Weirdo's Log

Weirdo's Last Weekly Update 2022 — 19 Dec, 2022

What were we working on?

Our focus this year was to produce content. While traveling, we are trying to input as much time as possible to grow our site by adding and creating more content around our main focus topics with a small team of three.

Here are some of the milestones:

✍️ we published 41 longer articles, product reviews, and 26 logs. Logs are shorter life updates and thoughts.

📨 we sent out 21 newsletters

🎥 we recorded 3 video courses that will go live in 2023

📧 we wrote a free email course on How to start with Cryptocurrencies

🎯 improved our website and established some important goals for the upcoming years

🔬supporting one of my favorite Crypto Influencers with Research

From August on, I was part of the New World Guardian team, which was a fantastic experience, and I'm looking forward to how the project will develop in the future.

I had some other great collaborations and met many people in the crypto space, for which I'm very grateful and excited to continue this journey the following year.

Traveling Highlights

We started 2022 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and we will finish it in HCMC, Vietnam, where were are currently staying.

In between, we stayed in Miami, visited Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Cambodia, and lived longer in Thailand.

We lived in 9 Airbnb apartments and visited 17 bigger cities. We mainly use Airbnb, rarely Booking.com, to book our apartments. Airbnb has better offers and often special discounts on monthly stays. We normally book for a month +.

There are two apps that we use when traveling.

One is Been, where we are logging our country count.

The left column is Maja, and the right shows my visited countries. The race is on, but still, a long way to go. 🙂

been app

The second one is Wanderlog app which we use to build maps for each city we visit. We add good restaurants, recommendations from others, sights we want to see, bars, and anything that could be interesting to visit. It's a great app for planning trips.

wanderlog dashboard

Favorite Podcasts of 2022

Tim Ferris

Lex Fridman

The Defiant DeFi podcast

Favorite Audiobook of 2022

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

Tool of the year

Frase

At the beginning of the year, we entered a challenge where we wrote 500 words before lunch. We added this to our morning routine to help us build a writing habit and feel accomplished in the morning. Frase was the tool that helped us a lot during this time and still is when writing any content.

It is a multipurpose tool that you can use to create content on the fly. It helps you to analyze your content's performance and optimize your site for Google's algorithm. It's the tool that we use daily, and we recommend it to content producers.

It has many great features that help you reach your audience and improve your writing strategy. And they are constantly adding new features.

Current Habits

Maja and I built some great new small habits that improve our morning and help us to be more productive. I kept my language learning streak throughout the year; the same goes for mediation, while Maja had already passed her second year of daily language learning.

As hard to start and develop good habits, it's equally hard or even more challenging to eliminate the bad ones. Since the little bad habits are part of our lives, they often make us feel good. However, starting with good habits and getting rid of bad ones is the same in the end. We need a certain amount of repetition and willpower to do it.

To make it successful, it helps if you have clear and defined goals, why you want to do something, and what you want to achieve with that. And what is a better time to do this than each December of every year? 🗓️

If you don't want to be part of the crowd who decides to be a better version of themselves on the January 1st, and quit this thought around January 7th, then you can click the link here and subscribe to our free 10-day email course on How to set and achieve any goal. 🎁

We would like to wrap this letter with a lovely quote from Ashley Montagu:

"The goal of life is to die young — as late as possible!"

We wish you a great holiday season and an amazing time with your families and friends. Take your time to reflect on the year, and make some awesome plans for the upcoming one. Think about yourself and what makes you happy, and don't be afraid to reach for it…one small step at a time. 👣

Thank you for being part of our story one way or another!

Your Weirdo.rocks team!

December 21, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 12 Dec, 2022

What are we working on?

We are slowly winding down from a year full of work and traveling. We’ll take some holidays at the end of the year to recharge our batteries and travel around Vietnam. We will be stationed in Ho Chi Minh City and taking some trips from there.

Our friends and families think that since we are always traveling, we are free and don’t work so much, but how wrong they are. Sometimes, we forget that while we are free to work remotely, it is also important to take holidays and completely disconnect.

Before our December holidays, we still have to finish a couple of improvements on the site, record the next video course I’m working on - How to become a Digital Nomad and finish a longer article that includes our best and recommended travel tools and equipment.

Cryptos

In the medium to long term, ZK rollups will win out in all use cases as ZK-SNARK technology improves.
—Vitalik Buterin


There is a good chance that zk-Rollup solutions will play a big role in the next role. zk-Rollup (zk = zero-knowledge) is the next generation of scaling solutions for Ethereum.

I looked closely at zk-Sync, which launched its Baby Alpha on the Mainnet. In early 2023 the mainnet is supposed to open for all users, and a Tokenlaunch is also expected.

The Tokenomics are not published yet, and the valuation will be quite high since the project lately raised a 200 Mill Series C round. This should bring them through parts of the bear market.

I like the project a lot, even though there is quite a big technological risk since we are talking about real innovation here. I tried to qualify for a potential airdrop. Curious how everything will play out in the next months.

Bangkok Update

Christmas spirit is all over the place, the security guards are wearing Santa hats, and the playlists with three major Christmas songs are on repeat. Without these, it would be hard to feel the holiday and December vibe with 30 degrees daily.

Yesterday we visited the long-awaited stand-up gig from Jim Jefferies in CentralWOrld Live, and it was amazing! Jim is one of my favorite English-speaking comedians and one of the best storytellers. He made a couple of Netflix specials, so you can check his gigs out there if you are curious.

Tool of the week

AeroPress Coffee Maker

We start our day with a cup of coffee and a morning routine. We have been carrying an AeroPress coffee maker in our suitcase since we began perpetual traveling. The method of preparing the coffee is comparable to French Press. It’s excellent for three simple reasons - small to carry, durable (plastic), and makes a good coffee.

Something to think about

This time by Lex Friedman

"If you look for a reason to hate a person, eventually you'll find it. if you look for a reason to celebrate a person, eventually, you'll find it.

The former leads to resentment and destructive cynicism. The latter leads to happiness and growth for you and for those you celebrate.

I am celebrating you Lex. 🫂

Current Habits

Here are my habits:
Headspace Meditation - 589 days
Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 596 days

Here are Maja's daily habits:
Duolingo (German) - 822 days
Thai practice every morning

We are finally noticing some Thai language improvements, but we are moving to Vietnam this week. 😃 New country, new language - we are happy that our habits are working fine, so we can always add a new language to learn some basics. Vietnamese is quite challenging, as it is a tonal language with six different tones. So if using an inappropriate tone, you can deliver a totally different message.

December 19, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 05 Dec, 2022

What are we working on?

🎥 This week, my daughter Julia arrived in Bangkok, and we started making a video course on How to start with Cryptocurrencies. This online course will give you the necessary basics to explore this new area. I think that no matter the current situation, the cryptos are here to stay, and it is essential that everybody gets a proper education on what cryptocurrencies are and their implication in the real world.

I'm excited about the final results and looking forward to when the final product will be shipped to the world. So stay tuned, especially if you are interested in the topic!

Traveling update

These days we are planning and discussing our travel plan for the beginning of 2023. Here is our current plan; some places are already booked, and some are still subject to change. But more or less, the first months of 2023 will look like this:

17th Dec - 14th Jan 2023 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Confirmed and booked)
14th Jan - 11th Feb 2023 - Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (Confirmed and booked)
11th Feb - 18th Feb 2023 - Taipei, Taiwan (Not booked)
18th Feb - 18th Mar 2023 - Cebu and Boracay, Philipines (Not booked)
18th Mar - 15th Apr 2023 - Bali, Indonesia (Not Booked)
15th Apr —> Back to Thailand (Not Booked)

We will migrate back to Europe at the end of May to enjoy the summer vibe there.

Do you have some upcoming travel plans? Will our paths cross in some of the mentioned counties? Just tweet me

Cryptos

Amazon Prime Video is developing an eight-part television series on FTX Saga. SBF (Sam Bankman-Fried) is still playing the choirboy. Looking forward to seeing that.

MoonPay is launching a new (soulbound) NFT loyalty program called the Web3 Passport. Soulbound tokens represent a person's identity using blockchain technology. They are non-transferable tokens.

