I registered this domain in 2016 with only a rough idea of what might come — well, less than a rough idea if honest — and it took a pandemic in 2020 for the first posts to appear.
Three other sites I nurtured on non-profits, arts and random miscellany absorbed time and consigned this new site to mothballs.
Time spent on all of these blogs is for fun with no commercial aspirations. Labors of fun as it were. Bric-a-brac, this and that. And like any craft not professionalized, they are just that, this and that.
Fast forward from 2016 and these last years saw me involved with Bitcoin and blockchain technologies. A little at first. Then more. Ever drawn to the promise of improving the financial system, securing a smidgen more of individual freedom and opportunity among other goodnesses. Banking the unbanked and maybe also unbanking the banked. I thought this blog — waiting in the cold as it where– a good place to relegate these topics. But my guess is the blog becomes a repository of miscellany far from blockchains. All of this done mostly for an audience of a few friends, even if others might, maybe, enjoy what finds its way here.
My personal logo that I hoped to use for this blog was designed in the 1990’s by an artist friend who took to a drawing program to sketch my initials, claiming it would be a great identifier. What is normally a laborious process took us — or better said, her — less than a minute, with 40 of those 60 seconds me arguing the logo was something from Calvin Klein.
I did however like how the letters “C” and “K” seemed to frame a dancer, fluid and agile, or something like the Chinese character for great — 大. No?
Anyway, letters sketched, colored in white, placed on blue background, and no other color schemes considered (what we had looking good I thought) the logo was born.
Why mention this? Because I wanted the logo to be the one for this blog, and after much wrangling I gave it up. The initials failed aesthetically, proof you can relax about creating a logo but be finicky regarding the appearance of a blog that is just for fun and no expectations.
Anyway, the original logo. We won’t see it again but I wanted to memorialize it somehow so here it is.
Thanks for being here.
You can always reach me at carl AT carlkruse DOT com or at carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu.
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