Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

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


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“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…”


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Beg Your Pardon

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

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Routine Life

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


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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.


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Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

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

Beg Your Pardon

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


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“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


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The Folly Of Many

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

 

The Folly Of Many

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


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In some ways I have changed, but in so many I am the same.

“Did you see that?”

“Huh?”

“That trade, did you catch it? It was mega-huge dude! I can’t believe it, how did they know?”

Keith scratched his head. What did he miss? He was having a day like any other. Except for that he had been more distracted than usual. What day was it again?

“Keith, you with me bro?”

“Uh, yeah,” Keith stammered. “What do you think they knew?”

“They had to have some information to make a trade that big. Well, I guess we should see it on the news tonight, probably some catastrophe headed our way.”

“Right, I hate when I miss things. Did you open a report?”

“Of course, I can’t be caught dead making another mistake,” David disclosed. He had been reprimanded just last week for failing to report a trade he made above the daily limit.

Keith pulled up a new tab to check the cryptocurrency charts.


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“Keith, here take one of these,” David suggested holding out in his hand one of the latest designer nootropics.

“I don’t,” Keith waved him off.

David didn’t mind and placed the small pill on Keith’s desk next to his keyboard.

Keith stared at it.

He was losing it.

Keith balled his fist and rubbed his eyes. He couldn’t figure out what he was about to do.

“Wanna go out for drinks after work,” David suggested.

Keith looked up at him and blinked.

“Seriously dude, you need to get some help,” David advised as his turned and walked off.


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As he got up from his desk, Keith was feeling woozy.

I’m sick of all this he thought.

What was happening to his life?

He stumbled across the office to the nearest men’s room and haphazardly pushed open the door. Once inside he made his way to the nearest stall and swung the door open, dropped to his knees and vomited.

“More fun than the law allows,” Brad chuckled looking at the sad state Keith was in as he washed his hands.

Keith just shook his head a bit as he used the back of his sleeve to wipe his mouth before turning around and leaving the restroom.


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When he got back to his desk, Keith noticed that his phone had an incoming call.

He hesitated to answer it but was afraid not to.

Reluctantly he swiped to accept the call.

“I told you never to call me on this number,” he tried to sound intimidating.

The man on the other end just scoffed, “Oh shut up! We saw that you completed the trade, your payment will be waiting for you at home.”

“Wait…,” Keith pleaded, but it was too late, the call had ended. He stared at his phone in his hand for a moment before his completely lost it. He screamed and threw his cell phone across the room. It broke into several pieces as it hit the wall.

Everyone in the office was looking at him now.

Keith didn’t care. He knew it was over.

There was nothing more he could do.


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Sandcastles In The Sky

“Credo quia absurdum; certum est, quia impossibile – I believe because it is absurd; It is certain that it is impossible” – h/t – Don’t Worry About the Vase

Sandcastles In The Sky

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“Credo quia absurdum; certum est, quia impossibile – I believe because it is absurd; It is certain that it is impossible” – h/t – Don’t Worry About the Vase


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“Naru! When are we going to leave?” Kirika playfully teased.

“In a minute, hold on!” Naru shot back.

“Naru, I wanna go now!” Kirika whined fidgeting impatiently.

Naru stuffed a piece of toast in his mouth to free up his hands so he could haphazardly slip on his shoes without having to untie them first. Once he finished, he grabbed his worn jean jacket and tossed it around in an almost magical manner resulting in the jacket being on him in one fluid motion.

Kirika giggled.

“Hush,” Naru snarled.

Kirika bust out laughing, “You’re a hot mess today Naru. Come on, let’s go!”

The two left their flat, locking the door on the way out and headed down to the parking garage.


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“Naru,” Kirika whimpered, “Do you think we are going to get the house?”

The real estate market had been hot and homes were selling quickly, now in a record time of under one hour. Ever since cryptocurrency had been accepted for payment, deals could close in minutes.

“It will be fine,” Naru laughed nervously. He wasn’t sure they were going to have enough with the exchange rate fluctuations. The market had leveled out on the whole, but his holdings were in BTC which had taken a huge dive last week.

Kirika smiled.

Naru started the car then leaned back to take a nap as the car pulled out of the parking spot and drove them to their destination.

The housing transactions were usually 99% done through smart contracts, but there was the security need of obtaining a biometric fingerprint from the purchasers before it could be finalized. And due to regulations it had to be obtained in front of an authorized agent at the Department of Housing and Domestic Development.

Unfortunately for the young couple the nearest office was 3 hours away, but the self-driving car made the trip less burdensome.

“Naru,” Kirika beamed holding up her smartphone, “Look! It’s gone up!”

Naru feigned a smile and nodded noticing the latest uptick in the crypto market. They should be fine.

“Do you wanna get a dog, Naru? Look, here is a cutie!” Kirika chortled once again turning her phone to face him.

This time Naru grinned.

“I’ll take that as a “yes”, then,” Kirika surmised and gleefully swiped the screen to view more pictures of the young pup. “Naru,” Kirika pleaded, “are we ever going to be able to retire?”

This change of tone in the conversation brought a scowl across Naru’s countenance. “Ugh, I don’t know, what’s retirement anyways?” Naru replied almost rhetorically. “Let’s just don’t think about that right now, okay? We’ve got this house thing almost wrapped up and then we will see about the puppy, but for now, let’s just have one good day today, okay?”

