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"Lights, Camera, Action"

On Sara Alina

I love award season. You can smell it in the air… well at least I can. It sort of smells like Hollywood traffic, expensive gowns, and Ryan Seacrest. Okay, so I over exaggerated a little. But, now that it's Award season, Hollywood is going crazy and the glorious red carpet is rolled out, which has been touched by some of the most famous feet (not to mention some of the most expensive shoes) in the world. The first show of the season, the golden globes, was held this past Sunday. Honoring movies, shows, writers, and composers. The pre- show is always entertaining as they interview the celebs, and of course have to ask “whom” they are wearing, because the designers are being judged as well. I, of course, pretended I am a member of Joan River’s fashion police, and did my own celeb gown judging. I also loved that they asked Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, two of the most powerful women in comedy, to host again. They did their usual hilarious open monologue of making fun of all the actors and actresses, and then I thought, they really get away with saying anything, but it's Amy Poehler and Tina Fey…sooo duhhh!…Yet, everyone is there for one thing. They have worked hard all year, have put on amazing performances on the big screen, have entertained the public, and its time to be awarded for their work. Too bad everyone can’t win, and I can’t imagine how hard it is to choose.

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Bitcoin 2.0: Setting the stage for the future of financial and capitalist innovation

On Ideas in the Making

Capitalism 2.0 video

I remember how I first found out about bitcoins. I don't remember exactly when it was, but I remember reading popular science magazine, I think somewhere in late 2010 early 2011, and they had a massive article on bitcoin. at the time I had very little idea about anything financial or what it all really meant. The article was very basic and didn't talk too much about what it meant to have a distributed decentralized ledger and the like and focused mostly on the whole mining aspect.

Fast forward to 2013, I start working online and start hearing about all sorts of bitcoin services popping up, come April, the giant spike comes, and I am glued to watching bitcoin prices. I read everything out there about bitcoin and decide that this has the potential to truly change the world. I started by taking a small position, shortly after the crash from the massive run-up, and kept doubling down ever 10-15 dollars it kept going down until it bottomed at around 70 dollars.

The reason why was I thought the implications were insane. The ability to just send money is huge. Having heard horror stories about paypal and skrill while making money online (and luckly not being affected by them) and also having had problems with some payments overseas, and paying insane fees for other things I realized how powerful bitcoin could be, Then when I saw the NSA scandal unleash I knew bitcoin would gain acceptance sooner or later: The ability to trully own your money and have it backed by a ledger and cryptography just seemed so insanely amazing to me. The market sets the value, just like gold, and transaction are instaneous, free, no charge backs, and publicly verfiable.

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