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4421  Other / Off-topic / Re: Road Trip on: December 08, 2013, 03:37:51 AM

PECOS, Texas (AP) — Transportation officials say a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in West Texas has closed a portion of the highway and claimed the life of at least one.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Santos Carrasco Jr., says the pileup occurred Saturday and involved 10 vehicles. He says one person has died but the person's name was not released.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the pileup was due to icy weather conditions on I-10 westbound at mile marker 192. The accident is about 160 miles east of El Paso and four miles east of the Interstate 20 interchange.

Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 285 in Pecos, and some of it into New Mexico.

West Texas and parts of southeastern New Mexico are battling dangerously icy roads and freezing temperatures this weekend thanks to a cold front.

I'll give you three guesses as to where I'm at, and the first two won't count. According to the receptionist, I won the lottery and got the last room in Pecos, TX, and probably the last room in all of West Texas, if not the entire state, sans the southeastern part. She wouldn't even let me use my $45 coupon (weekend rate, otherwise it's $39 Sunday-Thursday), having to paid $95 plus tax. There was no way I was going to recite some law given my options: warm room or Walmart parking lot, of which is filling up fast from what I can see from my warm room window.

I was about 17 miles from the I-10/I-20 split, when the cops diverted all traffic onto HWY 17, heading north to Pecos. Since we were at a crawl for the last 10+ miles, I asked the officer for more info about the detour. He stated it's 30 miles to Pecos, then get on I-20 to get back to I-10. Conditions, I asked, whereupon he replied that I-20 is fine.

After traveling about 2 miles, now on HWY 17, I asked other officer directing traffic basically the same question, for confirmation, realizing that I'm heading north where the ice should be worse, but once again assured that all is fine.

Once in Pecos, I stopped for a large coffee and figured that going 70 miles outta my way of what was originally a 17 mile stretch would only make me lose a little more than an hour driving time, thus no problem, since I was planning on staying at a New Mexico hotel once I crossed the border.

I asked a third officer, that happened to be in the convenience store about the road conditions heading west on I-20 where, he too, stated all was fine. So, off I head, 40 miles to go to hit I-10, again, and get around the accident the first officer informed me about, since I don't have a smartphone, thus outta the loop.

I had no reason to believe that I-10 was closed due to double checking the TDOT website prior to heading out mid-morning. All was clear, with only construction mentioned.

I got to mile market 20 on I-20, and the traffic was at a crawl, but the road was fine. An hour plus later, I traveled exactly 10 miles, but the conditions changed, with a little bit of ice on the road, but the plants, bushes and trees had a strong layer of ice on them. By mile marker 8, the war zone started, and we were all on solid ice, ice that had been on the road since yesterday, not today, for it hadn't rain.

Cars, RVs, semis, etc. were all over the place, many of which were upside down and had to be cut open to free the occupants. By mile marker 4, I figured it best to get off the exit and head back to Pecos and get a room, for I feared I was going nowhere fast. BTW, when I got off, you could no longer see two car lengths in front of you due to the heavy fog, and the sun was still out with temps in the mid-20's, according to my on-board outside thermostat reading.

On the way back, another long wait due to an accident eastbound that wasn't there earlier. I'll be surprised if there's any survivors in the totaled minivan, for there were multiple ambulances on the scene and they didn't seem to be in a hurry to retrieve any victims. I don't know how fast they were going, but the wreckage started at the beginning of bridge, and the minivan was in pieces way past the end of the bridge on the opposite side of the road.

On top of all that, some guy decided to hug the narrow shoulder to jockey for a better position on I-20 around mile marker 12. Luckily, we were all going less than 5 mph when he bumped into my car, taking off a piece of molding, and putting a slight dent in the passenger side. Upon looking at the damage, I let him off the hook, knowing that it'll probably be hours before a police report would be made, and he claimed he didn't have insurance, and I only have liability, thus fuck it. I already decided that I was heading back to Pecos, and this was before the fog set in.

