There have been several attempts at creating an online-only currency, but they’ve never really taken off. The oldest electronic currency was e-gold, which took off in 1996 but is no longer an active currency. Digital Monetary Trust, 1999’s attempt, is similarly offline. To be fair, Ripple, Ven, Litecoin, Peercoin and Namecoin are all still around. Even if you’ve never heard of them. Bitcoin, however, has taken off in a big way recently.Read the rest at TheBlot.
This week is Asexual Awareness Week, I keep seeing posts on the internet, mostlyTumblr, about how a lot of Asexuals felt like they were “broken” before they learned of the more clinical term, and of the supportive online community. The Asexual Visibility campaign has been gaining a lot of traction. Seems like every few weeks there’s another article somewhere about it. Which is cool. More people knowing about it means fewer people think that they’re “broken”. Trust me, I’ve been there and it sucks. Read the rest at Issues of Humanity.
- Asexual Identification, Masochism, and Self-Harm (theacetheist.wordpress.com)
- A (very) brief guide to asexuality (theconfusedramblingsofasociallyawkwardteen.wordpress.com)
- How to Throw an Awesome Asexual Coming Out Party (dontkidnaptheprincess.wordpress.com)
- I Am Not Your Sex Cheerleader (asexualagenda.wordpress.com)
When it comes to getting new work out there, it has traditionally been a painful process. Have a book? Gotta get an agent, and then you have to find a publisher willing to take you on. Have an invention you want to mass-market? Good luck finding a company willing to work with you and not just steam-roll over your idea.
The world has always been a place for corporations. Entrepreneurs and small-time companies barely make a profit and always have a small audience.
The Internet, of course, has changed all that. You can now crowdfund everything. It started with Kickstarter, which was mostly a way for artists to get funding for projects no sane company would ever touch. They were too risky. But lately, even start-up tech companies have begun to use the crowdsourcing model, either by crowdsourcing their investors or crowdfunding the R&D. Read the rest at TheBlot.
The following is a blog post by John Burman about theCrowdfunding Your Vision: How to Achieve the Results You Want panel at 2013′s New York Comic Con. While the focus was on comics, the panel did a good job of being as broad as possible, because all the advice can easily be adapted for any purpose. Read the rest at examiner.com
If you’ve never been to a comic convention before, well, it’s pretty much the nerd version of a music festival with a side of Halloween.
There was a sign, mocked up by the actual humans who run the convention, that read “NYCC: The Largest Insane Asylum on the East Coast.” That title is scarily accurate if you look at it from the outside. Read the rest at TheBlot.
“When I talked to Rich at NYCC this weekend, we were coming up with some ideas for some things I could write for the site, and he mentioned wanting someone to cover Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I already watch the show, so it was kind of a no brainer. I figured, since I watch it and yell at the TV anyway, I might as well write down some stuff. Not like it’d be infringing upon some free time or anything.”
I’m live blogging this season for BleedingCool. Catch it live on Tuesday nights at 8pm.