May I pay my Palo Alto library fine with Bitcoin?

I owe the library about $5. I have three books out, on J.D. Salinger, on “Dollarocracy”, something else, and an Ornette Coleman cd called “Space”. I think there are about 100 titles in the library database that I have paid small fines on — I call this a type of donation, or civil service.

Not that I have any bitcoin, but why not let me pay that fine with it?

Believe me, this will come up.

When I applied for Library Advisory Commission, I was the only candidate interviewed who mentioned any particular authors. The guy selected had a scheme to put RFID in every book to prevent theft!

I facetiously stated, in a private correspondence, that I doubted any of the Palo Alto Yangpu delegation, from a couple years back, knew what side of the river they were on — there are two districts in Shanghai that are being redeveloped. We are part of something (almost as murky as bitcoin) called Smart Cities that is pushing some kind of development there.

The Smart Cities people, whoever or whatever they are, are also pushing Bitcoin.

I was for Ithaca Dollars once, in contrast. Ithaca hours, that is.

I guess Bitcoin are smart. Paul Krugman, like myself, thinks their stupid. Or dangerous. His column from a few months back is called “Bitcoin is Evil“.

Andreeson Horowitz thinks they are smart(the currency), and has placed a $25 million bet on them, called CoinBase, based in SF. Impressive list or team players. Or scary.

Before Palo Alto had Smart Cities relationships — in Shanghai, and Germany — we had Sister Cities. We still do — Oaxaca, Palo, Enschede, and more — but, apparently a mere cultural exchange and friendship is, well, stupid.

Stupid me, for example, texted my Oaxacan brother — my good friend since 1981 –during the Mexico World Cup run, and he texted me back regarding U.S. Belgium.

I saw Nancy Shepherd — our Mayor, her daughter is a school teacher, if that speaks to her intelligence and I think it does — for a minute — two minutes –two Mondays ago and she was mentioning to me but not telling me about her trip to Oaxaca in honor of our 50th anniversary with them.

Coupa takes Bitcoin, not sure how or why.

Actually I tend to bristle and sometimes mouth off when the public sector lets the private sector colonize it; I call this corporate creep. I also track cases where the library looks like a product showcase or mall. This topic does not seem to register at all on the radar of the library director.

I put BitCoin in the same category with the people who want to download their brains to disc and then die and think they will live forever in the post-biological age. It would not surprise me, however, if Bitcoin survives long enough to separate the average people from a few billion dollars, going up to the rich. (Which reminds me of reading somewhere about Mark Cuban saying Silicon Valley is not about start-ups as much as exit strategies; which reminds me of reading somewhere about a CalPirs money manager indicted for corruption).

Wouldn’t the world be great without Government, money and the poor.

Which reminds me of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation commissioner Michael Alcheck stating that he looks forward to a transportation system like in the movie “The Minority Report” which is based on a Philip K. Dick story about a dystopian future of mega-technology. Maybe someday little mechanical spiders will straighten up my apartment.

Bitcoin gains legitimacy bit-by-bit: Is your city ready? by Kevin Ebi, on SmartCities group webpage.

Meanwhile, Oakland has a Bitcoin-championing candidate for Mayor named Bryan Parker, a former investment banker and executive with a high-powered healthcare company, so maybe the Bitcoiners will use our election the same way. Story in East Bay Express and The Chron

edit to add: this doesn’t really go here but “Silicon Valley” the comedy show on HBO, I saw in the L.A. Times big article on Emmy noms. Meanwhile, while linking to that I see that biz journal lauds Netflix of Silicon Valley and 31 content nods…And I caught on tv (whatever that is or something like it) last night lion’s part of “The Prestige” from 2006 about magic and technology with David Bowie as Nikola Tesla: so this is about bitcoin, coinBase, Salinger, Bryan Parker, fictional content about entrepreneurship to much bouncing around — I did not link to the article I saw about mysterious penny stock with $6 billion market cap.

This will all feel that much more simplified once I return those three books and the cd.

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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