The payments processor Stripe is launching a new service called Fiat-to-Crypto, which allows US customers to convert their dollars into cryptocurrencies. Stripe will take care of KYC requirements, payments, fraud, and compliance.

I am currently listening

I'm trying to get into the tunnel and do deep work during the workday, but when I have time to relax, I tune into Lex Fridman. At the moment, I'm listening to Episode #307, Brian Armstrong: Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, and Government Regulations

Tool of the week

Every year around Black Friday, I keep my eyes open for new software to expand and refresh my toolbelt. I use Appsumo to find lifetime deals.

AppSumo is a website where product owners sell their digital products and services to potential buyers. What makes it special is that the products and services are sold at huge discounts to attract buyers. So you can get pretty nice subscription deals if you work online, have a team, or need various tools to automate your processes.

Something to think about

My man James Clear:

"It only takes five minutes to break the cycle.

Five minutes of exercise and you are back on the path. Five minutes of writing and the manuscript is moving forward again. Five minutes of conversation and the relationship is restored.

It doesn't take much to feel good again."

Question to ask yourself

James Clear

There is one month left in the year. Most people are ready to coast to the finish line, but one good month can make the whole year feel like a success.

What can you do in the next 30 days to build momentum and finish the year on a high note?

Hal Boyle

"What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else."

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace meditation - 582

Duolingo (Spanish) - 589

I occasionally also practice the Vietnamese language on Duolingo since we are visiting Vietnam soon.

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 814 days

We are now learning the Thai language together every morning. We are changing how we learn Thai often but what we keep is consistency; no matter how we do it, we make sure to do it every morning. And that's the most crucial part when building habits or reaching goals. Somedays, we do more, somedays a bare minimum, but we do it every day.

To get going, you need to hold yourself accountable. If that's not enough, you can also get yourself an accountability partner to bring the game to the next level.

Having an Accountability Partner or Accountability Buddy means you give this person an account.

There are different types of accountability partners that you can decide on:

  • Coach or Mentor who is already established in this area and has the expertise to guide you.
  • Motivator or Enabler who is on the same journey but a couple of steps before you, so they know how to motivate you.
  • Peer, Friend, or Partner, who is just starting the same journey as you, is as motivated as you and can both encourage each other to reach the goal successfully.

Our Content of the week

Last week we finished the article series about hacking attacks on hardware wallets. The article that we published was, Was SecuX ever hacked?

December 6, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 28 Nov, 2022

What are we working on?

The focus is still clear, working on the website's relaunch to improve your experience. At the moment we are improving our service pages.  The whole relaunch will still take some time.

I am researching different Layer 2 scaling solutions for Ethereum. At the moment, I am having a close look at zkSync. Next week I will tell you more about it. Layers 2 scaling solutions are mainly there to make transactions faster, cheaper and have higher throughput. This will open a whole palette of new use cases possible.

Besides that, we are also working on new content pieces around cryptos and preparing the ultimate digital nomad packing list, listing our main services, tools, and belongings that we use as perpetual travelers. We'll share the link with you once published.

Bangkok update

We visited Benjakitti Park in Khlong Toei District during the weekend, just a few minutes from our apartment.

bangkok parks

It was so great to sit there in peace. Bangkok is filled with skyscrapers and heavy traffic, but when walking around, you somehow find some park or jungle-like corner where you can fill your battery. However, with the city's growth, the need for greenery will become even more important.

We were excited to hear great news revealed by the City Hall last week. They plan to build over 100 small parks across the city in the next 3 years. The initiative is called 15 Minute Pocket Parks, and they aim to ensure easier access to greenery for all residents. 🌳 🌴

Cryptos

We are in a bear market, but big brands are not stopping to adapt Web3 solutions in a very serious way.

I'm currently listening.

I am listening to Lex Fridman a lot again lately. I really love his long-form interviews, which bring some deacceleration in our fast-paced world. Whenever I am not doing deep-work I am listening.

Lex Fridman Podcast Episode #340 Chris Tarbell: FBI Agent Who Took Down Silk Road

I am currently watching

Football World Cup in Qatar. ⚽️ We've already seen some great matches and surprises.

Are you watching World Cup? What was your fav moment until now? Just tweet me

Tool of the week

After the recent FTX scandal that has shaken the crypto world, I can't emphasize enough:

sign crypto

One of the safest ways to protect your assets is with a hardware (cold) wallet. This is especially recommended if you hold significant digital assets and are not trading them daily. Our to-go solutions are Ledger and Trezor; both are somehow the industry standard when it comes to hardware wallets.

Ledger and Trezor are not the only providers on the market; we prepared the selection of our to-go hardware wallets in different categories. If you are a crypto hodler, you can check our selection of the bests here.

Current Habits

Here are my habits:
Headspace Meditation - 575 days
Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 582 days

Here are Maja's current habits:
Duolingo (German) - 808 days
Thai Language - Switching from the Drops app to the Youtube channel Let’s learn Thai!

Besides language learning, part of Maja’s morning routine is also 10-min Yoga practice; she recommends Youtube channel Yoga with Kassandra. With the Morning Yoga Movement playlist, you can join a 30-day challenge where we will practice 10 minutes of yoga daily. 🧘‍

Something to think about

James Clear
"Good choices create opportunities. Good habits make the most of them.”

and

"Consistency before intensity.
Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity.
Then increase the intensity."


and

"The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.” Marc Andreessen

November 29, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 21 Nov, 2022

Traveling update

We are back in Bangkok and will stay here for another month. The time in Phnom Penh was great, this time, we only managed to explore the city, but we will return to Cambodia soon to see more. The trip there was a perfect combination of a Visa run and adding a new country to the list.

It's so great to cruise around SE Asia. The overall vibe is so relaxing and positive. Being abroad helps me to declutter my brain and focus, and it's easier to move work-related things forward, which gives me a great feeling.

We moved to a new area in Bangkok called Khlong Tan, in The Lumpini 24 tower, where we have excellent amenities, a great pool on the 41st floor, a gym, a co-working space, and great views of Bangkok.

bangkok view at night

We usually look for places around Sky Train (BTS) as it makes it easier to move around the city. Traffic in Bangkok is crazy, so the fastest way to get around is with the BTS or scooter taxis, which can conveniently move around traffic jams.

We use the Grab app for transportation, food, and grocery delivery. You can also use it for some different services or payments, but you need a bank account in Thailand for that.

Cryptos

This week L2 rollup StarkNet deployed their $STRK token on the Ethereum mainnet. The Token is ready for distribution. This is a significant milestone in this promising layer two project.According to this Dune Dashboard, around 62000 Users have already bridged ETH to StarkNet.

I'm currently listening

Lex Friedman Podcast episode #331 Balaji Srinivasan: How to Fix Government, Twitter, Science, and the FDA

Tool of the week

This week's tool from my toolbelt is Canva.

Canva helps us create visuals without needing graphic designer skills or inspiration. You can create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos, logos, blog post images, and much more. This makes it a great help, especially when working on your business and looking to save money on design pieces.

With their free plan, you can already access many templates and images; if that's not sufficient, you can always opt for the paid Canva Pro.

Current Habits

Here are my habits:

Headspace Meditation - 582 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 575 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 801 days (new milestone of 800 days streak 🎉, Maja must be fluent by now 😃)

Drops (Thai) - 74 days

Something to think about

James Clear

"Power is influence over external events.

Peace is influence over internal events."

Do I need to spend more time searching for better information or do I need to spend more time acting on the information I already have? Is the bottleneck strategy or execution?

An idea from Atomic Habits:

"When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don't have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running."

November 29, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 14 November, 2022

What are we working on?

We are revamping our website to make the experience better for you. We are getting more and more clarity about the direction where we are going, which will be reflected in the updated website. Also, a new free email course will be available soon - you'll be the first one to know when you can click the signup button.

We opened an online Virtual Gallery for our New World Guardians Social Impact NFT Community. If you are interested, you can visit it here, enjoy the art and learn more about our project.

