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May 2, 2022
In This Issue:
From the Editor by Vagobond
Vagobond’s Recent NFT Acquisitions
NFT & Crypto Alerts, Alpha, News, & Headlines
This Week in Page Dao by T. Dylan Daniel
NFT Religion from Bald Jesus
Literary NFT Resources compiled by Greg R. Fishbone
GM and Aloha Frens,
It was a wild weekend. I hope you all had a good time. Yesterday was May Day – an important holiday in the Metaverse Religion of Bald Jesusism when we remember the workers of the world and call in sick unless we are getting paid double overtime. It’s easy to celebrate on a beautiful Sunday in Hawaii where May 1st also happens to be Lei Day. My daughter and I went to the park in Waikiki and enjoyed a picnic, free live music, and watching all the tourists. Her favorite – the middle aged dude in a mankini with his kid also in a mankini. Lofl.
The Otherside launch was epic. I know a lot of people probably got rekt on it – buying $APE in the run up then watching it crash after, gas wars where people were paying 2 ETH just to claim a mint, and then the wild secondary market. I took part in none of that. Sold my $APE as it went higher, watched the rest, claimed my rather plain land from owning a mutant, and watched. I’ll hold what I have – and it turns out that it might be just what was needed – The Bald Jesus Temple is born in Otherside. Time will tell how that plays out but I’m not selling unless things go really crazy.
The launch of Vagobond Magazine #1 was a big success. People really liked it and it was fun for me to go back to my roots in publishing. I published an Anarchist/Environmental zine in the 1990s and have had various IRL and digital publishing ventures ever since. This feels like the right move on so many levels. Click on the cover below to go grab one of the 10 copies that will ever exist. Issue #2 is coming on Friday. If all 10 copies have sold before then, I’ll make 15 copies of #2.
Our condolences to Greg R. Fishbone who lost his father over the weekend. We hope that he and his family are holding up under this sad event. Never forget to love the people around you while you can because none of us know the future or what may come.
Vagobond’s Recent NFT Acquisitions
I’m being picky about minting these days unless it’s either free & gasless or an essential part of a collection I already hold. I feel like pfps and generative 10k collections have come as far as they can and now it’s the established winners in this space that will give us something new. Possibly like what BAYC is doing with $APE or BYO is doing with their universe. I don’t know – but I’m watching for it and looking for opportunities to either take profits or increase my stake in projects that I think might bring about the next wave of innovation. At this point, it’s safe to assume that every new project is either a rug or a future failure. There are just too many unknowns and too many scams. Blue chip projects and solid teams are the safest bet – but even something like BAYC has an uncertain future in a space that has only developed over the past year.
- Chainfaces: Elixirof the Ancients (free drop to Chainfaces holders) https://opensea.io/assets/0x29190d0dc19b6c506d01f4d7f305e7aaf5425092/0
- Otherside Land (free claim MAYC holders – see below in Metaverse Religion)
- Deadheads to Manga #2 https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0xf41b20f396909c10ae41310a9e2b04a8190f2ae1/1
- Huxley Comic #3 – I needed one to make the burn today for Human Avatar
- ApeLanders (x2) These were a cheap mint in the nervous energy time before the Otherland Claim. https://opensea.io/collection/ape-landers
- Also EvMos Chain opened up and I claimed a small amount and minted these fine EvMos NFTs on it with virtually no gas.
News & Alpha
- * 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.
- Revolt to Earn – First official CultDao Ecosystem Token coming in June https://wearecultdao.medium.com/emancipate-the-many-from-wage-slavery-rvlt-b43e6431d51e
- *Airdrop* – DYOR and use a safe wallet! This has not been tested by me but some users have reported getting large airdrops that converted to ETH with no issues: https://docs.benddao.xyz/portal/airdrop
- *Airdrop* – DYOR! Check airdrop eligibility for Optimism here, gonna be one of the best airdrops this year https://app.optimism.io/governance More info here
- Huxley Comics are having their #2 Burn Event today for Human Avatar tokens. One of the most complex systems out there, but IMO one of the ecosystems that has the most potential to go completely global in scale. Don’t just ape in – do some research, but my advice is to find a way to be active in Huxley – this has huge potential future.
- There is also something big coming from 10KTF in a few days. No one seems to know what it is, but it’s been building towards a crescendo for a while now. Watch for it.
— Wagmi-san (@10KTFshop) April 28, 2022
- Danger Islands/Lazer Labs game is being played. First monster battle happening now. This project really deserves so much more attention than it gets.
Monster Battle is going well, pirates!
Ol' Slithery lost several tentacles and our brave pirates snatched some of his gems.
Check yer in-game items, mates. A lucky few will now own a gem.