If I hadn't noticed the exit sign a mile prior to where I got off, I may have missed it if I wasn't looking for it due to the thick fog. For the life of me, I don't have a clue as to why more drivers weren't taking my lead and exiting, opting to continue on solid glass and virtually zero visibility. I'm not sure if their smartphones worked out there due to the nearest city being Pecos 35-40 miles back. I had no signal with my Tracfone, thus assuming smartphones wouldn't be that much better.

The internet here in the hotel is poor due to everybody in the hotel using the service, so I'm told by the clerk.

Just checked the temps for Pecos, TX, tonight and it's suppose to be 14o for the low, not getting up past freezing till 11 AM, but with an expected high of 60o late in the afternoon. Ideally, I would love to be in New Mexico by noon to have any chance of getting to Vegas by Tuesday, for I'm still 940 miles away from Vegas, and at 53 I'm only able to put so miles behind me before I get road worry.

I'm about 1,270 miles from home, and leaving for their tomorrow is even a worse option due to the ice being thicker and colder temps expected up north.

I started typing this post over an hour ago, and have yet been able to post it due to slow internet connection.


EDIT: It's 10:25 PM, and I started penning this post about 8, and that's all I've been able to do on the internet due to the slow connection.
4422  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Pilgrim Kālua (theme): First Thanksgiving at Satoshi Forest on: December 07, 2013, 03:14:22 PM

When you get to Vegas, we will have some goodies for you to keep you awake for you ride home.  Kiss

And to think I made an extra sign for this!

4423  Other / Off-topic / Re: While in Las Vegas, I'll be wearing a... on: December 07, 2013, 03:02:53 PM
#respect for you
4424  Economy / Services / Re: Bitcoin 100: Developed Specifically for Non-Profits on: December 07, 2013, 02:56:20 PM
Wrote emails and did phone interviews for this. Hope it came out alright

Did fine, Rassah, but the article didn't mention Thanksgiving at Satoshi Forest.  Cry

Does Mars One qualify for this? It accepts bitcoins now.

No one interested in this venture? I think they are honest, but if no one donates, it will never happen.

Unfortunately, Mars One no longer qualifies due to the fact the Bitcoin 100 allocates endowments to NPOs for the sole purpose of bringing further awareness to Bitcoin proper, albeit we've made an exception with the Bitcoin Documentary crew and perhaps one other entity (taxing my memory on the latter).

That said, and although it's a grey area, I have an idea. Why don't you start a thread for the sole purpose of raising at least $1,000 USD via Bitcoin within the next 30 days? If said goal is reached, Bitcoin 100 will match the first $1,000 USD.

Post in this thread and PM me if you're up to the task.

4425  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [Article] United States dollar almost doubles value in a single day on: December 07, 2013, 02:38:27 PM
Motherfuckers! I've been trying to get my money outta BoA for almost two months now so that I can invested in the covenant dollar, but my withdrawal request is on hold while it's being reviewed. Does anybody know of a better bank that I can put my money in so that the next time the dollar rises I'll be able to be in a better position to buy?

Damn, I wish I was an early adopter, then I would be rich by now. BTW, does anybody have a list of websites that accepts these dollars?

Madness! Utter madness!

4426  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Major Project set to test bitcoins true strengths on Sovereign Tribal Nation on: December 07, 2013, 02:25:35 PM

The plaque outside the Apache Gold Casino declares the $40 million hotel, golf and gambling resort has “helped enable the San Carlos Apache Tribe to give a better quality of life to its tribal members.”

But seven years after the casino opened — and four years after the debut of a glittering new complex — many Apache families still crowd in small apartments or mobile homes.

The reservation’s unemployment rate has climbed from 42 percent in 1991 to 58 percent in 1997, the latest year available. The number of tribal members receiving welfare has jumped 20 percent. And the tribal government still grants home sites without water and sewer connections.

“We get no help from the casino, no money, nothing,” said Pauline Randall, 75, a lifelong resident of San Carlos.

$8 Billion and Little Change

Similar complaints echo across the 1.8 million acre reservation in east Arizona, but they could just as easily be heard on many other Indian reservations across the country that have built casinos in the past decade.

