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April 25, 2022
In This Issue:
From the Editor by Vagobond
NFT LIT (Monday Beat) by Greg R. Fishbone
The State of PageDAO by T. Dylan Daniel
Vagobond’s Recent NFT Acquisitions
NFT & Crypto Alerts, Alpha, News, & Headlines
NFT Religion from Bald Jesus
Useful Info compiled by Vagobond
The NFT Graveyard by Vagobond
Read or Buy Today’s Issue as NFT
GM and Aloha Frens,
As many of you have probably figured out by this point, the Vagobond Morning Briefing is more than just an email or website – what I’m building is actually an NFT Magazine. The last few weeks I’ve been putting the various beats (Mon – Literature, Wed – Music, Thurs – Travel & Food, Aloha Friday) as individual NFTs. While this has worked to some extent, it has been more of an experiment towards putting it all together. A weekly NFT magazine that has all the sections and more is what we are heading towards. We’re getting there frens. Our staff writers are becoming more like editorial leads and we are gathering steam and moving forward. Thanks for being on this evolving journey with me and with us. We have a big week ahead of us. LFG!
The big news today is obviously BAYC having their social media hacked and a fake link sent out to excited minters who thought they were getting an early deal on the upcoming land sale. My heart goes out to those who lost – there will be no recovery from this, that doesn’t work in this space. Frens, please – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always – double check the discord, the official links, and with a friend or two. Be safe out there.
Buy or Read Today’s Briefing as an NFT:
Literary NFT Beat
My app bio at http://greg.app.bio includes a blog of collectible NFT thoughts.
My app bio at http://greg.app.bio includes a blog of collectible NFT thoughts.
This week: “Blockchains and Coins”
In terms of blockchains, there are So. Many. Blockchains…
There are thousands of blockchains, and NFT book development is already taking place on several of them, although none are fully deployed yet. SolType is on Solana. Readl is on MoonRiver. Others are minting to Ethereum or Polygon. But it’s still early and there’s no telling yet which chains will become our thriving book chains for Forever Books.
I like Ethereum long-term because it has the highest volume of activity, but Solana, Avalanche, Cardano, Polkadot, and Terra are all growing fast with competing communities that will likely also offer book publishing opportunities.
Ethereum is evolving to become a better solution than it presently is. This year’s “Merge” should cut electricity consumption by over 99%, followed by a “Surge” that will add capacity and reduce bottlenecks, followed by a “Verge” that should decrease transaction costs. Then a “Purge” will get rid of some legacy code to streamline the process and a “Splurge” will add new features. I am not kidding, Ethereum actually does have a rhyming roadmap. Will Ethereum evolve fast enough to fend off a growing number of viable competitors? Only time will tell.
Many chains are EVM-compatible, which means they run Ethereum code in a Virtual Machine, which means that any program (or dApp) developed on Ethereum can be ported over with minimal fuss. Other chains have protocols that include more features or make them easier to use. In the long run, it’s possible that Solana or Cosmos may overcome Ethereum’s limitations or offer cool new features that really set them apart.
I put our first NFT Bookstore on Polygon because it’s an Ethereum-adjacent blockchain that’s energy-efficient and has low gas fees–with gas fees being the costs of conducting a transaction on-chain. Ethereum is in the process of moving to a more environmentally safe mechanism later this year, so we’ll be adding an Ethereum bookstore after that. Down the road, there will be more blockchains added.
It may be that in the long run, the best solution may be an ecosystem of different blockchains that are compatible with each other but offer different feature sets for different purposes. It’s early. The space is evolving. We’re encouraging a Web3 Go Wide strategy–use every publisher, blockchain, and marketplace you can and see what ends up working best. As far as I know, none of the publishers in this space are demanding exclusivity.
In terms of coins,
I’d look for liquidity, stability, and environmental impact. For me, cryptocurrency should not be relied upon as an investment. I go against the grain in that, but I collect only the coins I need and only in the quantities necessary to conduct transactions on the blockchain. A coin that’s likely to go “to the moon” or equally likely to crash to zero is not going to be useful for pricing books.
I set up the NFT Bookstore on Polygon so that booksellers can choose to price their items in:
- $MATIC, which is the native coin of the Polygon blockchain;
- $WETH, which is a form of Ethereum that’s been “wrapped” for use on the Polygon blockchain;
- $USDC, which is pegged to the US Dollar for offerings that won’t fluctuate as much against fiat currency;
- $PAGE, which is the social coin of the PageDAO author guild; and
- $N1, which is a marketplace-specific token.
