This is the new Newsweek? Funny, how it looks a lot like the thumbnail I made yesterday for my new magazine Abakus. I think this is a brilliant cover, by the way, and likely selling off the hook, while promoting bitcoin in the process. Of course the story is total hogwash, so one wonders whether the long-term results of this fiasco will help or hurt the return of Newsweek to the newsstand.
I don’t see Satoshi wearing a red tie, by the way, more like a golden silk ascot with a purple velvet sportcoat. I love the bitcoin sigil mask effect and how it evokes the spirit of masked balls, high society and dark magic.
But Bitcoin is not dark magic, no matter who invented it. It’s peer-to-peer and open source, and if it was dark magic, the biggest banks would have launched it, but you notice yesterday a major bank filed a patent on their own version of bitcoin, and the media keeps saying the most amazingly dumb things about it. The biggest problem is supposedly no government backs it, so it is decentralized. Well, so is gold, and most people think gold is the best currency of all. Bitcoin is just digital gold with one big difference: they’ll be mining gold forever as it spews from the plasma of the earth, but the amount of bitcoin will remain fixed forever.
Bugsy and Phil Mayall first clued me into the money that could be made planting trees at Wandell’s Nursery in the early 1970s outside Urbana, Illinois. We’d been working as cab drivers and clearing a few hundred dollars a week but they’d discovered that could made in a couple of days at Wandell’s, where you were paid a couple dollars for each tree planted.
First day I worked with Bugsy and Phil as a three-man team. The Wandell’s supervisor organized everyone in teams of three. We were supposed to take turns holding the tree completely straight while the other two filled in the hole from each side.
Unfortunately, there’d been a raging rainstorm the night before and all the pre-dug holes were mostly filled with water. Phil was a maniac about making money and quickly devised a technique for dropping a single shovel in the water in such a way the tree would stay upright. It was important our trees stood straight, otherwise we’d not be paid.
We were a happy crew that wet, muddy day and planted twice as many trees as any other crew, although we saw out supervisor a few days later having to go out a refill a lot of holes and straighten our trees after a windstorm blew them all down, which made me feel bad, because he was being paid by the hour.
The next spring came around and I went straight to Wandell’s as soon as planting season came around. Bugsy and Phil were gone, but some friends of my sister were there, and I actually was put on another three-man crew with her old boyfriend and his buddy. He was a righteous dude in every way, just extremely laid-back and shared none of Phil and Bugsy’s passion to clock dollars, so after a half day’s work, I asked the supervisor if I could work alone. He was shocked. You see, this standard technique they’d devised was based on one man taking turns holding the tree upright while the other two filled the hole from opposing sides.
Fortunately, he was nice enough to allow me to break out as the first single tree planter in Wandell’s history, probably thinking I was going to produce some lowly number of planted trees. At the end of the day, I’d planted a hundred more trees than any three-man crew in Wandell’s history.
I became the king of Wandell’s and people stood back in wonder to watch me work. Driving home in my grandfather’s ancient Chevy with the huge fins and the radio blasting Hank Williams and me sitting there with a fat wad of cash in my pocket (all hard earned pay) while the equally fat red sun glowed on the horizon remains one of the happiest moments of my life, and I’ve had some happy ones.
Well, that next Spring came around and nobody was hired by Wandell’s… except me. …And one other dude. He was Mexican and didn’t talk much. Maybe you know the end of this story? He kicked my ego ass as bad as I did my sister’s friends and planted several more rows a day than ever could, and I gave it everything I had working side by side. But I still had my wad of cash every night and happy sunset ride home, only with a much less inflated ego.
And that is why I respect our Mexican brothers and sisters.
An army of hackers is descending on a reclusive man in California who has been revealed as Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin, and likely the world’s first bitcoin billionare, although he lives in a modest house and seems to spend most of his time integrating his model trains with computers. Nakomoto apparently has zero interest in bitcoin these days now that the system is worth billions and poised to make a run at redefining the financial landscape of the future.
