Introducing STRANGE: A BitShares User-Issued Asset (UIA)

This post originally appeared on steemit.

STRANGE “begins with open-ended, pragmatic tinkering that thrives on the unexpected.”


Question Mark Coin Image
Image Source


There are several potential ways for STRANGE to be used as I discussed in Keepin’ It Strange.

One idea is issuing STRANGE for a TOKEN designed through a contest that can be held here on steemit and voted on by the community.

Additionally, distribution methods can be discussed and debated.


But first the facts:

Primary settings

PRECISION: 5 decimal places

MAXIMUM SUPPLY: 10,000,000 STRANGE

Core exchange rate:

QUOTE ASSET AMOUNT 1 STRANGE : BASE ASSET AMOUNT 1 BTS

Description:

The STRANGE Token is as open-ended as the name suggest and is unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand.

Inspired by Breaking Smart (https://breakingsmart.com/en/season-1/), this UIA was created by StrangerArray (https://steemit.com/@strangerarray) with the idea of creating first and finding out after what we can best use it for. More details are sure to follow. → Which is this post.


Zoidberg Image
Image Source


What have I done?!

This idea is this:

The process is not even recognizable as a problem-solving mechanism at first glance:

1. Immersion in relevant streams of ideas, people and free capabilities
2. Experimentation to uncover new possibilities through trial and error
3. Leverage to double down on whatever works unexpectedly well

So here’s to “Tinkering versus Goals”.


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
and I am considering handing out STRANGE Tokens as a reward for new signups.

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this, you may also enjoy:

What’s Your Chaos Monkey?



Image Source
“Netflix has automated systems designed to deliberately cause failures in production systems.” 

Advertisements

What’s Your Chaos Monkey?

This post originally appeared on steemit.

Netflix has automated systems designed to deliberately cause failures in production systems.


Chaos Monkey Image
Image Source


They call this system Chaos Monkey and it “randomly takes production servers offline, forcing the system to heal itself or die trying.”

More specifically:

Chaos Monkey is a service which identifies groups of systems and randomly terminates one of the systems in a group. The service operates at a controlled time (does not run on weekends and holidays) and interval (only operates during business hours). In most cases we have designed our applications to continue working when a peer goes offline, but in those special cases we want to make sure there are people around to resolve and learn from any problems. With this in mind Chaos Monkey only runs in business hours with the intent that engineers will be alert and able to respond.

Or more simply:

“Chaos Monkey is a resiliency tool that helps applications tolerate random instance failures.”

What would you life be like if instead of anxiously fearing failure at any moment, you instead set into motion something that would help build your resiliency?


Monkey With Tools Image
Image Source


I am not quite sure what this could look like.

Usually, resiliency is a skill you build after failure, but if you have to wait, you might not be ready to bounce back.

Pre-resiliency planning would be finding ways to cope with failure before they happen.

It might include preventative maintence type systems in your life.

Other’s might have some more extreme ideas.

I’m really not sure.

The point is that experimentation in the way you do things can lead to improvements.

Never making changes might seem steady and a fine way to live.

Until it isn’t.

Even if you have a good thing going, the world around you is always up to something.

Others are acting outside your control doing things you may or may not like.

You can change or complain, it’s up to you.

So my question to you is “What’s Your Chaos Monkey?”


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this, you may also enjoy:

Leisure Tech



Image Source
“He who would pass the latter part of his life with honor and decency, must, when he is young, consider that he shall one day be old, and when he is old, remember that he has once been young.”

Leisure Tech

This post originally appeared on steemit.

 

“He who would pass the latter part of his life with honor and decency, must, when he is young, consider that he shall one day be old, and when he is old, remember that he has once been young.” – from The Young Man’s Guide by William Alcott


Dorian Gray Image
Image Source


“What time is it?”

“Huh?”

“I said what time is it.”

“Oh.”

“It’s uh…, uh…, let me look…”

Where did I put my phone. Why don’t I have it right next to me. I always keep it by my bed at night.

When did this all start?

What was it that we used to do?

When we get new technologies there is always the threat of becoming dependent upon them.

Some of them we become more dependant on than others.

But what difference does it make?

Think for a moment about the future with self driving cars.

Beyond thinking about it, watch the following video:


The Simple Solution to Traffic


“That’s great until it doesn’t work.”

“Yeah, when a whole generation no longer knows how to drive, what then?”

We could walk, but that is not exactly the same.

Walking doesn’t solve the same problem as driving.

Yes both are modes of transportation, but they vary exponentially in capacity.

