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Bitcoin On It’s Way To Becoming World Standard Currency

Published on March 31, 2013, by in Money.

 

I had heard of Bitcoins probably 2 years ago. I read up about it and it’s advantages while the US economy tanked and the big banks received bail outs instead of the people who we’re losing their homes. I thought it sounded like a pretty good idea at the time a digital currency not controlled by anyone or any one government. I thought about using it myself. I guess I was too busy making ends meet to really look into it. If only I had known how much and how quickly it’s price would soar. As I write this today the price to exchange a US Dollar for 1 Bitcoin is 93:1. Not 93 Bitcoins for 1 US Dollar but the reverse. It really does cost over $90 to purchase a single bit coin!

Other titles I thought about using for this article include

  1. Bitcoins Become Black Swan Reality”
  2. “Bitcoins: I Don’t Understand Money Anymore!”
  3. “Bitcoins Now and Then; The Story Of The $930,000 Pizza”

Interesting History: This makes ” Laszlo Hanyecz’s 10,000 Bitcoin Pizza” now an unprecedented $930,000 Pizza. Pretty good profit on 2 large cheese pizzas with toppings. This amount only works retroactively of course. Let’s hope the English gentlemen who traded an internet order of pizza saved those Bitcoins for a rainy day. Someone tell him today it’s raining!

10000 Bitcoin Pizza

In case you are wondering how much 10,000 Bitcoins we’re back then it seems to be about $41.

“10,000… Thats quite a bit.. you could sell those on https://www.bitcoinmarket.com/ for $41USD right now.. 
good luck on getting your free pizza. Source:https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=137.msg1195#msg1195

Those are just cheesy facts right? (God sorry for that awful pun but I just had to) It’s not like a pizza bought on May 22nd, 2010 in Jacksonville Florida would have ANY bearing or relation to a real world crisis 3 years later… Events say; like the fall of Cyprus right? Right? I have a suggestion; sit down for this next part.

Recent events suggest that many of the people who are using Bitcoin don’t want a re-iteration of these old models. Much of the new interest in Bitcoin is coming from places like Cyprus whose desperate proposals for economic reform threaten to plunder the savings of its people.

Take what happened on 19 March, for example. In its bargaining for a 10 billion Euro bailout from its European lenders, the Cypriot government instituted a bank holiday (which did not end until 28 March) as it considered economic reforms that would impose severe levies on many bank deposits. As the situation became more chaotic, Cypriots who found themselves suddenly cut off from their savings accounts began downloading Bitcoin iphone apps.

That day, downloads of Bitcoin Gold, an application that tracks the exchange rate of Bitcoin, soared, going from the 1171st most popular finance-related download to 104th. Without access to their money, it’s unlikely that many Cypriots were able to buy Bitcoins at that time. But interest in the currency peaked in other countries as well. Spain, which has kept a close eye on the developments in Cyprus showed a similar spike on 17 March and downloads in the U.S. jumped three days later, indicating that when government currencies fray, Bitcoin begins to look a little more like a safe haven and a little less like a crazy techno-utopian experiment. Source: Bitcoin Hits $1 Billion

To put this into some kind of real world perspective I have to point out that market crashes are not impossible, especially when viewed globally instead of locally. Even in the US  Bank runs have happened in the past. What’s different this time around is what people are seeking out as their alternative. Normally it would have been Gold and Silver. Traditionally precious metals have been the place to hoard ones money during an economic/regime/government/way of life meltdown. So why would anyone turn to Bitcoins? Is it just a new tech-fad, some new age idea that caught fire? Could there be some advantages? Consider this:

