I will do this!
Hi guys, I'm PLATO. I love this idea, and it dovetails nicely with a project I've been working on, called Subverse. It's in preliminary stages still... you can see some basic placeholder stuff that I've coded so far at subverse.info
. To sum the project up - there are thousands of websites who are trying to fix the world by educating the people (infowars.com
, and cryptogon.com
to name a few of the best.) So far, these sites don't talk to each other - infowars users may well be unaware that mediamonarchy exists and vice versa. Subverse will be a unifying context of these independent media sources; a way to link them all together so anyone who wants to understand what's actually
going on and how to fix it can look in one place.
All of these websites have interesting people working behind the scenes. I have been considering leaving my apartment and road tripping across the US, to meet all these subversives face to face. Doing it entirely on bitcoins makes this idea even sexier! I'm unemployed and am looking for patronage to make this idea a reality; now that bitcoins are around, this would totally work through micropatronage. ("Patronage" being the centuries-old idea that someone with money pays an artist's living wage so they can create their art; micropatronage meaning that if a bunch of people each send me a single bitcoin, I will be able to feed myself, run this site, and change the world.)
I'll chronicle my adventures in a blog as I travel, using a laptop and 3G tethered cell. While I'm not actually driving, I will be working on this Subverse project. My (empty so far) blog is located at therealplato.com
, and my twitter feed is at twitter.com/therealplato
I intend on couch surfing and camping for most of the trip, so the only things I will need to pay for are a 3G cell connection, gasoline, car repairs, and food.
My car gets about 15 miles to the gallon; it's about 2000 miles from east to west coast, gas is about $4/gallon, and bitcoins are currently about $.9/btc. The math works out to somewhere around 600 bitcoins for those 2000 miles. Food will probably run me 250ish BTC/mo, car repairs will hopefully be zero, and a cell connection will be something like 65 BTC/mo. I'll set up a counter on my blog showing my current bitcoin balance, along with histories of everything I buy with bitcoins.
At a minimum, I will need to garner enough support that I can find people every couple hundred miles who are willing to trade me gasoline for bitcoins. I have a couple hundred bitcoins of my own that I will spend initially; hopefully by the time those run out, more people will be willing to be my patrons.
[edit: I would love to stop by universities or other venues and speak about my experiences, as I travel past them!]