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Question: Are you obsessed by the bitcoin project ?
Totally.  Ever since I've heard about this stuff, it's like I entered a religion or something - 123 (48.2%)
Yes, I check the MtGox rates every 10 minutes, as well as twiter feeds and stuffs like that - 46 (18%)
Yes, I check the progress of the project way too much. - 79 (31%)
No,  I only check bitcoin related websites once a week or less - 7 (2.7%)
Not at all, I don't even know what I am doing here... - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 254

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May 16, 2011, 12:40:28 AM
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I answered 'Totally'

Somehow I wonder if I'll ever manage to free my mind from this whole project.
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May 16, 2011, 12:45:50 AM
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i don't even sleep anymore
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May 16, 2011, 01:04:58 AM
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Somehow I wonder if I'll ever manage to free my mind from this whole project.
You’re not alone. Bitcoin is way too exciting. Angry

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May 16, 2011, 01:16:25 AM
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I discovered Bitcoins about six weeks ago and curse the fates that had previously obscured them from me every day. It takes me about two hours to drive the bitcoin related thoughts from my head enough so that I can doze off for a couple of hours each night, but they make their way back in and wake me well before my alarm goes off.

My co-workers must think I'm doing drugs because I'm constantly sneaking off to check my email notifications, the current rate of exchange, any bitcoin related news, recent forum posts, etc. I'm fantasizing about new areas of business that I might venture into, as well as growing my current intrerests. Every piece of news I come across makes me think, "How will this affect the bitcoin market?" followed immediately by, "How else can I acquire bitcoins? What hasn't been thought of, yet?"

If I was a psychologist, I'd be tempted to write a paper on this.

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May 16, 2011, 01:19:03 AM
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I'm obsessed and euphoric. After giving it some thought, I think it is inevitable that Bitcoin will carry the day and bring down the banksters. It's exciting to watch it in real time.
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May 16, 2011, 01:23:37 AM
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My job is about letting people exchange bitcoins, what else can I say? Wink

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May 16, 2011, 01:32:19 AM
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the psychological papers have already been written. the (nonscientific but still interesting) classic is of course http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Popular-Delusions-Madness-Crowds/dp/051788433X. i don't mean that reference to suggest that everyone using bitcoin is deluded, but you might consider whether obsession is rational and what opportunity costs you incur as a result. the public is inclined to be less obsessive than the early adopters, of course.

but i agree that the technology is fascinating. the sociopolitical dynamics of the phenomenon are interesting as well, particularly the marketing of the technology by 'satoshi' as libertarian (which, when you review his original messages on the cypherpunks mailing list, was intentional and strategic). that could have gone very differently and was managed very well in order to appeal to one group of people who could serve as early adopters.
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May 16, 2011, 01:56:08 AM
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My job is about letting people exchange bitcoins, what else can I say? Wink

Yeah, but you just bought and let it sit there  Tongue

When do we get MtGox 2.0?

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May 16, 2011, 02:02:59 AM
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When I decided I will start bitcointournament.com I haven't spent a day without being totaly concerned about bitcoins. Only one day did I not check the exchange rate and that was because I was on a feild trip untill 9 pm and I got a new gpu.
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May 16, 2011, 02:10:22 AM
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the psychological papers have already been written. the (nonscientific but still interesting) classic is of course http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Popular-Delusions-Madness-Crowds/dp/051788433X. i don't mean that reference to suggest that everyone using bitcoin is deluded, but you might consider whether obsession is rational and what opportunity costs you incur as a result. the public is inclined to be less obsessive than the early adopters, of course.

but i agree that the technology is fascinating. the sociopolitical dynamics of the phenomenon are interesting as well, particularly the marketing of the technology by 'satoshi' as libertarian (which, when you review his original messages on the cypherpunks mailing list, was intentional and strategic). that could have gone very differently and was managed very well in order to appeal to one group of people who could serve as early adopters.