Since this man’s talents run the gamut from engineering to physics to cryptography, he certainly seems a likely candidate, and he’s apparently famous for showing up at job interviews and calling the interviewer a dummy and then proving his case. The news was broken by Newsweek, prompting the head of Coinbase to denounce the magazine for doxing the Nakamoto family. Why Newsweek saw fit to basically turn over his address to the world is a great wonder since obviously the dude was trying to preserve his lifestyle, something that is no longer possible unless he flees to a new secret location. But no matter where he goes, the hackers will be close behind.
I thought Satoshi was Nick Szabo because bitcoin took a lot from Szabo’s bitgold project. But if this new development proves true, I need to start revising my Bitcoin ebook on Amazon and Smashwords asap. Of course, not everyone is convinced, and chatter in bitcoin world right now is all about how Satoshi always posted for years between 8 am and 8 pm British time, not California time, and sometimes used British expressions, like “bloody.”
More important, would anyone buy it? I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign this month to find out. I sure hope people pre-buy the subscription. Abakus will be deep into the politics behind the wilderness of mirrors, as well as advancements in peer-to-peer technologies, alternative energy, and spiritual advancements and enlightenment.
Abakus will also cover the latest developments in psychic technologies and the use of ceremonial sacraments of all sorts, as well as exposing mind control cults designed to corral people into rabbit holes, which is one of my specialties.
I’m thinking of starting with an expose on the Process Church of Final Judgment, the spookiest of all the cults that appeared in the sixties, a splinter from British Scientology that had a deep impact on Charles Manson when he arrived in the Haight fresh out of prison. But I’ll likely include my picks for the greatest strains in New York City on the eve of global legalization, and maybe even a history of my involvement in the hemp movement with Jack Herer.
Is that something you might be interested in?
While working on my just-released smart ebook on the 200 greatest films in history, I collected a lot more than 200 films, so I’m already planning a follow-up, only this time, I’m only including films that stream free on Youtube.
I bet you know of a great film that streams free, and I’d sure love it if you sent me a link as a comment on this blog so I can include it in my next series. I program thousands of hyper links in these ebooks to multiple websites, which is why I call them “smart.”
Don Henderson sent me a link to a film called Cool World made in the early 1960s (not the animated feature of the same name). Meanwhile, within a few minutes Dave Allen recommended Nightmare Alley, while James Marshall posted Five Minutes to Kill starring Johnny Cash of Facebook. I could easily compile a list of 100 awesome flicks on Youtube on my own, but it would so speed the process up if people provided more recommendations.
And just to give you an idea of the quality I’m looking for and what I consider to be a five-star cult film, check out Shadows by John Cassavetees.
There’s another big celebration for Beat Street this week, and the organizer actually invited me and said they’d be honored to have my attendance. Sha Rock is giving the opening address for the festivities that include two screenings over the day. Beat Street was actually my original idea and something I’d been trying to sell to a variety of production companies. Unfortunately, my story (which was based on facts) got hacked to death and nothing but the characters’ names survived. They even took the small cameo I arranged for Phase 2 out of the final edit because someone decided Phase didn’t have anything to do with creating hip hop. I guess that was Harry’s call. It was strange to see what happened after hip hop became big money, sort of like what’s happening right now with cannabis.
I put the original script on Smashwords, and still hold out hope someone will come along one day and produce the real story with my original title and script. Just to give you an idea of how different it was to what came out in the film, here’s the opening scene. A fledgling rap group has shown up at their sponsor’s house, only to discover another crew is messing with their equipment. Check it out, and if you like it, you can pick up my original script on Smashwords, just follow the link at the right.
Yo. Whatcha doin wit that mike?
Mel looks at Frosty with a worried expression. Frosty unravels the mike cable and shows no emotion. He ignores Kennie.
In the back.
Stay here and keep and eye on this.
Kennie and Ramon walk through an archway into an empty room that once served as a dining area. THEODORE and LEP are seated on milk crates that are filled with records. They are just finishing a marijuana cigarette laced with angel dust. Lep greets Kennie effusively. Although medicated, Theodore appears worried. He offers the joint to Kennie, but it’s too small to even mess with.
I smell mint. Is that dusted? You know
I don’t be messin with no dust, bro,
why you dissin’ me like dat?
Little Lep! My man! How you been?
(they shake hands)
You know Ramon, my deejay
Sure, we met. I seen your tags. I
like your style.
This is the baddest breaker I know.
