In 2014, Bitcoin (BTC) has become established as increasingly "real" money with government regulatory interest
, law enforcement
, and growing acceptance
, but also as the reserve cryptocurrency for hundreds of "altcoins,"
making them also convertible to legacy money. Foremost among these is Litecoin (LTC),
which introduced the scrypt hashing algorithm to cryptocurrency, democratizing coin mining by being best suited to common GPUs rather than Bitcoin's dedicated mining equipment. Recently donated LTC paid for a forest
in Madagascar. Peercoin (PPC),
next in prominence, introduces "proof of stake" where less energy is spent mining and existing coins pay interest. Dogecoin (DOGE),
a fork of Litecoin (previously
covered on Metafilter
), continues heading to the moon
, with more transactions than all other coins combined
, thriving markets in digital goods
, an upcoming party in NYC's Bitcoin Center on Wall Street
, much charity
, and the recent announcement
that new Dogecoins will be generated indefinitely. A selection of other foremost and interesting cryptocurrencies is within. [more inside]
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth
on Feb 5, 2014 -
Johnny Cash once called 1968 the happiest year of his life. It was the year his masterpiece At Folsom Prison came out, the year he was named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, and the year he married the love of his life, June Carter. So it was a fortunate time for a young filmmaker named Robert Elfstrom to meet up with Cash for the making of a documentary. Elfstrom traveled with Cash for several months in late 1968 and early 1969. The resulting film, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
, is a revealing look at Cash, his creative process and his ties to family. [via
posted by netbros
on Sep 28, 2012 -
Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Aug 26, 2010 -
, a blog devoted to pointing out those buried atrocities in SEC filings, is having its annual worst footnote of the year contest
. contenders include Chesapeake Energy disclosing it spent $12.1 million to purchase Aubrey McClendon's antique map collection, Martha Stewart's $3 million retention payment to remain at Martha Stewart Omnimedia and InfoGroup disclosing it really spent $852K on former CEO Gupta's yacht instead of zero. Polls close tomorrow.
posted by krautland
on Dec 30, 2009 -
released data this month on the results of the Cash for Clunkers stimulus. Freakonomics
blog commented. Now the Detroit News has offered a state-by-state analysis of how funds were used. Which state was most likely to trade an American car for another American car? You guessed it...
posted by jefficator
on Nov 18, 2009 -
Made most popular to many Americans as the closing song for the Grand Ole Opry programs, Will The Circle Be Unbroken was written in 1907 by Ada Habershon, an intensely religious young woman and acquaintance of Dwight Moody
and Ira David Sankey
. The music was "composed" by Charles Gabriel
, a popular songwriter and composer of the era who is often solely credited with the song, but while he may have put the notes down on paper, the tune itself already existed as the African-American spiritual Glory Glory / Since I Laid My Burden Down. [lots more inside]
posted by luriete
on May 26, 2006 -
Flash for cash
If you contribute to her campaign Loretta Nall is going to show you the biggest boobs in Alabama politics.
posted by nyxxxx
on May 2, 2006 -
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
"As far as I could determine, this 1969 session features tracks from a CBS Studios session in Nashville, TN that did not see an official release."
Nineteen largely unknown MP3s of the two greats singing together.
posted by BackwardsCity
on Mar 9, 2005 -
"Who is this Loretta Lynn chick, anyway?". Jack White
, in a skintight, red cowboy suit
, seemed a little nervous when he came out to introduce his opening act. So nervous, in fact, that the White Stripes frontman offered a cautionary preface of sorts to the massive huddle of young fans at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. "Now I want you all to be very nice to my next guest. I think she's the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century
,". The crowd looked around at each other, visibly puzzled.
, Loretta Lynn
has found her Rick Rubin
. Finally. Much like the producer who revitalized
Johnny Cash's career
with spare, homespun recordings
, White has raised the notion of Loretta Lynn
as a hip, renegade country artist. The transformation is of the same magnitude as Emmylou Harris's ethereal work with Daniel Lanois
in the mid-'90s.
posted by matteo
on Apr 27, 2004 -
"The first time I met June was backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, and I got on my knees and told her that I was going to marry her some day. We were both married to someone else at the time. Ring of Fire - June wrote that song for me, because that's the way our love affair was. We fell madly in love and worked together all the time."
The Guardian's got Johnny Cash's final interview
posted by Ufez Jones
on Sep 19, 2003 -
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line.
RIP Johnny Cash.
He died last night at 71.
posted by PrinceValium
on Sep 12, 2003 -
A web buck!
We got a web buck the other day! No, it's not some kind of ecommerce thing. It's a good ole' dollar bill doing something of a Johnny Appleseed -- traveling around the country like an adventurer. And we get to vicariously watch its progress. Today, we're throwing our where'sgeorge dollar into a lottery fund at work. Where will it go next? Toll booths, bars, and Florida amusement parks seem like popular destinations, but at least one bill's been passed via a stripper! Have you seen a where'sgeorge bill yet?
posted by debrahyde
on Aug 1, 2001 -