Despite an explosion of Indian gambling revenues — from $100 million in 1988 to $8.26 billion a decade later — an Associated Press computer analysis of federal unemployment, poverty and public assistance records indicates the majority of American Indians have benefited little.

Whether it be Bitcoin, casinos or a the biggest automotive plant in the world, it would not help those truly in need and, at the end of the day, sadly, the tribe would probably be worse off.
4427  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Instawallet claim process on: December 07, 2013, 02:32:22 AM
Nice to see exactly where my claims rate.

I am enjoying the discussion about butt-sex Smiley

Too bad, I'm not a talker

Seriously, I'm near the end of my rope, and am about to raise bloody hell, making my early April posts look like Mother Teresa teaching disabled youths proper bathing habits.

I'll start by asking nicely, for the umpteenth time, who is/was the independent auditor used to conduct the investigation of InstaWallet after the hack(?)?

Bruno Kucinskas
4428  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: December 07, 2013, 02:15:17 AM
Mt.Gox's trading engine at full power now.

That's unfair, the monkey didn't cause the failsafe loop, that was the fat fucking retard Karpeles. Don't insult the monkey, especially that one, hes pretty intelligent...

...or one that can dance, for that matter: (not the Riverdance monkeys)
4429  Economy / Speculation / Re: Bitcoins to crash?? on: December 07, 2013, 02:01:44 AM
Of course, sell all, and run for the hills, tomorrow will be too late.

I'm approaching the Hill Country of Texas. Does that count? I hope the price gets back up prior to the Vegas conference, for my trip is predicated on a higher exchange rate, but not detrimental if such is not the case.

4430  Economy / Games and rounds / Re: The Great Bitfie Giveaway: 1 lucky winner WILL win entire wallet. Seeded w/$100. on: December 07, 2013, 01:49:43 AM
Bitfie is not a scam! Cost only pennies or less to enter, or enter free mimicking the format provided to do such.

4431  Other / Off-topic / Re: Road Trip on: December 07, 2013, 01:39:55 AM
Due to being exhausted and the road condition getting poorer and poorer, I had to get off the road earlier than I desire tonight, staying in Comfort, TX, at exit I-don't-have-a-clue.

Got to CoinTerra late due to having to pen a letter to They had several meetings going on, but did get to speak with cointerra (user on this forum, not sure if he's used his real name yet, hence not including it) and, moreover, aerobatic from the UK who was still at the lab and has a dedicated thread on this forum easing fears about CoinTerra, of which I concur. This fuckin' bunch is for real, albeit them bastards wouldn't pay me a bribe.  Cry Cry Cry

Seriously, I feel damn good about CoinTerra and you miners should strongly consider adding to your farm some of their miners. It looks like everything will be manufactured there in Austin, TX, oppose to outsourcing the various components across the globe, sans the chip, if I'm not mistaken.

I'm still shittin' that big ass steak I ate at Ruth's Chris Steak House with edd last night. Later tonight, I'm going to see if the complimentary lotion I took from Best Western is any count when I conduct my daily market research over at MFC.

Feel free to stop reading if I provide too much information on this epic Road Trip thread.

While headin' south to San Antonio from Austin, I was tuned to some FM Libertarian station of which periodically gave the current exchange rates of gold and silver and...wait for it...Bitcoin. I wish I could recall what station it was, for it even dedicated a couple segments to Bitcoin as to what's currently in the news.

4432  Economy / Services / Re: Bitcoin 100: Developed Specifically for Non-Profits on: December 07, 2013, 01:10:47 AM
Thanks for your help. I notified the charities that they can go ahead and start the process. I'd be totally lost without you  Grin

We gotta figure out what to do with They may be a deserving NPO but, like you, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around them. Perhaps if they didn't use so many adjectives and adverbs, not to mention a shitload of clichés...

Perhaps, ask Sally who they have given grants to recently, along with shedding a tad more light on exactly what they do. What I find ironic is if this entity was several years old, based outta Arkansas and the website hacked together by a Kentuckian, they would have already received an endowment from Bitcoin 100. Not trying to make a funny, but I hope those reading this see my point.