Cryptos

Unfortunately, this week's news is dark for the crypto space - FTX collapsed. After launching in 2019, FTX became one of the largest crypto exchanges used by over a million users. On November 2nd, their boat started to sink when CoinDesk reported that Alameda's balance sheets were mainly filled with FTX's native FTT tokens. Alameda Research is a trading firm co-founded by Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of FTX. Following this event, Binance announced selling its holdings of FTT, and a rapid collapse of FTX happened. FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11th, 2022.

As you can see on the chart below, from November 5th to November 7th, the balance of ETH kept on the exchange, worth almost 650 Mill $ dropping to around 60 Mill $. Also, 1 Billion $ in Stablecoins was transferred out.

You can find the full timeline in a report of the M6Labs report.

We are not getting tired of reminding you (and ourselves) - Not your key, not your coins. Keep your coins from lying around on different exchanges, especially if you are not planning to use them there. One of the best ways is to hold your digital assets in a hardware wallet.

Traveling, what's next?

We have one week more in Phnom Penh before we move back to Bangkok. We will stay there for a month and then leave for Ho Chi Minh City for another month until the mid of January. After that, we have yet to make any plans.

It's great to be completely free and choose the next locations spontaneously, preferably where we haven't been yet, as we want to collect new flags.

Cambodia is a positive surprise; we will surely return to explore more and visit new cities.

Current Habits

Here are my habits:

Headspace Meditation - 561 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 568 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 794 days

Drops (Thai) - 67 days

Swimming update:

We didn't drown yet, but we hit the first bigger obstacle - breathing. We are both a bit stuck, but as we like to follow the principle the obstacle is the way, we will stay consistent with our training and try to make mini steps (swims) forward every day. 🏊

Something to think about

"We have two lives. The second begins when we realize we only have one." - Confucius

and one by James Clear, of course.

"One of the common trappings of success is overproducing.

Companies make money and rapidly expand their product line. Authors become popular and churn out books at a faster clip.

Scale can empower, but it can also dilute. Something is lost when quantity is valued over quality.

You have to maintain your standards even when all the forces around you seem to be calling for growth. Push back against more, more, more and remain committed to better, better, better."

November 16, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 7 November, 2022

Unfortunately, life happened, and Maja ended up in a hospital, so we had to shift our priorities a bit. She is fine now; we are glad our private health insurance worked perfectly in this unplanned situation.

We have an international insurance with April, and it is very relieving to see that it went smoothly. When traveling, permanently or temporarily, please don't neglect the insurance or try to save money on it. You never know when you will need it. For sure, we recommend looking at the options that April International has to offer. We have emergency insurance with a deductible to make our monthly payments more affordable. If you have any questions about it, you can just hit the reply button and reach out to us.

Besides the insurance, the staff at Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin took excellent care of Maja.

After she recovered, we moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and we are happy to share some insights from the last few days!

What are we working on?

After our launch of the New World Guardians NFT social impact project next last week, everything is back to normal pace. Launch time is always busy and exciting; I will never get tired of that. You can still mint your NEW WORLD GUARDIAN NFT for a reduced price and become part of the Web3 Social Good community.

I am also starting to work with Virtual Bacon again and I'm excited about it. If you haven't yet, signup for his newsletter. You will get great insights into Web3 and current trends. Valuable information for free!

Traveling, what's next?

We arrived in Phnom Penh on Saturday. We started our travels in Hua Hin, which is about 3h away from Bangkok. Our flight was from Don Muang Airport. Phnom Penh is just about an hour's flight away, so it was a quick and smooth journey without any complications. We arrived at our new accommodation late afternoon, in the stormy rain, so we just had a quick dinner across the street and left the exploring for the next day.

We like to travel on Saturdays to avoid losing our working rhythm during the week. Saturday is also cool because when we arrive and we still have time to explore the neighborhood before starting the new work-week on Monday.

We were suprised that all the prices and menus are in USD, instead of their local currency Cambodian Riel. Here is why:

Cambodia has run a dual-currency system since United Nations peacekeepers arrived to oversee elections in 1993, bringing with them U.S. dollars, which circulated in tandem with riel, providing much-needed currency stability amid postwar reconstruction.

We are both Cambodia first-timers, and we feel great here. It's just hard to stop saying Kap Khun Krap/Ka - thank you in Thai.😃 Cambodia is my 45th, and Maja's 43rd country visited. 🌏

Cryptos

I did not expect that, but there is a Blockchain Cafe around the corner; it's the first community educational research center about blockchain technology in Phnom Penh. You can pay with Cryptos, and they have super fast internet. It's a great place if you want to be surrounded by people interested in Blockchain.

Every city should have a Blockchain Cafe. We will spend a lot of time here in the next two weeks.

I am currently watching

My current evening entertainment is an episode of The Good Doctor. It's about a young autistic surgical resident at the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. He uses his extraordinary gifts to save lives and fight all the skeptics—very easy watch.

Something to think about

"The ultimate form of preparation is not planning for a specific scenario, but a mindset that can handle uncertainty." - James Clear

and also from James Clear:

"What do I need to accomplish today, and how can I have the most fun possible while doing it?"

Tool of the week

I love automation and streamlining processes. That's why I have to mention one of my beloved tools - Make, formerly known as Integromat. It is a tool to automate tasks and build systems that support your private and business life.

Integromat was my to-go tool in the past, but now I used Make and made my first automation with it. It works smoothly. I created a workflow that connects my PomodoneApp (an app I use for tracking time and time boxing) with my Google Calendar and my Google Time Tracking Sheet. Maja is making fun, but automation makes me happy. 😃

If you feel my excitement, you can try it out.

Current Habits & Learning New Skills

We both try to learn to Crawl / Freestyle swim better till the end of the year. We already see some progress; the next step will be to add breathing, which will be also the most difficult step, I assume.

Here are my non-swimming habits:

Headspace Meditation - 554 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 561 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 787 days

Drops (Thai) - 60 days

November 8, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 24 October, 2022

Traveling, what's next?

We arrived in Hua Hin on Saturday and settled in our new (temporary) home for the next two weeks. We are staying in a complex with a huge pool and great amenities. If you end up in Hua Hin, we recommend looking at accommodations in La Casita.

The ride to Hua Hin on an old, noisy train was a great experience. We had some lovely views and the opportunity to see the entrepreneurial spirit of Thai people selling all possible food and refreshments during the 5h travel. It's great to be next to the seaside again. We took a long walk on the beach and strolled around the small streets on Sunday, and we LOVE it here. Traffic is crazy, as probably in every Thai city, but you can feel the chillness that comes with the proximity of the seaside compared to Bangkok. We will report more on it next week when we explore more.

What are we working on?

The NEW WORLD GUARDIANS mint is happening next week on Nov 1st, and we had our first AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) yesterday in our Discord. It was fun, so we decided to do another AMA a Twitter Space Tuesday at 18:30 CET. It will be fantastic if you have time to join.

Crypto News

zkSync launch in a couple of days. zkSync is a Layer 2 scaling solution that offers cheaper and faster transactions than the main Ethereum blockchain (Layer 1). Layer 2 solutions move the most activity away from Layer 1 while still inheriting its security and finality.

There are still some testnets active where you could potentially qualify for an airdrop.

Here is a guide on how you could qualify for an airdrop:

https://twitter.com/corleonescrypto/status/1581988472998748160?s=46&t=sWDcTQ-DLuttPHdmvJy00Q

I am currently watching.

My current series is The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, and I like it a lot. The landscapes and special effects are amazing, supported with great characters and the story.

Tool of the week

Gamification is a way to bring elements of games to daily life and make them more attractive. This week, I want to introduce two web3 tools that help you to build an engaged community through riddles, quizzes, giveaways, and more.

With the New World Guardians, we are running an NFT Giveaway where you can win a free NFT: https://newworldguardians.crew3.xyz/leaderboard.

To run the giveaway, we are using the tools from Crew3.

The second one is Sparkwave. It is a similar tool where you can run Quests and Giveaways to keep your Web3 audience engaged. We are using it to run a Whitelist Spot giveaway: https://sparkwave.xyz/quests-collection/1666350271286x466450543392849900.

Since we are in the bear market, we notice that it is more challenging to keep the crowd engaged and interested. These tools help with to get more engagement, of course, if used correctly.

