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March 07, 2022
Well – it’s Monday. I’m in the rare minority of people who like Mondays but I don’t work for anyone else – or have to go to a job where I don’t like people, so that helps. I feel for you if that isn’t the case for you.
I’m going to be heading to South by Southwest for a few days next week. I’m pretty excited about it, I’ve always wanted to go to Austin and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the friends I’ve made in the NFT space over the past year while I’m there. I’ve met a few people in Hawai’i but with the pandemic and us being in the middle of the Pacific – there hasn’t been a huge opportunity to gather.
In the world – the atrocious war in Ukraine continues. It’s heartbreaking and a stark reminded that things can change in an instant. Two weeks ago, it was a modern Western democracy living a peaceful life and recovering from the Covid times, now, it’s a pure hell. My heart goes out to everyone there and hopefully some resolution will come soon.
The war in Ukraine is already having ripple effects – oil and wheat are skyrocketing. Inflation is real and not a joke. I hate to sound like a boomer, but I’m thinking of stocking up on some staple commodities that won’t expire or go bad – because it’s very likely that prices could double or worse. Thankfully, I think the rumors of China getting involved are ridiculous – China has a multi-generation plan that they won’t risk over Putin’s dangerous gambit. If anything, I think we can expect China to remain uninvolved and focused on how this situation can benefit them.
In terms of NFTs – there is a lot of pain in the markets right now. My advice is to buy to collect, not to flip. Buy things you like in communities you want to be involved in with money that you can afford to lose. I’m minting a few free things and taking free drops but avoiding buying anything right now outside of the ecosystems I truly believe in. If the $APE coin or Coinbase NFT marketplace happen, we may see a little bump – but I think in general, you should count on prices going down more before they start to recover.
That being said – I still think Web3 and NFTs are a fundamental change in almost everything – but the projects that make that happen are going to be in the dozens, not in the hundreds or thousands. You can see my bag of chips to see the ones I most believe in.
* ALPHA * – The Vagobond Discord is one of the best free alpha servers around. You might see it in this briefing, but you’ll definitely see it in the Alpha channel of our discord first.
- The Top Crypto News Last Week from DJ Kupo
- Dozens of Tokens Tumble as Andre Cronje Rage Quits Crypto
- Opens Phishing Scandal Reveals Need for Security
- Rarify (NFT Startup) Raises $10 million from Pantera Capital
- What the building blocks of an NFT IP factory might look like…
- Katy Pery to Drop 2nd NFT Collection
- Kyle Samani on ‘the next big thing in NFTs’
- NFTs Soared in 2021 – Now They Are Sinking
- Pussy Riot on using crypto to fight for equality
- Understanding the Relationship Between NFTs and Crypto
- Tying IRL Real Estate to Real Estate NFTs
- BYO crafts happening 3/10
- Pixel Vault Punks Comic #1 physical comic claim ongoing and Mint Pass 2 claim coming this week (or next)
- Crypto Punks flipped BAYC
- Free ‘Jake the Degen’ drop for Jenkins the Valet holders on 3/10
🚨It’s Jenkins x @jakethedegen week!
-📸 Snapshot will be taken tomorrow (March 7) at 7pm EST.
-On Thursday (March 10), you will be able to claim 1 piece PER WALLET! It is a random mint with 3 possible pieces.
-Claims window open for 7 days. All unclaimed pieces will be burned pic.twitter.com/gVoL7WNyQ6
— Jenkins The Valet 🍌 (@jenkinsthevalet) March 6, 2022
We're giving literally anyone who wants one a FREE #HabboNFT furni.
Click to find out more about how to get yours: https://t.co/ssVNMDc88U
— Habbo NFT (@HabboNFT) March 7, 2022
Literary NFT Beat
March 07, 2022
Listings are not an endorsement of books or services.
Soltype stands with Ukraine with “F*CK WAR” fundraiser
NFT book publisher Soltype reports receiving almost a hundred submissions in its F*CK WAR project. These will be listed in the Soltype marketplace for about USD 20 each with the money going to Ukraine.
Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine has re-emphasized the atrocity and senselessness of war.
F*CK War. We don’t want war.
— Soltype – The New Press (@SoltypeNFT) March 1, 2022
Treat yourself to this on-point podcast for NFT authors from Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn.
One of many interesting topics raised was on the issue of copyright assignment in legacy publishing contracts. Might they be interpreted to include NFT books? Might they prevent authors from accessing their NFT book publishing rights? Will they change the way authors and their agents approach the negotiation process with publishers?
Lit NFT Organizations:
So many formats, so many blockchains, so many promising experiments…
🆕 BooksGoSocial (Website) – Publisher of centralized NFT books on the Wax blockchain with downloadable content stored in ZIP files on DropBox.
