Software and especially network-dependent software is evolving to be more privacy focused. On Twitter, some people I follow have shared a list of encryption-centric apps that they use. Here’s my list:

  • Messaging — I still use Google Messenger and Facebook Messenger, but my immediate family and some of my friends use Signal.
  • Group Chat — I’ve got Slack and GroupMe, but a couple of my special interest Facebook Groups have transitioned to Keybase.
  • Email — This one is tough. Gmail is woven into my daily digital experience. I’ve started to transition some critical emails to Criptext. …

While visiting Rock Hill, South Carolina for Thanksgiving, two of my interests collided — coffee and blockchain.

Let me set the stage. I was enjoying a crafted espresso at a local roaster, Knowledge Perk. As I was sipping my drink, I caught a glimpse of a blockchain login screen that I had seen before. The screen came up on a large monitor where customers can observe the details of the coffee roasting process in action.

I asked an employee if they use any blockchain technology. She said, “yes.” She then led me over to a bag of coffee and demonstrated…

Last weekend I took my son to Gainesville, Florida to watch the University of Tennessee Volunteers play football against the University of Florida Gators.

Nathaniel and me in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida

Our seats for the game were located in the Florida student section. So we spent several hours surrounded by Gator fans. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice almost everyone was.

At one point during the game, as I was shouting, “Go Vols”, the college age man next to me asked, “Why is Tennessee called the Volunteers?” I was taken back a bit. …

About two months ago I got a shot in my lower back to help alleviate my sciatica. I’ve been dealing with this constant sciatica pain since Thanksgiving.

Before the shot, I would gauge my sciatica pain to be around 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. The pain greatly reduced my mobility. I wasn’t even comfortable when I walked and the pain was my 5:30 am alarm clock every morning.

After getting the shot, my pain level went down to a 2 or 3. I felt pretty good. I felt good enough to try yoga. …

I enjoy casually playing the games that Starbucks builds into their digital experience. Every December they have the Starbucks for Life game. Based on your purchasing activity you get plays that could reward you with a free Starbucks. The big winner in the Starbucks for Life game is — you guessed it a free Starbucks every day for the rest of your life.

In addition to Starbucks for Life, they also have a summer game called Boardwalk and they recently introduced a game called Hopscotch. I just recently completed Hopscotch. Here’s a screenshot of my completed Hopscotch board:

My completed Hopscotch game.

While I…

Those who don’t care for spiritual things might not want to read any further. I had several inbound posts and articles on Christmas Eve that all connected together.

My Christmas Eve notes started with a couple of social media posts from a prominent business man here in Orlando.

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the important."

“As life gets longer our Christmas list gets shorter. The things we want most…

Merry Christmas! I achieved my goal of finishing under 185 pounds. Thanks for reading my 40 day journal that started before Thanksgiving.

Over the last 40 days, I’ve lost 10…

I went into the office this Christmas Eve morning. Getting out of the house helped me to refocus and prepare for one of my favorite evening — the night before…

This has been my worst day yet for my diet. I’m disappointed that my diet took a turn south two days before my goal. I thought there might be a…

Shopping at Disney Springs. That wasn’t my drink. I only drink water and black coffee while on this journey.

Adam Parish

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