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A highlight from Zechariah Evangelism
"Good morning. Our third Sunday sermon series through Zechariah is coming to a close here. I'm not sure if we'll have another message after this one. Usually, after I get to the end of a book, we'll go back and do a review message, which was last month, and then a message relating, whatever the book was, to evangelism. So that's today. Zechariah evangelism. And so let's pray that God will bless us today. Lord God, we thank you that all of your Word is an evangelistic tool, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And we know that we see scriptures that we can identify better as evangelistic, but we know that all of your Word is truth, and truth convicts of sin, and conviction of sin then can lead to repentance. And so we pray, Lord, that you would make us wise evangelists. And so help us in that today. We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen. The book of Zechariah is a revelation or a revealing of Jesus the Messiah. As such, it is a good resource for evangelism. Today we utilize Zechariah for evangelism in the form of a letter to an unbelieving friend. So I hadn't done this before, so it may seem a little bit strange. It's going to seem a little strange to me. But I have always found that evangelism encourages the saints to say, well, I don't need to come to faith in Christ, but I love hearing, well, it's kind of like the hymn, isn't it? I love to tell the story. I love to hear the story of unseen things above. And so if it just falls flat, then I know you all will still love me. And you'll just say, don't do that again. That was silly. Just send your letter to your friend and preach us a regular message, OK, if it doesn't work out. But I think it's going to encourage you. OK. Kids speak. Kids, what book are we looking at today? Zechariah. What are we going to do with Zechariah today? We're going to use it to write a letter to a friend telling them how important it is to trust Jesus. So I sent you an email with this without anything but the letter. So if you actually wanted to use it and instead of friend put somebody's name, you could do that. Dear friend, would you allow me to share some observations about a certain book in the Bible? I have found this book particularly beneficial, and I believe you may benefit from its content as well. It's the book of Zechariah, the second to the last book in our English Old Testament. God showed Zechariah some strange things, and probably many today would think he wasn't quite in his right mind when he saw them. But all his visions had their basis in what Moses and the preceding prophets had been shown. First, though, a little historical setting for the book. It was written when the Jews came back from captivity in Babylon. God had allowed his own people to be defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. That was because they had done just about everything he had told them not to do and had stopped doing the things they were supposed to do. As Zechariah reminded his audience, the Lord of Heaven's assembly said, exercise true judgment and show brotherhood and compassion to each other. You must not oppress the widow, the orphan, the resident foreigner, or the poor, nor should anyone secretly plot evil against his fellow citizen. But they refused to pay attention, turning away stubbornly and stopping their ears so they could not hear. Indeed, they made their hearts as hard as diamond so that they could not obey the Torah and the other words the Lord of Heaven's assembly had sent by his spirit through the former prophets. Therefore, the Lord of Heaven's assembly has poured out to great wrath. You can see that God had given them very sensible directions for treating each other right. Who would not agree that these rules were fair and just? Yet they had turned a deaf ear mistreating one another. And even though we agree that compassion and helping the disadvantaged are right, would it take much digging to where we too have turned a deaf ear to divine instructions? Kids speak. Kids, God gives us the rules for how to treat each other right. But have we broken those rules? Yeah. Do we need God to forgive us? Zechariah had opened his message with a similar reminder. He didn't place the responsibility in the past. Rather, he laid the impetus to respond on his own generation. Therefore, say to the people, the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, turn to me, says the Lord of Heaven's armies, and I will turn to you, says the Lord of Heaven's armies. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, this is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly has said, turn now from your evil wickedness. But they would by no means obey me, says the Lord. God told the people to turn to him, even though it appeared that they had already started obeying God again, since they had made the dangerous journey from Babylon to rebuild a burned -down Jerusalem, the walls of which had been completely leveled, exposing them to dangerous enemies. But God saw that their hearts were still not turned to him. Even though they were facing many difficult and discouraging circumstances, God knew that no obstacle could be greater than having their attention divided from him. Kid Speed, if we obey some things, God says, does that mean we obey everything he says? No. All of us probably could say we obey some things. He told them if they turned to him, he would turn to them. Well, that's certainly a square deal. Before God gave them into Babylon's hands, he had spent generations trying to turn them from their misdeeds. Now he was patiently starting over with them again. And how did they respond? Zechariah 1 .6, and they turned and said, the Lord of Heaven's assembly planned to do with us according to our ways, yes, according to our deeds, so he has dealt with us. God told them to turn, and they turned. Zechariah's audience responded favorably to his message of repentance, at least at first. They took responsibility for their waywardness, and they accepted God's gracious invitation to fellowship, that he would turn to them as well. Now they were ready to hear how God would bring them a final deliverance from all danger. It would come through a single man. Kids speak. Kids, the people Zechariah was talking to knew that they hadn't done what God said, so they turned back to him. Is that what we should do, too? Come on, nod your head with me. They were rebuilding Solomon's temple, but Zechariah had a message of another temple that would have to be built if they were going to be finally saved, Zechariah 6 .12. This is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, here is the man whose name is the sprig. He will branch out from where he is and will rebuild the temple of the Lord. They were rebuilding the temple, so it must have been a surprise to hear about someone else who needed to come and build another new one. Ezra and Zerubbabel were leading the present rebuilding effort. Who was this other man in such a strange name, the sprig? But Zechariah and his colleagues had already been told about the sprig. They had already been told that the sprig had something to do with the priesthood. God had spoken to their own high priest, Joshua, not the Joshua of the book of Joshua, Zechariah 3 .8. Listen, high priest Joshua, you and those companions of yours who sit with you, for these men are a sign that I am presenting my servant the sprig. The very fact that God's people needed a new high priest every time the last one died showed that a final permanent priest was needed. The fact that they had a day of atonement every year showed that their sins were not being removed permanently. They needed a once for all payment for sin. That was apparently going to be the work of the sprig. And why call the sprig? Simply because he would start fresh. He wouldn't build onto the existing structure of the Levitical priesthood, and that is exactly what has come about. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Yet he acted as a priest, offering himself as a sacrifice for sins. Kids, one of the names for Jesus in Zechariah is sprig. What's a sprig? Well, it's a plant when it first starts growing. Why was Jesus called sprig? Because he had to do everything over right from the start. We had messed everything up, so he had to start all over like a little sprig. God then immediately added a new name to Christ the sprig, calling him a stone. For he grew from his small beginning to become the sacrifice for sin, both permanent and solid qualities a stone represents. Zechariah 3 .9. Look, the stone that I put in place in Joshua's presence, on that one stone are seven eyes. And look, I will do the engraving myself, declares the Lord of Heaven's assembly. And I will remove the perversity of that land in a single day. There's one of the strange symbols of Zechariah, a stone with seven eyes. Of course, it's figurative. The mental image of a seven -eyed stone probably confuses us at first, but the stone is made less mysterious in light of the engraving, an engraved stone. The eyes most simply symbolize sight. Really the most elusive aspect of the image is the seven. That one takes a little bit of biblical familiarity. We find by induction, looking at places where seven occurs, that seven connotes completeness. So seven eyes indicate complete sight. The stone then is a figurative way to tell us that the Messiah would be omniscient. To see everything is to know everything. In other words, the Messiah would be God. Kids speak. Kids, another name for Jesus in Zechariah is the stone. Why is he a stone? Because he stays the same, like a rock, when he says he will save us. That word is as firm as a rock. Well, what about the engraving on the stone? Well, in light of the prompt removal of the land's perversity, the engraving is most likely the engraving of the land's perversity into the stone. It's an engraving God does himself. And isn't this what God the Father did when Jesus was on the cross, engrave his people's sins into him? Kids speak. Zechariah calls Jesus a rock that God carves on. Well, what did God carve into Jesus? Our sins. When our sins were carved into Jesus, did that take the sins away from us? Yep, carved onto him. That's how it works. This sprig who became the stone was God's way of explaining to Joshua the high priest what had just happened to him. So rewind to the beginning of the chapter, Zechariah 3, 1 through 4, and he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the messenger of the Lord, and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him. But the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebukes you, oh Satan, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you. Is this not a stick snatched from the fire? And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing before the messenger. And he answered and said to the one standing before him, saying, remove the filthy garments from him. And he said to him, see, I have taken away your guilt from you and will clothe you with rich garments. The high priest, the man in Israel who presided over the sacrifices for removing sin, he himself stood unclean before God. Satan was there accusing him. But God did not argue the basic fact of Joshua's defilement. No, in fact, God's rebuke of Satan got right to the matter of Joshua's deficiency. He called Joshua a stick snatched from the fire. Joshua was like a stick that was going to burn, but God had pulled him out of the fire. Kids, God said that Joshua the high priest was like a stick that was about to burn, but God pulled it out of the fire. Is that what God does when Jesus saves us? Pulls us out of hell? Yeah. We were headed right for hell. So, wow, we should really thank Jesus, shouldn't we? Ah, dear friend, I can tell you that describes me as well. I was a stick ready to burn, already as good as it ignited. Yes, that has me listening to God's words as closely as I'm sure Joshua was. Remove his filthy garments. Men on earth couldn't see the dirty clothing, but there in heaven we see the reality. Joshua already believed that he needed spiritual cleansing, otherwise he would not have made the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement for his own sins. But now he got to see how his defilement looked in God's presence. Satan didn't even have to lie, though he's good at it. A defiled Joshua was his exhibit A, and he needed no further proof. Friend, if the highest religious official amongst God's people was tarnished by sin, everyone else on earth was as well. The high priest needed the engraved stone to be engraved with his own sins. That's why God showed Joshua that vision, so that Israel's high priest could model for the nation their need to hope in God's final high priest. I have that same hope. I have trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as the sacrifice that covers my sin, dear friend. Kids, if Satan came before God and said, look at Pastor Cain, he's a dirty sinner, how can he be a Christian? What would God say? He would say, but I cleaned Pastor Cain up by what Jesus did on the cross. You can say the same thing for you, right? You may have noticed that I am referring to Jesus as both the high priest and the sacrifice. That is correct. He is both. If our sins were engraved into him, that makes him the sacrifice. But he was the one who offered himself up to be sacrificed. He is also the priest. In fact, Jesus fulfilled virtually every aspect of the temple, the furniture, its procedures, and the priests processing them. He puts the fill in fulfillment. I have been to your ear a long time. Thank you for your patience. I will bring this to an end. Zechariah 12, 10. And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of prayer, then they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn over him. Jesus was a Jew, and he came to his countrymen first. They passed him by. But one day God promises that they will recognize him. Zechariah 13, 1. On that day, a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and from impurity. And they will recognize their Messiah. They will recognize what he did for them. Kids speak. Another thing Zechariah says Jesus is like is a well. Why is that? Well, because you can wash with water from a well just like you can have your sins washed away by Jesus' blood. Until then, that same well is open to all men. Zechariah 2, 11. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. And here we are. Christ's saving message reaches more and more people groups year by year. But the end gathering will not last indefinitely. Christ will return to finalize his work on earth. Zechariah 14, 4. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. That was the location from which he left the earth in the sight of his apostles ascending into heaven. That is where he has an appointment to return. Kids, where is Jesus right now? Heaven. Will he always stay there? No. He's coming back here to be king of everybody in the world. Oh, that'll be a great day, won't it? Dear friend, there is a sacrifice that washes away our sins and renews us. Do we need cleansing and new life? Zechariah, like the rest of scriptures, tells us that if we have dishonored God and broken his commandments, we need Jesus' purifying sacrifice. I pray to God that you will join me as one who confesses Christ as Lord and Savior. For the walking wounded, as 1 Thessalonians 5, 14 says, uphold the strengthless. It's easy to forget that when we first came to God, we were complete spiritual invalids. I think most of us continue to think, hmm, I don't think I've changed much since then, but we're supposed to mature. All scripture is profitable for teaching, for conviction. The gospel is good news. May fear not cause me to hesitate in telling it as though it were basically bad news. It does contain bad news, but the gospel is basically good news. If you just tell good news without contexting it with the bad news, unless the person already gives you that and says, oh, I'm a defiled sinner. What can I do? Well, of course, you can just march right into, here's the means of cleansing. But if not, you need to let them know that, yes, we are sinners headed for hell. But the gospel is basically good news, which is how we should present it. All scripture is profitable for correction. I will remember that the good news is what properly contexts the bad news of our sinfulness, our enmity with God, and our coming judgment. God justly put all these aside in the cross. And all scripture is profitable for teaching, conviction, correction, for schooling in righteousness. Nothing wrong with asking God to just drop witnessing opportunities into our lap rather than worrying about segues. How do I get from a regular conversation into a gospel conversation? And, of course, we want to be able to do segues, too. But in the meantime, it's a good thing to ask every day who knows who I'll meet today. Maybe the door will just swing wide open, and I need to be ready to walk in. Wrap up, Colossians 4, 5, and 6. You can see it on the left side there. Walk in wisdom toward those on the outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, having been seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. And then breaking it down phrase by phrase, walk in wisdom toward those on the outside. God give me a special wisdom like a person on a mission. Redeeming the time, God give me sufficient urgency. Let your speech be always with grace. God give me words that make good transitions to the gospel. Having been seasoned with salt, God give me a bright countenance and inviting words that you may know how you ought to answer each one. God give me increasing sensitivity to see particular burdens in the lives of others that I may point them to the burden -bearer. Amen. Let's pray. Lord God, thank you for your words. We pray, Lord, that you will grant a day of revival when the subject of God and of being right with God is simply part of the national conversation. And we know that you have done this before in days of revival, that people simply become curious again. And you pique their curiosity and we can simply walk right into witnessing situations. But until then, Lord, we pray that we would remember Colossians 4, 5, and 6, that we would walk in wisdom towards them, that we would seek out opportunities, that we would always have gracious speech, and that we would season it with salt and make it attractive. And that you might help us better and better to recognize needs in people's lives that will present the gospel's introduction. Lord, bless these, your people, all your people here on earth, worshiping you today. In Jesus' name, amen.
Fresh update on "stone" discussed on Morning News with Manda Factor and Gregg Hersholt
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A highlight from 1277. Crypto Regulation Under Threat | Republicans Fight + FTX Trial Begins
"All right, so we could be nearing a space in time in which crypto regulation could be at its worst risk ever. And that's going to talk about a breakdown of a lot of things that are happening all at once right now, starting with the Speaker of the House. We'll break into all this good stuff. You guys don't want to miss this one. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back to The Tech Path. All right, let's start with where this kind of this rub between Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House. If you know anything about politics, basically, you got a good guy, bad guy. One guy said that I was going to do this. He didn't do it. And it all kind of boiled up to the shutdown that we just averted. Listen to what they had to say here. This is leading out with Matt Gaetz. If there's a deal made with Democrats, the only deal is to make one with McCarthy, because I'm not offering anything and won't offer anything. So if the Democrats want to adopt him, they can adopt him. Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives to be vacant resolved that the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant. The vote has to take place within two legislative days. We don't know exactly when that's going to be. Have you talked to anyone to gauge their interests on becoming speaker? It's McCarthy. I've had a number of people call me sua sponte to express their own interest. Can you name it? I could, but I'm not going to. Will you block or vote against every Republican rule if he remains speaker? I haven't contemplated that. All right. So Gaetz has definitely got a burr under his saddle for McCarthy. And mainly this, again, goes back to this whole broken promises scenario that happened when McCarthy was put into the speaker position. Now, why is this important to crypto? This could cause a massive slowdown in regulatory alignment with what's going to happen around because right now we're talking about pushing back out of October. This is going to have a lot of effect. And then you've got other things playing into this. So stick around because this whole video, we're going to break down all these little things that you need to be paying attention to because it will have some significant impact here. A couple of things from this article right here, let me go to the headline here. Matt versus Goliath now a nuisance has become a mortal threat to Kevin McCarthy's speakership. Couple of points I want to highlight here. If all Dems vote against the speaker, if all Dems vote against the speaker, Matt would only need Matt Gaetz, would only need the support for four Republicans, which he is likely to get. That would be the scenario that would oust the speaker of the House right now. And as you heard in the clip, it's going to happen in the next couple of days. So pretty big deal. Democrat Jared Moskowitz, who has known Gaetz for over a decade and served him with Florida, obviously Gaetz out of Florida legislature, used an analogy from Avengers movie and the House had come to an Armageddon. We're also kind of here because McCarthy gave Matt Gaetz the Infinity Stones and now what a surprise Matt Gaetz is trying to snap his fingers and make him go away. It was inevitable. I thought this was fun. Anyway, point being, we've got a lot of disagreement in D .C. and unfortunately crypto legislation is going to get caught up in this. And I think that's the concern we have to look at. I want to go to this next clip really breaking down McCarthy's position as opposed to what Matt Gaetz had to say. Listen in. Speaker, what are the Democrats asking you for? As you try to build support, I imagine from Democrats in this case, I imagine they're going to try to drive a hard bargain. You know what? They haven't asked for anything. I'm not going to provide anything. He's been blaming me for some for an ethics complaint against him that happened in the last Congress. I have nothing to do with. He wants me to try to wipe that away. I'm not going to do that. That's illegal. If that's the case, then I think we've got real problems. He says he's coming for you. Can you survive? Yes, I'll survive. You know, this is personal with Manta. Democrats could cross over and follow Gaetz's lead on this. Look, Gaetz is trying to work with Democrats. He's reached out to Swalwell, to AOC and others. But if that's the way we're going to govern, I don't think America is going to be successful. Look, most of it in the press probably thought we would have shut down yesterday, too. But no, we did not. Were you confident we wouldn't shut down? I was confident I could get something on the floor to make sure the option that we would not. But you weren't sure it was going to pass. Well, I wasn't sure it was going to pass. You want to know why? Because the Democrats tried to do everything they can not to let it pass. They did. Democrats were the ones who voted for this in a larger number than Republicans. 90 Republicans voted against it. You got 45 days. That's right.
Fresh update on "stone" discussed on The Dan Bongino Show
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A highlight from Are NFTs securities?