Jenkins the Valet (Website | Twitter | Discord) – Multimedia studio creating content, including literary NFTs, from licensed characters from the BAYC and MAYC collections and from an upcoming collection of original PFPs.
KOTA (Website | Twitter | Discord) – Literary NFT minter, marketplace, and mobile app planned to deploy on a blockchain being developed through the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure project of the EU’s European Blockchain Partnership.
Token Literary (Discord) – Focused on helping creators with marketing, logistics, and tokenomics.
WIP Publishing (Website) – The publishing arm of PageDAO.
Literary NFT Podcasts and Discussions:
🆕 Soltype Podcast (Soltype: Youtube) – Hosted by Paco Puylaert, Juan Pablo Briceno, and Donald Frederick of Soltype.
Literary NFT Format Guide:
🆕 Animated: The cover or content of the NFT includes animated elements.
🆕 Audiobook: The NFT includes voice narration.
🆕 Centralized: Content stored and accessed from a hard drive, cloud server, or other single-point system.
🆕 Decentralized: Content stored and accessed from a network of hundreds or thousands of nodes, designed as a more durable, secure, and tamper-proof system.
🆕 ERC-20: A digital token representing an asset that is fungible, or identical to others of its kind, and which may be used to purchase or unlock content, establish governance rights in an organization, or qualify recipients of airdropped content. ERC-20 tokens that operate as the native currency of a blockchain can also be called coins.
🆕 ERC-721: A digital token representing an asset that is non-fungible, or unique, describing a digital file or physical object to which it is linked. ERC-721 tokens are one type of NFT.
🆕 ERC-1155: A digital token representing an asset that may be either fungible or non-fungible describing a digital file or physical object to which it is linked. ERC-1155 tokens are considered NFTs even in fungible implementations.
🆕 Gated Reader: The NFT can be read by the holder through a token-gated website or marketplace feature.
🆕 Generative: The title, content, and/or design of the work includes randomly generated traits within a collection of unique works.
🆕 Integrated Reader: The NFT can be openly read in the marketplace.
🆕 Interactive: The user’s actions or choices affect the reading experience.
🆕 Print on Demand: Holders can have a physical copy shipped to their address.
🆕 Text-on-Image: A poem or book excerpt presented in a visual format, often with a complementary background.
🆕 Unlockable Content: Holders unlock textual content in the metadata of the NFT.
🆕 Unlockable Downloadable: Holders unlock an access code, discount code, or instructions for accessing content from a centralized source.
🆕 Tim Boucher, NFT Books: Publishing & Promotion Guide (Lost Books: OpenSea) – Unlockable downloadable NFT book on the Polygon blockchain, providing guidance to authors on using blockchain technology to produce and promote their works.
Gary K. Michelson, et al., Copyright Basics (PageDAO: OpenSea) – NFT textbook chapter with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Neil Strauss, Survive All Apocalypses (LIT DAO: OpenSea) – NFT survival guide in integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain, notable for assigning copyright interests to a randomly selected holder.
1455 Gutenberg Bible (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
1611 KJV Book of Genesis (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Vagobond, Holy Bjble–AB Edition (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
NFT Poetry Books:
Indefatigable, Peace of Mind (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT spoken poetry collection with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
wordstobecrossroad, puff (Soltype) – Genesis NFT poetry collection with integrated reader on Solana blockchain.
Dazerine, T. Dylan Daniel, SpartTwain, White Chocolate, The Mask of Ganymede (PageDao/NFT Book Bazaar) – NFT book and audiobook in gated reader with print-on-demand feature on Ethereum blockchain.
Brian Toups, Drifter (OpenSea) – NFT book in integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain.
Literary NFT Collections:
Greg R. Fishbone, “Mad Messages” Collection (OpenSea) – Unlockable content NFT book chapters of Galaxy Games series book The Mad Messenger on Polygon blockchain.
Saami Heyes, “Night Creatures” Collection (Objkt) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Tezos blockchain.
Saami Heyes, “Saami’s Journal” Collection (Foundation) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Ethereum blockchain.
Mark Manson, “The Subtle Art…” Collection (BookCoin | OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT tokenization of NYT bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck on Ethereum blockchain.
OddWritings, “Oddness 2022” Collection (OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Polygon blockchain.
OddWritings, “EmergentPoems” Collection (OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Ethereum blockchain.
Enzo Chul Ortega, “Tales from the Blockchain” Collection (OpenSea) – Unlockable content NFT short stories on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Barewords” Collection (Barewords/OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Genesis” Collection (WIP Publishing/OpenSea) – NFT books in an integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain.
