The Cynic

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The Cynic

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in the upcoming year and I am very thankful that you keep reading my thoughts from time to time.

Have a great holiday and spend this time with your close friends and family.
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Silence. We do not value silence enough these days. Noise is following us everywhere:

from the transport and overcrowded cafes to constant music in our earbuds and endless videos on YouTube. Over time we stopped referring to noise as pollution. It got so deep to our lives, and this constant buzz became so comfortable for our minds, that silence for us became an attribute of the scary environment.
We make the buzz ourselves — intentionally or not. We talk just for the sake of it. Words became meaningless, and the gap between the ideas and speeches became much larger. Just like a commodity on a stock market, the value of words has dropped in value. We talk to fill in "awkward silence", without realising that the awkwardness comes from the meaningless talks.
When we finally reach the precious silence — whether it is the end of the workday or comfortably boring weekends — we run from silence. Cause in silence we meet ourselves, and the "ourselves" are scary. Not just scary but also boring, we ran out of the topics to talk about with "ourselves". And instead of changing it, we reach to our phones and start watching another video, or get in conversation on social media, cause we will do everything to minimise the time with ourselves.
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Simplicity. The modern world has everything we need — from automatic vacuum cleaners to cars in space (as you can see this post was written a while ago).

Materialistic oversupply brought us to the understanding of the value of information; this is how we basically entered the age of information economy, where data and knowledge became the key assets of success. Yet this world full of information, and tech has taken away one important thing — simplicity. We started to lack simplicity in the way we think, make decisions, work and live. With the simplification of the living process, people are still trying to make the life itself more complex.
The life is the same though. The complexity of the world is slowly but surely trying to get in our heads from the rather early stages of life. First we are learning some social norms and values, then we grow up a little and getting piles of knowledge in school that we do not really value sometimes, then we are getting to university where knowledge gets more specialized, so when we get to the first real actions we have so many things in our minds that we do not even know where to start. At certain moment simplicity appears to be lost.
Even in the art that is supposed to be a space of feelings complexity has its effect. Today you cannot just be amazed by the black square or abstract colorful lines; you need some Mona Lisa that is closer to your inner complicated world. Inner world, by the way, should hit the records of complexity, otherwise, you do not compile with the social norms. Even though we admire something complex, we value more something simple.
The idea is easy, we lack simplicity. Clearness of thoughts and directness of actions are inspiring. A simple idea makes great things, while simple action makes a living.
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Creativity. Over time concepts have a tendency to evolve and change.

They are changing within the ecosystem and changing the ecosystem itself; something that used to be one thing evolves to absolutely different one. If we look into the world of creativity or ask ourselves what is it, more likely we are going to imagine arts, music or some garage-made tech, and if it for real was a creative thing in the early 20th century, now it has become nothing more than just an average thing. Every fifth person is a musician, with every third is a producer and almost every second is a DJ/rapper. They have lost their creativity already in the late 80s, stepping away for some nerdy guys. Arts is not something creative anymore. This concept may have changed, but its core is still “being different” and artists are no longer different than anyone else, they are just average with a slightly better taste. Unexpectedly and more likely unintentionally, something completely “casual” became the ruler of the creative world. Marketing, engineering, IT – you name it - that has over time become more creative than the top charts of iTunes.
The worst part about it is that everyone is trying to be creative and they are driven not by the part that loudly says “create”. They are imitating, copying, changing and doing anything else but creating and usually, it is done with the lack of taste or style. They are either trying to be nihilistic (and failing) or artistic (that is not possible without a sense of taste, so failing as well) and making the world of content just a stinking garbage bin. While the truly creative people are lost somewhere among these garbage bins.
So, what is “creative” today then? It is something that goes step ahead of time, something that bends the limits of standards that inspires. This “something” becomes when it is found is giving you understanding that there is a little number of people with the genius ideas that are worth going through 99% of dumbness and stupidity.
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Art. Have you mentioned that art goes beyond its time?

The world, as the artist sees it, is absolutely different from our reality. It is not just an image, sound or text - it is a statement, idea or "innovation" of mind. And when the century of certain ideas is over, it looks at the artistic world and follows it with a deformed adaptation. It works as some sort of a loop, where reality creates a new mind that creates a new image. To simplify, it works as an AI at its literal understanding - it sees the world differently with the different values, norms and standards, therefore, with the different judgement structure, and when this AI starts to create something new - it goes according to different principles rather than an "average"/normal perspective.
If you are familiar with Russian literature, you could have mentioned that trendy ideas of nihilism were created by Turgenev. Female rights, or feminism, as we know it, was completely developed by Chernyshevsky. Constructive and "effective" thinking were successfully brought to life by Kandinsky and Malevich. If we turn away from Russian literature and art, we can name even more examples - Balzac has masterfully described the end of the 19th century, while Dreiser has depicted the reality of America. As Wilde mentioned, "art deforms life according to its needs". The list of examples can go on and on, frightening you with its fatalistic behaviour. Yet, amusement from these correlations may get you away from the "heart" of the theme.
Art lives in its unique world. However, we can't judge modern art in an objective manner, simply because we need to understand it according to its own rules, that comes to a "normal" mind only over time. Art is questioning our norms and judges our time. It expands our understanding of life overall, showing lack of perfectionism in natural things. It brings its aesthetic touch to environment and human.
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For the last 2 months, my head was overwhelmed with ideas about cryptocurrencies, digital money and blockchain.

