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Malta Blockchain Summit: Get the Hottest Ticket in Town!

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Recently I’ve got increasingly interested in Malta Blockchain Summit. As both copywriter and developer, I stumbled upon this promising event many times during the recent weeks and finally decided it’s the best place to visit this November. Here’s why.

The Event

  • Date: 1—2 November 2018.
  • Venue: InterContinental, St George’s Bay, St Julians, Malta
  • Tickets: maltablockchainsummit.com

With over 5000 delegates, 100 speakers and 300 sponsors and exhibitors, the Malta Blockchain Summit promises to be a momentous opportunity for global influencers to network, forge new connections and debate the blockchain.

The summit is comprised of four conferences covering the field’s government and regulation, marketing and affiliation, fintech, tokenomics and cryptocurrencies, and, last but not least, blockchain for developers.

And now the best part of the news: blockchain developers and affiliates are invited to the Malta Blockchain Summit free of charge.

The summit also includes a two-day Hackathon, an ICO Pitch, a buzzing expo floor, a Blockchain Awards Ceremony, and ends with an unwinding Crypto Cruise.

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, will inaugurate the regulatory conference.

Many prominent speakers has already been confirmed to take part, including blockchain co-inventor W. Scott Stornetta, Evercoin founder Miko Matsumura, Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Christopher Obereder and many others.

Eman Pulis, Managing Director of the Malta Blockchain Summit, said:

I wish to welcome every blockchain enthusiast to the Malta Blockchain Summit, a melting pot for global influencers in technology, civil society, democracy promotion and innovation. Expect riveting discussion about the world-changing potential applications of blockchain across multiple verticals, including, but not limited to health, entertainment, government, banking, payments and fintech, and more.»

The summit is already sold out on all platinum and gold exhibition packages, and a fourth of all the tickets are already spoken for — six months ahead of the event. So don’t wait — head over to maltablockchainsummit.com to grab a ticket!

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Background

The government of Malta is set to make the island an international center for blockchain-related business and technology.

Recently, the Maltese Parliament has passed three bills on the regulation of the crypto industry and thus became one of the first world jurisdictions with blockchain legislation.

Two of the largest crypto exchanges out there, Binance and OKEx, have already announced their relocation to Malta, giving credence to the Blockchain Island’s ambitions and making The Malta Blockchain Summit the hottest ticket in town.

Another interesting development is that Malta Stock Exchange launched a program of the development of startups in the field of financial and blockchain technologies supported by Binance exchange. Under this program, up to twelve startups will get the basic infrastructure ;ike accounting and communication services, offices, conference rooms, and a training center. One of the program’s mentors will be Thomson Reuters.

It is evident that the island is on the best track to become a centre of excellence for emerging blockchain and DLT confirming the name ‘Blockchain Island’ it has recently in social media.

A Few Facts about Malta

  • English is the official language in Malta (Alongside Maltese).
  • Malta is an EU state and Schengen member. Currency: euro.
  • Average day temperature in November: 21°C. There’s a 50% rain chance.
  • Sea temperature in early November: 22°C.
  • Surviving megalithic monuments on Malta are considered the oldest standing stone structures in the world.
  • Malta always was the crossroads of many civilizations and cultures: Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Italians, French, British…
  • Malta is a walkers paradise, with numerous tours to take visitors along the coastline.

Visit maltablockchainsummit.com to see the details and reserve your ticket!

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Introducing DBREAD, a Token to Support Talented People

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DBREAD, or daily / digital bread, is my upcoming vote token intended to support talented people in the Age of Abundance. The dream behind this token is to help creatives, like writers for example, to focus on their work for longer times without having to worry too much about the income.

I am currently building a community where we will sample the best work via contests and manual curation and then give out these tokens letting the authors use whale votes on their other posts. It means, I’d like to give out tokens not on one-time basis but as a long-time support.

Recently I’ve run a contest for writers where participants applied with their best literary work documented on blockchain and the winner has got whale upvotes from the Whaleshares community for her next ten posts and also long-term upvotes from the Isle of Write community account and from myself. DBREAD tokens were also given out to the shortlist members.

Now I plan to run a similar contest for coders who are the authors of their own projects, too, as their work is in fact similar to writer’s: a coder needs long-time support to independently produce anything of value.

The tokens can also be rewarded for community service and later spent on education purposes on our upcoming selfdev portal where we will offer various blockchain-related learning programs.

DBREAD tokens are BitShares-based and will start having value after the Whaleshares mainnet launch. Follow this blog to learn about upcoming contests, airdrops and other events where you can get them.

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Free Verse: The Art of Writing

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The word is born out of the silence,
so the beginning of writing is to master the pause.

I write, as if stretching my limbs,
numb after a long sleep.

The awakening of the word is like the action of light,
which effortlessly manifests the hidden.

I write, as if climbing a steep rock wall
where the foot of man has never dug in.

The land of the word is an anti-labyrinth: the paths are scattered,
yet each of them leads to the goal.

I write, as if speaking a forgotten language
that only the mouth remembers.

Controlling the word doesn’t bring the abundance
that comes from a miracle.

