Public Deathchest / James Scaur - Keybase

Inspired by @RyanHoliday and @dailystoic - try to leave nothing 'on the table' every day. I'll put stuff in here that I want the world to have access to when I die, that I don't mind them seeing while I'm alive. This is partnered with my Private Deathchest.

  • What's in my private deathchest?

    KeePass file including 2FA recovery codes, assorted photos from over the years. Or more specifically:

    Crypto				KeePass.kdbx			Proofs/Contracts
    Grandad's Story Pt 1.m4a	Photos				Readme.md

    Crypto has specific instructions for recovering my crypto, Proofs/Contracts is fairly irrelevant.

  • How to access?

    Use my master password (3 letter phrase stored with a certain trusted party in a 'Sales and Marketing award' hidden up top [hint: I lived at their house for a time, the wife likes crosswords, the husband likes ginger]) to generate the password for james @ my last name dot nz. Use my paper key (unfortunately not distributed yet) to download and decrypt.

  • How to access other sites?

    Mostly, you'll want access to my main email account. You can use that same email address as above to access my Tutanota email. Once you get that, you'll be able to reset site passwords (for many, you can also generate the current password via Master Password, including for Keybase...) [You can also access my Authy.com account - which has some 2FA codes - via the email address + the generated password + a valid device.]

  • WTF dude, why are you giving people this information now? Aren't you worried about getting hacked?

    If my assets become worth significantly more in the future I'll do more to secure them, but I'm more worried about the stuff I have that won't get out there to the world/my loved ones (if I die tomorrow) than the stuff I could get hacked. As for my crypto holdings, I'm so secure that I didn't back up my Bitcoin keys back in 2013 and lost them with my old laptop - even I can't guess them! >;'(


  • begin death messages


  • My preferred means of dying

    Skydiving into a clean natural grave while candy flipping (read: experiencing one of the greatest sensations available to modern man while my brain is convinced that it's safe - then an instant, clean end).

    Runner up: crashing on Mars.
    3rd place: suicide bombing ISIS.

  • Epitaph for my tombstone

    Memento mori!

    Alternatively any motif related to Stoicism. Amor fati, the concept of interdependence (sympathaeia), premeditadio malorum, and dividing life into the controllable and uncontrollable.

  • Preferred body means of disposal

    Harvest my organs if they can be used to save lives, otherwise give me a natural burial. Don't pump me full of chemicals and put me in some fancy box or burn me and toxify the sky. In the ground, no frills, like the human I am.

  • People I'm grateful to

    Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandad, my sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and family both by blood and by lucky chance (esp. Witts). Drew, Winston, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday, the Influence Ecology team, Ray Dalio, Hacker News community, Cryptopia former coworkers, Geoff, Roger, and all the Young Enteprise business mentors who originally got me into entreprenuership. Pal, Valerio, Blanche, Lud, Magnus, Logan, Timy. All my friends from Denmark both native and international. Old NZ classmates, early and later school teachers, particularly Mrs. Bunn - you really showed me the first thing I was ever good at. Russell, for the work you did on me as an early kid that I can barely remember but for sure makes me better than I ever could have been today.

    Everyone who has touched my life - you've made me a better person. And I love you for that.

  • What I would have spent the rest of my life doing

    Building businesses most likely. Perhaps spending a couple years doing experimental stuff or art, but business is by far the most exciting and fun thing I have ever found. What other game in life is so compelling, so social, so rewarding, so freeing, so helpful, so limitless?

  • Dreams I didn't get to accomplish (but I was working towards, so I'm OK not achieving)

    Travelling South Europe, England, more of Scandinavia, South America, and Asia. Studying artificial intelligence and psychology in depth. Dating and really getting to know a great girl. Running a marathon or doing an ironman. Finding a great crossfit group, getting ripped. Learning meditation in India or Tibet. Building an uber successful and focused business - one that can be a perfect utopia, run exactly how I like (giving that my best shot with txBatch...)

    Finally, getting to see a world with widespread crypto use that it easier and faster and cheaper than fiat.

  • Things I made peace with and embraced before I died

    Financial stress growing up. Not to the extent that I don't want to get wealthy and bring as many people out of poverty myself - because I do - but to the extent that I accept that growing up that way shaped my 'start' to life now, and I'm at peace with it.

    My parents - especially realising that they overcame a lot to give me the childhood they did. Especially my dad - if you're reading dad, you're my hero for how much you did to overcome your upbringing.

    My biology - Dyspraxia, ADHD, and genetic propensity for anxiety and depression. My ever constant fragility/mortality. My humanness (including everything 'bad' - anger, lust, evil, capacity to manipulate and hurt). My likely likelong drive to be significant and special. My natural body state. Being never endingly curious and experimental. My bigger than normal imagination and stream of ideas constantly running through my head - the bad come part and parcel with the good. My natural skepticism.

