Recent Bitcoin News 11/2/2014

BITCOINRecent Bitcoin news that is important.

This guy Faisal Khan is a consultant of some sort, charges $750 an hour and seems pretty smart.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/faisalkhan99

http://www.faisalkhan.com/2014/10/28/fincens-new-ruling-puts-coinbase-bitpay-circle-and-others-in-deep-trouble/

This guy Faisal Khan recommends this company, as they have all the paperwork done:

http://www.coinx.com/

Not sure where I am going with this, but I wanted you to read this new info which is being driven by the Bitcoin License under consideration by NY State.

Bitcoin may be volatile but has value beyond price point USATODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/22/bitcoin-update-not-as-shiny/17669785/

Major privacy group warns New York against Bitcoin law overreach
http://fusion.net/story/22719/privacy-group-warns-new-york-against-bitcoin-law-overreach/

Privacy advocates blast New York financial regulators over Bitcoin licensing scheme
http://watchdog.org/178655/bitcoin-finance-surveillance/Read the rest

Corporatism is Fascism

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“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.”
~ Benito Mussolini

“Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism’. I’m afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.” ~ Sen. Huey Long

“Fascism is capitalism in decay.” ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“Nazi Punks Fuck Off” ~ by the Dead Kennedys

Punk ain’t no religious cult
Punk means thinking for yourself
You ain’t hardcore cos you spike your hair
When a jock still lives inside your head

Nazi punks
Nazi punks
Nazi punks-Fuck Off!

Nazi punks
Nazi punks
Nazi punks-Fuck Off!

If you’ve come to fight, get outa here
You ain’t no better than the bouncers
We ain’t trying to be police
When you ape the cops it ain’t anarchy

[Repeat chorus]

Ten guys jump one, what a man
You fight each other, the police state wins
Stab your backs when you trash our halls
Trash a bank if you’ve got real balls

You still think swastikas look cool
The real Nazis run your schools
They’re coaches, businessmen and cops
In a real fourth Reich you’ll be the first to go

[Repeat chorus]

You’ll be the first to go
You’ll be the first to go
You’ll be the first to go
Unless you think… Read the rest

Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Latvia

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Riga, Latvia – Second Case of Anti-Semitic Vandalism in a Week December 13, 2010

Riga, Latvia – Police in Latvia were investigating Monday after a second incident of anti-Semitic vandalism in less than a week.

A memorial to Zanis Lipke, a Latvian credited with saving more than 50 Jews from death during World War II, was daubed with paint in the early hours of Monday morning, police said. The memorial was quickly cleaned up by municipal authorities.

The incident came just days after 89 tombstones in the Jewish Cemetery in Riga were daubed with swastikas by vandals, (as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias).

Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis was quick to condemn the latest incident, saying ‘recurrent acts of vandalism’ were unacceptable.

Lipke, who died in 1987, was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by the Holocaust memorial organization Yad Vashem.… Read the rest

Avant Garde Magazine 1968 and Avant Garde The Font

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Avant Garde ~ One of the great fonts of the later, mid 20th Century.  The font was chosen recently by Liz Riviere in one of our current collaborations, a website cataloging the life work by Dorothy Browdy Kushner, commissioned by her son, the artist Robert Kushner.

In doing the simple research to explain to Liz why she had hit a winner in terms of font choices, I came upon scans from the actual magazine that the font Avant Garde was designed.  This discovery took me on a fast, unexpected trip down memory lane and childhood.

My father was an industrial designer, and in the late 60s subsribed to cutting edge design magazines at the time.  One of those magazine was Avant Garde.  This particular issue of Avant Garde

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http://westread.blogspot.com/2014/03/avant-garde-5-november-1968.html

The header image has one of her California painting in the background.… Read the rest

Digital Ad Space on the Web is Not Infinite

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Digital Ad Space on the Web is not infinite, as media buys are finding out for the 2014 elections.  A great article in today’s NYTimes by
Campaigns Find Ad Space Finite, Even on the Web
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/us/campaigns-find-ad-space-finite-even-on-the-web.html

“One of the good things we’re seeing this cycle is it’s not even an afterthought,” Mr. Skatell said. “They’re coming and saying, ‘Let’s do digital,’ and then if there are constraints on TV, they’re coming back again and saying, ‘Let’s buy more digital.’ ”

In July, Robert Willington, the president of Swiftkurrent, a Republican digital marketing company that is working on Scott Brown’s Senate campaign in New Hampshire, purchased “a lot” of the available YouTube inventory in the state for future ads.

Swiftkurrent Republican
http://swiftkurrent.com/

And in August, IMGE, a digital advocacy agency handling online strategy for Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, snapped up all available YouTube inventory in Alaska for the final weeks of the Senate race there.… Read the rest

A poem for Fall 2014

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Woodford Pond © Kit Latham Photographer.jpg

Fall brings to me a melancholy that aches deep inside my soul. Living in a place where the seasons change is both sweet and sad.

As the leaves catch fire with color, torn from the trees, falling and whirling about, the context of life shifts and becomes barren. What was once lush forest is now naked trees, standing bones awaiting the snows of winter.

