyes of the early adopters that came to lead the nascent industry.

Brian Eha paints the characters behind the story: The pragmatic visionary (Barry Silbert), the criminal (Ross Ulbricht), the purist (Roger Ver), the jocks (The Winklevoss Twins) and the local boy made good (Charlie Shrem).

Narrated through their eyes, Eha describes the ideological tension between the crypto-anarchists and the pragmatists, with Wall Street waiting in the wings. Some want…

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