I am proud of the result and all the past weeks' hard work paid off with the great research and final paper. Thank you for the participation in the survey, by the way, it helped a lot.
If you are interested in cryptomarket or blockchain but didn't know where to start - read my work -it's like a complete introduction and overview of the essential economic and technical aspects of the topic. You can find my thesis here:
Feel free to share! If you have any questions regarding the channel or thesis or anything related - share your thoughts in our chat @dailyEmChat
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Fuck Facebook. I do not know how can a person create such a nice thing as a social network that becomes one of the most used things in the world.

An application that made thousands of people stick to their phones. An application that is simple and useful. At least, it used to be like this 10 years ago. Every positive adjective you can use with "Facebook" has been lost during the past 10 years.
From the project that could have been monetised without dumb, getting all of your data, advertisements, it just became an app full of dull and stupid shit. And it is not only about the application but a whole company - anything they make, anything they buy is becoming a pile of advertised shit. The worst thing about it is that people are still using it. No matter how slow is it or how bad in terms of optimisation/UI/UX. From a simple "a bit more than a messenger" it has become a nightmare for any designer or just any person with a good taste. Marketing managers and SMM-ers will still spend thousands and millions of dollars just for buying advertisements.
Facebook alone could have become the key competitor (or if done right - the key market monopoly) as a video-hosting platform, blogging platform, messenger, photo-sharing network. Every time you want to defend Facebook just think about their "could have" and also wait until WhatsApp, Instagram and other applications are slowly dying in pain. The pain caused by a complete lack of optimization, good design and lack of change management.
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Telegram survey. Lately, I have been working on my thesis regarding cryptocurrencies, more likely I am going to post it here once it is done if some of you will need a manual to the crypto world.

During the research, I found out that there are not so many resources on public's familiarity and adaptation, and the ones that exist are partially out of date already. So, I have decided to make my own study and survey (with blackjack...).
So what?
This link would be the best answer in this case for the Miles Davis's question.
Why should I participate?
You will not only help me as a researcher but will bring your contribution to your favourite messenger! Such topic as this brings a lot of attention from everyone - from ICO-developers to SMM guys. Just a couple of minutes may make our community even better.
What if I am not so good with cryptocurrencies?
Your answers still matter! If you answer honestly, then you won't get to the hard questions and if you are getting stuck, just skip one.
Are there any specific instructions?
Not really. Basically, it is just a classic survey, however, as soon as you are getting to the survey page, you will get some nicely written section descriptions.
Hey, you promised to post more often but looks like I don't have the posts that I deserve!
Yeah, for real, there were some problems with content lately, in the sense that I don't have too much free time due to the work and thesis. I should be done with this crazy combination in a week and then will get back to two posts per month or even more.
This sounds like a lot of work, maybe I can help somehow.
Yes, share the link with your friends and Telegram users you know. More replies - better survey! The work is for real pretty big but the writer is comfortable with huge loads of work (please, help me, I haven't seen my family because of this paper for months).
P.S. If you really want to help me (actually, I hope so), I wrote a special easy-to-forward short post below. Don't hesitate to share it with your friends, relatives, pets or whosoever.
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My work led me to analyze and look into the countries' policies regarding new technologies.

As you might know, I am a pretty big fan of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, so during the analysis, (that is also a part of my thesis work) I'm usually looking into the ways of the countries handling it. Cryptocurrency is a relatively new concept and the way governments are coping with that allows me to understand not only their approach and vision of the technological disruption but their ambition about the future and their trust to their own citizens.
Analysis conclusion is sad: as soon as you do not know something, you ban it and try to forget it like it was a bad dream. This is the way many policy-makers approached revolutionary technology, without giving it a single chance. Some sophisticated readers may debate with me, claiming that "blockchain is not the same as cryptocurrencies and you are mixing those two", and partially they would be right. Moreover, this is the key defensive argument, the government will use. However, preventing people from use of cryptocurrencies give them fewer opportunities to understand this whole new economic model. Crypto is like a new application and when you want to understand the application, less likely you will check its code first.
So what do the countries that wish "the best they can give to their citizens" actually achieve with limitations to the digital money? Nothing else but a selfishly missed opportunity: the opportunity of flipping the system by finally making the last hit to already broken Bretton Woods system, the opportunity to become the digitalisation adopters rather than conservative idiots, opportunity to bring the future to the people.
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The whole day I was thinking about what would be the best way of writing this New Year post.

Whether should I mention the fact that my channel grew from less than 400 to over 1700, or that from some weird motivational posts I came to semi-philosophical texts that I have started to like. Another achievement that I wanted to mention is our sweet and cozy @dailyEmChat , that brought dozens or maybe hundreds of interesting and original topics and conversations (mixed up with constant talks on Ethereum). I have tried myself in podcasts, lived in a couple of different countries and found a profession that I truly like. Amount of achievements and great moments that I’ve experienced this year is enormous. I wish you all the best in 2018 and be happy!