Crypto Castles

A few days ago, I went to spend some time with the Godfather. I’ve known the Godfather for years now, meeting him at a dinner party in San Francisco over a decade ago. A few years ago, we hung out for a few days in Singapore and he talked about disruptive technologies including Bitcoin, drones, 3D printing and was full of life and energy. He hosted parties at the most exclusive nightclubs and was always surrounded by interesting, brilliant people.

The Godfather gave me a hug, put his hands on my shoulders, and smiled,

“Haven’t seen you in a minute, eh?”

“Let me introduce you to some people…”

He had just gotten the keys to a new house along the Venice canals, and there was a table full of crypto experts sitting around a table with their laptops, churning away, checking out ICOs, discussing blockchain technologies, and buzzing with creative excitement.

On the drive up, I listening to a futurism podcast that was talking about Blockchain:

It is the future.

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I sat at a table, and a young blonde woman with bright eyes asked me,

“So what do you do besides this? (crypto)”

“Shamanism”, I replied.

She lit up and said, “Yes! They do go hand in hand.”

The Decentralization movement attracts an interesting mix of Hackers, Bankers, Libertarians, Anarchists, and Burners. A collision of the Technocracy and the Conscious Community. Code and Psychedelics.

“Who do you trust more? A third party? Or the fundamental laws of the Universe?”

Evening came, Amazon delivered bags of drinks and snacks, and guy wearing an EOS t-shirt arrives with several large pizzas. I chow down on a couple monster slices of heart attack pizza, covered with Canadian bacon as the futurism conversations continue.


It’s about time to go, so I head into the back room to say goodbye to The Godfather.

He puts his arm around me, looks me in the eyes and says,

“Alcohol. No good.
Weed. Some health benefits. I like it.
Cocaine, Opiates. Terrible. Absolutely terrible.
Psychedelics – uplifting. You know them well.
Now… my favorite drug of all is this.
Dissociative.”

He points at a small mound of white powder. It is a dissociative nootropic stack.

“I used to blast people off, but this is just like a sip of wine.”

He hands me a silver tube, with diamonds embedded into it.

“Silver. Kills bacteria.”

I place it to my nostril and snort the white powder. It begins to hit right away, and feels as though I’m slowly detaching my consciousness from my ego. I’m still looking through my eyes… but, I’m not exactly me. The hacker chemist who formulated the substance that I just took a hit of explains the chemistry behind what is hitting my brain, and it sounds like a foreign language. I look at him, with his messy orange hair and rainbow unicorn t-shirt, and the sheer absurdity and awesomeness of the experience hits me. My life has just been a series of wild adventures that get more surreal, more epic, and more world changing.

Suddenly, some feelings of Miss Rabbit come up. I can feel some connection with her and suddenly feel nauseous. I head into the bathroom and purge… from both ends. The pizza comes back up and out. It feels great. I spend some more time talking to the Godfather in a detached yet connected altered state.

I start feeling nauseuous again and the Godfather walks me upstairs.

“You can stay in the master bedroom. Overnight if you want. I have my other house down the street.”

I lay down on a furry blanket in the bed and hear a mosquito buzzing around. I am too tired and detached to be concerned about it and rest. I can feel myself letting go of everything. It felt as though Miss Rabbit was drifting away on her own raft, and I let her flow into her own stream of reality and whatever cosmic cord that attached me to her in Arrowhead was released. She will return completely in her own power now.

I drifted to sleep to the cacophony of tech chatter downstairs. A few hours later, I awoke to a quiet empty house with a mosquito bite on each of my elbows. It felt like a message that it’s time to focus on the mission, and let go of distractions. I have a rocketship to build.

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Team Infinite

Team, Family,

We had a very wonderful and successful kickoff dinner and welcome call on Friday. I feel very aligned with this team, this family, and this mission, and I think we can make our mark on the world in the best possible way. I am going to compose this series of emails on a weekly basis for our team to review our week, our wins, and share the resources and links that come up each week.

First of all, let’s all get intimately familiar with Endocannabinoid system.
http://www.projectcbd.org – this page is a great resource.
https://www.projectcbd.org/science/endocannabinoid-system/endocannabinoid-system

These are available in the PMB backend:
https://soundcloud.com/primemybody – these are great tracks to share with friends and listen to to further understand the business.

Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional by Eric Worre:
Go Pro – It is < $5 and < 3 hours. Let’s absorb this content.

On Sunday night, we shared a beautiful ceremony where I felt as though we tuned our frequency to be in a beautiful harmonic tone, as we held space for each other.

“Everything we need is right here.”

We are planning a weekly schedule where we synch up on Monday morning to do goal setting.

This Monday, we did the Three Most Important Questions exercise together and found great alignment:
http://www.mindvalley.com/goal-setting-redefined

Travel, seeing the world, experiencing everything that life offers, bringing health, wellness, love to ourselves and humanity.