“Okay Naru.”

“Good.” he replied and tuned to get back to his nap.

“Naru?”

“Yes?” he said opening one eye in a half-squint.

“I love you Naru.”


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Today’s quote was obtained secondhand from Scott Alexander via TheZvi.

Although not inspiration per se, it fit nicely with the inception that was budding last night.

Once again with enough reading I was bound to stumble upon something to help precipitate my writing.

I had slowed down writing as of late due to many things, the greatest of such being my lack of reading.

Where it is to go from here depends on just as many factors as before if not more so, we shall see.


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Backroom Breach

“Vendere jura potest, emerat ille prius—He that bought law can sell it.”

Backroom Breach

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“Vendere jura potest, emerat ille prius—He that bought law can sell it.”


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“You have been weighed and found wanting,” the judge concluded and struck her gavel signaling the end of the trial.

“But your honor,” Yuri Petrov protested as he stood up from his chair, “your honor please, you didn’t let me…”

“Take him away!”

The bailiff took a hold of the back of Petrov’s right arm and escorted the handcuffed prisoner to the side door of the courtroom.

Judge Katherine D. Ginsburg arose from her place at the bench and exited the courtroom heading to her private chambers.

Upon entering, Judge Ginsburg noticed a man sitting in one of the antique wingback chairs that faced her desk. Without hesitation, the judge walked around to her side of the desk and took a seat.

“Katy, how are you?” the man warmly greeted her. Ivan Vasilchikov was on the plus side of being middle aged, yet was in great physical shape. He wore a custom tailored charcoal gray suit that fit him like a second skin and the touch of gray in his otherwise black hair looked like an advertisement for men’s hair coloring product.

Judge Ginsburg wasn’t into small talk and wasted no time with her curt reply, “Ivan, your payment please.”

Ivan, who usually wouldn’t be uncomfortable after a life of dealing with hardened thugs, squirmed in his seat and adjusted his tie slightly. “Katy, Katy, it is always business with you, relax once in awhile. Look, if we have to talk shop, I’ve got another case I want to present to you.”

“Your payment first,” Katherine pressed.

“Fine. Fine. Always with the money, but what about power? Don’t you have any other ambitions Katy?”

In an act out of character, Judge Ginsburg paused a brief moment and lowered her eyes and head as her cheeks flushed slightly pink. However she quickly recomposed herself and answered firmly, “Mr. Vasilchikov my ambitions are my own affair and I will see to them in good time.”

“Well, when you are ready, the invitation is open,” Ivan smiled wryly. “As for your payment, we agreed to 500 XMR, no?”

“Right, you still have my deposit address on file, correct?”

“Yes ma’am,” Ivan replied as he withdrew his stylus and used it on his phone to open up his wallet app. He clicked a few more times before he looked up saying, “You should be receiving your confirmation shortly.”

A notification sounded on Ginsburg’s phone as the message of funds received showed in a pop up.

“Very well,” Ivan stood up from his seat, “Will that be all then Katy?”

Katherine nodded in the affirmative, “Yes, Mr. Vasilchikov that will be all. You may see yourself out.”

Without another word Ivan swiftly left the private office as quietly as he came in.


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This vignette was inspired by my morning study from which the introductory quote was obtained.

The Latin phrase “Vendere jura potest, emerat ille prius” is used as an explanation for verse 16 from Proverbs chapter 18 which reads:

“A gift opens doors for a man
and brings him before the great.”

Matthew Henry’s commentary on the verse discusses “of what great force gifts (that is, bribes) are” and that “a man’s gift, if he be in prison, may procure his enlargement; there are courtiers, who, if they use their interest even for oppressed innocency, expect to receive a gratuity for it”.

The commentary continues as it discusses to what ends bribes maybe be used to obtain positions of power. “Towards his preferment. It will bring him to sit among great men, in honour and power. See how corrupt the world is when men’s gifts will not do, though ever so great; nay, will gain that for them which they are unworthy of and unfit for; and no wonder that those take bribes in their offices who gave bribes for them”.

The lesson being that anyone who would be willing to bribe their way into a position of power is sure to be willing to take a bribe once they are there. This is not a far stretch from quid pro quo behavior and other slights of justice.

As I part, I leave you with this admonition:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

May you continue your search.


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Atypical Absurdity

“Life may be materially more comfortable, but it’s all just one giant, atemporal, cyclic process” -Venkatesh Rao

Atypical Absurdity

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“Life may be materially more comfortable, but it’s all just one giant, atemporal, cyclic process” -Venkatesh Rao


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If I may take an oblique approach and I do dare say surreptitious, we could circumscribe the categorization of the epitomization beyond falsification.

The obtusion consequentialism is ascertained in the superfluous iteration of verbosity and highfalutin displays of vocabularization.

Rigorous acts of mental flagellation coupled with scintillating recollections derive proffered attempts at intellectualization.

Would the cauterization provide the salve so desperately desired?

May merely mirroring many make more meaning?


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Demonstrably the insipid jealousy emanates from the a priori inability to rationally communicate.

Daydreams and delusions develop ad hoc conclusions.

Abulia abounds as all around arise agape aching to ape.

Pablum ceases to satiate.

Abandon all hope and accept faith.


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What Keeps You Up At Night?

As someone who has long struggled with sleeping, the few moments I do get are precious.