1. If you are a financial journalist or blogger, a stock or options trader, a Forex aficionado, an investor, a big whale or a beginner you really owe it to yourself to find out about Bitcoin.

    Lots of startups are related to Bitcoin and the Blockchain; an enormous amount of investment and innovation is taking place!

    Aside from the fintech and investment reasons, for bloggers a direct bitcoin donation or via changetip can be a way for your tech-savvy readers to show their appreciation.

    So how to get started with Bitcoin?

    One of the easiest and fastest ways is through an American cloudmining company, GAWMiners.

    I often write about it & promote it on this and other sites.


    Because I am really satisfied with the company and its services (both as a hobby and as an investment).

    They have made me a lot of money!

    Depending on your budget you can:

    Pick up a Hashlet - a Genesis miner $7:95 or a Zen $17.95 using a credit card. You’ll receive an email instructing you how to join zenMiner Cloud which is where you can generate a Bitcoin wallet address and also start mining. You can also join the Hashtalk community.


    There’s still time to be an early adopter of digital cryptocurrency; the minimum entry is not expensive (equivalent to two Starbucks coffees) and there is a lot of fun to be had, not to mention informing yourself!

    Disclosure: if you click on my links, I’ll receive a small referral fee which will help me to support this site and my son’s Yokai Watch habit! 


    Tagged #bitcoin


  3. Overstock, ‘Medici’, GAWMiners, stock markets and IPOs

    Coindesk had an interesting story on Overstock.com developing “a new stock market platform powered by cryptocurrency technology”, then just today I saw this on Hashtalk:

    The only problem there is you need to be a Hashlet Prime owner to get some kind of insider IPO upside.

    Prime Hashlets (virtual bitcoin miners) have just recently been discontinued but you can still buy them, first buy any of the currently available Hashlets from GAWMiners, then using your activation code set up your ZenCloud mining account, if you can fund your account with some bitcoin (say change dollars to BTC via Circle) you’ll be able to buy a Prime on the Hash Market and who knows that might get you some exposure in any GAWMiners IPO!


  4. Easy way to start bitcoin mining BUT hurry for big discounts!!!


    *proviso you need bitcoin to buy in the ZenCloud!!!!


  5. Easy entry to bitcoin mining from $8.95!!!! (Promotional price - hurry!)


    Buy via this link GAWMiners and you’ll be making a small contribution to my coffee fund!


  6. The most famous day traders in Japan - not including me!

    One is "CIS"  (Sis) the so-called “pajamas” day trader famous for making a lot of money especially from J-com stock, and more recently Softbank

    The story via Bloomberg

    and the Japan Times

    Some interesting quotes from CIS

    • If there’s one basic principle, he says—repeatedly and slowly, as if instructing a child—it is this: “Buy stocks that are being bought, and sell stocks that are being sold.” (I guess his version of “the trend is your friend”)
    • “Self-control is so important. You have to conserve your assets. That’s what insulates you from the downturns and gives you the ammunition to make money.”  (Pretty true, making money is the easy part, keeping it is difficult)
    • He reckons 40% of trades fail; the trick is to sell losers fast and let winners ride (Yep, pretty core stuff)

    Frank Zorilla expands on these ideas in 8 Things to Learn from Japan’s Biggest Day trader

    CIS even has his own Japanese wikipedia page

    Another famous Japanese day trader is "B N F" who interestingly also made money from the Mizuho/J-com stock error…. and also appeared on 2ch

    Some interesting facts on B N F

    • His name is a sort of Japanese English version of US trader Victor Niederhoffer and his his 2ch handle (2ch is a geek internet forum)
    • He is very frugal; he goes to 100 yen shops (hey so do I!)
    • He likes cup noodle (me too) and claims it helps his trading as he is not too full and sleepy
    • He doesn’t eat breakfast (err, I do - toast and Greek strawberry jam and coffee usually)
    • He owns a building in Akihabara (I don’t)
    • Some of his investments fail; once such was $7 million just before the Lehman collapse - which apparently also resulted in two broken monitors due to his rage. (Some of my investments fail too!)

    Link to Japanese interview….

    Again a wikipedia Japanese page

    More info from Onigiri Sensei


  7. $BCOIN Hash Market is a new fun bitcoin based trading platform for Hashlet virtual cloud miners www.jimintokyo.com

    — Jim in Tokyo (@jimintokyo) Sep. 30 at 09:19 PM

  8. Tired of stocks and forex? Try trading….. Hashlets!

    Hash Market is basically GAWMiners acting as broker or middleman and linking online buyers and sellers of their Hashlet bitcoin cloud mining products.

    It is a lot of fun and I *think* has potential to turn a small trading profit!

    You need to become a ZenCloud member, by buying a Hashlet from here, by credit card, BTC, LTC or DOGE.

    These are the currently available Hashlets:

    • Hashlet Genesis is the cheapest, currently $8.95. It’s the cheapest miner, but currently you can’t buy or sell them on the Hash Market.
    • Hashlet Solos include MultiHashlet $14.95, Clever Hashlet $15.95, WaffleHashlet $16.95, and ZenHashlet $20.95, all of which are traded on Hash Market.
    • The top of the range virtual miner is the Prime at $49.95, which again currently isn’t on the Hash Market.

    Okay next step, buy a Hashlet (any of the above), wait for the activation email, set up a ZenCloud account and then transfer your trading fund in BTC into the account.

    Then simply trade Hashlets just like you would trade stocks, buy low, sell high, take into account the brokerage fees to both parties.