Currently, items priced in $MATIC in the NFT Bookstore can be purchased directly with credit/debit cards, which is a huge advantage over the other choices.
Listings are not an endorsement of books or services.
Why Content Creators Need Web3
A must-read article by Rae Wojcik and Stephen Poynter about how NFTs have the ability to disrupt everything we know about content creation, and can pave the way for content creators of all kinds to take back control of their work and usher in a new era of creativity online.
So much of this echoes my own thoughts on what content creators should be thinking about, and how to see through the hype of Web3 to the genuine potential and utility of the underlying technology.
Then listen to Rae and Stephen on Joanna Penn’s thoughtful podcast, The Creative Penn:https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2022/04/22/creating-a-fictional-world-in-web-3/
@niftycomics asks: “Is this comic by @Jose_Delbo one of the first NFT comics? Released July 2020…”
— Nifty Comics (@niftycomics) April 20, 2022
Cool Project #1:
A book trailer as cover for unlockable files containing book content and a license authorizing fanfic. Are we seeing the future of NFT books?
We are LIVE on OpenSea 🔥🎉🖤
— RUKE | SIN® is ALIVE on OpenSea 🖤www.SINnft.com🖤 (@RUKEink) April 14, 2022
Cool Project #2:
A generative art project based on a short story about a metaversal library is among the most meta things you’ll ever see. From the creative genius of Esther Kuforiji.
We’re excited to share that the literary universe depicted in the short story 'The Library' is being expanded into an NFT collection!
This project is an exploration of the storytelling potential of blockchain technology & we hope that you’ll join us on this exciting journey📖✨ pic.twitter.com/Qn6KccgFWS
— The Librarians (@LibrariansNFT) April 6, 2022
Wrapping up Hex-2 (Mar/Apr of 2022) this week. Say goodbye to Lucky and get ready to meet a new story-filled Hexile Mascot next week.
Lit NFT Organizations:
So many formats, so many blockchains, so many promising experiments…
BooksGoSocial (Website) – Publisher of centralized NFT books on the Wax blockchain with downloadable content stored in ZIP files on DropBox.
Jenkins the Valet (Website | Twitter | Discord) – Multimedia studio creating content, including literary NFTs, from licensed characters from the BAYC and MAYC collections and from an upcoming collection of original PFPs.
KOTA (Website | Twitter | Discord) – Literary NFT minter, marketplace, and mobile app planned to deploy on a blockchain being developed through the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure project of the EU’s European Blockchain Partnership.
Token Literary (Discord) – Focused on helping creators with marketing, logistics, and tokenomics.
WIP Publishing (Website) – The publishing arm of PageDAO.
Literary NFT Podcasts and Discussions:
Soltype Podcast (Soltype: Youtube) – Hosted by Paco Puylaert, Juan Pablo Briceno, and Donald Frederick of Soltype.
Literary NFT Format Guide:
Animated: The cover or content of the NFT includes animated elements.
Audiobook: The NFT includes voice narration.
Centralized: Content stored and accessed from a hard drive, cloud server, or other single-point system.
Decentralized: Content stored and accessed from a network of hundreds or thousands of nodes, designed as a more durable, secure, and tamper-proof system.
ERC-20: A digital token representing an asset that is fungible, or identical to others of its kind, and which may be used to purchase or unlock content, establish governance rights in an organization, or qualify recipients of airdropped content. ERC-20 tokens that operate as the native currency of a blockchain can also be called coins.
ERC-721: A digital token representing an asset that is non-fungible, or unique, describing a digital file or physical object to which it is linked. ERC-721 tokens are one type of NFT.
ERC-1155: A digital token representing an asset that may be either fungible or non-fungible describing a digital file or physical object to which it is linked. ERC-1155 tokens are considered NFTs even in fungible implementations.
Gated Reader: The NFT can be read by the holder through a token-gated website or marketplace feature.
Generative: The title, content, and/or design of the work includes randomly generated traits within a collection of unique works.
Integrated Reader: The NFT can be openly read in the marketplace.
Interactive: The user’s actions or choices affect the reading experience.
Print on Demand: Holders can have a physical copy shipped to their address.
Text-on-Image: A poem or book excerpt presented in a visual format, often with a complementary background.
Unlockable Content: Holders unlock textual content in the metadata of the NFT.
Unlockable Downloadable: Holders unlock an access code, discount code, or instructions for accessing content from a centralized source.
Tim Boucher, NFT Books: Publishing & Promotion Guide (Lost Books: OpenSea) – Unlockable downloadable NFT book on the Polygon blockchain, providing guidance to authors on using blockchain technology to produce and promote their works.