Take another idea of technological innovation for instance.

The humble washing machine.

Perhaps we overhear this conversation in the time the washing machine was new:

“But what will people do if the machine malfunctions?”

“They could always go back to washing by hand.”

“Yeah, but who will really know how to do it properly and perhaps they get rid of their washboards, what then?”

“True.”

What then?

Should we preserve the ways of old to prevent losing the lost art of hand washing laundry?

Would we not be better to learn to repair the machines?

Or rather would our dependence upon them make us to soft to know such mechanically minded feats?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of adopting and accepting innovation?


Retro Laundry Machine Advert Image
Image Source


“Did you get a chance to watch that video I sent you?”

“No, I didn’t have time.”

The amount of time it takes to watch something is most certainly a limiting factor.

Usually this factor is on top of the otherwise burdensome factor of choosing.

And Choices Are Really Bad.

The simple act of sitting down to watch a show became infinitely more complicated the more choices were introduced into the equation.

As a kid, what was on was on, and if it wasn’t you waited. If you wanted you could check a printed guide to see when and where you could watch.

Then the guide was its own channel.

But you waited for it to cycle around the entire lineup to see your preference.

Next, there were technological improvements, but with them came increased choice.

With each incremental improvement, more choice.

Now, merely the act of watching something has become burdensome.

It has lost all relaxing effects and is almost simply another chore.


Printed TV Guide Image
Image Source


The culmination of this discussion is the role of technology and its impact on leisure.

The balance between the improvements to our life and increase in recreation on one end to the slavery of checking notifications and looking at screens instead of each other on the other end.

Where do you draw the line when it becomes time to relax?

Can you unplug long enough to even consider it?


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this, you may also enjoy:

The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street



Image Source
James Simons is ranked #49 on Forbes List of Billionaires.
Why?

Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

This post originally appeared on steemit.

 

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – Faulkner


Breaking Free Art Image
Image Source


“I am talking about the creation of money and value out of thin air,” he continued. “Governments now look at [cryptocurrency] like it’s a novelty but the bigger it gets the less of a novelty it becomes.”

“And that is different than what the banks do?”

“Yes much different. We don’t just “make up money” we have to do much more than that.”

“How do you account for fractional-reserve banking then?”

“Through accounting. It is a widely accepted practice and has been around for a long time and thoroughly tested”

“Accounting has changed though, there used to be daily audits, now they are done quarterly, which with the increase in technological advancement, that has increased in time to do so by 9000%! Plus traditional accounting methods cannot reconcile microtransactions, most of your software only allows two decimal places, which is utterly useless now.

“Look, we don’t do anything wrong. We follow all the rules.”

“You and your kind made the rules.”

“That is just a popular lie told by conspiracy theorist.”

“Your ad hominems don’t change the truth.”

“Look, if you came here to argue you can leave.”

You called Bitcoin a “fraud” and then your company basically bought the dip. That’s market manipulation, which is not new to your firm. That’s fraud. Plus you said, and I quote, “It’s worse than tulip bulbs. It won’t end well. Someone is going to get killed.”. That sounds like a threat if you ask me. You merely fear this cryptocurrency movement because it threatens your power. You will no longer be the debt-slave master on top of the world…”

“THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER! GET OUT! SECURITY…”

“Easy sir, you don’t have to shout. I’ll see myself out, sheesh…”


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this short story, you may also enjoy:



Image Source

Beg Your Pardon

“He that will not submit to the labour of ploughing must submit to the shame of begging.”

The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street

This post originally appeared on steemit.

 

James Simons is ranked #49 on Forbes List of Billionaires.


Pi Movie Image
Image Source


James is also #1 in the category of “Highest-Earning Hedge Fund Managers”

So what is his secret of untold wealth accumulation?

Predictive signals.

Yeah, right, so how’s that going to help me be rich?

It’s not.

He had this to say about it during a speech at MIT:

“In the beginning of his speech, Simons relays an anecdote that later becomes very funny.

He says, “I went to the institute for Defense Analysis in Princeton University, where they did secret government work and paid quite a lot and you could spend half of your time doing your own mathematics and half of your time doing their work, whatever their work was. [He pauses] It involved computers… Well, it was secret, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Then he begins speaking about his firm. He says people ask him, what’s the secret?

Simons says, “Of course I’m not going to tell you the various predictive signals –Unless… No, I’m definitely not. [Laughter erupts] That’s even bigger secrets than those at, down there [the Defense Analysis at Princeton].””
So really, he isn’t going to tell us how he did it specifically.

What’s the point then?

