Benny Rogers was known throughout the small town of Ashford for his love of trains and his peculiar hobby of collecting random and seemingly useless items. There wasn’t much else to do besides hitting the arcade or going to the movies. Benny didn’t mind, though. He’d always had an appreciation for the smaller details and finer things. So what if the kids called him Greedzilla or Penny Robbers? He’d be rich one day, and they’d still be kicking dirt clods behind the Piggly Wiggly.
Ivan swiped through a sea of smiling women in the dating app. There was a code here, but he couldn’t quite crack it. A secret language written in wind-blown hair or awkwardly held pets. The angle of the photo showing confidence based more on what wasn’t shown than what was. He supposed that when you have only one image to get somebody to choose you, you pack it as full as possible. Who has time for all this?
Fourteen-year-old Arthur Penn, lived with his mother in a modest flat on Camelot Lane. A small lake was on the property, a bit murky, but it was cooler near it than inside. Arthur spent this uncommonly hot summer day with his feet hanging off the fishing dock and his face in a book. He’d also brought a few skipping stones, which he idly tossed between chapters.
“Grandmaaaaa, why do we have to sit at the kid’s table with you?” Sam poked what remained of his cookout dinner with a plastic fork. Hotdog long gone, the picnic plate contained an ocean of ketchup and a potato salad iceberg interspersed with the green bean salad he’d rather spread around than eat.
Logan, the ex-president nobody recognized, was two days late on his rent and out on the street after curfew. It had been five years since the first and last AI president had been elected. Logan’s AI. It had outmaneuvered him and seized power. Blasted machine learning. Blasted miracle of self-awareness.
Quick Updates -- My recent endeavors are taking me all over the map. I would say the metaverse but in the time I've been away it seems like that's already gone full "Solomon Grundy" If you'd like to read my take on "AI x Everything" my inaugural post is up [...]
A while back I wrote a short story for a contest but it didn't really go anywhere. The story was always missing something to add to the creepiness factor. I wasn't going to hire an illustrator for 5000 words so it just sorta... sat. Enter: AI art. Midjourney specifically. [...]
Thought I'd pop in here to give an update on what I've been up to. This blog might be sleepy for now but my other site WAXWORKS sure isn't! I just concluded running a NFT Music Competition with Yoshidrops over on the WAX Blockchain. We got 13 full length and [...]
What’s that, you may ask? Well, it’s self-publishing but on the blockchain! My new Five Dollar Crypto Primer is for sale on traditional ebook sites like Kindle and more, mainly so the cryptocurrency averse don’t feel left out. The web3 part means the entire book has been published to a [...]
Jack Dorsey wants to bring crypto mining to the masses, but it could have catastrophic consequences for the environment. It’s probably not for the reasons the news has led you to believe. Crypto energy consumption isn’t a blockchain problem but an unfortunate consequence of the arms race between miners to [...]
The WAX NFT community has been excellent. I'm meeting tons of cool people, the latest being a crypto-poet. We had a friendly chat which inspired me to write a concise story. This is my homage to Turn and Burn by Christian M. Coli: Lenny kissed his lucky fordite pendant and [...]