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4 days ago  
In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.  I understand that it's an Etherium blockchain token which ensures uniqueness and references an external property, and it has nothing to do with whatever it is that's growing in the back of my vegetable crisper.  Yeah, I need to clean out the fridge.

NFTs are however a new addition to the tech space for marketing creative properties and the fact that I don't quite understand them doesn't mean they don't have value.  Hell, there are huge swathes of self-publishing I still don't quite grok. The technology does represent a growth in some direction or other, as others can analyze.  Since the publishing industry as a whole still seems to be grappling with Amazon in general already, it suggests there are still nooks and crannies in the writing business that people can exploit.  What tricks have the writers here on Fark found to improve self-publishing?

In the meantime, I'm gonna go fight whatever that thing is in my vegetable crisper.  Wish me luck!

Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

We're up to almost 90K worth of submissions so far, and there's still a couple sitting in the editor's inbox that I haven't gotten to yet (sorry!  As soon as I can!) so we're looking pretty good for submissions so far.  Keep 'em coming!
 
4 days ago  

toraque: In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.  I understand that it's an Etherium blockchain token which ensures uniqueness and references an external property, and it has nothing to do with whatever it is that's growing in the back of my vegetable crisper.  Yeah, I need to clean out the fridge.

NFTs are however a new addition to the tech space for marketing creative properties and the fact that I don't quite understand them doesn't mean they don't have value.  Hell, there are huge swathes of self-publishing I still don't quite grok. The technology does represent a growth in some direction or other, as others can analyze.  Since the publishing industry as a whole still seems to be grappling with Amazon in general already, it suggests there are still nooks and crannies in the writing business that people can exploit.  What tricks have the writers here on Fark found to improve self-publishing?

In the meantime, I'm gonna go fight whatever that thing is in my vegetable crisper.  Wish me luck!

Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

We're up to almost 90K worth of submissions so far, and there's still a couple sitting in the editor's inbox that I haven't gotten to yet (sorry!  As soon as I can!) so we're looking pretty good for submissions so far.  Keep 'em coming!


Before asking how, we should ask why. What is the purpose of this being an NFT vs any other type of entity? There are too many things now being turned into an NFT that shouldn't be, just to be sold for a profit during a repetition of the Beanie Baby madness.
 
4 days ago  
I use a special spray to remove fungibles.
 
4 days ago  

AstroJesus: I use a special spray to remove fungibles.


Windex?
 
4 days ago  
 
4 days ago  

ThieveryCorp: toraque: In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.  I understand that it's an Etherium blockchain token which ensures uniqueness and references an external property, and it has nothing to do with whatever it is that's growing in the back of my vegetable crisper.  Yeah, I need to clean out the fridge.

NFTs are however a new addition to the tech space for marketing creative properties and the fact that I don't quite understand them doesn't mean they don't have value.  Hell, there are huge swathes of self-publishing I still don't quite grok. The technology does represent a growth in some direction or other, as others can analyze.  Since the publishing industry as a whole still seems to be grappling with Amazon in general already, it suggests there are still nooks and crannies in the writing business that people can exploit.  What tricks have the writers here on Fark found to improve self-publishing?

In the meantime, I'm gonna go fight whatever that thing is in my vegetable crisper.  Wish me luck!

Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

We're up to almost 90K worth of submissions so far, and there's still a couple sitting in the editor's inbox that I haven't gotten to yet (sorry!  As soon as I can!) so we're looking pretty good for submissions so far.  Keep 'em coming!

Before asking how, we should ask why. What is the purpose of this being an NFT vs any other type of entity? There are too many things now being turned into an NFT that shouldn't be, just to be sold for a profit during a repetition of the Beanie Baby madness.


Artificial scarcity, which should be fought against, unless you're a grifter.
 
4 days ago  

Wendigogo: AstroJesus: I use a special spray to remove fungibles.

Windex?


No, a special blend of water, bleach, flamin' hot funyuns, fundies and fun sizes Snicker bars.
 
4 days ago  

toraque: In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.



