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A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured, Secret History, Uncategorized |

I’m sitting on the floor of a popular hangout in Second Life  decorated like a fetish club. It’s the kind of place I might consider burning my shoes after visiting in real life, and I certainly wouldn’t sit on the floor, but virtual worlds are great for germaphobes. A friend I haven’t seen around in a long time appears. She manifests as a kind of overbuilt leather-winged dragon creature wrapped in a bikini with smoke trailing out of her ears. I ask what she’s been up to.   I’ve gotten obsessed with cryptocurrencies o.o; I’m making a few hundred bucks a month off it… new hardware on the way to pump that amount up to close to $1000 a month if my math is right 😀 I have a whole system set up and automated with a buncha shit I wrote that basically calculates the currently most profitable altcoin every few hours, mines that, then cashes it out based on 24hr trends every several hours, or holds it for awhile if there is a massive drop, then all those amounts are transferred automatically and pays me out every 24 hrs in [Bitcoin], which is then fed via another API and exchanged for Lindens [Secondlife currency]*. Then the only part not automated, I take the lindens and from SL -> paypal and the best part is, I’m doing it all with my server and currently, a single radeon 7950. But I have two 7970s and a 5870 on the way 😀 I wanna keep putting the money I make doing it into more hardware until I’m making the equivalent of 30k a year or so off it minus power costs, then just start dumping that sum into a roth IRA.   For the record I take major issue with the whole cryptocurrency thing (Note: If you have been under a rock and have no idea what any of this is about, you could do worse than this primer). Crypto currencies seem to me, more so than many recent things, to embody the worst of the neoliberal attitude my friend Deb succinctly defined as “fuck-you-I-got-mine.” Unsustainable and more than a bit awful; Charlie...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Secret History |

“without over exaggerating the point, the significance of reinforced concrete is that modern society is not possible without it… that’s why we talk about it being the foundation of civilization.” In Episode 81 of 99% Invisible, Roman Mars explores the hidden history of the Alvord Lake Bridge in San Francisco and the technological link it represents between the past and contemporary construction. The bridge is at once an eyesore, an accidental monument to failure and a 125 year old example of the technology that swallowed the guilded age and made our contemporary cities possible. Perhaps more interesting is the parallel story of Ernest Ransome and his quest to perfect steel reenforced concrete, whose value was dramtically demonstrated in both a massive fire and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but not before Ransome himself had left California in frustration, incapable of overcoming broad skepticism and resistance to his...

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