"Welcome back everyone, I am Cas Pianci. I'm joined as usual by my partner in crime. We've already recorded one today. I'm not going to play pretend and say, I haven't asked you how you're doing. You're doing good. I'm doing good. We're going to be talking about NFTs and whether or not they're securities, or at least whether or not the SEC thinks they're securities, when they think they're securities and why they think they might be securities, right? And the reason this got brought into everyone's sort of line of sight is because an NFT collection called Stoner Cats that had been started, or at least co -founded by Mila Kunis, and I think Ashton Kutcher was in on that as well. I'm not, I don't remember. I think Mila Kunis was the face of it, but I think they were both involved. And some other co -creators created this thing called Stoner Cats. And now Stoner Cats was this collection of images of what it sounds like. Stoned cats. I am cool. Haha. Super, super awesome. Weed and cats, very funny. And they decided they were going to do a show, a web series based on this. And they, I went through the documents, actually, they'd, they'd promised some pretty specific things, including that they were going to do at least one episode for three seasons, something like that. Obviously they, they didn't do that. And part of the issue appears to be that the way these NFTs work, and many NFTs for that matter, is that they offered royalties to the initial founders and creators of these NFTs. What that entails is that every time someone buys one of these NFTs, they get like a 2 .5 % kickback on that sale, which doesn't sound like much right out the gate, but considering volume and all of this other stuff, you end up going like, oh, they made like a half a million dollars in royalty like that, which it's a lot of money. They also sold out of all of their NFTs when they put them on the market, whether or not they bought a bunch of those, I think is up for debate, but basically the SEC said, Hey, you guys are doing these royalties on these NFTs. This is a security. And to be clear, the people who did this said, Oh no. Okay, well we're done. You win. We're not going to admit fault. We're not going to admit guilt here. You guys can just take some money. We'll pay the fine and we'll stop doing the sonar cap. For what it's worth, I don't think you can actually buy them anywhere right now. Maybe it's just because there's none up for sale. After the SEC took this action, the floor price increased 250%. It's still up 175 % since before the SEC action. And the volume went up, I think almost 3000%. So everyone started buying it and trading it and moving them around. As soon as this SEC action was, was pushed out. I think this kind of SEC action is similar in my mind to the EOS action that took place in case anyone is unfamiliar with EOS. This was a Brock Pierce and Daniel Larimer project from years ago that was going to change the financial system and raised $4 billion from their ICO and then got fined by the SEC, I believe it was $24 million. Who gives a shit? No one cares about that $24 million fine when you've raised billions of dollars. And I think everybody understood that when it happened. And to me, this feels kind of similar, right? So these guys raised, I believe it's something like eight to $9 million, including these royalties that they got. And they were fined, I don't know, a few million. They made a profit for sure. They profited on this 100 % sure. And what they're getting out of it ultimately is that they don't have to fight the SEC now. They don't have to pay legal fees. And the SEC gets, oh, look, see, they're not willing to fight us on this. So this means NFTs are security. That's not the full story, Bennets. Why don't you jump in here now? What's interesting, so Stoner Cats is the second NFT case that the SEC pursued. Like a week or two weeks before they pursued Stoner Cats, they went after Impact Theory, which was a smaller NFT project, less illustrious names involved. And the creators of that NFT project kept telling their investors that they could get tremendous value and that they were going to make sure that we do something that by any reasonable standard, people get a crushing, hilarious amount of value. And they even told these people buying their NFTs that these NFTs were the mechanism by which communities will be able to capture economic value from the growth of the company they support. This one, again, settled with the SEC and may more clearly be a security than Stoner Cats. And I think this is what kind of gets interesting here is even in the Impact Theory case I just discussed, there were two SEC commissioners who disagreed. Commissioners Peirce and Ulleda did not support this and wrote their own digression. And they highlighted that the SEC does not routinely bring enforcement actions against people that sell watches, paintings or collectibles, along with vague promises to build the brand and increase the resale value. And what I thought was interesting and what you and I had a brief conversation about is Preston Byrne, who we've had on the podcast before, wrote a blog post taking a look at these two cases. And his stance was basically that the Impact Theory I, when I just discussed, did seem more clearly like a security in the way it was marketed, in the way it was sold, and in the expectations investors reasonably had. But he thought that the Stoner Cats one was less clearly a violation of securities law. Peirce and Ulleda again highlighted that this was an example of fan crowdfunding. And Preston pointed towards how this was not presented in that same way to purchasers. And so I think Stoner Cats is one where they kind of wanted to go after it because there were so many celebrities involved. Mila Kunis was involved, as you mentioned. Ashton Kutcher was an actor. Chris Rock was an actor. There were names involved here. And you want to discourage that caliber of name from doing this type of projects. You go for a ticky tacky settlement. But more broadly, what we're looking at in both these two cases is that making your badly formed project in which you hope to return value to people who give you money, an NFT instead of some other form of token, does not mean you'll avoid the SEC's attention. And so I think a big part of this has been the royalty aspect the SEC has been honing in on. And I want to be clear here for everyone, because I think it's a pretty important distinction in my mind. And we'll see, I don't know if this will actually play out in court. It might be that what I'm saying is totally off key and wrong. Again, we are not lawyers. Two industries that instantly come to mind when I think of royalty, and that is TV and movies and music, right? In those two industries, royalties play a pretty big role. We're watching a WGA strike, a Writers Guild of America strike go on right now, particularly because of royalties. The writers can't get royalties on streaming anymore, because these streaming services don't offer the market data to even give them any of these royalties, right? But this has been livelihoods for decades for actors, writers, producers, whatever. They all have been able to make money on these royalties forever. There's a fair argument to be had that if your NFT is a TV -like thing, which I guess you could argue Stoner Cats was, that the royalties, in a sense, make sense. I think that you need to do more probably than seven episodes. I don't know. It would be up for debate. I don't know where that would come in. But the second one that I want to talk about is musicians, where like, again, record sales indeed do give you royalties for the rest of your career if you have the rights to the songs and all of that. And I know someone on that I follow on Twitter, who actually I like a lot of the songs that he puts out there, Jonathan Mann. I follow him. I find a lot of his music entertaining. It's silly. And he turns a lot of it into NFTs. He does royalties as well for that. And I get it. I actually get that. I'm like, oh, well, that makes sense. Counter to this is the sale of art pieces, is the sale of painting. If I buy a painting from a painter, you know what happens when I resell that painting? Whether I resell it for a profit or a loss, do you do you want to guess how much of the money I make on that resale the painter gets? Zero. Zero. They do not receive anything for it. Collectibles, you want to talk about Pokemon cards? How much does Namco get when I resell a Pokemon card? Zero. Sure. They don't get anything. So the royalties in that aspect, I do understand why they're trying to say they're a security. It's a dividend. And Preston highlights part of this in the blog post. And like, imagine I paint a picture and there's someone who wants to buy it for $10 ,000. And I say, what if instead I sell it for you for $1 ,000 and 10 percent of any of whatever you end up selling it for in the future? Right. That doesn't make the painting itself a security. Right. And I think... How many of those agreements exist? I would love to know, because that is not a common agreement. The answer is probably non -zero. Right. And often that's not how artist kickbacks work, right? The way it generally works is an artist sells some pieces to a collector at a lower price and then one like Halo piece at a higher price, which then re -values the entire collection. So then the collector is able to make the money on that. And the artist is then able to sell future pieces at a higher price. Not that that's a good... Changing the terms of that arrangement in the way I describe make it necessarily a security. The art market is bred for money laundering and tax evasion. Like that's that's what the art market is for. I mean, we literally just described market manipulation. Yes. That's what I just said. It's just not illegal because it's a collectibles market. And the tax, the tax shit, donating it to museums, doing all the all sorts of weird scammy shit in the art market. I'm not trying to deny that at all. But if we're going to try to make kind of strict lines in the sand about what a security is, I do want to say that when you're getting kickbacks on every sale of a painting, that sounds so much more like a dividend to me and a securities offering than it does the way a normal art market works. And royalties don't sound that way to me. They really don't. Right. It's a dividend, but it's not. It's not. It's basically saying like, OK, you did this work in this thing years ago. And if you have to repay a whole team because it's not it's not an individual taking full credit for it. It's writers, actors, producers, directors. It's the grip. It's the lighting guy. It's everybody. And the same for a musician as well, usually. I think that's democratized a bit. But for a musician as well, you're going into a studio, you're working with a producer, you're working with a whole band, you're working with all of these different people who hopefully are going to be receiving some sort of monetary compensation forever for the work that they've done for this thing. And again, the art market is not the same as that. Maybe we see some changes in this. Maybe it becomes less regulated. Maybe they or they regulate the royalties aspects of these industries further. I don't know, but I'm trying to explain there is there is a difference between these industries in the real world. Sure. I think kind of just to put a cap on this, there's two things I want to kind of accentuate. Stoner Cats to me seems like the SEC trying to make a case, like we said, because there's these names involved and they want to discourage that kind of thing. I think the art market gets away with a lot because everyone involved is probably like an accredited investor. The SEC's rules, they're already kind of loose, so they're not they don't really care. This is open to retail, you know, so they care a little bit more. The other thing I want to emphasize is there's some amount of ambiguity here in terms of whether or not this type of structure is or is not a security. But broadly, many NFT projects now need to deal with the reality that they may be considered a security by the securities regulator and need to deal with either litigating that or otherwise dealing with the consequences. Well, that's going to do it for this episode, everybody. 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"Welcome to Gospel in Life. This month we're looking at directional signposts through history that point us to Christ. All through the Old Testament from Genesis to Jonah, you see signs that point us to Jesus. Listen now to today's teaching from Tim Keller on Pointers to Christ. Verses 15 to 26. Then I thought in my heart, The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise? I said in my heart, This too is meaningless. For the wise man, like the fool, will not long be remembered. In days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise must die. So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things that I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days, his work is pain and grief. Even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God. For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. But to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after, the win. This is God's word. one Now, of the things that an awful lot of people have said is that Ecclesiastes is a great book. In chapter 97 of Moby Dick, I know it so well, Melville says the truest of all books is Ecclesiastes. Thomas Wolfe in a pretty well -known American novel, You Can't Go Home Again, he says, one of his characters says this, Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, the noblest, the wisest, the most powerful expression of humanity's life on earth, the highest flower of eloquence and truth. There's an awful lot of people who talk like that, say this is the best book in the Bible, this is the truest, this is the greatest. But I can almost guarantee you that none of them felt that way the first time, not the first time they read it. Because what you have when you first read Ecclesiastes, what you're struck with, is a teacher, a professor, as we'll see, in absolute despair. The very first verses, the first few lines of Ecclesiastes go like this, meaningless, meaningless, utterly meaningless, everything is meaningless. And of course, the passage I just read is just the same. And so you have someone in utter despair with the bleakest view of life, and the reason people generally get very confused when they read it, people who are believers, people who believe in God, people who have the traditional faith, they say, I'm confused because it seems like he's contradicting everything the rest of the Bible says. And people who don't believe or have trouble believing or who are not as believing, when they read it, I'll tell you what they say. What they say is, who needs this? They say, this guy is a professor, this is the kind of guy who drinks himself into a raise on the left bank talking about the meaninglessness of life, this is the kind of guy who makes these art films that, you know, are so bleak and terrible that play in obscure little corners of Greenwich Village. Of course, the world has people like that, but most of us aren't like that, we don't see life like that. Who needs this rant? Who needs this pessimism? Now, the reason why it's so confusing is because a couple of things are missed. The first thing is because people don't realize the instructional approach. We don't exactly know who wrote Ecclesiastes, I won't get into the debate, it's debatable that Solomon writes, it doesn't matter because in the very first line, he calls himself a teacher, a word that can mean a professor. And if you read Ecclesiastes, you'll realize that this man, and it's the only book like this in the Bible, this man is running a seminar. He's not lecturing, he's not preaching, like a good philosophy professor, he's running a seminar. He is making you think. He is goading you with questions. Ecclesiastes, unlike any other book of the Bible, is not pedagogy, it's andragogy. Pedagogy literally means child instruction, memorizing, wrote, you see, drill, spoon feeding. Andragogy is a word that means adult instruction. Goading, asking questions, getting people to look at their own foundations, discovering truth for themselves. That's one of the reasons why Ecclesiastes seems so odd. But the other reason it seems so odd is because people, I don't think notice, unless you look clearly and I'm going to try to show you this morning, that the teacher is looking at life all the time. He's always saying, I see, I see, I saw this, I looked at life and I saw this, but he looks at life in two different ways and he goes back and forth between them. Let me show you the first way he looks at life and the second way he looks at life. It'll teach us a great deal. The first way he looks at life, in the first view, let's say how he looks and what he sees and why he sees it. Now, the first way he looks at life is he looks at life under the sun. You notice how three times in this passage, verse 17, 20 and 22, he says, I found this meaningless under the sun. I saw all my work under the sun was meaningless. This is a term that's used 30 times in the book. This is a term that is not used anywhere else in the Old Testament, so it's clearly critical to and very important to the whole book. And what he means by this, almost all the commentators I've ever read agree, what he means by under the sun is life here and now considered in isolation from anything else. Life under the sun is, he says, I'm going to look at the world as if this life under the sun is all that there is. I'm not going to look at life above the sun. I'm not going to think about God or eternity or heaven or hell, see. I'm not going to think of anything beyond. I'm going to look at life as if this is the only life we have, at least the only life we know. You know Carl Sagan in the beginning of every one of his Cosmos PBS segments, in the very beginning you'd hear Carl Sagan's voice come on and he would say, the cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Now most people are not atheists in the strict sense like Carl Sagan. What Carl Sagan is saying is, this life, this world, there is no heaven, there is no hell, there is no eternity, okay? There is nothing but this life, life under the sun, there's nothing else. Most people aren't atheists. Most people would say, well, I believe in God, but the modern person says, I believe in God or something, but we can't know. We can't know God's will for sure. We can't know about the after. We can't be sure. And so essentially the modern person says, we have got to live life as if this is the only life we know. And the teacher says, deal. I'm going to look at life as if it's the only life we know. That's how he's looking at it. That's the first way he looks at it. I'm going to look at life under the sun. But what does he see? What he sees is absolute inconsequentiality. Now, he kind of looks at it in several ways. He notices the injustice. If you look down, he says, it's unjust. Some people work very, very hard and never enjoy the fruit of their labor, and other people who don't deserve it at all enjoy it. And then he says, and worse than that, it's possible that you could work very hard to accomplish something in life, and then when you die, not only don't you get it anymore, but some fool comes along and takes over, and next thing you know, everything you've worked for is gone. You build an institution. You establish a school of thought. You do some good deeds, and somebody else comes along afterwards and just ruins it. But you see, that all is just, those are all just symptoms. Because up in verse 15 and 16, he really gives you the bottom line. In verse 15 and 16, as I read, he says, the fate of the fool will overtake me also. He says, therefore, this is meaningless, for the wise like the fool will not long be remembered. Now what he's bringing out here is something, again, incredibly modern, but something he's trying to grab you by the scruff of the neck and show you. And we're going to talk about why, but for now, let's say the what. We'll talk about why he's doing this, but right now, let's say what he's looking at. And what he is saying is, a wise life, a wise action, or a foolish life, a foolish action, a compassionate life, a compassionate action, a cruel life, a vicious action. In the end, makes no difference at all. None at all. If it's really true that life under the sun is all there is, if it's really true that when we die, that's it, and eventually the solar system dies, in other words, eventually something will sweep everything away, civilization will all be swept away, it won't make a bit of difference how you've lived at all. And therefore, there is no way, if you realize that life under the sun is all there is, that you can say one action is more significant than another, because it makes no difference in the end at all. Now, that's very bleak, you say. And the question comes up, why, you know, we're all smart people, we walk around, why is it that the average person, and the average person in Western culture who shares the teacher's premise that this life is all we know, but they go on out there and they don't feel that life is meaningless, they don't say one thing is as insignificant as another, that everything is ridiculous, everything is meaningless and vain and futile, no. So why does he, and here's the reason why. He looks at the whole of life, the big picture, and we refuse to. The key is, take a look at this question that he brings out, I have been meditating on this question for some years, and I just saw something this week that I'd never seen before. Here's the question he asks, and he dares you to ask the question. He says, down here in verse 22, what does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? That's the question. Every word is significant. First of all, he says, assuming that this life is all there is, first of all, he says, what is the gain? What do you get? What is the difference? Now, why do you ask that question? Because he's really showing us that you ask that question about any individual piece of your life, do you not? If somebody says to you, I would like you to go to the corner of so -and -so place, and I would like you to stand there for an hour tomorrow, you would say, for what? Well, the person says, I don't want to tell you, I'd just like you to do it. And you say, no, no, no, no. I want to know what difference it'll make, what gain there will be, otherwise it's a waste of time. You would never do anything. If it made absolutely no difference at all, if nothing came of it at all, you'd never do anything. But the thing that, in other words, we look at every part of our life like that. But the reason that the teacher comes to despair, existential despair, is because he uses a little word in that question that is so critical, and that is the word all. What do you get from the whole of your life? And the reason the average person shares the teacher's premise but does not share the teacher's despair in this world, in this Western culture, is because we refuse to use the word all. See, the average person, I mean, there's probably a lot of people right here listening to this, and you're going to sit through the 30 minutes or whatever, but you would never sit through 30 minutes personally with somebody. If somebody sat down and said, well, what do you believe about life? And you said, well, I'm kind of an agnostic, I'm kind of a, I sort of believe in God in general, it might be true, but the one thing is all we know is that we're here, we don't really know for sure why we're here or where we're going or, you know, we can't be sure. Now, the person says, well, in that case, you must, you have to look at life and say that nothing means anything, that there's no right and wrong ultimately, there's no significance between one action over another, that no one action is more meaningful or more significant than the other. And you wouldn't stand for that. You would say, oh, give me this, I took philosophy 101, this meaning in life, so philosophers need this, philosophers ask the big questions. The average person, the average person lives for the daily things. Sure, I don't know, I'm an agnostic, but I'm optimistic about life, why? Because when I take a boat ride in Central Park, I feel good, it's meaningful. When I hug somebody I love, it's meaningful. When accomplish I something at work, it's meaningful. When I do a compassionate deed as opposed to a selfish deed, it's meaningful to me. I'm having a fine life. You can't throw all this on me, you can't put me back into philosophy class. Now, you know what you're doing? You're refusing to ask the word all. There was an old Mutt and Jeff cartoon some years ago. Remember Mutt and Jeff? And at one place, Mutt, Jeff comes up and there's Mutt, and right in the middle of a street, right in the middle of a, you know, a road, a street, he has built a very, very tall pile of stones, and at the top of the pile of stones, there's a lantern, and Jeff says to Mutt, oh, Mutt, why did you build this pile of stones? Oh, he says, that's easy, so I could put the lantern up there. So that it's up high so that it gives a lot of light. Oh, okay. Why did you put the lantern up there? Well, I want the lantern up there so the cars will see the pile of stones and they won't crash into it. Why did you put the pile of stones there for the car to crash into? Well, so that I could put the lantern up there. Now, what is he doing? It's very simple. He's finding meaning of one part in the meaning of another part, but he's refusing to ask the question, does the whole thing have any use, or is it just stupid? Why do you work? Usually, a person says, I'll tell you why I work, so that I can do things that I like to do. I have avocations, I've got hobbies, I've got leisure, I like travel. Why? Well, that really recharges my batteries. Why? So I can work. See, the lantern is for the stones, the stones are for the lantern, and if you refuse to stand back and say, but what is the whole thing for? What is the whole thing for? How do you know your whole life isn't stupid? That your whole life isn't pointless? How do you know your whole life is not just a very, very large stone lantern in the middle of a highway? How do you know this? Now, here's what the teacher is saying. The teacher is saying, grow up. This is not pedagogy, this is andragogy. Don't be an ostrich. Ask yourself the question. If you would never do one thing, if it made no difference at all, okay, it would be meaningless, it would be a waste of time, unless it made a difference. What difference does your whole life make? What are you living for? What difference does it all make? Now, the average person just does not want to hear this. I had a little conversation with somebody, by the way, I know very well, I'll get back to why I think this was a valid conversation, but it's a dangerous one. I had a conversation not too long with somebody I knew very, very well, and this person had just said, what he said was, he says, you know what, the way you know what's right and wrong is, there's no reasons for it, there's no way to know what's right and wrong, you just have to know what's right and wrong in your heart, and if you know in your heart, then it's right, and then you just need to do it, and that's how you live, that's how you find meaning in life. And I said, well then, what do you say to Hitler? He felt it real hard in his life, and he did it, so that was okay. Oh no, my friend said, well you know, he says, the trouble is, most of the people's hearts in the world know that what Hitler was doing was wrong, therefore it was wrong. And I said, well you know, up to 150 years ago, most of the hearts of the world thought slavery was just fine. Do you think slavery was just fine? No. Why not? And he just looked and he shrugged and he says, you know, these things are so complex, if you think about this, you'll just dig a hole. Now this is a person I knew a very long time, and it was very, very cordial. Now here's the question. The teacher is saying, when someone says, I don't need to ask this question, I don't need to ask this question, what you really are saying is, my optimistic agnosticism, and that's the worldview the teacher is trying to absolutely smash, my optimistic agnosticism will fall apart if I ask that question. It can't deal with that question. It is demolished by that question. It is absolutely inadequate to that question. Optimistic agnosticism. Life under the sun is all there is, but there's moral truth. There's human rights. There's human dignity. Listen, if your origin isn't significant, you come from nothing, and if your destiny is insignificant, you're going to nothing, have the guts to admit that your life is insignificant. And stop talking, as if, on the one hand, you feel like you can poke holes in other people's inconsistencies. You'll poke holes in Muslims who say, I believe in God, but then they do something wrong, or Christians who say, I believe in God, do something wrong. You'll poke holes in everybody else's inconsistency, but you won't look at your own. You know, Jean -Paul Sartre made a very interesting statement. His most famous essay was right after the war, 1946. He wrote his essay called Existentialism and Humanism, and this is what he said. He says, God does not exist, and we have to face all the consequences of this. The existentialist is strongly opposed to a certain kind of secular ethics which wants to abolish God with the least possible expense. The existentialist, indeed, thinks it is very distressing that God does not exist, because all possibility of finding any values disappears with God. There can be no a priori good, since there is no infinite and perfect consciousness to think it. So nowhere is it written that we must be honest. Nowhere is it written that we must not lie, because the fact is we're on a plane where there's only us, human beings. Dostoevsky said, if God didn't exist, everything would be permissible. That is the very starting point of existentialism. If God does not exist, there is nothing within or without that can legitimize any conduct. Now, you know what is very interesting to me? Sartre took this idea, life under the sun is all there is, and you know what he says? He says, don't talk to me in any way that says that you believe that one kind of conduct is more legitimate than any other kind. One of the things that's come out recently, he died in 1980, one of the things that's come out over the last few years is what a misogynist he was. Jean -Paul Sartre was very bad to women, the women he knew, and he was very misogynist, but you know what? Whenever I read the people who accept his premise about life, and then get very upset about it, if he was alive, he would rise up, and he was only 5 '2", so that's, he would rise up, and he would say, please. He would say, you want to be free. You want to say, I am free to do what I want to do. You want to be free. As far as I know, this life is all there is. I'm not controlled by eternity, by moral absence, by God. I want to be free. Then you have got to have the guts to accept the utter meaninglessness of all distinctions. You want to be free, fine, but you have to accept it. Meaningless, meaningless, utterly meaningless, everything is meaningless. Come on. You know, Christians look like real hard -nosed skeptics compared to a view that says, life under the sun is all there is, but I'm optimistic. I have meaning in life. I can enjoy things. I know some things are right, some things are wrong. I know it's better to be compassionate than to be violent. I know these things. Talk about blind faith. Talk about naive religiosity. why Now, is he doing this? Because he also tends to see life, the preacher, the teacher, the professor sees life in a different way. One of the biggest obstacles for people to believe in Christianity is that they think they already know all about it. But if we look at Jesus' encounters with various people during His life, we'll find some of our assumptions challenged. We see Him meeting people at the point of their big, unspoken questions. The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus. 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"Good morning, everybody. It is September 28th. It's 1130, and it is time to discover crypto. We got Tim and BJ on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? I'm doing fantastic, man. Alright. Ready for the show. BJ, are you in the silent era? Yes. Okay. He's in the silent era. Guys, we got a great show today. We're going to talk about the Bitcoin 1 %ers. We're going to talk about ETH futures ETF and how a senior analyst of ETFs at Bloomberg thinks it is going to be approved on Tuesday, folks. And that's why maybe you're seeing this huge, huge pump in ETH and a lot of alts as well. Also, we're going to talk about Gary Gensler getting roasted. We're going to replay the clip of the Pokemon cards. It's just too good not to share. Also, AI is alive. It's alive right now. How soon do we have a Terminator 2 style D -Day? Give it about 30 years. 30 years, folks. 30 years. Alright. We'll go ahead and start building the bunker right now. Yes, DC's in the suspenders. I know. If you just had the green bow tie, you and McHenry. Alright. One, I'm not going to wear a bow tie. Nothing against bow ties. Just bow ties aren't for me. I'm going to wear a regular tie with the classic winds or not, or I'm going to wear the suspenders. Yeah. This used to be my old bartending get up. I'll tell you what. You wear the suspenders in the button -up shirt. I'll wear the hoodie, but I'll wear the bow tie with the hoodie, and then we'll complete the whole ensemble. Okay. Okay. So you'll be like Fetterman, and I'll be Fetterman's, like, lowest level employee. Exactly. Yes. What were you going to say, BJ? That's like Voltron, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Then we'll team up. Alright. Well, let's just get right to the market cap story here. Alright. Where are we at? Whoa. Did you see that pump right there? Yesterday, we were up around 0 .4%. Today, we are up 2 .3 % for the crypto market cap. We had passed 1 .1 trillion. 24 -hour volume for the first time in a long time is above $50 billion. We're coming in at $52 billion. Bitcoin dominance, Tim's looking a little happy here. It was 47 .1 for a few days. It is now up to 47 .3. Gas, surprisingly low, only 20 Gwei, but it's actually about double of what it was yesterday, but still pretty low. I was surprised to see that. Alright, let's look at the pricing here. We have Bitcoin up 2 .1%. It is now coming in at 26 ,858 bucks. We have Ethereum past 1600, now 1638. It is up 2 .5%. BNB up 1%. XRP up 0 .5%. And we have Cardano up 1 .6%. Solana. Solana is pumping, folks. We have it up 2 .6. And TonCoin erasing about a third of the losses of the past week. It is up 2 .7%. But I'm ready to look at some of these top gainers. Ooh, look at Bitcoin Cash as well. Have you ever thought about trading Bitcoin SV or Bitcoin Cash? Because they do have pretty big moves. Yeah, no, I mean, they definitely are probably better for trading, especially if you want to stay away from leverage, but you still want to be able to utilize the moves of Bitcoin. But yeah, I haven't ever done it. Don't think I will. Okay. Alright. Well, let's look at the top gainers. Let's look at the top losers here. Wow. We have Compound. It is skyrocketing, folks. And Compound has shot back into the top 100. I have RollBit up 12 % just for today. I have a little bit of exposure to RollBit and a little bit of exposure to Apecoin. And I have a couple comic book issues of Thor, but I don't know if that will affect my pricing there. But it is up 10 .8 % and Apecoin up 7 .4%. Bitcoin Cash coming in as the top five gainer here, followed by Lido, DAL, then Aave, GMX, Maker, Arbitrum, Stacks. And then, hey, look, a little Chainlink way down at the bottom. Do you have any of these alts? You're not much of an alt guy, right? No, I mean, I have alts, but I don't go that deep. The moment I have about eight of them, Aave is one that is close to being on the list of maybe I'll come into it. You know what? You don't want to get into, though. I've been watching a lot of maybe... I think he's going to come on the show in the future. Shout out to Crypto Archie. Archie's been going really deep in some degens that are sitting around like a $4 million market cap, and their chances of 100Xing are greater than others. I do think I'm going to start looking into a real good degen portfolio. It's probably not going to take up more than... 10 % is probably being generous in my entire portfolio, but I like where I am. I'm definitely very top -heavy when it comes to crypto. I'm more conservative with my investments, but I'm going to take a little bit of risk this market. All right, BG says, BCH is my secret crush. My dirty girl, he calls it. Where's the one person? A million dollar vision. We're going to give you a million dollar vision. Hopefully, you can stick around and just be part of that positive message. I believe you will. I'm believing in you. All right, well, speaking of believing, I'm believing today we'll not have any of these these coins in the biggest losers of the top 100 cryptocurrencies here. I'm manifesting it. It's failed in the past, but today I'm feeling good. Let's go ahead and look. What do we have? We have Casper. All right, I'm not pale as it goes just yet. Casper is down only 1 .2, then followed by tethered gold. So this is a peg to gold price here, then gate, then another gold. We have another gold coin essentially losing here, then injective, and then stable coins. Wow, I escaped it today. I escaped it today, but gold's on the way down and I have exposure to gold. So does that count? Any day that stable coins are in your top losers, it's a good day for crypto. All right, can we, before we jump over to the top story here, can we look at some gold pricing and silver pricing here? I want to look at gold on Kitco, and if you want to look at silver, maybe we could check out some prices. I like Kitco, K -I -T -C -O. Here we have gold pulling up. Gold is down $14 for the day, so not a whole lot there when the price is coming in at $18 .61. How soon until ETH passes an ounce of gold? One ETH almost equals one ounce of gold. Costco starting to sell gold. I looked into it. They sell out usually within hours whenever they limit two per customer, but they sell one ounce nuggets right around spot price. All right, what do we have for silver? I don't know if this is the right one or not. I looked it up. This says CFDs on silver. Oh, you're a trading view guy. We like trading view. Shout out to Marcus Seifer. Price slightly down, but it's definitely got a consolidation kind of pattern going on here. Yes, we're still kind of moving, setting some higher lows, but we kind of flat out here. After kind of getting kind of in this region, we've flattened out with these lows. The resistance is getting lower, but I'm going to go ahead and say, Deezy, I think that this is a pattern. Watch what happens to support. We're back down at support, but this is a pattern I would almost lean more towards a move to the upside. Let me look at oscillators on this. Yeah, I'm feeling like that's bullish. I'm feeling like that's bullish. Plus, silver has underperformed relative to gold in the past 10, 20 years. I'm feeling pretty good about it right now. Yeah, no, the charts on the daily chart look more bullish than bearish, I would say. It's kind of sitting somewhat in the middle, but more bullish than bearish. All right, and we have Danny Boy saying, look at 100 coin. Maybe, maybe. We'll see. I don't know. Maybe we'll get some time here. All right, well, let's get into the top story here. ETH, futures, ETFs. What is it going to mean? I also got some short form content. Guys, we have an article talking about these Bloomberg analysts. I'm just going to do the deep dive as well, so let's read paragraph or two, and then we'll just see what exactly they're talking about. Let's go to the source material. Let's go to the source code of the simulation here. Bloomberg analyst shares information leaked from the inside that SEC on Ethereum futures ETF. They gave the good news date, folks. We're talking about Eric Balchunas. He's the senior ETF analyst. We're not talking about the janitor there. We're not talking about, you know, the guy that makes a tweet every now then. We're talking about their senior ETF analyst. And he said in a statement, he has inside on info when the SEC will approve the ETH futures ETF. Now, we know there's inside information. Who's going to have better inside info than Bloomberg senior ETF analyst? I'm feeling pretty good about this guy's sources. Now, you got to be careful. Never trust anonymous sources. But if I'm going to trust one, I might end up having to trust this one. All right, let's see what exactly were they talking about? It all started. Let's James Safart here. Nothing yet, but watching for filings to indicate Ethereum futures are indeed being accelerated for launch next week. All right, so what was he talking about here? Here's a repost from Eric. So Ether future ETFs could be trading as early as Tuesday, folks, as the SEC looks to speed things up and in order to get it done before the looming shutdown, just like they sped up delays on spot Bitcoin ETFs. If so, issuers likely in mad scramble as we seek to update the doc. So we have the government shutdown to thank for this actually getting sped up because we covered it I think two days ago. We looked at when the government shutdown happens, what happens through the individual agencies. If you weren't here, guys, SEC will reduce 90 % of its workforce, CFTC along the same line. So 10 poise, there's only going to be one showing up in that office. That's going to be a very lonely office. So what they're trying to do, they're trying to clear all the paperwork off the desks before it's just that one guy alone. I feel bad for that guy. Who is that guy? Shoot us a message here. All right, well, let's go back to X here. So he was quote tweeting this tweet from 14 hours ago. Well, let's, uh, let's see looking like SEC is going to let a bunch of ETH futures ETFs go next week, potentially. And then he was quoting this tweet. So let's look at that tweet. And then that was the one earlier hearing they might update so they can go on effective on Monday and trade on Tuesday. They've asked filers to update their docs by fry, uh, Friday PM. Uh, I'm guessing that's the end of day Friday. So they have till tomorrow, 5 PM Eastern standard time, get your paperwork done. If you get your spot futures, I'm sorry, your futures ETF paperwork filed, you might be able to trade it on a Tuesday. We're going to go ahead and get that in submitted on a Monday. So this guys, this could be very, very big. Now we have to wait till Monday, you know, nothing set in stone here, but however, according to the analyst, they will approve, uh, of the applications that candidates who do update it by Friday afternoon, and they will begin trading on Tuesday. Uh, how speaker McCarthy rejected the stopgap funding bill advancing in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving us just four days from the fourth partial shutdown of the U S government in the past decade. It is thought that a closure event would deeply affect the sec. It is rumored that the spot ETF applications were postponed early for this reason. So chat, where are you coming in? Are we going to shut down? I didn't realize we had done it four times in the past 10 years. I would have maybe said two in the past 15. That makes me think guys, I'm, I'm starting to lean towards, you know, if you asked me three days ago, I'm under 50%. I'm leaning towards 50%. I might even exceed 50 % by tomorrow. Where were you guys coming in on the odds of a government shutdown? Yeah, I think I'm a little low. I think I'd say maybe 35, 40 % it shuts down. I think they're going to have to do with both sides, but it would not behoove Biden to have that shutdown happen. There's a lot of reasons why they'd want to keep it open. Of course, there's a lot of Republicans in Congress, they're kind of pushing for it. They probably like it. They want it. I think they come to some sort of deal. They don't do it. Guys, should we just break down the alpha for you? You know, a lot of part, what makes this live show exciting is we can do things like BJ, while you go, could you look up October 19, 2021 daily candles on Bitcoin, October 19, 2021? Well, I'm going to be the idiot in the room as usual. So if we removed the debt ceiling and put it on pause till 2025, why would we even have a shutdown? Because it wasn't the entire shutdown when we would hit the debt ceiling. So that's not relevant for another 18 months. Yeah, that is a very good point on the debt ceiling. I think that that's a great question. So maybe that debt ceiling isn't as final as they made it appear because I was being told, oh, once this debt ceiling is raised, we don't have anything to worry about. And then two weeks later, we all of a sudden have something to worry about. So now we need to think about the next time they give us a debt ceiling raise. What the f are you actually doing here? Is it actually nothing? These game devs really need to figure out how they're building their ecosystem, because these rules just don't make sense anymore. They don't make, yeah, yeah. There's a lot of bugs in the code here. All right, we have the daily candles. See the date again? October 19th, 2021. If we just look at about a 30 -day period, maybe 10 days before to 10, 20 days after. Yep. So this is getting close to the top, but it was the, there's the, we ended up beating it out. But October 19th is right here. So it's this candle. We have one more day. We topped out on the 20th. Hover over the 19th. Right there. That is the day we had a Bitcoin futures ETF here. Move more to the right side. Let's, let's get a little bit in. That's the top right here. Let's stretch that Y axis. Let's stretch it out. All right, here we go. Go back to the 19th. Yep. The 19th, right? Let me go over here. 19th is right here. So in the lead up, it pumped, it pumped, but guys, that was a buy the rumor, sell the news. We had one more day. All right. They probably didn't want, you know, Fox Business News and MSNBC to be like, oh yeah, it got approved yesterday. Look at the price. So they gave us another 24 hours of pump. We've got the pump of metal pumping. Then, you know, a new cycle, you're probably not going to want to talk about it 36 hours later, 48 hours. So we got that pump. We got a nice strong pump for 24 hours. And then it went down folks. And then it went down. We went from, I believe that was about 55K, right? No, no, I'm sorry. 65K. 64, 64 .3. And then we dropped down to what about a week later? We got dropped down about 57 .8. All right. So we went from 63, 64, all the way back down to 57. And then we set in a new all time high. What was the amount of days from that low? What's the date? If you just hover, it gives you the date, right? On the bottom, it gives you the date. So date October 28th, it peaked November 10th. All right. So 13 days later. So a week later, it put in a local low. And then two weeks later, new all time high. Will the spot or will the futures ETH ETF play out in a similar way? I don't think we're, obviously we're not going to go to 4 ,500. We're not sending in a new all time high. But what I'm thinking is we might have a similar chart pattern. You're the Bitcoin ETF. In reality, this is only a period. That means we might have. All right. So that's the date. That's we're five days away from Tuesday, right? Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Go back five days from that, from the 19th. So go to the 14th, October 14th. 14th is right here. Boom. Nice big pump. It pumped for five days. Buy the room or sell the news. And then it dropped. And so maybe we're going to have a really good next four days. Maybe. You know, maybe I would say that that's a little bit premature. I think we have to look at a lot of different things going on. Obviously, we're getting close to the part where the market was going to top out and go to the downside. I think there, if anything, the case to be made here, even though there was some pump in that happens here, I would only make the case that this is proof ETFs can't save you from the bear market starting. I think there's I think it's a mixed bag. I think it's a little bit too irresponsible to try to say, well, back in October 2021, this happened. Well, there was a lot of things with timing and a lot of other different things. I think let's watch ETF. It will be bullish long term. But remember, futures ETFs allow both longing and shorting. So volatility is more what I'm predicting, not necessarily a firm. Let me play devil's advocate. That was what a lot of smart people thought was going to be the top or near the top. So if you have some, I have to hold this instrument for six months, and it's October 2021, you have one choice. You open in a long in October 21, you open in a short in October 21. I feel like a lot of smart money is choosing short. Well, let's go to today. We're almost half a year from the having. You have a choice. Are you going to open a long today to cash in in six months? Are you going to open a short today to cash in in six months? I feel like then many more people are going to choose short relative to today. You know what, let's actually that takes us into our next story. Let's talk about the big investors. Will they choose Bitcoin? Will they choose Ethereum? Will they choose, you know, futures or will they wait for spot? Here's what this Fidelity executive has to say. Ethereum investment thesis could be easier for institutions to grasp than this big, then bitcoins. And here is why. This was with the interview with a bankless YouTube channel. I do like bankless Fidelity's director of research, Chris Cooper, I think says the firm's Ethereum investment thesis could be an easier concept for blue chips to understand. With traditional, it's probably more easily go with them something like ether, then show them things where they grasp much quicker than investment thesis for Bitcoin. The investment thesis for Bitcoin, according to Cooper, is to truly understand it, you got to first to dabble into politics, got no little philosophy, got to know some game theory, got to know some economics, got to know some other concepts, you got to know the Byzantine generals problem, you got to know what the white paper is, you got to hate the NSA and the surveillance state. It's a lot, right? It is a lot. I remember that feeling, you know, half a decade ago, maybe more. Well, you know, I learned about Bitcoin, I didn't really get into it to about half a decade ago. I remember watching Andreas Antonopoulos clips on YouTube. And I just, I'm just alone in my living room with, you know, with, you know, maybe Mary J was there, but you know, I'm just alone. I'm watching this and my mind's getting blown here. And I'm just like, my God, I'm just so into what this guy is putting down. And then you go to your friend, and you try to, you're full of zeal. You feel like a religious apostle. And you're like, oh, my God, have you heard this thing called Bitcoin and what it's doing? And then you just get a blank stare back. Yeah. It's like, oh, yeah, I ate the orange pill, didn't I? Yeah. It's taken me back to these feelings here. All right. So yeah, it's a lot. Basically, what I'm saying, it's a lot to wrap your head around Bitcoin, folks. That's all I'm saying. I had the my first exposure to Bitcoin whatsoever was back in 2013. And I was the opposite side of that. What you just said, the staring face. There is this kid I met. He was very passionate about Bitcoin, tried to convince me it was the one world currency that Revelation talks about. He also was a pot farmer. So I looked at him and I said, OK, buddy, good story. Now, it turns out I should have gotten in when he told me to. He he was right. I should have gotten into Bitcoin. But I do hold to when you hear a lunatic who is growing pot for a living tell you that this currency is what Revelation talks about. You got it. You got to at least question it a little bit. I understand people still being stone faced at this point. Yeah. My first two exposure was 4chan and I was like, oh, anything they suggest is a scam, is a honeypot. And they are trying to hack me. And so that honestly, like in a weird way, learning I learned about it from too shady of a source. I was like, oh, yeah, I'm going to stay away from that one. The second exposure was my buddy buying ecstasy pills of Silk Road. And I'm like, again, another thing I want to stay away from. No, man, I'm good. I'm good. And then Silk Road happened. And also he lost his Bitcoin on a hard drive. So I was just like, yeah, I don't know about this, man. I don't know about this. And then eventually, you know, the hook got me there. All right. Well, you know, that's what we're saying about Bitcoin to truly understand it. It is a whole lot, you know, but imagine that you can get in front of them and just say, look, talking about Ethereum, here's the metrics, here's the cash flow, you put in your inputs, and they're looking at it like another financial instrument. And they're like, oh, yeah, that makes sense to me, you can have these scenario analyses where you could get your head around the probabilities. And then that way, people can size their position accordingly. That's how an institutional investor thinks. That's how a good investor thinks. They think around probability scenario analysis. And in fact, they are so strongly about that they capitalize the eye there. That's how institutional investor thinks. They really, they think about the probability scenarios there. So yeah, I think that's a pretty good, pretty good point there.
Fresh update on "stone" discussed on Rollye James
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A highlight from 97 - NFTs Are Dead - AGAIN, Amazon's AI Race Aids FTX Creditors and Immutable's Rise
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For practical purposes, it exists in a series of heterogeneous databases, very different databases. Do you believe in crypto digital currency? It may be an answer, but it is the highly respectable disaster. I'd go on a quick one. There is no second best. Welcome to the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Crypto Curious is your go to source for all things crypto currency, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto, we recommend starting with our early episodes, we'll break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode, we'll discuss the supposed death of NFTs, how Amazon's race for AI affects FTX creditors. And we'll talk a little about the mover and the shaker this week, plus loads of short sharp news bites. So let's get on with it. My name is Tracy and I'm joined by my mates Blake and Craig as we catch up on the crypto news. Hey guys, how are you going? Very well, Trace. Good to be back. How are you? Yeah, very well. How are you going Craig? Very good. Thanks, Trace. I've just learned that tomorrow is 200 days until the halvening, which is very exciting. It is very exciting. Is it speeding up or is it just me? I don't know. It is speeding up. But have you guys noticed that it is popping up in a lot more fees and news at the moment? Like it's getting a little bit more traction now? I haven't noticed, but that wouldn't surprise me. I think until there's 100 days left. Oh, yeah. It's going to be good. There is a counter that you can get on Google, but I think there are a few more counters that pop up as we get a little bit more excited. So at the end of the year will be about 100 days. And I think that's when people will start to realize that the countdown is coming to an end. Exciting. Alrighty, let's jump into our first news story of the week and what was dominating headlines over the past seven days. There was some research put into the world recently, and like I said, it's made headlines in the crypto sphere, but filtered out into the normie news as well. I saw it covered in some mainstream news publications. It was on the project, Rolling Stones grabbed onto it as well, did a big story. And it was a big story because it had great headline pieces. 95 % of all NFT collections have zero value. NFTs are officially dead. These are some of the headlines that came. So NFTs have seen a bit of a boom and bust, especially over the last 12 to 18 months. The market has been flooded with a lack of buyers. But what has brought on this headline over the last week? It's a study that encompassed over 73 ,000 NFT collections and found a massive imbalance in the market and showed that 95 % of these collections had a zero value, Craig. That's right, Trace. The articles called it Debt NFTs, the Evolving Landscape of the NFT Market. It was by this group called DAP Gamble, which is a community of experts in the finance space. We'll chuck it in the show notes below. But I think looking back, as you just said, 73 ,000 NFTs, most of them were probably just art collections of apes, penguins, space aliens. Like we had peak euphoria. And I had me and my mates getting up at 6 a .m. for a Zoom call for mints on Solana. That doesn't scream peak euphoria. I don't know what does. But, you know, as it said, 95 % of these NFTs are worthless. But there seems to be a smaller pool of collections that people are still paying quite a bit of money for. Bored apes are still going for 24e. The nouns. The pudgy penguins are still going. Nouns, exactly. Yep. So this is a misleading figure, I feel. Well, of course, it's a misleading figure. You know, in the peak ball run, everyone's trying to figure it out. Every man and their dog was launching an NFT collection. I even had a mate that launched one. It was just peak hysteria, peak euphoria.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal, look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Folks, welcome. I've spoken previously on this program to our friend Rabbi Jason Sobol, who has certain many books. The new one is called Signs and Secrets of the Messiah. And last time, Rabbi, you were telling us some of these amazing correlations between the Old and the New Testament and the Jewishness of the New Testament, which people should know, but sometimes they forget how profoundly the New Testament is a commentary on the Old Testament and points us back and how the Old Testament points us forward over and over. And last time you talked about the paralytic or the man who was unable to walk for 38 years. And you said that that relates to the Israelites wandering in the desert for 38 years, and you explained about how they had been prepared by God for two years, but then they wandered for 38 years. I just find that kind of stuff so fascinating. So I know the new book is called Signs and Secrets of the Messiah. What other things like that do you mention in Signs and Secrets of the Messiah? I mean, we get into so many miracles and, you know, God is in the details, right? So if there's a detail in the Bible, it's there for a reason. So, you know, again, the first miracle we talked about last time I was with you is the first miracle we talked about in Signs and Secrets, which is the water into wine. Well, there's a detail there. It says that he said fill six stone pots to the brim. Well, the question is, if it says six stone pots, what's the significance that there's six stone pots? Why not seven? Why not eight? Well, some of the significance there is that we have to understand there's a lot. Man was created on the sixth day. In Jewish thought, we fell on the sixth day. When Jesus comes and he gives his life for us on the cross, OK, he dies on Friday, which is the sixth day of the week. He dies on a cross. Why? Because the first man and woman stole from the tree. So God puts Jesus, who Paul calls the second Adam, back on the tree for you and me with the crown of thorns on his head. Why? What's the sign of the curse of creation? The ground produced thorns and thistle. He takes the curse on his head to break it and restore the blessing. And so when Jesus dies on the same day man was created and fell and he does his first miracle with six stone pots, he's saying, I am restoring the fruitfulness that was lost at creation. And I don't want you to any more live out of the lack, but to live out of the overflow. And by the way, the number six in Hebrew is written with the letter Bob. It's the conjunction and it's a letter that connects heaven and earth. When we sin, we broke the connection. Jesus comes back to restore it, that we might experience his blessing. That is some heavy stuff that is absolutely amazing. Say that again about the letter when you write the number six in Hebrew, talk about that again, because I want to make sure I catch that. Yeah, absolutely. So Hebrew is alphanumeric. So there's no Roman numerals in the Bible. Both Hebrew and Greek have an alphanumeric component, meaning that if I say open up the chapter one in your Bible, I'll say open up to chapter Aleph, because it's the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value of one. The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the Hebrew letter of love. It's the most used letter in the five books of Moses, and it's the conjunction. And the first place the letter of love occurs in the Bible is in the first verse of the Bible, Genesis one, one. And in Hebrew, there are seven words in Genesis one, one corresponding to the seven days of creation. The sixth word of Genesis one begins with the sixth letter. God created the heavens. That's the fifth. And that's the sixth. And Earth is seven. When we sin, we broke the vow, the letter, the number six, the letter Bob that connects heaven and earth. When Jesus dies on Friday and does the miracle with the six stones pots, he's restoring the connection and the blessing that was lost in the beginning.
A highlight from BITCOIN REVOLUTION | TUCKER CARLSON & JAVIER MILEI MAKE HISTORY
"We don't see lugar a ludas, esta nueces una taria para tibios, esta nueces una taria para córdes, esta nueces una taria para los politicamente correntos. Xo no me me ti yaca para estar y ando córderos. Xo me me ti yaca para despastar de odres. ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! ¡Quiero! When you think of Argentina you might envision tango, soccer, or maybe a juicy steak, but today it's all about a wild surge in bitcoin advocacy and a man whose opposition to statism might be louder than a wake -up call from Frankie. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM That's right, baby. Wake the f 'up and get on the Freedom Train. We get a lot of s*** to cover. Let's get it! I think that it can be my moment. Because as we have seen, we are in all of them. And we are not one of them. This is what we are in all of them. Because we are going to do everything, and we are going to take care of everything in the world. Yes, to be able to build Argentina properly. A liberal Argentina. An Argentinian people. An Argentinian that is going to build the borders of the world. And yes, in 35 years, we will be able to build the first global potential. So yes, effectively, I am going to be in politics. be Will it Teresa? Míle he is right. Míle? Míle, he is right. farm. go I'm gonna ahead and start with this go ahead and take a look down there 339 .8 million views and I want you to put that in perspective so when I said that you know these bit corners just made history well they're both advocates and it just became the most watched interview in history now Tucker's last interview with that orange guy yeah Trump that set the record and beat Oprah's former record with her interview with Michael Jackson and it appears Tucker Carlson is going full Eminem breaking a record every time he drops a record right now what this really had me thinking is the fact that well you know Joe Rogan gets like 11 million views he's the number one podcaster in the world Tucker was the number one show on Fox News and all mainstream media and he was getting about three four million views I'm putting that in perspective he's gone independent and he's got 340 million views blowing everyone out of the water talking about well look at this Argentina's next president and this guy is winning big -time you saw those crowds who is he well Tucker traveled to Buenos Aires to speak to him and find out and we of course hear it simply Bitcoin have covered Malay quite a bit but very exciting stuff an amazing conversation very base and before we get into that now Malay you got to understand they kind of do language a little different right so when he uses the the terms liberal he's referring to classical liberal like Bastia which is closer to libertarianism or anarcho capitalism if you'd like to say and when he refers to anything like socialism or communism of course they're all the same thing all statism and that's really the point that he's driving home is the fact that it's freedom versus the state and I love it until you fix the money for example a lot of Western democracies went full tyrannical regimes over the past few years and they're supposed to be democracies with representative government that is supposed to work in your best interest but I think we know the truth well let's get to it we're in downtown Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina this was once about a hundred years ago one of the richest cities in the world and you could tell as you walk around the fated grandeur of a once great city but this is now a desperate country its economy is in shambles has been for a long time Argentina famously defaulted on his debt more than 20 years ago but now hyperinflation has made this country genuinely desperate you see when you have dinner here in restaurants and people pull out bricks of local currency the peso to pay it feels like Weimar or Zimbabwe but it's not this is a developed country that's moving backwards at high speed and because of the frustration that has built up among the population particularly among poor people a man called Javier Miele is poised to become its next president he's a former soccer star goalie a performer in a Rolling Stones cover band and a libertarian economist he's not a libertarian in the traditional American sense he wouldn't fit into the Cato Institute he's libertarian in the traditional sense he believes people should have the maximum amount of freedom they can be given which is a lot much more than they now get in Argentina he has moved from basically nowhere in the last several years to become maybe the most famous person in this country the election is next month in October and once again it seems like he's likely to win he himself is a Bitcoin enthusiast right he jetted off to Argentina not for steak not for soccer but to meet the rock star economist and fellow Bitcoin advocate Javier Miele why do you think from your perspective you've become a man with no political background so popular so quickly in this country that in a cable con el hecho de que ese de huador de football a mismo tiempo ese do cantante rock -and -roll y ademas a soy economista y creo que esa combinación es una combinación attractive en terminos de producto televisivo pero por otra parte lo que también es importante el tema de las cídeas y argentina a pasicamente es un país que se va cien años abraçando las cídeas socialistas y entonces la revelión natural del sistema era ser libérales y es por eso que la revelión natural la parece siempre los jovenes y los jovenes encontraron alguien que man Miele from an 18 % poll prediction grabbing a 29 % victory in the primaries Miele maybe is unpredictable as a Bitcoin price chart and with hair that's probably more talked about than the latest thing what is that now like men in black aliens in Mexico or something and the guy is very based he's just gonna say what he thinks what he feels but Miele's boldness isn't limited to just critiquing the state but he also questioned the Pope talked about advising the orange guy and has many times advocated for Bitcoin is the future of financial freedom in short Javier Miele is making waves the Pope the current Pope is from Argentina I would think he would support you he has instead criticized you and you've called him a communist why the disconnect bueno primero porque el papa juega politica vente a si luma some papa donde tiene forte Ingenencia política ademostrado además una granda finidad con dictadores como Castro o como comaduro si restar el lado de de dictadores wait I'm sorry Raul Castro's a murderer si if you got to the minute at Rocesino but the Pope you believe the Pope has an affinity for Raul Castro si exacto si decho no los condena si repatante condescending de conesos y esta mien condescending de con la dictadora venesolana a si el condescending de con todos los discuiras a un cuando se verdaderos criminals toco el esos un problema prudemas es a lien que consider a que la justicia social un elemento central de desu vision y eso es muy complicado porque la justicia social case robar el fruit su trabajo una persona y dar ciudad otra en dos es implicado dos cosas una es un robo y el problema es que el robo esta encontra de lo que seniela los días mandamientos si ha valar la justicia sociales ha valar el robo por otando son problema de que está violando los días mandamientos el otro problema es que es un trato decíbal friende a la ley now me and myself I'm kind of against protectionist policies but Malay on the global stage he has a clear stance no deals with status so china lula unless it's about decentralized money of the future bitcoin probably don't bother knocking you've said that as president of argentina you will not do business with china de cho no solo no via certain negocios con china no via certain negocios con nimún comunista esir habar yo soy un defensor de la libertad de la paz y la demogracía lo comunista no entranay but also incredible beyond the politics and probably his bitcoin price checks who is this Javier Malay at heart well one thing he's a man whose phone screensaver is joy has no end and is as passionate about freedom the austrian economic community as he is about bitcoin and decentralization no no no no no no when you talk about and live according to your conscience you don't have me because you know what is the definition of this personal me you know that when you are in the last moment or when you are in the constant pressure of being big you know what I mean? You know what I mean? You know what I mean? This will pass all over your life.
A highlight from Renee and Their Labels
"Hey guys, welcome to Mutually Codependent, I'm Jen. And I'm Adam. And today we have a very special guest. Welcome Renee to the show. Hello. Hello. Hello. Should we get a little button so we could have like applause? Yeah, a little soundboard. Yeah, yeah. It's lonely in my head without that stuff. It's much quieter with meds. So Renee is the store manager for our Round Rock store. They are affiliated with our store. So it's not just a random person, but that's cool. It would be weird. Store manager Round Rock, how long? It's been over a year, April. April is a year late manager being here. Oh, being manager. No, I made manager in December last year. Yeah. So when I started working from home. Yeah. It was around that time. But you've been with us a year and a half. Yeah. Yeah. It's goes by so fast these days. I really felt like the other day was just like, oh, it's Renee's one year anniversary. No, it's that's a while away now. I think you started the end of March. So there's the strain of the show so that we have the the justification for the smoking, which I already started. Hold on. Hold on. I got. Oh, that was the box of matches falling. Renee's too Renee's good for the lighters. I taste the butane. I don't know how to also describe it. I had a friend who turned me on to using matches. You wait for the little little bulb to burn. You wait till it gets to the wood and it's virtually tasteless. So I started using matches a lot more since you came over the first time. But I did think that it was funny because we had this like disco. Oh, yeah, you can taste the butane. I'm like, oh, I know what I'd like to do to avoid the taste of butane in my mouth. I'd like to make sure there's at least four or five seconds of very sharp sulfur in my nose before. Because because that's better. I mean, what is these days? What is what is? I just always I make the mistake of lighting the match when it's right under my nose. So if I were to just fix that, it's it's the sort of you try. You strike it away from yourself. I had to learn the hard way to where I was just like, whoo. Shit. Well, we aren't supposed to like the smell of matches lighting. Well, not right under your nose and not as a replacement for the subtle taste of butane. I mean, but I think it's like cilantro. If you taste it, you taste it. If you don't, you don't. So I'm not judging. I'm just being a shit. I mean, when you're not. So what we're what we're smoking straight to the show, the strain of the show today is jelly rancher. Um, jelly rancher. This is brought to you by actually, I think this is hemp living. Hemp living. There we go. It's one of the brands that we sell in the store and it is available online, I believe, as well. Jelly rancher is known as a sativa. That is 26 percent THC, a considered a sativa dominant hybrid. It's been described as happy, giggly, focused feeling with notes of berries and citrus. Beta -cariophalina is the main terpene, which is the same terpene that's in black pepper and cinnamon. It's it's a little peppery. Did you just fucking? I just dropped my cherry on the. You just dumped your cherry into the ashtray. I didn't mean to. Incense, incense. So scoop it up. Scoop it up. I don't know if that's possible. So don't don't use your finger. We have tools. We're humans. We have a lot of lead. If you know that one dies, you can just like your pre -roll. We'll probably do that. Stoners. Hey, one problem at a time. Yeah, if anything, we're we're true engineers. True engineers. Well, you said did I show you the pictures of those like super old like methods of smoking? No, that I found when I was doing the research for the Bastrop thing. No, it's pretty fucking cool. Yeah, it's basically they they carved out a hole in a. Like a like a log, I guess. And they would heat up rocks and put the rocks on the cannabis, so they'd stuff the hole full of cannabis. Like imagine it was like, I don't know, a couple inches in diameter. Like golf ball would fit in it. Right. And it was like a segment of a branch with the golf ball size hole pulled out of it. Shove a bunch of weed in there and then take stones that were heated from the fire and drop them on top. Yeah. So they were literally vaping it. Yeah. It was like old old school vaping technique. Does remind me of the time when I was actually first introduced to weed. It was at a party. And they smoked through an apple. I've done that. Yeah, they cut a hole top and bottom, put some foil on it and and went to town. I mean, I didn't smoke because I was a goody two shoes back then. But, you know, we change. We evolve. Yeah. You know, the thing about people is we can change our beliefs based on our experiences. Yeah. Truly pattern seeking if we choose to. I saw a guy in TikTok the other day smoke weed out of a headrest from a car and a car like still. Yes. And so, yeah, like he took it off. He opened he put he put his weed like down the hole of the metal on one side. Like it was his joint. So he put his joint down one side, like down. And then he just I don't something how he like breathed in through the other side and he was able to smoke. How carcinogens many do you think it was so stupid? So the headrest, oh, the head rest of your car, pulling off the headdress the two holes are and using the actual chair itself, because that sounds like a great idea to be a car made in the 70s full of asbestos. His friend was like, if you were a loved one who suffers from mesothelioma, I miss my popcorn ceilings, OK? Oh, we have popcorn ceiling looked up, actually. So we have modern popcorn ceiling. So it's not as best as terrible. I just think it's fine. I just see you look up as soon as I say that. Oh, somebody was talking about it before and she was like, was it Jackie telling us to get rid of it? I don't know. You got to get rid of your popcorn. I was like, no, then it echoes. And they're like, yeah, but it's OK. No, it's not. No, we're good. We don't own this house. So we put together a list of things to talk about. Yeah, I guess we could read it. Well, we could just kind of go through it. Yeah, we could keep the audience on edge. Keep them on edge. Hey, are you on edge? Stormy. Stormy. Lily Reagan.
A highlight from Europe's Anti-Bitcoin Bill Reveals Plan to Stop Adoption | EP 829
"It's all going to zero against bitcoin it's going up for ever more you're against bitcoin you're against freedom yo welcome to simp with bitcoin live we're the number one source for the peaceful bitcoin revolution we will be your guide through the separation of money and state speaking of the separation of money and state interesting news coming out of Europe kind of not as bad as the proposed bill by Elizabeth Warren that we covered on one of simply bitcoins simply bitcoin lives episode this week but it's something very similar right this idea that every single transaction needs to be KY seed right and then I think that will inevitably lead to the any host unhosted wallet needs to be KY seed all right the the wording specifically in the Elizabeth Warren bill included any minor any validator any software wallet so you know it's just of course the powers that be that tremendously benefit from having a monopoly on the creation of money having controls on money of course to benefit themselves of course they're not going to be okay with this and this was the theory that was originally you know put out back in the 90s in the book the sovereign individual I'm going to read you guys a passage from that book because I think it correctly predicted exactly the reactions from governments I don't think governments have been able to they're not used to this environment where they have competition and most importantly not only do they have competition but they can't shut down the competition right because we remember we saw Facebook try to launch their own you know digital currency and they got shut down real quick the thing with Bitcoin right and Bitcoin only right because aetherium is inherently centralized meaning it will inevitably be co -opted so they have no choice but to ally with the state and they were in order to survive but with Bitcoin can't be stopped and because it can't be stopped it creates a forcing function in the long term as more and more individuals choose to opt out of inflationary money into deflationary money so yes of course times are changing but it's not only on the money front right we're not only living through the disintermediation of money but we're also living through the disintermediation of information and yesterday was a historic day I've never seen this in my life the UK Parliament sent Russell Brand an extremely popular independent content creator a letter to rumble we love rumble by the way we're on there subscribe to us on there and shout out to our rumble audience as well it's been growing by the day so we appreciate you all they sent a letter to rumble asking rumble to demonetize Russell Brand like YouTube did so we have governments that are directly asking platforms to demonetize content creators of which they don't did they don't agree with that is absolutely absurd and these are the same governments that want you to trust them with central bank digital currencies if they had central bank digital currencies in place they wouldn't even have to ask the platforms they could just flick the switch themselves so when we say Bitcoin or slavery or how beauty on said it and I'm starting to lean this way to Bitcoin or death we are not exaggerating and you have to choose what world do you want to live in in the future and most importantly what world do you want the future generations your children your children's children to live in so it's gonna be a great episode I'm really looking forward to it you have to stay on top of what's going on anyways we also we also have a very special treat for you guys we have the head of customer experience from foundation devices the maker of the passport hardware wallet and he's gonna do a live demo for us during the culture cement segment so I'm really really pumped about that let me bring up let me bring him up on stage Bitcoin Q &A you're quite well known on Bitcoin Twitter as well how you doing buddy yeah doing very well thank you very much for having me I'm psyched to shoot the shit with you guys this evening well even in my time but yeah certainly some interesting goings on especially around the Russell brand thing so I'm sure we'll be able to share some insights on that one but not a good look yeah I completely agree man it's it's some some interesting times we are living through people some people call it the fourth turning I don't know man but the phrase that sticks with me the most is weak men create hard times hard times create strong men strong strong men create good times we're definitely going through this era and then I think it was actually Vladimir Lenin that said the very very famous quote right where there are decades that nothing happened and then there are weeks that decades happen I think we're definitely living through this moment of time anyways no more delay let's bring up my legendary co -host not optimistic today no smile oh there's this smile sorry I was caught reading the channels optimistic fields how you doing bro well I am doing wonderful and I'm actually really excited for this culture segment today guys I got a sneak peek of the demo that we're going to see and I think there's gonna be awesome this might be a simply Bitcoin first for the live show but to the news stories and stuff it really just goes to show that if you speak the truth you are the enemy of the state and I think more and more and more people are waking up to this because they either continue to de -platform you from your banks or de -platform you from social media for saying what they don't want to be said you know for saying the quiet part out loud and you know this is why we do our show in a very particular way so that we can survive on YouTube but man it really just goes to show that the powers that be are completely terrified of people talking about the truth hence why you guys need to talk about it more and continue to spread that signal but it just goes to show that this is the the last I don't know the last gasp of the great Leviathan you know what's them saying like darker before the dawn like this is their last grasping at straws to control the truth and and I mean I've been saying for a while I think the monopoly on truth is slowly and dwindling they're going to try to make examples of this so you know just be prepared we know what's coming so protect yourselves protect your family and continue to spread the Bitcoin truth the Bitcoin signal actually just truth with a capital T I suppose anyways Niko let's let's get into this one let's get into this one let's get into the show man I'm really really excited alright guys let's get to the numbers we have a lot to talk about today and I'm super is your Bitcoin in cold storage really secure is your seed phrase really secure stamp seeds do -it -yourself kit has everything you need to hammer your seed words into commercial grade titanium plates instead of just writing them on paper don't store your generational wealth on paper papers prone to water 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website at the time of recording the Bitcoin price is twenty six thousand five hundred and seventy sats per dollar three thousand seven hundred sixty four block height eight hundred eight thousand seven hundred twenty nine blocks to having thirty one thousand two hundred seventy one having estimate April 21st 2024 total lightning network capacity four thousand eight hundred fifty five Bitcoin capacity value one hundred twenty nine million US dollars realized monetary inflation one point seven five percent the market capitalization of Bitcoin currently sitting at five hundred and seventeen billion dollars Bitcoin versus gold market cap four point zero one percent in the grand scheme of things Bitcoin is still a baby if Bitcoin reaches not if when Bitcoin reaches the gold market cap that is five hundred thousand dollars per coin and I think that's just getting started anyways we played you guys a video yesterday of a member of the United Nations talking about how we are in an information war we played you guys the video and she was basically recommending that that that they no longer have people to call on on Twitter to censor information she was also saying how there's an army of people that are propagating United Nations approved information well you know she's she's talking about as if the information that's coming out of the United Nations is a matter of fact right she's talking about the problem of disinformation disinformation well my question to you guys is who gets to decide what is disinformation and what is information right well we advocate for on simply Bitcoin is individuals not central planners not governments using their own critical thinking abilities right to dictate okay this is a good idea this is a bad idea right this is how the American this how the American Constitution it's literally written like that that there's a reason that the First Amendment is the way it is right the government or Congress should make no law you know basically censoring or stopping the freedom of the speech of people right and they made it that way for a reason because if there is a central authority if there's a government that gets to dictate what information is true what information is not true history has shown that they'll use that power to protect their own political mode right so thank God for the internet thank God for technologies like Bitcoin thank God for technologies like Noster for example they can't do this anymore and because they're not able to do that they're freaking out number one and number two and number two it becomes a forcing function over a long period of time but that doesn't stop them from trying here is the former New Zealand Prime Minister at the United Nations saying that that words are weapons of war right weapons of war if so if you say something against the government that all of a sudden becomes a weapon of war and again this has escalated it is escalated to the point where the UK Parliament has asked rumble to demonetize Russell Brand who's a very popular content creator who goes against the legacy corporate media's narratives right and it kind of embarrasses them so what are they doing they're attacking his money they're saying rumble okay they can't they've tried to deplatform people before they've gotten a lot of pushback so what they do instead is that they attack his pocketbook obviously YouTube complied they demonetize Russell Brand's content but rumble said no we're not doing that so love that of rumble we're on rumble we support rumble that's awesome but another thing that I want to say is that the allegations against rubble Russell Brand are just that they are allegations they have not been proven so something that has not been proven is a justification to shut off someone's living that is insane anyways let's check out this letter and this is a letter by part by the UK Parliament the specifically the cultural culture media and sport committee to the CEO of rumble Chris Palavoski who says dear Chris I'm writing concerning the serious allegations regarding Russell Brand in the context of of his being a content provider on rumble for more than 1 .4 million followers the cultural the culture media and sports committee is raising questions with the broadcasters and production companies who previously employed mr. brand to examine both the culture of the industry in the past and whether that culture still prevails today however we are also looking at his use of social media including on rumble where he issued his preemptive response to the accusations made against him by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 his dispatches while we recognize that rumble is not the creator of the content published published by mr. brand we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform did you hear what they said the government is concerned that Russell Brand might be able to profit from his content because there was some allegations made against him conveniently a lot of Russell Brand's content is criticisms of the government so I mean big coincidence I guess you would you could say we would be grateful if you could confirm whether mr. brand is able to monetize his content including his videos relating to the serious accusations against him is so we would like to know whether rumble intends to join ryu tube in suspending mr. brand's ability to earn money on the platform we would also like to know what rumble is doing to ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine to undermine the welfare of victims of inappropriate and potential potentially illegal behavior so they asked rumble to demonetize a content creator an independent content creator that's the key word when we had Parker Lewis on the show and I was talking about the legacy corporate media he didn't say no Nico it's not the legacy corporate media it's the legacy government media so anyways why is this happening I think Jeff Booth said this perfectly we read this to you guys the other day and this all boils down to the money this is why we say as Bitcoiners fix the money fix the world here's Jeff Booth he says because broken money Elon Musk said how did most of the legacy media go from superheroes of free speech to supervillains of speech suppression and Jeff Booth says because broken money ensures the centralization of power by stealing the productivity through inflation that should flow to society in the form of lower prices then those enriched by that theft and subsequent power must control the messaging to keep it but it all it wasn't only Jeff Booth that said this here's an article from our friends over at Bitcoin magazine of nine Bukele the president of the country shining on the hill the Savior El Salvador the first country that made Bitcoin legal tender the beachhead for the Bitcoin movement around the world he goes on to say the most vocal detractors the ones who are afraid and pressuring us to reverse our decision are the world's most powerful elites and the people who work or benefit from them they used to own everything and in a way they still do the media the banks the NGOs international organizations and almost all the governments and corporations in the world and with that of course they own the armies the loans the money supply the credit ratings the narrative the propaganda the factories of food supply they control international trade and international law but their most powerful weapon is their control of the truth and they're willing to fight lie smear destroy confiscate print and do whatever it takes to maintain and increase their control over the truth and everything and everyone I think come from Nico or simply Bitcoin that came from the president of El Salvador name Bukele so what is happening here two things are happening here thing number one the internet has empowered individuals and those individuals can now use the internet to uh to grow these massive platforms themselves and because they're individuals they're a lot harder to co -opt and at the same time we are witnessing the distance remediation of money that internet has allowed Bitcoin and Bitcoin has empowered individuals to choose their own money too so government states NGOs international institutions right that have had this privilege of having not only having the monopoly in the control over money but also the monopoly in the control over information it's quickly diminishing in front of their eyes and of course that system is fighting back they can't take that they've been used to operating in a system where they've been able to control the narrative they've been able to control the truth and that is slipping through their fingers and they don't know what to do and that's why they're short -circuiting the way they are that's why we've gotten to a point where the UK Parliament is literally asking a platform to D monetize an independent content creator not to mention all the stuff that was revealed during the Twitter files where it was exposed that the US government even though that is explicitly against the US Constitution the government should not be censoring speech was asking Twitter to D platform D boost and censor certain speech and these are the same governments that also want you to trust them with central bank digital currencies and they expect you to believe that they're not going to use central bank digital currencies as a weapon as a forcing function in order to control your actions as a individual and this was all predicted I might add in the book the sovereign individual which we'll get to during the new segment but this is some crazy times now what can you do to protect yourself in this particular situation do your own research pick what information sources you choose you you want to choose I love Twitter because it's like a news aggregator and the the news that you know pops up pops up Noster is a great platform rumbles a great platform YouTube is is good to do your own research don't rely on a single information source and then most importantly the most empowering thing you could do is to opt out of state money opt into Bitcoin I think that's the most powerful thing you could do look the most important the most important vote you can make that voting for a Democrat or Republican it's not to say that it's not important to vote but the most powerful vote that you can do that will actually change things is voting with your wallet opt out and the way that you do that is you buy Bitcoin earn Bitcoin mine Bitcoin and take that said Bitcoin into self custody the moment you do that you're part of the peaceful Bitcoin revolution whether you are aware of it or not and that is how we win if enough people take self custody we win and there's nothing they could do about it speaking of self custody we have the head of customer experience with us today Bitcoin QA and you guys make it super fucking easy to take self custody with the hardware wallet that you guys make and not to mention the awesome application that you guys make so Bitcoin QA what's your take on this whole Russell brand stuff I can't believe we've reached this point if I would have been told this five five six years ago I would have said that's impossible there's no way that's that that's so ridiculous what's your take on all this yeah before I enter you I've just got to say that was one hell of a fucking monologue I take my half to you that was fantastic yeah kudos and yeah the whole Russell brand thing man just completely shocking another example yet another example of government overreach Russell brands been a thorn in the side of the UK government if you can't tell by the action by the way to anybody's listening that I'm from the UK and he's been a thorn in their side for years and he's a very well educated man he's very well spoken and he has drawn a lot of following by speaking out against money printing against government policy he was rabid about the whole covert thing pharmaceuticals getting rich because of you know yeah you know all of the corruption that went on over those couple of years and I see this recent letter as that them seeing the opportunity as they're into trying you know get one back on him you've touched on earlier that the fact that all of these are just allegations at the moment and the fact that they're going around trying to take money off him from you know he's not been convicted of anything at all that's not see won't be but right now they're just allegations and they're trying to take his money off him it's just completely shocking and they're just trying to lash out because he's been a pain in their ass royally for years so yeah I mean they're just they're just overreaching and leveraging their powers wherever they can just to kind of deep platform and then hurt his wallet as well unfortunately yeah 100 % they attack his money they attack and again like they attack his money and they're also like hey guys these CBDCs like we'll respect your privacy you could trust us what are you talking about anyways Opti what's your take well I actually I kind of want to ask Q &A question because there is some talk about this in the chat what's your thoughts on Russell Brand being like controlled demolition Q &A whoo how do you mean like basically that this is like an orchestrated attack you know once everyone's talking about this maybe Russell Brand isn't necessarily as much of a truth speaker as people are making him out to be like does he actually believe what he's saying or is this just kind of one of those things where you know you create a figure and then you kind of tear him down to discredit the whole movement in general the whole truth movement yeah possibly I think I think most of what he says is genuine he before he started doing all of the YouTube stuff like he was he was a you know some form of a celebrity he had a big following and could have monetized himself as a product in many many other ways by coming out and being as outspoken as he has against the the prickly topics of like money printing and you know COVID etc he must have known you know he's smart enough to know that would have been incredibly divisive to people that followed him so I lean towards the fact that he's genuine and the fact that they're probably gonna try and use him as a scapegoat to warn ward off other people that kind of speak out against any government policy etc etc yeah I'd agree I mean like especially considering what his status was it's hard to follow the incentives and be like yeah he's got a lot to gain from this when in reality he's on the verge of losing everything so I'd agree with you and then just kind of going back to the beginning of this rant and and people are saying epic daily Nico Jones rant today so good job Nico I like when Nico gets get animated remember growing up guys when I grew up I had a saying and I'm sure your mother told it to you as well and we all probably said it in kindergarten you know sticks and stones but words may never hurt me and now we grow up in a world where words are violence like what is going on guys and that's a convenient it's a convenient way I know Nico I was getting there I'm asking rhetorical questions on the show now okay I'm learning some Nico Jones tactics but as we know guys as we know guys you know if you can stop words from being said then you can stop thought and if you can stop thought then you can ultimately stop behavior and this is where they're going they want to ensure that you guys sell censors so that you guys don't lose everything and this is where we are guys that they are absolutely afraid of people speaking the truth they're absolutely afraid of the average person waking up and exposing all of their lives because that's all they have they have lies and favors and they have the monopoly on truth as we think now is more important than ever to speak your minds to make sure you're having these conversations to as the saying goes you know speak truth to power and all that good stuff because there's been a constant theme throughout 2023 or actually rather since 2020 basically is that if your voice is too big and you talk against the establishment then the powers that be will do anything they can to put you back in line and whether that means you know breaking your reputation taking all your money dragging you through the court of public opinion we know what their tactics are and if you're following along closely then you know what the playbook is and it's almost like they're doing the same thing over and over and over again but I think the silver lining of this is that it seems like their playbook isn't working as well as it used to which in some sense should be absolutely terrifying because then they're going to go to even more extremes and you know I'm not gonna say what everyone's thinking but it's gonna get crazy guys and so I think it's just becoming very very clear that as an individual just even a normal person that doesn't have a platform like you want to do whatever you can in your power to protect yourself and hence why we always say that it always boils down to the money guys so protect your money protect your livelihood by taking your Bitcoin into self -custody by saving in Bitcoin and because remember guys this is always about theft they want to take your wealth and put you back in your place and then distribute it and make everyone feel good and we're seeing this happen in real time and it isn't lost on me that this is done via a letter you know it's just like hey how nefarious can a letter be but if you're reading in between the lines then you know how nefarious this letter actually is and that this is a coordinated attack on someone that's talking against the establishment and if people like Russell Brand you know say what you want about him but if people like him can't speak about the truth and they also get run through the grinder like imagine what would happen to an average individual like there's no hope for us if people of that stature can't talk about what's actually going on in the world and hence why it's so important to continue to double down on independent content creation spreading the truth talking about all this stuff because this is all we have we have the truth on our side and as the saying goes you know the truth will set us free so just just don't be afraid you know be brave but also be smart out there and the best thing you can do is just protect yourself and protect your money protect your family and I think as more people do this then the world will slowly but surely start to fix itself anyways you know amen we'll see what happens amen preach brother all right everybody let's get to the news we got a lot to talk about today let's check it out no no no no no no before we do that before we do that I have to give a shout out to our awesome sponsor Bitcoin 2024 it's gonna be the largest Bitcoin conference on planet earth 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A highlight from Ep.118 - Rewind to 1967: The Year That Changed Music Forever
"Well here we are episode 118 I think I think I forgot to list a few this might be like episode 120 or 121 I don't know I guess that's a good thing when you do so many you lose count anyway on this episode we're gonna be talking about the year in music 1967 and as usual I have the wrecking two in the house Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio of the music relish show very interesting yeah a lot happened sit back relax it's gonna be another two and a half hour podcast but we love it enjoy the show the KLFB studio presents milk rate and turntables a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean now let's talk music enjoy the show yes let's talk music thank you Amanda for that wonderful introduction as usual welcome back my friends to the show that never ends welcome to the podcast you know the name I'm not gonna say it was streaming live right now over Facebook YouTube X formerly known as Twitter twitch D live and again I always I don't know how many other things and this podcast will be heard on every podcast platform yeah yeah 1967 so it was quite a year think you're in for a little little ride tonight yeah and you know who wasn't born in night oh he was three in 1967 marksmen from the music relish show good evening I was two years from being on this earth so you weren't even really thought of no you thought of it 67 think of that think of that yeah you weren't even thought of you weren't even like a sparkle in as they say in your father's eye there might have been the beginning of a sparkle who knows so let me see I'm looking at my is my screen still fuzzy on my end but I'm not even seeing it on YouTube right now I'm seeing it's live but I just got the image of the vinyl really yeah what the hell wait wait wait wait yeah no it's on it's on I see it I see it but my screen looks fuzzy right yeah that's how I'm seeing you from my end yeah what the hell let me check something here hold on okay let's do a little in show my you know that smooth little March of colors next to you when you open up the show yeah happy it's all like gone really weird I'm looking at this right let's go back to this see what happens I'm supposed to be in 1080 and I'm looking at it right now now you're sharp you just got sharp it goes back and forth it's a strange see like hearing yourself huh I guess I don't know what do a refresh here I'm playing it right Tom Benwald says it looks good patty says it's blurry that was in the beginning and it looks like it's sharp now so it goes back and forth you're starting to get blurry again it's strange got any storms down there no this this would this will drive me crazy now this is it's not supposed to be like this come on it's like a Grateful Dead show warts and all rice we're talking about 1967 there's no digital so it was still waiting for Luda come on so you know I'm going to do I hate doing this but I'm going to do it to you buddy what's that no don't cut me I'm not cutting you I'm gonna I'm gonna hit a refresh which might take me off the screen so the show is yours for about I don't know 60 seconds let's see what happens here let's see reload I'm gonna reload it so I'm going off the screen I guess it's time to advertise the music roll show with my friend Perry and my friend Lou we discuss opera we have fun how am I now you look better look yeah yeah looks better yep and I just advertised my podcast is that the opera I'll pay you I'll give you the money later on then I lose my this is like okay here we go you look better though all right good yeah good you know me I the technical stuff drives me crazy especially you know it's not only sound it has to be oh it's this is a live stream so it has to look yeah good and you don't want to drop out in the middle of the show no like me and Lou do once in a while race right let's see is the chat working let's see now I'm not seeing any I'm not seeing any comments so let me try this well sorry for the podcast listeners but I gotta get this shit right hey it's okay I should be seeing I should be seeing comments because people have already made three comments you over here maybe they're bored and they don't want to comment anymore no it's there it should be showing up on my screen over here right we know that my boss you busting balls only Bono does that let's see public so it should be getting huh this is crazy seven minutes in and I'm here we haven't done anything yet let me see send comment test I just sent a text to message I see I see you as I see mine okay good we're good we're good let me switch over to my other account and do the same thing I just want to make sure yes just our audience is bored they don't want to comment actually this is all Lou's fault yeah yeah always the you know I would probably lost the other comments is because I rebooted so hmm all right well you know what we're gonna start without Lou right as I say that as I say that does he have what does he what do you let's get the full screen nose is that why you were late you had to clean your nose and he's back in Paris again you brown nose er I've been a bad dog my laptop and he's back in pair you left here in Paris you must have left it back in the United States I did I left on the plane how you doing Lou I'm doing alright how are you guys doing well I just had a little technical difficulty and we blamed you because you weren't here so you left me alone and I had to talk opera with myself talked opera yeah rigoletto did you talk about rigoletto this time I'm just really boring you know I'm like all right this is why this is a two and a half hour podcast some of us have to work tomorrow all right here we go let's jump right into 1967 musical events in 1967 and the year kicks off right away with a bomb a bomb on January 4th the doors release can arguably one of the greatest debut records ever arguably if you had a top 25 greatest debut that albums would have to be in the top 10 it would have to be yeah you know if you had a top 50 that would have to be in the top 10 right even if you don't like them you have to say that was so ahead of its time oh it's so different nothing out there was like the needle and all you hear it kicks I mean fucking what a way to start an album it's a heavy song it with a bossa nova beat yeah I mean that's pretty clever yeah 67 so you know bossa nova was pretty hip again John Densmore over underrated underrated underappreciated I think you are you are so correct you know never gets the the the consideration that I I don't know you can't put him in greatest of all time but could he be okay if there's a top there's a top 25 drummer top 25 drummers is he in it good question and in rock we'll just say in rock I think he could be I could see him making so I don't know if he's a universal pick but I could see him on some list I mean he's something you'd have to think about like you said like it doesn't get noticed so much you know yeah yeah or it I mean although his drumming wasn't shy I mean he's jazzy as hell I heard um writers on the storm yesterday and his adjustment playing is great in his adjustments during the shows just for that yeah yeah the unpredictability of you know how the how the song was gonna go right because they could rehearse it all they want once Morrison got into that zone well in the drama keeps the beat right yeah yeah the drummer has to stay up with that yeah and played to the clown so to speak right you know and my my problem is if some of the clowns don't have the beat you know at one point they've got to give in like I said Morrison or even Dylan they'll set the tone but they've got to be steady themselves you know it's yeah otherwise it's just erratic but you know yeah guy like Dan's more I mean I had skill I had a lot of a lot of technical ability right feel yes cool so obviously his drums always sounded good yeah on the earlier on the other records even you know three years worth of music whatever I guess I would be who produced some Jack Holtzman was the producer did a good job Jekyll or now wait so no what was it Paul Rothchild yes yes yes I'm sorry Holtzman was he on the record company yeah yeah was that it was that chrysalis or chrysalis I think or just like yes that's a lecture a lecture weren't they on chrysalis though also I thought they were yeah maybe maybe chrysalis was a subsidiary but uh yeah Jack Holtzman's son is Adam Holtzman he's a keyboardist right now he plays with here we go Stephen Wilson but he does a little blog on Facebook and he talks about growing up and he was like six years old and his father brought him to a club to see the tour Wow at six years old he just talks about like yeah it's a great little blog Wow all right and four days later on January 8th Elvis Presley turned 32 on January 14th the human be in right the human be e -i -n human being takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park polo fields with spoken words from Timothy Leary Allen Ginsberg Gary Snyder in others live music was provided by Jefferson Airplane the Grateful Dead Big Brother in the holding company and Quicksilver Messenger Service speeches from Jerry Rubin and others were also given at the event although it's one band there I liked yeah Quicksilver Messenger Service who was it on January 15th 1967 who is your favorite poet of all them I know you're not asking me Arthur Rimbaud who influenced Jim Morrison good answer good answer way to bring that first opening segment rough full circle we're getting better Scott we're good now you guys get a lot of good trust me I'm getting a lot of good feedback so let's keep it at that I don't want you son ask for more money and on January 15th 1967 the Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan show at Ed Sullivan's request finish it he asked them to let's spend sing let's spend some time together is that the one there you go yeah and then he told him a really big shoe I hate to do this I mean I come back on penalty box I don't say just he beat my record okay look he just got on the show after late and these are either he's stuck he's frozen put the dog nose back on where'd it go are you throw it at the camera like your headphones on January 16th 1967 the monkeys begin work on headquarters the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material and it was fucking horrible fucking horrible what were they thinking they know they were thinking the egos got too big they thought they were the music well the argument can be made that you know Mike Nesmith did write different drum yeah so he could write songs but I don't think he was a pop songwriter you know headquarters and they try to be all fucking like 60 ish and shit they weren't looking for pop were they they're trying to be like more psychedelic yeah I think so there were their channel on the Beatles with those quirky little yeah with anti -grizzelles on that I don't know some weird shit I'll tell you what though I don't care about it myself but it was surely a harpsichord on it because that's what all those records had they had to have a harpsichord and I have the book this the 100 best -selling records of the 60s the monkeys got a they've had quite a few albums on there oh they do yeah they were they were but I mean I thought it was just a condensed period of the show which it probably was but it's still I mean they've got I mean most of their albums sold really well yeah yeah ah you like the show what's it is like the show I did I still like it I still love it I love that that that's so that humor is great like dumbed down brilliantly done though humor yeah way was what they were supposed to act like that yeah you know what I mean there was no like these guys are bad actors they knew exactly how to do that they pulled it off great it was campy it was great for its time it's still great to watch now yeah I do think that banana splits were a better band yeah that's I'll give you the banana splits were a kick -ass band yeah yeah kick -ass man did you see the movie recently came out it's a horror movie with the banana splits the banana splits movie it's a horror movie yeah yeah it takes place in an amusement park and they're they're robotic and in Dyson and slicing baby Dyson and slicing I have to say oh man that's yeah okay yeah Dyson and slicing it's good it's kids again campy movie but I couldn't not watch it yeah I have to say I'm sure Fleagle is a total psychopath well I'm not gonna give you any and no no no spoilers here those was it just Dyson and slicing on January 17 1967 the daily mail newspaper reports four thousand potholes in Blackburn Lancashire and Guinness air Tara Brown is killed in a car wreck these articles inspire lyrics for a day in the life a day in the life yes on January 22nd 1967 Simon and Garfunkel give live can't give a live concert at Phil harmonic Phil harmonic call in New York City some of this concert is released on October 4th 1997 on their box set old friends but most is not released until July 2002 that's some more okay January 29th mantra rock dance the quote ultimate high of the hippie era is organized at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco featuring Janis Joplin grateful dead big brother in the holding company for three Moby grape quirky that would've been interesting that's the best man that's the best as though for they're almost like the MC five kind of I think they were just kind of but they're they're a San Francisco band and beat poet once again Allen Ginsberg shows up to do his spoken word I heard he was a member of NAMBLA I wouldn't the National Association of Marlon Brando look -alikes I heard I'd someone I remember he actually he was a sponsor of NAMBLA but anyway on January 30th 1967 the Beatles shoot a promotional film for the forthcoming single strawberry fields forever at Noel Park in Seven Oaks have you seen it I have seen it I haven't seen it in a long time it's really cool yeah yeah it's kind of dark speaking of dark on February 3rd 1967 UK record producer Joe Meek murders is it his landlady and then commits suicide by shooting himself in the head in Holloway North in London it's kind of dark didn't he produce sleepwalk yes letter Telstar some early we talked we did it bit of a genius really yeah let's see February 7th Mickey Dolan's no let me stop February 6th Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolan's of the monkeys fly into London Dolan sees till death do us part on British TV and uses the term Randy's scouse grit from the program for the title of the monkeys next single release Randy's scouse grit not releasing it is an offensive term Britain's British census forced the title to be changed to alternate title and then the next day Mickey Dolan's meets Paul McCartney at his home in st.
A highlight from Short Stuff: Origin of Math Signs
"Hello, everybody. The Xfinity 10G network was made for streaming, giving you an incredible viewing experience. Now you can stream all of your favorite live sports, shows, and movies with way less buffering, freezing, and lagging. Thanks to the next generation Xfinity 10G network, you get a reliable connection. So you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite entertainment. Get way more into what you're into when you stream on the Xfinity 10G network. Learn more at Xfinity .com slash 10G. Hey, and welcome to The Short Stuff. I'm Josh, and there's Chuck, and this is Short Stuff. And we are going to talk about something that has been overlooked for far too long, which is the origins of the plus, minus, multiplication, division, and equal symbols. I thought this was really cool, by the way. You put this together with help from FASCO, Caltech, Science ABC, among other places. And I had never thought about this stuff because I'm not a math person, but I love origin stories. And so I thought this is really neat, especially the fact that these symbols came about to begin with because people, before they had these, you wrote out a math problem like this long word problem. But not like, you know, a train's traveling in this direction kind of thing. It's more like I have divided 10 into two parts and multiplying one of these by the other. The result was 21. Then you know that one of the parts is thing and the other is 10 minus thing. Right. That was an excerpt from a 9th century algebra book by the mathematician Muhammad ibn Musay Al -Kharwazmi. I'm pretty sure that's his name. Today, you would take that same formula and write it out as x times 10 minus x equals 21. Yeah. So simple. That's it. And that reveals why these things were so important. It just saves you so much time. So not only did it make writing an algebra book that much more attractive, it made teaching it that much faster. You might not have necessarily learned it any faster, but you definitely could teach these things faster with these notations rather than writing it out. And I also saw, Chuck, that some of those sentences that they would write, some people would put it into verse, metered verse, like poems. That takes a lot of time and it's unnecessary. Yeah. And especially at the time when you're writing with an eagle's feather and an inkwell. Sure. You know what I mean? That really drags too. It's not like you're just dashing this stuff off with a pencil. Nope. So some folks came along and changed all that. According to the VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, hot read, the origin of the equal sign goes like this. A man named Robert Ricord, or Ricordae, was the royal court physician for King Edward VI and Queen Mary, and very influential mathematician in Wales. And he got tired of writing out equals over and over. So he thus proposed the equal sign because it is two little equal lines, and that's parallel equal lines. And I never thought about it, but it's brilliant. Yeah. He said a pair of parallels or twin lines of one length, and then he shows what he's talking about because no two things can be more equal. And there's a lot of extra vowels in those words, but he gets the point across. And he was saying like, this is such a great time saver. I'm so tired of saying is equal to. And he wrote it in a book called The Wet Stone of Wit. And of course, a wet stone is what you sharpen things with. So it sharpens your wit to read this book. I love that title. And it actually became very influential and well -read as far as 16th century math books go. And Robert Ricord is credited with coming up with the minus symbol and introducing it to his people back then. The equal sign, you mean? What did I say? Minus sign. Oh, just wait, Chuck. All right. Well, we're there. Plus and minus are what we use to indicate adding something and subtracting something, as everyone knows. The terms themselves come from Latin, where plus means more and minus means less. And the other thing is the plus symbol itself is also from the Latin word et et, meaning and, like this and that equals that, which is pretty great. So at one point there was a French philosopher named Nicole Oresme from the 14th century who used that plus sign as a shorthand for et, which is what they used to write. And at first it didn't take, right? I think like people weren't universally accepting this. Yeah, it wasn't until like the 16th or 17th century that it started to really kind of take off. I think the 16th century. And apparently there was competition at first too, that it wasn't just the plain old plus sign, that equal cross, that there were other crosses in the running too, including the Maltese cross. It's a great looking cross, but it takes a lot more time to write the Maltese cross out than it does to make a plus symbol. And the whole point of these things was to save time. So everybody said, yeah, Maltese cross, we like you, but we're going to go with the plus sign. That's right. So that's plus. We got equals, we got plus, minus now. In Europe, there was an Italian mathematician named Luca Pacioli. And Luca was using the symbol P with a little line over it for plus, an M with a little line over it for minus. And no one's exactly sure, but it seems to be that the M was just dropped, right? And then the minus sign, because we already had a plus sign, became the minus sign. Yeah. So you don't need the plus sign. Forget you P with the tilde over it. We're going to take the M instead. And it wasn't Robert Ricord who came up with that, but he was the one who introduced it to England.
A highlight from Joshua Stone Interview - Bringing Books To Web3, Book.io Books on the Blockchain, Mark Cuban Investment, Cardano ADA
"Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. With me today is Joshua Stone, who's the CEO and co -founder of Book .io. Joshua, great to have you on the show. Yeah, thanks for having me here. Appreciate it. Well, Joshua, I think it's timely that I'm speaking with you because I'm in the process of writing a book. And so I'm very curious about Book .io and what are the other options for me as a soon -to -be author where I can publish my book on the blockchain and get some additional benefits. Before we get into all that, though, tell us about yourself, where you're from, where you grew up. Yeah, for sure. So I grew up in Oklahoma. When I'm traveling, I like to tell people I grew up in Indian territory and, you know, kind of encapsulates this sort of free spirit, unregulated environment that I just kind of grew up in. And my dad was an electronics engineer. My mom is a really incredible amateur artist. So I grew up in a very left brain, right brain kind of background. And what was your professional career before founding or co -founding Book .io? Yeah. I got online. Like I said, my dad with the electronics engineering, I got online really, really early and kind of got fascinated with this intersection of graphic and engineering kind of where they cross over. So I really gravitated more towards like a product design and user experience strategy side of things. So I actually got my first large job out of school. I went to Oklahoma State University and worked on the very first version of Fandango for Subark. And that was back in 99 and then worked at some larger internet companies that did a bunch of stuff for AT &T, led the product group for hotels .com with Expedia, and then kind of got more into the startup scene, was in a social media startup that sold. And that kind of got my interest into the book publishing industry. So I actually previously had co -founded an ebook company that we specialized in bulk distribution of eBooks to universities and really large organizations. And we sold that back in 20, I think we sold in 2015, I stayed till 2018. And so, I had kind of approached the book industry from a technologist sort of standpoint. And yeah, and then took some time off after that, really got just super deep into crypto and tried to kind of determine my next startup. I wanted to be a Web3 based company. That's awesome, man. Because you have a Web1, well, you have experience in Web1 and Web2, and now you're building in Web3. That's pretty incredible. What was your first encounter with Bitcoin? I'm always fascinated by folks' different stories, and what was your aha moment? Yeah, I feel like a lot of the story is always like a story of frustration of, I wish I would have. And so, I read the first white paper pretty quickly after it came out, just because I was in a social media startup. So that stuff like circulated quickly of like, oh, there's this internet money thing. And I talked to some engineers and I'm not heavy engineer. I've done some engineering stuff, but at that time, I wasn't capable of studying, I guess I could have really went and stood up a stack and tried to figure out how to mine it, but I tried to convince some engineers to mine it. And that happened a couple of different times. And it was a kind of classic argument of like, hey, this will cost us more in electricity than we'll ever make. And in hindsight, it's like, dang it, I should have just put them in a headlock and made them do it. So, it wasn't really until 2017 that I came around and jumped back in where I could actually start to buy from exchanges easily. I think at that time, maybe Coinbase only had like four coins listed. And so, I spent a lot of time on like foreign based exchanges and just really like diving super, super deep and through all the kind of ICO crazes of 2018 and the crash and yeah, I think I really was becoming more obsessed with what does blockchain mean at like a bigger level from a, just like a decentralized nature and like how, my entire career up to that point, just like sort of thinking like what all would need to be re -architected in this way of like a decentralized blockchain based way. Oh yeah, for sure. So, tell us about book .io, how did that idea come about and what are the different services? How does it work and so forth? Yeah. So, Yeah. you know, one of the biggest hindrances in crypto in my mind has always been just like mass adoptability, right? Like making it accessible to the masses. A lot of times, like I pick on my mom and just say, you know, my mom's not going to use this, you know? Yeah. So, you know, it occurred to me at some point that, you know, all books could be decentralized, like the actual contents of them and be blockchain based. So, you know, a big issue in the book industry, which you'll definitely experience now that you're working on a book is, you know, if you buy an ebook or an audio book from Kindle or Audible or iBooks, you're not really buying the book. You just buy a license to view the content. So, you don't actually own anything, which is why you can't sell it or give it away when you're done reading it. So, making it a book, a blockchain based asset actually changes from a digital licensing to a digital ownership model and that allows you to resell the book. So, you know, when you look at the entire landscape of crypto, there's like, you know, less than a hundred million total wallets, but there's over a billion people that buy digital books every year. So, like by far and away, like digital books are the biggest digital asset that people currently buy on like an a la carte basis since most of music and movies are streaming. So, you know, we have a focus that's very, you know, targeted at true mass adoption and, you know, experiencing the tech benefits. So, really more of a, you know, web two usability, but with a web three functionality. And then even in, you know, inside of that current licensing model, what's really radical, you know, once you buy a book, of course it's stuck on your shelf, but then it also gives the retailer, the author, the publisher, anybody, the right to remove that book from you. It's like literally coming in your house and just like taking a book off your shelf that you bought or changing any of the contents inside of it. So, our mission really became two things. One is to decentralize all of human knowledge and put all books on the blockchain so they can't be changed or taken away. And then second is incentivizing reading. So, really, you know, the core kind of the process of how it works is like we take any media asset could be, you know, a book or a music or video, we break it into a bunch of shards and we encrypt all those and store them in decentralized storage. Then we have a DAP web based reader and we also have mobile apps, mobile reading apps that basically stream those contents in, reassemble and decrypt them and then allow you to read it. So, we sort of, you know, while we use an NFT and decentralized storage and like, you know, smart contracts to program and royalties and all that, we sort of summate all that into an asset that we call a decentralized encrypted asset. So, then you truly own it. You could lend it out. You can give it away. Has huge impact, you know, not just for the end user, but also for the creators, because as you know, you'll experience with your book, you know, once, you know, the traditional model on the payment side is very, is very archaic, you know, like you, if you go the traditional route, you're going to be looking at, you know, you might get some small advance. It's not nearly what the old advances were. And, and then it's going to be probably a year to 18 months before you see anything, you know, from that book. Whereas, you know, when it's blockchain based, it's immediate, it's instant, it's paid out. So yeah, we launched the platform a little over a year ago. We've already sold over 160 ,000 books. And, and we've had some books trade as high as like $10 ,000 for like really unique books. Wow. That's pretty incredible. So, and I want to make sure I emphasize the benefits because I know there's going to be people who are new to blockchain crypto and say, oh, so what I get my book on Amazon, but, um, as the author, uh, there, this feature creates a secondary market, right? For the book is let's say, um, Joe down the street buys my book. He has on a blockchain, he finished reading it. He's like, oh, you know what? I'm going to sell this. Now, if he sells it, he's making a return. And then I, as an author also getting a royalty there. Yeah, absolutely. So that, I mean, that really is the big difference, right? It's like on a traditional print side, you know, I have the freedom when I buy a print book, I can take it to a secondhand, you know, resell bookstore, but I don't even really know what it's worth, you know, and then they're giving me, you know, pennies on the dollar and I'm happy to take it. Cause I have no way to substantiate if that's what that book is worth versus if it's digital, then I can see, you know, multiple global marketplaces and see what the trading, you know, what the actual trading price for that book is right. And then every time it sells and resells and continues, like it's giving you the creator, you know, royalties back, which is really cool from a social side too. Right. So, you know, current kind of, you know, opaque kind of wall with, with an Amazon and iBooks is that, you know, publisher author doesn't have any connection to their audience. So they can't see who owns their books. They can't market to those people. So with this, it's like, it's all on chain, right? Like we couldn't hide it. If we wanted to hide it, they can see who has their book. So then as an author, right. You could go airdrop like, you know, an extra chapter of a book to everybody that has your book, or you could allow them, you know, if they have that book, then in their wallet, they could, they could get a discount on the second book. Like you can begin to merchandise and do things that are just like impossible in the traditional version. Wow. So that's pretty incredible. You said you can airdrop like additional chapters or I don't know, additional information or anything attached to the book. That's, that's pretty incredible. Yeah. It can be a short story or, you know, extra behind the scenes type stuff, like how the book was created. It could be video stuff, author interviews, like all kinds of additional content that you can't get or deliver in a traditional method. Plus, you know, like a social interactivity of, you know, we're building out a structure for, for book clubs as well. Right. So, you know, there's not, there hasn't really been a good solve for like online book clubs. And like, part of the problem is you get so many trolls that come in and you see this on Amazon, like with reviews, right. It's like a book hasn't even come out and all of a sudden it's got, you know, 8 ,000 negative reviews in our system. We can see and verify if you've actually read it. So not only would you have to own a book, but we could, we could put it in place where you have to own it and you would have had to read it in order to get access to a book club and maybe the authors in there participating as well. Right. So it creates a richer, like, you know, environment for discussion. Oh yeah. I was going to bring up the reviews thing and verifying users because that is a game or something that is gained, I should say, with ratings and reviews and it could be manipulated. Now you mentioned that there's a lending feature. So let's say once again, Joe down the street buys my book, he, that person, he or she can lend the book out. And tell us how that, how that works. Yeah. So a lot of times what we say is, you know, everybody's a bookstore, everybody's a library. Right. Because if I, if I have the ability, you know, globally to lend out my book or to sell it, like then you could come and you could rent it for a particular price. Right. And we put that in a smart contract. You could either pay it or it could just be like a free thing. And, you know, one party's covering the transaction costs or, you know, in our method, like we haven't really talked about yet, but we have a token, you know, the person reading it could earn the token that the person that owns it could read the token that somebody else is who's, who's borrowing it is, is reading it. Like there's a ton of different ways to, to construct it, but it really changes the, the idea of, you know, it almost like makes micro libraries of everybody. Right. Then I could borrow from anyone. That's great. Yeah. Because I think about that sometimes I see different books and I'm like, I don't know if I want to buy this or necessarily, and I don't want to have a ton of books in, in, in my home. I do appreciate physical books, but I do have some digital books, but to be able to rent something and then just go see, you know, is this, is this good or whatever, and, you know, I actually want to own this. That makes sense. So tell us about the incentivization of getting folks to read. Is that how the token plays a part in the ecosystem? And if you can tell us about the book token. Yeah, definitely. So it really, it really does like an issue inside of, of the publishing industry, really. And when you start to look at the statistics behind it, it's like, you know, people do buy books and the publishing industry in general is hoping that people read those books, but a lot of times it becomes like just very commoditized. And it's like, they're just trying to sell you the next book and selling the next book. And so when you look at the stats on like how many people per year are reading and like averaging down, and it's like, what we're trying to do is build in an incentive program. So people actually consume this knowledge because very clear data, you know, supports when people read books like society, like definitely progresses, there's less crime, there's more, you know, GDP. So the, you know, that kind of secondary part outside of decentralizing the incentivizing portion of it is we have a read to earn system. So whenever you get a book, you read it, you're earning tokens while you're reading it. And we have kind of a whole distribution schedule and like how the mechanics of all that work. We just released a new white paper that details in kind of great detail, like how all that functions. And then we actually have a initial token offering going on right now as well. We waited a long time to do that. Like we launched the product, we launched all the apps. We started selling books before, you know, and a lot of it was just like from a regulatory reason of wanting to do things exactly the right way. Oh yeah. Yeah, that definitely makes sense. Now there was news that Mark Cuban was collaborating with book .io to release an NFT ebook on the Polygon blockchain. Can you tell us about that and how that partnership came about? Yeah, for sure. So Mark was actually one of our earliest investors and came on board. And at the time we were Cardano based. So we argued back and forth a lot about other chains, which we had always had a very multi -chain strategy, which I'll say real quick too. Like our, you know, we deployed to four different blockchains. We deployed to Ethereum, to Polygon, to Cardano and to Algorand. But yeah, Mark was one of our first investors in. And so we worked through his publisher as well with him, created a bunch of different, the way that our construct kind of works is, we don't limit a book to like a single book cover, like it can have tons of different book covers. So that makes those different covers collectible for different reasons. So with him, I think we did about 400 different covers. Some of those were like rendered pictures of like him fighting sharks and stuff, like all kinds of fun stuff. And he actually thought it was really, really cool. So it just gives you a whole lot more flexibility. And I'll say too, like on the investor side, like Mark's been a great investor, like great advisor, lots of great like networking. I think I was a little hesitant, like just from all that, you know, what you see on Shark Tank, but like his group's fantastic. You know, we really only have two other investors. We have Ingram Content, which is the world's largest book distributor, and they actually distribute and warehouse all the books for Amazon. And then we also have Bertelsmann, which owns Penguin Random House, and they're the largest trade publisher. So we've tried to really be selective about our investors and working within the industry. But yeah, Mark's been great and all the guys at Polygon, the Polygon team has been great to work with as well. That's awesome. Are there other publishers that you're targeting and trying to work with and, you know, what's your strategy? Is it getting them to integrate book .io as another option? Tell us about that. And I don't know how much you can, you know, tell us about your strategy. Yeah. Yeah. So we've I think we, you know, we're somewhere around 20, maybe publishers or so that we've we've had sign up. You know, the publishing industry is very splintered. There's there's basically five main, you know, the big five publishers and they own a bunch of imprints and then there's a bunch of kind of mid tier and smaller ones. And so, like, you know, some total like our last publishing company, like we had close to 200000 different publishers signed with us. You kind of have to go like some of them you get like in big and big batches, right? Some of them are just like one on one. So like a lot of it right now, and especially over the last kind of beginning or last year was just a lot of experimentation, right? So it was going to publishers that we've worked with before in the past and saying, Hey, let's do like a test project together so we can like see what happens and gather some data and make some choices. So like this year's like much more on like the scale up side. We're going to be releasing audio books as well. And delving so into that and like how we do more mass ingestion. But, you know, ultimately, it's like what we're introducing back in is not necessarily say, you know, you know, we think we'll just dominate Amazon and it goes away or anything like that. It's more of a both end, right? Like you could, you know, I see that as like licensing and like streaming almost. And this is like ownership, right? So for the for the audiences and the authors and the people creators that care about ownership, like we provide like that mechanism and all the benefits that go with it. And it reintroduces the, you know, um, just the law of supply and demand, right? When it's digital licensing, there's, there's an infinite supply. It drives down, uh, you know, the price when there's a limited supply, then the price actually makes a difference. So then I can buy a book, you know, for $20, I can read it and maybe it's gone up in value and I can sell it for, you know, 25 or something. Even if I could sell it for half of what I bought it for, I still get more back than, than I do. If I buy that as an, you know, a licensed book. Yeah, no, that's great. And I love the secondary market options that open up with this new world of blockchain and tokenization. So Joshua, you know, you mentioned Amazon, uh, you guys are certainly a disruptive platform. Uh, if I could put it that way, let's say Amazon comes knocking on your door and saying, Hey, we want to acquire you. We want to integrate book .io into our, because we got the biggest marketplace, you know, what would be your thought process? And would you say yes, depending on the number? Yeah. I mean, you know, we get that question sort of semi often, which is kind of funny. Um, you know, I, I think that, uh, if, if this, if the situation was right and an Amazon was, you know, if, if we, if it was functioned in a way that like it kept the core model, right. So like if they didn't, uh, if, if the idea was to integrate and like expand what currently exists into digital ownership, right. Like, I think that makes sense. And some of the stuff they've done with like avalanche and, you know, some of the integration stuff, it's like, I think they, they see that, I think they're a bit more hesitant just from the regulatory perspective to like jump in to that kind of thing. And what we're doing is definitely, you know, quite, quite a bit different, but like, you know, we're, we're doing great. Like the team's grown in a bear market. Like we're adding employees and we're, you know, we're right at profitable. So we don't have any like reason to, to try to rush out and sell. And I think we're going to continue to grow. And I think we're, you know, we have an, you know, community that's, that has materialized behind it that just really agrees with the ethos of, you know, you really should own the things that you buy. So I don't see us, um, selling anytime soon. And even if we did, it would only be to like expand and, um, you know, continue the mission not to, to, uh, to end it or have it just shelved, you know? Oh yeah. I mean, I certainly, I think you and I being in this space, we can certainly agree. This is the future with block tokenization and fractionalization, secondary markets, and much more. It's just the adoption curve. And, uh, just like web one had its adoption curve web two, and now web three has its time. Um, you know, you mentioned Algorand, uh, polygon, Cardano and so forth. Are you planning to expand to other chains as well? Uh, yeah, we probably will. We don't have any plans to expand to any others. Right. Right now, um, we've done some interesting things with, with a few of the chains. Um, we gave a book away at consensus with Algorand to all the attendees. Like we're, we're doing some other expansion stuff or we'll be announcing some, some really cool stuff we're about to do with polygon as well. Um, so just trying to work with, with the chains that we have right now. And, you know, a big issue for publishers is really, uh, you know, I mean, when you get down to it, it's like they chop down trees to make print books. Right. So they, at first were very adverse to, um, to anything blockchain based, right. Especially when it was, you know, like when Ethereum was proof of stake. Um, so they, some of them have had corporate mandates where they would only work with it with a proof of work and they would only work with a proof of stake chain. So, you know, the ones that we've selected, I think, uh, encompass like a, a, a decent size portion of the market, not to say we won't integrate, but like, you know, kind of a thesis on being a multi -chain company is that we really want to be a platform. So creators could deploy to other chains. So we've talked to a couple of others as well. We just haven't put anything official on the roadmap yet. Hmm. Now more of a personal question for me and maybe other authors who are going to watch and listen to this, we'll have this question. So like I'm already in the process. I'm, I'm signed with a publisher. The book is right on tentative date launch next year. Could I go that traditional route, but also integrate with book .io and, you know, have you guys thought about a strategy for authors like myself who, you know, we would want to do both and how would that work? Yeah, for sure. So I think today, like of the hundred something books that we've done, like, um, a little over a third of them have been with, um, with publishers or with, um, with authors. So, you know, basically the way it works is, um, you know, you would just connect this with your publisher and then we work through like exactly what kind of program you would want to do. Right. So, um, we just kind of define those details. Um, we walked through with the publisher, what, you know, exactly how it works most of the time. Like, you know, we're doing limited quantity sort of collectible type stuff right now, but we have the capability to do like a mass, like we actually just, uh, sold a book yesterday that, you know, wasn't necessarily a collectible. It had just a regular singular cover. That's the same cover that's on the print book. Um, and, uh, you know, and it's sold out in like 20 seconds or something. Right. So the publisher's super excited because they've never seen anything like that in publishing. Um, and so it's a great way to drive, like kind of viral traffic and like excitement. So what we found too, is what ends up happening. We've seen this like multiple times in a row is like, we would do something with an author and then it will directly correlate to an increase in print sales because people get that book, they're excited about it. Then they would go and they're like, Hey, actually, you know, I want to own both. And so that's actually one of the things we're working on with our, our, um, uh, partnership with, with Ingram is what we call mint and print so that you could just buy the digital and automatically get the physical, uh, dropshipped to you at the same time. Oh, wow. Yeah. That's really cool. Um, so walk us through the user experience. Um, let's say someone's listening to this and like, you know, I want to go check out book .io. Maybe they have some books that I'll be interested in. Is there, obviously you have a website, is there an app and with purchasing, um, is it crypto and Fiat or both? Yeah. So, uh, so, I mean, we're trying to make it, um, very much, like I said, you know, web to functionality. So it's very easy to sign up. Um, we do take credit cards. So, um, on, uh, you know, you can, you can buy a book with a credit card. It's easy to set up an account. And actually like the, uh, the, the giveaway things that we're doing, the promotional stuff, like you don't even have to have a wallet. Um, we're getting to the point where you won't, you won't even have to have a wallet. You don't have to store seed phrase. You don't have to do any of that. All of it's like self -driven kind of in the background. Um, and so you don't have to buy with crypto. You don't have to know anything about crypto, um, and just making it real easy onboarding process for like, you know, the billion plus people that are honestly just not going to go take the time to learn crypto. Yeah. I've been talking a lot about that recently. With a variety of folks. Um, how do we make it easy for the next billion people? And like you, I've kind of used my mom, my dad as an example. Right. Cause like, they don't know that, like they see the wallet addresses. They're like, what the hell is that? They're scared of it. Right. It's intimidating. I still have to show my mom how to do certain things on her smartphone. So I, you know, but certainly like she's interested in, in crypto and blockchain and, you know, I've invested some of her funds in it, but yeah, to your point. How do we make it easy for the next billion people have the capabilities, but make it make the gooey easy for them. Right. Yeah. One of the funniest comments I got recently, which I won't say who it came from. Um, somebody within my family, um, was like, wait a minute, there's more than one blockchain. Cause like they thought blockchain was like internet, you know, thought it was one big blockchain, you know, which like from the outside, it was like, I never really thought about that, but it's like, if you really didn't know anything about it, you might think like, blockchain is just like internet. And they're like, you know, maybe there's only one and it's like, it's just, it's such a barrier. And so I feel like a lot of times, like in the crypto side, like we're in this bubble where it's like, you know, we're really excited about the technology and stuff, but other people just don't, they don't have the, it's not like, you know, intelligence thing. It's just like, they don't have the time to like onboard and figure all that stuff out. So like, how do we, how do we meet them where they are, bring the solutions and like the benefit of web three and what it actually provides to them, like directly to them. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. And I think more, more companies building in a space need to think about that. Not just for the crypto native folks here, but yeah, like you said, the next billion people who, you know, they've heard about it in passing, they don't, they haven't used any type of crypto or done anything and we got to make it easy for them. So what's on the remainder of your roadmap for 2023? We do have quite a bit of stuff planned. So a lot of it, you know, like I said, you know, we launched like a year ago, so we're really trying to kind of scale up in a lot of different spots. So you know, at the top of that list right now is, is definitely audio books. And then we have a marketplace also that we're launching. And actually on the audio book side, we have one of the larger audio book companies that we just signed with, which is super exciting to have some like celebrity read audio books. And that's like a real growing market segment as well, just in general within publishing, which is very exciting. We have a lot of AI tools and development that are maybe more focused on publisher author, like, you know, helping them out you know, continue updating the reading apps. And then we have some really big author launches coming up that are going to be like, they're pretty massive, like celebrity level authors that are going to be launching some projects with us, which is super exciting. No, that's awesome. Well, I certainly after this conversation, you and I need to chat because of my own book. But yeah, that's exciting, man. And I love the idea of well, you know, you mentioned it's a growing part of the market of celebrity read books. Yeah, I certainly would want to listen to Morgan Freeman read a book.
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"Amen. Thank you for tuning us in. I'm Darryl Bailey, servants for Christ as we continue on in the life of the Apostle Paul. And so here we deal with the 10th in our series of the life of the Apostle Paul. Acts chapter 14 verses 21 through 28. This closes out the first missionary journey of Paul as we continue on to get to the second and the third missionary journeys. Here, September the 13th, 20023, the 27th of Elul, 5783 of the Hebrew calendar. Now, we talk about Paul and Barnabas' accountability to the local church. Unfortunately, community ignorance is the way that many churches operate. They think that within their own selves as whatever they come up with, they can just do what they want to and not be attentive to God's Holy Spirit. But God's work is accomplished by God's power, working with God's people. And the church is not to be run by the congregation instead by God's clear standards and plan that he has. And there's a lot of churches, they're just doing their own thing and they're not taking any wisdom and leadership from the Holy Spirit of God. They say, maybe we'll get a bunch of people this way. Maybe we'll get a bunch of people that way. Maybe we'll get this and we'll get that, you know. But they're doing it in their own power and strength instead of the power of God's might. And they will never be successful. Paul and Barnabas, their accountability to the local church says volumes in this particular message of this ending of the first missionary journey of Paul. And so, I want to invite everyone to come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Our pastor, Keith Dempsey and First Lady Amy. Sunday schools 10 a .m. Sunday morning worship at 11 and Wednesday nights. Kids for Christ. Boy, did we have a bunch of kids this past Wednesday night. Bunch of, man, kids love kids. And 7 p .m. Wednesday night, come and be with us at 450 Iron Hill Road, Taylorsville, Georgia 30178. Boy, I tell you, the kids had a wonderful time. And so I hope and pray that you begin to bring your family back into the house of God you're before missing out on the greatest blessings that you could ever have. Come and be with us at Theffal Crossroads Baptist Church. Now, AD 47 to 49, if we continue on with Acts chapter 14, verses 21 through 28 of the first missionary journey that we give. And we look at Paul's Acts travels because on land, Iconium, back in Acts chapter 13, the land on Lystra, he started up in Acts chapter 14 on that last part of running and then on land to Derby in Acts chapter 14, verses six to 20 on land and Lystra in verse 21 on land, Iconium in verse 21 and on land, Antioch of Pisidia in verse 21, then on to Perga and verse 25 of Acts chapter 14 on Attila, verse 25. And then from there, he started back from where he started out from the beginning of the first missionary journey all the way back to Antioch of Syria on the Mediterranean Sea, headed back because he had completed his first missionary journey that God had sent him and Barnabas upon to go on. And so. As these sections here really tells of what we're talking about tonight in verses 21 down to verse 28. And I'm glad Charles Rice said how incredible that Christ should be kept outside of his own church, how gracious that he would still seek entry unquote. You know, here we talked about in the past, we talked about Paul's pattern for preaching and how that in chapter 14, it gives a clear picture of God's pattern for bearing a witness to his name. We saw Paul and Barnabas, all the things they experienced and how they had difficulties. They were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia. They took the dust and knocked it off their feet. And they went on to Iconium and then they went to the people where they tried to stone them. And it went on to Lystra where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area of place throughout the world. And when the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That wouldn't all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians when they returned home. And they told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first and others second and themselves last. They had a job to do and they were determined by God's grace to do it. And so every one of us, that was God's pattern. It was of seven steps that we talked about and how God expects his servant to be able to preach the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we talked about Paul's distractions in Lystra, how there was a lot of things that distract us from Jesus. We talked about how we spelled the acrostic of Lystra, lost in thought, the Y in yourself, S for sports, the T for television and internet, R for radio and music, A for alcohol and drugs. Who here can get distracted? Everybody. All Christians get distracted and they need to maintain our focus on the Lord. And I'm glad that every one of us, that Jesus is the offer and finisher of all of our faith, amen. And so we can have distractions in these new cars because there's so many buttons and gadgets and everything that we could go down the road. These millennials think their telephone is more important than their own driving ability to drive down the road safely. That they want to text somebody and they want a conversation with somebody they can't see. And it's a sad thing because Paul and Barnas was preaching on the city streets of Lystra and they ended up healing a crippled man that had never heard the gospel message of salvation. And it stirred the crowds and the streets that got such an attention for the miracle healing that was misconstrued as they were gods. And they were a distraction and they ended up being called Mercury and Jupiter, which thought to be the gods of that first area. I believe that if we're honest and we'll look deep into our hearts with all the spiritual distractions that surprise us, we get distracted sometimes by the choir. Oh my goodness. We get caught up. Where's the ensemble today? Oh my goodness. We ain't got enough people to have the choir. And I get all distracted by all of these things. That's got to happen a certain way in the church because it's always happened that way in the church. And they've got to continue to do that that way. What a distraction. Why not just follow the Holy Spirit of God? Man, I'm going to tell you, maybe the preacher might come in one Sunday said, why don't y 'all go shut up and sit down? I got to preach. Hallelujah. Amen. And so let's get to it. Amen. And so in our own imagination, we get to pay attention to all the things except listening to God us communicate through the gospel message of the minister behind the pulpit. Then we get up and all of a sudden we got somebody that's spirit fed, but we don't want to be spirit led. And so all of a sudden we begin to overlook the message. Oh my goodness. That preacher could have preached a little bit longer. He could have preached shorter. Oh my goodness. He could have used this. He could have used that. We begin to critique the message that God is sending to the church and we get up there and get distracted by all of these things. God help us today. And so I'm glad that the life of the apostle Paul here is that message of the last part that he's talking to us about. And he's telling us that there are two great ministries when you come to church. Amen. Two great ministries in the church. Listen, I want you to look for this and remember this pastors, the two great ministries in the church is the preaching of the gospel and number two, making disciples. Did you hear me? It's preaching the gospel and then it's making disciples. We preach the gospels and some folks get saved and they don't never come back and we can't even disciple them. They all of a sudden they thought they got saved that one time and they don't need to come back. They join the church. I've had them join the church and never saw them again ever. They never came back. But how can you disciple somebody when they don't let you disciple them? And everybody's got all the answers that we can do it this way and that way. But then there's a third thing. Let me say it this way. The third most important thing in the ministry and the church is not only the preaching of the gospel, not only making disciples listen to me, the strengthening of the church, the unity of that church. It has to stay strong. It has to stay unified and there can nothing come between anything in politics or cliques or all of this or this deacon or deaconess or that that thinks they're going to run the whole picture. And this family name of the Smiths and the Joneses and the justice and all of these other last names. That's a prominent somebody in the community that they say we got to run the church because we're a prominent family name. No, that's not how God wants it. God don't want it that way. And so there's a terrible neglect in both evangelism and strengthening the church. Just how are churches made strong? That's what we're talking about. Paul and Barnabas had an accountability to the local church in this series. And in doing so, we see again.
A highlight from Robbie Ferguson: Immutable - The Web3 Gaming one-stop-shop
"Yeah, absolutely. We support everything out of the box. You know, Passport is just the offering that we have. I think the last thing, nice thing with Passport is because it integrates in a vertically integrated manner with our control of say like the ZK technology and the order book and the wallet, we can do things like say, you know, shared sequencing or cross wallet liquidity in really seamless ways. But other platforms can't because they only have one layer of the stack. And so our vision is no matter what asset you're trading on any marketplace, on any game, on any rollout, using any wallet, you can do so atomically and seamlessly with no loss in security or sort of custody with anyone else. And this is this vision of this sort of universal liquidity for digital value. Yeah. Talk a little bit more about, we talked about this before the show, the enforceable royalties. What's that about? Yeah. So this is obviously pretty topical. You have the marketplace wars over the last couple of years. First, as you had the blurs and the X2Y2s of the world basically say, hey, we're not going to respect royalties. And suddenly soak up huge chunk of pro -trading volume. Then you have an oversea card with some solutions and sort of contracts people use to make sure that they can only be traded these collections on royalty respecting marketplaces and smart contracts. I think this is all indicative of the fact that this really has to be sold as a product layer. Just to kind of understand the problem here. The problem is that when you have assets that are tied to royalty, so like I create like some suite of assets, I put those out on say OpenSea. Unless that contract has royalties built into it at the contract level, you're sort of trusting the platform to extract and deliver the royalties. And that's sort of the issue where if you take those assets somewhere else, if you like just send them to someone, those royalties are not being perceived by the creator. Precisely. So basically it's really hard to enforce royalties with traditional NFT smart contracts and NFT marketplaces. There have been various attempts at solving this, but ultimately it appears as though the game theory, particularly on Ethereum layer one, is to converge toward a zero or no royalties world, because that's the world in which you have to be in order to have any meaningful market share as a marketplace. All these pro traders who are doing the vast majority volume today. Our approach has kind of been from day one, make this enforceable at the protocol level, which we can do due to sort of a couple of things we've designed on immutable exits because we have a single sequencer, we can kind of enforce these royalties from day one. With immutable CKDM, it's going to be more of a decentralized solution where we're actually sort of engineering the ways that smart contracts respect royalties and people can opt in. But I think both the principles are, we firmly believe that enforceable royalties have to be available protocol wide in order for marketplaces to be able to fairly compete and gain their market share and game developers to be rewarded. And the thesis is quite simple, which is, you know, if you have Counter Strike Go or Magic the Gathering, Magic the Gathering has an estimated secondary market cap of 10 to $20 billion of cards. But every year they've got to make new, more impressive cards than everything else in existence, making them less value. I guess I sell my old Magic cards. Yeah, like they're tremendously valuable, right? But MTD, the company, has no way of tapping into the value of what they've created. That's why they have to basically dump on everyone else every year by creating this new, more powerful stuff. And so suddenly we can have a business model that doesn't rely on that. That's like, hey, Magic just gets 5 % of every trade. Magic's only incentive would be increased volume, which might mean make new cards that make the game better and grow the player base. It might mean throwing more tournaments, might mean creating an esports league, whatever they can do to increase the value to players of that economy. And so you have complete incentive alignment, even though it can be an incredibly profitable system. So that's why I've been so passionate about it, is it actually enables a much better, more incentive aligned business model that we must protect in order to, you know, essentially have adverse selection or this kind of, you know, tragedy where we do a short -term benefit to players by giving them cheaper trades, and then there's no incentive for game developers to build or to build based on this much better business model. So why is it that this is not enforceable at the smart contract level? I mean, couldn't we just build like a better ERC721 kind of contract or enforce royalties? Is that possible? It is, but it's just very hard to enforce if the collections themselves aren't originally A, sort of written to be, to be opt into those smart contracts. And so a lot of the volumes say in NFTs has been the legacy collections, which weren't incorporated into this. So I think that's partially what has driven this decision with OpenSea. But B, the kind of more simple solution is if it's relying on individual, say marketplaces or individual collections to make this decision, it's just going to be an incredibly fraught debate. The answer just has to be sort of protocol -wide. This is an available standard that can be enforced. Okay. So you guys enforce this by having a sequencer include the sort of the royalty or like extract the royalty when building the block? Precisely. So that's on ImmutableX, on StarkX, an absolutist rollout, but we can do that on ImmutableZKDM. We're going to have a side of an approach. I think we'll be sharing more details soon. Okay, cool. So I want to talk a little bit about the token. So this IMX token, which is actually like, yeah, trading today. And yeah, I checked, there's like $13 million of trading volume somewhere around that. And, you know, actually I found the token price, like, you know, over time has stayed, I guess, like pretty consistent except for, you know, one peak where I guess probably during the bull market, but hasn't lost a lot of its value compared to, I guess like when it was initially launched. So I guess that's a good thing, I guess. How much do you think of that volume as speculators and how much is tied to actual platform activity? I guess maybe a precursor to that question is what's the token use? What's the token's utility is basically Immutable operates very differently to most of the blockchains in terms of our business model. Rather than having say, sort of this L1 chain thesis around value accruing to the token, the chains. And we will obviously, IMX is going to be the core gas currency of ImmutableZKDM. I think we're now, you know, capturing a lot of that narrative, which is really interesting. But our philosophy has always been, we think a much better and much more aligned business model is to make the most liquid value add platform possible for web3 games and take 2 % of every trade. And this way we can build something that has completely aligned incentives for developers when they make money or when users trades when making money. And every single time those assets are traded, 20 % of the fees must be paid for an IMX. And so IMX actually has sort of, you know, clear fundamental utility, which I think is, you know, people can sort of look at that and sort of build their utility models around rather than sort of alternatives in market. So that's our utility. That's been the clear goal since day one is to really have this integral into the protocol and how we add value to every single trade. And then yeah, the volume, you know, how much of the volume you think is, or do you have a sense of, is that something you're tracking somehow? I mean, like how much of that is tied to actual activity on the platform and how much of it is speculative? Well, the vast majority would be people trading based on, you know, what they sort of perceive the utility to be. I wouldn't necessarily call that speculative, but, you know, I can, up to the reader's interpretation, I think the most important thing is this thing has a clear, right, kind of that we've set in stone since day one. And our vision is to construct really just some of the most sensible tokenomics in the world. So the few things that really excite me about the token, obviously Immutable, you know, doesn't generate this. This is run by the Digital Worlds Foundation, but is one, every single person who trades on Immutable can own part of the protocol. And that's because, you know, every single time of trade you're earning IMX tokens. And the vision of this is really cool because you have 3 .1 billion gamers. If this takes off, everyone can own a part of this open ecosystem of what the future of digital property ownership is going to be. And that's probably my favorite thing. And the second thing, you know, you talked about how the price has been quite stable. Obviously, you know, not here to comment on prices, but the circulating supply is much higher than most alternatives. It's sort of used a lot more. And we've been able to maintain that ranking or improve that ranking from 150 to 50 over the last year in circulating supply, even despite everything unlocking. I think that's because of sort of the, you know, the utility and the long -term alignment we have from Haulers today. And then the final thing I'd say is that obviously the vast majority of IMX allocated to ecosystem grants, the vast majority of these grants, all of which are issued by the Foundation, are almost completely underwritten. So, we don't just give them out to games in exchange for grants. The games actually have to deliver volume to the protocol in order to earn those grants. And right now, in order for roughly 180 million of tokens which have been allocated, over $12 billion in protocol volume has to be achieved in order for them to even be given out. So, in terms of ecosystem allocations, we run, you know, the recommendations here are incredibly efficient in terms of how they're structured for grants versus returns. And game developers love it because they know that ultimately, you know, that there's no supply just going out there, no value being brought. Everyone has to contribute to the ecosystem in order to sort of end up owning part of the protocol, which I think is really important. Very cool. Yeah, I mean, maybe to wrap up here, what is the, yeah, what's the roadmap and what should people be looking into when it comes to Immutable? How can people follow the protocol also in the project? And yeah, any final thoughts? Yeah, look, Testnet just went live two weeks ago. We have pretty much every game on the platform signed up to Passport. We've just done our biggest quarter of onboarding games ever in the company's history off the back of this Polygon announcement, basically, you know, increasing our win rate by 75%. We've got over four years of runway way over the long term, whether it takes a year to get to that hit or four, and we're here to change digital ownership for good. And the thing I would say is, look, coming up, we have Mainnet in quarter four, we've got God's Sunshine going mobile end of this year, Build of Guardians, Shardbound, Infinite Victory, all Immutable titles being published this year. And we've got a ton of our biggest games on the platform on the rise. Yeah, Across the Ages, number one in France, strategy game in Australia. You have Alluvium going out of their open beta, Imminently, probably one of the most hyped games in Web3 right now. We're really just excited by the continued raise of the caliber of quality of games right now. And, you know, as I said, you can't wave the magic wand on the timelines, but it's pretty clear that a single hit is going to pull gasoline on everything and catalyze what has already been a very heavily invested in category. So personally, we're actually thrilled with the pace and progress of things. I think it's just continued to build through despair and help people get to these hits faster, more profitably, and more sustainably. Great. Robbie, thanks for coming on and telling us all about Immutable. And also, I mean, I've learned a ton about Web3 Gaming so this has been great. Thank you. Thanks, Deb. Thanks for having me. Pleasure. your inbox as they're released. If you want to interact with us, guests, or other podcast listeners, you can follow us on Twitter. And please leave us a review on iTunes. It helps people find the show and we're always happy to read them. So thanks so much. 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A highlight from Guided Into Truth
"Well, as you heard announced this morning, today is a special day for our church. The air is getting a little bit cooler, a little more crisp. The rain is starting to come and fall kickoff is happening. This means many of our ministries and programs are getting kicked off, ending their summer hiatus and getting rolling for the coming year. Now in conversations I was having with the guys on our pastoral staff earlier in the summer about the different ideas for fall kickoff, themes to go with, emphases to put out there. We had a bunch of different ideas and I won't share with you the ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor, but I will restate our theme for fall kickoff this year is guided into truth, which I think is a theme that really encapsulates what we are to be all about as followers of Jesus Christ, right? I mean, when you think about it, for those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ in the room this morning, we have been guided into truth in the ultimate sense in that someone somewhere at some point in time shared the gospel with us. They shared the good news message of Jesus Christ dying and Jesus Christ rising and Jesus Christ saving sinners like you and me so that our sins could be forgiven and our hope of eternal life secured. And then we responded to that gospel with repentance and faith turning from the sin that once had its claws in us to put our trust now in Christ finished work on the cross. So we we have been guided into truth in that sense. Now. We're also called to guide others into truth. And if we're faithful to Christ and obedient to his Great Commission for his followers, we guide others into truth. That's what we do. That's what we're marked by we do so around our dinner tables as we teach our children about Christ and we do so at our family gatherings as we openly recognize that all that we have the roofs over our heads the air in our lungs the food in our tables the experiences that we get to share together. They are all because of Christ we do so at church whether we hold a formal teaching post or not. We give instruction and encouragement and exhortation from God's Word pointing other people people around us to Christ and then for a select few we guide others into truth by sharing the gospel message with the lost for some that means doing so through door -to -door evangelism for some that means at the Holmes Lake prayer tower for others. This happens more organically and the day -to -day evangelism that you've heard spoken of more recently where people are more adept at moving their conversations from more of mundane topics, you know, the weather and Husker football and the like to the gospel and getting to the hope that's found in Jesus Christ. Well today's message is going to have one aim and the bull's eye that I've been praying that this message would hit is to press in on this notion that evangelism is the territory or the realm of only that select few in the church. I'm going to throw the flag on the thought process that goes John Kerry is the deacon of evangelism and therefore John Kerry and his team. Those are the evangelists of the church. I'm going to challenge those of you who whether through fear or or laziness let's just get real here a lack of concern and love for those who are truly lost or abandoning your responsibility to do what Christ has commanded you and I both to do which is to share the gospel with the lost. I'm going to exhort you this morning to stop warming the bench and to get in the game. So last week we looked at prayer you might recall from Colossians this morning. We're looking at evangelism. I figured I could complete the trio of all topics that people like to hear about giving maybe next Sunday. No, but I'm going to say what needs to be said about being more evangelistically minded individually and as members of this body of believers to be more faithful in sharing the gospel not from a place of personal preference or desire because that really doesn't matter here. I'm going to speak to you through a text of scripture one that is very familiar to many of us and a text that is so rich in terms of the description it provides and the picture it paints of what it means to be guided into truth and what it looks like to guide another into truth turn with me if you would in your Bibles to Acts chapter 8 Acts chapter 8 Matthew Mark Luke John Acts book number five of the New Testament. We're going to hit pause on our series and Colossians this week so that we as a church body in keeping with our fall kickoff theme this week can zero in on this text where we encounter someone who was guided into truth and also see someone who is guiding another into truth. We're going to look at Acts 8 25 through 40 this morning. I'm going to try to take the whole bite. We'll see how I do this morning sermon has five points. They're all alliterated. We're going to see the context first in verse 25 in leading up to verse 25. We're going to see the command in verse 26. We'll see the contact in verses 27 through 30 the conversion in verses 31 through 35 and then the consequences in verses 36 through 40 now since today's passage or today's sermon is one of these one -off sermons before we just drop ourselves into this passage. It would be important and good if we establish some of the context. So as we look at the context here first point number one, let's look at some of the background here. The Book of Acts was humanly speaking written by Luke the same Luke who gave us the Gospel of Luke and what both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts revealed to us very clearly is that Luke was a very detailed and meticulous historian. We see that over in the Gospel of Luke the very beginning verses of Luke Luke 1 3 where he says this to Theophilus who is the immediate recipient of the gospel. He says it seemed fitting for me as well having investigated everything carefully from the beginning to write it out for you in consecutive order. So we see how meticulous already Luke was and then here in the Book of Acts, which is really part 2 of Luke's writing the sequel as it were to the Gospel of Luke. He continues on and giving this very precise and detailed historical account of the early church. In fact, let's go ahead and take a few moments to do a real high -level flyover of the first seven chapters of Acts leading up to our text for today. In fact, go with me over to Acts 1 and you can do the flyover with me. In Acts 1 we see that the resurrected Christ appeared to his apostles and according to Acts 1 3 he did this over a period of 40 days and spoke of the things concerning the kingdom of God and then over the course of those 40 days and at the conclusion of those 40 days the Lord said to his apostles over in Acts 1 8 that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all of Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth file that statement away in your minds, by the way, we're going to come back to it a couple of times this morning then in Acts 1 9 we see Luke recording the Ascension of our Lord to the right hand of the Father where he is seated today says after he had said these things he was lifted up while they were looking on and a cloud received him out of their sight then in Acts 2 Luke gives an account of the day of Pentecost one of the traditional Jewish feast days what was Pentecost and this is the day on which the Holy Spirit as Christ had earlier promised would happen descended and fell on that assembly there in Jerusalem. This is the day on which the Apostle Peter gave one of the most powerful sermons ever preached and according to Acts 241 about 3 ,000 souls came to Christ were converted through that preaching of Peter Acts 3 were told more about the ministry now of both Peter and John still in Jerusalem. We see that Peter heals a lame beggar in this chapter and then Peter also delivers a second sermon from the portico of Solomon and in this sermon the second sermon Peter gives in Acts 3 15 he calls out the Jews of the day as it says here in verse 3 15 for having put to death the Prince of life the one whom God raised from the dead a fact to which we are witnesses that in Acts 4 we see the arrest of Peter and John recorded and then we see their interactions with Annas and Caiaphas and other Jewish high priests and it's in front of those high priests that Peter filled with the Holy Spirit Acts 4 12 says this and there is salvation and no one else for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved then over in Acts 5 Luke gives the account of the second arrest of Peter and John and the other apostles we see that they were flawed and eventually released and after they were flawed and after they were released Acts 5 41 says they went on their way from the presence of the council rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for his name in the very next verse Acts 5 42 says while they were still there in Jerusalem every day in the temple they go from house to house and they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ in Acts 6 Luke tells us verse 7 that the Word of God kept on spreading in the number of disciples continue to increase greatly in Jerusalem and then the very next verse Acts 6 8 we are introduced to Stephen who full of grace and power was performing great wonders and signs among the people and then the remainder of Acts 6 we see that Stephen was then brought up for trial essentially before the Jewish leaders on charges of blasphemy then in Acts 7 Luke gives us this very detailed account of the the bold testimony and defense that Stephen gave which included him turning the tables and indicting the very people who were trying to indict him for having murdered their Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ and that doesn't go very well for Stephen because we see in Acts 7 54 says when they had heard this meaning Stevens testimony and indictment of them they were cut to the quick and they began gnashing their teeth at him and then the rest of Acts 7 records Stevens ultimate death by stoning Acts 8 now begins with these words in verse 1 Saul the one who would later become known as Paul was in hardy agreements with putting him meaning Stephen to death and then look at the very next words and on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria and what does that remind you of what we saw back in Acts 1 8 where Christ himself said to his followers that you shall be my witnesses from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and then to the remotest part of the earth now take a look at Acts 8 4 we're going to work our way closer and closer to our text because Acts 8 4 here really sets up the immediate context where we'll be today says therefore those who had been scattered out of Jerusalem it means went about preaching the word Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them the crowds with one Accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing from the case of many who had unclean spirits they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.
"stone" Discussed on Stuff You Should Know
"So yeah, you know, Ed is very astute to point out that the origins of Rolling Stone is kind of born out of this sort of certainly in 1960s, but maybe even before left wing alt rags that are self published. These sort of poorly printed black and white magazines about the counterculture that never really desired to make money. And most of them were super regional and never went outside of usually the city that they were in as far as distribution. But Rolling Stone was kind of born out of this idea and in particular got a lot of its influence from a San Francisco based magazine called ramparts. Yeah, which was like far, far left radical left politics magazine. There was a headline and I think 1968, maybe even earlier than that, that ramparts ran. It was ramparts offers $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any cop who is murdered a black man. That was on the cover. But it was on their cover and there's like a cop pointing a gun at you, the viewer from the magazine's cover. And that's, you know, okay, shocking, especially for even back then. But it's even more shocking when you realize that just a few years before, ramparts have been lost as an intellectual Catholic quarterly. Yeah, I mean, I don't even know why they kept the same name. It was a complete redo. It really was, and the guy who redid it was a guy named Warren hinkle, and you can't talk about Rolling Stone without talking about Warren hinkle. That's right. He transformed that magazine into that leftist rag that they knew. And obviously big and San Francisco. But it reached national levels of fame, if not like widespread fame, like the writers were like featured on talk shows and other kind of notably, I guess when you're a magazine being written in by other magazine being written about by other magazines, you've definitely made your mark and Time Magazine even had a very famous article called a bomb in every issue. I think it was a cover article on ramparts magazine. And though it would exist alongside rowing stone for a little while in the 70s, it was not a big widespread financial success. And obviously because of his politics, had a pretty just by nature of what it was, a sort of limited audience. Right. And so Jan winner, who was one of the founders of Rolling Stone and who basically personified Rolling Stone over the decades because he was the CEO for years and years and years. He was involved in ramparts through a guy named Ralph gleason who will meet in a second. But the upshot of this is that Jan winter saw ramparts what it was doing, how important it was, and that it never really took off. I saw it blew through at least two personal fortunes, rampart magazine did before. It declared bankruptcy. And he noted that, and he kind of took it to heart for his magazine Rolling Stone, and the lesson for him was reflect the counterculture without actually furthering the agenda and you can probably be absorbed by much more people and be palatable to advertisers too. Yeah, and as far as winter goes, he himself was a college dropout from Berkeley. He is sort of the personification of what we now think of as like the boomer generation. Which is to say that he and probably still does, you know, just sort of law that generation and everything they did as the utmost importance and the music of the time and the movements of the time were truly historic and not to be trifled with and also in a sort of boomer esque way. But you know what's great is making tons of money. And being a capitalist. And loving Coke. Sure. Yeah, I'm sure that was not, I'm sure they were not in short supply. No, they weren't showing off. He was very famous for his ability to put away bags of cocaine. All right, so you mentioned Ralph gleason who were going to meet. He was a jazz critic and music critic who also dabbled in The Rock and roll world. But he was not a boomer. He was born in, I think, 1917. So he was 30 ish years older than Venter, and they met at a Jefferson Airplane concert. And became buddies. And I think January winner really looked up to him and they sort of developed a mentor relationship mentor mentee. Is that what it is? It depends. So if gleason was strictly kind of advising and training and teaching Jan Weiner, that would make him a mentee. But if he did anything to further Jan wenner's career, which he ended up doing, that would make winner his protege. Okay, well, let's just say it was a mix of both. Sure. I looked it up and I really wanted to share that. I got you. There is a distinction. Sure. But they were friends and I believe it was gleason that also worked for ramparts, some, and then when ramparts fell apart, they hatched the idea for Rolling Stone magazine. Well, so gleason left even before ramparts fell apart because Warren hinkle did not love the psychedelic rock era did not love hippies. And Ralph gleason did, even though he was a jazz critic, he definitely got the psychedelic movement and was very appreciative of it and wrote very kindly about it in his columns in ramparts. But they're falling out happened when Warren hinkle ran the social history of the hippies, which was a pretty unflattering cover story about hippies and the summer of love and how basically he accused them of falling down on the job of taking over the responsibility to steer the country. And instead they were just off like dropping acid ensuring their responsibility, which would pan out to be really prescient when you're talking about the baby boom boomer generation, right? And Ralph gleason didn't appreciate that at all. So he left in disgust. He quit ramparts. And that was about the time when winter was like, hey, let's make a magazine together. Summer of love, 1970, who can forget. I know. Oh wait, no, it was 72. 72. Yeah. Because John Travolta play that Woodstock. For that summer of love concert in 72. Oh boy, I always feel bad for people who don't pick up on the inside jokes. Yeah. We'll get some emails. That's all right. It's fun. So again, hatch this idea together. And they really kind of borrowed a lot from ramparts. Not the least of which was their logo. If you look at the ramparts logo, it's I don't know if it's exactly the same font. I'm sure there's they probably technically might have made a new font. But it looks a lot like that font. And not the original Rolling Stone magazine file, because the earliest issues, it was definitely a little bit different, but the one that we all know today is the Rolling Stone font. Looks a lot like ramparts. They definitely hired away a lot of people from that magazine, including some of the designers, some of the writers, some of the, some of the editors, photographers. And even the office space, they raised, they wanted to raise ten grand, but they ended up raising $7500 from a variety of investors, including Jane winter. And her family, who was Jan winner's wife, who actually had a much larger role in the early days of the magazine than I believe she's
"stone" Discussed on Rolling Stone Music Now
"As. We'd cleared the biggest band in the world right now. I don't think there's really any doubt about that as you know. They are. Seven man pop group from south korea with three rappers and four singers all ridiculously good dancers and no one has achieved anything like what they've achieved. No group from south korea or anywhere in asia as had anywhere the kind of success that bcs has had in the us and markets. They are under third number one single in the united states. The new one is called butter and the second english language single from them. And it's very much in the vein of dynamite. The previous english language single. But it's got a charm all tone. It's great but these english language singles if it's all you know about really only scratched the surface. There's so much more to them. There's a lot of depth there. I would definitely recommend checking out my interviews if you get a chance but today. I also wanted to talk to young kim who wrote a book called. Bt s the review. He is a seoul based music critic and musicologist. He actually as he came to the states to get a phd in musicology and he's been covering crean music since the late nineties. And he wrote the first book ever about hip hop in south korea and so we had a pretty in depth conversation about bt s and a little bit about the history of pop music in south korea and hip hop and south korea. The conversation started off with young. Kim explaining when he first heard about bt s back in two thousand thirteen well honestly. I sense the significance of or more. Broadly this new format hip hop idol. In k pop would be a something important in a lot of ways. I mean that's was two thousand twelve. I guess or thirteen. I heard about the group. Actually maybe it was just a prototype. I i don't think it just just the same group as is now. But i heard from my colleague that producer punk shijo is preparing a new group largely based on hip hop but the format will be capable so i thought that was interesting idea in a lot of ways first of all i actually well like i said earlier. I was deeply interested in korean hip hop scene from leon and i happen to write a book about korean hip hop for the first time in south korea which is hungary pop your that. She translating current hip hop the footsteps the passion. That was two thousand six and the reason i wrote. That book actually was the fear. You know the concern that i had at the time i thought honestly the crew and hip hop was dying at the time around two thousand five two thousand six but you know then several years past and i heard from my colleague about the group yes and i thought that was really weird but at the same time we really fascinating idea combining hip hop and pop idol capable idol format because for me k. Pop was still is all about. You know heavy production control management you know the forging talent fostering talent. You know at the same time but for me hip hop like you know it's all about representation. I mean it's it's about identity about who you are will you from who or what you representing. Well at the time. I heard the news about you know the glue. Pta's i thought you would be complete game changer or up. Total disaster honestly then. I saw their name. Because i was in the united states in the all these like the ups and downs and success and treatment of k pop in the us. Us market for instance. I can them style and other boy bands in grow groups. I saw their name on the list of the show call k. Con is the biggest k pop festival in the us by cj entertainment right. Yeah so. I was just instantly intrigued by the idea and the group because at the time were they're not the only hip hop buydell. Actually we had big bang block. B b p. They're all great. They really had their own career and their own moment and big bang was actually probably the most well known k pop group at the time alone with Super junior and exo and shiny. So well. So i kind of carefully. Monitored the group's career from two thousand thirteen. But i mean from from the very first moment. I saw them in person i mean i. I didn't have any like a chance of doing interview. Or what but i. When i first watched their performance and a k khan and watch the fan and the really small but devoted fans just to say manage day. They still have these days. I was so mass memorized. So shocked by the power of phantoms. In the an idea of these fans had saying that. Bts's to thin or something different from pre existing capable idols. So i i was instantly hooked by the group itself and the music and And the fan reaction as you well know. Army is not as his fans are known these days. Many don't like to put s in the k pop category. An and the group themselves have complicated feelings about that. When i talked to him about that he he said ultimately it doesn't matter but he didn't really endorse. Bts is part of k pop the idea sort of that their own genre. Which i think there's there's an argument for that said historically i think to understand where they came from. You have to look a little bit at the state of k pop and it's very significant. Of course that what big hit. Which is their agency their label and is now part of. It became this giant public company. Hi was at the time of their debut in two thousand thirteen was this tiny startup in an industry dominated by big companies. So maybe you could kind of just explain all that for minute. What the landscape look like in two thousand thirteen and why. It was a struggle to come from this the startup for them. Yeah first of all the discussion. The cape hop in bts being not k pop or something something like that well. I think it's the confusion is there because the word k. Pob doesn't really mean anything except for the fact k. Pop is korean popular music but the thing is it's a kind word that people used from outsiders point of view because we i mean before two thousand two thousand. We korean cringe analyst. People really didn't have to call a cape up. yeah i'll music is a type of industry but k up. It was just a just a word that the foreign journalist started to us you know naming after the war j pop because they are already familiar with the idea of j pop but the the thing is the first music or the music that was popular at the time was idle music or worse something similar so it really made that kind of confusion. That k pop is all about idle music. Even though the word. K pop doesn't really mean something about idol. Was something like that. That confusion actually made people like me or that. They really felt they have to distinguish themselves from the idea of k pop but technically capable is just korean popular music but the problem is the usage. Know it's not the definition. Yeah i mean. That's that's i wanted to point out producer. Punk rock will formerly a really talented composer producer in jail. Ip he already had a great career as a composer but he said he'd felt that. There's gotta be something else. Beyond these like k pop idol format or formula. It can be idle music but it can be different. That's his idea. But i think it's it's really associated with the more more genuine authentic artistry still based on idol format and a lot of really amazing narrative than stories so round the time has made debut. Yes there are three giants. You mentioned that ba kit high right now but be kit at the time was really small company really small company and actually they pro. The show was really desperate at the time. 'cause i mean it was almost the end of his. Actually kind of the company was actually dying at the time because they didn't really make any substantial success. So be the groupie says even though the idea was really in revolutionary and really the the musical day had their own group talent like composers and arranger in the puncture himself is amazing some riders so they had talent but they didn't have any like resources like money or promoters in some slack that power so it was hard competition and Not many people probably. Nobody actually believed that batista's from became would be our next big thing and the situation remained premature. Same up until two thousand seventeen. I guess When bts one the first social top social artist category at the billboard music award and the appeared for the first time at the american music awards show which really boosted their popularity back in south korea to pay attention to the group for years after their debut was fascinated to learn that.
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"Good thing you be. Where have you been my dog. That was considered pretty blasphemous at the time because it was almost irreverent version. It was not a you know Kind of folk version. You know rendition. you so you have to remember in the early in the early seventies when that came out it was considered pretty pretty out there and it was pretty controversial. People hated it. But i listening back to this list. I i really liked it a lot. I think again. It's an example of someone just like really recasting a song in their own million as it were. I think it is aged. Really well of which i i get a kick at. I love my chemical romance. And i get a kick of what they did but i don't know it's desolation road. I can't tell if it's good or just sort of fun to me. I mean look to me. There's no topping the original desolation row. Which is just like this. All time classic dylan song but i will say i appreciate that cover in the sense that it introduced that song to a whole new generation of people who now listen to love that song. Even if they're not listening to bob's version it helps the song live on. And i appreciate that much of a comment but but yeah fair enough. Yes it did help. The it did translate to a new generation and it was. It was interesting to hear them. Take it on davidson. Sure jeff buckley expert him doing just like a woman. What was he actually inspired by the nina simone version. A little bit. That's a good question. i'm not really sure. No he grew up. Jeff grew up. Hearing bob dylan records from like his mom and stuff so she had all those I don't know if she had nina. Simone records and he wasn't being fan but he moved york nineties and in columbia. Who just like worship dylan and leonard cohen haley jackson and always people and just gave jeff all those. When the columbia you know Back catalogue closet. Just gave him all these records and and that's just really covering a lot of the songs i think he is. Version is it adds a whole new kind of tender aspect to it that necessarily in bob's which is obligated mendocino's verbally. Let's just a minute of david. Brown talking rambling. Jack elliott about bob dunne is a story about hearing a song for the first time i think at a party with bob playing it. I i remember Whether it was at first time ever or just another time in cambridge we were at a party at taj mahals house and bob was seeing a song that he'd just written about emmett till and he was standing in the living room surrounded by about thirty people. And if you were standing six feet away you couldn't hear what he was saying. But because of the thick pro around him but i was standing one layer back from the center and i could i could hear what he was saying and one of the people there but i didn't know it then was a young girl named bonnie raitt and i later met bonnie raitt at a folk festival and she was performing and she said you remember being dazs thousand bible saying is that And we were all there. And i said oh. I didn't know who she was at the time in the crowd. You know but she was soap reminisce about that great party that because i think that was the first time she'd ever met bob. Well that was in Probably nineteen sixty three. What was it like hearing him sing that song like a protests political song there was no microphone. Novak bunch of people you know and trying to sing it allowed the good to project you know through the crowd so everybody room but it wasn't loud enough to hear more than four people away but it was good. He had a tremendous amount of force of energy and emotion is singing but Most people didn't like it sounded his voice at all because it sounded like a kind of a teenager screaming at his parents or so it was kind of a annoying raspy tone people were all complaining so worry about the singing by listen to the words. I always don't shut up into. Yeah he was seeing song about that murder and emmett till and the whole thing and and how powerful and was very powerful hearing him. I thought that was very powerful. Yes because you could feel his anger it. He translated that very well through the words and kind of deliberately stupid strom that he invented on guitar. He's very good guitar player. I love that played even back then but he had invented a sort of a dramatized. Dumb strom I just made that word up now to decide that and then i mean I never could find words to tell you what what that strum. I just found a words down. Thank you she That's what it was. It was kind of a deliberately monotonous and the rhythm and speed would kind of speed of it slowdown and speed up and slow down with the emotional content of the words so it was. The guitar was directly wired to Is emotional state as he was seeing. I and i thought that was even a very clever way of having guitar. Be part of the vocal. Yeah that.
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"Bruce also covered it. I don't think it's ever been officially released. Still but he. He did a great slowdown cover of the song. I want you with the band. And that that's great. And that's never i don't even think it's been unofficial bootleg right. I can't speak to that. It was playing nineteen seventy five and the brief arrow when sookie lavas was playing violin. And the main point version from early seventy five is i think springsteen's best dylan cover. And i think bruce. At i was sorta wary of covering dylan. 'cause he was labeled as the new dylan all the time. But i want you from seventy five is just beautiful. It's actually my favorite version of the song. Yeah it's great number. Nineteen the icy brothers. Doing lay lady lay again. You know don't can be done in a lot of different styles number twenty s make you feel my love by adele blow. No david you did a whole story about the phenomenon of make you feel my love. I mean it's arguable. Even that greatest song. It's just a and yet billie. Joe recorded our coordinate. It's become a standard and maybe that's where it becomes a standard like a song. That's just pretty good. I don't know yeah is now one of his. Maybe top five or ten most covered songs. I mean i did that story. I think about two years ago and at that point there were four hundred versions of the song which that includes people just one shot performances on youtube. Wasn't all big stars or anything but it was it was up there and i think the fact that it's sort of a power ballad bob kind of way. It's that could be sung by everybody. From adele to garth brooks michael bolton you know transcended bob to that level and it was funny when even in that story remember michael bolton telling me when he would introduce the song on stage and he would say well. I'm gonna sing this song. By favorite song bob dylan and there'd be like silence in his audience then he would start to sing it and at the end they loved it but you could tell like they weren't even making the connection at first. Oh yeah bob dylan wrote that song. So it's It's definitely see. It's become absolutely one of his most covered the standards in mysterious ways of the business. I think it's one of those songs. Maybe more fun to sing into. Listen to i'm not sure. If you're a dell or garth brooks or michael bolton or billy joel you hear that song and it's a perfect song for you. It's not in in many ways as you're saying it doesn't even sound like a dylan song. It doesn't have that kind of multilayered. Brilliant is joking or is he not quality it's just a really straightforward sweet love song and i think it's a measure of how talented bob that he can write such an unbiased song and have it works offer other artists and billy joel was the first person to cut it because he was just putting out a compilation that time and they wanted to put some new songs on it and dylan had just done time out of mind but hasn't released it yet. Maybe and his people were were actively looking for covers it. Wasn't you know this is again. Something always keeping your mind. Bob's always had a pretty good head on the shoulder as far as business. I mean the basement tape songs were written to be covered by other people because he was off the road as motorcycle. Accident needed to make some money. So you know. He wrote a bunch of catchy songs with easily. Singable choruses and those acetates. Those phones were sent out to the birds and manfred mann in many people to to cover. So is that why something. Like the mighty. Quinn is so just sort of a beat. it's purely him trying to get or was it. What's the crime. Is it possible. He was inspired by some of the stuff on the white album that is am. I getting the chronology all screwed up what. Yeah what was a year or so later. Well isn't it even more amazing that he was inspired by the white album on it just shows the it. Shows the power of bob dylan. Who else could pull that off. I believe he's capable of that. Share close mississippi is actually an example of bob as and our guy in the sense that he had record mississippi. Didn't like what he did with it and somehow figured out. That shoko was the perfect person to do that which she in fact was. This is very interesting..
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"Ideas You know and i can understand bob side because what did you get a sense of what lenoir wanted from those from those sessions. Those kind of odd. Did you know. I mean he. He directs some of this stuff. That bob would come in and say you know i wanted more this way. I here at this way. You know. And so i can understand bob and he wrote a song. You wanted a certain way right. It's much more as an earthier record. I mean then. Then maybe then landlo- number he has that sort of those sort of sonic soundscape things that he does really well but and he did he really well on oh mercy but maybe maybe bob didn't want it on this phone or you know he did you. He did a lot of stupid youtube. Yeah yeah so. I think if you have a hit record of big hit record one group you're going to try to use that influence on somebody else right you know. Yeah yeah totally different. Black and white and i right. What would they debate in front of you guys or was that something. They talked about on the corner. You know around for a couple of minutes. I remember sometime. We'd be in the studio recording and baba. Just get up from the guitar walkout. We're just sitting there waiting. What's going on but half our leaders bob. I'd rather buy well. He you know he come back in. I'd say hey what's going on. And he's all. I wanna do it my way. I'm gonna do it this way. You know and i mean he he'd have to be by self to figure out. What are you really wanted. And he did it. Though biking motorcycle we had an actual regular boxer angle bicycles so that was the legendary texas musician. Og myers with david brown. And we're back to talking about bob dylan on his eightieth birthday. Now number two on our list of the greatest don't covers of all time is nina simone. Doing just like tom thumb's blues. Lost is the time and man. Is that great. Like everyone of her. She does just like a woman in another everyone of her doing coverage are just extraordinary and kind of just take them into a new a whole other universe. There's so many people from so many different genres who sang doing songs. And so many people of color sam cooke blown in the wind is a number seven. I think one of the things that people get a little bit confused about with bob dylan is especially now is like i was just some like boring white male boomer and the thing is i think any fair assessment of his impact and his greatness kind of transcends assignment would that be fair. You want kind of dig into that for a second absolutely. I think you can see dylan's influence across so many different genres and it's incredibly reductive view. Someone who just part of one scene or one moment or one genre. Bob dylan was famously. Incredibly influenced by great black artists. Who went before him. Data inspired him to pick up an acoustic guitar and sing and he paid that influence forward on generation after generation of songwriters of all kinds all genres. And that's one of the things that makes his discography last the way that it has. I mean it's obviously very interesting. To see the influence from say data to bob dylan and then sam cooke hearing bullying the wind. And then then. Sam cooke turning around and writing a change is gonna come in part inspired by dylan so he. He is one of those people who helped make american music like a series of tributaries a series of buys of that flow into each other. You know and that's a big part of what he did. going to. number three is The birds mr tambourine man. It's.
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"Sort of scratch my head a little bit at that one to being so high up on the list you know. I think it's also a case. Where in bob's original of that. Most of his originals are hard to top. That one secure. Bob's original is so it's so kind of ghostly powerful in high always found two guns and roses Screeching and so yeah. I wish they'd been a little lower on the list myself. I say yeah. If you look at the guns and roses songs where they covered nineteen seventy-three soundtrack classics. It's the worst live on. That dies much much. Better for nineteen seventy-three psych soundtrack. Song by guns and roses. I feel that strongly. I'll i'll i'll stand up for the guns and roses cover of knocking on heaven's dry like brian. I absolutely thought that song ruled in high school. My opinion might have deemed a little bit since then but i. I still think it rolls. It's great it does have a somewhat ridiculous over the top the ethical quality as all great gunners and songs have to david's point. Yeah maybe it doesn't have like sort of spooky elegiac power. That dylan's original has a. It's impresses me in the way that it transforms. That song is something completely different into this kind of a huge histrionic arena rock thing. I think it's great over the life lesson here. Is that things that you love. And when you're young and high school age well willing to staked a horrible amount of my career on a believing that many of the things that i love and high school still are great. But but i'm with you angie. What do you fix. Let's just talk about guys versus not gonna go for a while. Think it's my only take is that i have never liked guns and roses and only. It's the only song that i will tolerate. Probably because it's a dylan song but especially with like axles singing there. I could always deal with that more. So than any of their other hits on classic rock radio. It's also an incredibly loved the song but it's it's a very simple song. It's one of bob similar to in terms of the verse structure on that many verses. Well so as often with bob there's a possibly very complicated and strained joke embedded in that song. now we know thanks to these leaked interviews. That were never released before that. We're on our site within the last couple of years that bob. When he first heard the song helpless by neil young he hated it. He was making fun of the howard. Just he's like it was a drag man who just kept seeing helpless helpless helpless after a while. You're like what the fuck is this. This is actual..
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"It is an opportunity to reflect upon all that bob dole has given us and he's he's given us a lot. Maybe we start by taking a look at this list that we at rolling stone released this week to celebrate the birthday and it was the eighty greatest covers of bob dylan songs and let's start with argument ranked very high on. That list is knocking on heaven's door by guns and roses. And certainly when i was in high school i thought that absolutely ruled. I don't know. I don't know if it's great horrible. Bob apparently hated it when he was asked about it. He said something very interesting about guns and roses basically suggested that they were fake. Which i don't agree with him on but he was not a fan of it. which isn't unsurprising. I just don't know if it's good or ridiculous. I i can't decide what we're we're obviously. We institutionally landed on great. Since it's like number seven and list but what do we think beyond. I sort of scratch my head a little bit at that one to being so high up on the list you know. I think it's also a case. Where in bob's original of that. Most of his originals are hard to top. That one secure. Bob's original is so it's so kind of ghostly powerful in high always found two guns and roses Screeching and so yeah. I wish they'd been a little lower on the list myself. I say yeah. If you look at the guns and roses songs where they covered nineteen seventy-three soundtrack classics. It's the worst live on. That dies much much. Better for nineteen seventy-three psych soundtrack. Song by guns and
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"More or less. Bob dylan's eightieth. Birthday was his eightieth birthday. The other day. Happy birthday bob dylan. Someone told a story about when when it was bob's birthday. One day on the rolling thunder tour in the whole crowd sang. Happy birthday to him and he hid facing the amps. While they sing. So i can only imagine his reaction to the world's celebration of his eightieth birthday. I'm sure you clicked on every logistical And just really based in just really felt the world's love and it was great for him any. How do you think anything of spent his eightieth birthday. I think it's worth noting that his only social media post that mentioned we're selling a new edition of heaven's gate whisky brand. That was the only formal that was the only marking that you know. He was photographed by the paparazzi. Recently which is pretty rare and so he's still upright but he hasn't. I imagine birthday was quiet dinner at his house in malibu or something i just had no idea. We know the the things that bob does for fun. What he paints he He scopes those wrought iron gates that he likes to do the whisky brand is named after he probably did some nice wrought iron sculpting and painting if i had to guess and then maybe a nice dinner. That sounds about right. Bob tour finally came to a halt for a year. He spent the last year at home and that is a year. I'm very curious about will. Never probably find out but this is a man who is been on tour consistently since since when andy well he started the never ending tour back in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight but his last year where he didn't make one live appearance that entire year with one thousand nine hundred seventy seven before twenty twenty so this is probably a bit of a stir crazy dona. I imagine unless you know unless he realized he liked it. And maybe he'll cut down on touring here in his ninth decade. There's been no announcement of more dates yet. When plenty of acts are announcing shows at this point he could be on the road as soon as next month if he wanted to be. And there's no word yet. I would like to thank him for not saying anything. Weird about the virus. Unlike some of his classic rock contemporaries. He said not one weird or disturbing thing about covid nineteen. There's still time. But he said nothing. The only thing he propagated conspiracy theories about was the jfk assassination and he did so so artfully in that tremendous song that i'm actually inclined to forgive him. I think that that that song was a magnificent and he did give us a new album. Pretty good album. We'll sleepy but great stuff on it. Simon does not think it was sleepy. Not sleepy at all that. That is a wide awake fully alert doing them. But it is an opportunity to reflect upon all that bob dole has given us and he's he's given us a lot. Maybe we start by taking a look at this list that we at rolling stone released this week to celebrate the birthday and it was the eighty greatest covers of bob dylan songs and let's start with argument ranked very high on. That list is knocking on heaven's door by guns and roses. And certainly when i was in high school i thought that absolutely ruled. I don't know. I don't know if it's great horrible. Bob apparently hated it when he was asked about it. He said something very interesting about guns and roses basically suggested that they were fake. Which i don't agree with him on but he was not a fan of it. which isn't unsurprising. I just don't know if it's good or ridiculous. I i can't decide what we're we're obviously. We institutionally landed on great. Since it's like number seven and list but what do we think beyond. I.
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"stone" Discussed on AJ Benza: Fame is a Bitch
"That's how it went down. But she refused to do it with Baldwin. They ended up hating each other on set. That's why the film tanked. Evans was trying to save it. They didn't have the right chemistry. So I remember watching that film and telling Evans Billy Pullman sucks. How is he even an actor? He was horrible in that film. And Evans knew it. He admitted it. He said, look, you know, he was the up and comer. He was going to be the heir apparent to Alec Baldwin, two Baldwin brothers. There was going to be huge. All the studios wanted him. Sometimes that happens. Remember Chris O'Donnell? God, that that was going to be a big star. They put them in every goddamn movie. And nothing worked. Now he's found a slot in the goddamn. One of those TV fucking crime shows and there's no stopping him, but he found this niche. I think he's the most boring bland guy in the world. No different than Billy Baldwin, but sometimes actors and actresses are pushed by studio people that they need this person in the film and not it doesn't work all the time. I mean, there were clamoring to get Madonna on screen. We know that our film career, but Baldwin was just up and comer. And the studio felt he could stay close to the white hot star of the Sharon Stone was, but it didn't work out. I mean, me and my nephew jolly still imitate the scene in sliver when Billy ball was trying to get back in Sharon Stone's apartment and he keeps saying through the door. Carly, come on, Carly. Let me in. Carly. And we're going, who the fuck talks that way? He was terrible. And when Evans talked to her and allegedly asked this of her to fuck Baldwin, he knew who he was talking to. The whole town knew how Sharon shot to the top that quickly. Aside from being a stone cold knockout, she wasn't a very strong actress yet. She was hot, but to say she was a great actress? No. But everyone knew, don't forget, I'm talking about this is coming off the crotch. The crotch shot in basic instinct, which she says, she was forced to do as well. Well, they're still talking about it 30 some years later, Sharon, they knew what they were doing. Sorry that they saw your cookie for a couple of seconds, not even. It worked. As soon as you mentioned basic instinct, you go to the crotch shop. That's all time movie magic that maybe I'm sorry. But everybody knew who she was and how hard she was coming to be a superstar. And she would do a lot to get in the good graces of a producer or a director. Christ, I told you the story about she and I, why wouldn't you believe she and Billy Baldwin have having a film set fuck? I'm not saying they did, but I don't care that Evan said, give it a shot..
"stone" Discussed on AJ Benza: Fame is a Bitch
"Fried in the court of public opinion just like Jerry sandusky did. Two different crimes, but same kind of public opinion. Because by the time they're done, they'll have maybe ten 11 women willing to tell similar stories with no actual proof. Brett Kavanaugh comes to mind. So many men come to mind. Women telling their stories, but no actual proof just stories. And by the way, I don't like when women in a Desean Watson situation. Don't have to identify themselves up until now. I don't like that shit. And look, I'm not saying the guy's innocent. I'm not gonna lay my life on the line. I don't know, but I do know this smells too much like other cases we've seen. And I think Desean Watson deserves due process. And like we've built this nation on the presumption of innocence. We've all forgotten that. So this case has everything. Black privilege, racism allegations, and sexual allegations. In other words, a typical Friday in America on fame is a bitch. And it's happening everywhere. Everywhere, chats, he wanted to fuck me. He tried to fuck me. I fought him off. It never stopped. I'm an angel. I never have sex with any man. I'm gonna flirt. He needs to go to jail. He needs to never do this to another woman. His career needs to be destroyed. You know, I'm just so fucking tired of it. I know how good how it's going to go and you see it happening all the dominoes are starting to fall. And if you don't get mad about what happens to other people, what happens to you, how are you going to feel? You got to open your mouth. Once it wants the sexual improprieties come up, the man is guilty in the court of public opinion. And as for Desean Watson, a guy who's had a pristine reputation, he's going to have a problem now and maybe getting out of Houston in play playing anywhere else. And I know the guy set for life. Don't get me wrong, but that shouldn't matter. Shouldn't matter how much money you have. You know, the law is the law. Because now everybody's doing it. It's invoked. Sharon Stone brought up a 20 year old me too story today. I think most of us kind of knew about this or at least I did. I shouldn't say most of us. I knew about it..
"stone" Discussed on AJ Benza: Fame is a Bitch
"Sharon Stone brought up a 20 year old me too story today. I think most of us kind of knew about this or at least I did. I shouldn't say most of us. I knew about it. Maybe Sean has a book to sell. Oh, by the way, she does have a book to sell. Either way, challenge don't. The woman who fucked Bill Clinton on Air Force One and allegedly fucked her way to the top. Says now she was so incensed about what happened on a movie, many years ago, she won't name the movie of the man. I will. So she's in her book she's detailing a number of, let's call him unsavory sexual harassment situations that went on in her career spanning over 40 years, her new book is called the beauty of living twice. Now, she says a lot of great things about other film executives in the book and costar she keeps a lot of praise on Michael Douglas. I'm sure they got it on. It was the late 80s. It was a bit different time in America. But she did save a story in which she just can't shake from. An unnamed producer pressured her to have real life sex with a male costar on an unnamed movie to help save this shit film. That's that was what she calls this flamboyant. Candy wielding producer who allegedly asked her point blank to fuck her struggling leading man. She said they had a producer, bring me to his office where he had malted milk balls in a little milk carton type container under his arm with the stout open. And he kept walking back and forth in his office with the balls falling out of the spout and rolling all over the wood floor as he explained to me why I should fuck my costar so that we could have an on screen chemistry. Then she goes on to say this particular producer also claimed that he had made love to Ava Gardner on screen and it was so sensational. Now Sharon's not going to name names here, but I will she's talking about my old pal. Robert Evans trying to persuade her to fuck Billy Baldwin on the set of the shit movie sliver.
"stone" Discussed on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast
"Friends who came over the other day she was telling your daughter. She's like to know her middle name. I was like. Don't tell her that she's interested. My bike google. When i was working at home. You get bored. So i started interacting with my google home device and i was like i tied up my name and so i said My name is gentlemen. The fuck install because i thought was hilarious. Jenna stone to not Stout inuit bleep it out and so my mom and stepdad came over for dinner one day and i said i. Hey listen to this. I was very proud of myself right. Google what's my name and it was the first time ever is said it. My mom torah fight at me. And i said it usually who taught at that you so yeah anyway. Okay all right. Do not do not address any emails to concern. Keep just keep stunned. Yeah okay so. I think that brings us up to around the end of the episode because hitting on time already. Do you have any shots that you wanna do for. This week's episode had seventy more questions we'll have to do a part to booming My my shots are going to Jose in columbia. Who i had a lovely chat with the day and And jonathan in phoenix. Who are your shutouts to my shot. This week is going to a new listener. Her name is rebecca. What's up. Rebecca and rebecca sent an email to ask if we've got emerged collection for the quote. The simplest explanation aliens what the rest of the listeners might not know. Is that if you email us all contact us on instagram and us one of your favorite quotes from the show. We will turn that into a range of merchandise and to collection so this week we are coming out with rebekah listen to collection and the quote is the simplest explanation aliens z. Can head on over to our most store and find it on also to merchandise and we've also got the reneged election. Which is these sneaky. Colty bostitch collection. So if you've got favorite quote from the show feel free to get in touch with us and we'll turn it into merch so thank you for joining us for this week's episode of zander and stone and of course if you've got any questions that you'd like us to answer personal or otherwise. Paranormal maybe a feel free to send us a message on instagram. You can connect with us and instagramat x. s podcast or you can email us on info at excess podcast dot com next week's episode. We're going to be looking at these skin walker ranch which is obviously got loads and loads of paranormal. And there's lots and lots that we're going to be able to talk about a national forty minutes on that episode so be sure to come in for next week episode on the skin walker ranch from me zander and me stone. If it's out there and it's weird we were gonna talk about it This podcast is a proud member of the paranormal podcast network..
"stone" Discussed on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast
"Like i don't think they're ever done icon. I can't think of any nicknames. No i don't have any nicknames have have been called the b word quite a bit so that's a nickname today. Did one of my students had called me a need lost it on one day this several years back i mean probably four or five years in teaching and he He flipped out of me and he called me. A flat headed bitch. Call my i call my died. And i said to you think i have a flat head and he said i can't believe that's what you're concerned about. Not statement can handle pitch for fly had a really never heard anybody called flat headed. So yeah i've been paranoid about it. Ever since i know you don't you didn't do but like Nicknames but then you also get like the diminutive version of your names. Like when i'd like and why at the end i don't think that counts as in be zany. It counts nickname of also really. Don't like it when people do that. Like all immediately correct will be like no. That's not my name. But i can't think i can't think of any any nicknames. I can't think of a single one. That i've ever had okay. They'll probably russian not getting off that easy. What are your nicknames. I mean people have all often call me by my last name. Stones which is which is what we down. Yeah as what we do as well But other than that i mean. I think that might be a question that we need to answer for the listeners. As well so. I've never referred to you as bio first name on the recording. So do we wanna tell the listeners. What your first name is. I think may middle name is far more interesting. Okay it goes. The whole man gives us the whole man teasing teasing Yeah it's jonah stone. what's your. What is your middle name. I know your middle name. Gianna motherfucking star. Okay.
"stone" Discussed on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast
"Smith. We can make a sandwich sandwich. I can't think of anyone that that isn't live. That i would say other than jim morrison from the doors because of his music and then the celebrities that i've met i have met ethan hawke i've yes i've met john lumley. Who's who plays patsy on the absolutely fabulous. She's a british actor actress actor and then the my favorite one that i've made is pierce brosnan and i actually. I actually stood on. The sidewalk smoked a cigarette and drank whiskey with pierce brosnan. And that man. I'm telling you he is the living embodiment of gems. Like of james bond. The way that he told he actually that he is just a gentleman. He is james bond. The accent is all offensive. He is like this descending british gentleman ms wonderful accent and he was just such a nice guy. It was when i was in the university. And still way. I was working at natalia and restaurant. He was filming in cape town. I don't know what and he ended up with him and his Producer ended up at the the italian restaurant that i worked at which is like this really intimate small italian restaurant and it was just me pissed president and the producer and no one else in the restaurants and i was like. Would you guys like a whiskey on me. And he was like completely the gentlemen he was completely at ease. He was just like so normal to hang out with and i was like come around next week. We'll do this again sometime. Good luck the restaurant. Now you guys need to. You guys got to come back tomorrow. Really really authentic guy cool but like the epitome of james bond was always an awesome experience. So so there's this liberty met and he played with robin williams did yes he did which one which one mccown member. I would wait. Mrs doubtfire missed out loves the drive-by fruiting. Yes yes yeah. Yeah i know he c- he c- you know i like when i hear 'cause i've heard plenty of horror stories about celebrities to it. But it's so nice. When you're like. Sandra bullock always has such a good reputation for being so down to earth syndrome like daring Steering the movie with the buzzfeed. She hung out with the bus. The bus people bus drivers and studying out with everybody else. She was like really into hang out. The bus drivers and i was like. That's so nice because obviously there are people too but it is nice to hear when the rally denver and yeah. Yeah so good okay. Is it my turn. it is your turn okay nicknames. Winning names might. What do i have do you any nicknames. No not really i. Don't miss sound somewhere along the way you would have a good nickname would nice..
"stone" Discussed on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast
"Those those creative issues. And what would you. What would be curious. I wouldn't have thought to ask i would If there was anything that i didn't that i didn't do in life that i would regret. I would say that it would probably be to do with radio and broadcasting. It is like it's been my ups. Ever since i was a little kid. Ever since i was very very young i listen to audio dramas like radio dramas is to listen to stories on tapes and books from a very very young age some of like my fundus fleeting memories of being like a five year old lying in bed and listening to bbc radio dramas on radio two thousand in south africa. Yeah and they've they've always had an always will have a very nostalgic kind of thing for me. So if i were never attempt to having done a podcast all will taken the very big and scary step towards being a professional podcast and broadcast. I think i would really regretted it. I'm obviously it's something that i'm dealing with the moment I finished my job in education. Recruitment about six months ago. Five six months ago. And i've been navigating the very scary overwhelming and murky waters of professional In podcasting and i mean it's the unit as exhausting as it is to try and filter out all the information. That's it to get to the truly useful information and to spend hours. Second guessing what you're doing and when i say second guessing what you're doing not second guessing the choice i've made to do this. Let's second guessing. Is the is the action that i just took by posting that thing on social media or by whatever it might be that little toss that i've achieved today. Was it the right thing to do. Is there something else that i should have done. That would have been more effective like dealing with that databases basis. I'm not gonna lie. That happens a lot and then of course there is others moments dot and they always had like what the fuck is up with moments of took like two thirty in the morning. When you're trying to damn slim you'll get through a whole day right. You'll get through a whole day being very productive and you'll feel exhausted. You like okay. great. I'm gonna go to bed and then upcoming all of these. I call them limiting beliefs. Like self limiting. Talk the creep up into your sleep. And they're like you really you really show. You should have done. So there are moments where i'm like you know should have. I made the right choice but at the same time. There's this. I don't know this little voice inside me that is like yes you have and you just have to keep you just have to keep going and keep trying and just because rome wasn't built in a day basically so and with with la film stuff. Stay every overnight success that you eat about ten years of hard work sees at ten years prior overnight success. It's it's funny you should say i read Just the other day. I'm busy reading a book on on radio broadcasting that was written by very famous broadcaster from the uk broadcast producer. She's well she's actually from the states but she's her most of their success in the uk.
"stone" Discussed on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast
"With a chuckle. I was also on antidepressant and You know think goodness my mom was finally really honest with me. It was like a year later and she said i'm concerned because things that should bother you and would bother. You are not bothering you. And i hadn't thought about it and it was interesting to. I gained forty pounds on it and a year. And i swear to you. In that year i did notice i guess just kept buying bayer close and so then i saw a picture myself and i thought that can't be me And i did when. I look back at the time. I didn't know but you know when you look back. I thought and i wrote a lot about it. I was in a walking coma like i was. I was in the now like an so much in the knobby personalized. They didn't feel anything. And it's a very scary thing for me. It's a very scary. It's very scary thing to feel like you're not actually participating in your own life and life is happening beyond you but it's like it's as if like the screen it's as if the movie is playing in front of your eyes you're not actually participating in any of the things that are totally detached. That's why i knew exactly what you're describing is that was and then when i tried to get off of it. I had such a sympathy. I guess for for everyone or empathy. I guess for everyone. That's ever had any sort of drug addiction because even though you know it was a prescribed drug. I remember walking. I wouldn't throw it away. And i would walk past the medicine cabinet and we actually shake and i got was called at the time. I told my doctor and the doctor said this isn't a thing. There's no evidence of incense then. It's called brain shivers. It would feel like my brain was actually shield and we get these electrical impulses in my fingers and toes for three days. It took me three days to like finally threw it away. But i mean three days of total detox of just be like. Oh i should should've tapered off and all those things gentlemen just went cold turkey so from so anyway. I'm proud of you. Because now that you and i love the spotlight saying i think it works for me in case you know maybe somebody. Who's listening to this podcast and give it a try one day and maybe it'll work for them as well. I think i actually. I think actually got the idea of doing it from a talk on youtube. That is by very famous. And it's always in the moment. When i need to remember a very famous anthropologist teaches at harvard and i'll see if i can find his name put into the show notes and but he he talks a lot about like depression. And how it's actually it's to do with chemicals and it's to chemical imbalances and things like not marriages marriages i became. I also became very convinced. And i know if it was just a symptom or like of the depression but i became very convinced and actually now looking back. I also think a lot of it has to do with the sole awakening process. And then i was having a soul awakening process back then and going into what they essentially called the dark night of the soul which is wedding. You start to question a lot of the world around you and where you fit in with it and part of me. Doing that was was really really questioning. Like i eventually shunned all social media. Like i deleted all profiles. I was on instagram. I was not facebook. Because i felt all of it to be very very insincere and sip professional very very superficial and i became convinced in that time. That depression actually has a lot to do. Okay so let me give you models synopsis here quickly. I think that i think is still too. I think they might be a kernel of truth in this. And maybe somebody much scientifically minded than meeting gun. Study it. But i think that you know. With the of technology and things like social media and ability to interact with people that it becomes it can become very relentless. And and like there's no it's very difficult to turn it off. You feel like you know you've got that fear of missing you've got that fomo. You're missing off in the latest trends. You're not following the latest influences if your facebook instagram twitter tiktok all all of these things. That technology has advanced so quickly. And all you have to do is look at the last one hundred years to see that technology has leaped forward but our ability to process. These things has not so unlike a physiological biological standpoint we have not advanced at the same rate as technology advanced. So we're not actually able to handle as much input as where as is being put into us and it really comes you from all sides i mean like i said every single social media platform is coming at you get towards the algorithms are designed to give you things to disrupt your day and disrupt your time to engage. You and i became convinced during the time of depression. That depression is something that it's your. It's your brains way of saying that i can you. I'm going i'm going into overdrive. That had too much input you need to. We need to shut down so we can process this And then you'll brains actually not able to process as much information that is coming. You just have to take a walk outside to have a you know. Everything's got advertising on its. Everything's got something giving you a message of bayet engage with its solid a do it you know and i really think that our brains actually. The depression was my brain saying i can't handle anymore. This input wish shutting down for now. And we're just gonna. It's like basically like a computer restart like there's a rebate happening. Yeah i agree okay. So let's let's move onto something a little bit lighter all right so we got a great one here from incident. Three four nj and this is i'm very passionate about this topic actually coke or pepsi coca pepsi stood coke hands down coke coke and pepsi tastes the same. I'm like no. They definitely do any day the weekend twice on sunday. In fact there was a there was an advertising campaign back in like the nine. I want to say the seventy s i think was back in the seventies where they did blind tasting blindfolds as taste testing of coke and pepsi. And apparently people couldn't tell the difference. And i'm like ya. I think that's false because you can absolutely tell the difference. Drink coke and pepsi coke is good pepsi shit has sort of ashi taste to it. I don't. I don't know how to describe. But there's like an ashtray to fund. It's like a very like Syrupy caramel taste to it. Then more than code but also also what's also quite fun to know is that coke actually tastes different in different countries Yeah so like the coke in south africa is really really sweet whereas co in china is not as sweet as it is in south africa and philippines. It's really sweet to whether they're using the cane sugar or not like an in america. It's not that sweet. But it's because they're not using kim sugar. Yeah it's not a soda. People will buy mexican soda on purpose because it's a cane. Sugar occurs to big difference. Cane sugar is not as sweet as the. What's the other stuff can figure is sweeter. I did a detox in the philippines. Not by choice and Second also i do have like -cational soda especially you ought to take out. It's just like something quick. And easy. But i tend not to buy soda at home anymore but i do drink a shocking amount of tea. Like amount of tea. Which is why i have to take so many p. breaks you said okay and then one of the laws questions that i've got here is from just john is okay and i like this question because john's question is why you'll so cute though. Well why are we i. Well i think it's a lot to do with genetics. I think. I think i can thank my mom for that. And i think it's a lot to do with just your outlook on life like it's a lot to do with the beauty shines lovely. That's lovely for us. I think we're so kid. I'm just going to go with your answer. Get more about our Our chemistry so. I think a lot of a lot of our cuteness is probably our interplay with each other. Thank you and we do like a you know not again not horns but somebody's got to. We do an awful lot of compliments on social media and unlike in emails and things from from the and in real life that say that we do have a lot of my chemistry. And i think it's one of the things that you and i kind of recognized as well right like we do we do. We kind of original interview is how much we can just pancer. You'd all time. Oh my answer is. But i thought we'd put it out there savvy guy i i really want to be. I wanna make films or tv very badly way..