Its complex and surprising expensive, you have to be into the whole crypto thing, and have a "wallet" with plenty ETH, and every time you turn around there's a fee, "mining fees" "gas money" (that has nothing to do w/ gas)  it costs $10 to take money from your bank and put it in your pocket, and you can't help but get the feeling that's its all a giant scam.
 
4 days ago  

brainlordmesomorph: toraque: In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.


Its complex and surprising expensive, you have to be into the whole crypto thing, and have a "wallet" with plenty ETH, and every time you turn around there's a fee, "mining fees" "gas money" (that has nothing to do w/ gas)  it costs $10 to take money from your bank and put it in your pocket, and you can't help but get the feeling that's its all a giant scam.


Of course it's a scam. Libertarian funny-money is less useful than normal cash in most circumstances, processing takes a long time, and fees are now higher than banks.
 
4 days ago  
NFTs are the same as the "star registry": you pay a company to give you a certificate that says a star is named after you, and nobody else gives a shiat.
 
4 days ago  
I've given up on the Fantasy concept I was trying to put together for submitting to the Anthology. I have the whole story mapped out and outlined, but every attempt at actually writing it su-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-ucks. I'm going to drink heavily until I come up with a different story idea.

OTOH, I seem to remember a Monty Python sketch where one of the Gumbys was bashing his head with bricks while singing. Perhaps I'll try that instead.
 
4 days ago  

Malenfant: brainlordmesomorph: toraque: In all honesty, I would have no idea how to actually create a Non-Fungible Token for a work, nor would I actually look up how to do so unless someone waved a lot of money at me.


Its complex and surprising expensive, you have to be into the whole crypto thing, and have a "wallet" with plenty ETH, and every time you turn around there's a fee, "mining fees" "gas money" (that has nothing to do w/ gas)  it costs $10 to take money from your bank and put it in your pocket, and you can't help but get the feeling that's its all a giant scam.

Of course it's a scam. Libertarian funny-money is less useful than normal cash in most circumstances, processing takes a long time, and fees are now higher than banks.


True, but I want in this one.

Speaking of which, anyone want to buy this illustration of a lovely blue faerie sitting on a leaf?
The original and the publishing rights for only 0.02 ETH
 
Azz [TotalFark]
4 days ago  
Anyone want to buy an NFT of my balls tilting 37.8732 degrees to the left?
 
4 days ago  
Create a fungible token and send it to the convent.

Sorry.  That's a nun fungible token.
 
4 days ago  
Fick Cheney says all tokens are fungible.
 
4 days ago  
I think the NFT market is driven by speculators. These are people who don't want to miss out on the next big thing. Imagine you bought a lot of bitcoin back when it was dirt cheap, well I think people see NFTs as possibly being the next big thing. That's why it doesn't look like anyone cares what exactly NFTs are and why they have value. No one expects to know those answers yet. They just want to buy in now so that IF somewhere down the line there is value and it goes up, they'll make tons of money because they got in when it was cheap.

As to getting more attention for your self published work, I don't write but I do read. One way I wind up reading stuff I might have otherwise missed is when there is one website known as the place for that item/topic. For example, when I was looking to buy a decent set of headphones I saw Head Fi mentioned a lot online. So I went there and have spent quite a bit of time there over the years and spent money on things I read about there. If there was a website that was considered the best website for self published fiction, I'd probably read about it online at some point and go there. As far as I know, no such site exists. It would be a lot easier for a self published writer to get my attention if there were a website I could go to and sample the work of a large number of writers than if any one individual writer was trying to get my attention. If I liked one in ten stories I read, but read one hundred, that means I've discovered up to ten new writers I like. If I read a sample of one writer's work  at their personal website, in all likelihood it's gonna get a 'meh' from me because the sample size is too small.
 
4 days ago  
I'm reading a book called "Lost Transmissions," about influences on fantasy and science fiction that you've probably never heard of. The chapters are short, which is good, because there's lots of material.

One is "Gormenghast," which I read in Florida instead of spring breaking. Another is George MacDonald, who influenced Tolkein, Lewis, L'Engle, and Le Guin.
 
Azz [TotalFark]
4 days ago  

Russell_Secord: I'm reading a book called "Lost Transmissions," about influences on fantasy and science fiction that you've probably never heard of. The chapters are short, which is good, because there's lots of material.