He got moves, man. Killer moves.
His older brother was in the Zulu
Kings with my brother.
(Lep nods his head sheepishly)
So how you been? How’s the crew?
They’re okay. We’re gonna battle Rockwell
at the Heavalo. You gonna be there?
You know it. Wassup with Theodore?
How come he ain’t said nothin? You too
dusted to talk?
Hi, Kennie. Wassup, Ramon?
An uncomfortable silence fills the room.
Wassup with these boys out there, messin’
with our mics?
Those be my new emcees.
Now how can that be? When Cholly
and me, we your emcees.
Not no more. I just got these two
yesterday. They got a record out
and everthin’. And they was lookin
for a deejay wit a system. They
gonna let me be the deejay.
Lep stares at the ground. Kennie looks at Ramon. Ramon, who has been trying to get a hit off the minature joint suddenly swallows the roach, makes a stricken face, and then coughs it out.
So what about the hookie party
They gonna be there. You wanna
come, you can come. I’ll put you
down. You can do a show if you want,
but you ain’t gonna get down
wit no money. Cause I got
professional emcees now. And they
gotta get the money.
Tell me. You heard they record?
Whatta you think, Lep?
(shakes his head)
This between you two. I ain’t
(loud enough to hear in the
I heard it. It’s wack! It’s NOT
Anyway, I thought we had an
agreement. Ramon here, he TAUGHT
you how to deejay.
All I know is, you been talkin for
months bout how we gonna play the
Heavalo and you ain’t played there
yet. These guys done already played
the Heavalo. Twice! They down with
Herc. Times have changed. You gotta
have a record to get over these
days. And you ain’t got no record.
Well, if that’s how you feel…what
can I say? It’s your system ain’t
It ain’t nothin personal. You know
I like you. But I gotta do what’s
best for business.
(pointing at tape cassette)
That’s my tape, right?
Kennie picks up the cassette.
INT. LIVINGROOM THEODORE’S HOUSE
Kennie and Ramon walk through the room, pointedly ignoring Frosty and Mel.
Let’s break out.
All 200 of these are covered in my new smart ebook The Ultimate Film Guide, available on Amazon Kindle. You can instantly stream any by clicking a button, or at least find which sites do that fast (some charge). All information is kept accurate through hyperlinks so you know you’ll get the best possible deal. I was surprised how many of these are free if you know what site to go to.
Undoubtedly you’ve heard of many, if not most, of these films (they are the classics) and probably even seen 80 percent or more, but I guarantee there are some you aren’t familiar with, and they’re probably streaming free on Youtube right now. And if you have a spare 90 minutes to kill sometime later today, or maybe later this week, think of this book and what it might do to enrich your life. The Roman Numerals correspond to which volume the film is in on Smashwords, where I had to break the document into four pieces.
(And if you come across any broken links, be sure and leave a message on this blog so I can fix them asap.)The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) III The Thief of Bagdad (1924) II Metropolis (1927) II All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) III M (1931) IV Vampyr (1931) III King Kong (1933) II Reefer Madness (1936) II Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) II Stagecoach (1939) I The Wizard of Oz (1939) II Gone With the Wind (1939) III Citizen Kane (1941) IV The Maltese Falcon (1941) I Double Indemnity (1944) I The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) I Bicycle Thieves (1948) II The Third Man (1949) I Sunset Boulevard (1950) IV Invaders From Mars (1953) IV Seven Samurai (1954) II The Night of the Hunter (1955) I The Searchers (1956) I