Gary K. Michelson, et al., Copyright Basics (PageDAO: OpenSea) – NFT textbook chapter with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Neil Strauss, Survive All Apocalypses (LIT DAO: OpenSea) – NFT survival guide in integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain, notable for assigning copyright interests to a randomly selected holder.
1455 Gutenberg Bible (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
1611 KJV Book of Genesis (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Vagobond, Holy Bjble–AB Edition (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT scripture with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
NFT Poetry Books:
Indefatigable, Peace of Mind (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT spoken poetry collection with integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
wordstobecrossroad, puff (Soltype) – Genesis NFT poetry collection with integrated reader on Solana blockchain.
Dazerine, T. Dylan Daniel, SpartTwain, White Chocolate, The Mask of Ganymede (PageDao/NFT Book Bazaar) – NFT book and audiobook in gated reader with print-on-demand feature on Ethereum blockchain.
Brian Toups, Drifter (OpenSea) – NFT book in integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain.
Literary NFT Collections:
Greg R. Fishbone, “Mad Messages” Collection (OpenSea) – Unlockable content NFT book chapters of Galaxy Games series book The Mad Messenger on Polygon blockchain.
Saami Heyes, “Night Creatures” Collection (Objkt) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Tezos blockchain.
Saami Heyes, “Saami’s Journal” Collection (Foundation) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Ethereum blockchain.
Mark Manson, “The Subtle Art…” Collection (BookCoin | OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT tokenization of NYT bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck on Ethereum blockchain.
OddWritings, “Oddness 2022” Collection (OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Polygon blockchain.
OddWritings, “EmergentPoems” Collection (OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Ethereum blockchain.
Enzo Chul Ortega, “Tales from the Blockchain” Collection (OpenSea) – Unlockable content NFT short stories on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Barewords” Collection (Barewords/OpenSea) – Text-on-image NFT poetry on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Genesis” Collection (WIP Publishing/OpenSea) – NFT books in an integrated reader on Ethereum blockchain.
Various, “Genesis v2” Collection (WIP Publishing/OpenSea) – NFT books in an integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Various, “Limited First NFT Ebook Edition” Collection (Winehouse Publishing: OpenSea) – nearly 100 public domain classics presented as unlockable content links to decentralized ePub files in NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Each book has its own ISBN.
Various, “Readme” Collection (PageDAO/OpenSea) – NFT books in integrated reader on Polygon blockchain.
Literary NFTs (Anticipated):
Neil Struass, Jenkins the Valet (Jenkins the Valet) –Holders may choose to burn or stake the book for rewards. Anticipated April-ish.
Literary NFT Collections (Anticipated):
Bailey Bridgewater, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Crime genre. Currently pre-sale.
Mary Esther Farnstrom, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Horror genre. Currently pre-sale.
Patrick Garrett, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Post-Apocalyptic genre. Currently pre-sale.
Alicia Suastika, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Romance genre. Currently pre-sale.
Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity and There Is Never Anything But the Present (BookCoin) – Anticipated Q1 2022.
Shawn Whitney, Various Titles (Annie’s Bookshop) – 1,984 unique generative titles of animated MP4 books in the Sci-Fi genre. Currently in a pre-sale phase.
Lit NFT Projects in Hibernation:
Organizations with no apparent activity in over six months.
Publica (Website | Twitter | Facebook) – Early pioneer in blockchain publishing, issuing ERC-20 tokens on a proprietary exchange to unlock content in a proprietary wallet.
Winehouse Publishing (Website | Twitter | Facebook) – Sweden-based traditional-crypto hybrid multilingual publisher of public domain classics on the Ethereum blockchain. Each book has its own ISBN. The collection represents a great investment in work, but no sales or new listings since June 2021.
Organizations with potential to enter the space.
The Week in PageDao by T. Dylan Daniel
Greetings everyone. This is Dylan from PageDAO, happy to announce that I’m joining forces with CD Vagobond to provide some weekly snippets and even the occasional alpha drop. We’re going to keep these pretty short, though, so expect tons of links like the one above that goes to my app.bio, which I think is pretty neat.
I minted three new NFTBooks yesterday, and talked about doing some reprints from the Genesis days. I think Robbie (indefatigueable.eth) is interested in doing some of that too, and all the authors of the original tokens should probably consider it with each subsequent new PageDAO tech stack. Which leads me to this week’s alpha bomb:
We’re happy enough with the NFTBooks’ speed and quality to release them to the world, with a pair of minter dAPPs, one already on Polygon and a second to be deployed to Evmos as soon as possible.