Something to think about

"To get on the path of success, we need a plan.

To achieve success, we need to be flexible when the path is blocked."- Simon Sinek.

and

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln. Sometimes we want to start walking without knowing where we want to go. Do you just want to be busy, or do you want to come closer to your goals?

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace Meditation - 540 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 547 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 774 days

Drops (Thai) - 46 days

October 25, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 17 October, 2022

Bangkok daily

I was celebrating my birthday on Saturday, and while I haven't woken up Sunday morning with Mike Tyson's tattoo on my face, I have to say it was a pretty good celebration - Bangkok style. 😉

The good news is that the weather is getting better and less humid, so it's way more bearable to be outside. We have a good working routine during the week, switching from working at home to working in laptop-friendly coffee places.

When living and working means being in the same environment, you should make sure that you create a place that will inspire you and motivate you to work. For that reason, when choosing our Airbnb apartments, we always look for enough space to work, usually in more central locations in every city, so it doesn't get boring, and you have a better choice of places like that in the surroundings.

Our current favorite coffee place is The Coffee Club near Ekkamai - very spacious, with good coffee and food, stable internet, and sockets. So if you are in Bangkok by any chance, you can find us here 😃

Crypto News of the week

The Crypto industry is still a bit quieter and cruising through the bear market. One of the bigger news this week was that SEC is going after Yuga Labs. There seem to be some securities violations at the sale of Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT. Apecoin's price dropped, and the trading volume doubled. Let's see what is coming out of that.

https://decrypt.co/111682/apecoin-crashes-sec-probe-bored-ape-yuga-labs

Mastercard is looking to bring crypto to the masses by making it easier for banks to get involved. They are launching a program to let financial institutions offer cryptocurrency trading to their clients. They will act as a "bridge" between Paxos, a crypto trading platform already used by PayPal, and banks. Mastercard's program will handle regulatory compliance and security - two core reasons banks cite for avoiding the asset class.

https://decrypt.co/112140/mastercard-taps-paxos-launch-crypto-trading-banks

I am currently watching.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix

It is surreal how an ignorant and unequal system can help and support a crazy man through a decade of murdering people. Evan Peters was brilliant in this role.

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace Meditation - 533 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 540 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 766 days

Drops (Thai) - 38 days

Swimming is one of the new habits we are adding to our Q4 OKRs. We want to learn and improve our freestyle swimming style. We are not applying for the Olympics, but we think it will be good training since we are staying at the seaside or in apartments where we can most of the time access the pool.

We will follow the Total Immersion method from Terry Laughlin, American swimming coach, and founder. We got inspired by Tim Ferris, as he used this method to learn freestyle swimming in 10 days.

Something to think about

Something by James Clear again.

"One type of person approaches a situation with the mindset of, "How can I make this work?"

Another type seems to approach each circumstance with the mindset of, "What are all the reasons this wouldn't work?"

Both people will be forced to deal with reality, but the first person will only have to solve problems that actually occur while the second person will often avoid taking action entirely because of the potential problems they have dreamt up before starting.

There will always be reasons to not do something. Be a problem solver, not a problem adder."

and

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well." Diane Ackerman

October 24, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 10 October, 2022

What are we working on?

We are going in the last three weeks before the drop of the New World Guardians NFT (https://newworldguardians.com/) series. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and join our Discord community to stay up to date. At the moment, we are mainly working on partnerships. The community is growing, and we are excited about our launch on Nov 1. 💚

We also finished the email course on how to start with cryptos for beginners, and we expect to have it up on our website this week. 📧

Cryptos

Many things are happening; last week, I researched Tokens launching within the following weeks. For many of these projects, there is potential Airdrop incoming.

  • zkSync 2.0 Mainnet is supposed to launch on Oct 28, which many confirmed airdrops for their top apps.
  • StarkNet is supposed to launch in October.

Those airdrops are an excellent opportunity to receive some free money.

For more details, you can signup for the weekly newsletter of VirtualBacon here.

Bangkok news

It was another exciting week. It started a bit bad with Maja's broken laptop and being stuck in the traffic for 2.5h on the way from the service. It's crazy what rain does to Bangkok.

For the first time since we have been here, the weather app started to show sunny icons at the end of the week, so we are looking forward to that. ☀️

On Saturday, we attended a great meet-up organized by 2 Youtubers, Chris Parker from Retired, working for you, and Jerome from Global Travel Mate. It was a fun night and a great way to connect with other global travelers and Thailand lovers - we hope many more will come!

Tool of the week

This week we want to introduce the tool that we use daily. You need to protect your data when you connect to a different Wi-Fi, especially to open public Wi-Fi. We are using ExpressVPN, which we purchased when traveling to China. They have a strong firewall, and ExpressVPN helped us access Google and other blocked apps in China. It worked seamlessly then and still does, so this is our must-have VPN service.

It's stable and reliable, and you can connect multiple devices simultaneously. In addition, it works well with all streaming services.

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace Meditation - 526 days

Language Learning (Spanish/Thai) - 533 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 760 days

Drops (Thai) - 32 days

Something to think about

"Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?

If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you're supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence?

Odds are it isn't. Odds are you just think whatever you're told." - Paul Graham.

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do." - Freya Stark.

October 17, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 3 October, 2022

What are we working on?

Last week was the last week of the quarter #3 OKR (Objectives and Key Results) iteration, and we are now setting up OKRs for the #4 quarter. Since we have been doing OKRs for a couple of years, our process is quite streamlined.

We create quarterly Objectives and Key Results that support our long-term goals. Usually, we come up with 3-5 Objectives and up to 5 measurable Key Results per Objective. Then, we support each Key Result with daily initiatives, which help us progress constantly and come closer to the goals. Maja and I have morning meetings from Monday to Friday, discussing how the previous day went and the main focus for the day ahead.

We also created a dashboard in Notion that we use for monitoring the progress. The essential part of OKRs is the weekly accountability call with a small group, where we discuss the progress, update our dashboard, point out any obstacles, and discuss plans for the upcoming week.

It's a relatively simple process that helps us stay aligned with all business goals, like writing content, SEO efforts, outreach, personal training activities, and health-related goals. We notice the fundamental changes in our progress, as OKRs helped us build habits and routines for our daily work and push forward even the more 'annoying' tasks.

Cryptos

The Internet.game - BEAR MARKET BATTLE hosted by GMoney and Leah Lamarr goes into the finals. We were not eliminated and are still in with both our Tokens. The last game Missile Doge is a multiplayer that starts as I write this. We f*cked up in the last game and we have not change to win one of 33 the prices I fear. Bye, Bye BAYC #4317.

The whole season was fun and we will attend season 3, if we can. 👀

Bangkok Life

We are almost a month in Bangkok, and this crazy, vibrant and diverse city is getting more and more under our skin. This week we want to talk about food. Since we are not fans of cooking, we eat most of the time outside. It's incredible how you can step out of the apartment building and find great and affordable street food on every corner, served with an honest smile from lovely Thai people.

Sometimes we are not 100% sure what we order, but until now, we were not disappointed yet. And with our Thai language learning streak, we will master the food language in no time. 🤪 Thai food is mostly spicy, with many fresh vegetables, meat, seafood, rice, and noodles. They have a lot of delicious soups. Bangkok is the central point where all cuisine meets; from the northern part of Thailand, the Isaan region, you can find a lot of Korean food and, of course, also typical western food. Great place for any foodie.

Unlike Mexican food, where you could influence the spiciness level by adding sauces or not, they decide for you most of the time in Thailand. 😃  But we both love spicy food. 🔥

food in bangkok

I am currently listening.

VirtualBacon restarted his weekly Podcast around Web3 topics and gives away his market analysis, actionable strategy and tons of alpha for free. You can listen to the last weeks episode INSIGHTS: BTC flirting with death as Dominance signals risk-off months ahead. ATOM 2.0, EOS EVM, etc on Spotify.

I am currently watching.

This week, we want to say our kudos to Chris Parker and his great Youtube channel, Retired, Working for you! Chris is a Canadian guy living in Thailand and producing informative and entertaining content about his life in Thailand. We have been following his journey for some time, and we are getting a lot of tips about things to see, try and eat in Thailand from him.

