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Watermelon is my favorite gum flavor. My circumstances make me feel empowered. PATUXENTWHATDON'T STOPGETITGETIT I like Swiss tournaments better than Swiss cheese. I think stuffing suitcases is a beautiful art form. I am not ridin' dirty. I think Jonathon Coulton is a sophisticated mans Tenacious D. Orange Islands was a filler arc. Soccer balls are better than frisbees. Exo Squad was a great cartoon. My sister is a great conversationalist. I scream like a girl if you pull my leg hairs.
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Archive for January, 2014

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Tyrunt

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Tyrunt
(N)
70 HP
Basic
Weakness (W)
Resistance (L)
Retreat cost (C)

(F) – Collect
Flip a coin. If heads, draw a card. If tails, discard a card from your opponent’s hand.

(F)(C) – Slam – 10
Flip a coin. If heads, the defending Pokémon is paralyzed.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Giovanni’s Mewtwo

Giovanni’s Mewtwo
(P)
60 HP
Basic
Weakness none
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)(C)(C)

Pokémon Power – Prescribe
Once during your turn, all cards from discard piles with “Rocket” or “Fossil” in their names may be shuffled into their respective decks.

(P) – Revive
Does 40 damage for every card in play with “Fossil” in its name.

(P)(C) – Origin
Reveal your hand. For every card in your hand and every card you have in play with “Mew” in its name, you may remove 2 damage coutners from any Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Fossil Back Street

Fossil Back Street
Stadium
Once during your turn, you may reveal your hand. If you have any cards in your hand with “Fossil” in their name, you may do one of the following:
1. Search your deck for a Pokémon with 90 HP or more.
2. Remove a damage counter from one of your Pokémon.
3. Put one damage counter on all Pokémon.

Drawing In Media Attention to Bitcoin

I am participating in a competition called Bitcoin Weight Loss Challenge 2014. 11 Bitcoin enthusiasts have signed up to see who can lose the most weight, by percent, over the course of 12 weeks.
The prize pool is distributed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a sizable portion of the pool also going to charities that accept Bitcoin.

The contest started on Jan 20th, and, as of the first week 61, pounds total were lost. With 11 participants, that’s an average of 5.55 pounds per person.

Good things about this contest, from my perspective:

  • Weight loss is something that the average person can comprehend. I’m hoping this will get people interested in alternative currencies.
  • This contest is just one more effort to get people to associate the word “charity” with the word “Bitcoin”. And, by proxy, it also highlights the need to get more charities to accept currencies like Bitcoin or create new ones. As a wise Bitcoiner once said, “Support Bitcoin charities. When a legislator runs out against the campaign that says, ‘If you kill Bitcoin, these kids starve, this puppy goes to a kill shelter, and this bear in China doesn’t have a future and goes extinct,’ that’s a much better message than, ‘Bob the Speculator won’t make enough money.’ Invest in charities, because that enhances the concept of Bitcoin’s neutrality, and makes it concrete.”

I am enjoying myself. My opponents are quite enthusiastic, and it’s a nice thing to have.

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Pokemon Fakes Archive: Aegislash

Aegislash
(M)
110 HP
Stage 2
Weakness (R)
Resistance (P)
Retreat cost (C)

(C)(C) – Session – 40

(M)(C) – Interest – 70

(M)(C)(C) – Incline – 90
The defending Pokémon is now confused.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Doublade

Doublade
(M)
70 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (D)
Resistance (P)
Retreat cost none

(M) – Transitional Phase – 20
Flip a coin. If heads, prevent all damage done to this Pokémon next turn. This Pokémon is now confused.

(M)(C) – Flowing – 20
If there are no benched Pokémon in play with 50 HP or more, this attack does nothing. Put 4 damage counters on any benched Pokémon. You can’t knock out a Pokémon with this effect.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Honedge

Honedge
(M)
40 HP
Basic
Weakness (D)
Resistance (P)
Retreat cost none

Ability – Trail of Color
Flip a coin. If heads, discard an energy card attached to one of your Pokémon. Put 2 damage counters on all Pokémon in play that are the same type as that energy.