  • Bitcoins are a weird mix of public and private. Making it hard to attach Wallet A with real Person B from an outside (investigator) perspective. This can be a good thing when your country is collapsing and bankers are levying a 10-40% tax on savings.
  • You don’t have to carry a Bitcoin on you personally after all it is a digital currency. So it’s harder to steal or confiscate. History note: As Americans and other tourists fled Cuba while Fidel Castro’s revolution took over the country armed guards would search citizens and their luggage before being allowed to leave the country. All watches, rings, jewelry, gold, silver, diamonds and anything of obvious value we’re confiscated. If a similiar event happens would you rather be carrying 100 ounces of silver or have those Bitcoins held in an anonymous digital wallet only you could access?
  • Many online shops now accept Bitcoins making Bitcoins easier to spend than Gold. Real world shops carry them too, even a restaurant in Orlando FL is will accept Bitcoins.
  • It’s easier to transfer to your bank account than physical gold. You can exchange and deposit Bitcoins directly into your bank account in less than 24 hours (source: https://bitpay.com/ and https://mtgox.com/)

 So how long until it’s the world Standard Currency and we’re all trading in Bitcoins?

It took the devastation of Europe and the victory of Allied forces in World War 2 for American Dollars to become the unofficial world currency. People we’re willing to trust in American Currency because they we’re willing to invest (aka bet) on Americas future. Aside from Pearl Harbor American soil remained largely untouched. It’s factories stayed up and running and didn’t have to be rebuilt from bombings. Fields could be plowed and harvested without first being de-mined.

Money always moves someplace “safer”, especially when people have reason to panic. When the markets are up and the future is shining so bright that everyone thinks the sky is the limit, people are not as concerned with the safety of their current methods. After all it must be working right? But is the future shining on American and European markets today? Some say the crash isn’t over yet. It’s times like these that money will go where investors feel most assured. Bitcoins now appear to be a mixture of safety, liquidity and even growth.

But wait you say, what about the merchants? what about Amazon and Apple? What about my local Grocery store? When can I spend my Bitcoins there!? Saving and investing in Bitcoins is great and exchanging those Bitcoins to Dollars is well and good; but when can I spend it locally and directly?

Reddit now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option

Just give it a little more time,

David Bud Leiser

www.budleiser.com

 

Want to know more about Bitcoin? I recommend Wired magazines “The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin”

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Ouya Sandtrap

Published on March 31, 2013, by in Game Design.

Ouya Interview

So in this video interview we really get to see the Ouya interface and “Discover” which is the Ouya store. In it (and at the bottom no less) is a place where all games must start called the “Sandbox”. Your game is “stuck” in there until enough people play your game and you become ejected into the Genres categories.

1st Thought: Oh god why did you call it Sandbox? You know everyone is now going to refer to it as Sandtrap right? “Hey has your game made any money?” “Nah not yet, we’re still stuck in the SANDTRAP!”

2nd Thought: I hate the part where she says “This is great for developers because it uh…….encourages them to really promote their game. ” Hey I love the Ouya I love what their doing. But that line is dicey as F%$!@. What you really just said was the opposite of great for developers. Let me translate “This is the hell which your game will be stuck until you promote your game yourself because until you get unstuck we are not going to promote it for you“…..yaaaaa sounds greeeaaaat.

3rd Thought: Their menu’s are not “minimalist” their crap. When your in the store the word Discover is covering almost half the screen. If you really designed a “minimalist” style then we would see something with a nice font and it would have more room to see more games. Without that giant useless word you could fit another row of titles in there. This lady sure knows how to spins words though. Good job.

In  the interview we catch glimpses of a few different games. The Punch Out rip off I mean inspired by game looks pretty interesting. It’s got a fantasy theme going on where you are boxing with Orcs and Lizardmen. I haven’t played the game but it looks cool in this video. I noticed the other games they showcased we’re all Pixel Art style. Which is kind of a letdown. I like the idea of “retro” games and “indie” games but it doesn’t have to always be done with retro art.

Still i’m super excited about the Ouya and what this means for the future. I can’t wait to design games for it. I just wanted to share this link and talk about it as soon I saw it. Enjoy!

David Bud Leiser

www.budleiser.com

 

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Happy ‘Zombie Jesus’ Day!

Published on March 30, 2013, by in Personal.

40 Easter Bunnies more terrifying than a crucified man coming back from the dead.

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Don’t Starve – Houston we have a problem?

Published on March 27, 2013, by in Games.

