I've been lurking for months, just reading posts...finally decided to join. Looking for 'partners' to collaborate on building something amazing...not that i've got it all figured out, but I do have some very good ideas that i feel are not only valuable, but also timely...to be specific about why i'm here..
first, to find general developers with any of the following skills
databases: neo4j, berkeleydb, cassandra
big-data: hadoop, map/reduce, hdfs, zookeeper
other: jetty, json, p2p, websockets, vbulletin
bonus for experience with bitcoin source code and concepts...
also, for those that care to know, and who might find this interesting, I have COMPLETELY QUIT BANKING! True, true. The only thing I need a bank for is to cash my paycheck every two weeks. I have lived without a bank account now for six months. It's not as easy as it might seem, but just try to do it yourself
my next goal, is to entirely quit ANY fiat currency (i.e. the all-mighty dollar or euro, etc). no joke. some think i'm a fool to even consider such a thing. in fact, most people probably get involved in BitCoin because they think it will be worth more dollars in the future, so they just want to 'make money', without really considering what it is they are saying. now granted, BitCoin is an experimental currency, but as Ghandi said, be the change you wish to see...well i for one am DAMN TIRED of what i see happening in the world of big banks and big government. I've known people that can live completely without money (could provide links if you'd like). i'm not saying i will live without money, i'm just saying i will live completely without fiat currencies. i'll find a way to exist purely through BitCoin--and never touch debt-backed security again!
I know it's a big risk, but I've taken bigger in my past (and fallen hard). and if history is any judge, i'll probably regret my resolve in some ways, but at least i can look at myself in a mirror and know that i didn't just follow the lemmings into the pit. even if i don't end up rich like frank sinatra, at least i can say i did it my way. like the old oakies in grapes of wrath riding their cars westward with signs reading "california or bust", my slogan will be "BitCoin Mainstream or Bust".
But I have been planning. Slowly weaning myself off of the system. Giving up banking was the hardest step--online accounts were so, so nice and convenient. and i can't tell you how much i miss direct deposit every week when i go to cash my check--you know the banks absolutely HATE it when you tell them you don't have an account, you don't want an account, you just want your check cashed. they take your fingerprint, make you present 3 forms of identification, question you how you're going to use the money, etc.,etc...
enough ranting...just want to say that i have some great ideas for bitcoin, and i'm hoping to start some development on some new projects very soon. i'm not sure when i'll quit the dollar for good, but i feel it coming very soon...man, i must be crazy...but i'm just about to the point of no return...may fortune favor the bold! haha