My Cryptocurrency Resources – Bitcoin and Beyond

An ever expanding list. There is so much to learn!!

This may seem a tad outrageous, but I sincerely wish I could give all of my Math students $20 worth of cryptocurrency to trade. I’d do it out of my own pocket. It can’t happen for a lot of reasons some of which would likely get me fired, but I can tell you that never in my life have I personally been so immersed in math and its practical application. Graphing, unit conversion, percentages, and more all wrapped up in minute-by-minute 24-hour adrenaline – it’s all there.

I tend to go from passion-project to passion-project (usually in 7-year cycles). Well, as many of you know because I won’t shut up about it, I recently fell down a rabbit-hole into the world of block-chain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency. On a vacation in Las Vegas this past November, I got a bee in my bonnet about adding a little Bitcoin to our family resources… a kind of “modern gold;” a just-in-case-someone-launches-a-nuke kind of due diligence emergency stash. I plan to post about the specifics of my journey at a later date. In the meantime, I’m posting links to a few resources I have learned from, value, and use so I can point my friends here when they have questions. Disclaimer: These are part of my own personal journey – what I have watched and used. In no way, shape, or form should this material be construed as financial advice. About the only advice I’ll give is this: Imagine any money you plan to invest being stolen, shredded and set on fire by dancing raccoons wearing tutus and leather helmets. If your first reaction wouldn’t be to laugh and post the scene on Instagram, you are probably putting too much money into cryptocurrency. Because the dancing raccoons – or worse – are out there. More on that another time.


General Information

Buying Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency

The most straightforward, relatively stress-free way to acquire any cryptocurrency is from a trusted friend, assuming they have the currency you want. After all, digital currencies are designed for this kind of transaction. All you need is a “wallet” deposit address and you can receive currency peer-to-peer. As the fees for converting cryptocurrency into fiat currencies which is just a fancy name for the stuff you lose in the cushions of your couch tend to be quite high (3-10%), you will be doing each other a favour by trading this way.

However, there are sites for turning fiat currency  into cryptocurrency:

  • Coinmama – I used this site to buy my first Bitcoin via credit card until the credit card company decided that was a bad idea. UK based. Invasive amount of personal info required to sign up, but it worked.
  • CanadianBitcoins – Based in Ottawa. I’ve used this site to take money from my bank account and turn it into bitcoin. More importantly, I’ve used this site to turn bitcoin back into Canadian dollars in my chequing account.
  • Coinsquare – A new discovery. In my limited experience, the path of least resistance for Canadians to buy cryptocurrency. I have yet to test taking money back out yet though. [My referal code is 729543A8C. Depending on the promotion running, that may get you a discount on fees.]
  • Coinbase – This is reportedly a good site for my US friends. That said, it looks like Canadians using the site will me on Uncle Sam’s IRS radar, so I’m not sure you want to sign up there. That said, by all reports reputable.

For more information, check out: And before you ask, no, you do not have to buy an entire coin. Most cryptocurrencies are divisible like actual dollars that breed those dimes you find in the dryer.

Where I trade

Just like regular money (aka fiat currency), you can trade between one currency and another. Exchanges facilitate this process, allowing you people to turn Bitcoin into Ethereum into any number of other cryptocurrencies.

  • Binance – This is a great site based in China for trading in the lesser known cryptocurrency. Think penny stocks. Do yourself a favour and buy some BNB cryptocurrency when you start using this site. It will help cut your trading fees by 50%.

Where I am testing trading

2018/1/12 – Binance is currently closed to new registrations, so I am trying out other exchanges. If you are not able to get into Binance, these may be possible alternatives.

  • Cryptopia – Based in New Zealand. A very rich feature set.
  • Kucoin – A binance look-alike. Several harder to get alt-coins & NEO pair trading here. I’ll be moving my RaiBlock coins here to test it. (Invitation code: 2KRfe)

Where I mine

It isn’t profitable for an individual to “mine” for bitcoin anymore, but there is a way around that – cloud mining. You essentially lease a portion of a much larger mining operation. I used some of my profits from trading to get into mining.

