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Midjourney - boy looking towards the future
I have two slides at the end of most of my presentations. One is my investible theses for the upcoming year and the other is stuff that has my attention. As we head into 2023, I thought it might be fun to look at a deck from 2018 and see if I got any of it right five years ago. I'll let you be the judge. Continue Reading →

The Top 10 Stories of 2022

Top 10
As 2022 winds down, I thought it would be fun to review the 10 most popular stories by page views on shellypalmer.com. Obviously, 2022 was a transitional year for crypto, the world of decentralized finance, Web3 and the metaverse. It was also "the" year of AI. These stories reflect those trends, although some of the topics may surprise you. Continue Reading →

Sam Bankman-Fried Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), who some have dubbed "Sam Bankrun-Fraud," was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday after the U.S. filed criminal charges that it expects to unseal Tuesday morning. The disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX (one of the world's largest) will likely be extradited to the U.S. Continue Reading →

The Observable Metaverse

Metaverse Model
When someone says "the metaverse," what do they mean? At the moment, the observable metaverse is a continuum that spans experiences from virtual reality (VR) through mixed reality (MR) to augmented reality (AR). The experiences are different, but some of the most successful metaverse projects share many common creative and technological attributes. What are they? To help figure it out, we've been developing a framework we call the Standard Model of the Metaverse. Continue Reading →
OpenSea, the world's largest NFT marketplace, informed people on its email list that an employee of Customer.io (OpenSea's bulk email vendor) gave the OpenSea email list to an outside party. OpenSea sent a note advising everyone on the list to beware of phishing schemes that are likely to ensue. Even if you didn't get a note, beware of phishing schemes. Continue Reading →
Today is "Towel Day." In honor of Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, fans around the universe carry a towel. After all, a towel "is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Continue Reading →
It's the end of an era: New York City removed its last public payphone on Monday. The city began removing street payphones in 2015, replacing them with kiosks that offer free phone calls, Wi-Fi, and device charging. The boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol across the city, but the rise of cellphones made the booths obsolete. Continue Reading →
Metacademy
I’m thrilled to announce the public beta launch of Metacademy: a free-to-use, risk-free, hands-on website that will teach you about blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs, smart contracts, Web3, and other associated technologies. You’ll learn about the world of Web3, decentralized finance (DeFi), the correct way to set up a crypto wallet, how to mint your own NFTs, and how to buy and sell them. Continue Reading →

MetaMask Mac Attack

There is a new phishing scheme targeting MetaMask users on Apple devices. You’ll get a phone call with a legit-looking Apple caller ID. The caller will ask you to call them back so that you “know” the call is real (which it isn’t), at which point the scammer will ask you for a code that is being sent to your phone. That’s it; your MetaMask wallet is now drained because a hot (online-only) MetaMask wallet stores your seed phrase in your iCloud account. Continue Reading →

Bored? Follow the ETH.

Bored Ape 6525
On the morning of January 23, 2022, I saw a tweet about purchasing a Bored Ape NFT for 135 ETH that I assumed was completely fake. It turned out to be fake. But the transaction was absolutely real. How do I know? The Ethereum blockchain is a public ledger. Transactions are viewable by anyone (including you and me), so let's do a little exploring and see who spent $337,500 (1 ETH = $2,500 at the time) to get their Bored Ape. Continue Reading →

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