What is an NFT? I won’t dig too much into the nuts and bolts of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) here. But basically, you can imagine them as a digital form of trading cards, collectibles, memorabilia, and other properties, where these crypto assets are not identical or interchangeable, where the uniqueness is verifiable on a blockchain, and therefore, the ownership of each unique crypto asset is also verifiable.
Got some ETH? While many popular NFT brands like Axie Infinity, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), and CryptoPunks are built on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, the expensive or unsustainable transaction fees (or gas) continue to be the subject of debates and the fuel for newer and cheaper smart-contract competitors like the Stacks (STX) and Solana (SOL) blockchains. How will ETH-based NFTs survive?
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA content designer/engineer at Wipro. Although it’s tough to tell whether the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 (ETH2) upgrade will fulfill expectations, it doesn’t mean that I can’t explore NFT platforms or marketplaces on competing blockchains. In fact, since August 2021, I’ve minted 200 random FreePunks NFTs on Stacks, and bought 8 Star Atlas NFTs on Solana. Interested?
What is BTC? For those of you who’ve followed the rise of digital currencies, you’ll know that BTC is a ticker symbol or abbreviation for Bitcoin, which emerged in 2008-2009 as the first decentralized cryptocurrency, and smashed all-time-high (ATH) prices in December 2020 from $20,000 to $27,000 USD per Bitcoin. Will another round of COVID-19 stimulus checks pump the BTC price even higher?
What is the CCP virus? Meanwhile, almost everyone knows about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, also known as the “Wuhan virus” or “China virus” that causes the COVID-19 disease, which first emerged in December 2019 from Wuhan, China, but was kept secret for weeks by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Conversely, will another round of COVID-19 stimulus checks devalue the USD even lower?
CCP Virus & BTC Highs
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA content designer/engineer at Wipro. Although the shift from IBM to Wipro in 2017 triggered an annual barrage of content migrations and conversions, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t noticed the shocking geopolitical and financial tremors over the last few years. So my question is: How will IBM deal with the USD impact of the CCP virus and BTC highs?
Red-pilled! Did the 2016 US Presidential landslide by Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton open your political eyes? For many, it inevitably did. If so, you might’ve been further “red-pilled” or awakened by other globalist technopolitical realities like: (1) IBM had leased its Hollerith punched-card machine to Nazi Germany, and (2) mathematical flaws have exaggerated global-warming models for decades.
In my previous post, I wondered: “Not only is technopolitics a technological form of political action, it might also be a political form of technological action.” This concept strongly applies to the Hollerith tabulator technology, and loosely applies to the global-warming calculations rather than any direct carbon-creating technology. But, along these lines, what about the technocratic Internet of Things?
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA information developer at IBM. In fact, IBM TRIRIGA falls under the IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business unit. So it’s hard to avoid any IoT news. But as IoT struggles with smart homes, driverless vehicles, and security attacks, one big question always lurks in the shadows: When will globalist technological elites exploit IoT to regulate your freedoms?
Google blocks? Facebook biases? Twitter bans? Unless you’re blissfully bypassing the United States political controversies — from TPP to ICANN — you’ve probably seen the headlines highlighting the unified liberal-minded suppression of conservative-minded free speech on social media. But imagine the opposite. What if you were witnessing the unified conservative suppression of liberal free speech?
In other words, once you realize that the technopolitical suppression of ideas is happening in one direction, you might also realize that it opens the door to suppression of all opposing directions. But here’s the twist. What if today’s political reality is no longer about liberal versus conservative values? What if it’s about globalist-and-elitist oppression versus nationalist-and-populist self-determination?
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA information developer at IBM. I’ve been using Google, Facebook, and Twitter for years. You probably have too. While filtering sexual and violent content makes sense, what if these same global Internet corporations censored your emails, posts, or tweets for being too “fascist”, “racist”, or “sexist” for their politics? Because it’s already happening in America.
Americanism vs. Globalism! I think it’s safe to say that many Americans don’t care about global trade politics like the controversial TPP deal, even if it hits their jobs. But what about global Internet politics that could disrupt free speech across the web? What if global trade politics and web politics are so corruptibly intertwined? What if China could influence or suppress Internet traffic as far as the US?
In just another month, on 30 September 2016, the United States will give up its direct oversight of ICANN. Now, because TPP was designed to “pull” the Pacific Rim economies further away from China, it’s no longer so remote to imagine a scenario where China is tempted in retaliation to “push” its own authoritarian policy across the Internet through a more-corruptible “multi-stakeholder” ICANN model.
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA information developer at IBM. Last time, I admitted that I “never expected to write a political post”. I guess one time wasn’t enough! This time, extending the logic that TPP favors multinational corporations over sovereign nations, couldn’t Chinese corporations exert the same backroom political control over ICANN, despite “multi-stakeholder” cooperation?
Batman vs. Superman! Democrat vs. Republican! This year, 2016, has without doubt witnessed a lot of battles — cinematic, political, and ideological. So why not post something a little bit different? This time, I’ll talk about IBM vs. TPP. Or more accurately, IBM’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).
To save time, I’ll focus on TPP. So what is TPP? According to Wikipedia: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)… is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries [which aims to]… promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs… raise living standards; reduce poverty…” But do these noble goals help the sovereign nations? Or the multinational corporations that defy them?
TPP, TTIP & TISA
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA information developer at IBM. I never expected to write a political post. After all, I’ve avoided politics for the last two presidential cycles. So what changed this cycle? Good question. Maybe I’m beginning to see that this isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans, but about Globalism vs. Americanism. And as my multinational employer, IBM is supporting globalism.
Adobe Captivate 9! Wow, have 5 months passed by already? Just like last year, this year continues to be consumed with my pursuit of TRIRIGAFEEDIA and TRIRIGA UX. On top of that, since March 2016, I’ve had the unique opportunity to investigate the popular eLearning authoring tool, Adobe Captivate, as an exciting new way to deliver our IBM TRIRIGA content. But first, I needed to tie up a loose idea.
Back in September-October 2015, inspired by the MinutePhysics YouTube channel, and the Grovo microlearning provider, but months before Adobe Captivate was even an option, I experimented with a 1-minute proof-of-concept (POC) video. I spent about 26 hours to storyboard, script, and design the slides. In March 2016, I wrapped up the final 4 hours to record, edit, and sync the audio with the video.
TRIRIGA UX Lesson 1
Hi, my name is Jay, and I’m an IBM TRIRIGA information developer at IBM. The idea was to prove that a 1-to-2-minute “microlearning” experience can be effective for more mobile, on-the-go eLearning. Guess what? It proved its point. It took about 30 hours, but I’m still proud of it. So, since then, I’ve tried to carry the same tone, pace, and flow to my Adobe Captivate lessons. But did it work in Captivate?