(M) – Clockwork – 20

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Farfetch’d

Farfetch’d
(C)
60 HP
Basic
Weakness none
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)(C)

Pokémon Power – Bottom Dollar
At the beginning of your turn, flip 4 coins. If all are tails, this Pokémon is knocked out.
No player may play a Pokémon from their hand to the bench. Any time a Pokémon is put in the discard pile, immediately put it on the bench (prizes are still drawn for Knocked Out Pokémon).

(C) – Altitude – 20
Put one damage counter on this Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Clawitzer

Clawitzer
(W)
110 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (G)
Resistance (M)
Retreat cost (C)(C)

0 – Actionable – 40
Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent puts an Item card from his/her discard pile into his/her hand.

(W)(W) – Flit
Reveal the top card of your opponent’s deck. If it is a Pokémon, this attack does damage equal to that Pokémon’s HP.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Clauncher

Clauncher
(W)
50 HP
Basic
Weakness (G)
Resistance (M)
Retreat cost (C)

Ability – Brandish
After this Pokémon attacks, reveal to the top 3 cards of your deck. Your opponent chooses one of them and puts it into your hand. You return the other 2 in any order.

(C) – Stand – 10

(W) – Oscillate
If you have more prizes than your opponent, do 10 damage to any Pokémon. If do not, discard a card from the top of your opponent’s deck.

Google Adding Bitcoin Functionality?

When Baidu accepted Bitcoin, the exchange rate went up. Will Google be the one that brings Bitcoin to the moon?

Who knows, the exchange rate of Bitcoin doesn’t matter. The important thing to focus on is the prevalence of decentralized/stateless currencies. Just the existence of this news story might further that goal.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Rapidash

Rapidash
(R)
90 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (W)
Resistance none
Retreat cost none

Pokémon Power – Like Mind
Reduce the damage done by all (R) Pokémon by 20. If there are no (R) energy attached to this Pokémon, this Power does nothing.

(R)(R) – Shadow – 70

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Ponyta

Ponyta
(R)
40 HP
Basic
Weakness none
Resistance none
Retreat cost

(R)(R) – Momentum – 40
Does 10 less damage for each energy attached to the defending Pokémon.

(R)(C)(C) – Raze – 40
Flip a coin. If heads, discard an energy card attached to any benched Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Gogoat

Gogoat
(G)
90 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (R)
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)

(G)(C) – Run Away – 60
Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent chooses one of your benched Pokémon and switches it with this Pokémon. Remove all damage counters from this Pokémon.

(G)(G) – Set Vegetation
The defending Pokémon is now Poisoned. Your Pokémon have no weakness during your opponent’s next turn. You can’t use this attack during your next turn.

(G)(G) – Frictionless Charge – 70

Bitcoin Economy Graph

A graph I created to show people what the size of the Bitcoin economy looks like relative to the size of a few other economies. Click on it to see larger version.

Graph of the Bitcoin Economy.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Skiddo

Skiddo
(G)
50 HP
Basic
Weakness (R)
Resistance (W)
Retreat cost (C)

(C) – Show
Flip a coin. If heads, all of your opponent’s Pokémon have weakness to (G) Pokémon during your next turn. This effect does not go away by sending Pokémon to the bench.

(G) – Tackle – 20

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Skiddo

Skiddo
(G)
60 HP
Basic
Weakness (R)
Resistance (W)
Retreat cost (C)

Ability – Mount Down
When you play this Pokémon onto your bench, put 3 damage counters on all your Pokémon in play. At the end of the turn, remove 5 damage counters from all of you Pokémon in play

(C) – Fast Slide
Draw a card.

(G)(G) – Vertical Endeavor
Flip 4 coins. This attack does 10 damage plus 10 more damage for each heads.
After doing damage, if the defending Pokémon has more than 40 HP remaining, move all energy cards attached to this Pokémon and attach it to any of your Pokémon in play. Discard this Pokémon.

Random Quote

However, and here’s the part that drives us all a little nuts — unlike other entertainment franchises, superhero comics are aimed at an audience of hobbyists who regard these stories not so much as light entertainment, but rather as historical dispatches from an alternate universe. What I see when I look at the history of all these different versions of Green Lantern is this — the common factor to all of them is writers laboring under the lunatic misconception that this fictional entertainment really is history — Comic Book Resources