Cryptocurrency Firm Losses $145 Million After CEO Dies With Only Password

It’s a terrible situation. And I’m a terrible person. So my laughter is acceptable.

QuadrigaCX, the largest bitcoin exchange in Canada, has claimed to have lost CAD 190 million (nearly USD 145 million) worth of cryptocurrency after the exchange lost access to its cold (offline) storage wallets.

Reason? Unfortunately, the only person with access to the company’s offline wallet, founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, is dead.

Following the sudden death of Gerry Cotten, founder and chief executive officer QuadrigaCX, the Canadian exchange this week filed for legal protection from creditors in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court until it locates and secures access to the lost funds.

So I Tried an Impossible Burger

I haven’t eaten a mammal since last August. So Mrs. C and I thought we would try an impossible burger. There’s a Wahlburger’s fairly close to my house so we went there. The verdict… It tastes pretty good. A someone who has eaten a lot of steak and burgers in their lifetime, it’s nowhere close to the best burger I ever had. It has a smokey flavor to it which was a bit too much. But for a plant based meat substitute, it was really pretty good.

That being said, my stomach feels terrible now (an hour after eating), but I’m not sure if it’s the burger or the pile of onion rings I ordered as a side. Probably both. My body hasn’t had that level of grease in a long time. This may be a long night.

What I Read in January

I’ll try to update this monthly if I can.

I use Goodreads to track my reading and find it an indispensable tool in finding out what my friends are reading. In no particular order, here are the 8 books I read last month.

The Poisoner’s Handbook. I loved how this nonfiction book started out and thought I was going to love it. And I did for the first half. It started getting redundant about halfway through. I feel that it was just a bit disorganized for my taste but a nice walkthrough of different poisons from the early 20th century.

Queen of Sorcery and Magician’s Gambit. Books two and three of The Belgariad which is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s simplistic, your usual hero’s journey/LOTR derivative, but also filled with old friends. It’s my comfort reading and I am unapologetic about my love for it.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway. It keeps you guessing although I wasn’t a fan of the writing style.

The Outsider by Stephen King. Not one of his strongest books but it starts out fast and you can’t help but turn the pages. About halfway through it loses its steam and kind of coasts to the finish line. But the beginning really is good enough to recommend it.

Moral Letters to Lucilius. Only if you’re in the mood to delve into some stoicism. If so, dive in. If not, see The Outsider.

The Word is Murder. A nice spin on Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock was a grizzled former police detective and Watson was a screenwriter. Actually, that sounds like a terrible premise but it does actually work on the page.

Year One by Nora Roberts. I think this is the first Nora Roberts book I have ever read which is weird considering that she has written 25,000 books. Actually, that’s probably the reason why I have stayed away from her books. I rarely trust authors who write that much. (King is the exception.) They get kind of a James Patterson odor about them imo. But, this is my favorite books that I have read to this point. It’s a nice post-apocalyptic fiction which is a mix of The Stand and The Walking Dead, so there’s very little new ground here other than a supernatural element where some of the survivors end up with supernatural powers. I’ll gladly read book 2.

What have you guys been reading?

AOC’s SOTU Guest: Sexual Assault Survivor Who Confronted Flake In Elevator

I really like her style:

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) invited one of the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in the elevator with her story of sexual assault to be her guest to the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, The Intercept reported.

Ana Maria Archila is one of Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents in Queens and is an active community organizer, according to the Intercept. Archila, along with fellow protester Maria Gallagher, confronted Flake in an elevator during the most contentious moments of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and shared their stories of sexual assault with the senator. Shortly after, Flake told the Judiciary Committee he wouldn’t vote to confirm Kavanaugh unless the FBI opened another probe into the allegations of sexual assault that had surfaced against the judge.