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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / Bitcoin Children's Book - Illustrator Wanted on: October 26, 2015, 09:18:38 PM
I’ve just finished writing my “bitcoin children’s book” called The Astonishing Josh-O and His Magical Internet Money. I'm now moving on to the next phase of having it illustrated and making plans for release.  I'm looking for an illustrator as well as some general feedback to gauge interest.

THE STORY

The Astonishing Josh-O and His Magical Internet Money is a story about a young aspiring magician who has almost saved enough money to buy the magic wand of his dreams.  When his father suggests that Josh start taking his allowance in Bitcoin, Josh is thrilled to learn about a new, “magic” form of money… until he realizes that the magic shop doesn’t accept it.  In fact, it seems like almost no one does.  Josh must determine if he wants to keep getting his allowance in Bitcoin or buy his wand… or maybe there’s a way for him to do both (without just selling Bitcoin)?

WHO I’M LOOKING FOR

An imaginative illustrator, ideally someone from this community who shares a passion for Bitcoin. If you or someone you know is interested, I’d love to talk to you about it.  Please have some form of portfolio or prior work, but you do not need to have professional illustrator experience.  There are 38 pages to illustrate and compensation is negotiable.

GENERAL QUESTIONS FOR THIS COMMUNITY

Crowdfunding / Pre-sales - Would you be interested in crowdfunding or pre-purchasing a copy of the book? I’m going to make it regardless, but it would be great to get feedback to see if people would be supportive of crowdfunding or pre-sales.

Tokens - If I do a pre-sale, would people be interested in buying a token and redeeming it using the Tokenly system from Let’s Talk Bitcoin?

“Easter Eggs” - I intend to have surprises in most of the illustrations that may range from hidden QR codes that lead to a puzzle or hidden references to Bitcoin’s history.  Are there any ideas that jump out as being compelling “Easter eggs” in the illustrations?


WHO I AM

My name is CC and I created a company called Altanimus and have been working on a variety of creative projects that include comics, podcasts, illustrations, a collaborative coloring project, and recently a children’s book called How to Keep Your Helicopter (which can be purchased with Bitcoin on our site. Also available on Amazon). I’ve been obsessed with Bitcoin since 2011 and am exciting to start integrating cryptocurrency more and more into some of the projects I’m working on.

QUESTIONS

What questions do you have for me?  If anyone has suggestions or wants to become more active in this project, I’m open to suggestions!
2  Bitcoin / Project Development / Social Experiment: Bitcoin & Kiva on: February 14, 2014, 02:48:48 AM
Social Experiment: Bitcoin & Kiva

I just posted this idea for an experiment earlier today and wanted to share it here as well:
http://www.ccpearce.com/crypto/social-experiment-kiva-bitcoin

Would love feedback or any suggestions to improve the idea!

Text from that blog entry that I linked to is below:



Proposal: To fund individuals with $25 Kiva credits through the donations of Bitcoin - people giving to people so they can finance other people.

Goals: 1) To raise awareness of both Kiva.org and Bitcoin through a (hopefully exciting) social experiment, and 2) to serve as an example for why charitable and financial services may benefit from directly accepting cryptocurrency.

For those who are unfamiliar, Bitcoin is a digital cryptocurrency and payment network, and Kiva.org is a non-profit organization that works to alleviate poverty around the world through financing micro-loans. Both Bitcoin and Kiva have the potential to drastically reform economic disparity around the world through financially empowering individuals.

When you lend money to a group or individual on Kiva, you aren't donating, you're lending. You're empowering someone who has a business plan and needs the capital to get it started. It's a 0% loan, so you're not making a profit (no for-profit organization can compete in this space), and the small business pays it back without the burden of interest. As the loans are repaid, your Kiva balance increases and you can lend your money again. Rather than a one-time donation to a charity (and there's nothing wrong with that), you are creating a positive feedback loop of financial empowerment.


THE CHALLENGE


Despite the harmonious potential of the disruptive forces of Bitcoin and Kiva, there is currently no simple way to participate in Kiva's online lending directly with the use of cryptocurrency.

