The trust is in the math

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Monetary transactions have gone from exchanging notes with straight-faced slave masters to using lasers to read plastic rectangles. Beyond credit cards, people magically send others money through PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App. These are glimpses into what would transpire in a cashless economy. Everybody will be paying for everything with virtual forms of money like V-Bucks and Minecraft Rubies.

The idea of easing into a post-cash economy is what guides plentiful attention towards cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, which had momentarily spiked to being worth over $40,000.

History of the Cybergold

Bitcoin makes its rounds in the news every other year when its exchange rate spikes to Himalayan heights before resorting back down to a Dead Sea Depression. It was developed in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto if that is their real name (it’s not). Satoshi is an unknown person that is the architect of the Bitcoin matrix. …


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We are deeply familiar with the idea of the post-war American nuclear family, which consists of two parental figures and a number of children. The man of the house would grab their hat and get their kiss from the stay-at-home wife as they went on their way to work a high wage, non-soul-sucking job. Pair that with some swing music and you have every familial conservative’s Leave it to Beaver wet dream.

But times have changed since the 60s. Women pursued higher education and continue to create much-needed representation in the workforce. …


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It sucks when you’re told that you can’t do something. And I hate to be the guy that tells you that you can’t comprehend what higher dimensions look like.

We were all born and brought up in a reality contained within 3 spatial dimensions and 1 linear time dimension. It’s elementary for us to comprehend the dimensions below our own.

It’s best to imagine different dimensions through dots, lines, and shapes. An object in the zeroth- dimension contains only a single point. An object in the first-dimension contains a line bounded by two zero-dimensional points. An object in the second-dimension can contain a polygon bounded by one-dimensional lines, such as a square. …


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The Console Wars have been an arduous 21st century battle between two juggernauts of the gaming industry. Microsoft’s Xbox lineage and Sony’s Playstation lineage have been pitting against each other for decades by supporting nearly the same features, all the while Nintendo practices innovative isolationism on the sidelines.

The two consoles have comparable specs: both are sleek in design, identical central processing units, similar storage space, familiar frame rates, and the same likelihood of a 12-year-old tauntingly teabagging your character post-headshot.

Considering these shared features, brand loyalty condenses down to whichever one you have more friends on. …


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Music is there to comfort us whether it’s top-charting sugarcoated pop ballads or experimental industrial screaming trapcore. It doesn’t matter how simple and bright or odd and complex the sounds are as long as they take our attention and soundtrack our lives.

While there are a number of genres growing exponentially, they all adhere at least somewhat to the same ruleset of music theory.

On paper, all of the music outside of the added distortion, delays, reverb, and wub wubs are just notes locked inside of barlines.

Writing a full song involves combining rhythm, melody, chord progressions, and harmony to create a colorful audible journey. Depending on whatever is emphasized the most you may feel obligated to tap your feet or cry about your ex. …


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I consider myself to be an avid consumer of myriad forms of media. This means that I tend to reference things very often to the confused utterances of the peanut gallery.

At times I’ve used it to prove something of myself. I used to be the type of person that would question people about the band tees they were wearing fully aware that they had little knowledge of the subject. I chose to be that instead of happy.

Throughout my years of researching useless information, I began to notice how lacking of originality everything was. …


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Walking on a one-way street
Guided solely by my feet
Lost and cannot find home
I look at the souls in the cars that come and go

A couple in a used car with dents and chips in its suit
She had a face for the Louvre
He had his hand on the ballooned womb
While his other steers the car to move
Eyes glimmering with something to prove
Driving passed as the exhaust popped and poofed

Seats for ten in a minivan
Sliding doors that open by command
The driver faced behind red as an ant
Wasn’t hesitant to deliver them their medicine
The children pocketed their two cents
The woman parallel sits reticent
Driving passed they exit my…


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Throughout their respective comic book histories as the two main incarnations of the Flash, Barry Allen and Wally West have tested their abilities to their limits. Wally was the protégé of his uncle Barry, who guided him towards becoming a master of the Speed Force. By studying this extra-dimension encompassing the multiverse, Wally attained the skills Barry had cultivated over his long career as the Scarlet Speedster. But the question remains: who is the faster Flash?

Barry Allen is considerably more experienced in the role of the Flash. He became well aware of the limits of the Speed Force in Crisis on Infinite Earths when he saves the Earth from an anti-matter cannon by running a vortex around it which essentially ridded himself out of existence. After a couple of decades of being written off as deceased, Barry Allen returns from the kinetic Valhalla in Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis. …


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They are the fractured remnants of the solar-nebula which birthed our sun. They are wannabe planets. Little Peter Pan planetoids that never knew how to grow up and move out of their parent’s place to start paying their own bills.

In other words, asteroids are embryonic planets that were RKO’d by other forces of the universe and primarily grouped together in belts. The asteroid belt found between Mars and Jupiter is the grouping that we are most familiar with. It’s interesting to note that the net mass of the asteroid belt is less than the mass of our own moon.

There are also asteroids that are co-orbital with Jupiter referred to as the Jupiter Trojans.They …


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Most of what you believe to be your personal identity is based on what people tell you it is. We can’t help but take other people’s opinions of us into deep consideration in such a way that it shapes the majority of our own thoughts and actions.

If a Joker cosplayer on Halloween hasn’t let you know already, we live in a society. And in that society, we value capital success. It means obtaining the privilege to not be constrained in financial freedoms and securing generational wealth. However, that’s just our society’s definition of success.

A facet of our definition of success includes the construct of materialism. This can be considered as a possession-defined success. …

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Erik Ruof

Storyteller with an extensive list of passions and eccentric opinions. Short stories, hot takes, and pure stream of consciousness word vomit.

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