Gems will allow you to upgrade your pirates. pic.twitter.com/RzsjeH1i3m
— Lazer Labs (@LazerLabs) May 2, 2022
- Bored Ape Metaverse Frenzy (Bloomberg)
- Labor Dept Criticizes Fidelity for Bitcoin Retirement Plans (WSJ)
- Hawaii Legislature Kills Plan to License Crypto Exchanges – Web3 Fans Dismayed
I’m going to be tokenizing and distributing my startup corporation to holders of Bald Jesus and Vagobond NFTs. Iwahai, Inc. is a Delaware C Corporation and the owner of VoiceMarkr which can be found in the the Apple and Android app stores. VoiceMarkr is a voice centered social media and communications platform which will be owned and developed further by the community – so if you want to be a part of it – you should join the Vagobond Discord ASAP.
The Week in PageDao (#2) by T. Dylan Daniel
This week was a massive one. We made major strides toward our Membership NFT Project with James Cowan delivering art and Robbie and myself working together to build out a smart contract. There are several pieces that still need to be put together, but we have updated the snapshot to include holders of The Mask of Ganymede and the updated total is now 441 Wippy class memberships that will go out to early PageDAO supporters.
We will be aiming to release the project this week, so be ready to mint your 2022 Membership NFT!!
We’ve also nearly finished our five-week saga with Bitlectro Labs on Pass the Pen! PageDAO Resident Artist Erick Stow has shaped the story as scribe, providing depth and character to Ultra Pizza Thrash Or Die, a richly entertaining action adventure in which four friends are ensorceled by a strange video game in the early 1980’s. We’ll be finishing this story this Friday, and be sure you tune in to check out who we may have as a special guest.
More and more people are joining the PageDAO Discord server as well, with over 1100 Discord members and over 1400 total Twitter followers now. I have an interview coming up next week that people may end up hearing about, and I could hardly be more excited to put the final few puzzle pieces together to show the world what PageDAO really has in mind for publishing.
Publishers, led by Greg Fishbone, will be offered the ability to purchase two NFTs at 2.5ETH apiece to signal their readiness for a specific application built on PageDAO technology. As authors flock to PageDAO, early PageDAO Publishers will be able to stand out from the crowd by offering bespoke services including curation and beyond. The proceeds from Diamond Wippy NFTs will support PageDAO’s hands-on development of publisher-specific applications.
The First NFT/Metaverse Religion- Bald Jesusism
The holidays of Bald Jesusism are meant to be fun and healthy for you and your fam. Enjoy them!
May Day – May 1st is a day to celebrate workers of the world and all they do. It’s a day to fight exploitation and wage slavery. If you have a job, take this day off. In Bald Jesusism, if you have a job, May 1st is the day you call in sick for religious reasons.
Bitcoin Pizza Day – May 22nd is the day the first official transaction with Bitcoin took place. Two large pizzas for 10,000 BTC. We celebrate these very expensive pies by eating pizza and buying pizza for others. This is a great day to buy an extra pizza and give it to someone who doesn’t have one.
https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com – Minting Now!- for Bald Jesus Drinking Club
.04 ETH limited to 777 total
Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
Bald Jesus is Your Bro! Don’t Be a Dick
Happy #MayDay Frens! A day to celebrate workers of the world & fight exploitation & wage slavery.Take this day off! In #BaldJesusism May 1st is the day you call in sick for religious reasons especially if the bastards are making you work on a Sunday & not paying 2x OT. #baldjesus pic.twitter.com/KPViHPd85O
— CD | Vagobond.eth (@vagobond) May 1, 2022
I feel pretty blessed to have gotten a piece of Otherside land. I don’t plan on selling it and as long as I own it – I plan on it being the Otherside Temple of Bald Jesus. Now look, if this becomes life changing money and I can improve my family’s situation or something like that – I’m selling it – but until that day (and if that day) this will be the Metaverse HQ for the Bald Jesus fam. Also, since it’s a pretty clear Mutant piece and the Blootiness of it can’t be denied – it’s definitely a home for all BJs, Blooters, and Mutants. Bald Jesus is your bro. Don’t be a dick! And hey – check out the phallic symbols on this mf! – CD
— CD | Vagobond.eth (@vagobond) May 1, 2022
Literary NFT Beat
My app bio at http://greg.app.bio includes a blog of collectible NFT thoughts.
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, “Limited First NFT Ebook Edition” Collection (Winehouse Publishing: OpenSea) – nearly 100 public domain classics presented as unlockable content links to decentralized ePub files in NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Each book has its own ISBN.
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.
Publica (Website | Twitter | Facebook) – Early pioneer in blockchain publishing, issuing ERC-20 tokens on a proprietary exchange to unlock content in a proprietary wallet.
Winehouse Publishing (Website | Twitter | Facebook) – Sweden-based traditional-crypto hybrid multilingual publisher of public domain classics on the Ethereum blockchain. Each book has its own ISBN. The collection represents a great investment in work, but no sales or new listings since June 2021.
Organizations with potential to enter the space.
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