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Catch it while you can! Rogue PDF copy of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance is on the loose
Ahoy, it's been pirated! My 2013 book - the Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money -  has found it's way onto Aaaaarg.org (quite a nice colour copy it seems), and also onto a Belgian activist's  dropbox  (she was even kind enough to ...
My 2013 book - the Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money - has found it's way onto Aaaaarg.org (quite a nice colour copy it seems), and also onto a Belgian activist's dropbox (she was even kind enough to send me an email informing me that she was "sad to know that it is ...
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Peer-to-Peer Review: The State of Academic Bitcoin Research 2014
PHILOSORAPTOR'S RESEARCH, SOON APPEARING IN ECONOMETRICA JOURNAL I decided to build a rather large database of academic research on Bitcoin . If you'd like to see it, click on the link. It's a Google Doc, and it allows you to comment if you think there is s...
I decided to build a rather large database of academic research on Bitcoin. If you'd like to see it, click on the link. It's a Google Doc, and it allows you to comment if you think there is something I've missed. You can also download it as an Excel spreadsheet.
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Hello!
My name is Josh Nicholson and I am the founder of The Winnower
(thewinnower.com). 

We are a new science publishing platform that aims to archive and aggregate scholarly blogs across the Internet by transforming them from posts into publications.  In short, we want to assign DOIs to blogs and preserve them past the short lifespan of a blog.  Further, we want to help individual bloggers gain readership by creating a community of blogs.  We are currently working on a plugin that will allow bloggers using Wordpress (and in the future Blogger) to automatically assign DOIs to their posts.  While this functionality is not quite ready, users can upload Word or LaTeX documents for publication.   I just wanted to introduce myself in case you were interested in writing about cryptocurrency at The Winnower. 

Here is a link showing how easy and quick submission can be  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX75Hl5346g and a few papers discussing more how we aim make mix the best of blogging with the best of traditional science publishing.

https://thewinnower.com/papers/science-the-pursuit-of-the-truth-complicated-by-the-pursuit-of-mortgages

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https://thewinnower.com/papers/making-scientific-blogging-count

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you’ll consider publishing with us!

Best,
The Winnower
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Bringing the jungle to the city: A techno-shamanic quest to reconnect urban life to ecological reality
Note: I originally published this in June 2014 Issue of Contributoria . It is republished here under a Creative Commons licence. If you wish to republish, please attribute the original article I once lived in a village on the rural Wild Coast of South Afric...
I once lived in a village on the rural Wild Coast of South Africa. It had a horizon so vast you could almost glimpse the curvature of the earth. There was one computer with a dial-up modem, and it almost never worked. That was just before I moved to London, to work in the steel and concrete of ...
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A little project I've been collaborating on with Berlin-based OpenOil, mapping the behemoths of Big Oil: BP corporate network http://openoil.net/corporate-networks/bp-corporate-network/
BP corporate network. Find out more about: How to navigate · How to request more data · Video - Mapping BP · Essay - Mapping BP · Press Release. With over 1000 affiliate companies, BP controls a complex network of corporate entities. OpenOil, in partnership with OpenCorporates, ...
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Yes, and who really owns the voting shares in BP? That is another question.
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The existing financial system is broken. Here's how to fix it.
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Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money
(Note: I originally wrote this article for the July 2014 edition of Contributoria , and it is republished here under the following  Creative Commons licence. If you wish to use the article, please attribute the original) "Like everyone else you were born in...
The problem with the average conspiracy theorist is that their targets – such as corporations – are too obvious. Corporations may be giant, semi-immortal entities that vaguely resemble autonomous hive-minds bent on cultural hegemony, but they often do it bluntly, pushing cheesy propaganda and ...
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Show me the real money: Three monetary myths that need busting
CENTRAL BANK? This article originally appeared in the December edition of Penguin's ThinkSmarter Newsletter . Money pervades our everyday economic interactions. But, despite its importance, it is also pervasively misunderstood. Here are three common monetar...
Economists often tell a tale about how old communities first used barter to exchange goods and services. Bartering throws up tricky situations. Take as an example a farmer trying to exchange a cow for bread from a baker, a clumsy and difficult negotiation. Thus, according the old economists like ...
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I've proposed to write an article on High Frequency Trading on Contributoria and need another 1300 points to get it published - please do vote for it if you have 5 minutes to sign up https://www.contributoria.com/issue/2015-02/5492b15e38cdedc144000003/proposal
There was a time when trades on stock exchanges were the exclusive domain of human agents. Whether it was the prudent, long-term investor buying a portfolio of stocks for their retirement, or the cowboy speculator buying and selling in rapid succession, the process was always limited by the speed …
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Urban techno-shamanism & the financial sector: My contribution to the collective Wisdomhackers book. Check out here  https://thepigeonhole.com/books/wisdomhackers
Slow down and reflect on the ancient wisdom traditions - those of the shamans, monks, and long-forgotten mystics - and learn how to apply them to modern times.
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Much soul, very emotion: Why I buy into the cult of Dogecoin
Please note: This piece was originally commissioned by the magazine  MCD , and will be appearing in French in their December edition. I use Dogecoin because
I’m emotionally drawn to the dog. Unlike the distant, fossil-like Queen on the
Pound banknote, the S...
I use Dogecoin because I'm emotionally drawn to the dog. Unlike the distant, fossil-like Queen on the Pound banknote, the Shibu Inu is at once transcendent and approachable, self-contained but cuddly, looking into my eyes with a sideways glance, as if it just noticed me and is wondering whether ...
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Already luv Dogecoin. This article much amaze. So thank.
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Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money
(Note: I originally wrote this article for the July 2014 edition of Contributoria , and it is republished here under the following  Creative Commons licence. If you wish to use the article, please attribute the original) "Like everyone else you were born in...
This is a line from The Matrix. Morpheus is explaining to Neo that he's actually stuck in a nightmare prison-world enslaved to computers. The world is not as you think Neo, but I can set you free, provided you take the red pill. In some ways Morpheus resembles one of those single-agenda zealots ...
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Author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance, Journalist, Campaigner
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Exploring strategies of financial activism, hybrid finance innovation, and gonzo economic anthropology
Introduction
I explore economic systems. I have a book called The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, published with Pluto Press. I've written for publications like the Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, Ecologist, New Internationalist, Aeon Mag & openDemocracy and have appeared on shows such as BBC World Update, BBC Newsday, the Keiser Report, and Arte TV. I've worked as a broker, barman and blues musician, and I'm a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. I blog here and tweet as @Suitpossum.
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I once lived for six months in a tent. I once busked on the New York underground. I’ve played in blues-rock bands. I once studied international development at Cambridge, and I’ve written a couple academic papers. I spent two years as a derivatives broker, at a startup firm that’s now gone bust, developing expertise on an obscure class of derivatives that no-one uses. It was a radical experiment in gonzo urban anthropology, and it did strange things to my mind.
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