I write, as if recalling an old melody dissolved in the bustle,
remaining only as a longing for eternity.

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Prose Poem: The New Beginning

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Thoughts sweep through my head, but I’m waiting, looking out of my train window. A spark is about to ignite, a miracle to happen, as the forest suddenly ends and a vastness opens up—plowed fields, the white circle of the sun above the mirror of the waters, a city in a milk haze and blue mountains on the horizon.

Find, inside yourself, in your darkness, the path, so obscured from the outside. Abandon the habitable to make room for the Spirit. Become the black of plowed land, the emptiness of a spring sky, the inconstancy of a mountain river, the quietude of the roots of age-old trees.

The new comes imperceptibly, quietly, as grass grows under the melting snow. The old is no more, and the sun continues to rise above you, the sunlit air is still fresh, and the winged shadows of the clouds, your castles in the air, still float along the land despite they were being blown into tatters on yesterday’s wind. The fields are wider, the mountains higher, and cleaner is your sight washed by the spring. What was genuine in the soul did not die, it was only waiting for its hour, like a grain buried in the dirt.

A child in an azure coat is clutching a lollipop in his chubby fingers; a herd of sheep is grazing on a hillock; an old man with a dog, motionless, looks at my train passing by.

Everything hidden, unspoken, unknown inside my soul settles into the images that the road offers so generously. They form the unbreakable alloy from which time casts the dream bell with its unique note. At some point, it seems that I’m about to catch it, but suddenly the space between us opens up, filling fast with endless fields, and only the spirit, soaring up like a bird high in the sky, is able to briefly see its horizons.

To rise above the world—and stay in it, in the very thick of things, in tightness and tension, struggling for every inch on the way to the goal, where sweat and blood, pain and thirst meet. It’s our body that proves the truth.

A vast space opens up before my eyes again, with plowed fields, a city on a hill, and blue mountains behind. The meaning of all things could fit in one spot now, like the white circle of the sun caught in a pond’s mirror.

The world acquires its true dimensions—those of my childhood when I didn’t try to master it.

The eternal child in an azure coat is still blissfully clutching a lollipop in his chubby fingers, and still rampant is the despair of the mortal man who has crossed the midlife threshold.

The moment lasts forever. Generations come and go before my astonished gaze, and the first people, laughing, still stand in the city gates, meeting the spring sun.

The exiled gods return to their homes.

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When Dreams Come True

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Philosophers say our desires are always already fulfilled, so we better desire wisely, asking ourselves, what is most important. Our dreams always come true, but not always as quickly as we would like. It depends on the speed of the changes inside us, because if a dream becomes a reality, it means that we begin matching this dream. This process of alignment doesn’t happen quickly, and it is also absolutely organic—we cannot buy it, as well as we cannot impose it on ourselves.

In every moment, we are best fitted to the present reality—as within, so without. It means that everything is good the way it is… and everything is going for the better, because evolution continues.

In times of change, both in the soul and in the world, growth, however radical, occurs on the roots already present. Therefore, being yourself and knowing yourself is just as important as improving yourself and changing your life. Every person has a certain set of internal axioms that does not change throughout life, and that’s good, because it can serve as a support for us. After all, we can rely only on ourselves, drawing strength from our inner well that is directly connected to the ocean of evolution.

When dreams come true, a new age comes, both in the soul and in the world, an age when expansion is replaced by maturation, the outer by the inner, when the horizontal development is raising into the vertical of spirit that recognizes the mortality and limitations of the body, but retains faith in immortality … and the sense of humor.

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The Age of Abundance: DAOs are Coming

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We are already living in a situation of abundance, or more precisely—at the point of transition from non-material to material abundance. Here’s how.

The first step towards the age of abundance was the era of the soul, or an abundance in humanity’s psychic life: the world of prehistoric people was densely inhabited by gods and spirits. Ancient myths, symbols, and archetypes formed the basis of religion and culture of the first civilizations.

This cultural foundation gave birth to philosophy which then became the mother of all sciences. So came the second step—the era of the mind, or abundance in the sphere of thinking and rational knowledge crowned with the emergence of modern science.

The rise of science made possible the advent of the third era—the era of machines. Science-based technology has in turn made the processing of matter cheap and affordable. And now we are on the threshold of the fourth era—the era of material abundance.

Many material problems today have already been solved for a large number of people and, perhaps, they would have been solved for everyone, if not for the still prevailing nineteenth-century-world mentality based on the outdated axiom of the scarcity of world resources, as well as greed, miserliness and the habit of the Powers that Be to solve all problems using violence.

Until almost two hundred countries are fighting fiercely for a place at the helm of the Spaceship Earth, world poverty won’t disappear, because the resources that could be directed at its elimination are spent on the struggle of governments against each other and the arms race.

Blockchain technology made possible for the first time in history the emergence of self-governing, self-funding, autonomous communities that can act globally without a central direction. It means that problems that can’t be solved at the level of centralised entities like states or multinational corporations, including the problem of poverty, can be solved by direct interaction of people organised in decentralised autonomous communities.