If you are interested, you can check out his channel here.

Tool of the week

One of the most important tools we use for managing our virtual office is 1Password, a password manager and a digital vault. One can remember only a certain number of passwords, and being a digital nomad means that majority of your services are online.

We switched to 1Password a while ago, before using LastPass, and we were not 100% satisfied with it. But so far, 1Password does its job perfectly, keeping our passwords and logins for different accounts, cloud services, and banks protected in one place.

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace Meditation -  520 days

Duolingo - 519 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 752 days

Drops (Thai) - 25 days

Something to think about

"Keep ignoring feedback and life will keep teaching you the same lesson." James Clear

and

“Just because you aren't doesn't mean you can't be.

Just because you never could doesn't mean you never can.

Just because you never have doesn't mean you never will.” August Bradley

October 10, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 26 September, 2022

Bangkok Daily Life

One of the first things we always take care of when arriving in a new country is getting a sim card. I'm trying to find a global option that would work well for perpetual traveling, but so far, I haven't found a good solution. Changing the SIM card in every country is not convenient, especially because many mobile apps have authentication through the phone number. I tried Google FI and The OneSimCard but was not entirely happy with either of them.

Nevertheless, until we find our way, we use True Move SIM in Thailand. It works great, and they have good packages. It comes with a mobile app, where you can monitor your data and top up your credits. We recommend it if you come to Thailand.

We like to get the SIM card already at the airport, even though it can be a bit more expensive, but it just pays off with the convenience of having data when you arrive in a new country.

What we are working on

We are working on a new educational sequence on how to start with cryptos. It will come in a series of 7-daily emails, where we will share the essential lessons on cryptos that will help you dive into the topic. We'll keep you posted as soon as we go live with it. We hope you will like it.

I'm also of course still working on the New World Guardians https://newworldguardians.com/, specifically on spreading the word, growing the community and making collaboration with other projects we love.

Cryptos

This week we have a little goodie for you guy. We are partner of Bitmart and they have a special giveaway for our community. You can still join till  tomorrow 27. September.

Here is how it works.

👏 BitMart Elite NFT Giveaway

🔥 1 winner will get an animated 3D NFT ($29.99 worth)

🤔️ How to participate?

1⃣️ Sign up (after Sep.20) thru my referral link and pass KYC: https://www.bitmart.com/register-referral/en?r=WeirdoRock

🤩 What are the benefits?

Details 👉 https://bit.ly/3DFNYGs

User guide 👉 https://bit.ly/3qUDf3juui

Traveling, what's next?

We spent time on booking platforms and got some apartments for the upcoming months. Our next destination in October will be two weeks in Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. It's about a 4-5 train drive south from Bangkok, and it's one of the top tourist destinations of Thailand for its great seaside, mountains, markets, temples, and due to proximity to Bangkok.

One of the attractions in Hua Hin is the railway station, with stunning architecture that looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. Looking forward to the nice seaside escape from crazy and loud Bangkok.

I am currently listening.

I'm listening to Unfucking the Planet with Rez, a Spotify podcast episode and a great introduction to Regenerative Finance (ReFi) - a new crypto movement that uses the robust market mechanics of DeFi to combat climate change. In this episode, Rez explains the carbon credit market functions and how buying such credits funds climate projects in real life.

It's part of the Defire podcast that aims to make crypto more fun, engaging, and accessible for everyone. I recommend it if you are interested in this space.

Gadget of the week

This week we have to mention our friend in the lobby, a robotic barista who helps us start our day with a delicious coffee made from freshly grounded coffee beans. His name is Tao Bin. ☕️

Besides different types of coffees, you can also select from a wide range of protein shakes, sodas, smoothies, teas, and much more. I think it's a brilliant idea and a great replacement for the old-fashioned (generic) coffee machines.

Current Habits

Here are my current habits:

Headspace Meditation - 513 days

Duolingo (Spanish) - 519 days

Here are Maja's current habits:

Duolingo (German) - 746 days

Drops (Thai) - 18 days

And here are the first results of the 18 days streak. Impressive, isn’t it? 😃

October 3, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 19 September, 2022

Cryptos - Events

One of the most important events in crypto history happened and went as planned. The Ethereum Merge is done.

Eight years after Vitalik Buterin, the most known co-founder of Ethereum, shared his vision that Ethereum would become PoS, the transition is now completed.

Ethereum energy consumption will be reduced by ~99.95%. This is excellent news and hopefully also the start of positive events in the future. 👏

The FOMC meeting is coming up this week on Wednesday. This usually means volatility in the crypto world, so keep the eyes on your bags. 💰

Bangkok daily life

Bangkok is treating us well; such a lively and vibrant city. We spent a great weekend exploring the neighborhoods, tasted some great food, and wrapped the week up with a great Thai massage on Sunday. We hope to make it a tradition now!

We successfully extended our Visa in Thailand. It was quite a trip, and it took several hours, but we did it. We came here under the Visa Exemption program, which allows listed countries to visit Thailand for a month. If you wish to stay longer, you can extend your Visa Exemption for 30-days (it costs 1900 baht to do so), do a Visa run and leave Thailand for a couple of days and return, or apply for a Tourist Visa.

Thailand CCSA has announced that after October 1st until March 31st, the Visa Exemption (applies to these 64 countries) will be extended from 30 to 45 days. This is the initiative to bring more tourists to the country. We salute this decision.

So if you plan to come to Thailand in the upcoming months, you can stay at least 45 days hassle-free.

Follow us on Instagram if you want to be part of our perpetual traveling life 🌎

Something to think about

“The first step—perhaps the most enormous step—is to find what you are genuinely interested in.

If you are genuinely interested, you will discover endless opportunities for improvement. But if you are disinterested, even obvious improvements will feel like a chore.

And, if you can maintain your genuine interest and curiosity as the years accumulate, you will become hard to compete with because you will have skill to go with your passion. If you're interested, you're dangerous.” James Clear

A question to ask yourself

Also, by James Clear:

What is one step I can take today to help create the outcomes I want in life?

Current habits

Here are my habits:

Headspace 506 days

Duolingo 512 days

I was not so impressed with Ling yet, so I am trying Pimsleur this week.

Do you have your preferred language app? Just tweet me

Content of the week

We published a new piece of content this week, a comparison between Ledger Nano S Plus and Ledger Nano X. So, if you are in the midst of deciding which hardware wallet to go for, you can read more here.

September 22, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 12 September, 2022

What are we working on?

Maja and I are all about getting back into our old working rhythm. We had to refocus, as the last couple of weeks in Europe were not as productive as we are used to. But we feel that we will quickly get back on track, with strong health and work-related routines, and finish the last couple of weeks of their OKR iteration victorious.

My current focus is on the NFT project New World Guardians that I'm part of, improving Weirdo.Rocks website and content, and spending more time on crypto research.

Cryptos

The biggest crypto news is Ethereum merge that is happening this week. They are transitioning from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake, one of the most extensive upgrades in the history of this currency. While the crypto world says this merge can make or break the crypto market, we most certainly hope it will make it.

If you are interested in this transition and the upsides of the merge, you can check this article here.

Traveling

Bangkok will be our home for at least one and a half months. We are staying in a neighborhood near Ekkamai train station called Phra Khanong. We already got familiar with some local food stalls and coffee places nearby. This is always the first thing we do when we move to a new location - explore the neighborhood, figure out where we can get good food, buy our groceries and other essentials, which helps us feel at home.

At the moment, we have a rain season here. September is one of the rainiest months of the year, and this year some people are saying that we are experiencing one of the heaviest rains in last 20 years. The rain usually comes in the afternoons/evenings.

If it’s hard to imagine what I’m talking about, here is me on the way to the grocery shop just next door.

Follow us on Instagram for more feet-pics 👣 😜

Something to thing about

"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it." Madeleine L'Engle

Don't wait forever till you get started. You don't need a perfect plan or product to get out there. If you wish to do something, it's better to start with small steps, get going, and learn on the way. Especially if you want to do something different from what you are doing now, something new, overthinking will keep you from making progress. Getting in motion is the hardest part, and as soon as you are making the first steps, the rest will follow too.

