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Published by Plenum on November 23, 2017 10:47pm.  Category: General

a thought that I shared with a friend:


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Consent, once given, can be used for nefarious things.

And unless one is a 'lawyer', or is able to understand the metaphysical construct/contract, it's not always possible to be able to negate the consent with a simple 'no'.

There's all this stuff in the fine print, in other words Smile

I think there have been countless mythologies which portray this trickster element of the negatives. And you've mentioned it before: they don't necessarily try to hide who they are ... but they make you look at certain things (attractive, appealing, desirable), which take your mind off the stink and consequences of what they're willing to offer you. 



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Selective Concussion
Published by Plenum on November 23, 2017 8:46pm.  Category: General

I had a couple of followup dreams on the Concussion theme from yesterday.


It was to do with the notion of 'selective concussion'.  Or allowing parts of oneself to be injured or damaged, instead of others.  Almost like a devaluing or deprioritization of certain parts of the self.



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Published by Plenum on November 23, 2017 9:45am.  Category: General

I had a dream last night where a maniac was carrying around a concrete clab with both hands, and then raising it up, and swinging it down on people's heads, given them concussions :(


Pretty scary stuff.  Had to stear clear of that guy.


<facing fears, symbols, metaphors?>



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Published by Plenum on November 22, 2017 11:23pm.  Category: General

I first moved into this place (apartment) 7 years ago.  Around April 2010.  So more than 7 years.


And I'll be here for the short term, going forward.  Depending on what happens with my job.


It if disappears, my flatmate said he might want to sell up, and move interstate, and I'd tag along.


But a lot has happened within this one room.  So much personal development.


I first signed up for my Bring4th account in Dec 2011.  So about 18 months after living here.  


As I said, a lot has unfolded here.



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Published by Plenum on November 21, 2017 2:01pm.  Category: General

great article here from the Quartz:


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Big banks’ blockchain specialists are flocking to cryptocurrency firms in search of freedom


Executives tasked with exploring blockchain tech for banks and consulting firms are finding it harder and harder to resist going full crypto. Case in point: three executives at BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, and PWC well known for leading blockchain work at their firms have left to pursue their own blockchain projects in recent days. Their reason? They want to pursue blockchain ambitions outside the strictures of a corporate innovation lab.

The executives are now either directly employed by blockchain “venture studio” ConsenSys, or will work on their own projects with ConsenSys funding. Among them is Alex Batlin, who formerly led blockchain work at BNY Mellon, and before that at UBS. He’s now working on his own company, Trustology, with backing from ConsenSys. “I am a big believer in cryptoassets being super exciting, so being able to take these ideas to production in a timeframe that I want to do it in, it’s really tricky to do that in a bank,” he says. The other two execs are PWC’s Ajit Tripathi and Deutsche Bank’s Edward Budd.

It’s not the first time execs at big banks have defected to go all-in on blockchain. One well known example is Blythe Masters, who joined Digital Asset Holdings as chief executive, after leading commodities trading at JPMorgan. Others have turned to blockchain ventures after departing the C-suite, whether as founders or investors. There’s ex-Barclays head Antony Jenkins with his startup 10X, and former UBS chief information officer Oliver Bussman, who promotes Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley” as a base for blockchain companies in the canton of Zug.

The blockchain specialists are leaving their corporate employers with valuable contacts. Last year three members of a blockchain team at Deloitte in Toronto left to form their own startup, with their ex-employers’ blessing. Batlin, the former BNY Mellon man, says he hopes the bank will be a client of his new project eventually.

Money is flowing into the crypto space. For instance, ConsenSys was started in 2014 by Joseph Lubin, a cofounder of Ethereum, which has gained 2,900% this year alone. “I believe ConsenSys pays a lot better than a bank,” says one executive working on innovation at a global bank who has been involved in the cryptocurrency space for years, who did want to be named.

The executives who are moving say money isn’t the reason. For Batlin, it’s the freedom to move quickly on a technology that he’s been covering for his employers for years. It’s the same story with Tripathi, who was until recently a director at PWC in charge of blockchain and fintech matters. He’s now joining ConsenSys as a partner, and will be in charge of delivering projects to corporate clients. “You can’t turn on a dime in big corporations,” Tripathi says. “There is a bubble right now, and the bubble drives innovation. Does it make it easier for [blockchain startups] to attract talent? Absolutely it does, because there is definitely a lot more runway. But it’s not about the money.”

Budd, previously the chief digital officer for the global transaction bank at Deutsche, joined ConsenSys to help launch its new UK office, according to efinancialcareers.

For Batlin, a veteran of corporate innovation labs, the flow of talent from big banks and consultancies to blockchain startups is just part of the natural order. “In many ways, this kind of rotation is natural,” he says. “As you experiment in the lab you start getting ideas, but you can’t take stuff to production in a lab. That’s the definition of a lab.”


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