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So this is my 2nd try on this world. I died day 10 to a very fast spider. Do you notice my problem? In case you can’t tell I worm hole jumped ahead because I already scouted all the coastlines bottom left. It’s day 10 and I’m still looking for……

ROCKS! There are no rock terrains in this world and I’ve been exploring for 10+10 days! I gathered enough pebbles to build 2 campfires and 2 Science Machines. But I don’t have enough gold to build a single Alchemy Machine!

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Whale Sharking!

Published on March 27, 2013, by in Travel.
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http://commonly.cc/ Making game assets open source

So here is a site that caught my eye for multiple reasons.

http://commonly.cc/

commonlyCC

 

  1. I am always on the lookout for sites with cheap/free assets for Game Design. Music, sprites, SFX, and artwork. This site has it all. 
  2. They are against Internet Monopoly also known as “anti-piracy” acts like SOPA, ACTA, CISPA. These bills are very very bad for humanity. The internet is the most content rich free education and market in the world. These bills would turn it over into the hands of a select few media corporations.
  3. I had a related idea so I’m pleased to see they did it. They raised $1000 collectively to turn over a group of game assets from copyrighted to public domain.

On the website you can find sound tracks, isometric forest terrain, 50 unity particle shape effects, Bomberman sprite sheets and more. All in nice, neat, tidy little zip files for easy download. So check it out.

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Royalty Free Music – Japanese

I am open to collaborative revenu share with programmers and artists to make new games for PC, Iphone, Android, and Ouya.

 

My latest project has a Ninja/Japanese theme in an alternate world. I’m at the point where I begin looking for all the songs and sound effects I will need. Thankfully my friend Takayuki helped me when I requested some Japanese sites that have royalty free music.

http://amachamusic.chagasi.com/image_shissoukan.html

http://en.shw.in/sozai/japan.php

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Don’t Starve : I’m addicted. Here are some tips.

Published on March 26, 2013, by in Games.

Don’t Starve


This game is entirely  too addictive. Could this be the next Minecraft? Where Minecraft let’s you respawn and build whatever you want in a very 3 Dimensional space. Don’t Starve is all about survival. You are constantly on a search for more food, weapons, and ways to keep your sanity. Permadeath is in full effect. You die it’s all gone everything your camps, your advancements; heck the entire world resets. You have 3 options retry in the same world, generate a new one or give up and quit. That kind of letdown or drawback could turn off most gamers. It’s the most annoying “feature” in my opinion. Yet could that emotional roller coaster be the key to it’s addictive play?

Everything you do matters. Damage isn’t permanent but it doesn’t heal on it’s own either. This gives a “real world” feel to every action you take. Makes you weary of the unknown and avoid fights not just ones you think you can win but fighting altogether unless necessary. Better to set traps, or trick them into chasing you near some neutral creeps who can do the fighting for you. This world is harsh though nothing is on your side, everything is out to kill you. Some are more aggressive than others though.

Here’s some tips for New Players

  • You are going to need an axe and pick first. Find some twigs and flint. Open the crafting menu on the left and make one of each. 
  • Once you have an axe in your toolbar along the bottom right click to equip it. Now you can cut down trees
  • Harvest grass and logs (by cutting down trees with your axe) until you have enough to build a campfire. Don’t build one yet; but always, always have enough grass and wood on you to make a campfire. If you don’t have a fire at night to keep the monsters away you will die.
  • Now wander around collecting berries, carrots, grass, twigs and flint. Get to know your surroundings. If you get a bit lost you can press TAB or click on the map bottom right. Berry bushes and grass talks will replenish over time. So use the map to find your way back to these when you need them.
  • Look top right you will see a sundial, the closest thing you are going to get to a real clock. The red area is dusk, when this comes it’s you don’t need a camp fire yet but you better start gathering wood if you don’t have enough already.
  • Build your campfire just before night (the darkest part of the sun dial) You need to drop more wood from your toolbar to the fire  to keep it going. Don’t pile on too much unless you want to start a forest fire. (Later you will do this on purpose to make coal but best to avoid it until you learn the game)
  • If you have any berries, rabbit meat or carrots now is a good time to drag them onto the fire and cook them. This makes them more filling and replenish health when you eat them.
  • Eating flowers won’t fill your stomach but they will heal you.
  • Some raw foods heal you but most do not. Cook food to make it more nutritious or when it gets stale to stop it from spoiling.
  • Do NOT eat mushrooms unless you really have to. They will make you lose sanity super quick.
  • Do NOT eat monster meat, even cooked as it too will make you lose some sanity.
  • To replenish Sanity you need to build more “dapper” (nice) items. 10 Silk gives you a nice Top hat. Which seems to do a good job.
  • Every tool you build wears down. So keep an eye on it’s %. If you need to free up items in your toolbar drop low % tools.