Current Habits

We can say that our learning habits are smooth as butter. I’m afraid we will never be able to stop with current streaks, as we don't want to break them anymore.

Here are my habits:

Headspace 499 days

Duolingo 505 days

I also started to learn Thai. I'm not sure about the best app yet, since Thai is not available on Duolingo, but I'm giving Ling a try.

Here are Maja's habits:

Duolingo (German) 732 days

Drops (Thai) 9 days

Maja is also soon having a year of 10-mins yoga exercise and 10-mins power exercise as part of her morning routine.

September 13, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 4 September, 2022

What are we working on?

We are in the middle of our OKR iteration, Quarter 3, and focusing mainly on improving our site, and working on new crypto-related content. In addition, we plan to add more travel-related content and keep you posted on our social media profiles.

If not yet, you can follow us on our Instagram and Facebook profiles.

Crypto News

Internet Game Season 2: The Bearmarket Battle, hosted by Gmoney & Leah Lamarr, is live.

The mint was on Aug 30 - 31. and 60% of mint will go to NFT prizes, chosen by the community through Discord vote. The 1st prize is Bored Ape #4317.

We were part of Season 1, and it was super fun, so we are excited to participate in the sequel.

Are you participating too? Just tweet me

Traveling, what's next?

Three days, and we are in Bangkok. We are excited about this, as we feel our European experience was a bit too long. We love it here to meet friends and families, but both Maja and I think our hearts are already in Asia. ❤️

Traveling became our lifestyle and having no permanent apartment freed us from all the unnecessary clutter and complications that come with owning too many things. Besides that, I think that main benefits of traveling are open-mindedness and acceptance. Stepping out of your environment and getting to know other cultures, people, and ways of life helps you see the world from a different perspective.

I am currently watching.

My days are going by so fast at the moment, but I watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy in the evening when winding down. Oldie but goodie.

Tool of the week

Pomodone App is my secret weapon for getting things done. It's based on Pomodoro Technique:

It is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It uses a kitchen timer to break work into intervals, typically 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro from the Italian word for tomato after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used as a university student.

So in practice, it works like this - You set a timer for 25 minutes (or similar time range), work, then take a 5-minute break—and repeat the process three more times. After that, take a 15- to 30-minute break.

A simple productivity tool, but I couldn't imagine my workday without it.

Current Habits

Duolingo 498 days

Headspace 492 days

Our content of the week

I wrote a detailed SecuX Review that you can check out here.

If you are looking for a high-security grade hardware wallet and like SecuX, you can use our code "WeirdoRocks" to get a 15% discount.

September 13, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 29 August, 2022

Something to think about

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn't hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche

and

"Life is an endless series of interruptions and distractions." Many times "those distractions" have two legs.

You must take care of your valuable time, especially if you are an entrepreneur or digital nomad. You need to be protective of it; otherwise, people can quickly steal it from you. They don't do this on purpose, but it happens because they have their own priorities, and they usually are unaware that you are busy, too, even though you are not working in the office from 9-5. People often think you can adjust your time more easily because of this 'freedom' you have as a digital nomad or remote worker.

This quickly escalates into not making the progress needed. However, strong will, systems, and habits can help you get on track and, most importantly, stay on track.

We are trying to built our days around habits and utilizing OKRs to stay on track with all the tasks. We wrote an ultimate guide to OKRs, so check it out if you want to join the movement.

Tool of the week

Talking about OKRs and habits, we can't pass Notion, or as I like to call it, my extended brain. 🧠 I use it daily for everything from creating notes, databases, performance boards, calendars, crypto dashboards, and basically everything that comes my way - I add to Notion.

It's a very versatile tool and helps us tremendously with having our small team aligned with the tasks.

Current Habits

Duolingo 491 days

Headspace 485 days

We are looking into apps to start learning Thai, as it's not supported on Duolingo. But, for now, the best one that we found is Drops.

Do you know it and already use it? Just tweet me

Our content of the week

We published 2 articles in the last week, both around cold staking:

Cold Staking - How to stake your crypto coins with BitBox02 Hardware Wallet

Is it possible to stake your coins with Ngrave Zero Hardware Wallet?

August 30, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 21 August, 2022

The weeks are passing by so fast, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to sit down and review the past week and share my thoughts and highlights with you.

Let's go straight to the business!

What I am learning about

My reading and learning material for the last couple of weeks is about Helium Network. While setting my few routers up, I dived deep into the optimal setup and learned about the antennas and how to optimize their performance before we move from Europe.

To learn more about the Helium People's Network, check out our detailed Helium Network Review.

Are you into Helium mining? How is it going for you? Just tweet me

Crypto

Cryptos are a big part of my everyday. I trade daily, getting familiar with new projects, NFTs and stay on top of an ever-changing market.

If you are interested in cryptos and you don't know where to start, you can check our beginner's guide here.

The current market situation is a great time to learn about cryptos.

Traveling, what's next?

We have booked our oneway ticket, and we are slowly getting ready to move to Asia.

Traveling as a digital nomad usually means being flexible with the time. So, for example, we don't need to fix your travel date on the days when your work holidays start and end. For that reason, we can adjust our flight dates to the price of the tickets.

Traveling doesn't have to be expensive. Even if you are tied to specific dates and seasons, you can find affordable tickets with some research and tricks. Here are 13 tips on how to find cheap flights.

Things to think about

My quote of the week is from James Clear's book Atomic Habits:

"Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity."

I couldn't agree more! If your goal is unclear and has no meaning, it's hard to get the motivation and drive as you don't even know where you are going. As soon as you make clear outcomes, reaching any goal will become more effortless.

This will help you with building good habits.

My Current Habits

484 days of daily language learning on Duolingo (currently Spanish)

477 days of daily meditation with Headspace

One of the obstacles when building habits is procrastination. “Oh, I want to do my morning exercise, but I'm too busy now; I'll do it in the evening.”

Sounds familiar? As soon as you say this sentence, your probability of doing this exercise drops close to 0. We wrote some tips on how to fight procrastination and achieve your goals daily, so you can read it (now, not later) 😉

Are you a procrastinator? How are you fighting it? Just tweet me

New Weirdo Content

We published a new article on Best Crypto Exchanges. If you are looking for one or can't decide which one is best for you.

August 23, 2022

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 14 August, 2022

We are slowly rolling into the second half of August. After a couple of weeks of high-paced work on our projects, we took off last Friday and attended a small festival in Bildein, Austria - PictureOn.

It was a great end of the busy week and time well spent with our friends.

Let's dive into some of the other highlights of the Weirdo week.

What are we working on?

Most of my time, I still dedicate to New World Guardians - an NFT project where blockchain meets social impact. 20 % of the NFT sales revenue goes to six social impact projects. If you are curious about the projects, you can find out more about them here: https://newworldguardians.com/en/#projects.

Besides that, we have a couple of crypto articles in the pipeline that will be added to our blog in the following week. So stay tuned on weirdo.rocks/blog.

Cryptos

The setup of Helium routers was a bit tricky, but the first three are up and already mining Helium. We plan to set up 2 more before we leave Europe. We are part of the Helium peoples network now; it's fun seeing the network grow.

To learn more about the Helium network, check out our detailed Helium Network Review.

Ethereum just completed the Goerli 'merge' last week. The final and most significant test before shifting the network from a proof-of-work consensus model to proof-of-stake. The mainnet merge is estimated to happen in the mid of September. This event seemed to cause the ETH rally last week.

Do you follow crypto news? Just tweet me

Traveling, what's next?

It's over a year since we started our perpetual traveling lifestyle. And we can say with certainty that this was one of our best decisions. Our lives changed significantly, from being location and system independent to decluttering lives and putting all our belongings in a backpack.

We travel slowly and stay longer in one country or city, as Maja and I, like to get to know the area and the culture well. I like the feeling of not being rushed and slow traveling also helps us to build good routines that are important to stay productive.

Maja also collected some tips that help us stay productive while living as a digital nomad: 5 tips that will help you stay productive while living as a digital nomad.

Things to think about

In the long run, good and bad habits will make the difference in creating a life that you want for yourself. August Bradley nailed it with these lines to think about:

The first time it's a mistake.

