Bitcoin For Creatives | Angelina Dreem

Bitcoin For Creatives | Angelina Dreem

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cockblock All the Same Right?

We take on the majestic world of bitcoin through a demonstration by art world darling Angelina Dreem, and while you’re at it check out some of the items you might need to pretend that Robinhood is the Matrix.

“As a child of the recession, the banks got the bail out and we didn’t, I got out of college with nothing. I want to help people understand money more as I am understanding it and learning it. I think the only way we will be getting back the power from these stupid billionaires is by understanding their tactics. I just want to help everybody understand this silly world of money.”

A self-described artist freak who loves information and revolutionary systems, bitcoin being all the above. Her interest began in 2011 when bitcoin first came onto the scene. She started seriously investing in 2016 buying and selling most around 2018 during the peak. Now we are at the point where the institutions and technology has caught up with what is possible: the potential to fuck big banks. Below she provides  Tips to confidently open Robinhood and break the simulatrix *shout out @signepierce. 

The Brief History

In 2008/2009 this open-source software came on the web and promised to decentralize Digital currency based on a peer-to-peer network, meaning no middle man. Blocks are stacked with two parties witnessing the transaction then it is time stamped and locked into the cryptographic box. That block adds to the block of all the histories staying connected and ensuring tight security, that is why it is cryptographic making it so no one can edit an old block eliminating the need for oversight organizations like banks. The information locked in can be anything. Also, why it is called crypto for short. From this technology other coins have emerged such as Ether or Lightcoin.   

The coins are the product of “mining” which is essentially when computers are crunching the algorithm and when they solve it the outcome is a coin. That is why it is held under the revolutionary umbrella of Fintech (Financial technology is the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services.) The fintech revolution started with PayPal revolutionizing the fact that you don’t need a bank, Venmo as well. Basically, not relying on centralized system, kind of anarchist. The people that know and the financial institutions are catching up to this tech as a means of securing and sharing information.

Right now, it is being treated like an asset, like a stock, bond or a house. Something you ‘hold’ and hope gains in value. It is exciting! For broke creatives, it is not too late to invest as no one really knows the true potential of where it is going. Projections have remarked that the price of a coin may reach $50,000 by 2021. A lot of work since 2016 has been in legitimizing this new paradigm. 

In the buying and selling there has been a lot of controversy. What are you buying and selling? Bitcoin is assigned to an address called a KEY. Apps like Coinbase, Gemini, Binance, or hard case keys, will create a private key for you as your address. A string of 17 numbers and letters. If you are purchasing into the 1000s a key is a must for the ownership. If the web goes out it has stopped people from cashing out. 

In total the amount of bitcoin produced by miners 18.5 million mined right now. With 20% lost to various happenings like people losing their keys creating obsolete bitcoins. We are potentially close to cap mining, creating scarcity which drives up the cost. There are risks, the future is unwritten. There could be changes in FCC rules, but the reward is to least have some skin in the future that we all wish to see and believing that future is worth the effort of learning how to buy bitcoin.  

How to buy Bitcoin

I don’t have 30k how can I buy bitcoin? You can buy fractions, which is cool. The 3 options I would like to discuss are assuming you aren’t day trading bitcoin and are on a more casual path involving buying and holding.

Robinhood is a free app and has no commission, but you actually don’t own it because you don’t get a private key, the 17 number and letters. You can’t send bitcoin, essentially can’t use it, it is only an investment portfolio set up. Which is fine if you treat it like an asset. It’s really easy and has a great graphic design, so you kind of feel like futuristic dystopic bitcoin seller hacker chick, which makes it fun. Money should be fun. Easy and sexy looking, you can sell it for dollars.

The second way to buy bitcoin which just launched is through PayPal you can buy sell and hold on PayPal. They have a fee structure based on the percentage of how much you buy. If you buy $101 it is a penny less than if you but $100 of bitcoin. The risk as with Robinhood is what if you get hacked since PayPal would be an excellent target but, but PayPal is also really secure, more so than Robinhood. You cannot send any of your coins to the Key. If you are actually going to invest some real money, this wouldn’t be the recommended way. By real money I mean $1000 or more.

If you just want to buy bitcoin to hold it within the $1000 range, I will just go with Robinhood, it’s just so easy, sexy, and cool. PayPal is corny, PayPal is Peter Thiel, PayPal is trying to be the cool kid, but they are not, but its PayPal, they are integrated with everything. They don’t allow you to buy items with it yet. But I think they are probably just working out some FCC stuff.

