A post about what writing I am working on and some general comments on the steem ecosystem.
This is a look at a Virginia Tech football game from high in the south end zone. This was during the orange effect game where all the Hokies donned orange in support of VT. Football games are an amazing part of Virginia Tech culture and the entire town of Blacksburg shuts down on game days.
I hope everyone has been enjoying my posts and many comments here on steem. I may come across as harsh or pessimistic in some comments and I hope everyone knows I mean nothing personally; I often take a pragmatic position and passionately outline my concerns - this is for a love of blockchains and what they mean for decentralization. We are all in this together. Let the pictures scattered through this post let everyone get to know me just a bit better.
I have been posting more frequently and I would classify my posts into two main categories: longer deep dive posts with many sources and links, and shorter commentary on recent news and events. My 'deep dive' posts often receive much less traction than many of my shorter news-commentary posts. I plan to keep writing these long posts; they are what keeps me passionate about writing. I would like to work on a way to separate the two types of content on my profile - readers should know what posts I am most proud of regardless of the ones that made the most money. I am not here for the money.
You are the audience, what kinds of content do you want most? I only have so much time; I'll get to everything eventually but if something interests everyone today - that's what I'll be working on soon.
This is me and a chicken. That's about it.
Steem as a whole has been improving - interested in how DPoS will deal with the increased market cap that is certainly coming in the short term. There will be lots of users soon; more money is going to be at stake, even if it is from the crazy inflation steem is trying to achieve. I am looking forward to seeing how this crypto-economics plays out at scale over time.
Here is what I am working on:
- scams on steem
The first area I have been making notes on is the advent of scams and 'fake news' on steem. There is already a lot of working being done by @neoxian, @cheetah and @steemcleaners on this front and it is going very well IMO. This is the type of 'using the stake' I plan on discussing. There is a lot of crypto scams sometimes too - I hope to better address these in the future.
- more cryptocurrency posts
I will have many more crypto posts, both short comments on recent events and hopefully many more long guides. Some of the topics I am working on include: ICOs and their effect on the markets and regulations, Stablecoins and how they will allow functions beyond bitshares smartcoins, Fedcoin and government crypto, coin reviews, scam shoutouts - oh yeah, steem is one of them, why decentralization and many other small tidbits about the polychain future we are heading to.
I am striving for accurate cryptocurrency discussion; I have been involved with Bitcoin and other distributed computing applications for several years now and I hope to bring some critical game theoretical knowledge to the table.
- HAM radio
I am a licensed amateur radio operator and have experience with software defined radio (SDR) operation. I have used the APRS network of radio receivers to track a high-altitude balloon. Using the SDR I am able to use free and open source GNU radio tools to decode many different types of digital signals. Radio is very interesting and I would love to share some of my work with you.
This was a beautiful bonsai tree - hundreds of years old - from my trip around China. I can speak a bit of Chinese, I only studied for 3 years so my knowledge is quite limited. China is one of the coolest places I have ever been; I will be visiting again for sure.
- Synthetic Biology
I am a Synthetic Biologist and I would like to do some writing to help connect this sometimes overwhelming field. There are certainly some ethical concerns to be had and I would like to address concepts that may be confusing to the public.
Look forward to seeing some of my family members share their talents with the steem community. They are coming! Beekeeping, farming, health, environment and all sorts of creative work. I will be sure to update!
I want to give a special thanks to several steemians who have been very helpful to my progress on this platform. @kevinwong @rok-sivante @neoxian @teamsteem @demotruk and everyone else who has upvoted my content.
The beautiful colors of China
ETH obsolescence?: how the metropolis hardfork allows important extensions to the Ethereum protocol - no transaction fees - one of my technical dives, clearly with less support :P