News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.

Lord Northcliffe, British publisher 1865-1922

E-estonia.Com: Start a company in Estonia as an E-Resident

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
Brexit has raised a few problems for people and companies in the UK, now that its people have voted to exit the EU. Estonia, a smart cookie, in this story is wanting to provide a solution for those who wish to remain part of the EU. From what I understand, you can incorporate in Estonia, without being a resident or a citizen there. It is an interesting proposition to look into. I am all for giving governments competition for their services.

A Short History of the Mafia

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
I love videos that compress a tonne of information in a few short minutes. Here's one to give us a short history of the Mafia. 

The European Central Bank Wants Tighter Control over Bitcoin

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 24 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
According to an article (link below) : "The European Central Bank (ECB) has proposed a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council stating that ‘virtual currencies do not qualify as currencies from a Union perspective,’ and wants digital currencies to be explicitly defined as not legal currencies or money... the use of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, pose a threat as terrorists and criminal groups are able to transfer money within digital currency networks with a certain leve

Hard Promises, Soft Promises: Promoting Autonomy instead of Authority

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
In addition to what I blogged about yesterday, about the European Central Bank wanting more control over Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos talks about Hard Promises and Soft Promises, about Autonomy instead of Authority.  I am definitely with him. Bitcoin's Blockchain feature of unalterable record of all transactions is not a weakness. It is a strength. Do not change it. Being able to change the details of transactions is like being able to change how history is written in textbooks. 

Look at the way we die

Book page | Marquez Comelab | 04 Sep 16 | Update: 03 Sep 16 | Full View
I think that you can tell that there is no god when you consider the way majority of people die. When a soldier, or a policeman die in their duty, it is easy for us to put their lives and their passing in some grand context. It is easy enough to generate a background story or a theme to create meaning as to how that person lived and how and why he or she had died. But when you look at the news to see how many people die, you get a sense that it is all just random.

Parasocial interactions

Book page | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 03 Sep 16 | Full View
This has been something I've always observed: our tendency to relate to fictional characters. Apparently, it has a term: Parasocial Interactions. 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 02 Sep 16 | Full View
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Why It’s So Hard to Stop ISIS Propaganda

Commentary | Marquez Comelab | 26 Mar 16 | Update: 08 Aug 16 | Full View
SIMON COTTEE wrote an article as to why ISIS' propaganda is effective in attracting youths. Our problem is that we haven't countered it with a better narrative, a better story.  After the attacks in Belgium, it is obvious that we are not doing enough in providing a narrative that can give hope to young men who are susceptible to the type of propaganda ISIS has been producing. 

Australia can't afford to miss the 'blockchain' revolution

Commentary | Marquez Comelab | 25 Mar 16 | Update: 08 Aug 16 | Full View
Dr. Jim Chalmers MP is the Federal Member for Rankin. He is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, the Shadow Minister for Sport, and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Productivity, wrote an article and argued for Australia taking advantage of Blockchain. 

Our rate of forgetfulness

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 30 Jul 16 | Update: 30 Jul 16 | Full View
Our brains throw away half of all new material within an hour. By Day 30, we’ve retained about 2-3%.  Source: A BBC Article titled, The mystery of why you cant remember being a baby.

American Dominance: A Call for More Global Competition

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 19 Jun 16 | Update: 20 Jun 16 | Full View
According to an article by The Register (Last accessed: 18 June 2016),  "CIA director John Brennan told US senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting American businesses. And that's because, according to Brennan, there's no one else for people to turn to: if they don't want to use US-based technology because it's been forced to use weakened cryptography, they'll b

Bitcoin: The Planetary Currency

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 18 Jun 16 | Update: 18 Jun 16 | Full View
Bitcoin Logo and Banner
We need a currency that no longer relies on national governments. We need a planetary currency. Bitcoin may be it.

Bitcoin Vs AUD as at 16 June 2016

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 17 Jun 16 | Update: 17 Jun 16 | Full View
Bitcoin vs AUD as at 16 June 2016. Weekly Chart.
I heard about Bitcoin around 2012 but I just sat and waited to see if I would hear more of it.  I really got interested about Bitcoin when I heard an interview of an entrepreneur starting a business providing Bitcoin services and his reasons for why it is a good currency. 

Overlooking Paris from the Eiffel Tower

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 15 Jun 16 | Update: 15 Jun 16 | Full View
Overlooking Paris from the Eiffel Tower
A majestic view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower.

Cervantes, Ilocos Sur

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 19 May 16 | Update: 19 May 16 | Full View
Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
As I ride at the back of a vegetable truck with nothing more than a pole to hang on to, we drive pass this scene in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. I see farmers up early in the morning to work and harvest their crop. Stunning back-drop showing the bluish haze of early morning fog against the green and gold colours of the fields. 

Thoughts on the Philippines: Corruption, Financial Regulation, Incompetence and Plumbing

Article | Marquez Comelab | 18 May 16 | Update: 19 May 16 | Full View
After having visited the Philippines twice this year, I've had a bit of time to think about the country based on my observations. This is not an in-depth analysis of anything in particular about the nation, just merely a collection of thoughts that I've had while I was travelling there. I can talk about how beautiful the people are and the green rolling hills and mountains and rivers... but this is a blog, not a travel guide or a tourism brochure.   


Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 22 Apr 16 | Update: 22 Apr 16 | Full View
Humans crave to be in teams, tribes.  They empathise with their groups. They don't with other groups. 

Film: Metro Manila

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 12 Apr 16 | Update: 19 Apr 16 | Full View
This must be one of the most surprising films I've seen for a long time. Browsing SBS Online on the TV, I came across "Metro Manila". I have not seen a Filipino film for years. Curious to see one here in SBS Australia, I played it. It hooked me from the beginning. I was just going to have a peek but I stayed for the whole movie. It left feeling like I've been kicked in the guts like the city did to the poor family in the film. 

On Uber, Taxis and Competition: Why Uber

Article | Marquez Comelab | 17 Apr 16 | Update: 19 Apr 16 | Full View
Every now and then, you see Taxi Drivers of a country, or recently, a continent (South America), protesting against Uber.  At home, in Australia, I get around with my car. I used Uber once to get home from a night out after being introduced to it by a friend. I thought it was great: I could already see the driver's details, a photo of his car and his licence plate number even before he came to pick me up.

Frontline Fighting: Battling Isis

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 01 Apr 16 | Update: 01 Apr 16 | Full View
SBS Australia ran an interesting UK documentary titled, "Frontline Fighting: Battling Isis", describing it as "the inside story of three untrained western volunteers with no family connections to the Middle East who heed the call to take up arms with Kurdish fighters to reclaim Rojava from the Islamic State".