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-- First Seen: 2008-10-17
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Quantum Vibe, Volume 2: Murphy On Sale!
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Volume 2: Murphy picks up with Nicole safely away from her imprisonment on Luna, bound for Mars, so that Seamus may take care of some business matters. Nicole quickly learns that Mars is a planet of intrigue disguised as civility, and it's not long before she stumbles head long into plots so twisted you'd need an AI to sort them out. Fortunately, she makes friends with one.
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The .bit Revolution Begins!
I know the crypto/digital freedom fighters out there are wondering how in the world will they get to see the next daily update of Quantum Vibe after the forces of tyranny seize control of the Internet's domain name system. Well fear not. Michael W Dean of Freedom Feens told us about a decentralized domain naming system which makes use of a bitcoin like technology called namecoin. You may have seen a reference to it earlier this week on Quantum Vibe.
This distributed registry resolves Internet addresses for domains ending in .bit. Now, you can access the bigheadpress.com and quantumvibe.com websites using the names bigheadpress.bit and quantumvibe.bit.
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The Transcript For This Page
Larger panel, leave room for EFT logo.
The same tableau at Babbetteâ€™s counter, although the angle is shifted somewhat so we see the backs of Guy and Fiorella. Babbetteâ€™s still looking hostile.
Babbette: We donâ€™t take Continentals or Terran credit cards. Rooms are two gold grams per night, twelve grams per week â€¦ in advance.
Medium close-up on Babbette
Babbette: If you donâ€™t have gold, I can accept silver, water credits, Cokens, Gus, most casino chips â€“ or maybe that fancy digital assistant youâ€™re wearing.
Medium close-up on Guy, looking bewildered.
Guy: Er, Cokens? What are GUs?
This panel is a diagram of sorts containing various objects used as currency on Ceres. Three Cokens of different denominations; four different casino chips (from different casinos); a water certificate; a gold coin (about the size of a dime, marked '1 gram Au'); a silver coin (about the size of a quarter, marked '5 grams Ag'), a GU certificate marked '50 Grubstake Units.' Babbetteâ€™s explanation is contained in caption boxes, with quotation marks.
Caption 1: 'Cokens are Coke Tokens. The Ceres Coca Cola bottling plant issues Cokens in quarter, half and one liter denominations.
Caption 2: 'GUs are Grubstake Units. Issued by a mutual fund run by the Bank of Ceres, for prospectors who have staked mining claims on asteroids, but need further funding for tools, supplies, and so forth.'
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Guy is handing Babbette something that looks like a credit card, but thicker.
Guy: No problem. We can pay in gold.
Babbette sticks one end of the card into a slot of her payment terminal. Weâ€™re looking over her shoulder at the viewscreen, which shows the 'card' is really an â€śElectronic Walletâ€ť connected to 'Bank of Ceres' and 'eGOLD S.A., Panama.' She deducts 24 gold grams from the account named 'UWRS.'
Babbette: Looks like you came prepared. Will there be anything else?
Two shot of Guy and Fiorella. Theyâ€™re both speaking in turn.
Guy: Well, yes. Back on Terra, there is a great deal of confusion as to the nature of Ceresâ€™ government. We have no information as to how it is organized.
Fiorella: If you could arrange for us to meet with some of your elected officialsâ€¦
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Babbette has mostly forgotten her hostility now, and wears a casual expression as she hands Guyâ€™s 'wallet,' along with a paper receipt, back to him. Guyâ€™s and Fiorellaâ€™s eyes widen in response to Babbetteâ€™s response.
Babbette: Oh, we donâ€™t have any elected officials.