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LanceLetter - Death of the Influencer; Telsa Bitcoin; NFT Update; Analog Film



March 29 · Issue #223 · View online

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Written in between creating Suez Canal memes

Anyone remember this camera?
Anyone remember this camera?
Death of the Influencer
What if you could get one of your photos, memes, illustrations, or random thoughts in front of 2 million people. You’d have to be an influencer, right? Not necessarily. Pot-stirring social media presence MSCHF has a popular Instagram account called, yup, “@DeathoftheInfluencer.” Starting last week, they published a phone number where you could text an image and some words for a chance to have them appear on the widely-viewed feed.
Pretty cool, right? But also a disruptor showing how easily they could take the power of an influencer away from people who have curated and cultivated their followings with something as simple as a text message and someone’s popular account.
Sure, DeathoftheInfluecer ends up being an amalgam of hundreds of posters’ contributions, many of which are bizarre or hilarious, but it is an interesting experiment and a reminder of the illusory nature of social media virality, influence, and fame.
Get your Tesla for Bitcoin
I’ve been slowly and very carefully dipping my toe into the cryptocurrency space. I think I now own a total of $60 in BTC, and Ethereum. My plan was to use it in the NFT space. However, now I wonder if I should shift all my assets to Bitcoin and save (and save and save and save…) until I can finally buy a Tesla EV for Bitcoin. Elon Musk announced last week that it’s possible in the U.S. (later elsewhere) to get your own electric car using nothing but cryptocurrency.
This might smooth transactions and take banks out of the mix but, beyond that, I don’t see a big benefit. Even so, it’s just another indication of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s commitment to the cryptocurrency space.
Speaking of NFT
After a few false starts, I finally have my first NFT on sale. I was spurred to action by a New York Times columnist who, with the blessings of his editors, sold a column about NFT as an NFT. The auction generated over half a million dollars for charity. My art is a bit less heady, and my expectations are far lower.
As for what I’m selling, it’s a piece of digital art I created for a Medium post about Twitter. The art stands on its own and I thought it might appeal to the NFT early adopter, or it might not and now I’m out all the time and money I spent to mine and mint Ethereum. You can see the auction listing here.
Film is still a thing
I think the last time I shot on 35mm film was around the turn of the century, right before I got my first digital camera, a 2MP Epson PhotoPC 850Z. Even though that slightly bulky camera couldn’t shoot above 640x480, I was smitten and, for the most part, stopped carrying my SLR. Back then, no one believed digital would replace film photography. It did and, for the most part, your local drug stores no longer carry film.
But film isn’t dead. Moment, a company known for creating iPhone add-on lenses, also sells a line of Fujifilm 35mm, analog stock. It isn’t cheap. A single 36-shot roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 sells for almost $15. There are still some relative bargains, though. A Fujicolor 200 3-pack (36 shots each) runs for just $13.99. Just keep in mind that 200 is a slower film (less adept at shooting in lower light situations, but with less grain).
Why would anyone want an analog film which not only costs more upfront but has added–and even more exorbitant–development costs? Some believe the tone, color quality, and artistic control make it worth the trouble.
As for me, I’ll stick with digital.
Just in time for Easter
Software’s inherent complexity–all the programming and coding that goes into it–has a cool fringe benefit: The ability to bury harmless but fun Easter Eggs inside the code.
Microsoft’s products, in particular, have a long history of hidden gems that, with each new release, fans rushed to discover. I have a vague recollection of Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates (and killjoy) eventually banning Easter Eggs from his products because of the fear of unintended consequences.
Current Easter Eggs are more like hidden jokes you can only trigger with the right keyword but back in the good old days, there were more elaborate or even self-referential ones. I’m thinking of the Windows 95 Internet Email Easter Egg that was unearthed after lying hidden for over 25 years.
Now, someone who is inexplicably running the old OS found it: A list of all the Windows developers. Why are people excited about a list? Because there was never any mention of this Easter Egg before. It’s like working on the same archaeological dig site for a quarter of a century and finally hitting pay dirt.
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