Lastly the most popular way to buy bitcoin is using Coinbase App. They are really cool they used to be janky in 2016. It’s great for learning about other coins. Finding out what is next. It’s cheapest if you use you ACH transfer, similar to the accounting and routing number. You get a private key and are able to buy, sell and convert coin to other coins. They also have a lot of educational information on their app and are the OG’s of online trading. The downside is logging in with their two-step authentication system can be confusing and many people panic getting locked out. Their support system is NOT helpful so try to write every password and system down before hand.

 

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Spiritual Tools | In Times of Transformation

Spiritual Tools | In Times of Transformation

Spiritual Tools for Times of Transformation. 

A conversation with Astara founder, Crystal Healer & Herbalist Mariah K Lyons and Energetic Healer & Herbalist Julie Hovsepian

2020!?! Why is transformation so important at this time?

M – This has been a year of old systems and structures crumbling to be rebuilt and restructured in a new way. It’s been a root chakra year so on a very foundational level we are re-creating from the ground up (immune system!) and it’s been a massive year of systems in play and structures crumbling in order to rebuild a new.

J – I led a full moon event November 2019 and just saw this was the theme for that month that I had read somewhere “It’s a Moon to remind us of why we chose to incarnate at this tumultuous time and all the support available to us as we undertake huge transformation” and it’s incredible how timely that still feels for us today, and this conversation. To me, it’s so important for us to take this energy that’s building and essentially shouting at us with the turbulence of this past year and use it as opportunities for growth and expansion.  It’s so easy to resist change and stay numb to what’s happening around us, but we all have a fire within us that’s being lit right now to speak up, to change what’s not serving us individually, and to work together globally to help really shift us forward collectively.

What does transformation mean to you?

M: Changing form from one thing into another – energy is never destroyed it’s simply transmuted into something different – alchemically changes into something new. When we are transforming into new versions of ourselves there are certain ways of being that change over to create the new. Energy is shifted and alchemically changed to create something new. Nature teaches us about transformation – Winter transforming into Spring, leaves falling and becoming compost in the soil, and regenerating itself back up. We also learn it from the cycles of the moon, and transforming into different forms of ourselves as energetic beings.

J: Physical and energetic shedding of the old to step into an elevated space of being. It takes a lot of courage and trust to allow transformation to take place. It’s about letting go of the (un)comfortable state we are currently at by really leaning into that trust to leap into the unknown – because of that feeling deep inside of us that whatever is on the other side is soooo worth it.  For some it’s one small step in a unfamiliar direction that calls you – and then one day you look back and realize you are miles away from where you started and so much happier, and for others it’s a swift deep leap and taking the time you need to acclimate to your new grounds. The best part is there is no wrong way to do it, it’s always going to be in divine timing so it’s just about using your intuition and awareness that a change is needed and coming and having the courage to fly.

When you think of the word transformation – what’s the visual you get for yourself?

M: Butterfly – literally changes shape from caterpillar form to completely different version of itself and transforms into something new.

J: There is a visual that I got in one of my meditations of this other worldly version of me flying above – confident, at peace and assured – and it’s what I quickly connect to when I feel like I need to step into something that challenges and scares me.

What’s biggest fear for most people when it comes to transformation?

M: Safety – our brains understand certain ways of being and doing things and when we transform into something different some of the safety structures that we have created by habits, thought forms, ways of relating to other people and self – those change and can be scary and uncomfortable. By nature the reptilian brain wants to create safety and structure based on things it knows and is comfortable with which it then equates to survival – this part of our brain is not comfortable in the unknown or in a new form because it doesn’t have any previous information to base off of and “keep you safe.”

J: Control is another big one and if there is anything that 2020 has shown us over and over again is that we aren’t in control. As humans, we have a hard time feeling like we don’t have control of our present and our future. There’s a huge gift in the practice of being aware of who/what we are trying to control in our lives, and for what we think our future needs to look like and trusting that what’s coming our way is to help us transform, get stronger, and continue to align us on our path.

Moonstone

Best advice/support for people navigating transformation?

M: Finding a space of grounding and connecting with self and earth helps to remind oneself that they are always at home within their body regardless of what’s changing in their lives, relationships and the world. Always at home in their body and deep connection with the earth.

Working with minerals/crystals/herbs to ground the body but work on a subtler energetic system of helping to support stabilization and harmonization within one energetic field.

J: Meditation is one of the biggest practices that we all have access to, that’s free and the more we do it, the more we are able to create space to allow clarity to come through during times of so much uncertainty. As we commit to a daily practice (of even just 3 mins to start), our bodies begin to feel safe and grounded and our intuition/inner compass strengthens tremendously.  We also have incredible herbs, available globally, that are here to help us during times transformation.