We’ll be doing 2 runs of Member NFTs for 2022 as well, reducing the price for each to .025ETH to ease the old pocketbook while also making membership access attainable and affordable. If we sell all of the passes (20k in total) we’ll have raised something like $1.5 million in $ETH!
Still, what’s really important is getting access to the minter provided to everyone in our community as soon as humanly possible. We’ll be continually updating this technology over the next few months, assuming there are enough sales to spin up our development team full-time, and we do have a special edition membership NFT for everyone who qualified for the airdrop under the terms listed in the Snapshot Proposal. We’ll be doing the snapshot soon!
Shortly after that, we’ll send everyone who qualifies a Wippy Edition 2022 Membership NFT. The function is the same as the standard PageDAO Membership NFT, but you’ll know team and community go back when you see one of these in someone’s wallet.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also releasing a premium Diamond Wippy Edition for those who support PageDAO and want to buy something exclusive and expensive from us. We’ll be selling 13 of these on Polygon, and 13 more on Evmos. List price will be 2.5ETH per token, making these perhaps the hottest PageDAO fundraising item on the market today. Purchasing one of these, or a pair of them, will guarantee the purchaser a special Diamond Wippy role in the buildout of the PageDAO NFTBooks and marketplaces.
Diamond Wippy members receive access to future technologies and will be the first to know about whitelisting for further PageDAO NFTs and of course NFTBooks. As the most generous PageDAO supporter, you’ll also receive a special role in the Discord server if you verify ownership of your NFT via collab.land.
Like I said, there was a lot this week!
Vagobond’s Recent NFT Acquisitions
I’m not minting anything these days unless it’s either free and gasless or an essential part of a collection I already hold. I feel like pfps and generative 10k collections have come as far as they can and now it’s the established winners in this space that will give us something new. Possibly like what BAYC is doing with $APE or BYO is doing with their universe. I don’t know – but I’m watching for it and looking for opportunities to either take profits or increase my stake in projects that I think might bring about the next wave of innovation. At this point, it’s safe to assume that every new project is either a rug or a future failure. There are just too many unknowns and too many scams. Blue chip projects and solid teams are the safest bet – but even something like BAYC has an uncertain future in a space that has only developed over the past year.
- Free mint for Gutter Cat Gang Holders https://opensea.io/assets/0x7b6c53c08667d606734d9d3b61973caf1ffb5339/34
- Rolling Stone Japan Cover for holders of WVRPS – Free https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0xe99fb945fa3a5f8f2cd6c187344abbfbe09a6ebb/6
- I redeemed my Rebels in Disguise coin for an avatar – this might be the most scarce rare I’ve ever minted – sadly, the project prices are in the toilet – https://opensea.io/assets/0xafe7bb8c4cacbc8bd1a72318ada9e636aa6c9cca/824
- Aloha Frens – I try to support the NFT projects I cover in Literature, Music, Travel, and Hawai’i. Aloha Frens is an 808 piece collection started by my new IRL fren Watase.eth – happy to say it minted out in minutes. I had to get one. https://opensea.io/assets/0x0f22e0348d9104db28ae7457c5eb6edbf2df5d1c/318
- They were free with less gas (less than $10) this weekend and I had to get a few more of Sartoodle’s Popikons (still minting): https://opensea.io/assets/0x0f22e0348d9104db28ae7457c5eb6edbf2df5d1c/318 I really like this one with the blue sky, George Harrison, and ‘Let it Be’ which is as good a mantra as any in the NFT space and elsewhere.
News & Alpha
* ALPHA * – The Vagobond Discord is one of the best free alpha servers around. You might see it in this briefing, but you’ll definitely see it in the Alpha channel of our discord first.
- Possible Airdrop – DYOR and use a safe wallet! This has not been tested by me but some users have reported getting large airdrops that converted to ETH with no issues: https://docs.benddao.xyz/portal/airdrop
- **ALERT!!** BAYC instagram was hacked today! There is no mint today!
- At least $13 million stolen in BAYC Insta hack
The IG hack resulted in 4 Apes, 6 Mutants, 3 Kennels, and some other assorted valuable NFTs being lost. We will be in contact with the users affected and will post a full post mortem on the attack when we can. For now I would like to stress that 2FA was enabled on the account. https://t.co/bsc3tHt9QG
— Garga.eth (@CryptoGarga) April 25, 2022
- BAYC/MAYC will have free claim and the NFTs in the promo video will have an automatic WL. As with most things YL, little is actually known for certain but the Discord and Website for Otherside launched.
The adventure begins. Otherside. 4/30, 12pm ET.
— OthersideMeta (@OthersideMeta) April 23, 2022
- OpenSea has acquired Gem.xyz
1/ Exciting news!
To invest in the "pro" community and continue improving the OpenSea experience, we’re excited to share that we’ve acquired @gemxyz !
Read more in the official announcement blog, and below 👇https://t.co/IBn38f2d3U
— OpenSea (@opensea) April 25, 2022
- Pixel Vault/Metahero continues to be on hold but with positive action in the background. G-Funk has said facemelt is coming midweek, but I want it NOW!
- Solana Consolidating Between Two Price Points
- 5 Things to Know About Bitcoin this Week
- Dogecoin surging on news of Musk’s Twitter Acquisition
- Tom Bileyu’s Impact Theory is doing a generative avatar project Kyzen – watch for drops and free claims on Twitter.
- One Day Bae – my favorite NFT project of all time is building a p2e game and like everything ODB had done – it is different than anything else out there. I’m considering going deep in this ecosystem – and the bonus of that is that it’s not an expensive ecosystem to go deep in. Take a few minutes and read this Medium post from them: https://medium.com/@onedaybae/one-day-bae-project-time-to-get-to-know-each-other-21382b2aaf32
- **Serious Alpha** I’m going to be tokenizing and distributing my startup corporation to holders of Bald Jesus and Vagobond NFTs. Iwahai, Inc. is a Delaware C Corporation and the owner of VoiceMarkr which can be found in the the Apple and Android app stores. VoiceMarkr is a voice centered social media and communications platform which will be owned and developed further by the community – so if you want to be a part of it – you should join the Vagobond Discord ASAP.
- Where My Vanagon Goes – A Hawaii Based NFT with IRL Utility
- I’ve been publishing this briefing as an NFT through ReadMe books. This is highly experimental and I will only be creating 3 copies of each unless they begin to sell out on a regular basis. Here are the first of them:
The First NFT/Metaverse Religion- Bald Jesusism
Ramadan continues and I have to admit, I haven’t been fasting the whole time. A combination of travel, illness, and life events have impeded my willingness to fast – so I may be to blame for no free money drops so far in April. The Full Moon Holiday took place on April 16th and our Christian Frens had Easter yesterday! Now, don’t get confused between Bald Jesus and the Christian Jesus – not the same dude but just like we love the Ramadan fast in BJism, we also love the idea of renewal, rebirth, and saving the entire world. The Bald Jesus Drinking Club continues to mint – so make sure you grab one.
The holidays of Bald Jesusism are meant to be fun and healthy for you and your fam. Enjoy them!
https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com – Minting Now!- for Bald Jesus Drinking Club
.04 ETH limited to 777 total
Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
Bald Jesus is Your Bro! Don’t Be a Dick
I periodically move all of this to the NFT 101 page on Vagobond.com https://vagobond.com/nft-101/
Yuga Labs BAYC Land drop
10KTF $NTD drop & BYO $TRYP drop
Gutter Juice ‘Clone’ reveals
Art Heads – I won a free mint of this project, so I’m watching for the mint.
Evmos Punks – The failure of the Evmos Chain the first go around is not promising – but since they learn as they go – this is still a great project to be watching for iteration and innovation.
Great Projects I’m Not In or Following:
aka projects I missed and am salty about. There are too many – see the whole list at:
Missed in April: Moon Birds, Murakami Flowers, Seeds – and so much more. I’m in full JOMO ‘Joy of Missing Out’ mode.
Tokens & Staking
These are the tokens and crypto/defi projects that NFTs have led me to. Bizarre when you think about it. See the full list at here
These are projects that I wanted to believe in that simply seem like they are dead. I bought into many of these instead of the winning projects above. Take that as a warning. I sincerely hope that they resurrect – but when I put them here, it means that I’ve stopped believing and looking. I hope to someday have a section at the top called ‘Resurrections’ for when projects in the Graveyard manage to rise up again. As time goes on, I have no doubt this will be the biggest section of this newsletter and I will let it keep growing so that those who care to look can understand that the majority of projects fail and investors lose money. Pick wisely, my friends, and good luck!
Newly Buried: These aren’t dead projects but projects I’ve lost hope in exiting profitably. I’m not selling any of these but am tired of watching them fail to deliver. I hope they all resurrect and prove me wrong.
See the huge full list at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/nft-project-graveyard/
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