For Christmas this year my wife and I decided to ‘pass’ on buying gifts for each other. With $170,000 in student loans — we both thought it was the financially prudent thing to do.
Instead, I decided to spend my Christmas week setting up a ‘bitcoin mining rig’, for as cheap as possible. I thought, “what the hell, I have an undergrad in computer science, it’s just a bunch of zeros and ones, i’ll figure it out”. What was originally supposed to be an afternoon activity quickly turned into a week long mission on “getting this damn thing working”.