  • HashFlare – This site allows you to buy portions of their contracts with other mining operations.
  • Genesis Mining – This company actually does most (all?) of its own mining. Sadly, most contracts for the major currencies sell out quickly.  (You can use my affiliate code is jOYcAt to get a 3% discount)

Apps I use

  • Jaxx – My first Bitcoin/cryptocurrency wallet. Functional but likely not the best choice anymore.
  • Drakdoo – Cryptocurrency graphs, charts, and alerts on your phone. Used daily.
  • Crypto Pro: Bitcoin Ticker –  My current phone fidget finally dethroning Clash Royale. I use it to give me a minute-by-minute estimate of each of my cryptocurrency portfolios and an overall total. Apple Watch friendly.
  • Binance App – Android only. The app for the trading site I use. My “sit on the couch and trade while watching Dancing with the Stars” tool.

The hardware wallet I use

  • Ledger Nano S – With any luck you will profit from being into cryptocurrency which increases your risk of losing your money. “Cold storage” using an offline device is a way to lessen the risk.

Web tools

Expert Analysis

Haejin Lee is very influential. Even if you don’t believe anything about his techniques, others do. Follow his twitter account here.


There is a ton more to add, so bookmark this page. I’ll add to it as I learn.

Is there something I missed? If so, please leave a comment below.

Full disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links that will benefit me if you use them on your own personal journey (mostly when you sign up for things). However, this was not the reason they were included. This page represents a collection of links that have been useful to me.


You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir (Touchstone, 2015)

I recommend it, but do not buy the book. Felicia Day’s autobiography, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir, should not be on your bookshelf. You’d miss out. I’ll explain, but allow me to digress.

You are Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day For those of you who are not nerds… rrrr, I mean… who have not heard of Felicia Day, she is a “situationally famous” celebrity who created one of the first and most influential web series, a spoof of the online gaming world called “The Guild.” She is also the quintessential “gamer girl.”

So in part, this book is like a light-hearted walk down memory lane for computer geeks like me. She had me at Compuserve. Hearing someone reminisce wistfully about Prodigy, Ultima, and other milestones of the early personal computer era made me want to wave my hand in the air shouting “Me too! Me too!” However, as fun as this is, I wouldn’t be recommending this work to my teacher friends if it was just a telling of computer gaming history.

No, the heart of this book is the story of the growth, victories and missteps of a social misfit – a recognizable “gifted kid” – and the important part computer gaming held in her personal development, destruction, and rebuild. As a teacher of overachieving gifted kids, I recognized all of the social anxiety and perfectionist pain she talks about. I see it in my students. And the book explains once and for all why a healthy kid would want to sit for hours playing online games instead of running around outside. My students would so get her, right down to her inner “dick dick” (it’s a thing; look it up <grin>). If it wouldn’t get their parents mad at me (“Prolly too many swears” ~ @feliciaday), I’d love for my grade 6/7 students to hear the lessons she learned (many, the hard way) going from homeschooled outsider to successful actress, writer, and producer. Frankly, I believe it has the potential to save them a lot of grief.

But please hear me. Do not buy this book. Instead, do yourself a huge favour and buy the audiobook. With a paper book, you’d miss so much of the humour, vulnerability and heart wrenching sincerity poured out through the many nuanced voices of Felicia Day herself. (German opera just does not play the same on the written page. <grin>) But if you must get the paper version of the book, buy it at a signing session at a convention or from her on her book tour. It will give you a chance to get an autograph and tell her in person “Thank you. I appreciate your work. And your 4.0 heart.”

Ah, crud. I think I just turned into a #fanboy. 🙂

Would it go to Costa Rica?

Adventures in de-junking. Keeping the memory; disposing of the corporeal.

My name is Greg, and I’m a packrat. A recovering packrat, I’d like to think. Packmouse? And yes I hear all of you laughing in disbelief. I love you anyways.

The start of my recovery was triggered last year. My wife and I spent virtually the entire summer of 2014 moving my mother-in-law from a two story home into a tiny retirement apartment. Packing, sorting, donating, and ultimately throwing away literally tons of items nearly killed us. We came away from that experience with a greater appreciation of the appeal of arson vowing never to inflict that same experience on our kids. While I do not think I could ever be a true minimalist, the merits of “less” finally hit my soul in a real way that summer.

However, downsizing will be hard for me. I relish my role as the “thing borrowing library” for my friends and relatives who are minimalists and don’t have what they need half the time. I am also terribly sentimental (McDonald’s Happy Meal toys can be heirlooms, right?), excited by rediscovery (Oh, look what I just found! I wondered where that went!), and actually very creative about my clutter. So downsizing is truly not in my nature and the task is frankly daunting.

So here is what I plan to do: