A Delayed & Disconnected End to Steemfest²steemCreated with Sketch.

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On my 3+ hour flight back from Lisbon to London, I saw a laptop screen turned on with a document titled "The Value of Everything". The author seemed to be busy working on some footnotes throughout the whole flight. What a serendipitous title for a paper, just in time when I was in deep thoughts after the Steemfest² experience.

Anyway, I spent about 6 hours in Heathrow airport before the connecting flight back home doing the following:-

  • Being a food-critic. Checked out Wagamama and went along with their recommendation of Yakisoba and a gin & tonic. Very refreshing and somewhat enlightening meal. £17 is pretty steep for a solo meal, but well worth what I consider to be a 5-star casual fine-dining experience.

  • Being a well-rested traveller. Checked out Premium Plaza Lounge. Holy guacamole, I was really spoiling myself, but I really needed a shower before the long-haul flight back to Asia. Unfortunately, I'd only found out that the shower room was under construction after paying the frontdesk. £34 was pretty damn steep considering that I didn't need any of their buffet and lounge area. I expressed my dissatisfaction and the operations manager gave me an extra hour as a "thank you for understanding". Maybe he didn't understand that I really only paid to feel clean and refreshed. Instead, I lounged like a villain. Just to make things worth it, I finished their stash of mushroom soup and barbecued chicken wings. Shouldn't have tried Wagamama before. But whatever, damage done.

  • Being a dissatisfied customer. Heathrow airport is a no-go for smokers. There are no smoking rooms in any of the terminals so it's pretty much gg if you're stuck in one for hours. Well it's not that bad, but this lack of freedom is a pain point that could cause the airport some brownie points. I get there's a need to becoming the pinnacle of civilisation, but man, it's just a smoking room and every other airport I know of reasonably provides it. So no more Heathrow airport for me unless absolutely necessary.

If you're wondering why there's a lack of photos, it's because I've managed to lose my phone during the final phase of the travel. Took care of it throughout the long and sleepy journey, only to lose it the moment my taxi arrives at home sweet home. Was the journey to SteemFest² worth it even with all the trouble involved in making the trip? Absolutely.

So yeah, I'm now looking at "The Value of Everything" on Google and found out that it may be linked to this piece of document The Value of Everything: Makers and Takers in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato. Here's the abstract of the book:-

Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? At the heart of today's financial and economic crisis is a problem hiding in plain sight. In modern capitalism, value-extraction - the siphoning off of profits, from shareholders' dividends to bankers' bonuses - is rewarded more highly than value-creation: the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society. We misidentify takers as makers, and have lost sight of what value really means. Once a central plank of economic thought, this concept of value - what it is, why it matters to us - is simply no longer discussed.

Yet, argues Mariana Mazzucato in this penetrating and passionate new book, if we are to reform capitalism - to radically transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it - we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Who is creating it, who is extracting it, and who is destroying it? Answers to these questions are key if we want to replace the current parasitic system with a type of capitalism that is more sustainable, more symbiotic: that works for us all. The Value of Everything will reignite a long-needed debate about the kind of world we really want to live in.

Sounds like a catalyst for great debates and discussions, especially when cryptocurrencies are at bay, am I right? I wonder how will the value of everything change if technologies ever manage to break through the logic of violence. Maybe we're already witnessing it with the rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and such. In any case, what will this book really address? Can't wait for April 2018. In the meantime, I'm doing the following:-

  1. Researching on a good mobile device to invest in.

  2. Drafting a post about Designing the Ultimate UI/UX Stack for the Steem Protocol. The aim is imagine the shape of potential UI/UXs that improves the magnitude of stakeholdership on Steem. How do we build stuff together for fun, profit, and social benefit? What can the attention economy achieve? Should be a fun piece figuring out the holy grail of wallets.

  3. Figuring out synergies between projects that I'm involved and invested in along with those that have piqued my interest recently. Without any order, a list for those interested: https://lawx.io, https://utopian.io, https://sndbox.co, https://d.tube, https://busy.org, https://curiesteem.com, https://santiment.net/, https://cofound.it/. https://smt.steem.io/, https://www.taas.fund/

  4. Figuring out a compelling web-magazine for web citizens of the 21st century. Improve upon https://aeon.co.

Thanks for reading. I might not always post pictures, but I do keep them for my own so losing all my Steemfest² pics in my phone was kinda sucky. Please send in any pictures of Lisbon and Steemfest, especially if I'm in it with you. Here is the email that you can send it to: etherpunk@protonmail.com. Much appreciated!

Here's one that I managed to salvage just because I've uploaded it elsewhere. Thanks again @karensuestudios and @acromott for the awesome experience! Maybe that's the value of everything in one picture at one point in time?

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PS: Delayed and disconnected mainly due to my catching up of sleep. Been hibernating for two days ever since I got home!


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Hey Kevin - glad you made it home safe brother... From what I've been reading all day, it was a great time and all us poor bastards that didn't go definitely missed out, I'm pretty bummed but there's always next time right...

The book that you reference "The Value of Everything" sounds like a great read - this sentence alone motivates me to get a copy...

We misidentify takers as makers, and have lost sight of what value really means.

...and you might give this one a look also - I'll bet they go together like Bifana and beer. ;)

At least more information is now available and people can at least educate themselves. Whether or not they do - well I guess we'll see...
Good to have you back, looking forward to your next post...

What is lost at steemfest will get replaced and what you found there will get reinvented for other people @kevinwong

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Ah, man, sorry to hear you lost your phone. At least you had a nice bed to sleep in instead of the hostel. You are pretty good at cutting wood while you sleep though, I must say. Heheh.

I'm currently wearing my Steemit Malaysia shirt. I'm rocking that thing. :)

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Haha thanks @lukestokes, i should consider a career in carpentering too lol. Some cool mementos go a long way, glad you're the one wearing it! Atm looking at iphone 8, good choice? Not sure if i should wait for iphone x..

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Hmm... not sure. I like to stay a couple versions back for a steep discount.

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Ah I got the 8 instead ;) now i'm trying to figure out the value of an iphone compared to others.. lol

meehhhhh. Likewise kevin, i had 2 nights of 11 hours straight sleep. crazyyy.

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It's very rare i'd just crash on the sofa etc. but it happened. Thanks for the crazy times @roelandp!

Wow! What a story!!! Catch more sleep Kevin!

‪“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing“

That’s what Oscar Wilde said .....

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Sleep caught up. Enough of sleep already lol! Thanks for the pics. Back and running in Austria already?

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I am still catching more sleep and the Grey sky and fall weather here in Vienna keeps me in bed for another day. Coming down from a “high” of Steemfest .....life goes on !

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image With @lukestokes
Sorry to hear about your phone!
That sux big time

It sounds like Mariana Mazzucato would really appreciate the concept behind steem. In some ways it is exactly what they are describing, already working in the real world lol

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One of her previous book was The Entrepreneurial State, with some arguments over that the iPhone is actually fundamentally powered by the funding and risk-taking of the state. Kinda difficult denying it, so will see what the book is about ;)

Bummer about losing your phone. I hope a miracle happens and it is returned.
I’m thankful for all the great stuff you do to make Steemit a better place.
#steemon

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Already traced it, someone definitely took it without intending to send it to a lost&found. It's okay since google enabled me to lock and wipe out the phone ;) thanks @stephen-somers, those are really kind words. Many Steem investors are doing the same :)

Not that I am shilling for Samsung but I do everything on my Galaxy S7. All my art writing, you name it. Its quite the productive phone for me!

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Sounds like a great device and best bang for the buck if much can be done on it! :)

Thank you for the though provoking post.

I believe what the author writes about is exactly what many of us on here noticed about the present economic system. The bankers/financial industry has their hands in everything. Their goal is simply to take. Ironic, that they work in conjunction with the government, another entity known to take from the populous (at least the government does provide a bit in return like roads and schools). In short, the bankers really provide nothing other than a game they created and manipulate.

I believe cryptocurrencies usage will explode once people figure out the freedom they truly offer. At the same time, I believe a site like steemit will also become very popular as people realize they have the ability to earn money off their efforts instead of the bankers taking most, if not all, of the reward.

Excellent article...thanks.

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I'd think all kinds of entities have their reason for existing.. It'd be an interesting read nonetheless to see if someone's able to dissect the economy and its parties with clarity :)

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I agree there is a reason for all entities existing. The question is how many of them exist for our benefit or to really control us. It is obvious the FIAT/central banking system benefits only a minor part of the population while the rest suffer.

It will be really interesting to see how the new paradigm takes place and how quickly the masses shift away from what they are doing. The options are starting to appear...how many will take advantage of them.

This is sad to hear that you lost your phone mate! I hope all the SF2 attendees get your message and forward you some pics of you if they have! This really sucks as you said!
But anyway, this is life!
I will also avoid Heathrow airport now after reading your review...no smoking room!? impossible for me to stay more than 10 minutes there!!!Lol!

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It's probably the same with most EU airports, can't be sure since I don't have much experience with the lay of the land there!

Oh no! I am sorry about your phone. The one picture is supper great of you flying. Hope all turns out better. I was so happy to meet you at steemfest.

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Good thing I could lock and wipe out the phone on my side since there were some sensitive info. Good to have google :). Same here @lifemovedbysteem, I just wished we all had more time although 5 days was pretty intense!

Thank You Kevin for sharing... sorry I've been somewhat "missing in action"

Here in Florida where I live, we had the largest Boat Show in the world with over $4 Billion worth of Yachts, Boats, etc. I worked during this time and am just now catching up with my "normal" life responsibilities.

: ~ ))

Sorry to hear about losing Your cell phone, but perhaps You will be able to recapture Your photos, especially if You had an android phone and it saved the photos.

Again, You covered a wide array of topics and especially liked Your suggestion to look into The Value of Everything: Makers and Takers in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato.

Once again... Well Done Kevin !!

Cheers !!

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Sorry to hear about losing Your cell phone, but perhaps You will be able to recapture Your photos, especially if You had an android phone and it saved the photos.

Are the photos in gallery uploaded somewhere? Not sure I'm still trying to figure it out..

Oh man, must be a hell of a job covering the largest Boat Show!

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YES... IF You had an Android cell phone there is a very good chance your photos were saved in gallery... if you don't know exactly how to figure this out, just find a young person (smiles) younger people seem to know how to do almost anything with these android cell phones.

YES, the Boat Show was incredible... I really should do more Posts but sometimes I feel guilty doing a Post because it sometimes feels like I'm asking for money... so as a consequence, I usually wait until I really have something of "real" value when I post. ( I hope I don't sound too "wishy-washy" but it has always been easier for me to give, rather than take.)

Anyway... Thank You Kevin for sharing, You really create some Good Content...

Cheers !!

Hahahaha, I suppose the best photo you saved! I suppose you are the one who is flying?

Such an amount of projects you are interested in; Quite a challenge to combine them and/or find synergies in...although, all are somehow using Steem blockchain, but that one is not limitless. Use sndbox to organise a Steem powered Dance event, use Utopia to get the project detailed, further funded by TaaS and CoFound and Curie to vote for the associated posts and the SMT to get you the drinking coins for the party people coming to this winderful Dance event. Busy and DTube will be the promotion channels.

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Yeah that's me flying xD

I think best thing is to have some kind of unified interface that people can switch between UI/UXs easily..

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I do agree on the UI part, all same look and feel, and button on top or somewhere on the page. That cannot be that difficult.

So sorry about your phone... not too sure how I will react if I was the one. Glad you got home safe after all. Your ideas and your what to for 2018 is really vidionary and interesting. Lookibg forward to all of that.

My trip home was less eventful. Shame about your phone. Hope to meet up again some time

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Took some pretty cool shots too. Oh well.. time to get a better phone :).. yes, I hope to be able to get to EU and the US more often too, with my buddy dog if possible. Only last problem I'm having lol

So pity,that you lost your photos( Because i didn’t join this year SteemFest unfortunately ( But i hope to be at next one!

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Come for the next one! I'll be chaining my phone to my pants next time! lol

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Come for the next one! I'll be chaining my phone to my pants next time!

Just reading thru all of the comments... That's just too funny... Thanks Again Kevin !!

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@kevinwong ahahah!good idea))

Glad you made it home safe...Sorry about your phone homie. excuse to get the new iPhone

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Yeah I'm thinking about the iPhone X.. although I usually don't go for the first generation of anything..

@kevinwong - Wow - that is quite a bit of diverse activity on your journey back home. I guess Steemfest does that to people - charges up the mind with a super boost of creativity and interaction. I hope to be able to get to Steemfest some day.
You throw in some gems in your writing - even while you are in a 'hibernated' state. Loved the expression "Lounged like a villain"!!
Sorry to hear about the loss of your phone. Hope the pictures are safe in the cloud. It would be a dreadful loss to lose those memories!

Thanks for sharing. Upvoted full

Regards,

@vm2904

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Haha it's okay. Don't think I can retrieve them since I don't remember uploading them to any cloud. Can't wait for robot photographers, that'll make my life easier everything something needs to be recorded! lol

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Lol. Our lives will become a permanent reality show then!!

Yes, the Steemfest² was really awesome and it was cool to meet you again @kevinwong!

Glad you had fun buddy
hope all your new projects work out

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99% will fail, unfortunately.. catching up with the chain now, any projects on the platform that caught your eye recently?

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zappl doesn't feel quite ready yet, but i'm still trying to kick off shorter content on here
would like to see more memes rather than 1000 word mediocre essays that's never going to grab anyone's attention and is mostly filler to look like there's a bit of effort to justify rewards
with 400k registered accounts and 20k+ daily users, i sure hope there are a few clever ppl who can deliver potentially viral short content

dont' know much about the other steemit based projects, hopefully some of them succeed. Utopia is the code based one right? fingers crossed that catches on. Other than that I feel that busy is of pretty high quality and has more of a facebook feel to it

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Interface still not very conducive for short content. I'd agree that something like the Twitter UI/UX could work wonders. Will see if Zappl can work that well. I think engaging magazine stuff could work well with incentives.. just wish there's a quicker way to prototype interfaces and way things work..

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I think we all see great potential for steem, especially if going forward it won't require steem and smt based sites to have the text content shoved into the blockchain, I feel just the token transactions will do, the text should be optional.

I have to say that in terms of quality of content so far, I'm disappointed and surprised that the trending page could broadly represent what the best of 20k+ active users has to offer. Aside from all the technical scaling issues we still have a content quality problem here, basically almost no one will really want to come here for the content quality alone as it is.

this could be stigma against certain types of content, like memes etc, could be outright lack of talent overall: maybe crypto people just aren't the best mainstream content creators, could be how the incentives are aligned: aside from encouraging circle jerking and a vote market, ppl are compelled to make long drawn out posts very frequently to maximise their rewards, leading to generally unappealing content.

Whatever it is, there's probably no easy answer and we likely have a long way to go if these sites is to serve any purpose other than a cover for milking rewards within the system. Not that Steem can't take off with that alone, its just that it would be better if we can get original viral content going on here as well.

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Short & sweet content that gets plenty of people sharing, the secret sauce that we should go for eh? I think it should certainly get better with niche communities, which is something we're all waiting.. as of now there's still a lack of identity.

you need to have some sleep now the mobile can wait ;p

Sorry to hear that, those valuable photos are gone. Its more important than phone.

Great post my dear friend

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well you guys are having a lot of fun indeed sorry to hear about your phone . hope the steemfest was amazing and we will hear more from you though.

Interesting concept for a book. I have often thought that it is the bankers and politicians who are being rewarded the most in this predatory system, nut it is the tradesman, farmers, miners, loggers etc that are the ones creating the value.

Money is just a medium of exchange, it is the goods and services that it buys that have the actual value.