Treasure hunt for £4m worth of Bitcoins buried on hard drive at landfill site – Telegraph

This is the potential setup for some sort of caper movie or slapstick chase film, with people finding, and then losing or having stolen, a hard drive loaded with Bitcoins (or made up filmic equivalent).

Treasure hunt for £4m worth of Bitcoins buried on hard drive at landfill site – Telegraph.

Where the rooms are carpetted with copper

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The floor of The Standard Grill in The Standard Hotel in New York is laid with pennies. I imagine it’s a surprise to find out how the floor gets that lovely colour.

Comments on the post point out a Paul Smith boutique with walls decorated in pennies and that the Hotel Congress in Tuscon has a similar floor.

Your own personal currency 2

I’m in research mode for Sounds of Soldiers, but this article on DIY currencies came along of its own accord. Most of the currencies discussed in the article are virtual and tradeable by mobile phone. In the first draft of Sounds of Soldiers the Levenshulme based currency- the Levy- has been imagined as a tangible item, paper chits or coins. Perhaps it might work better as an electronic unit. I shall have to consider how it will best fit into my story’s world.

1000 True Fans

Kevin Kelly looks at ways for artists to travel up the Long Tail until they’re at the point where they can make a living.

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans.

via Ministry of Information

More debt-blogging?
Maybe I lied yesterday when I implied I’d never write about my debts again. The Independent has an article today that includes instructions on how to reclaim unauthorised borrowing fees going back six years. Given that 2001 was when I started to get into financial difficulties, this is something I really have got to do.


I owe some people money. It adds up to a four figure sum (maybe just over the edge into five). I’m paying it off as best I can, a regular amount every month.

One person owes me money that adds up to a four figure sum. They’ve promised to pay some of it back next month. We’ll see.

The Inland Revenue owe me a four figure sum, according to my self-assessed tax return. I’m still waiting for them to confirm my calculations and send me the cheque.

That is all you need to know about my relationship to debt.