  • Stuff I wish I said/did with people before they died

    Thank Lincoln for introducing me to Alan Watts and Herman Hesse, and just how great a guy he was. Say goodbye to my Uncle Richard. Go to Josh's funeral.

  • Stuff I wish I didn't say/do

    Plenty, but I think I resolved most of it. I had a difficult relationship for a time with my parents, but that is resolved. I've made mistakes that have offended and hurt people, but I do my best to learn from each.

  • Bucket list

    Meet Tim Ferriss / Richard Branson / Wim Hof / Aubrey Marcus / Elon Musk in person, live in Georgia for a summer, live in Peru, learn tango in Argentina, practise BJJ in Brazil, scuba diving, skydiving, wim hof method one-armed-bandit, bungee jumping (in Queenstown), fast for a week, go a week or longer without speaking, ironman, tough mudder, marathon, spartan race

  • Food I recommend

  • Biggest life realisation I ever had

    The fact 'I' don't exist - I'm conscious, but 'I'm' not my thoughts, mind, concept of self, feelings, or body. I'm really just wearing a 'helmet' on reality the whole time.

  • Favorite book

    Strong tie between Meditations (Gregory Hays translation) and Four Hour Work Week.


  • begin principles/ethics


    I was working to solidy and expand these. I think it's good to have clearly articulated ways that you make decisions - especially in such a way that they seem obvious from your actions.

  • Principles (Life)

    1. Be different

      Why: It makes life more interesting. All evolution is driven by mutation. Difference. Contrarianism. By going against the grain you are building new pathways for other people.

    2. Your (social) environment matters. Be very selective.

      Why: There's an oft-quoted truism about chimpanzees: the best way to predict what a given chimp is like (whether personality, aggression, communication style, weight, sexual activity) is the 5 chimps it spends the most time with. More than any other factor including parents or genetics.

      Like it or not, we're modern chimps (or at least bonobos). Be very selective about who you associate with, because they will shape you. As best as you can, keep the people in your life who want the best for you, and remove or keep at arms length those who don't.

    3. Never stop growing

      Why: Not growing = dying. Retirement is death. Life has it's variability for a reason. You're here in a human mind-body to get strong and have your own unique experience.

    4. Memento mori / Remember that death is "at your elbow"

      Why: It makes you more grateful for the life you have. Also: apply this to your loved ones. Every time you go to sleep, try to imagine your loved ones not being there the day after. Not to get depressed, but to value your time with them. No one gets out of life alive.

    5. Remember that you can't forgive without assigning responsibility

      Why: You can forgive people under incredible conditions. Holocaust survivors have forgiven their Nazi captors. But you can't forgive people if you haven't mentally assigned them responsibility for what they did.

      "If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely."

      If you need to, be like a child: point the finger and allow yourself to get arrogant/angry (preferably privately). Don't intellectualise your feelings - feel them. Only then can you forgive. (And contrary to public opinion, forgiveness takes many forms)

    6. Your high standards are for you, not others

      Why: Or at least, you first. The best way to convince others to be different is show that difference yourself. Lead by example. Forgive others liberally but be hard on yourself. Caveat: don't go so far to beat yourself up.

    7. Stay off Facebook/Instagram

      Why: It's just a endless cycle of narccissism, shitty memes, and vicarious living. Go get busy living your own life and reap the benefits.

    8. Do what it takes to get yourself healthy & stay healthy

      Why: You only get one body and one chance at this particular life. So take care of it. Pay your friend $500 and let them keep it if you can't do 50 pushups by the end of next month. Form competitions and make friendly gym rivals - they're even better than gym partners. Make support groups. Immerse yourself in communities of healthy people. Drop your fear of feeling awkward when working out in public - it's nonsense to think that anyone cares about a dude doing pushups on the side of the road or stretching in the office break room.

  • Principles (Work)

    1. Specialise

      Why: It's the great gift of our modern world. You don't have to do everything. Specialise, and the wealth gain is enjoyed by everyone. Related eBook: I, Pencil

    2. Be as clear as possible

      Why: Articulating a specific course of action to do a given task is a super underrated skill. Practise refining your speech and talking as plainly as possible.

    3. Don't underestimate your own capabilities

      Why: Everyone is winging it. Don't overestimate others and underestimate yourself. Caveat: remember to...

    4. Be humble

      Why: Literally every single person can teach you something

    5. Under promise, over deliver

      Why: Much preferable to the alternative. Caveat: don't promise so little that you get underpaid to the point where you can't overdeliver. Try to keep things to a nice average: you do a little bit more than people expect.

    6. Play to your strengths

      Why: Related to #1. I believe we get shaped by our environments very strongly, and even genetics play a part in what type of work we're good at. If you're good at long uninterrupted bursts of development, don't force yourself to be a multi-tasker or berate yourself for not being as good at sales. This isn't to say don't improve yourself, but - harness what you have first.

    7. Follow through on your commitments

      Why: Your word is a lot more important than you think.

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