I have been in communications with a representative at Kiva regarding the acceptance of Bitcoin as a payment option. Currently Kiva uses PayPal as their payment processor and I have been informed that PayPal is not charging Kiva for payment processing. My first argument for merchants to accept Bitcoin is to reduce the fees of payment processors, but as this is not a factor, there is understandably less of a motivation to adopt.

My most recent suggestion to Kiva was to add a donation button to the Kiva website for people who wanted to simply make a gesture and support the overhead of their company. The representative told me she would discuss it with their team, which I truly hope she will do.

But what if we could show Kiva the enormous potential of something as simple as a Bitcoin donation button? And what if we started today?


THE INSPIRATION


As I am hugely enthusiastic about Kiva as an institution, I made a Facebook post earlier today saying that I would give $25 Kiva credit to the first 10 people who commented on it.  I was excited to share the power of Kiva with friends, but I found a different level of enthusiasm after reading two comments from people who were not looking to receive any Kiva credit. One person commented that she would match the donations and another couple offered to contribute $100 to keep it going.

That is very powerful. My little bit of excitement and effort is now worth more than twice as much as I had offered to share. In a few hours, $250 became $600... and that all goes to people who will now be able to engage in the this financial positive feedback loop.


THE EXPERIMENT


I want to take that enthusiasm and altruism even further by offering to serve as a bridge between 1) people who want to use Bitcoin for the purpose of funding micro-loans with Kiva, and 2) people who are interested in trying Kiva for the first time and experiencing how important that actually is.

Bitcoiners who want to give to Kiva, you can donate to the following address:
1B4yoJ7e4DpBryCjHEtNz6NAU5K6SV8zYo

People who want to receive their first $25 Kiva credit, just post a comment on this Facebook thread and I will add you to the list. If your email or facebook email (@facebook.com address) is public, I will send the credit to that address. Otherwise, you will need to either post the address that you would like to have receive the credit, or send me a message.

Commenters will be credited in the order in which they comment, provided there are Bitcoin donations to fund the next person(s) on the list. I will send the Kiva credits once a day through the end of February, and then will most likely change to a weekly schedule (depending on how the experiment goes).

All the bitcoin transactions to the address can be easily verified and I will keep a public google spreadsheet of all credits that are being donated. I will use the 24 hour bitcoin average price when converting BTC to USD and withdraw the amount converted at that time.  You can click this link to view the Google Spreadsheet for the public record of the social experiment.
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / WTS 5,000,000 NXT - Initial Sales at a Discount to Market Price on: November 25, 2013, 04:19:24 AM
I'm selling 5,000,000 NXT and the price of the first 250,000 NXT is 20% cheaper than the current market price.  The prices I will charge for NXT are laid out in the following Google Document and will gradually increase as my supply decreases.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvdOna5wsG2RdDZ4M2R6WHRHczVHVHdUWnRGOWo3NXc&usp=sharing

The process is very simple.  All you need to do is send BTC for the amount of NXT you want to purchase to this address and include a "public note" of your NXT address.  Send the BTC to this address:
16bE9DcVfzYFigDcvQ8zR4xj43pSRShdou

Orders will be processed in the order they are received.  I recommend that you check the balance of the address so you will know how much NXT has already been bought before you make your purchase.  This corresponds with the "Total Balance of Wallet <= This Value @ This Traunch" column in my spreadsheet.
https://blockchain.info/address/16bE9DcVfzYFigDcvQ8zR4xj43pSRShdou

To limit your risk to me as a counter-party for the transaction, I suggest sending no more than 0.25 BTC at a time and waiting until you have received your NXT before purchasing more.

Please post confirmation when you receive your NXT.

Excited to be involved in what is already becoming a great community!
4  Other / Off-topic / Satoshi - Comedy Adventure on: September 30, 2013, 01:34:53 PM
I recently made a comedy adventure series called The State of Us which I will shamelessly link to here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa-6a0lkjn7TnBN0AZu9tzkwVykzxOuGm

For my next production I'm dying to do something Bitcoin-related, but I'd like to make something that is accessible and not technical in nature.  Would there be any interest in seeing a comedy adventure starring Satoshi?  Or perhaps a buddy-cop comedy of FBI agents trying to track him down?  Maybe just a couple of computer science majors who started mining early and are now rich, possibly awkward, socialites.