One is "Gormenghast," which I read in Florida instead of spring breaking. Another is George MacDonald, who influenced Tolkein, Lewis, L'Engle, and Le Guin.


The Gormenghast trilogy influenced Robert Smith of The Cure.

I dunno how that's relevant to the conversation in this thread. You see, Chewbacca is a wookie from the planet Kashyyyk
 
4 days ago  
I recently got a copy of Robert  Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy. I read it in high school back in the 80s, and read all his other books, but haven't reread it since then. It is interesting going back.

One of the main characters is named Saul Goodman. I find that amusing in retrospect.

Long story, but the band KLF just popped onto my radar recently, and their whole band persona is based on a group from that trilogy, Justified Ancients of Mummu. I had heard their music before, but didn't know their backstory, which adds a lot of texture to some of their videos.

Also gave me an excuse to reread this book which heavily influenced my evolution as a teenager in Salt Lake.
 
4 days ago  
Cryptocurrency should honestly just be made illegal by worldwide treaty. It has no practical benefit over other forms of money whatsoever and has the negative that it contributes heavily to global warming for absolutely no reason other than pure speculation. If we are going to be destroying the planet, let's at least do it for reasons like raising tasty steaks or facilitating rapid travel. Can we just stop with the libertarian scams and actually regulate financial speculators to stop them from destabilizing the financial system and the atmosphere?
 
4 days ago  

Spice Must Flow: I recently got a copy of Robert  Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy. I read it in high school back in the 80s, and read all his other books, but haven't reread it since then. It is interesting going back.

One of the main characters is named Saul Goodman. I find that amusing in retrospect.

Long story, but the band KLF just popped onto my radar recently, and their whole band persona is based on a group from that trilogy, Justified Ancients of Mummu. I had heard their music before, but didn't know their backstory, which adds a lot of texture to some of their videos.

Also gave me an excuse to reread this book which heavily influenced my evolution as a teenager in Salt Lake.


Have you read his Prometheus Rising?
 
4 days ago  

toraque: Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

We're up to almost 90K worth of submissions so far, and there's still a couple sitting in the editor's inbox that I haven't gotten to yet (sorry!  As soon as I can!) so we're looking pretty good for submissions so far.  Keep 'em coming!


What's the due date this year?
 
4 days ago  
When a friend of mine said he bought some bargain-basement NFT, I said that I could easily imagine Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox trying to explain NFT's to Arthur Dent, and it's still 1979 on Earth.

He took that comment and ran with it:

"So it's like a deed to a planet," said Ford.

"But it doesn't say you own the planet, it says you own the experience of stepping on the planet for the very first time," continued Zaphod.

"But you weren't there!" protested Arthur. He looked at Ford for reassurance that this was correct. Ford grinned manically, which was not reassuring in the least.

"There's a Sens-O-Matic recording of that person!" said Zaphod.

"And you've bought... the copyright for that recording?" pursued Arthur. He really thought he had it now.

"No, everybody's seen it," said Ford. "It's the right to say you experienced it first, even though you weren't, and in fact the person selling it to you wasn't either, and the money you're paying is real when it comes out of your pocket but not when it goes into their pocket. Got it?"

Arthur did not.  "I think I need a cup of tea and a bit of a lie-down right now."
 
3 days ago  

ThieveryCorp: Spice Must Flow: I recently got a copy of Robert  Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy. I read it in high school back in the 80s, and read all his other books, but haven't reread it since then. It is interesting going back.

Have you read his Prometheus Rising?


Back in the 90s. I had a whole shelf of his books which I'd read, and planned to reread, but never had time for. All those books are gone now, after I put them in storage while moving for a job that evaporated.
 
3 days ago  

thegourmez: toraque: Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

We're up to almost 90K worth of submissions so far, and there's still a couple sitting in the editor's inbox that I haven't gotten to yet (sorry!  As soon as I can!) so we're looking pretty good for submissions so far.  Keep 'em coming!

What's the due date this year?


We're open for submissions until July 31, 2021.  Publication date is TBD, mostly due to how long it takes me to get it done.
 
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