Mariah’s Crystal Recommends for Times of Transformation

Malachite – This crystal helps transmute grief, sadness and past traumas held in the heart and helps create open space for the new

Moonstone – This is the stone of new beginnings and helps us attune to energies of the lunar cycle, our own cycles of life and moving through transition and transformation into the next cycle

Herkimer Diamond – A crown chakra stone – very high frequency that helps us imagine and re- envision/visualize our new way of being so we can create that in our physical reality

Smoky Quartz – helps to keep one grounded in times of change and helps transmute and transform dense energies thought forms and ways of being into new expressions of being.

Julie’s Herbal Recommends for Times of Transformation*

(among many other scientific and energetic qualities for each herb listed, here are some highlights specific to this topic):

Ginger – this is one we should all have easy access to in dried or raw form – it’s grounding but really opening, brings more chi/energy to the body, helps with emotional stagnation – really moves energy in the body, opens the breath and the heart (and is also incredible for immune support and migraines) – this herb is great support for the solar plexus

Shisandra – this super herb is made for times of transformation –  an energizing adaptogen (helps your body adapt to stress), great for motivation and helping positive change take place in your life, anti-depressant, playful energy that helps build chi in your body, cleansing, helps with clearer communication and creative expression, great for helping the visionary – this herb is great support for the sacral chakra

Rhodiola – this is a very bitter herb that’s very stimulating and uplifting, also great anti-depressant, it moves a lot of energy, great for mental clarity and focus, great for helping us get unstuck, great for resilience during transformation – this herb is great support for the root chakra

Blue Lotus – very sacred herb that’s a great spiritual ally for transformation and rebirth, very euphoric, crown and 3rd eye opener and also a great heart tonic – this herb is great support for the crown chakra

*Herbs: Ideal to infuse/decoct the tea leaves or roots for at least 20 mins before consuming.

All are available as organic tinctures as well.
You can click here to check out some of Julie’s custom tincture blends:

Please contact Julie if you have any specific questions about these herbs and their usage and would like further herbal support – julie@inagoldenstate.com

Top to bottom: Ginger, Shisandra, Rhodiola, Blue Lotus, Julie’s Herbal Tinctures

More on Mariah K Lyons:

www.astara.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/mariahklyons/

MARIAH’S BOOK: CRYSTAL HEALING FOR WOMEN

More on Julie Hovsepian:

www.inagoldenstate.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/juliehov/

+More meditations, including a 9 min guided and 30 min guided meditations: https://www.inagoldenstate.com/downloads

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Sideways Infinite: #Quarantini – Ladies Night

Sideways Infinite: #Quarantini – Ladies Night

Mood: #quarantini ~ Ladies Night

 

The other day,  at the end of a video conference, an associate threw out that it was #quarantini time. It caught me off guard, mostly because it was only 11am,  and ultimately #quarantini got stuck in my head. I realized how much I miss the simplicity of grabbing a drink at happy hour or the occasional cocktail party. So when I had the chance I grabbed the closest adult beverage, which happened to be a Pomegranate Shell House from Trader Joes, and started a #quarantini cocktail playlist. I realized two things. 

 First – I need to level up my adult beverage game. 💯

Second – Sonically, I kept gravitating to tracks with women singing lead. 

Maybe as my beverage game improves, I will find new inspiration and revisit the cocktail playlist again. Until then, here’s #quarantini – Ladies Night: 

Koop ~ “Summer Sun” (L)

Pre-Little Dragon Yukimi! It’s still hard to believe that Yukimi was only a teenager when she recorded the vocals for this track. 

“Love had never got a hold on me

Until you stepped out of a dream

My life once a misery

Now your love has set me free”

Vagabon ~ “Water Me Down” (L)

Vagabon has a Sade kind of vibe going, and I’m here for it.

“Never meant to be you

Never meant to be me

Never meant to be us

Never meant for all of this

Never meant for you to love

Never meant for you to trust

So I’ll take my time, next time

And I’ll do it right

And I’ll take my time

Next time”

Zero7 ~ “Swimmers” (L)

Zero7 featuring Jem Cooke on vocals.