    The Hash Market really seems like a “buyers market”; the sellers can post fixed quantities and prices of Hashlets they want to sell, but the other side of the order book - like buyers entering a bid (market, limit orders etc.) -doesn’t exist.
    Buyers just watch and need to be quick to click to buy. It is a bit crude - you’ll need to manually refresh the browser - there is no streamer (yet?).

    Effectively GAWMiners are acting as market makers and offering a spread: the seller receives 95% of the nominal price and the buyer pays 105% of the nominal price.

    Let’s take a ZenHashlet as an example.


    The standard price of a new one is $20.95.

    If you could buy quantities at say $17.90 (I have seen them offered at this price), you would probably be able to resell them at a profit pretty quickly, or simply mine with them for a while and then sell.

    If you wanted to offer and sell  for say $20.50, the nominal price would have to be $19.47 (in order that the buyer would see and pay $20.50), and you as seller would actually receive $18.50.

    Here’s the input screen.

    The system is confusing in that this selling price does not include the 5% fee the buyer must pay so you need to factor that into the “real” offer price; however, the total earnings does correctly show your income if the Hashlet sells.


    Here is the Hash Market itself; with the net prices for buyers.

    A lot of the prices are wildly optimistic, but if you spend time you can find good deals!

    Note that the sellers orders cannot actually be seen by the seller on the market, but they are there.


    So how can you trade?

    • Well there are a lot of people on the Hash Market who simply don’t understand the process, so it is possible to pick up some really sweet deals, and then keep to mine or even just flip. There are people who are underpricing and others who are overpaying. It is a cruel world!
    • There are quite a few “fat finger” mistakes, that can be taken advantage of.
    • Most of the sales are low amounts. If you buy a bulk amount of MH you’ll be able to split into small lots* (maybe 1MH each) and sell at a higher price.
    • One Hashlet the 9/11 Legendary Hashlet has a value of $49.95 but is a limited issue and people have been willing to pay more, so if you could pick up some cheaply they might be good investments.
    • The other aspect that unlike stocks, these Hashlets are paying a kind of dividend in that they mine and generate revenue. So if you hold a Hashlet for a while and then sell at cost or higher that will also bring in profits.

    Proviso - the pricing is in dollars but the payment is in BTC, so BTC volatility is a factor too.

    If you buy a miner from GAWMiners website via credit card basically you’ll be changing USD to BTC, when you sell a Hashlet it is also USD to BTC, but the ZenCloud account actually holds BTC.

    If you use any of the links in this post, I’ll get a small kickback that I will reinvest into even more Hashlets for myself. I am recommending a service / product that I do actually use!


  9. You might earn something, FYI I have earned around $100 so far, not much but not insignificant!

    Hashlets are back on sale, Genesis Hashlets may be getting an new pool, Prime Hashlets are getting advanced features, Project Prime is coming soon……….

    It might be time to become a GAWMiners affiliate.

    Joining is easy - just click here



  10. Interesting take on Wall Street and Bitcoin by guy who has worked in both worlds…..

    In my opinion bticoin trading, cloud mining etc. is so similar to the stock / options world I am sure it will take off on Wall Street….


    2014 was supposed to be the Year of Wall Street

    It was supposed to be the cypherpunks, followed by the anarcho-capitalists, then onto the VCs, and this year, Wall Street and Institutional Investors.

    2014 hasn’t quite played out that way.

    As such, I took a trip to my old stomping grounds to…


  11. Words of the wise - 25 financial sayings and proverbs

    I’ve been using twitter to try to get some referrals… (with a little success)

    Anyways this is what I came up with by way of research…

    1. Spending is quick; earning is slow. ~Russian
    2. Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs get slaughtered. ~Wall Street
    3. The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard
    4. There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one. ~Jack Yelton
    5. I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. ~Mark Twain
    6. I cannot afford to waste my time making money. ~Louis Agassiz
    7. There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves
    8. Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing
    9. A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. ~Bob Hope
    10. Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. ~J. Paul Getty
    11. When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. ~Voltaire
    12. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. ~Oscar Wilde
    13. Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw
    14. A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. ~Mark Twain
    15. Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin
    16. One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.~William Feather
    17. Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.~Warren Buffet
    18. Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.~Donald Trump
    19. The number-one job of the hedge-fund manager is not to make sure that you can retire with a smile on your face - it’s for him to retire with a smile on his face.~Mark Cuban
    20. The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.~John D. Rockefeller
    21. Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.~J. Paul Getty
    22. We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.~Lee Iaccoca
    23. My father, being a Scotsman, taught me to look after finances. I’m shrewd. Some people may call me tight.~Rod Stewart
    24. To beat the market you’ll have to invest serious bucks to dig up information no one else has yet.~Merton Miller
    25. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.~Warren Buffett

    Tagged #finance #wisdom

  12. Thoughts on iPhones and Apple Watch


    I would never have worn a iPod nano on my wrist and I don’t think I will be wearing the current Watch. It is too square and too big.

    But a second generation round, thin Watch or an Watch nano, I’d wear that…

    Apple pay

    Much bigger than it seems. If I understand it Apple allows financial services companies into the system and then you just touch to pay.

    What if one app were a bitcoin wallet that pays to local currency?

    The larger iPhone 6 plus

    Maybe get it and retire my aged iPad 1G…. finally!


  13. Japan in Space

    In our family everyone is interested in space so we have been to JAXA in Japan and Houston and Cape Canaveral in the U.S. So here is a modest new site!


    Tagged #space #JAXA #NASA

  14. Steve Jobs would never have tweeted this!

    Tagged #apple

  15. Dark Knight marketing?