Bitcoin as Money: Buying Things Online

Somewhere nestled in the question of “What should a Bitcoin be worth?”  Is the question of whether it is or can be an actual currency.  With this in mind I wanted to do a several post series on how Bitcoin is (and isn’t) like a currency today.  This is the…

Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

On every Myers Briggs test I have ever taken I have been on the line between extrovert and introvert.  Large groups don’t drain my energy, but I am more likely to seek out small ones.  I love to ponder a decision, but am not afraid to make one.  In fact,…

The 2018 Resolutions

The last few years my goals have remained roughly the same.  Consequently, it hasn’t been necessary to state goals/resolutions for a particular year explicitly.  With my move to New York, my completion of a 4 hour marathon, and the start of a job/career I’m really enjoying within Royal Bank of…

Bitcoin in the Real World: A Primer On The Rules

Somewhere nestled in the question of “What should a Bitcoin be worth?”  Is the question of whether it is or can be an actual currency.  With this in mind I wanted to do a several post series on how Bitcoin is (and isn’t) like a currency today.  I’m envisioning the…

3:56:32 – Shameless Bragging

4 Hour Marathon was a New Years Resolution… in 2014. The scotch was purchased back in 2014 to celebrate… made it taste all the sweeter yesterday! A post shared by Jonathan Cavell (@burgherjon) on Nov 5, 2017 at 12:10pm PST I finally hit one of my long-term goals by finishing…

Robot Consciousness (A book review of How to Create a Mind)

I’ve just finished the absolutely fantastic How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil.  It is masterfully broken in to three basic parts.  First is a discussion of how the mind operates from a logical perspective.  The second is a mapping of that on to the physical constructs of the…

What Could a Bitcoin Be Worth?

Since I work for the capital markets group of a major financial corporation, I am obligated to point out, THESE ARE ONLY MY OPINIONS.  I don’t know my employer’s opinion on the topic (or any topic), nor is my opinion based in any part on research or analysis completed by…

Book Review: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In

If you’d like to call me ignorant, you may, but the reason that I think this book’s most valuable asset is Sandberg’s astute observation that we have not moved effectively from focusing on the first woman XYZ to focusing on getting to true 50/50.  In 1972 we all applauded when…

Book Review: Peak by Anders Ericsson

Ever wondered where the 10,000 hour rule that Gladwell popularized came from?  It was a study that Ericsson did of violinists at an elite school in Germany.  Not surprisingly, Ericsson doesn’t think it’s quite that easy and finally he’s published his book to explain how we can all learn how…

Book Review: The Black Swan

This is a book everyone should read.  It’s long-winded in places, but the central point is something that we should all internalize; less and less of the world can be described by a bell curve.  For example, the richest person in the world doesn’t only make 5 standard deviations more…