$SELF has been completed and each unique NFT is being distributed to the correct participant. If you missed out on the original project, or if you'd like an extra collectible, I've made an image that features all of the pieces in sequential order. You can mint one of these collectibles here on this post.
$SELF was an experiment and a participatory art project. I wanted to see what would happen when relationships, self identity, and blockchain collided. Anyone could join for a minimum of 0.01 ETH. At the beginning, I had no idea what this project would blossom into.
In the end, I created 72 unique abstract pieces. Each one has different traits, qualities, and complexities. In some ways, they are reminiscent of the generative NFT projects that are popular in the space right now. The difference though is that each $SELF is human-generated. I made each one by hand.
This essay was written in collaboration with GPT-3. I provided the initial paragraph and served as the editor, GPT-3 did most of the thinking. Many people are writing about DAOs, but I wanted to read what a non-person had to say about them.
Using hexadecimal and MyEtherWallet, you can encode permanent messages onto the Ethereum blockchain. People will then be able read these messages on Etherscan if they know where and how to look.
Go to a text to hexadecimal conversion tool and convert the message you would like to send. Make sure to swap the two fields so that you're converting text to hex. When you swap the fields, a selector will appear below that you can use to ensure no spaces are included in the final hex output:
The following is a participatory NFT experiment and art project. By joining, you will receive at least 1 unique NFT that will be created by me, Dame.eth, and then airdropped to you. Anyone can participate by chipping in a minimum of 0.01 ETH to cover gas costs. To get started, continue reading.
Six months ago I didn’t know anyone that was into Ethereum, and I had no connections or professional experience within the crypto industry.
Today, I’m the in-house content creator and community manager at one of the space’s fastest growing apps (Rainbow.me). I’m also now connected to many influencers and builders who are pushing Ethereum forward. I went from a normal person to a "crypto professional" in a short amount of time.
Because of this, many folks have reached out asking how I managed to do it so quickly. To answer these questions, I decided to write my thoughts and share them publicly so everyone can benefit.
Here are the things I did that helped get me where I am today:
Today I’m excited to share that I’m joining the Rainbow.me team as their in-house content creator & community manager.
I had been interviewing at traditional tech companies the past few weeks and received several offers, but none of them felt quite right for me. Nothing excited me like the projects I was seeing in the Ethereum space.
I decided to take a risk, turn down my offers, and pursue a position within crypto instead. I already had relationships in the industry because I was involved as a passionate hobbyist, so I tweeted that I was open for work:
I will never forget March 12, 2021. It was the day that I fell in love with Crypto. Up until then, I was just casually interested. This is the story of how it happened...
To start, I live in South Carolina. According to Google Search data, my state is one of the states with the least amount of interest in crypto. We rank 49th and are beaten only by West Virginia.
No one I know in my physical proximity uses crypto.
“There is a part in each of us which holds fast to the old truth: either you are the hunter or you are the prey. Learn which you are. Act accordingly. Your life depends upon it.” ― from The Power by Naomi Alderman
I've worked at companies over the years that claimed to have flat structures. They would proudly declare, "we're not into hierarchy here!"
It sounded nice in theory, but it was never true. There was always a hierarchy that remained hidden. The opaque nature of power in these environments made them difficult to work in and proved to be fertile soil for bad things to grow.
A similar dynamic can be seen outside of the workplace. In American society, there is a false sense of equality and equal opportunity. We choose to ignore the heavy layers of class and social status blanketing our lives because acknowledging them can be uncomfortable.