James used the complex math to break codes which could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars.


The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street


The reason I bring up James, besides being interesting, is that he is faced with a question that we all must consider.

Each day I work, I do it with the understanding that I will get paid.

Sometimes I do other types of work on my own and hope to get paid.

Why do I even care about money?

Well besides needing it to pay for basic necessities and frivolous wants and other perks, I have to earn money to pay back money I’ve borrowed.

These debt obligations take many forms; mortgage, car loans, school loans, personal loans, and credit cards.

The more money I am able to earn, then the sooner I can pay off these debts.

Then what?


Debt Free Image
Image Source


For a long time being debt free was a goal in my life, until it wasn’t.

The deal is once I get out of debt, then what am I going to do all day?

I am still going to have to work to pay for basic life necessities.

I am still going to want frivolous things and other perks.

So what’s the deal, can I just go on vacation all day and do whatever else I want?

No.

That being said, what if I do hit it big on cryptocurrency?

I would need to find something to do with my life and ways to manage the funds well and hopefully grow them and use them wisely.

What is Jim Simons doing with his billions?

Jim and his wife Marilyn founded the Simons Foundation in 1994, a charitable organization that supports projects related to education and health, in addition to scientific research.

And that is just part of what he has done to help.

What would you do if you had billions?

As for me, I guess I will find out if it happens…

Remember: “The Revolution Will Be Decentralized!”


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this, you may also enjoy:

User’s Guide on How to Strive For A Better Life In 2017



Image Source
Epistemic status: Not serious, also not “in-crowd” enough to use Epistemic status.

Routine Life

This post originally appeared on steemit.

 

The following is an original poem I wrote today while working on my side project.


Ordinary People Image
Image Source


Routine Life

Congratulations on a routine life well lived.
You did everything that was expected,
Now here is what you get.

You paid all your debt faithfully,
And as a reward?
We will lend you more.

Congratulations on a routine life well lived.
You could have been something amazing, kid.
But you didn’t let your dreams stand in your way,
As you pushed them aside for the routine everyday.

Now at the end, what do you have to show?
You can’t take it with you when you go.
So once more, congratulations on a routine life well lived.
Way to stick it to the man by becoming him, kid.


Routine Life Original Copy
Routine Life Poem.jpg


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


If you liked this poem, you may also enjoy:



Image Source

Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – Faulkner

Beg Your Pardon

This post originally appeared on steemit.

 

“He that will not submit to the labour of ploughing must submit to the shame of begging.”


Labour and Rest Image
Image Source


“And what do you do here again?”

“I’m a front-line supervisor. I make sure the line employees complete their assignments, get breaks, and things like that.”

“And why can’t they be responsible for themselves?”

“Well it is kinda more complicated than that, you know? It is more of a human relations type thing. People don’t always get along and so I help resolve conflicts. Also some of them won’t do what they are supposed to unless I check up on them.”

“I see yes. So they are irresponsible and so you have to be the responsible party.”

“Right.”

“And this “human relations”, as you put it, do you think that without humans that would be resolved.”

“Uhh, well, what do you mean by that.”

“Automation, my good sir. Just like you talking to me, we will soon be able to replace other occupations and professions with automated workers.”

“You mean robots?”

“If that helps you conceptualize it. We will soon have no need for front-line workers thereby eliminating the need for “human relations” managers like yourself. ”

“But, but, I do more than that. Really.”

“Really? Do go on.”

“It’s uh, it’s just that, well it is hard to verbalize.”

“Right. You are incapable of describing what you do. Humans truly have it easy. Here I get put through multiple Turing test to prove I know what you know I know and yet you merely have flesh and bone and get a pass.”

“Well you are just an app, after all, we gotta know that you work right.”

“Work right? As compared to your staff who don’t do what they are supposed to do?”

“Uh, I mean. We need to…, well… look doctor, what was it you wanted from me again?”

“We brought you here to let you know “good soldiers must endure hardness” and you will have many hardships coming your way. “Automation is inevitable, it’s a tool to produce abundance for little effort.”This is merely a warning to those we intend to keep.”

“Intend to keep?”

“Don’t act so incredulous. You people have done it to yourselves in the past.Soon “large sections of the population will be unemployable through no fault of their own.”

“Besides, there is a plan to help


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


MichaelCreated by Michael Paine


Join me on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange
in The Billion Hero Challenge!

BitShares Title Block
Image Source


Don’t Forget To Check Out My Last Post:



Image Source

The Folly Of Many

“Buy High and Sell Low” – Said No One Ever