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Hope Runners of Gridlock: CHAPTER 1

All she wanted was to disappear along with the endless line of cars into the sunset. She would then know what happened to her father. The shimmering river of cars lined up perfectly with the setting sun & made it seem like she could swim into that glowing orange portal on the horizon.

 On this solstice, every 5 years, Flora and the rest of the city of Gridlock would watch its newly crowned Hope Runner bravely venture into the horizon, that unknown, to find answers about what happened to Earth and why they were alone.

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Exploring New Markets In The Arts #2: Generative Art Economies

Art is everywhere. This hasn't been more true in our modern era, where anyone, and ultimately any *thing* could create art. With powerful computers and the proliferation of machine learning, it's running head-first into art, and boy, is it fun. Somewhere, in all the latent space of potential art, lies patterns that will move us, and we can task our friendly mechanical friends with crypto-economics to go find them.

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Exploring New Markets In The Arts #1: Property Rights

Blockchain technology has allowed us to re-imagine the arts. As a movement, it's been rife with seemingly disparate narratives: people adopting its cocktail of hashes & cryptography as a Rorschach test for their beliefs. It's simultaneously the most anarchist, most libertarian, most egalitarian, most socialist, most freeing, most authoritarian technology. I've always seen it as a tool empower creatives. In this post, I explore property rights experiments with new markets in the arts.

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Storytelling Through Kishotenketsu And Knock Knock Jokes

I was recently introduced to the narrative structure called Kishotenketsu. It's a narrative structure that doesn't rely on conflict/tension in the story. Rather, it thrives on creating tension/conflict in the reader.

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Clovers & Continuous Economies Around Algorithms

I'm really happy to see Clovers finally go live! It's a blockchain application where you collect unique patterns of finished games of Othello (called Clovers). The most prized ones are those that exhibit symmetry. It's fun, quirky, nerdy, arty, but interestingly: a step forward in building economies around algorithms themselves.

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Cells As Firms

In imagining & visualising economic systems, especially the firm, there's a lot of metaphors that have been used in the past. For example, firms as culture, or firms as machine. One that I particularly enjoy that I haven't seen mentioned in depth at all, is seeing the firm like biological cells.

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Exploring Harberger Tax Rates in Virtual Collectibles & Patronage Markets

In the creation of patronage as an asset class, one creates virtual collectibles whose beneficiary earns revenue at a specific rate from an always specified self-assessed price by the owner. An outstanding question is what rates to set.

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Maximising Blockchain Collectible Economies

What is the optimal size for a blockchain collectible (NFT) economy? How many unique items should be in a collection? How does one maximise the value of this economy? These are very interesting questions, because there's a trade-off between scarcity of a collectible economy & its inclusivity (allowing users to participate through ownership of a collectible). Currently, many projects in the space simply thumb-suck the size of their economies or employ unproven generation of new collectibles. The projects either generated too much or too little.

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