“Do you know

We are the young ghosts

In reverse

Our stories unfold

Moving slow

We’re just killing time

And we know

This fear is a crime

Surrender to your love

Surrender to your heart

Surrender”

Nina Simone ~ “Baltimore” (L)

Baltimore” has a nice reggae/funk vibe mixed into it. The High Priestess of Soul covering a Randy Newman track produced by Creed Taylor from an album she apparently disliked. Eclectic, destructively talented, and beautifully dysfunctional, Now that’s as #BMore as it gets…

London Grammar ~ “Baby It’s You” (L)

This new track from London Grammar is solid.

Cut Chemist ~ “The Garden” (L)

It didn’t feel right doing a cocktail party mix of any kind without somehow mixing in Astrud GilbertoCut Chemist does his thing, but this song is made when the vocal track from “Berimbau” melts in around the 1:50 mark. Cut also makes sure you are paying attention when the drums pick up at the 2:45 mark.

Waldeck ~ “Why Did We Fire That Gun” (L)

Waldek on the groove. Zeebee on the mic. Who said Lawyers can’t make art? Lol

Janelle Monae ~ “Sincerely, Jane” (L)

Such a good track from Janelle Monae.

Are we really living, or just walking dead now

Or dreaming of a hope riding the wings of angels?

 

The way we live, the way we die

What a tragedy, I’m so terrified

Daydreamers please wake up

We can’t sleep no more

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Sideways Infinite: Dissonance

Sideways Infinite: Dissonance

Mood: #Frustrated

I don’t know about y’all, but lately I’ve had a lingering low-grade headache. Cognitive dissonance definitely has me frustrated and flailing. As I embrace the suck of it, I’m hoping that the struggle leads to some valuable growth and understanding. Or maybe I’m just dehydrated and need to drink more water. Until I can find that inner peace, here are some of the truculent tracks helping me to grind through:

Run the Jewels ~ “Close your Eyes (and count to F*CK)” (L)

There needs to be more ZDLR and RtJ collaborations. *Cough*

IDLES ~ “Never Fight a Man With a Perm” (L)

The dulcet tones of IDLES are delightfully chaotic and cathartic.

Battles ~ “Atlas” (L)

John Stanier is such a ridiculous drummer

Notorious BIG (Ratatat Remix) ~ “Party and Bullsh*t” (L)

Ratatat’s remix does this Biggie track justice.

Le Tigre ~ “Deceptacon” (L)

I’m outta time, I’m outta f*cking time

I’m a gasoline gut with a Vaseline mind

At the Drive In ~ “One Armed Scissor (L)

The beginning to this track is like a sonic punch in the face.

Coriky ~ “Clean Kill (L)

It’s a clean kill

But it’s not clean…

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A Layman’s Guide to Visualizing 10 Dimensions

A Layman’s Guide to Visualizing 10 Dimensions

Disclaimer

I initially posted this as a series of Instagram stories, which people found surprisingly entertaining given the nerdiness of the subject matter. I think maybe my total lack of expertise made it more fun and easier to understand. So, a disclaimer: this exercise is for fun and brain-stretching only. Don’t take it as hard science, and please forgive any technical inaccuracies.

Dimensions

When we talk about a dimension, what we are really talking about is a degree of freedom, or an axis.

A point has no dimensions. It exists at one, fixed spacetime coordinate and has no variable or degree-of-freedom.

The first dimension can be represented as a line. A line has one degree of freedom.

The second dimension can be represented by a plane. It has two axes (X,Y). Any position on a plane can be defined with two measurements.

The third dimension (you know this one!) can be defined by a cube. A cube has 3 degrees of freedom (X,Y,Z), has volume, and is, basically, space as we experience it.

Typically, we talk about the fourth dimension as time (at least we experience it as time). If we think about space as being three dimensional, but existing through time, then we can identify any point in spacetime with 4 axes (X,Y,Z,T). Let’s look at a few ways to “visualize” time.

Easy 4D Visualizations Explained

Imagine a 2d being trying to experience the third dimension. The only way a 2d being could experience a cube would be to pass through it, one 2D slice at a time.

However we, as 3D beings can experience the whole cube at once. So if we use time to represent the fourth dimension, we can say that we (as 3D beings) can only experience time one 3D slice at a time. But a 4D being would experience all time simultaneously, just as we can experience all planes of a cube simultaneously.

Here’s another way to picture time. If you poke your finger through the air, it passes through infinite 2D planes. A 2D creature living on one of those planes wouldn’t experience your moving finger, but a 2d cross section of a finger. In the same way, if a 4D being poked through spacetime, you wouldn’t see it as it is, you would see it as a 3d cross section or a blob.

