Last year I hooked an art project I helped create onto the Steem Blockchain and with the spring on the northern hemisphere the whale is back sprouting!
The SteemWhale is a life sized (60 feet - 18 meters) sperm whale which sprays its sprout when you donate some steem (all proceeds go to an ocean related good cause - tbd when steem moons again :D) to it during it's CET daytime operating hours.
In return you will see the fountain spray for you on the livestream (20 second delay approx) and you will receive a gif imgur link with your username and recording from the stream as a thank you. (please note today seems quite foggy).
Here is my latest gif(t) from the Steemwhale, which I generated yesterday by donating 1 Steem!
Around november last year, right after SteemFest actually, the whale went into hibernation, for it's wintersleep. This was used for reviving internals and also the machinery and computer powering this all.
Now with official spring solstice, the whale has come back to sprout and is ready for your donations once again.
Steemwhale spring updatesHardware updates: we have added a nightly reboot to the router so it should reset every night, making longer outages a thing of the past. Additionally internals have been revised, as those 8 bars of pressure resulting in the 8 meter high spray gazillion times a day took its toll on the cannisters and valves.
Software spring cleaning also happened: I've upgraded the SteemWhale.io website by adding:
- SteemWallet.app account registration widget so anyone can instantly register a Steem account through the Steemwhale site
- Added new checkout options: next to SteemConnect, the site now also supports Steem Keychain and Steem:// links, so for example you can check-out using the SteemWallet mobile app.