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Buying Drinks With Bitcoin

I’m in NYC for a week, returning home tomorrow, and I just came back from the EVR club. I’m a bit too old for a dance club on a Friday night, and the $100 minimum bar tap price was a little ridiculous, but I’m really glad I went there and helped the Bitcoin economy a bit.

It was really funny on the way in, the guards didn’t know what I was talking about, and they referred me to Alex (a different one, not the owner), who smiled and told them “oh, it’s this Bitcoin thing that Alex is doing”, then took me inside and whispered something into the sexy bartender’s ear and told me she’d take care of me.

The payment process was smooth. Alex was so geeked out, I guess, that he asked someone to take a picture of us when I came to pay the bill. I just scanned a QR code off his tablet using my blockchain.info wallet app. I only had like 0.43BTC on me (worth about $60) so I paid the rest with my credit card, which actually took longer to process.

Anyway, it was a good feeling. Glad I did it.

The Genesis Block interviewed EVR Owner Alex Likhtenstein, “Buying Drinks With Bitcoin“.


Update, May 18, 2014: Got it!

How to Create a Mind

So excited, just received a package with the new book by Ray Kurzweil, “How to Create a Mind” (and with it, an inscribed bookplate!)

I’m a backer of Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game!

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EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: Try the Rift for yourself now! You’ll receive a developer kit, perfect for the established or indie game developer interested in working with the Rift immediately. This also includes a copy of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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Don’t Panic

It’s Towel Day!
Do you know where your towel is?
I always carry a towel.

A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

Douglas Adams (1952-2001), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

List of serial killers, help needed

This list is incomplete. You can help by expanding this article. ಠ_ಠ

Revision as of 09:26, 14 May 2012 included “Please do not expand the list with original research or adding yourself.

i lost my lighter

“we are tired of losing our lighter so we decided to act. we want to find our lovely lost lighter and bring it back home. we need your help.”


King Abdullah of Jordan, an acknowledged fan of Star Trek, appeared as an uncredited extra in the 1996 Star Trek: Voyager episode “Investigations“.
Abdullah’s cameo was arranged as a surprise for him by his US advisor.

(Memory Alpha)

Update, May 27, 2013: Work on $1.5bn Star Trek theme park in Jordan finally starts.

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