The 4th dimension is easy to visualize because we are conscious of time. We’re experiencing it all the…time. And though we can’t see all time at once, higher dimensions are ‘leaky’ so there may be little hints of the fourth dimension as a nonlinear dimension in our daily lives.

When people experience deja vu or hallucinations or see ghosts…these might be little overlapping slices telling us that multiple times (T1, T2, etc) can coexist at a common set of space coordinates (X,Y,Z).

The 5th and 6th Dimensions

The fifth and sixth dimensions are closely related. in these dimensions, possible realities come into play and we start experiencing the less tangible dimensions 5–10

So before we talk about the invisible dimensions, a couple good explanations

As stated earlier, we usually define a dimension as an axis, a new degree of freedom with infinite variables. We experience spacetime in four dimensions, so we can find coordinates in spacetime with input from 4 axes, X,Y,Z,T.

The higher dimensions (5–10) are hard to see. It might be easiest to represent these higher dimensions as “folds”. I.e. if you use a piece of paper to represent a plane, and you fold that piece of paper in 2, every point on the paper has a twin that coexists at the same XY coordinates. You have another axis!

And though we can’t see higher dimensions, they are theoretically apparent in the curvature of spacetime. Here’s the ant example:

If an ant is walking a straight line down the center of a piece of paper, and you roll that paper into a tube, the ant won’y know he’s in a 3 dimensional tunnel, but if he veers right or left, he’ll be in the upside-down.

Now on to the 5th dimension, 6th dimension, causality and alternate realities…

In 4D, all time is stacked and navigable, but it only accounts for one event at each coordinate in spacetime. However, we know that if time can be navigable, it can theoretically be non-linear.

Theoretically, if you went back in time and then forward again, just as in space, you may not necessarily move forward on the same line each time. You might veer right or left (like the ant)and would create alternate realities that occupy the same XYZT coordinates…you would need a 5th axis!

If you watch sci-fi, you know all about the 5th dimension already. You can imagine the 5th dimension as a plane where all possible timelines (or branches of time) stretching back to the big bang live. Sometimes it’s called a probability plane.

One way to think of visualize navigating the 5th dimension is to think of it as climbing a tree. Imagine you were climbing a tree to 20 feet, and then you climbed back down, and back up to 20 feet, but on a different branch…both routes get you to 20 feet but they never intersect, and you can’t jump from one to the other because they diverted way down at the trunk. each choice creates a network of new choices and different realities or branches, Causality!

If you think of an event as a point, every event that led to it or is affected by it exists on its branch, and everything else is…elsewhere.

Now, what if you wanted to explore all the branches without climbing back down and up and potentially ending up on the wrong branch? You would have to ‘fold’ the tree so that all of the branches at the same height could be experienced at once. You would need to eliminate causality as a determiner of an event, to make the branches non-linear. you would need a new axis. You would need the 6th dimension!

But here’s where it gets really physics-y and theoretical…the 6th dimension is still dependent on

A) our universe’s point of origin.

B) our universe’s laws.

So if we want to account for possibilities outside of these constraints, we need more dimensions!

In the same way that the 5th and 6th dimension are interrelated, the 7th and 8th are bound to each other.

7, 8, 9, Multiverse

In the seventh dimension, we add the following degree of freedom: different origins and laws. The first six dimensions apply to our universe, with its specific origin and physical laws, but other dimensions may have different origins and be governed by entirely different laws. So, if we continue with the event tracing illustration, multiple origins mean we would need another axis to trace any event back on the probability plane.

We are now in the multiverse!

Now, if we wanted to compare all of the events that coincide across all of the different universes, each with it’s own origin, we would have to be able to fold the 7th dimension over another plane so that all of the origins coexist…we would need an 8th dimension.

In the 8th dimension, we assume that all laws in all universes remain…well…universal. Theoretically, however, laws could evolve differently from the same point of origin, creating divergent universes that COULD occupy the same coordinates in 8 dimensions. To account for this, we need a 9th dimension…in the 9th dimension, we can account for all events in all universes, with all points of origin, and all possible laws.

And finally the 10th dimension. The tenth dimension, in my very humble opinion, represents the unknown. It is all of the other variables that would be necessary to assess all data in all of existence simultaneously. It is the everything fold.

I hope this all made sense! It’s a lot to digest. If it DID make sense and you would like to learn more, there are countless great books on quantum physics for regular people, but I think the best place to start might be Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. It was written in 1884 as a satirical allegory using math to illustrate different social strata. It experienced a resurgence after Einstein presented his theory of relativity, and has been name-checked by Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking as a good way to introduce higher dimensions to anyone.

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