And while really big projects in this sphere are yet to emerge, the first experiments are already here, with Manna, Steem, Golos blockchains among them, plus some ambitious EOS-based projects like ONO coming in the second half of the year. A lot of niche community projects like for example Steem Basic Income or WhaleShares are well underway. My bet is that this year will show us an impressive growth with many opportunities coming. And this is only beginning.

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Visual Literacy Part 3: Space in Design

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Space is the first and most important element of design language. Space in design is more important than any objects flying in it. It’s an endless abyss encompassing all design elements and existing before object/subject separation.

In traditional visual art, the most important element is the main object depicted, while the less important is the background. In industrial art, the object has no importance as such — it’s abstract. There is no top and bottom, left and right in this space, only in and out. And this space does not equal a background.

This concept of space in visual arts was first introduced by the suprematist movement — instead of being positioned relatively to the ground, objects are floating in the air. The position of an object relatively to other objects, as well as its other parameters like form, size, or color, is defined exclusively by its role and meaning.

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Space is not empty, it’s charged with energy. Every object placed into this space activates this energy and creates force vectors by interacting with the frame and other objects.

Forces

We can say that the use of this kind of space is an important characteristic of good design.

Our perception needs free space to balance the information overload we meet — that’s why they say «Less is more» in good design: less content with more space and stronger visual emphasis works better than the other way round.

That’s why a good book layout uses space generously for margins and line spacing.

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That’s why a good website layout uses space generously for sections, columns, buttons, distances between elements.

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It should be noted that design elements can be organised in space differently depending on whether a designer uses a constructivist or an expressionist approach, but the role of space is equally important in both cases. We will talk about this in more detail in one of my next posts.

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Free Verse Poem: Your Time is Now

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Your time is now,
pink cherries blossom.
You are the truth,
are you still true to it?

My train runs faster,
raindrops slide down the window glass,
and the thick rain stirs a pond,
my soul, as I pass along.

A boundless sea splashed once
where horses are plucking grass,
and wet tiled roofs.
on hillslopes bathe in clouds.

In childhood, tears flowed without shame,
and laughter was a sincere joy.
The rain poured down, you waltzed with her
and were just friends.

And now you write poems,
not crossing out anything,
free as a bird
and waltzing with your soul.

Raindrops slide down and blur the spring
where horses are plucking grass,
where hillslopes bathe in clouds,
where your path disappears.

The smallest hills are ancient mountains.
The tiniest pond connects to the sea.
The most faithful way is hidden in clouds.
You are the truth; your time is now.

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Visual Literacy Part 2: How Graphic Design Has Been Born

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Graphic design in its modern version is a phenomenon not known until 20th century. By this time all the elements of graphic design language have matured. Beautiful book layouts which existed since time immemorial are good examples of book layout, but not of graphic design. They appeal to the perception of a pre-industrial man (who is still certainly alive in all of us, that’s why we’re still capable of enjoying classic art). On the other hand, graphic design isn’t an art in a classic sense, or let’s say it’s an art by engineers, for users.

The birth of graphic design has been very rapid in terms of historic time. The whole transition started with the impressionist movement in the second half of 19th century and ended with the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich and abstract compositions of Piet Mondrian in early 20th century.

The language of graphic design has evolved in four stages departing from objective art which reflected the outside world to subjective art reflecting our inner world.

1. Color

Before the Impressionists, the art was closely tied to observed reality (while never identical with it of course). On the other hand, graphic design is abstract in its nature.

The emancipation of art which led to the birth of graphic design started with color:

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Color freed from the need to correspond to an object became pure emotion and established itself as one of the primary elements of graphic design.

Here’s an example of poster design using color (and form):

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2. Space

The next step was space emancipation. Moving away from the laws of perspective and distance, space turned out to be an encompassing abyss, sky, cosmos, the basis of the new expressive language.

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3. Form

The departure of form from object became the next step of evolution leading to modern graphic design.

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4. Object

At the fourth and final step, object has disappeared altogether, ceasing to be the focus of artist’s attention and giving space to a free expression of ideas, thoughts, messages. Graphic design has been born.

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Summary

The four key stages of development of the graphic design language radically transformed the most important of its basic elements, namely color, space, and form, and laid out the foundations of modern visual design.

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Poem: Your New Spring

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Beyond the threshold of the known,
in misty fields where herds graze,
in wet forests where snowdrops whiten,
your new spring is born.

Everything is familiar and everything is different.
In every drop of the dew, life is pulsing.
You don’t yet know your might.

There’s no story like your story,
there’s no power like the one you’ve been given,
there’s no way like your way.

Neither straight nor crooked,
neither by foot nor on horseback,
neither by land nor air.

No man, the messenger of peace,
has set foot here for thousands of years,
but children play here every day.

For thousands of years, dark mountains have risen
where the hills were once covered with blossoming cherries
and horses lazily pastured on green grass,
where a boundless sea splashed before
and the Spirit of God moved upon the waters.

The first spring of the world,
your new spring.

Birds soar into the sky,
wheat roots grow into the ground,
fields burst with colors.

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