STRANGE Distribution Plan

The time has come to unveil further details for the STRANGE Token Distribution Plan!


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First the Details of the STRANGE Token:

And more background here.

MAXIMUM SUPPLY: 10,000,000 STRANGE

The Distribution Plan:

Designation Percent Token Quantity
BitShares DEX Sign Up Incentive (for new accounts): 20% 2,000,000
Token Design Contest Prize: 0.5% 50,000
Distribution to Current BitShares DEX Users: 70% 7,000,000
Reserve (to be burned if not needed): 9.5% 950,000

Explanation of categories:

The BitShares DEX Sign Up Incentive (for new accounts) will be 20% which is 2,000,000 tokens. I have a target of 2,000 new users to sign up between now and December 31st, 2017.

Therefore, the total 2,000,000 tokens divided by 2,000 new users target = 1,000 STRANGE tokens for new users signing up to BitShares Decentralized Exchange using my link.

In fact, I have had 1 new sign up already, noconnor8, who I have sent the 1st sign-up bonus!


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If the target goal of 2,000 sign-ups is not reached, then the remaining tokens designated for this purpose will be burned at the deadline of December 31st, 2017.


Token Design Contest Prize will have a REWARD of 0.5% of the total equalling 50,000 STRANGE Tokens.

More details of the Token Design Contest to follow soon!


Distribution to Current BitShares DEX Users of 70% which will be a total 7,000,000 STRANGE Tokens. According to http://cryptofresh.com/a/BTSthere are at the time of this writing 38,146 Holders & Traders of BTS.

Using this number, I get 7,000,000 tokens ÷ 38,146 users = 183.51991 which will be rounded to 185 tokens each.

From what I have found on http://cryptofresh.com/, I have been able to identify only 5,186 users for which to send the initial distribution.

Once I begin the distribution 5,186 users x 185 tokens = 959,410 total tokens distributed.

The remaining tokens will be preserved between now and December 31st, 2017 for users who did not receive the initial distribution to contact me and I will be able to send them their portion. If the users who do not receive the initial distribution do not contact me by the deadline of December 31st, 2017, then the remaining portion of 6,040,590 STRANGE tokens will be burned, reducing the total supply.


Reserve (to be burned if not needed) of 9.5% of total, which is 950,000 tokens will be held to be used if necessary for other promotional endeavors, including but not limited to: additional sign-up incentives, additional STRANGE token contest, other advertising efforts, etc.

If they are not used by the deadline of December 31st, 2017, then the remaining portion of STRANGE tokens will be burned, reducing the total supply.


The distribution will begin after the posting of this blog today and will go until I am able to finish the list of 5,186 users, at which time another post will be made.

Thanks, and as always:

Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


UPDATE: Approximately 10% of the Distribution to Current BitShares DEX Users, so 10% of the 5,186 users on my list have now been distributed 185 STRANGE Tokens.


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“You will never amount to anything!”

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Homo Economicus

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“You will never amount to anything!”


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What does that even mean?

That I will never amass untold riches?

Am I a beast that is to labor unto death?

I pray not!

What then?

Shall I strive and strain my days, fretting bills, earning my keep, working to pay off what I cannot?

Are we not free men?

And if free, free for what, to do what and why?

Can a prisoner ever be truly free?

Why must we collect treasures at all?

Are we nothing more than economic cogs in the cosmic machine?

Is there no in-between?

Does the end sanctify the means?

What is gained by hard digging is usually retained; and what is gained easily usually goes quickly.

Doing good is hard labor, but evil’s like a layup.

But I guess we knew the cost.


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“Well the hours are good . . . but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”


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“The most visible sign of their capacity for self-delusion is their complete inability to generate an original thought. They quote movie lines, lyrics and perform terrible impersonations.”


“Do you think it is going to rain? We need the rain.”

“Did you see what happened on the news last night?”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Why talk to someone when you can talk past them in empty phrases?

The world is simpler when we ignore each other and just say our lines.

After all, all the world’s a stage.


The scrambled thoughts, the ramblings of a man, what are they worth?

The ability to speak freely is pricy indeed, yet how many of us let it slip away?

Sometimes, outward compliance is all the tyrant needs.

If you get too busy you may forget, you can have attention without awareness.

The blank stare of the audience paying attention, but completely unaware of what it is you are trying to say.

What were they thinking anyway?

Perhaps thinking is something you can enjoy. You don’t even have to be very good at it to do so.

How many women and men ponder this world and for what?

Thoughts don’t pay the bills.

How good are your thinking skills?

It is generally smarter to assume that problems that seem difficult and important today might become trivial or be rendered moot in the future. Behaviors that would be short-sighted in the context of scarcity become far-sighted in the context of abundance.

What is it that you should attend to next?

What is it about starring in traffic at wrecks?

How can we make out what is the best use of our time when our time is used to using us?

“Well the hours are good . . . but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”

The grass is always greener on the other side.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Ignorance is bliss.

Here’s to bliss!


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Stay Strange.


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

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

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


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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.


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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”.


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Stay Strange.


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What’s Your Chaos Monkey?

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


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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?


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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?”


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Stay Strange.


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“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


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“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:


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“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?


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“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.


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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.


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


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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.


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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?


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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!”


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Stay Strange.


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