No. 7 - Predict the Future by Following the Cat Content
Cybersecurity, blockchain glossary, cats and internet history
Here’s my weekly round-up of intriguing findings and ideas.
Findings and Resources
Brave - Browsing the web and visiting our favorite websites often come with a cost to our privacy. Brave is free and open sourced and based off of the Google Chrome web browser. I’ve been using it as my default browser for just about a month and have been able to add all my standard browser extensions to it. The page load speed is blazing fast. After using Firefox and Google Chrome for years, the change in speed is palpable. The browser blocks ads and activity tracking on websites. Not only that, Brave browser generates BAT cryptocurrency while in use. You won’t be quitting your day job - I think over the course of the month, I’ve generated about $2 worth. It’s a cool little perk of using the browser.
CoinMarketCap’s Crypto Glossary - Blockchain is becoming a foundational technology for the next generation of the internet that people refer to as Web 3.0. With new technology comes new terminology and language. Keep up with the ever-expanding technology through this glossary.
NordVPN - As technology takes us to new horizons, cyber criminals are getting smarter at hacking our systems and stealing critical data. A Virtual Private Network is becoming a must have to reduce exposure. VPNs essentially create an encrypted tunnel for your data by hiding your IP address. I’ve been using NordVPN for a few years now and would recommend it for anyone considering some extra digital protection.
Etherpoems - As NFTs have provided new avenues for artists to share and sell their work, a fascinating project that emerged earlier this year is Etherpoems. An artist, going by the name Artchick put out a call for poets to share their work that would be minted and sold as NFTs. The poems sold out in 10 hours once they dropped and the artists will continue receiving royalties on every resale.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."
[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]
― Jim Jarmusch
Predict the Future by Following the Cat Content
What do the most successful websites have in common? Viral cat content. Maybe not every single one of them, but enough that it’s worth noting.
Many of the most used websites were once littered with cat content. Some of them, continue to honor their cat roots till this day. Think of the early days of YouTube where you might have come across Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, or any of the other thousands of cat videos. Back then YouTube was mainly a site for sharing entertaining videos and while that’s still a dominant use case, there is so much more to be found on YouTube from live shows to a tutorial on anything you want to know.
Other sites like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all had their moments of famous cat content. In 2012, Grumpy Cat made his debut on Reddit and has made many appearances on internet memes since then.
Not to mention Buzzfeed, which shamelessly rose to popularity by broadcasting the most popular content on the internet. They quickly discovered the power of cat content and continued to promote and create cat content. Buzzfeed still uses Cat Power as its rating system for user generated content.
In 2017, the first major NFT project on the Ethereum blockchain was a game featuring - you guessed it - cats! The game was called Cryptokitties and allowed you to create and breed cats. The game was so popular and that the Ethereum network was suffering major slow down due to congestion caused by the game. At some point a some Cryptokitties were selling for over $100,000 and the project put NFTs on the map.
One of the most iconic moments of the whole pandemic took place in February 2021. A lawyer in a virtual court case found himself in a precarious situation where the cat filter was turned on camera and he appeared in a live courtroom as a cat! In a panic he uttered the phrase, “I am not a cat.”
Looking for the next big trend on the internet? Follow the cat content.