Would love to hear any ideas or input people might have... but I really do want to try to take a comedic angle rather than a mystery or drama.  I'll leave those angles to the major studios.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Freicoin: Demurrage Implementation on: April 05, 2013, 03:39:51 PM
Does anyone know how the Freicoin demurrage will be implemented?  Is the 4.89% an annual tax at a set time?  Or is it a year from the time the coins are received?  Something else?

If it's annual, coins will become a little less valuable prior to the collection.  If it is from the time the coins are received, it would still be easy to evade the tax by trading coins in and out of you wallet.

I've thought of some other versions of how it's implemented, but they all seem to have some flaws... but I'm not against the idea of demurrage either.  It is an interesting approach to distinguish the currency and try to support the idea of a transactional currency.  Anyone have any insights?
6  Bitcoin / Project Development / Announcing the Bitcoin Hedge Fund on: June 24, 2011, 04:49:48 AM
Announcing the launch of the Bitcoin Hedge Fund -- http://bitcoinhedgefund.com/

Beginning June 24 the Bitcoin Hedge Fund will begin to accept deposits! All transactions in and out of the fund will be entirely in BTC and are intended for long-term capital appreciation.  Please see the site for information on how to invest.

If you're looking for a way to stabilize your income from the volatility of currency exchanges, this is a perfect opportunity.  Once your BTC is finally available from the frozen MtGox accounts, consider making an investment in the Bitcoin Hedge Fund.

Email any questions to cc@bitcoinhedgefund.com

From the "How It Works" page:

Bitcoin Hedge Fund respects the anonymity of the Bitcoin community and investors will not be asked for any identity-sharing information, simply an alias and a withdrawal address.  As the legality of this operation remains in a grey area, we will allow the individual investors to decide for themselves how they will report their earnings, but we will supply the information and paperwork necessary to inform your decisions.

Due to the lack of clearly-defined laws regarding our hedge fund, we want to keep the total assets relatively small so we are capping the maximum investment for each investor and the number of investors.  If legislative action makes the Bitcoin Hedge Fund inoperable, all funds will be liquidated, converted to BTC, and sent to the withdrawal address that we have on file.

NOTE: We know that investors can easily get around our maximum investment by creating another email address and wallet, but we recommend that you don’t do this to mitigate your own risk to the process. If you want to deposit more than $1000, please email cc@bitcoinhedgefund.com and we can discuss other options.

Because of the volatility of BTC, we are still choosing to measure our investments and growth in $USD.  At the time of your initial deposit we will exchange BTC for $USD, you may choose to have the trade executed at the current market price or set a limit order.

Our initial offering to the Bitcoin Hedge Fund is limited to 200 investors as we test the logistics of these operations. We will plan to have a second offering to investors in the fall and a third offering in the beginning of 2012 as we scale our operations up.

Initial offering:
Minimum investment = $100
Maximum investment = $1000
Maximum # of investors = 200

Deposits made before August 1, 2011 will be held for 90 days before they are eligible to be withdrawn. Deposits made between August 1, 2011 and September 1, 2011 will be held for 45 days before they are eligible to be withdrawn. Any deposits made October 1, 2001 or later will be held for 21 days before they are eligible to be withdrawn. These rules are intact simply for the purposes of maintaining stability and liquidity.

Fees:
There will be no management fees through 2011. A small management fee may be initiated in 2012 (with prior notification) of up to 1%. There is no front-load fee, but there will be a back-load fee of 2%.


7  Bitcoin / Mining / RPC Miner CPU Help on: June 11, 2011, 12:04:08 AM
I have read all the beginner threads and tried to troubleshoot how to get the RPC Miner (CPU) to work for hours, but I still don't understand where I change my parameters.  I've ordered a GPU, but wanted to CPU mine until it arrives.

The message I keep getting is the following:

Could not retrieve work from RPC server.
CURL return value = 7


I don't see where I change the parameters to join my mining pool. Had no trouble getting miners to work on my Mac, but I'm a bit rusty when it comes to a PC. Can anyone please help?
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