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) IV Paths of Glory (1957) III The 400 Blows (1959) II Fire on the Plains (1959) III Ben Hur (1959) III Breathless (1960) I La Dolce Vita (1960) II Spartacus (1960) III West Side Story (1961) II The Manchurian Candidate (1962) I Cape Fear (1962) I Mafioso (1962) I Lolita (1962) I Lawrence of Arabia (1962) III Carnival of Souls (1962) III The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) IV The Birds (1963) III The Leopard (1963) II It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) I Dr. Strangelove (1964) I Hard Day’s Night (1964) II Charade (1965) I Repulsion (1965) III The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965) I The Ipcress File (1965) I Battle of Algiers (1966) II The Endless Summer (1966) IV 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) III Night of the Living Dead (1968) III Easy Rider (1969) II True Grit (1969) I The Wild Bunch (1969) I Woodstock (1970) II Gimme Shelter (1970) II Little Big Man (1970) I Patton (1970) IV McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) I A Clockwork Orange (1971) IV The French Connection (1971) II The Last Picture Show (1971) IV Cabaret (1972) II Fat City (1972) IV Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) II The Godfather (1972) I The Harder They Come (1973) II Wattstax (1973) II American Graffiti (1973) II Enter the Dragon (1973) II Mean Streets (1973) I Serpico (1973) I Chinatown (1974) I Dark Star (1974) IV The Conversation (1974) IV A Woman Under the Influence (1974) IV The Godfather 2 (1974) I Hearts and Minds (1974) III Barry Lyndon (1975) IV The Man Who Would Be King (1975) III One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) IV Taxi Driver (1976) II The Tenant (1976) III Cross of Iron (1977) III Up in Smoke (1978) II Animal House (1978) II Apocalypse Now (1979) III Who’ll Stop the Rain? (1978) I Over the Edge (1979) IV Rock’n’Roll High School (1979) II Alien (1979) IV The Shining (1980) III Raging Bull (1980) IV Pixote (1981) II Body Heat (1981) I Excalibur (1981) II Gandhi (1982) IV Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) II The Thing (1982) IV Blade Runner (1982) IV Amadeus (1984) IV Blood Simple (1984) I This is Spinal Tap (1984) I Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) III Aliens (1986) IV Henry: Portrait of the Serial Killer (1986) III Near Dark (1987) II The Witches of Eastwick (1987) II The Princess Bride (1987) I Die Hard (1988) II My Neighbor Totoro (1988) III Akira (1988) III Grave of the Fireflies (1988) III Dangerous Liasons (1988) IV Valmont (1989) IV Lonesome Dove (1989) I Full Metal Jacket (1989) III Goodfellas (1990) I Miller’s Crossing (1990) I Man in the Moon (1991) Beauty and the Beast (1991) III Terminator 2 (1991) II JFK (1991) IV Dazed and Confused (1993) II The Age of Innocence (1993) IV Jurassic Park (1993) II Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) IV Schindler’s List (1993) III The Lion King (1994) III Hoop Dreams (1994) IV Dead Man (1995) I Sense and Sensibility (1995) IV Casino (1995) I Toy Story (1995) III Fargo (1996) I When We Were Kings (1996) IV Restoration (1996) IV The Fifth Element (1997) IV Life is Beautiful (1997) I Donnie Brasco (1997) I Die Hard (1988) Saving Private Ryan (1998) III Rushmore (1998) I The Big Lebowski (1998) II Shakespeare in Love (1998) IV The Newton Boys (1998) IV The Sopranos (1999) I Man on the Moon (1999) IV Being John Malkovitch (1999) II Toy Story 2 (1999) III Best in Show (2000) I Y Tu Mama También (2001) II Spirited Away (2001) III Dogtown and Z Boys (2001) IV Super Troopers (2001) II The Fast Runner (2001) II Black Hawk Down (2001) II A Beautiful Mind (2001) IV The Pianist (2002) III City of God (2002) II Capturing the Friedmans (2003) III Touching the Void (2003) III Master and Commander on the Far Side of the Sea (2003) III Downfall (2004) III Sideways (2004) IV The Incredibles (2004) III Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) II The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) III March of the Penguins (2005) III Grizzly Man (2005) III Capote (2005) IV Murderball (2005) IV Sophie Scholl (2005) IV Munich (2006) I Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) III The Company (2007) I Atonement (2007) IV Nanking (2007) III Superbad (2007) I No Country for Old Men (2007) II Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) III Gosford Park (2008) IV Carlos (2010) I The Ghost Writer (2010) I Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) III The Killer Inside Me (2010) I The Conspirator (2010) IV Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) I Nostalgia for the Light (2010) II True Grit (2010) I Lost in Translation (2011) IV Moneyball (2011) IV The Substance: Albert Hoffman’s LSD (2011) III Beware of Mr. Baker (2012) IV A Band Called Death (2012) III The Source Family (2012) III Gravity (2013) II This is the End (2013) II