Bitcoin is a tulip. Famosly, Dutch Merchants engaged in a frantic tulip trade, which reached a fever pitch in late 1636 and was a bust by early 1637, and they paid incredibly high prices for some bulbs. When a number of buyers announced they wouldn’t pay the price previously agreed upon, the market fell apart and caused a small crisis. Tulips now are a completely unremarkable flower, bought for a few dollars at most.
I started reading Starlord again with issue one back in September of last year. I then went on to read every issue of Starlord for a second time (I read them for the first time when they were first published, back in late 1978), and reached the last issue a couple of days ago. It might seem like that means my nostalgia trip is over, but that is very far from the truth.
Bitcoin is huge at the moment, going up and down in value by huge amounts, seemingly by the minute. The emergence of digital money is inevitable, after all the trillions of dollars handled each day by the banks is already digital. No notes or coins move because all transactions are conducted using streams of bits, and day-to-day transactions are going the same way. The use of credit cards and ATM cards is increasing but there is a problem.
I am currently indulging in a bout of nostalgia with an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. This post is about issue number 22, which came out on 7 October 1978. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. This issue is the last Starlord ever published, and it is a very sad occasion for me.
I am currently indulging in a bout of nostalgia with an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. This post is about issue number 21, which came out 30 September 1978, and it’s great. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. Issue 21 has a great cover, but it is another random one. It doesn’t relate to any of the stories inside the comic.
For Xmas this year I got a Mazinger-Z model, by Bandai. I have often posted on this blog about my love of robots, and my love of giant robots in particular, and so you can imagine how excited I was to get my Xmas present this year. It is doubly sweet because the robot I got is Mazinger. Many years ago, the first giant robot model I ever owned was Great Mazinger, a beautifully designed machine with a sword and fists that fire missiles.
I have just started selling merch, such as mugs with the cover of my sci-fi books on them. I’m doing this to support my life as an author, of course, but also to give fans a way of owning a little bit more of my books and characters. I can’t print the images on mugs myself so I needed a platform to do all that for me. There are a huge number of these merch printers out there, but I decided to go through Society 6, because they have a clean and pleasant interface to search through when looking for nice things to buy.
I am currently going back in time to look again at an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. This is issue number 20, which came out 23rd September 1978, and I’m enjoying reading these old comics again. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. This issue has what I think is one of the best images to grace the cover during the comic’s entire run.
Before I started counting down my top ten robots ever, I needed to establish some ground rules. Without ground rules the number of possible robots was just too many to come up with a top ten. After a little filtering, according to a few self-imposed criteria, the task of coming up with a top ten became much more manageable, but it means some of the robots you might expect to figure in the list have been excluded.
I’m taking part in an Xmas promotion at Smashwords, so all my books are at 25% off. Smashwords is an ebook distribution platform based in Los Gatos, California, founded in 2008 by Mark Coker for independent authors and publishers. It was the first platform I ever uploaded one of my ebooks to, and I am still with them, years later. The company was started by a former Silicon Valley publicist with the lofty goal of using technology to democratize publishing, allowing writers to appeal directly to readers without having to deal with gatekeepers such as agents and editors.