The second time it's a decision.

The third time it's a routine.

The fourth time it's a bad habit.

The fifth time it's a challenge to stop.

The sixth time it builds regret.

The seventh time it seeps into your identity.

What I am listening

This week's best tunes are coming from the Festival's playlist on Spotify - Picture On 2022

The highlights for me were: Buntspecht, Alicia Edelweiss, Gnackwatschn, Kurt Razelli.

My Current Habits

477 days of daily language learning on Duolingo (currently Spanish)

470 days of daily meditation with Headspace

Maja hit her 700-day streak on Duolingo this week, learning German. 👏 👏

When building good habits, it's essential to have a consistent time in the day when you do them. The best time for us is in the morning, which also helps us to start the day victorious.

What’s stopping you from replacing useless morning social media scroll with doing something good for yourself, like 10 min exercise or quick language learning? Just tweet me

August 17, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 6 August, 2022

Maja and I spent a productive week in Slovenia, ending with a nice party. We will stay here for another week and leave for a PictureOn festival in Austria.

We haven't visited any festival for a long time, so we look forward to attending this one.

The week was busy, but I made great progress on my projects.

Let's check some highlights of the Weirdo's week.

What are we working on?

On Friday, we launched a fantastic new NFT project New World Guardians. If you want to learn more about it, you are welcome to check their website https://newworldguardians.com/ or even leave your email if you want to stay up to date on the upcoming drop of the first NFT collection.

We are responsible for the community and excited to be part of this project and support their social cause.

Cryptos

After waiting for a couple of months, our Helium Bobcat 300 Routers finally arrived.

Helium is building a decentralized IoT Network, where the community is helping to develop the network and getting rewards for the support. The whole network is based on a proof of coverage (PoC) - Proof of Work (PoW) algorithm that uses radio waves to validate the Hotspots' Wireless Network Coverage.

Our goal is to set them up in the upcoming days, start mining, become part of the network, and help it grow.

You can learn more about Helium here: Helium Network Review

Traveling, what's next?

We are staying in Slovenia, more precisely in Novo Mesto. This month is dedicated to family and friends before we fly to Bangkok.

Novo Mesto is Maja's hometown, located in the South-East part of Slovenia. It's surrounded by a lot of forests and vineyards, so it's always lovely to return here to fill up the batteries in nature and our bellies with home-made wine that Maja's brother produces. 😉

Next week we will return to Austria to spend time with my family.

Things to think about

Sometimes it is good to declutter your life a bit to make space for new ideas, people, yourself, and your loved ones. Here are some lines from James Clear to think about:

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is eliminate the task.

Downsize. The rooms you don't have, don't need to be cleaned.

Donate. The items you don't own don't need to be organized.

Delete. The projects you don't take on don't need to be finished.

Is this a problem that needs to be solved? Or is it a problem that can be eliminated all together?

Tool of the week

Discord - I found Discord in 2020 when I was looking for a tool to organize a remote birthday party for Maja. Since then, is one of the tools that I use daily. We even build our community on Discord. If you are not part of it yet, you can join here for free.

Current Habits

We are still going strong with some of the habits that we successfully build. Here are some of my current streaks.

469 days of daily language learning on Duolingo (currently Spanish)

463 days of daily meditation with Headspace

Both Duolingo and Headspace are part of my morning routine. It's important to start the day strong and prepare for a productive day. I'm working on adding stretching to my routine as an additional healthy habit.

Do you have any morning routines in place? Tweet me here

Our Content of the week

This week, we published a new article, a short guide on how to stake your Cryptos with Ellipal Titan hardware wallet. Ellipal Titan is an air-gapped security cold wallet, network isolated and signs transactions using QR code, making it a good choice for staking your coins securely over a longer period.

If you are interested in which coins you can stake and how the process goes, you can check out the article: Cold Staking - How to stake your crypto coins with Ellipal Titan Hardware Wallet

August 17, 2022
Maja Nagelj

Weirdo's Weekly Update — 24 July, 2022

Beginning of May 2021, Maja and I left Austria to go "homeless" and travel the world while building our new business. Since then, we have lived in Spain, Romania, and most of the time in different parts of Mexico.

This is the first of our weekly newsletters, where we will give insight and document our journey. We talk about perpetual traveling, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship, and personal growth here, but also about what we think, read, hear, and learn.

We hope you find these helpful tips useful and see them as an inspiration.

Let's jump into it.

What are we working on?

Currently, we are mainly writing Content on our Website to help you learn more about Cryptocurrencies and topics around them.

We also started working on an innovative NFT-Community project to build a sustainable company to support different global NGOs. We are helping to develop the community for this fantastic project. I will update you on the details soon.

What is your favorite NFT Community? Tweet me here

Besides that, we also got a new member of the Weirdo family. Julia will support us with community building, social media, and video production.

If you did not know, we also have our own Discord community. You can join here.

Traveling, what's next?

We are still in europe, but our next flight and apartment for the first six weeks are booked. The next stop is Bangkok.

Bangkok is one of my favorite places in Southeast Asia. I've been here several times and always had a blast. What is different now is that we will live there for a while. After Bangkok, we maybe go to Vietnam or Ko Pha Ngan; we are not sure yet. I will keep you posted.
What is your favorite place in southeast Asia? Tweet me here

Our progress - OKRs till October set

Traveling and building a business can be a mess. Objectives and Key Results are helping us to stay on track and follow our direction. Our third quarter started two weeks ago, and we are hyped to make it happen.

There will be a lot of new Content around cryptos for you. We also will improve our Website to make your visit a better experience.

Current Habits


Habits and systems are an essential part of reaching your goals. Here are some of my current streaks.

455 days of daily language learning (currently Spanish)
449 days of daily meditation with Headspace.

I am currently listening


Currently, I am listening to a Bookclub discussion about Human Action from Ludwig von Mises on Spotify. Heavy stuff in 51 hours.

I am currently reading

I am reading the Daily Stoic:366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring new translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. A great read by Ryan Holiday.

Our Content of the week


Maja published three articles this week. Great job. Two are crypto-related, and one is travel related.


- Staking with the Ledger Hardware Wallet
- Best Crypto Credit Cards
- A Guide to Cozumel - (Unplanned) weekend escape from loud Playa del Carmen

That's it for this week.

What is your favorite insight, article, or tip? What do you want to see more of, and what should we write about? Do you have any other questions?

Just tweet me your feedback.

July 31, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Accountability Partner Checklist and Rules

One key to successfully starting your own business is working on an idea, or a more significant project is making consistent, daily progress towards your goals. Especially if you do not have your team and limited time and money resources, you need to be ultra-focused and ideally make small steps forward every day. 

What has helped us for many years now are Objectives and Key Results for the direction and challenging but achievable goals, and weekly accountability partner meetings for the permanent progress part. 

There are different types of accountability partnerships that you can go into. You can read more about that here

Accountability groups try to help and support each other to get better in whatever we want. Accountability is about commitment, and to stay accountable towards the own goals, the weekly meeting is an essential part of it. There is no half-ass way to attend it. 

Here is an Accountability Partner Checklist and some Rules if you want to set up your accountability partnership group 

  • Try to make space in your schedule every week. Do not skip the meeting if you feel that you did not make the progress you wanted to do. Treat the meeting as you would a doctor's appointment or a business meeting. 
  • Keep the meetings fun, positive, non-judgmental, encouraging, give honest feedback and keep it brief. 
  • Agree on the meeting times in advance, and give the member time to confirm. If it is impossible to attend the meeting, try to find another time/date, or you skip a week. That's also fine. Usually, it helps if you make a fixed weekly appointment and only change it if needed. 
  • If you use Objectives and Key Results or any other tracking system, update your progress before the meeting. 
  • Something can come between you and the meeting last minute (A lousy internet connection, something urgent.) If this occurs, write a short message to the organizer, and it is fine as well.
  • If you can not attend the meeting, talk to your partner or a friend about your progress. 
  • Respect the time of others and be on time. Keep in mind everybody is reserving time for the Accountability Partner Meeting. 