Anybody reading this is welcome to chime in to shed some light on The Nexus Fund. I'm sure they're a deserving bunch, but we currently feel prudent to act on the side of caution while the jury is still out (cliché speak).

Another option is to have Rassah speak to Sally on the phone, and if he feels comfortable after the exchange, he would simply tell her it's a go, then follow through with the endowment once The Nexus Fund embeds, or let her know that a tad more time is needed to consider the endowment if Rassah still has doubts.

Bruno Kucinskas
4433  Economy / Services / Re: Logo Contest - 0.10btc reward on: December 07, 2013, 12:52:43 AM
WOW!!! Two or three of them look damn good.
4434  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: CoinTerra Visit this Friday: Post questions and what pics you desire to ask/see. on: December 06, 2013, 07:42:18 PM
Heading there now, so make sure all your questions are in.
4435  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Inside Bitcoins Dinner Meetup Idea on: December 06, 2013, 07:41:00 PM
WTF, nobody wants to eat goat?
4436  Bitcoin / Meetups / Inside Bitcoins Dinner Meetup Idea on: December 06, 2013, 05:07:05 PM
A group of us go to some restaurant and all order goat. It'll probably be a Greek or Indian restaurant. Either one would work for me, albeit I lean toward the former.


4437  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Inside Bitcoins on: December 06, 2013, 05:04:17 PM
We will be there.  Nathan and Sam will be speaking on the 2nd day  Shocked.

December 11 | 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Bees Brothers: Lessons from Young Bitcoin Entrepreneurs

The sign you requested is in tow, Bees.

Whatever you people do, don't call Mediabistro's phone number. They have a bad habit of answering on the first ring, then a live person handles all your concerns in an appropriate manner. Terrible business model if you ask me.  Roll Eyes

4438  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Ashamed to be a bitcoiner – Bitcoin Expo London on: December 06, 2013, 04:59:34 PM
But then there were the others. Almost like the occupy movement had rolled out of bed after months in a tent, having avoided showers and deodorant, swarming together in a bleary eyed collision of half present minds and merging into a single cloud of overwhelming stench.

Wait till you see what I'm wearing during the Inside Bitcoins (West) conference in Las Vegas.

4439  Other / Off-topic / Re: While in Las Vegas, I'll be wearing a... on: December 06, 2013, 04:56:33 PM
Remember, what I do in Vegas, is for the whole world to see.

4440  Other / Off-topic / Re: Road Trip on: December 06, 2013, 04:55:10 PM
Arrived in Biloxi, MS about 8 PM. On the way there, I keep thinking about a certain female poker room manager that used to work at the Grand Casino, prior to Katrina, named Cecere (misspelled, I think). I opted to only visit the Beau Rivage, and guess who was the first person I ran into? Atlas! Seriously, it was Cecere, for she's now the second shift manager in the poker room at the Beau. Even though I now have a long white beard, she said she knew who I was by my eyes.

She then informed me that a 1-3 NL seat was available, so I figured I might as well get a reduced room rate by logging in a couple hours. The normal rate is $79/night. The poker rate is $79/night. Too bad I didn't do my homework prior to putting in the session. I did happen to squeak out a $78 win, having been down $122 and up $143. Not too bad of a swing for not playing live poker for several years.

Somebody at the table mentioned buying drugs, so I plugged Silk Road to see where that would lead. Sure enough, I was soon holding court, discussing Bitcoin with a table full of drunks. Ironically, all but the dealer was aware of Bitcoin.

Left Biloxi late, and just got to Beaumont, TX. edd called, so I'm having dinner with him Thursday night, probably at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Friday, I'm heading to CoinTerra's office/lab in Austin, TX.


I enjoyed dinner very much, Phinnaeus! Maybe next time you'll let me get a word in edgewise.  Tongue

I let you speak once, but since you veered off-topic, I had to stop you to get back to the subject on hand--goats.
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