Hello part of reality. Welcome to my dreams.

There was a knock at my door. I rushed from my home office to answer it.

But wait! I need to put on a mask before answering. It’s the right thing to do.

So I scavenge around our living room and the little box we keep by the door.

No masks.

Shit. More knocking at the door.

I start turning over the sofa, calling for my wife. The knocking, all the while, grew more and more impatient

So there I was, all the while frantically running around and somehow unable to find one of the dozens of masks in our…

Photo by Yosh Ginsu on Unsplash. Now that’s disruptive.

Tell me you haven’t read this one before.

Disruptive innovation. Disruptive marketing. Industry disruption. Young disrupters.

And on, and on.

I’m starting to see this world used everywhere, but really, for the past couple of years, the tech industry has been the number one offender.

Honestly, people in the industry need to grow up. Or maybe grow a back bone and stop using stupid, empty buzzwords that sound bigger than they are.

Think about what this word really means. The kind of images it should conjure.

Disruptive is your uncle over the holidays after he had one too many and…

Photo by udit saptarshi on Unsplash

Let’s be Honest: Libra isn’t a Cryptocurrency. It’s a currency.

In June 2018, Facebook publicly announced their plans to launch Libra, a “cryptocurrency” for the masses.

The announcement came with the usual big corporation feel good muck about opening up financial options for the bankless, facilitated transactions in the digital age, and all that token jazz you expect from a product launch in 2019.

While major publications have been quick to call out Facebook and the potentially dangerous consequences of a corporation of this size venturing into the world of finances and banking, one thing that has been questioned less…

By Alexander Nachaj on ALTCOIN MAGAZINE

In June 2018, Facebook publicly announced its plans to launch Libra, a “cryptocurrency” for the masses.

Photo by André François McKenzie on Unsplash

More fuel was added to the conspiracy flames surrounding the sudden shutdown of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga today and the reported death of its founder Gerald Cotten.

The exchange shutdown earlier this year and has since declared bankruptcy without allowing any of the hundred thousand plus users from accessing their accounts or investments. It’s since been revealed that the vast majority of the fund on the exchange have mysteriously vanished.

While it’s been known that the exchange mishandled users’ investments, including several of the executives mixing their personal finances with those of the business, new revelations suggest the actions taken…

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

You know the sudden collapse of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX was shady when the FBI are IRS are getting involved.

For those of you who have been out of the loop, Quadriga closed it’s doors earlier this year after the apparent overseas death of CEO Gerald Cotten and the ensuing opera.

After it was slowly revealed that he was the sole person who had access to the hundreds of millions invested through the platform, the company closed it’s doors and left over a hundred thousand users locked out of their funds.

Some of the wallets have been recovered, only to…

Photo by Freddie Collins on Unsplash

How often do we read stories about cryptocurrency investors?

Most of the articles about Bitcoins, Litecoins and all the rest focus on trends, technological advances, and the latest ICOs.

Of course, a few of the more extravagant ones make their way to the collective imagination. You know the ones. Stories about people mortgaging their homes to buy Bitcoins, or couples quitting their jobs to become full-time miners.

What we don’t often hear then are how these stories turn out.

After last year’s crash, I suspect many of them didn’t turn out quite like the dream some people were sold by…

I’d say you were a little late to the cryptocurrency party if you haven’t heard about the ongoing catastrophe that’s been QuadrigaCX these past six months.

QuadrigaCX was (note the past tense) Canada’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency exchange. During last year’s cryptocurrency craze, there were reportedly more than 350,000 registered users and a cool $190 million in Bitcoins and other currencies stored in the platform’s virtual wallets.

But then, in the blink of an eye, it was all gone.

On February 5th, 2019, visitors to the platform’s website were greeted with a message barring their entry and informing them…

Not my bookshelf… yet.

In 2017, I read 102 books.

Okay, so that’s technically more than 100.

And, to be fair, I only read 99 different ones (but I did read two, twice this year — had to revisit them for separate exams, and basically pick out different things in each).

And, yes, yes, some of the author names are probably misspelled and so are the titles (I kept track of them in a chicken scratch notebook)

“Wait a minute!” Some of you might be thinking, “Some of these barely qualify as books!” Athanasius’ Life of Anthony and Jodorowski’s L’Incal in particular jump out…

I love watching Game of Thrones, but I also sort of hate it now.

Like approximately one billion other men in their 30s, I read the books (the first time, quite literally over a decade ago when they were first available) and came to the show with my head already filled with the mad plotting of Lannisters, Baratheons and other loveable villains.

The most recent seasons (starting with season 6, and becoming amplified during season 7) feel like a very different show. …

Alexander Nachaj

One of those writer types. Working on a Phd. Drinking bad wine. SEO for Higher Education Marketing. Likes cats. www.anachaj.ca

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store