Many meetings in, especially bigger companies, are often a big waste of time. In many cases, an email would be sufficient instead of 10+ people sitting together without having a clear outcome in mind. When you meet with your accountability buddy, try to keep it short and with a specific predefined result. 

If you are looking for a professional accountability partner, check out our services here

March 22, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Helping Ukraine with Cryptos

It's heartbreaking and brutal what has been and is happening in Ukraine in the last weeks. This Russian invasion seems to be from a different Millenium; there should not be space for the Putin's of this world, who are are forcing millions of innocent people on to destruction and death. 

It gives hope and good to see how the people of the world are standing with Ukraine and trying to help where it is possible. 

There are many different ways how you can help as well. Friends are collecting warm clothes medical equipment and bringing it to Ukraine. Others are offering shelter and organizing places to stay for Ukrainian refugees, driving to the borders to get people into safety, or are collecting donations.

Nowadays, you also can donate cryptocurrency to nonprofit organizations or directly to the Ukrainian government. Ukraine has received around 50 million dollars in crypto donations since the war started. The Ukrainian government accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Polkadot, Dogecoin, TRON, Solana, Monero, and NFTs.

Donations of cryptos are more transparent, faster, and more cost-effective than donating in FIAT currencies. Be careful and do your own research before you choose an organization. There are also many scammers around trying to profit from the current situation. 


Here you can track the wallets of the Ukrainian government.

An overview of all donations.

Dashboard of Crypto Donations to Ukraine

ETH Wallet (inkl. Cryptopunk NFT #5364)

BTC Wallet

Tron Wallet

Some other NGOs are accepting Crypto Donations for Ukraine. Do your own research.

List of NGOs accepting Cryptocurrencies: 

https://www.comebackalive.in.ua/

https://www.ukrainedao.love/

https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent 

Write me at hello@weirdo.rocks or on Twitter if you have an addition to my list. 

Do not forget, Putin is NOT the Russian people.

Stand with Ukraine,  Peace!

March 8, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

NFT Deep Dive Update - It's a mess

I started my dive into the NFT world last week. I love to learn hands-on, which I also do here. Here are a few learning and things that I have found out so far. 

First, it is hard to keep track of all the projects. There are so many great researchers and accounts out there, many new projects launching every day. What I am trying to do, is to form a daily routine. There are some resources that  I check daily. I created a Crypto Event Calendar, where I also added the most exciting NFT drops, and I am doing research for the NFT article(s) that will come out in the following weeks. Today on the Event calendar was the Invisible Friends NFT Collection, which did very well after launch. I could not mint one, but for the following bigger projects, I will be better prepared. 

My next steps are to follow the smart money to spot new projects and create a method to do a quick fundamental analysis of exciting projects. 

Some tools I am using for my research are:

  • Nansen (great features and details)
  • Opensea (biggest marketplace and great research tool)
  • Rarity.Tools
  • Icy.Tools
  • Twitter (deep dive and find accounts that are spotting good projects early. 

Here you find a more detailed overview of the best NFT Tools.

Stay weird and leave your email for updates.

February 24, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's (collaborative) Crypto Event Calendar launched

Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days. It is hard to keep track of what is happening.

New crypto projects, testnets, and mainnets are launching, Airdrops are happening, and NFT projects are dropping every day. We will also add conferences, FOMC meetings, and other relevant events.

That's where the Weirdo's Crypto Event Calendar comes in! This handy resource lists all the latest and greatest crypto events, so you can stay up-to-date on everything crypto.

We will try to make the calendar collaborative. If you see that something is missing, just add your event, we review and add it.
Check out the calendar here.

February 15, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Diving deeper into the NFT world

I have been following the NFT world for some time now and bought one here and there, but I did not take the time to dive deeper. Since they are here to stay, I want to go down the rabbit hole and learn.

This post is my kick-off to do so.

I prepared a new ETH wallet, funded it with one ETH, and I am committed to learning more about Non-fungible Tokens. The ETH can be seen as my budget for learning about NFTs, and I will use it to make hands-on experiences and hopefully multiply.

What are your favorite resources (Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter, Telegram, Discords, etc.) around non-fungible Tokens?

February 12, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Impermanent loss - A brief overview

You should know what impermanent loss means if you are into decentralized finance (DeFI) and especially liquidity mining. As my learning bit of the day, I try to explain. 

When you provide liquidity to a decentralized exchange's (DEX) liquidity pool like Uniswap, you usually offer two different coins to a pool. The provided liquidity can then be traded on the exchange. 

Impermanent loss refers to a deprivation that happens when the price of the deposited assets changes between deposit and withdrawal. The loss is realized when withdrawn. The best is to provide liquidity for crypto assets with similar price movements; the impermanent loss is the biggest if one coin loses a lot and the other wins a lot. If the price of both cryptocurrencies is declining at a similar percentage, the impermanent loss is also small. 

Here are some examples

Before you start with providing liquidity, you should understand the projects you are investing in, how Automated market makers (AMM) work, dive into the technicals like use cases, price history, total value locked (TVL), and annual percentage yield (APY). It would help if you also understood Impermanent Loss, different scenarios, and the risk-reward ratio. 

To illustrate impermanent loss, we will show some examples. We will use the Impermanent Loss Calculator to show some scenarios. We are not considering the APY in our examples. 

Let's say you were providing Axie Infinity (AXS) and Wrapped Ethereum (WETH) to farm the Ronin (RON) Token prelaunch. Here are some scenarios. 

Example 1: Both assets prices increased

Prices 1. Feb 2022

1 AXS $50

1 ETH $3000

Prices 7. Feb 2022

1 AXS $70

1 ETH $3100

Impermanent loss: 1.14%

If $500 of AXS and $500 of ETH were held

- Have 10.00 AXS and 0.17 ETH

Value if held without providing liquidity$1,216.67

If $500 of AXS and $500 of AXS were provided as liquidity

- Have 8.59 AXS and 0.19 AXS (in liquidity pool)

Value if providing liquidity: $1,202.77

You gained over $200 in both cases, but as a liquidity provider, your total value is $14 less than when you just would hold your coins. The reason for that is impermanent loss. 

Example 2: Both assets prices decreased

Prices 1. Dec 2021

1 AXS $135

1 ETH $4300

Prices 7. Feb 2022

1 AXS $70

1 ETH $3100

Impermanent loss: 1.34%

If $500 of AXS and $500 of ETH were held

- Have 3.7 AXS and 0.12 ETH

Value if held without providing liquidity$619,72

If $500 of AXS and $500 of AXS were provided as liquidity

- Have 4,37 AXS and 0.1 ETH (in liquidity pool)

Value if providing liquidity: $611,40

In both cases, you lost around $400. As a liquidity provider, your total value is $8 less than when you just would hold your coins. This is because of impermanent loss. 

Example 3: One asset's price increases and one decreases (most significant impermanent loss)

Prices 1. Dec 2021

1 AXS $70

1 ETH $4300

Prices 7. Feb 2022

1 AXS $140

1 ETH $2150

Impermanent loss: 20%

If $500 of AXS and $500 of ETH were held

- Have 7.14 AXS and 0.12 ETH

Value if held without providing liquidity$1250

If $500 of AXS and $500 of AXS were provided as liquidity

- Have 3,57 AXS and 0.23 ETH (in liquidity pool)

Value if providing liquidity: $1000

The impermanent loss is 20%, and if you just would hold both tokens, you would have made $250 more. 

If the price of your provided assets moves in different directions, it's the worst-case scenario when it comes to providing liquidity. In the example, it looks like you always lose when you provide liquidity compared to just holding the coins. This is not true and is just the case because we did not consider APY and other rewards. 

You can also provide liquidity in the form of stable coin pairs. In a bull market, this does not make much sense since you are not profiting from the rise in the market. In the bear market, this can make sense since you are earning a share of the trading fees by providing liquidity. 

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February 6, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer

Weirdo's Log of the journey

This section will be the log of our Weirdo'Journey. With thoughts, insights, learnings, brain-dumps around the Crypto World, Perpetual Traveling, and everything important to me and us at the given point in time.

Enjoy, stay weird and leave your email to get updates directly into your inbox.

February 6, 2022
Leo Brunnhofer