I O U Part 3: Banknotes and Virtualization

So we’ve established that, throughout the greater period of man’s history, metals and other precious goods were used to represent value, creating the concept of money and eventually the mass-production of minted coinage. Electrum, silver, copper and gold were all formed by weight, struck with the official mint, tested by touchstone and used in trade. Men and women walked with purses filled with coin, and […]

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I O U Part 2: Fiat Currencies

When you talk of money, there are essentially two kinds, barring the use of actual precious metals for trade: representative money, and fiat money. By definition, representative money is asset-backed, and functions on the basis of carrying not a value of its own, but a value equal to the amount of precious metals it can buy. As long as you can go to a bank […]

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I O U Part 1: A History in Coinage

Money, money, money! Money is the thing that controls veritably everything in human civilization. It became a necessity over time due to the gradual evolution of trade – the most basic of all functions within a society. “I have something you want, and you have something I want – so let’s agree upon a certain value for both, and see how much I need of […]

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Fruity Controversy

Oftentimes when walking through a market scene in South East Asia, you’ll come across a near-unbearable odor, ranging from rotten onions to pig shit – yet what you truly smell is neither. An odor ever changing, it is the trademark of the perhaps most infamous and controversial fruit of all time: the durian. I myself am a self-proclaimed durian lover. Where before, the very thought […]

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See, Nero wasn’t THAT bad!

The great Roman Empire has had many an emperor to seat its throne and rule with the senate, and given the treachery and fabrications Rome is steeped in, historical recollections of these emperors have often painted images of debauchery and total depravity – few, however, as horrific and villainous in memory and history as the accounts of Nero. Nero has earned themselves the position through […]

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Sitting isn’t good for your health.

Globally, on average, we spend about 7.7 hours sitting. Each and every day. Considering we spend a decent bit of our 24 hours sleeping and eating, 7.7 makes up a very large portion of our day. When you consider that a large number of the Western populace not only has a deskjob, but also sits while eating, playing games, watching TV and being mostly generally […]

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The rich history of the F-bomb.

Warning: Offensive language ensues below. If that offends you, you might want to skip this entry. The English language, as with all languages in general, is subject to the existence of many vulgar words – words considered obscene and offensive for their meaning, often censored and used only in aggression or between close friends. Yet as time goes by, through the use of media and […]

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Why Do We Sleep?

Sleep. We all do it, to a degree – our bodies simply can’t go on without some. We can stay awake for days, even weeks in a row, but after a certain point, the deprivation will just trigger micro-black outs and other unsavory, uncontrollable side effects. Yet, why do we need sleep? Do our cells require some kind of rest? Can our brain only actively function […]

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From the black box to Dropbox

Nowadays, the majority of all popular content online is visual: videos and images rule the internet, and they’re what people want to see and watch most. Barely anyone still bothers reading, unless it’s supplementary text that doesn’t drag out and exists to serve yet another image. It’s become the medium for entertainment, and in many cases the medium for expression. We’ve simply discovered and have […]

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How Everyone Became A Celebrity

If you have a social media account, chances are that you know what a “selfie” is. Chances are your twitter feeds, news feeds, and whatever other feeds you may have are littered with tidbits of personal information and self-made images of a private nature. In fact, it’s very probable that there are people in your friends list whom you’ve never met or talked to, about […]

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