I received a text from Miss Rabbit while I was in yoga practice this morning:

I was thinking today of a place I would enjoy working. I began to consider what the perfect work environment would be. A company who’s mission and purpose is the expansion of consciousness on a large scale. For the masses. A company who works with projects globally to uplift and incorporate spirituality into all elements of humanity. To bring awareness and spark the innate internal asking of each individual. To bring joy, unconditional love, compassion, and combine the human aspects of the heart in conjunction with science. To display and spread the power and magic of the heart and the true purpose of life.

This captures the essence of the message I received from Mother Ayahuasca during my 4th ceremony in May 2015. I feel so aligned with this.

As I stood on the edge of the cliff, I stared out at sea, basking in the energy from the ocean wind, feeling the alignment in my life. Feeling joy, I heard some rustling, looked to my right, and right below my vantage point, was a beautiful red-tail hawk. I am pretty sure I saw the same hawk flying over my roadster on my way to yoga. Definitely, a sign.

The hawk can soar high and reach the heavens effortlessly. As most bird totems, this power animal is often considered as a messenger who brings messages from the spirit world and the unseen.

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There are documentaries on Ayahuasca and Huachuma here:
http://www.drinkthejungle.com/ – let’s plan a movie night to watch these. I feel called for Ayahuasca and to see Gandalf.

Here is the schedule for Spirit Quest – I am thinking November or December this year feels right:
http://biopark.org/schedule.html

I’m interested in doing a plant dieta to commune with the plants as well after. This is a solo trip in isolation. If you guys are with me, you guys can either do huachuma or your own dieta as well:
http://biopark.org/plant-dietas.html

Transformation.

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Unconditional Love.
To Infinity and Beyond!

(Cover Image by Boxtail)

Pointers All the Way Down

in·fi·nite re·gress
noun
LOGIC
a sequence of reasoning or justification that can never come to an end.

From Stephen Hawking‘s 1988 book A Brief History of Time

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

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I spent most of my last post doing a brain dump of the research that I’ve been doing on the Internet and the digital ad industry. I’m attempting to analyze trends and understand where things are headed.

“The Internet” is actually composed of three parts:

  1. Surface Web – this is the part of the web indexed by traditional search engines.
  2. Deep Web – this is the part not indexed by traditional search engines.
  3. Dark Web – part of the Deep Web that exists on darknets, overlay networks which use the public Internet but require specific software, configurations or authorization to access

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It’s pointers/links/objects all the way down.

Decentralization

In Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, they discuss the Six D’s of Exponential Technology:

  1. Digitalization – the tech becomes bits – ones and zeroes.
  2. Deception – initial hype followed by a period of the tech being dismissed.
  3. Disruption – the tech plays a role in subverting established industries.
  4. Demonetization – the tech makes things free.
  5. Dematerialization – the tech makes things disappear.
  6. Democratization – the tech is available to anyone.

Today, we are at the democratization stage of the Internet. With the rise of mobile phones, and the fuel of the digital ad industry, global Internet penetration, according to Internet Live Stats is over 3.6 billion and climbing, or roughly 40% of the world’s population. Links and clicks (i.e., pointers) are the currency of the Internet, and currently the battle to control these after being waged by the Internet giants.

Decentralization is a parallel step that happens all the way down the 6D process. The Internet protocol, BitTorrent, Bitcoin are all part of the P2P revolution has been happening, but as always in history, there is conflict when power is decentralized.

The AFK We Live In

Since I was a kid, I always felt that there was a subtle oppression against “the smart kids.” It was not cool to be into computers, and nerds were bullied. Things have changed quite a bit, now that computers are ubiquitous and Silicon Valley and the tech industry show the earning potential of nerds. Nerd culture and tech has become cool.

When I watched TPB-AFK, it felt almost like watching an X-Men movie. The government and corporate lawyers were afraid of these young Swedish kids with superpowers that could change the world with their code. The fear and despise that the politicians had for the nerds was palpable. The fact that these nerds were belligerent and immature didn’t help.

When they gave a tour of their underground lair where they housed Pirate Bay, it was just a few few servers in a rack – 4 CPUs with 12 cores,

“an efficient ship.”

With information decentralized and free, the positive, is that we also have an archive. Piracy was part of my childhood in the 80s, and we would use cracking programs like Pirate’s Friend, Locksmith and trade 5.25″ floppy disks that we would hole punch on the left side in order to make them double sided. Today, we have an archive of Apple II games from my childhood that I can look at and play. Nostalgia! and an important preservation of human art and history.

Ed Fries, a former executive at Microsoft has been restoring arcade machines and documenting the process. His blog post is as important as the preservation of the actual hardware. Perhaps more.

Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is a video torrent streaming site. Will the real Popcorn Time please stand up?

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The original Popcorn Time split into various forks, and each fork accuses the other of being malware or corrupt, then there’s this Wired article that talks about Popcorn Time being a form of ransomware.

TL;DR – As of this writing (4.20.2017), the version at https://popcorntime.sh/ seems to be the most robust.

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It has a slick interface and for obvious reasons, much better selection of releases than any of the other “legitimate” video streaming platforms. In other words, it’s arguably a better experience than Netflix, simply because of the library, and that it’s “free.”