 

http://www.diygamer.com

Fishing is my favorite source of food in Don’t Starve. See how happy Wilson is to fish?

Playing this game is literally like learning to survive in another world. It takes practice. These next tips are for cheaters …err I mean people who have played the game a lot and are looking for some tricks to surviving long term. 

  • As of the current build there are no items to help you survive the winter that do not require Beefalo fur. So start looking day 1. That’s right don’t even bother with the science machine, shovels, or any of that nonsense. Instead start exploring. Gathering only the basic items and lots of food.
  • Once you find the Beefalo build a stone campfire there. You don’t have to make this your main base but you definitely want to populate the world with stone campfires in all the key locations.
  • Next find a fishing hole (a pond). Preferably one in a semi safe location. Not too many spiders, not in a swamp with tentacles, not near those goddamn angry birds that run up and punch you fast as frick. Someplace nice and safe! Somewhere you feel comfortable approaching while on your last bit of health. That right this is your going to be your first main base.
  • Gather enough supplies to build both the Science Machine and the Alchemy machine.
  • Now get some silk and make a fishing pole! This is has been the best most reliable way to harvest food I have found yet. Watch out for the “frogs”. It’s best to just sit by the campfire and fish all night because the frogs are sleeping and spiders won’t come near the fire.

Some safe ways to harvest silk

  • Next your gonna want to find some spiders. If possible it’s great to find them near some pig houses. During the day you can run up, hit the spider nest then draw them towards the pigmen. The pigmen won’t attack you unless you attack them. They will however attack anything “non-neutral) that comes near them. Let the pigmen defeat or occupy the spiders while you go back to the nest and destroy it. Pick up the silk then go back to the spiders to see if any of them turned into silk instead of monster meat.
  • So you find some spiders but no pigs? Make 3-4 basket traps using 6 grass and 2 twigs each. Place them in a 2×2 area near the spider nest. If it’s a level 3 nest you will need 4 baskets. Otherwise you just need 3. Now hit the nest and draw the spiders into your baskets. There seems to be a bit of latency so keep running, if the trap falls it will collect the spider even though visually it’s move passed it. Now collect the traps, throw away the meat, and place the traps on the ground again. This actually works faster if your toolbar is completely full. Do this until the spider nest is empty. Then destroy the nest and collect the silk it drops. If it drops a spider egg keep it. You can put it in a chest or plant it near your campfire so you can harvest it later.
  • Wait until dusk. Be careful the spiders don’t leave it all at once. Watch the nest or wait until the 2nd or 3rd “dial” of dusk. Then hit the nest, if a spider pops out run in 1 direction until it stops chasing you. If nothing pops out just stay there and beat on it with a spear or axe. (Spears last longer when attacking) This method seems the easiest, but if there are lots of spiders nearby it’s actually quite dangerous. They won’t attack you for attacking their nest, but they will attack if they get near you.

Thanks for reading about this great game. I hope you found the tips useful. Please post your own tips for survival below!

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My first personal blog!

Published on March 26, 2013, by in Personal.

Travel to Tiger Temple

For years I’ve used wordpress to easily build project sites such as when I think I have a good idea for a game or for products and services that I believe in and want others to try. Most of them have not made much money, but that’s ok because if they make anything it’s usually a net gain. Today is the first time I am using WordPress for a purely personal site. Someplace where I can link all the craziness together. Such as my travels like the picture above when I visited Tiger Temple in Thailand. My thoughts on politics, money, investments, business, and games. You know someplace where I can just be me that’s not Facebook.

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