Various, “Genesis v2” Collection (WIP Publishing/OpenSea) – NFT books in an integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Readme” Collection (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT books in integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Literary NFTs (Anticipated):
Neil Struass, Jenkins the Valet (Jenkins the Valet) –Holders may choose to burn or stake the book for rewards. Anticipated April-ish.
Literary NFT Collections (Anticipated):
Bailey Bridgewater, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Crime genre. Currently pre-sale.
Mary Esther Farnstrom, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Horror genre. Currently pre-sale.
Patrick Garrett, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Post-Apocalyptic genre. Currently pre-sale.
Alicia Suastika, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Romance genre. Currently pre-sale.
Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity and There Is Never Anything But the Present (BookCoin) – Anticipated Q1 2022.
Shawn Whitney, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Sci-Fi genre. Currently in a pre-sale phase.
Lit NFT Projects in Hibernation:
Organizations with no apparent activity in over six months.
Vagobond’s New Acquisitions
You can find my NFT buying methodology and more at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/
- I’m not paying to mint anything at the moment while I attempt to mentally chart where the NFT market and world is going. My focus is currently on the projects I already own with an emphasis on Music, Travel, and Literary NFTs. That being said – I will probably be getting some free project drops from time to time or adding to my holdings of ecosystems I’m currently in or maybe I’ll Degen into some free mints if the gas is cheap.
- Free mint for holders of Dead Mferz: https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0xb5c26f5b5501324acaf5f5a9dc1c4aebed999671/868
- Free mint https://opensea.io/assets/0xafe2c381c385cbbcbb570d8b39b36449be6b35c4/5689
- Drop to Strawberry.wtf holders – token for physical Gameboy w Strawberry Game https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x66cb0a5061786637ec27e0e42b4fa1779c7ecb0d/105
- Off Chain Monkeys – Cute derivative project of On Chain Monkey dropped to me: https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x35ede6d25fafc93938d9c0530f1f5c0edc9d3845/7173
- Non Fungible Fungi Airdrop – https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x645f73d226a685f7572961926fd8cec70421c044/3
- Two additional pfps dropped and revealed for being early minter of Unity 55 https://opensea.io/assets/0xd8723058f2b456484e3cde4ccfaea903116fa9e4/1713
My Chip List Top 5’s Today
(Feel free to disagree) – this list will change daily based on my own hype and holdings. To get the latest news on all of these and my more permanent lists go to https://vagobond.com/my-bag-of-nft-chips-blue-red-white/
- Pixel Vault/Punks Comic/Metahero
- On Chain Monkeys
- Degen Toonz
- Valiant Comics
- Peaceful Groupies
- Moons of Mars
- Influence Asteroids
- Non-Fungible Heroes
- Danger Islands / Lazer Defi
- Battle Maneki
Bald Jesusism – The 1st True Metaverse Religion
The March full moon is the ‘Sugar Moon’ on this day (March 17th in Hawaii) we share sweet treats with kids and the people we love and also – take the day off work if you can. Enjoy yourself. March 14th is world Pi Day. On this day we celebrate math and eat pie. Sharing pie with math lovers is a very Bald Jesus thing to do. If you are baking pies, cut the pi symbol in the top of your pie! The big one for March though is Garden Day aka Spring Equinox – Generally around March 21st. Do some gardening, get outside, feel the soil under your bare feet. Review your goals and aspirations for the year. Meditate on happiness. Gather with friends.
https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com – Minting Now!- for Bald Jesus Drinking Club
.05 ETH limited to 777 total
Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
I periodically move all of this to the NFT 101 page on Vagobond.com https://vagobond.com/nft-101/
1. How do you "buy the dip"?
Those who are toxically positive on Twitter will often lambast bUy ThE dIp during weak price action…but how do you do it successfully without getting rekt?
— OSF (@osf_nft) March 7, 2022
Moonlings – Metahero derivitive project by PVFD – https://discord.gg/cXjPutEu4h
Great Projects I’m Not In or Following:
aka projects I missed and am salty about. There are too many – see the whole list at:
Missed in February: Generative Dungeons, Heroes, Mfers , Dented Feels
Tokens & Staking
These are the tokens and crypto/defi projects that NFTs have led me to. Bizarre when you think about it. See the full list at here
These are projects that I wanted to believe in that simply seem like they are dead. I bought into many of these instead of the winning projects above. Take that as a warning. I sincerely hope that they resurrect – but when I put them here, it means that I’ve stopped believing and looking. I hope to someday have a section at the top called ‘Resurrections’ for when projects in the Graveyard manage to rise up again. As time goes on, I have no doubt this will be the biggest section of this newsletter and I will let it keep growing so that those who care to look can understand that the majority of projects fail and investors lose money. Pick wisely, my friends, and good luck!
Newly Buried: See the huge full list at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/nft-project-graveyard/
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