I was for a brief moment in time an Apple fanboy. I rushed out and waited in long lines to over pay for the first iPhone. I have every phone since. My current phone is still the iPhone 4s. I didn’t upgrade because after about 3 months I had started to fall out of love with it. I loathe iTunes with a passion. I really wanted to give the Galaxy or the Note a go as I’ve heard nothing but brilliant things about them.
Leaving Twitter is a relatively straight forward move. It has nothing left of interest to me. The things I covet no longer reside there. Rare is an intelligent conversation on any topic of concern to me. Infrastructure, products and services or implementation. I used to love having spirited conversations about these things with very smart people. To an extent the problem is that whole group now work in private companies doing the things we used to discuss should be done. The conversation currently on twitterw is trite and unpleasing.
So I saw something tonight that I just can’t not respond to. Maybe I had a beer too many and my somewhat new found restraint is feeling a little weak but here goes.
I saw that there is “plans” for a Zetacoin Women’s initiative created and pushed by dudes. No one has been more pro-women in crypto as I started the Gender Equality Workshop on NoBS in February with BitcoinWife, and in my crypto company we have a women in our founders group. However, this is just silly and insulting to women. Either we will be saying women are dumb and need their own little group we as the alpha man can control and teach them the ways of Zetacoin or that women are unequal to men and need a specialized group. See, the fundamental problem with creating a gender specific sub-group is that you’re telling them they are different which is in itself being sexist. How about we just treat them with respect in that we shut the fuck up with the sexist comments and posts of naked ladies and we don’t talk down to them or act weird when one approaches.
I wanted to write this as a gloom and doom, but that’s not fair. It’s a poor characterization of crypto, perhaps because I’ve been around too long and I’ve been working with the same group of people toward far-reaching goals that I see things differently. Right now, as I look out I am just shaking my head all the time. All anyone ever wants to talk about is money, trading, greed, money, trading, etc. etc. Same tired shit, every single day. It’s like the only conversation. “Hey! psst! What can we flip for quick profit?!” <insert new coin> ::start hysteria:: repeat. It’s exhausting, and I fear what might doom us. See, I told you! Doom and gloom! Just kidding.
It’s been some time since I wrote about these things, but it seems it is time I bring these concepts back to the forefront. I had been quite harsh on “coins” over the last year. In retrospect, that was entirely foolish on my part. I had not understood entirely the true dynamics of the situation. Coins are released, and typically the creator and core team are good people with good intentions. They are obviously hard working and willing to put in the time, money, and effort to build something for many to use. That’s not just commendable, but should be celebrated. The thing I’ve always been hyper critical of was the pump and dump scheme that would be orchestrated around a coin. I’d blame the coin because it was easy, and perhaps a bit lazy on my part. It’s easy to blame “the coin” when in truth they are the victim or at worst complicit out of circumstance. There are groups that are highly organized that hijack coins for pump and dumps. The core is helpless to stop this from happening and they can either try to profit from it and hype along with it or try to distance itself, and lose whatever community it had when the bottom falls out.
It’s so funny to me that in life there are so many idiots who have never contributed, accomplished or even tried to do anything out there naysaying. I have spent so much of my life doing and encouraging other people to do I am upset with myself for getting distracted from it. In doing so, I thought we could play some show and tell. I will showcase two ventures of mine. The first will be TutorKinect and that will be followed by Olloku.
Probably like everyone else, I am tired of talking about Zetacoin all the damn time. I love Zetacoin, and I couldn’t be more firmly entrenched behind it if I wanted to. What many weren’t around for months back was this blog and my twitter account originally talked about and worked on or with a wide array of coins. I developed a pretty nasty case of tunnel vision as we are doing some heavy lifting with Zetacoin, but there are a lot of other solid developers doing amazing things that are worthy of attention. Instead of a coin only getting attention or press for it’s rapid price raise, I want to talk about coins that seem to be trying to do things the way I would consider the right way.
I have probably penned 20 articles over the last 6 weeks, but have posted only 1 I think. I am tired of saying the same things. I look out across the crypto landscape and it’s depressing. It’s the exact same shit every single day. The same people doing the same thing to basically the same type of people. It’s so predictable it’s painful to watch. It’s like watching House. Inevitably House will solve the case with a “ah-ha” moment and leave mid conversation to save the person just before they die but only after pissing off everyone and making a sexual advance on at least 2 people. Yes, the show was predictable but so is crypto. It’s tired and played out – and frankly boring. It’s like playing a 4 year old version of call of duty with no new maps. It’s old.
I want to make a few things perfectly clear. This blog represents my views, it’s written by me basically for me as a way to express my ideas, thoughts, and collect them in a way that hopefully makes sense to others if they care enough to care read.
My focus is on solutions to difficult problems that people have been trying to solve for decades and have spent billions of dollars on their solutions. I will not waste my time and resources responding to trivial nonsense. This is a time and age of real people, serious people, working at the limits of their human capabilities to make a tangible and sustainable difference in the world we live in, and the world we leave for our children. Continue reading
I spent some time today really thinking about various coins. I realized in the past I had made one important mistake. The issue I’ve had with coins has never really been with the coin itself or the developers. I have tried to get that point across, but not clearly enough. Instead of saying Quark is a scam being used as a pump and dump, I should have said there are speculators who are trying to hijack the coin to create instant profit via a pump and dump which has nothing to do with the coin, it’s developers and probably 80% of it’s community.