I wonder what opportunity costs you incur as a result of posting on this forum.
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May 16, 2011, 02:34:44 AM
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you mean me personally? not much yet. this is my tenth post!

if you mean the generic 'you', i'm not a hyper-rationalist. the forum's social, and that's fine. it doesn't need to be obviously productive.

obsessive checking of prices that you don't intend immediately to trade upon, though, is probably counterproductive. that is, it is probably worse than a waste of time. i say that knowing that it won't change anyone's behaviour, for obsessive forces are strong, as i am all too well aware personally.
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May 16, 2011, 02:47:13 AM
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you mean me personally? not much yet. this is my tenth post!

I don't mean the generic you. Your posts suggest more reading than posting, and you only post in certain discussions. Also, your posts have a common theme. Do you agree?
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May 16, 2011, 02:51:09 AM
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My job is about letting people exchange bitcoins, what else can I say? Wink

Yeah, but you just bought and let it sit there  Tongue

When do we get MtGox 2.0?

I have seen new features added such as Dwolla and API related stuff.  Also I can imagine just the growth and dealing with the DDOS attacks has kept Tux busy. 

I would like to see more shopping cart interfaces to mtgox, though that does not necessarily fall into mtgox's responsibility to implement them. 

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May 16, 2011, 02:54:42 AM
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yes, more reading than posting would be a good rule for everyone, wouldn't it?

and surely everyone posts only in certain discussions. i wasn't aware i had a common 'theme', but i haven't thought much about it. i've posted in some technical discussions, some economic ones, and some frivolous ones. how many more could i have done? the pigeonhole principle would shortly get in the way!

maybe we need some wordsworth in this discussion:

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
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May 16, 2011, 03:28:20 AM
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yes, more reading than posting would be a good rule for everyone, wouldn't it?

Indeed.

and surely everyone posts only in certain discussions. i wasn't aware i had a common 'theme', but i haven't thought much about it. i've posted in some technical discussions, some economic ones, and some frivolous ones. how many more could i have done? the pigeonhole principle would shortly get in the way!


Ahh, it wasn't the location of your posts that lead me to such a conclusion, it was the content.

maybe we need some wordsworth in this discussion:

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

Very nice.

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Alas, it can never be.
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May 16, 2011, 03:35:35 AM
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My job is about letting people exchange bitcoins, what else can I say? Wink

Yeah, but you just bought and let it sit there  Tongue

When do we get MtGox 2.0?

I have seen new features added such as Dwolla and API related stuff.  Also I can imagine just the growth and dealing with the DDOS attacks has kept Tux busy. 

I would like to see more shopping cart interfaces to mtgox, though that does not necessarily fall into mtgox's responsibility to implement them. 

I has half serious half sarcastic. I know he's been busy and is adding important things. I just want it to be faster, prettier and cleaner working. 

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May 16, 2011, 05:20:57 AM
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the psychological papers have already been written. the (nonscientific but still interesting) classic is of course http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Popular-Delusions-Madness-Crowds/dp/051788433X. i don't mean that reference to suggest that everyone using bitcoin is deluded, but you might consider whether obsession is rational and what opportunity costs you incur as a result. the public is inclined to be less obsessive than the early adopters, of course.

but i agree that the technology is fascinating. the sociopolitical dynamics of the phenomenon are interesting as well, particularly the marketing of the technology by 'satoshi' as libertarian (which, when you review his original messages on the cypherpunks mailing list, was intentional and strategic). that could have gone very differently and was managed very well in order to appeal to one group of people who could serve as early adopters.

You make it sound like it was planned, or managed even.

What if it was just organic, inevitable even, that something like this would be a product of thinkers like these?

Rational is as rational does.

Not sure how the euphoria fits in here but the euphoria of scientific discoveries and engineering "IT WORKS" moments, is just as intoxicating as the euphoria of making money off a bubble, unfounded or otherwise.

Roll the two together and you got a heady brew!

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May 16, 2011, 05:25:05 AM
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You make it sound like it was planned, or managed even.

satoshi's early messages to cypherpunks are informative. there was a discussion of how bitcoin could be marketed to libertarians there, compared to alternatives (e.g., ones that relied on altrustically motivated groups).
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