As I walk through this new world at dusk I hear whispers of ancient songs, sung by the ghosts who have been released as the leaves of the trees have fallen.

The chill in the air as the season changes is only partly from the shift to oncoming winter. These ghosts sing to my melancholy, stirring up feelings that have lain dormant during the spring and summer months.… Read the rest

10-10-14 Search + Mobile Marketing Research

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Advertisers are finding Facebook as most reliable platform for marketing their brands and drive ROIs on long-term basis. Facebook has exceedingly done well in driving major share of referral traffic to websites both at mobile and desktop level.
http://www.dazeinfo.com/2014/05/26/facebook-inc-fb-advertising-news-feed-ads-report-2014/

Know Your Facebook Ad Rates: CPM and Cost Per Page Like by Placement
http://www.jonloomer.com/2014/04/28/facebook-ad-rates-placement/

Facebook Premium vs Marketplace ads: do I need to choose?
It’s in the news everywhere. Facebook recently tweaked its News Feed algorithm to allow for more timely and relevant news. But as you might have already experienced, due to this decision, the organic reach of your posts will gradually decline over time.
http://www.thinkdigital.net/blog/td-blog/facebook-premium-vs-marketplace-ads-do-i-need-to-choose

Facebook ad clickthrough rates – new research
http://www.smartinsights.com/social-media-marketing/facebook-marketing/facebook-ad-clickthrough-rates-new-research/

Isotree News & Articles Archive
http://www.isotree.com/archives/

Facebook ads’ click-through rates soar in Q3
http://www.internetretailer.com/2013/10/17/facebook-ads-click-through-rates-soar-q3

The Biggest Quarter Ever for Paid Facebook Advertising
http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/biggest-quarter-ever-paid-facebook-advertising

CTR rate at 8% but the CPM is very high at $10
https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10151992939909373

Who click my advertisement, relations between CPC/CPM and daily budget/lifetime?… Read the rest

Richard Tarnas Archetypal Cosmology + Deep History

Richard Tarnas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Tarnas

Richard Tarnas
Archetypal Cosmology and Deep History
http://cosmosandpsyche.com/about/

Richard Tarnas is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he currently teaches. Born in 1950 in Geneva, Switzerland, of
American parents, he grew up in Michigan, where he received a classical Jesuit education. In 1968 he entered Harvard, where he studied Western intellectual and cultural history and depth psychology, graduating with an A.B. cum laude in 1972.

For ten years he lived and worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with Stanislav Grof, Joseph Campbell,  Gregory Bateson, Huston Smith, and James Hillman, later serving as Esalen’s director of programs and education. He received his Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute in 1976 with a dissertation on LSD psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and spiritual transformation.… Read the rest

Frank Schirrmacher, German Newspaper Publisher, RIP

Frank Schirrmacher
Frank Schirrmacher, German Newspaper Publisher, Dies at 54
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/europe/frank-schirrmacher-german-newspaper-publisher-dies-at-54.htm

How Powerful is Game Theory? Part 1 – A Satanic Game?
http://www.strategies-for-uncertainty.com/?p=126
Ego von Frank Schirrmacher
The Elite Look Down on Democracy by Jens Berger and Hans Springstein
Wednesday May 15th, 2013 4:24 AM

FRANK SCHIRRMACHER’S NEW BOOK “EGO – THE GAME OF LIFE”- NOT MARKET-CONFORMING

The thought-models of the economy have conquered practically all other social sciences. The person in these models is a homo oeconomicus, a rational agent whose only drive is maximizing his benefits. In this view of the person, only an action with the driving force of egoism is rational. The rational action of individuals who must sell themselves on the labor market has an irrational moment. People carry out repressions that they cannot see because of the irrationality of the whole.… Read the rest

Search + Mobile Marketing Research 6-9-2014

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Google wants brands to fix the links in search engine query results that make people think they found the information, only to click and land on the mobile site’s home page instead.

From a desktop it’s different. The smartphone screen is too small. The idea to reduce the frustration of landing on irrelevant pages and help webmasters fix the faulty redirects requires something other than providing searchers with a preview of the page, similar to the way the engine does on desktop searches.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/227390/google-penalizing-brands-when-smartphone-clicks-do.html

Facebook Ad Trends Show CPCs & CTRs Increasing

To analyze quarterly data in its historical context, an aggregate data set was built from the advertisers and partners who have been active on the Nanigans Ad Engine platform from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014.… Read the rest

Digital Font Foundries / Font Foundries

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I have been a designer for my whole life.  My father was an industrial designer specializing in packaging graphics and corporate identity.  I spent my summers running a ‘stat camera’ and doing layout with letraset sheets in his design studio in Boston.  In whatever incarnation my life and career has taken, from actor, to photo assistant to NYC photographer to SEO guy to WordPress developer to Online Media Strategist, design has always been the boilerplate of reference.

The names of fonts were as familiar as the names of cars and hotrods on the street,  Franklin Gothic. Futura. Gil Sans. Goudy Sans. Helvetica Optima. Syntax. Univers. Bembo, Times New Roman, the names scroll on in my mind.

When I bought my first Mac (an LC II), it was in the quest to be able to print out a dynodex file into my swanky Filofax. … Read the rest