The P2P content genie has been out of the bottle since Napster, and it has grown impressively. With decentralization, art, information, and content becomes “free”. More people get to enjoy the content, and the creators have more reach then ever.

“But what about compensation?”

Human nature has a tendency to rank everything from best to worst. It is fundamental to our evolutionary survival. The prefrontal cortex

has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour.[3] The basic activity of this brain region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals.[4]

The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social “control” (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially unacceptable outcomes).

In other words our brains are functioning like a quantum computer, constantly ranking and making choices to decide which direction to go. At some point, for most humans, through that process called life, this computer starts getting specialized programming that gets complex, and in a way corrupted by the traumas we suffer along the way. Much of society has evolved in a zero-sum game model where humanity is competing in a giant poker game to see who can get the most chips and sit at the final table. It’s gotten to the point that the richest 8 people (all men) in the world own as much wealth as half of the world’s population. Income inequality doesn’t even fully capture the disparity here.

Part of this inequality comes from the well known fact that “the rich get richer.” The Internet accelerates this phenomenon. Given that the Internet is driven by Google’s Pagerank algorithms, and social networking behaviors, the people and companies who are focused on maximizing their exposure and mindshare drown out the rest. Launching a new IP or movie requires millions of dollars in marketing to push signal through all the noise. Occasionally, there are those rare viral content hits that spread, but there’s so much competition to capture eyeballs, as was discussed in my last blog post.

Kevin Kelly’s classic essay 1,000 True Fans says that an artist only needs 1,000 true fans to make a living. With the decentralized and free distribution of content, it will be interesting to see how the Long Tail of information evolves.

The key players and pieces in this game in the West:

  • Google – indexing the world and controlling the flow of information.
  • Facebook – connecting the world and controlling the flow of information. Getting users to voluntarily share.
  • Amazon – connecting the products and consumers of the world.
  • Wikipedia – indexing the information of the world.
  • Wall Street – indexing and trading the financial energy of the world.
  • The Pirate Bay – indexing the digital content of the world.
  • Wikileaks – indexing and releasing the secret information of the world.
  • The Blockchain – a ledger containing decentralized transactions of the world.

Everything is a pointer, and there’s a tense battle between control and decentralization. I’m thinking a lot these days about how this will play out.

It’s pointers all the way down!

Think Different

This morning, I had a talk with my wife about the startup we are building. She has been stressed out, as I’ve spent over a year working with and funding, from her perspective, a homeless man who smokes a ton of weed, as my business partner. I told her,

“I know, we are crazy.”

I then put on this video for her.

We dug into her passion for education, and I told her that our AI avatar system could revolutionize education. I went to the backyard, and blazed a couple spliffs with Spliff, then we came inside and watched a few more Steve Jobs videos.

The internal meeting where Jobs announced the “Think Different” campaign.

Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.

After watching these Steve Jobs videos, it really gave us the conviction that we are on the right path. Artificial intelligence is coming fast, and we are playing our part in the revolution, to impart a conscience in the work that we do in this exploration of artificial and social “consciousness.”

Having been fired a few times now in my corporate career, I can connect the dots and see how each of these events has led me to my current path. I can see that my twenty one years of technical experience in the video gaming industry has given me the tools and resources to change the world. I can see how a series of seemingly random events, unreal journeys and crazy ideas created the synergy between Spliff and I has led us to the current project(s) we are building.

As Jobs’ references in the Stanford Commencement Speech, the final issue of the Whole Earth Catalog:

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Words to live by.

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Green Beetle Startup

In Vancouver last week, I was in the Amsterdam Cafe, a Cannabis lounge, browsing for souvenirs. I saw some little clear plastic pieces with cockroaches and beetles inside and a small alligator clip on top. I asked the shopkeeper what they were, and he told me they were roach clips, for holding joints so they don’t burn your finger when you smoke them to the end of the roach.

I recently read about the end of “unicorn” startup era and how it is now the age of “cockroach” startups. Spliff and I had been priding ourselves on the fact that we were a “true cockroach startup” to the point that the office of our company is a roach motel room at the Desert Palace Inn in the middle of the desert in Barstow, California. It is literally infested with cockroaches.

As I stood in the lounge, looking at all the roach clips in the glass case, I thought to myself that it would be cool to get a cockroach clip to remind myself that we are a cockroach startup. I just couldn’t do it. It was too ugly. Instead, I bought a Green Beetle clip.

This afternoon, after returning to San Diego last night, I sat on my balcony, journaling, and examined the beetle clip. I had a sudden inspiration that we aren’t a cockroach startup, we are a Green Beetle Startup. I looked up the meaning of a beetle as a totem animal and found the following:

Essentially, the beetle animal totem suggests that you reap what you sow, threefold. When you consider this, it seems awfully important for you to ensure that this energy is positive, productive, and favorable to others. What are you putting out into the world?

Green means prosperity in areas of wealth and health.

Definitely better than a cockroach. We are getting out of Barstow.